The Old Man’s Picks – Week Thirteen

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By Jeff Heck, Bears Claws Contributor

Disclaimer: “He who gambles, lives in shambles.”

For those of you who follow my column, you may think I betrayed you with last week’s picks. I didn’t…honest! I was out and about when I realized I needed to get back home to finish my column and meet my deadline. I ran out of gas! I had a flat tire! I didn’t have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! It wasn’t my fault! Okay, in the words of Andre Johnson, my picks sucked! But there’s always this week! As always, games are picked straight up. Points are used for reference.

 

Green Bay Packers (+5.5) at Detroit Lions – Thursday

 

It’s the first of three Thursday contests in the division that the Lions don’t want to win. The past few weeks have seen the Lions blow chance after chance to put distance between themselves and the rest of the NFC North. This week the Packers come to the Motor City with a chance to pass the Lions in the standings. I don’t know if the Packers will have Aaron Rodgers or not, but I think they’ve got enough to beat the struggling Lions. I just don’t like what I’m seeing from Detroit the past few weeks so I’m taking the Packers on the road.

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Bears lay egg in St. Louis

Matt Forte became the second all-time rusher in Bears history in Chicago's loss at St. Louis

Matt Forte became the second all-time rusher in Bears history in Chicago’s loss at St. Louis

The Chicago Bears fell into an early hole and allowed St. Louis to rush for 258-yards in a demoralizing 42-21 loss to the Rams in the Edward Jones Dome Sunday afternoon.

The loss cost the Bears a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the crowded NFC North as Detroit stumbled as well. The Bears fall to a mediocre 6-5 overall while the Rams improve to 5-6.

St. Louis’ ground game was balanced, with a pair of rookies leading the charge. Zach Stacy and unheralded free agent Bennie Cunningham combined on 25 carries for 196 yards and scored a touchdown each.

The tone was set early on as rookie WR Tavon Austin scampered down the near sideline for a 65-yard touchdown run on the Rams first possession as the Bears failed to contain the edge and were late in getting into position to tackle.

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