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Friday, September 24, 2010
Beast Prediction Friday: Cowboys win?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Due to popular demand (not really), we're bringing back our NFC East predictions today. I always start out by looking at our experts' picks and then try to do the exact opposite of Adam Schefter, a man determined to pick the Washington Redskins in every game this season.

For the first time in perhaps ever, all eight panelists have picked the Redskins to win Sunday. And that's just one of the reasons I flirted with picking Steve Spagnuolo's Rams in this one. I couldn't bring myself to do it, though, because I have too much respect for Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb and wide receiver Santana Moss.

Beast pick: Redskins 24, Rams 13

Eric Allen, Mike Golic and Mark Schlereth all picked the Titans over the New York Giants. I really think this is one of those games where Tom Coughlin rallies his players for an important win. Antrel Rolle will once again be upset about the Giants' team buses dropping him off at the stadium too early, but it won't matter.

Beast pick: Giants 23, Titans 17

I'm shocked that we have a split decision on Cowboys-Texans. Houston fans will see this as one of the great slights in American history and stop following both Schefter and Chris Mortensen on Twitter, thus dropping them below the 1 million mark. Golic and ESPN The Magazine's Seth Wickersham, dressed in a turtle-neck sweater, also picked the Cowboys. This is remarkable. No respect for what appears to be a strong AFC team.

Beast pick: Cowboys 27, Texans 24 (OT)

I love that Schefter and Wickersham are the biggest contrarians on the panel. Of course, they've gone a combined 14-18 in picking games, but who's really counting. They were the only panelists to pick the Jaguars to beat Michael Vick's Philadelphia Eagles. If Vick has another big day, look for Reid to sign him to a lifetime contract. And in case you've missed out on all the fun coming from the Eagles this week, they were only trying to protect poor ol' Kevin Kolb when they replaced him with Vick.

Beast pick: Eagles 31, Jaguars 17

In case anyone's interested, I'm covering the Giants-Titans game Sunday, which explains the dateline.