Weiner still leads, but

Raymond creeping up

“Miss Dottie” Weiner is getting nervous.

Yes, she is in first place for the fifth straight week, but is losing ground to Roger Raymond.

Raymond led the swamis for the week, going 9-4, moving within two points of Weiner, who was 7-6. Weiner’s season record is 95-47, with Raymond at 93-49.

Don Healy score was 7-6 and 91-51 on the season. Dave Rice had a down week, going, 6-7 and is 90-52 on the season.

There will be no changes after this week’s picks. For the first time in the history of swami lore, all the swamis pick the same teams.

However, like this week, it doesn’t mean the swamis know best.

A possible loss is Atlanta, 5-4, at the New York Giants, 5-4. Both teams put up points, but also give them up.

Weiner predicts “a fresh start for the Giants,” who have stumbled a bit of late.

“It’s time for the Giants and (quarterback) Eli (Manning) to step up,” Healy says.

Raymond thinks the Giants “batteries will be recharged after a week off.”

Could Baltimore, 5-4, stop the 9-0 Indianapolis Colts? Nope, say the swamis.

Rice calls the Colts Peyton Manning “The best quarterback in the NFL.”

Raymond says the “Colts will keep riding the horse, Peyton is too much.”

An amusing, if not boring game, will be the Cleveland Browns at Detroit. Both teams are an embarrassing 1-8. The swamis all take Detroit.

“Lighting strikes again,” Raymond predicts for the clawless Lions.

“Cleveland belongs in the (minor league) USFL,” Rice says of the Browns.

In another game that could go either way, the swamis take Green Bay, hosting San Francisco. The Packers are three games behind 8-1 Minnesota in the NFC North, while San Francisco is two behind Arizona in the NFC West. Green Bay surprised every swami, except Raymond when they downed Dallas, after losing to Tampa Bay.

“If (Quarterback Aaron) Rogers winds the clock in his head so he gets rid of the ball in 3.5 seconds or Less, Green Bay will win,” says Rice. Rogers may lead the NFL in how many times he has been sacked by the opposition for not getting rid of the ball faster.

A loss by the New York Jets at New England could send the Jets in a tail spin that leaves them out of the playoffs.

The Jets, 4-5 and New England, 6-3, are in the AFC East, making this an important divisional game. The Patriots coach Bill Belichick made a bad decision at the end of last Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis that cost them the game. None of the swamis think he will do the same this time.

The women took over in the readers’ Pigskin Picks as Marianne Martin and June DeLucia were the winners.

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