NFL Picks Week 10: Stuck in the Middle

The New Orleans Saints take on the Cincinnati Bengals with a chance to win their eighth consecutive game of the season. The Saints are clearly rolling and find themselves in the top spot in the NFC after last week’s massive victory. Now the Saints must travel to Cincinnati to face a team that they cannot take lightly.

With the Saints coming off a thrilling victory against the previously unbeaten Rams at home, and a week away from hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles, the Saints seem to be stuck in the middle here between two highly anticipated games. This road game against a non-conference opponent has all the markings of a trap game, but the Saints need to be smart enough and determined enough to not fall for the trap.

Let’s take a look at this and all of the exciting Week 10 action in the NFL.

Last week I went 11-2

I told you so: Saints over Rams (by 10)!

What do I know: Ravens over Steelers?

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WEEK 10

Thursday, November 8th – Thursday Night Football

Panthers(6-2) at Steelers(5-2-1) – Game of the Week

The focus of this big game can easily shift from these equally good defenses, or the dangerous ground games, but ultimately this game will come down to Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton. Cam will avoid the turnovers that Big Ben won’t, and that will be the difference in this marquee matchup. Carolina wins 28-24.

Pick: Panthers

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Sunday, November 11th – Early Games

Falcons(4-4) at Browns(2-6-1)

Atlanta’s passing attack will face little resistance against Cleveland’s awful defense. Atlanta wins 23-17.

Pick: Falcons

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Lions(3-5) at Bears(5-3)

Chicago’s defense will crush Detroit’s shellshocked offense at home in this one. Chicago wins 24-10.

Pick: Bears

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Cardinals(2-6) at Chiefs(8-1)

Arizona is thoroughly incapable of keeping this game remotely close. Kansas City wins 42-13.

Pick: Chiefs

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Patriots(7-2) at Titans(4-4)

New England will do what they regularly do against Tennessee, smash them. New England wins 34-14.

Pick: Patriots

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Redskins(5-3) at Buccaneers(3-5)

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tampa’s aerial attack will topple Washington’s defense, and the deficit they’ll find themselves in will effectively shut out their running game. Tampa wins 31-21.

Pick: Buccaneers

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Bills(2-7) at Jets(3-6)

Buffalo’s defense will keep them in this game by forcing turnovers and capitalizing on them, but it won’t be enough to beat the Jets on the road. Jets win 23-21.

Pick: Jets

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Jaguars(3-5) at Colts(3-5)

Jacksonville’s staggering fall from the ranks of the AFC’s elite will continue against Andrew Luck and the resurgent Colts in Indy. Indianapolis wins 24-14.

Pick: Colts

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Saints(7-1) at Bengals(5-3)

Even though they’ll be away from the Superdome this week, the Saints dominant offense will have their way with the last-ranked defense in the NFL in Cincinnati. Look for big games from Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and the usual suspects, but the breakout star of this game will be rookie wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, who will have his best game of the year.

This is the big “trap game” remaining on the Saints schedule. It’s the first early game on the schedule in seven weeks, since the Week 3 game in Atlanta, and will be the last one until Week 14 at Tampa. Sean Payton will need to be up to his tricks to keep the team focused and not look past these Bengals. It won’t take much though, as the Saints are just flat-out better, and without AJ Green, Cincy will face the NFL’s best team without their best weapon. New Orleans’ streak continues with a convincing win on the road. Saints win 38-21.

Pick: Saints

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Sunday, November 11th – Late Games

Chargers(6-2) at Raiders(1-7)

Los Angeles’ sneaky good season continues by smashing their rivals in Oakland, as they keep pace with Kansas City in the AFC West race. Los Angeles wins 30-12.

Pick: Chargers

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Seahawks(4-4) at Rams(8-1)

This game will be much, much closer than most people think it will be, thanks to valiant efforts by both Russell Wilson, and the Seattle defense, but Los Angeles will score the game winning touchdown in the closing moments. Los Angeles wins 28-24.

Pick: Rams

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Dolphins(5-4) at Packers(3-4-1)

Green Bay may be mediocre at most things, but Miami is far below average at everything, plus, Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers, and that’s enough to beat Miami. Green Bay wins 27-23.

Pick: Packers

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Sunday Night Football

Cowboys(3-5) at Eagles(4-4)

With Dallas’ confidence free falling each and every week, Philly will pick the Cowboys apart at home in primetime. Philadelphia wins 32-9.

Pick: Eagles

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Monday, November 12th – Monday Night Football

Giants(1-7) at 49ers(2-7)

The Giants’ miserable, nightmarish season won’t get any better with another loss here in primetime against the similarly bad Niners. San Francisco wins 24-20.

Pick: 49ers

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There you have it, Week 10 is upon us, and the Saints have a huge opportunity to win a big road game here. Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below.

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