Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016
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Dave Hackenberg

Hackenberg's weekly NFL picks

Winless San Diego will play in prime time tonight, which is noteworthy only because it is Throwback Night and the Chargers will wear the greatest NFL threads of all time, those power blue lightning-bolt uniforms. That's worth a national TV appearance, although the game won't be. Which is why Blade sports writer Dave Hackenberg, in his weekly picks of winners (CAPS) and losers, sees the NFL's only 0-fer team -- San Diego -- dipping to 0-fer-8.

CINCINNATI (1-6) at Cleveland (2-6): Sorry to break it to you this way, but Browns could go winless in second half of season.

DETROIT (5-2) at Indianapolis (5-2): This mini-upset pick is weak if strong safety Kurt Schulz can't answer the bell for Lions.

NY JETS (6-1) at Buffalo (3-4): After Monday night comeback, Jets feel like they can beat anybody, anywhere, anytime.

Pittsburgh (4-3) at BALTIMORE (5-3): Ravens offense is due for a breakthrough, but it still might be a 7-6 game.

MINNESOTA (7-0) at Tampa Bay (3-4): Once considered a Super Bowl contender, Bucs offense can't squeeze a drop.

Green Bay (3-4) at MIAMI (5-2): Dolphins coaches learned that you can't button it up with a big lead in today's NFL.

CAROLINA (3-4) at Atlanta (2-6): Who cares?

NEW ORLEANS (4-3) at Arizona (2-5): New coach may fire up Cards, but Saints now see Rams as vulnerable in NFC West.

Philadelphia (5-3) at NY GIANTS (5-2): These teams are so similar, our pick comes down to the homefield advantage.

KANSAS CITY (4-3) at Seattle (2-6): No more caveman-style offense for the Chiefs, who created a new identity against Rams.

ST. LOUIS (6-1) at San Francisco (2-6): We're talking 1,000 yards between them, maybe a 63-57 final in a defenseless game.

Jacksonville (2-6) at DALLAS (3-4): Tom Coughlin is in trouble in Jax; Jerry Jones is safe as coach of Cowboys.

OAKLAND (6-1) at San Diego (0-7): The Bolts are back, but lightning won't strike for the Chargers.

TENNESSEE (6-1) at Washington (6-2): If Eddie George is healthy, Titans rival Vikings as NFL's best all-around team.

Last week: 10-3.

Season: 77-36.

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