Playbook picks: Can Packers top Vikings?

The NFL Network Playbook analysts were spot-on last week, as all three — Brian Baldinger, Sterling Sharpe and Joe Theismann — picked the Bengals to upset the Super Bowl champion Steelers. Of course, they all whiffed on the Lions’ upset of the Redskins.

There are a number of high-profile games this week, including the New York Jets at New Orleans and Green Bay at Minnesota on Monday night. Baldinger believes Rex Ryan‘s defense will slow down QB Drew Brees and the high-scoring Saints. Baldinger is also in the minority by thinking the Packers will spoil Brett Favre’s first game against his old team.

Here are the picks:

AFC Playbook: Thursday 6 p.m. ET

Bills at Dolphins
Baldinger: Dolphins
Sharpe: Bills
Theismann: Bills

Bengals at Browns
Baldinger: Bengals
Sharpe: Bengals
Theismann: Bengals

Raiders at Texans
Baldinger: Texans
Sharpe: Texans
Theismann: Texans

Titans at Jaguars
Baldinger: Titans
Sharpe: Titans
Theismann: Titans

Giants at Chiefs
Baldinger: Giants
Sharpe: Giants
Theismann: Giants

Seahawks at Colts
Baldinger: Colts
Sharpe: Colts
Theismann: Colts

Cowboys at Broncos
Baldinger: Cowboys
Sharpe: Broncos
Theismann: Broncos

Chargers at Steelers
Baldinger: Steelers
Sharpe: Steelers
Theismann: Chargers

Ravens at Patriots
Baldinger: Patriots
Sharpe: Ravens
Theismann: Ravens

NFC Playbook: Friday 6 p.m. ET

St. Louis at 49ers
Baldinger: 49ers
Sharpe: 49ers
Theismann: 49ers

Lions at Bears
Baldinger: Bears
Sharpe: Bears
Theismann: Bears

Jets at Saints
Baldinger: Jets
Sharpe: Saints
Theismann: Saints

Buccaneers at Redskins
Baldinger: Redskins
Sharpe: Redskins
Theismann: Redskins

Packers at Vikings
Baldinger: Packers
Sharpe: Vikings
Theismann: Vikings

Playbook airs Tuesday through Friday at 6 p.m. ET. It combines Xs-and-Os analysis of each NFL game with roundtable debates on the NFL’s hottest topics. For more information, check out NFL Network’s broadcast schedule.

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