It is the last week of byes and then we have a full slate of games for the remainder of the season. Keep it mind, there are also Thursday night games starting this week so be sure to get your picks in on time! Check out my game-by-game analysis for Week 10…
Week 1 – New York Giants – WIN
Week 2 – Green Bay Packers – WIN
Week 3 – New England Patriots – WIN
Week 4 – New Orleans Saints – WIN
Week 5 – Indianapolis Colts – WIN
Week 6 – Chicago Bears – LOSS
(I will begin giving multiple options for future weeks after my first loss.)
Week 7 –
1. Saints – L /
2. Ravens – W /
3. Chiefs – W
Week 8 –
1. Jets – L /
2. Chiefs – W / 3. Rams – W
Week 9 –
1. Packers – W /
2. Vikings – W
On to the games…
Bengals @ Colts – The Colts lost on opening day in Houston and followed it up with a home blowout of the New York Giants. When the Colts lost in Jacksonville in Week 4, they came home and beat the Chiefs by 10. This week, Peyton Manning comes off a loss in Philadelphia and will look to come home to avenge his last loss. Cincinnati just gave it their final push in a Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They fell short and now their season is officially down and out. Indianapolis is a top choice this week.
Texans @ Jaguars – This is a tough game to choose with both 4-4 teams needing a victory to keep pace with the rest of the division. It would be heartbreaking for the Texans to fall to 4-5 after such a strong start. Skip.
Titans @ Dolphins – The Dolphins are 0-3 at home this season with the combined record of their home opponents of 18-6. It does not get any easier as the 5-3 Titans come into town off a bye. This one’s virtually a pick ‘em so avoid in survivor.
Vikings @ Bears – This is a huge game for Minnesota and it will not be easy. They enter Chicago needing to keep the momentum of that last victory going. However, the first 55 minutes of the Arizona game cannot be discounted. The Vikings need to come out strong from the start and get to Jay Cutler. If they can get an early lead, they’ll be in great shape, but avoid this NFC North rivalry.
Lions @ Bills – Will the Bills pick up their first win this week? They have lost their last three games (two in overtime) by three points each. All three games were away from Buffalo with one coming in Toronto. The Lions come to town without Matthew Stafford and the Bills find themselves as an 0-8 favorite this week.
Jets @ Browns – The Jets have not been playing their best football recently and they were lucky to escape Detroit with a win. It will not be any easier against the Browns, who are flying high after that big win against New England. They’ll look for the sweep of the top two in the AFC East on Sunday. Pass.
Panthers @ Buccaneers – The Panthers will be deciding on a quarterback with Matt Moore done for the season and Tampa Bay is coming off a tough loss in Atlanta. The Buccaneers cannot afford to drop another NFC South game if they wish to contend in that division. Tampa needs to come out and dominate Carolina with a 20-3 win. Good teams put away inferior opponents. If the Buccaneers want to prove they are a good team, they’ll do just that on Sunday. Tampa is another possible selection.
Chiefs @ Broncos– What happen to the Broncos? They played a great game against the New York Jets and ever since then, they’ve looked terrible. Now they get the Chiefs in their building after a bye. Kansas City is clearly the better team, but something tells me the Broncos take this one at home.
Rams @ 49ers – The 49ers are only two games out of first as they sit at 2-6 in the division. It will still take a great second half for them to make the playoffs, but it starts at home against St. Louis. Nevertheless, I like the way Steve Spagnuolo has his team playing and I think the Rams pull the upset here. Just when you think San Francisco can begin to creep back into the division, their hopes vanish.
Seahawks @ Cardinals – Monitor the quarterback situation in Seattle. This is a big week for the NFC West. A lot can happen in the final weeks, but this week will go a long way in telling you how the division may shape up.
Cowboys @ Giants – Dallas changes coaches this week as they go to the big stage in New York. The Giants are banged up on the offensive line, but need to take care of business with the Eagles up next on the schedule.
Patriots @ Steelers – Avoid this battle between 6-2 teams on primetime. Should be a good game early, but I like the Steelers to pull away late.
Eagles @ Redskins – The Eagles find themselves favored again over the Redskins this season. However, this time there is some controversy surrounding Washington. Hopefully we will get a full dose of the Michael Vick vs. Donovan McNabb matchup this time around. The Eagles
should be able to handle the Redskins in D.C., but take nothing for granted in the NFC East.
Selections: If you have the Colts, you can use them, but this is your best week to use Tampa Bay. They are coming home after a tough road loss. They need to bounce back with a divisional win or they’ll be 1-3 in the NFC South. The Giants are also an option if you have not used them. If you have exhausted those three teams and need to pick some of the closer matchups, I like Pittsburgh over New England and Minnesota over Chicago. Only use those if you have no other options.
Team to avoid: 49ers. Those divisional matchups are tricky, especially for the road favorites. San Francisco is at home this week, but the Rams are playing better football.