NFL Week 10 is already upon us. The Falcons shocked the Ravens last night in the ATL with a major drive in the last 65 seconds of play. Atlanta may be the cream of the crop in the NFC. Or at least when they get to play at home. Matt Ryan is now 18 and 1 all time as a NFL starting quarterback when playing at home. Roddy White, even though he had a couple of drops, continues to put up MVP type numbers.
Do not sleep on the Ravens though. They are still one of the AFC’s elite.
Lets take a look at the Pick’em scoreboard.
TheSportsKraze: 73 CV3: 78
I still got to make up a good amount of ground the expert out of Ohio University.
Lions at Bills: The Bills have been heartbroken 3 straight weeks. That streak ends this week against a team that has lost 4 games by 5 or less points. Sorry Lions. I feel another heartbreaker coming this week in Buffalo. Bills by 3 at home.
Vikings at Bears: Brett Favre and his off field issues versus Da Bears. It is a shame that Miss Sterger cannot start at linebacker alongside Urlacher and Briggs. It won’t matter on this night. The Vikings have way too much inner team turmoil to beat a tough Bear’s team in Chicago. Bears by 7 at home.
Jets at Browns: I know the Browns are hot. I realize that they are coming off two big time wins over the Saints and Patriots. But the Jets are my AFC favorite for a reason. They run the ball with great efficiency and also stop the run as good as anybody. The difference in this one will be the Brown’s inability to shut down the Jet’s vaunted rushing attack. I got New York by 7 on the road.
Panthers at Buccaneers: Tampa Bay is coming off a tough loss to the Falcons and really looking to demonstrate why they feel they are one of the NFC’s elite teams. Well they are fortunate enough to get to play one of the NFL’s worst teams at home coming off of a loss. The Panthers have been horrific in nearly every facet of the game all year. The Buccaneers may struggle early, but look for Tampa to win by 10 at home.
Texans at Jaguars: Both of these teams are tied in the AFC South Divisional race. Honestly through 8 games, the Texans have been one of the League’s most dissapointing teams after showing so much promise early on. They have a prolific offense that is arguably the most balanced in the League. But they struggle to stop the pass. Luckily for Houston, they are taking on a Jaguar squad with an anemic passing attack. Look for Houston to steal one on the road by 7.
Bengals at Colts: The Who Deys travel to Indy after a heartbreaking loss on Monday Night to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. I realize that the Colts are beat up at nearly every position (except quarterback). But they have Peyton Manning. I will admit I was utterly shocked to see Indy lose last week to Philly. Do not expect them to lose for a 2nd week in a row though. For the first time all year, I am picking against my home town team. Colts by 7 at home.
Titans at Dolphins: The 1st place Titans head down to Miami to take on a really inconsistent Miami team. A Miami team that has not won a home game all season long. Look for Chris Johnson to go wild after having a bye week to rest his legs. Titans run away with this battle by 8 on the road.
Chiefs at Broncos: I wanted to pick the Broncos to upset the KC boys in this one. But I can’t do it. The Chiefs have the number 1 rushing attack in the NFL. Denver is the 2nd worst team in the League at defending against the run. Expect big numbers out of the Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. KC by 13 on the road.
Cowboys at Giants: America’s team heads to the Meadowlands to take on the G Men. Arguably the NFC’s best team versus the NFC’s worst team. I realize that Dallas has talent, but they have way too much inner turmoil and finger pointing going on to pull off this upset. It may be a rivalry game, but the Giants have the best offensive and defensive balance in the NFC, and possibly the entire NFL. Look for the Giants to make a statement with a 14 point win at home.
Seahawks at Cardinals: The Seahawks head to Arizona after being thoroughly embarassed by the G Men last week. Well expect the losing to continue. Neither of these teams really stand out in any way. I just know that the Seahawks looked like a mid level college team last week and I expect their horrific play to continue. Cards by 9 at home.
Rams at 49ers: These are two teams that have shocked the experts for opposite reasons. One team has thoroughly exceeded expectations while the other has under achieved in a big way. I think the Rams are much improved from last year’s embarassment, but I see them choking a big one on the road this week. Expect Patrick Willis and the 49ers D to confuse rookie Sam Bradford late in the game on their way to a big 3 point victory at home.
Patriots at Steelers: Two of the AFC’s best lock horns in the Sunday Night Game. The Patriots were embarrassed by an Ohio team last week while the Steelers ripped another Ohio team’s heart out. The Steelers continue to wow the entire League with their great defense and innate ability to win big games. I normally would never pick a NE to lose coming off of a loss. But I just think that the Steelers are too tough. Pittsburgh by 1 in the best game of the week.
Eagles at Redskins: The team that sports the quarterback with the highest QB rating flies into the nation’s capital for the primetime game of the week. Can Mr. Vick continue to lead the Eagle’s high powered offense against one of the worst pass defenses in the League? You better believe it. Eagles over the Skins by 3 in the Monday Night Affair.
Bills over Lions by 3
Vikings over Bears by 7
Jets over Browns by 3
Titans over Dolphins by 7
Buccaneers over Panthers by 14
Texans over Jags by 6
Chiefs over Broncos by 7
Cowboys (inspired with new coach) over Giants by 3
Cards over Seahawks by 1
Rams over 49ers by 6
Pats over Steelers by 3
Eagles over Redskins by 7
Bengals over Colts by 3
They won’t miss the field goals this time
So there you have it. The two major games to keep an eye on are the Patriots/Steelers rumble on Sunday Night and the Eagles/Redskins duel on Monday Night.
Also, I realize that CV3 and myself missed out on picking the Thursday Night Game. But I would like to keep the format the same way and put out on picks on the Friday every week. So the Thursday game will be a pass game every week, and one we get to watch for straight enjoyment.
It should be a great weekend in the NFL.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.