It’s time to lay out my 2010 NFL week 10 predictions and picks. Who will emerge as the winners and who will walk away losers during the week 10 schedule? Read on for my analysis on each individual game.
Let’s start my 2010 NFL week 10 predictions and picks with Baltimore at Atlanta on Thursday night. What an awesome matchup during the middle of the week. Both teams are very capable of winning at home and on the road. I think the Falcons are just too tough at home. Matt Ryan is a machine at the Georgia Dome and I think this week will be no different. Oddly enough, this could be a potential Super Bowl matchup the way both of these teams are currently playing. There is a long way to go before we can get serious talking about things like that. For now, I like the Falcons to win 23-16. Why do I pick the Falcons? I think there has been much said about the Baltimore defense. It’s true that the Ravens get after it on every possession. But I think the difference in this particular week 10 schedule matchup will actually be the Atlanta defense against the Baltimore offense. I believe the Falcons Gritz Blitz their way to a very stingy victory thanks to their big defensive ability.
The next game on the 2010 NFL week 10 schedule is Detroit at Buffalo. It’s about time for the Bills to get their first victory. However, it won’t be easy against a Detroit team that is playing solid defense right now. The Lions could potentially steal away one of the few chances the Bills have for an obvious win if they get pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick. But my take on this game is that the Bills will finally get that elusive win. Buffalo wins 24-20.
Minnesota is at Chicago in what could be a make or break game for the Vikings. It’s a divisional showdown and this one could be the difference in the Vikings having life or being left for dead. With that in mind, Chicago looked more impressive than ever before this season on offense last week in Toronto against Buffalo. My 2010 NFL week 10 picks have the Bears winning at home against their old rival Brett Favre–believe me, they’ll be on their feet chanting against Farv-ruh from the start of the game. Bears sack Favre 4 times and intecept three passes in route to a 26-17 victory.
The New York Jets are at Cleveland also during the 2010 NFL week 10 schedule. What in the world is happening with the Browns. Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis look like the best one two punch in the NFL of late. In fact, the Browns even laid a whooping on the New England Patriots last week. Does that mean they will be able to beat the Jets? Interesting question. This is one of the hardest 2010 NFL week 10 picks for many analysts because of the unpredictable nature of Cleveland. My gut tells me that the Jets will defense their way to a 17-16 victory.
Carolina is at Tampa Bay in week 10. The Bucs should rebound easily from a loss to the Falcons this past week.
The Panthers seem to be playing for the top draft pick these days. However, I don’t think this game will be as lopsided as some might think. Still, Tampa Bay wins 23-10.
Houston is at Jacksonville also during the 2010 NFL week 10 schedule. This is an interesting matchup for several reasons. The suddenly cool Texans desperately need a win. The Jags also are searching for a huge notch in their playoff verdict. This one could be one of the harder games to project this week. When in doubt, I usually go with the home team. But not this time. I think the Texans offense will shine in a 25-17 victory.
Cincinnati is at Indianapolis to face an angry Colts team. Indy couldn’t pick up a big road win at Philadelphia and their string of November crumbled away. I think the Colts will roll at Lucas Oil Stadium despite being down their 4th string running back. Colts win 26-13.
Tennessee is in Miami for a huge road test. The Titans will debut Randy Moss against the Fish. But will that matter if Vince Young throws the ball wide? Moss has a habit of making quarterbacks look good. For that reason, I think Young and Moss develop instant chemistry and the Titans win 27-21.
My 2010 NFL week 10 picks continue with Kansas City at Denver. The Broncos may be down but not out. Kansas City lost a tough one in Oakland this past week. I know this sounds odd-but I think the Chiefs are suddenly looking the Denver team last season that started so well but finished poorly. I think the Broncos will have way too much offense and they’ll hammer Kansas City 31-14.
The hapless Dallas Cowboys are on the road at the New York Giants. The Giants have seemed invincible since they unleashed an incredible rush package against Jay Cutler and the Bears. In fact, I don’t think this one will be very close at all. Giants win 27-13.
Next up on the 2010 NFL week 10 schedule, Seattle is in Arizona. The Seahawks desperately need a win. The Cardinals are reeling after blowing a 14 point lead late in Minnesota and losing in overtime. These are two teams heading in the wrong direction. My 2010 NFL week 10 picks have the Cardinals winning 13-10 in overtime.
St. Louis is at San Francisco in what could be a big game for the Rams. But can they win at Candlestick Park? I think it’s going to be tough going for Sam Bradford finally as the Frank Gore show heats up for 150 plus yards. 49’ers win 26-23.
The Sunday night game should be terrific. New England is in Pittsburgh. The Steelers need this win for home field advantage–as do the Patriots. This could be an AFC title game preview if both teams follow their early season success. I think the Steelers will make a statement on defense with a 16-14 win. I also believe a safety or a special teams play could provide the only difference.
Monday night features Philadelphia at Washington. What are my 2010 NFL week 10 picks for this matchup?
I really like the Eagles even though they are on the road. I think the high powered offense that features Vick, McCoy and Jackson is way too much fire power for many defenses. With that said, Washington is still at home so I think it will be close. Eagles escape with a 26-24 win.
That’s it for my 2010 NFL week 10 picks and predictions. I’ll be back next week with another look at the 2010 NFL week 11 schedule picks and predictions.