The Ravens beat the Bengals; the Cowboys got embarrassed; the Giants won but did not cover; but I got the win with the Panthers over the 49ers.
Here are this week’s picks. I’ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week’s games in the comments section. Good luck!
Week 10 Record: 1-3
Overall Record: 15-25
Arizona Cardinals (-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are riding high after earning their first win of the season last week over the Titans, but even at home, this team is still pretty bad. Arizona is not exactly a well-oiled machine, but give me the Cardinals to go into Jacksonville and cover the spread.
Minnesota Vikings (+12) at Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks’ offense got back on track last weekend against the Falcons, and that was on the road. Returning home with the “12th Man” should further give the offense a boost as Seattle takes on a weak Vikings team. It’s a big spread here, but one that I believe the Seahawks will cover.
Kansas City Chiefs (+7.5) at Denver Broncos
Based on my record this season, I’m at the point where I want to pick some rivalry games to make it that much more interesting. It’s not like I’m dominating the standings to where I need to have all safe picks! So I’m picking this Chiefs-Broncos game. I really like what the Chiefs’ defense has been able to do this year, but it has come against mostly sub-par teams. Playing the Broncos will be the team’s biggest test so far. Peyton Manning is going to play, but his injured ankle could be problematic. But even hobbled Peyton Manning is better than anyone the Chiefs have faced this season. It’s amazing to think that the only undefeated team left in the league is getting 7.5 points. I’m a believer in the Chiefs, and I think they’ll be able to cover this spread in what’s shaping up to a great game.
Green Bay Packers (+5) at New York Giants
If the Giants were clicking on all cylinders, playing the Packers without Aaron Rodgers would not even be a question of who to pick. But with the offense – mainly Eli Manning – struggling to find its way, the pick requires a bit more thought. The Giants’ defense has been the team’s strong point the past few weeks, and it will have to stop the Packers’ rushing attack of Eddie Lacy and James Starks. If that’s the case, I feel pretty confident that the rest of the defense can limit third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien. It may not be a blowout like some are predicting, but a fourth straight win is in the cards for Big Blue.
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