NFL Picks Week 10: Picking the Spreads for Each Week 10 Game
Well, well, well, here we are, over half way through the season, heading into Week 10, where things start to get interesting.
While this weekend doesn't boast a whole lot of marquee meetings, there will certainly be some interesting games, and ones worth placing money on for all you folks inclined to do so.
In any case, though, official spreads are on their way for this week, but why not do some healthy speculating?
So, without further delay, here is every game from this week with a predicted spread.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Atlanta Falcons
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What a great way to start off Thursday Night Football.
Atlanta seems currently to be the powerhouse of the NFC, while Baltimore has regained control of the top spot in the AFC, but only one can walk away with their ranking intact.
This game is going to be a close one. Baltimore has a dangerous defense, and they have stifled some very good offenses so far this season. However, they have given up big days against opponents like Buffalo as well, so their performance could be a little suspect when they travel to Atlanta.
On the other side of the ball, the Falcons are playing great offensively. Matt Ryan is distinguishing himself as one of the best passers in the League, and he is backed up by a great running back and a defense that performs when necessary.
This one is going to be close, but the home field advantage should ultimately be the determining factor.
Atlanta by 3
Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills
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This could be a long one.
Detroit has not played terribly well away from home this year. However, Buffalo has not played very well at all, so the two could be a balancing factor.
Expect a lot of points to go up on the board in this one, with the deciding factor being the play of the Detroit defensive line and linebackers against a weak Buffalo offensive line. If Ndamukong Suh, Cliff Avril, and Kyle Vanden Bosch show up and play well, Detroit will come away with the win in the end.
Detroit by 7
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
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The Vikings are a complete enigma to me, and probably to you all as well. Some weeks they play terrible football, some weeks they play well.
Expect this to be one of those latter weeks. The Vikings travel to Chicago to take on a division opponent, and they need this win if they plan on making a run at the playoffs.
The Bears will put up a fight, but ultimately the Vikings have the talent, ability, and hunger to pull away with this one.
Minnesota by 10
New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns
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It's always hard to predict how the New York Jets will play, even during games. Take their last game against Detroit as an example. It took a furious fourth quarter comeback for them to win the game.
Cleveland, on the other hand, has been developing a reputation for knocking off great opponents. They are playing very well both on offense and defense, and could prove to be a handful for the Jets.
With all of the momentum that Cleveland has, and the fact that they are playing at home, I'm leaning in favor of the Browns right now.
Cleveland by 4
Cincinatti Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts
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It's hard to bet against the Colts right now, considering how well they are playing.
On the other side of things, it's hard to be for the Bengals, considering how they just keep managing to lose games somehow.
The Colts are on fire, the Bengals are not, and this game is being played in Indianapolis. This one is clear to me.
Indianapolis by 14
Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins
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This one is going to be a close one.
Tennessee seems to be have some trouble as of late, but they could very well rebound against the Dolphins, whose defense may not quite be good enough to bottle up either Chris Johnson or Vince Young.
On the other side of things, though, Miami often manages to find a groove against good opponents, and can be unstoppable when they get into a rhythm.
The Dolphins really need a win here, but they have a lot stacked against them. They will make it a close game, but they will likely fall in the end.
Tennessee by 3
Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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This one is as simple as this: The Bucs are playing well and the Panthers are not.
Carolina cannot get anything done on offense, and their defense is suffering as a consequence (considering that they have to spend so much time on the field).
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have been competitive in all of their losses, and they have the ability to be a very good team.
The game will be played in Tampa Bay, the Bucs are hot, and the Panthers are not. This one has the marks of a blowout all over it.
Tampa Bay by 17
Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
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The Houston Texans, were it not for a few mistakes, would have walked away with another victory last week against the San Diego Chargers, so they will be looking for blood this weekend against Jacksonville.
The Jaguars have been playing the Jeckyll and Hyde act so far this season, jumping back and forth from really good football to really bad football, and so guessing how they will play against the Texans is near impossible.
The game is in Jacksonville, which gives the Jaguars some sort of advantage, but the Texans seem just too powerful for them to stop, especially if David Garrard makes a few mistakes.
Houston by 10
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
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Despite the loss to the Oakland Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs are still a good team, and still have the potential to win the AFC West this year. If they can minimize their mistakes this week, they should not have too much difficulty winning.
However, the problem is that they will likely pass the ball at some point, which gives Denver the chance to capitalize on those opportunities. If the Broncos are capable of one thing, it is stopping the pass, and that is what they are going to have to focus their energy on.
The Broncos want to remain competitive this year, and they want to prove to their fans at Invesco that they are not going to roll over and die on them, so they should put up on heck of a fight against the Chiefs. It will be close, but Denver seems to have the slight edge right now.
Denver by 4
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
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Not much to say about this one.
The Cowboys are playing some of the worst football I have ever seen right now, whereas the Giants are white hot.
The Cowboys come to New York for this one, too, which makes things even worse for them.
This one won't even be close.
New York Giants by 21
Seattle vs. Arizona
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Who doesn't love a good NFC West match up? *Sarcasm*
Seattle plays terribly when they aren't at home, and the Cardinals find ways every week to blow games, so this one is up in the air to some degree.
With Derek Anderson back under center and playing passable football, I think the Cardinals have the slight edge this weekend when the Seahawks travel to Arizona.
Arizona by 10
St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
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The 49ers have managed to sneak out two wins so far this season, and they would really like a win in conference to ease the pain of their season so far.
However, beating the Rams will be a tall order. St. Louis has a lot going for them, and while they haven't been spectacular on the road, I don't see them dropping this one. The 49ers just aren't playing well enough, and Troy Smith has yet to prove himself as a good enough quarterback to consistently lead the 49ers to victory.
St. Louis by 10
New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers
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The New England Patriots suffered a tough loss last week against the Cleveland Browns, which could be more of a sign of weakness than people think.
This week they have to travel to the Steel City, where they will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers who seem to be playing very well on both sides of the ball as of late.
If Tom Brady and the Patriots offense can take over the game early, the Pats could come out with the win. However, the Steelers defense just seems too dominant for that to happen, which should allow them to take an early lead and grab another win this weekend.
Pittsburgh by 7
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
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With Michael Vick back under center, it is hard to bet against the Philadelphia Eagles. They are playing great football so far this year (despite the hiccup against the Tennessee Titans), and are looking like the team to beat in the NFC East (quiet down Giants fans, just being honest here).
The Redskins, on the other hand, seem to be falling apart at the seams. They have home field advantage in this one, but unless they get themselves together and play with real fire, they will lose this one.
Philadelphia by 10