No Punt Intended: Week 10 NFL Picks

No Punt Intended: Week 10 NFL Picks
By Brody Burns

Last Week: 7-6                                      Season Record: 76-40

Denver (-7) at San Diego – The Chargers second half schedule is stacked; two games against the Chiefs, two against the Broncos, one against the AFC North leading Bengals, and the .500 Dolphins come to town. To have a chance at the second wildcard spot, the Chargers have to go 5-3, and I’m already counting those three losses being on the road at Denver, on the road in Kansas City, and at home against Cincinnati. That means Sunday is a must-win. Too bad Peyton and the Broncos are coming to town. My Pick: Broncos 34, Chargers 24.

Thursday Night: Washington (-3) at Minnesota – Anyone else tired of seeing the Vikings all over the national games? The Vikings have more nationally televised games (3) than wins (1) this season; they would be better placed under the flex-option. On the other hand, Washington isn’t dead in the water yet. The marginal NFC East is wide open, and Washington at 3-5 is only two games back of the Cowboys. My Pick: Washington 24, Vikings 20.

Seattle (-6) at Atlanta – The Seahawks haven’t looked too dominant as of late. It took overtime to beat the win-less Buccaneers on Sunday, a goal-line stand to steal a win from the Rams the week before, and a second-half surge to pull away from the Cardinals two weeks ago. At game time those were three losing teams that the Seahawks should have feasted upon. Something is funky about this team, they’ll win on Sunday, but need to be more dominant down the stretch, the Niners are looming. My Pick: Seahawks 27, Falcons 17.

Detroit (-3) at Chicago – In week four the Lions beat the Bears, in a worse-than-the score looks 40-32 victory. In fact, the Bears only real victory was keeping Calvin Johnson to just four catches. While the Bears do have one of the better secondaries in football, I think Johnson erupts on Sunday and the Lions win big. My Pick: Lions 31, Bears 21.

Philadelphia at Green Bay (-10) – At time of writing this, Aaron Rodgers had just gone out of the Monday Night Football game against the Bears, hence the double digit spread. They don’t cover without Rodgers. On a side note, if I were Nick Foles and I just tied the single-game record for touchdown passes, I’d be pissed Chip Kelly took me out midway through the fourth quarter against the Raiders. A chance at breaking a record may not come again for Foles. Eagles will get back to their losing ways this week. My Pick: Packers 28, Eagles 24.

Jacksonville at Tennessee (-13) – The only real question is will Jacksonville beat the spread. In my history of watching football, I can’t remember a team being a 13-point underdog coming off of a bye week. I think they have legitimately two chances to win this season, and one of them is week 17, rest the starters’ game at Indianapolis. The Jaguars are looking like the worst football team to ever play in the NFL. My Pick: Titans 31, Jaguars 20.

St. Louis at Indianapolis (-10) – Andrew Luck and the Colts are quietly leading their division, and he’s outplaying both of his star-caliber sophomore QBs. Luck and the Colts are gonna be good for a long time. My Pick: Colts 28, Rams 20.

Oakland at NY Giants (-7) –Question of the week, does Lindsay Lohan have another legitimate movie role before the Raiders have another winning season? That could really go either way. My Pick: Giants 26, Raiders 20.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh (-3.5) – It’s time for the Steelers to start truly assessing Ben Roethlisberger and his fit in the long-term plans of the organization. April is lauded as being a QB laden draft, and the Steelers took Landry Jones last year. They’ll win on Sunday, but it may be time to start shopping. My Pick: Steelers 26, Bills 21.

Cincinnati (-1.5) at Baltimore – The Ravens are going to be one of five playoff teams from last year that don’t make the post-season this year; Falcons, Vikings, Redskins, Texans being the others. The Bengals will assert themselves as the new king of the mountain in the AFC North on Sunday. My Pick: Bengals 27, Ravens 20.

Carolina at San Francisco (-6) – This is easily the game of the week. The Panthers are the hottest team in football; they’ve won their last four in a row, by an average of twenty points. If they were playing anyone else on Sunday, I’d pick the Panthers, but the Niners, at home, coming off of a bye week. It’s too tall an order for Cam and company. My Pick: Niners 31, Panthers 28.

Houston at Arizona (-2.5) – The Cardinals are 3-1 at home, and the Texans are 1-3 on the road. Enough said. My Pick: Cardinals 21, Texans 20.

Dallas at New Orleans (-7) – The Cowboys are in control of their own destiny in the NFC East; although I think the team that manages to go 8-8 will win that division. Look for the Saints to bounce back big after a disappointing loss in New York last week. My Pick: Saints 31, Cowboys 20.

Miami at Tampa Bay – Again MNF needs to flex a 0-8 team out of this game. I’m pretty sure people in the Tampa area don’t even want to watch this one. My Pick: Buccaneers 25, Dolphins 24.

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