NFL Week 10 picks

11/10/13 in NFL   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

Bills (3-6) @ Steelers (2-6)
The Steelers have been hard to watch this season on both sides of the football.  Their offense has been inept and the one week they decide to put up some points, their defense gives up 55 points to the Patriots.  The troubles will continue this week as they will take on the Bills, who get back E.J. Manuel back behind center.  The young quarterback will be the difference in this one as the Bills edge out the Steelers. 
Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) congratulates tight end Tyler Eifert (85) after catching a pass for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsBengals (6-3) @ Ravens (3-5)
The defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens have been easily one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL.  The road doesn’t get any easier as they take on the 6-3 Bengals this week.  The Ravens running game has been inept and Ray Rice and his 2.7 yards per carry won’t be enough against a Bengals stifling defense.  Expect a tight one in Baltimore, but the Bengals keep rolling. 

Lions (5-3) @ Bears (5-3)
Jay Cutler is back for the Bears, which makes this a whole new division race.  Josh McCown played well in his absence, but he’s not Cutler.  The Lions offense will be too explosive this week.  This is the battle for first place in the NFC North as the Lions, Bears, and Packers are all tied for the lead.  This game will come down to the turnover battle, but the Lions will have a game-winning field goal in this one in the final seconds. 
Eagles (4-5) @ Packers (5-3) Nov 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) shakes hands with wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) during the final minutes of the game Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Eagles won 49-20. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
Predicting the Eagles this season has been like trying to pick the correct lottery numbers.  They are such a strange team that one week they score three points against the Cowboys, then last week they decide to drop 49.  Nick Foles went off against the Raiders defense in his seven touchdown performance and I think this Eagles team is starting to get in a rhythm again.  The story of this game will be the absence of Aaron Rodgers.  Seneca Wallace is not terrible, but he’s no Rodgers.  I’ll take Foles over Wallace in a close one at Lambeau. 
Rams (3-6) @ Colts (6-2)
Kellen Clemens will see pressure all day long and Robert Mathis is going to have a field day.  The Colts are too good right now, especially for the 3-6 Rams.  If Trent Richardson could get anything going, they become even more dangerous.  I think is the week we see T-Rich come alive and the Colts roll to 7-2. 
Jaguars (0-8) @ Titans (4-4)
The Titans are in a playoff race and the Jaguars are in a race for the number one pick.  It will stay that way this week.  Expect another huge day from Chris Johnson and for the Jags to fall to 0-9. 
Aug 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Andre Brown (35) runs against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsRaiders (3-6) @ Giants (2-6)
The Giants are trying to pull off the improbable run to get to the playoffs.  Any hopes of that start against the Raiders today.  They are already looking ahead to the Packers without Rodgers next week and then potentially the huge showdown against the Cowboys.  The Raiders defense looked atrocious last week and Big Blue gets Andre Brown back in the backfield.  Look for the Giants playoff hopes to stay alive by a field goal today. 
Seahawks (7-1) @ Falcons (2-6)
The Falcons have been atrocious all season long and don’t expect some sort of comeback today.  The Seahawks defense has been one of the best in football and they lead the NFL in solo sacks.  Matt Ryan will feel the heat all day long, even if Roddy White decides to play.  The Seahawks keep first place in their possession with a win in Atlanta. 
4:00 games:
Oct 27, 2013; London, UNITED KINGDOM; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during an International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin-USA TODAY SportsPanthers (5-3) @ 49ers (6-2)
This should be one of the games of the week in the NFL.  The Panthers are on fire and playing terrific football as they head west to make it five straight.  The 49ers won’t let it happen.  Their defense has turned it around and they have the ground-and-pound working right now.  These are two of the hottest teams in football, but I got to go with the defending NFC Champs at home. 
49ERS BY 3
Broncos (7-1) @ Chargers (4-4)
The Broncos will have Jack Del Rio leading them for a while as John Fox recovers from heart surgery.  Del Rio has plenty of head coaching experience and was successful at times in Jacksonville.  This one will come down to the final minutes and should have a ton of touchdowns, but Peyton Manning is rested off a bye and ready to go.  The Broncos make things even more interesting in the AFC West with a win over the Chargers, who are very much alive in the AFC Wild Card race. 
Texans (2-6) @ Cardinals (4-4)
The Texans head to Arizona losers of six straight and without their head coach Gary Kubiak.  They looked lifeless in the second half last week, blowing a 21-3 halftime lead to the Colts.  Expect the same this week as the Cardinals defense should attack Case Keenum.  With Arian Foster now out for the season, it’s going to be a rough second half of the season in Houston.
Sunday Night Football:
Cowboys (4-4) @ Saints (6-2) Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan talks with strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Bills 35-17.  Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The Cowboys have not been able to beat any team that is good.  The Saints fall under that category.  Rob Ryan is pissed off at his former team that fired him, and Tony Romo better wear some extra protection, because he will be on the ground all day.  The Saints defense has been terrific against the pass and they return home mad after their loss to the Jets.  Drew Brees should have a field day against the Saints as they improve to 7-2.
Monday Night Football:
Dolphins (4-4) @ Bucs (0-8)
The big question in this game will be if the Dolphins are mentally ready to play football.  They have fielded questions all week on the whole Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin story and they cannot let it carry onto the field, especially when they are very much alive in the playoff race.  I think they will be distracted and facing a Bucs team that is due for a win.  They blew a 21-0 lead last week to the Seahawks and the losing ends at home Monday night in an ugly game. 
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