NFL swamis Raymond wins week; West stays on top

Roger Raymond won the week and moved into a second-place tie with Mike Vanderjagt, but Greg West still has a comfortable lead over our NFL swamis.

Raymond went 10-3, while Vanderjagt and West scored 8-5 and Don Healy, 7-6, dropping him to fourth place on the season.

The season records are: West, 107-52, Raymond and Vanderjagt, 101-58 and Healy, 100-59.

West goes alone on two games. He takes Jacksonville, 2-9, over Buffalo, 4-7 and Indianapolis, 7-4, at Detroit, 4-7.

West didn't say, but it might be he took Jacksonville on the strength of its one-game winning streak! The others take Buffalo at home.

"Indy riding on emotion and they are in the playoff hunt," West said. Healy said "The Colts are too banged up."

Detroit has lost so many heartbreakers, including on Thanksgiving Day to Dallas. Maybe it is their time to catch the winning break?

West and Vanderjagt take Carolina, 4-7, over 1-10 Kansas City.

Carolina is more of a legit pick, mainly because Kansas City isn't. But Kansas City is at home and that influenced Healy and Raymond.

Healy was the only swami to take Cleveland at Oakland.

Cleveland, 3-8, comes off a big win over Pittsburgh and Oakland, 3-8, comes off yet another shellacking, 30-10, to Cincinnati.

The once highly thought of San Diego Chargers only get the nod from Raymond as the Chargers host Cincinnati.

Cincinnati has played better of late and the Chargers continue to find ways to lose. A loss to the Bengals on Sunday and Charger coach Norv Turner might as well resign before he gets fired.

Only Healy takes Pittsburgh, with ailing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, to win at Baltimore who heads the AFC North division, three games ahead of the Steelers.

"It all depends on Roethlisberger," Healy said.

For the Monday night game, Raymond takes Washington and RG III (Robert Griffin III). They host the New York Giants, who are back to a two-game lead in the NFC over Washington. The Giants have been up-and-down when they have had a lead in their division. Raymond thinks they may not get up for the game as the Giants should.

Stop by next week and see how our swamis scored.

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