NFL Week 10 Picks: Predicting the Outcome of Every Game
Welcome back to my NFL picks, where I will be determining the winners and final score of every NFL game of the weekend. In case you missed my Week 9 predictions, you can view them here. Last week was not a tough week as there were many games where the favorites won, but I went 11-3 in my predictions. I even somehow managed to get lucky and predicted the exact final score of the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins game. Maybe I should have placed a bet on that one.
I'd also like to congratulate Dallas Cowboys writer Ben Grimaldi, who went 13-1 in his predictions. Sadly enough, the only prediction he missed was his Cowboys upsetting the Atlanta Falcons. Still though, very impressive work by Mr. Grimaldi.
Week 10 has several marquee matchups, but probably none more than the Sunday Night Football slug fest between the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans, two teams who undoubtedly reside in the top three in every single reasonable analyst's power rankings. Each team is 7-1 and will be searching for early bragging rights.
Another game worth watching will be the Falcons and their quest to remain undefeated against the New Orleans Saints on the road. The Saints have not been the team we're used to seeing, but they've won three of their last four games and are always dangerous at home. I could see this game being closer than most would think.
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*Thursday Night Football* Colts 27, Jaguars 10
The Colts have been on a roll the past month and I don’t see that trend changing. There is something special going on with this team as they get up and play well for head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano is currently battling leukemia and the team is rallying around each other. There is no way anyone outside of Indianapolis thought they would be 5-3 by the halfway point. Let’s also not forget that the Jacksonville Jaguars are simply awful in every facet of the game. The Colts should run away with this game in what feels like the fifth terrible Thursday Night Football matchup in a row.
Giants 30, Bengals 20
The New York Giants are coming off a game in which they played terribly in just about every aspect of the game. They were lucky to only lose that game by four points. The offense has been in a slump over the previous three games and something needs to be done, otherwise the same rhetoric about their inability to win in the second half will surface. However, there is nothing like getting out of an offensive slump like facing a team with a bad defense. The Cincinnati Bengals are 25th in scoring defense and 28th in quarterback rating against. Given that they always play better on the road, Eli Manning should be able to right the ship.
Dolphins 31, Titans 20
The Tennessee Titans were just embarrassed at home by the Bears and don't have it any easier as they travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins. The Titans rank at the bottom in just about every defensive category so the Dolphins will be able to move the ball with ease. The only way the Titans find a way to win, and this is true every week, is if they have a monster game from Chris Johnson. Miami gives up a lot of yards, but only allow 18 points per game.
Lions 31, Vikings 28
The Detroit Lions have climbed out of the cellar to get back to 4-4 and have a huge test on the road at Minnesota this weekend. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Lions once this season already 20-13 in Detroit, but the Lions are playing much better offensively of late. The Vikings have also come back down to earth after their 4-1 start. They've lost three of their last four games, only beating the free-falling Arizona Cardinals in that stretch. It will be close, but the Lions will win with a late score.
Patriots 42, Bills 17
The New England Patriots did not get off to the start they hoped, but have ripped off a couple of wins and should get another against the lowly Buffalo Bills. The Bills are a dumpster fire on defense and this game will get ugly early. Tom Brady loves playing the Bills, especially at home.
Saints 35, Falcons 31
The New Orleans Saints got off to a terrible 0-4 start, but are slowly climbing back to relevance with three wins in their last four games. I honestly do not have the numbers to back up picking the Saints, but this feels like a game they could win. The Saints have a ton of pride, and getting Jonathan Vilma back, at least for the time being, has helped their defense. With this game being in New Orleans and the Falcons having a huge target on their back being undefeated, I could see the Saints winning a shootout.
Buccaneers 31, Chargers 27
Doug Martin has officially arrived. With his incredible 251 yard, four touchdown performance, the rookie put himself on the map and the league had better take notice. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a balanced offense that should be enough to beat the San Diego Chargers, even though their defense can be suspect at times. The Bucs have the fifth highest scoring offense and the Chargers have the eighth best scoring defense. Something will have to give and, given that this game is in Tampa, I'll give the edge to the Bucs.
Broncos 27, Panthers 17
The Denver Broncos are rolling right now and Peyton Manning is playing like the MVP candidate we're used to seeing. The Carolina Panthers have an awful defense that the Broncos should be able to exploit. The Broncos are averaging 29.4 points per game, good for fourth best in the league.
Ravens 31, Raiders 21
The Baltimore Ravens finally figured out the easiest way for them to win games is giving the ball to Ray Rice. After the Oakland Raiders just gave up 251 yards to rookie Doug Martin, it would be foolish of the Ravens to not pound it with Rice. Cam Cameron has been known to be a questionable play caller, but even he can't screw this game up.
Seahawks 16, Jets 13
Neither one of these teams have a particularly good offense, but the Seattle Seahawks are tough to beat at home and they should shut down the New York Jets offense, which is one-dimensional even at their best. Expect the Jets to get a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch early and often.
Cowboys 17, Eagles 16
Probably the best thing about this game, being a Giants fan and all, is that one of these teams will be 3-6 afterwards. Both offenses are struggling to find their identity, and the Philadelphia Eagles are reeling with injuries on offense. They've lost three starting offensive lineman for the season, and the line wasn't all that great to begin with. I don't see the Eagles putting up many points unless they make some big plays, which has proven difficult against the Dallas Cowboys' defense this season.
49ers 23, Rams 13
Other than a flop at home against the Giants, the San Francisco 49ers have looked like one of the premier teams in the NFC. They should have no problems stopping the St. Louis Rams' offense, but this could be an interesting game if the Rams come to play on defense. Jeff Fisher's squad has proven to be a pesky group (other than getting demolished by the Patriots last week), so don't be surprised if they keep it close.
*Sunday Night Football* Bears 23, Texans 17
Given the fact that the Houston Texans will not see much resistance in the AFC this season, this game feels more important for the Chicago Bears. They have not played many talented teams this season and still have some doubters. This game features two of the top defenses in the league, but the Bears are terrific at home and that should give them enough of an edge to win. However, they'll have their hands full with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who has emerged as one of the top defensive players in the league this season. The Bears have struggled to protect Jay Cutler in recent memory, so for them to win they'll have to center a game plan around giving their lineman help in pass protection. Both teams are top five in scoring offense and top five in scoring defense, so expect a well-fought game.
*Monday Night Football* Steelers 35, Chiefs 3
I suppose you cannot fault the NFL schedule makers for picking this matchup for Monday Night Football. Some people thought the Kansas City Chiefs were a playoff team before the season started. It just goes to show you how much can happen in an NFL season. The Chiefs have literally never held a lead in regulation so far this season. The only win they were able to muster was an overtime thriller against the Saints. Clearly as my score prediction indicates, I expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to roll in this game. The Chiefs are awful across the board, and this should be over by halftime.