Week 10: 9-6 Season prediction tally: 95-49
The bye weeks are over, the weather is settling in to cold season, and the playoff picture is starting to come into focus.
Thursday Night Football - Miami at Carolina - I think Carolina and their dangerous running duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart trump a wildcat offense missing one of its key components—Ronnie Brown—who will miss this game and the rest of the season .
Although, I am excited to see what Pat White may be able to do with more opportunities.
Indianapolis at Baltimore - Indy is missing three of their four starting DBs, which Tom Brady just exploited to the fullest. It is hard to pick against an undefeated Colts team but Baltimore needs this win to stay in the thick of the playoff race.
Seattle at Minnesota - I don't have any proof to hyperlink you to, but I have long felt that Jim Mora was not the best choice as head coach in Seattle and now we are seeing it. To be fair, they have dealt with a rash of injuries but I am just not seeing a very cohesive team.
The 'hawks put up everything they had last week and lost by 11. Minnesota might just blow them out.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay - It is very tempting to pick Tampa in this one. Josh Freeman is giving this team the leadership and the spark it needed, as they beat Green Bay and almost beat Miami.
The Saints are due for a loss, so don't be surprised if the Bucs pull this one out, yet just like last week , I have to side with a very powerful Saints squad over a team with only one win.
Atlanta at N.Y. Giants - It has been surprising to see Matt Ryan struggle, and now they will be without top runner Michael Turner. The Giants have had a week off to stew over their four-game losing streak.
Washington at Dallas - Dallas should be able to get back on track against a weaker opponent.
Pittsburgh at Kansas City - KC struggled to get by Oakland so it is hard to imagine them toppling an angry Pitt team that was just swept by the Bengals.
Buffalo at Jacksonville - Not only is Buffalo not that great but now they have officially declared their season over by canning Dick Jauron.
Cleveland at Detroit - Poor Brady Quinn, all those EAS-sponsored muscles wasted on a guy who is a better model than football player.
San Francisco at Green Bay - Maybe the Packers aren't dead in the water after all? I'll go ahead and assume that last week was the beginning of defensive maturity and not a one-game anomaly.
Arizona at St. Louis - This has trap game written all over it, and it very well could result in a loss for the Cardinals. Yet, they are 4-0 on the road and have more weapons.
Should their rush defense not show up as it inexplicably tends to do every few games, I am banking on them being able to overpower the Rams with offense, both passing and their newfound running game.
Cincinnati at Oakland - I keep picking the Bengals to lose and then they don't. I've learned my lesson. Also, I am really stoked to see Bernard Scott get 20-plus touches. I had him pegged as one of my preseason fantasy sleepers , and now he finally gets his chance.
San Diego at Denver - I like San Diego in this one because I think their offense is one of the most explosive in the NFL when they get it going, and they are getting it going.
N.Y. Jets at New England - This is a revenge game for the Patriots, who are better now than they were in the second game of the season when they were ousted by the Jets.
Philadelphia at Chicago - Philly is loaded with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Donovan McNabb, Brent Celek...even Jason Avant and Leonard Weaver are forces to be reckoned with apparently. Chicago is struggling mightily right now.
Monday Night Football - Tennessee at Houston - I am eager to see TE James Casey coming back healthy and trying to fill the big void left by Owen Daniels' season-ending ACL tear. Daniels was well on his way to becoming a Pro Bowler once again, and the rookie Casey believe it or not may be more athletically gifted.
Houston will have to try and stop Chris Johnson though, he torched them for nearly 200 yards in their last meeting, and VY has Tennessee on a three-game winning streak.
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