NFL Week 10 Picks and Preview: Thursday Edition

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer INovember 12, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 09:  Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes 34 yards for a first down against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 9, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Steelers defeated the Broncos 28-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Last week: 9-4

Overall: 65-36

Good news, and bad news NFL fans. The good news, the NFL will now have a game every Thursday through the end of the year. The bad news is, we are now in Week 10, so there are only seven games left in the regular season.


Five Star Picks of the Week

New Orleans at St. Louis

Poor Rams. I am trying to think if there is anything that the Rams can do to win this game, and I don't think there is any way other than a miracle from God.

Saints win 43-9.


Detroit at Minnesota

Poor Lions. They are in the same boat as the Rams. I think the NFL should do something in games like these to make it more fair. Maybe only let the Vikings play with 10 players, or the Lions get five downs to make eight yards?

Vikings win 31-10


Denver at Washington.

Denver is on a two game losing streak, and the Redskins are the perfect tonic to cure the ailments of the Broncos.

Broncos win 28-10.


Tampa Bay at Miami

Tampa won their first game of the year against the Packers. Does anyone really think the Buccaneers could go on a two game winning streak?  Me either.

Dolphins win 24-13.


Trap Games

Jacksonville at New York Jets

The Jets have been less than spectacular, and so have the Jaguars. I think, playing at home, the Jets are just a better team than the Jaguars are on the road.

Jets win 21-13.


Buffalo at Tennessee

Could it be that the Titans will have a three game winning streak after starting 0-6? Could it be because Jeff Fisher benched Kerry Collins for Vince Young? Strange things are afoot in Tennessee.

Titans win 21-10.


Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

If Cincinnati wins, they basically own the division. If they lose, the Steelers have the inside track. Cincinnati won the first meeting in Week Three, scoring with :14 left in the game. The big difference this week, Troy Polamalu is playing, and Antwan Odom isn't.

Steelers win 34-21.


Atlanta at Carolina

Carolina will be a great team, when Bill Cowher takes over next year. They are not this year.

Falcons win 31-17.


Kansas City at Oakland

Checking the Vegas Lines, Oakland is actually favored to win this game. As the Cowboys got better by cutting TO, the Chiefs will now do better, cutting LJ.

Chiefs win 14-13.


Seattle at Arizona

The Seahawks almost blew it last week against the Lions, and the Cardinals thumped the Bears. I look for the Cardinals' offense to run the score board like a pinball machine against a battered Seahawks' defense.

Cardinals win 41-17.


Philadelphia at San Diego

These two fan bases have to be insane. BOTH of these teams can play like Super Bowl contenders, and BOTH teams can play like the Lions. Which teams will show up? If the "good" teams show up, this will be a great game. If the "bad" teams show up, this is going to be boring.

Chargers win 28-27.


Baltimore at Cleveland

Cleveland fans are planning to not be in their seats at opening kick off to support the fact they need changes in Cleveland. The owner has already fired the GM, with the promise of bringing in a "guru" to right the team. Tuning in to see if the fans are in their seat is the only exciting thing about this game.

Ravens win 35-10.


Upset Specials of the Week

Chicago at San Francisco (minus-3.5)

I am amazed the the 49ers are actually favored to win this game. Though the defense is decent, and Frank Gore is back, the QB situation would make me crazy if I were a 49ers fan.  Jay Cutler will have a "good" Jay Cutler day, and the Bears will cover, and win outright.

Bears win 27-21.


Dallas (minus-3) at Green Bay

The Packers were embarassed by Tampa last week, and a home game is exactly what they need. The Cowboys can play like one of the best teams in the league, and they can be average. If the Packers lose this this game, their season is over.

Green Bay wins 24-21.


New England at Indianapolis (minus-3)

I know the Colts are undefeated, but that ends this weekend. The Patriots are GETTING three points, and they are not even going to need them. Tom Brady will pick apart the battered Colts secondary, and have a field day.

Patriots win 27-24.