NFL Picks Week 10: Locks You Can Take to the Bank

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts passes the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 23-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With Week 10 of the 2012 NFL season already upon us, it’s time to go through the schedule and find the picks that will be locks sure enough to take to the bank.

All of the following teams are in different positions in the standings, but each will handle their opponents in spectacular fashion.

If you are in a suicide pool or looking for an easy-money bet, look no further than the locks of Week 10.


Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

While there were legitimate concerns about the franchise’s direction after moving on without Peyton Manning and drafting Andrew Luck No. 1 overall, the risks have all started to pay off for the Indianapolis Colts.

The team’s top pick will continue his stellar play under the bright lights of Thursday Night Football and lead the Colts to a big win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is the first lock of the week.

Jacksonville gives up 255.5 yards through the air per game (25th in the NFL), and the Luck-led Indianapolis offense has averaged 285 passing yards per game (sixth in the NFL).

With the perfect storm of poor defensive play from the Jaguars and stellar offensive play from the Colts, Luck will steal the show and lead his team to a 34-17 victory.


San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis at San Francisco

Not only are the St. Louis Rams coming off a bye week, they are likely getting star wide receiver Danny Amendola back from injury. Even with all the signs pointing to an upset in the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers will pull out a big win Sunday.

The 49ers are also coming off a bye week and boast one of the best defensive units in the NFL—ranking second against the pass and fifth against the run.

The week of rest for the defenders will have them ready to build on their recent success and will have the offense ready to capitalize on the openings a young St. Louis team tends to leave.

Over San Francisco’s last two games, the stout defense has only allowed nine points to their opponents. As well as Sam Bradford and the Rams have played, they won’t be able to overcome the 49ers at Candlestick Park.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Kansas City at Pittsburgh

While this win will be as much about the Pittsburgh Steelers as anything else, whoever plays the Kansas City Chiefs and their putrid offense will become a lock for that week. With that said, the Steelers will earn this win.

Despite constant injuries to a revolving door of running backs, the Pittsburgh Steelers have still managed to put together one of the best offensive units in the league, led by veteran Ben Roethlisberger.

With a plethora of talented players around him, Big Ben has protected the ball and helped to give the team’s defense every chance to succeed they have needed. With clutch third-down conversions, the aging Steelers defense has remained fresh and has been very effective.

The Chiefs have a stellar run offense that could give the Steelers trouble, but the fact that Pittsburgh doesn’t have to worry about a pass attack and can focus its seventh-ranked rush defense on Jamaal Charles and Co. will have the team winning big.


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