Well, the Cleveland Browns did what they’re the absolute best at in the league; they squandered another halftime lead, and lost in a blowout to a team that will be hard-pressed to make the playoffs. But hey, at least their Week 10 is already in the books, and they don’t have to worry about losing on Sunday. Those silver linings are just so beautiful. Of course their game against the Ravens was only the first game of this week. What will happen in the others?
Here are my Ace Picks for Week 10…
Atlanta @ PHILADELPHIA – If not for some poor coaching, the Eagles would be coming into this game on a three game winning streak, having beaten the Vikings, and barely lost to teams they should have beaten in the Cowboys and Giants. The offense also needs to get untracked, and a visit from the Falcons abysmal defense is just the salve it needs. Pick: EAGLES (by 3).
Chicago @ TAMPA BAY – The Bears looked good in taking out a flagging Vikings team last week in Chicago, but they take their show on the road this week. Of course the perfect way to get a win streak going is to play against a poor defense. Check. Jay Cutler looks like a competent QB for the second straight week. Pick: BEARS (by 7).
Denver @ NEW ORLEANS – This one is tough to pick because it’s Drew Brees at home. But he’s playing against that tough Broncos defense. Except that they just gave up 30 points to the Raiders. Which is all the more reason to think they won’t let it happen back to back. I just can’t pick against that defense, even here. Pick: BRONCOS (by 3).
Green Bay @ TENNESSEE – The Titans are who we thought they were. It means they tend to beat teams they’re supposed to beat and lose to the ones they’re supposed to lose to, which is okay, except I’m not sure which group the Packers fit into right now. They’re on the road, and they just lost at home, so I’m thinking the run game of the Titans gashes them here. Pick: TITANS (by 3).
Kansas City @ CAROLINA – I’m not saying they look like the Carolina team from last season, but they’re looking better than they’ve looked so far this season. They’re still at home this week, facing a Chiefs team that is back to a conservative approach with Alex Smith back under center. Advantage: Carolina. Pick: PANTHERS (by 6).
LA Rams @ NY JETS – Todd Gurley is banged up, and he’s been pretty much the only consistent member of this Rams offense, which isn’t saying much. But it’s the Jets, and a turnover prone QB (whether it’s Fitzpatrick or someone else), but they won’t be… Jet-lagged, so I’ll go with them anyway. Pick: JETS (by 3).
Minnesota @ WASHINGTON – This isn’t the same Vikings team that got out to a red hot 5-0 record. They’re reeling right now, having just lost to the Bears in prime time, and with their offense looking abysmal. But I think they get untracked here, still on the road, against the Redskins, because they’re angry. Look for the running game to wake up with McKinnon and Asiata. Pick: VIKINGS (by 3).
Houston @ JACKSONVILLE – It’s easy to write off these Jaguars because of all the issues they’ve had, and with the regression of Blake Bortles, but they still have the parts and pieces to be dynamic on offense. Their defense just has to force a few takeaways, which will be possible against Brock Osweiler and the Texans. Pick: JAGUARS.
Miami @ SAN DIEGO – I like what the Dolphins have been doing lately, and they have a chance to get on the positive side of the win-loss ledger. With Ajayi running like he is, that’s a good possibility against a forever aching Chargers team. But something tells me Ajayi is off this game, and the Dolphins can’t lean on anyone else. Pick: CHARGERS (by 6).
Dallas @ PITTSBURGH – Much is made of this Cowboys team, and yes they are seriously on a roll, but I think that comes to a crashing halt in the Steel City. Big Ben is finally healthy this week, and he’s looking to put the team on his back. I think he does against a suspect Cowboys secondary. Pick: STEELERS.
San Francisco @ ARIZONA – Bruce Arians must be salivating this week because he’s back home against a 49ers team that has one win on the season. These teams traditionally play close contests, but I see this one coming down to turnovers. San Francisco is probably on its third string running back, and that doesn’t bode well. Pick: CARDINALS (by 6).
Seattle @ NEW ENGLAND – If this game were in the great Northwest I would give the Seahawks a better than even chance to come out on top, but against Tom Brady, in New England, I don’t see the script going too well for the ‘Hawks. I think it will be close, but in the end the Patriots pull away. Pick: PATRIOTS (by 3).
Cincinnati @ NY GIANTS – I just don’t trust Eli Manning, especially since he hasn’t had many problems the last couple of games. He’s due for a dud, and against an opportunistic Bengals defense, this very well may be the week. The only issue I have is that this is prime time and Andy Dalton’s struggles after dark are pretty legendary. I don’t think it will matter here. Pick: BENGALS (by 3).