Week 10 Picks

Aaron LiebmanAnalyst INovember 6, 2008

Sure, it's only Thursday, but with the NFL's desperate attempt to get more people to demand NFL Network, Thursday Night Football debuts with Cleveland and Denver.

If they wanted ratings, you have to wonder why, back when the schedule was being made, they chose two teams that hadn't even been to the playoffs last season and may not this season as well. Then again, being the only game on TV is the only way anyone would care about this matchup.

Denver over Cleveland: The Brady Quinn era begins in the wake of the Derek Anderson failure. He couldn't have asked for a worse defense to debut against. And the Denver defense couldn't have asked for a better situation to break their losing streak.



New Orleans over Atlanta: Don't look now, but the Falcons, with their rookie QB and rookie head coach, pulled a shutout last week. Then again, it was the Raiders. Throw out the defenses here because it'll be a score fest and the Saints have a better offense.

Indianapolis over Pittsburgh: Colts haven't won in the Steel City since 1974 but Big Ben is iffy for this week's game.  The Colts looked like the team of old last week and although the division is out of reach, they might still have a shot for a wild card.

New England over Buffalo: Right when people jumped on that Buffalo Bills bandwagon, they lost two division games and, due to tiebreakers, are not technically in first place anymore. New England's at home, so look for the triple play in terms of losses for Buffalo in the AFC East.

Minnesota over Green Bay: Battle for second place and potentially first place if Chicago loses.  The Packers put up a good fight in Tennessee last week, but Minnesota has Adrian Peterson and Bernard Berrian has quietly become a force at wideout.

Chicago over Tennessee: The Titans will get their first loss of the season, regardless of who their quarterback is. Rex Grossman had a nice little curtain call game last week before his impending release at the end of the season. But if he beats the Titans, hello quarterback controversy.



Giants over Philadelphia: Only worry here is that the Giants will pull one of their famous chokes the week after having a great game against a big rival. But since this rival is arguably tougher, I doubt they'll overlook Philly.

Jets over St. Louis: Brett Favre has finally been playing like his age and needed a good game from his defense to win in Buffalo last week. The game will be close mostly because the Jets appear to be a mess on offense, but it won't be enough of a mess to lose.



Arizona over San Francisco: It seems the Cardinals have a clear path to the NFC West title and a win over the 'Niners will solidify that.

Miami over Seattle: Who would've thought this back in August? The Dolphins have a chance to be over .500 for the first time since 2005. Seattle is just a mess all over the place.

Houston over Baltimore: I didn't think the Ravens would win 5 games all year.  How have they done it?  I have no idea.  That's why I have to go with the Texans.

Detroit over Jacksonville: This is mostly a joke pick. I just think it would be SO funny to have the Jaguars give the Bengals their first win of the year and then the next week give the Lions their first. May not happen, but if it does and I didn't pick it, I don't think I could live with myself.



San Diego over Kansas City: Kansas City has actually been entertaining lately and nearly pulled off an upset over Tampa Bay last week. San Diego has been a flop this year but are coming off a bye week and have had time to regroup.

Carolina over Oakland: Bleh.