Week 10 brings us a nice mix of conference matchups as a well as a few divisional showdowns. The day opens up with the Dolphins facing the Tennessee Titans as Randy Moss makes his debut for the Jeff Fisher’s crew. The Cleveland Browns go for their third upset in as many weeks as Eric Mangini faces his former team in the New York Jets. Other games include the Vikings against the Bears, the 1-7 Cowboys look to ruin the Giants rise in the NFC East, Patriots/Steelers, Broncos/Raiders.
The week ends in the Nation’s Capital as the Redskins finally get back to football after two weeks of turmoil – waiting on them are Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Byes this week: Chargers, Packers, Raiders and Saints
Sunday November 13, 2010
Tennessee Titans (5-3) at Miami Dolphins (4-4) 1pm – The Dolphins season could fall either way - while the Titans, with the edition of Randy Moss can consider themselves a Super Bowl contender. But tough wins on the road like this must happen first Late word has Vince Young missing today’s game and will be replaced by Kerry Collins.
Pick: Phins 23 – Titans 21
New York Jets (6-2) at Cleveland Browns (3-5) 1pm – The Jets have struggled the past two weeks and should be in the midst of a losing streak, the Jets are pedestrian in my opinion and Rex Ryan’s talk doesn’t rattle anyone. The Browns Peyton Hillis looked Walter Payton-like against the Patriots last week.
Pick: Browns 27 – Jets 23
Cincinnati Bengals (2-6) at Indianapolis Colts (5-3) 1pm – I’m not sure what to make of the situation in Cincy Carson Palmer slow descent over the past three seasons is at full speed. The Colts hiccup in Philly last week was not received well and the will look to get back on track this week.
Pick: Colts 45 – Bengals 24
Minnesota Vikings (3-5) at Chicago Bears (5-3) 1pm – Despite all of the turmoil in Minny Brad Childress still has a job and his team is still in the hunt for the division. With a big win today, the Bears could have a huge impact on both situations.
Pick: Bears 28 – Vikings 20
Detroit Lions (2-6) at Buffalo Bills (0-8) 1pm – Megatron (Calvin Johnson) has seven touchdowns in the last five games. The Bills offensive line will be overmatch by the Lions defensive front. Expect plenty of passing in today contest.
Pick: Lions 38 – Bills 28
Carolina Panthers (1-7) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3) 1pm – The Bucs were one of the pleasant surprises in the first half of the season, they will look to continue the trend as they push for the playoffs. Last week’s loss to the Falcons gives them two in the division.
Pick: Bucs 33 – Panthers 17
Houston Texans (4-4) at Jacksonvill Jaguars (4-4) 1pm – Losers of three of their last four - the Texans have given up at least 29 points in each of those contests. Surprisingly they’re still one game out of first place – so are the Jags, who are the forgotten team in all of this.
Pick: Jags 30 – Texans 29
Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) at Denver Broncos (2-6) 4:05pm: No one will be looking past the Chiefs in the second half of the season, especially the Broncos, who would love nothing more than to thump their hated rivals.
Pick: Chiefs 24 – Broncos 13
Dallas Cowboys (1-7) at New York Giants (6-2) 4:15pm: I can’t remember the last time the Giants swept the Cowboys but it seems like a likely scenario if the Giants can beat the seemingly dead Cowboys.
Pick: Giants 27 – Cowboys 21
St. Louis Rams (4-4) at San Francisco 49′ers (2-6) 4:15pm – A win by the Niners today would put them one game out of first place in the wacky NFC West. Troy Smith gets the start today for the Niners and could put a stranglehold on the starting job with a good performance today. Sam Bradford is having a great season.
Pick: Niners 27 – Rams 20
Seattle Seahawks (4-4) at Arizona Cardinals (3-5) 4:15pm – This is one game where you could see scores on offense, defense and special teams by BOTH teams. The division confirms itself as the wackiest/worst with this contest.
Picks: Cardinals 35 – Seahawks 31
New England Patriots (6-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) 8:20pm – Critics are saying that the Patriots are mad after last week’s upset to the Browns and look to bounce back this week. When have the Steelers ever cared about anyone being mad.
Pick: Steelers 33 – Patriots 23
Monday November 15, 2010
Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) at Washington Redskins (4-4) 8:30pm – We’re all curious to see what happens if Donovan McNabb struggles early – or late for that matter. Michael Vick will look to figure out the Redskins defensive riddle.
Pick: Eagles 23 – Redskins 13
Last Week 8-4, 2010 Season 74-41