Site Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks for Week 10

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Jacksonville at New York Jets (-7)

Both teams need a win here, as they both still have dreams of playoffs in their heads. The Jags can’t pressure the QB, and the Jets need to get back to running the ball and Mark Sanchez needs to play well. Look for a close game with the Jets winning late. New York 24 Jacksonville 21

Denver (-3.5) at Washington

The Broncos were handled pretty easily by the Steelers Monday night, as they were beat up in the 2nd half. Now they go to DC, where the Skins are in shambles, don’t have Clinton Portis, and the fans want Jim Zorn and Daniel Snyder to get on a horse and leave town. Broncos will find a way. Denver 17 Washington 7

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (-7)

The Steelers are playing at a high level right now, winning a tough road game at Denver. The Bengals want to show that the week three win at home vs Pittsburgh was no fluke. Cincy has had success in years past in Pittsburgh, but with the Steelers D playing as good as any in the league, and Big Ben throwing as well as any QB, the Steelers will win this North battle. Pittsburgh 27 Cincinnati 20

Buffalo at Tennessee (-7)

The Titans have won two straight with Chris Johnson and Vince Young leading the offense. The Bills had the bye, and will get their QB – Trent Edwards back. Look for the Titans to stick with their gameplan of the last two weeks – run and ball and avoid mistakes, to win their third straight. Tennessee 23 Buffalo 13

Detroit at Minnesota (-17)

The Lions gave the Vikings a game last year in Minnesota, but that was a different Vikings team. The Lions need to get some big plays and hold AP and Brett Favre in check, but that’s easier said than done. Minnesota is a focused team that feels they are just as good as the undefeated Saints. They will prove it with a huge win here. Minnesota 37 Detroit 14

New Orleans (-13.5) at St.Louis

I had the upset last week of the Saints losing to the Panthers, and hey, I was somewhat close. This week I won’t go against them, as they are playing a bad Rams team that isn’t making much progress it seems like with a new staff put in place before the season. If your going to this game, it’s likely to see the new greatest show on turf – the Saints. New Orleans 31 St.Louis 13

Atlanta (-1.5) at Carolina

The Panthers seem to play better on the road than at home, but need a win here in the worst way if they want to even sniff the playoffs. The Falcons rebounded nicely after a loss two weeks back in topping the Skins at home. Carolina needs to hold Michael Turner in check, and Jake Delhomme needs to find a way to make some plays. Tough game to call, but to me Atlanta is the better team. Atlanta 17 Carolina 14

Tampa Bay at Miami (-10)

The Bucs got a lift last week, winning their first game of the season, and also got a lift from rookie QB Josh Freeman. Now they travel in-state to play the Fins, who hung tough but fell to the Pats in New England. 10 is an awful lot of points to lay here, and while the Fins will find a way to win, the Bucs will cover and hang in there for the most part. Miami 24 Tampa Bay 20

Kansas City at Oakland (-2)

There’s a rumor that plenty of good seats remain for this one. The Raiders are a bad team that can’t seem to get out of their own way. They have a QB who is bad, a running game that should be a whole lot better, and wide outs that can’t make a play. Most of what was said about Oakland can be said for the Chiefs, but at least they have a QB who is someone that seems to be on the right track. For that, I will go with the Chiefs on the road. Kansas City 13 Oakland 10

Seattle at Arizona (-8.5)

The Hawks had to rally past the awful Lions at home last week, while the Cards beat up the Bears on the road. Arizona wants to put the division to rest, and pretty much can do so with a win here. They are another team (Arizona) that plays better on the road, but won’t fall to their division rivals, a team they beat up earlier this year, at home this week. Arizona 28 Seattle 17

Philadelphia at San Diego (-1.5)

The Chargers pulled off a huge win in NY last week over the Giants. The Eagles are coming in off a loss at home to the Cowboys. Philly was terrible the last time they went out west, losing to the Raiders 13-9. I look for San Diego to hit some plays against the Eagles D, and the Chargers D to get some mistakes from McNabb and the Eagles offense. San Diego 27 Philadelphia 21

Dallas (-3) at Green Bay

The Cowboys have taken control of the NFC East with some big recent wins, maybe the biggest last week in Philly. The Pack just cannot keep Aaron Rodgers upright, and last week pressure forced mistakes, which cost them against the Bucs in Tampa. This week will be much of the same, as the Cowboys pressure will pay off with another huge win as they get closer to being the team to beat in the NFC East. Dallas 31 Green Bay 21

New England at Indianapolis (-3)

Always the game of the year for these two teams, the Colts are the better team this season, and playing at home, they have the advantage. They have struggled on offense a bit the last two weeks, but will rise up here against their rivals. Look for a big game from Peyton, and for the Colts D to do enough vs Brady to get a huge win and stay undefeated. Indianapolis 26 New England 24

Monday Night:

Baltimore (-11) at Cleveland

I can’t believe I have to cover this game Monday night here in Cleveland. The Browns are simply awful, and they are tough to watch week after week. They go back to Brady Quinn, which is about the only thing on their side worth talking about. The Ravens crushed them the first time around, and unless they come in totally flat, they should be able with ease to do the same. Ugh. Baltimore 35 Cleveland 13


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One Response to “Site Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks for Week 10”

  1. LDUTheCoach says:

    I dont agree with the San Diego pick but most of the rest I do.. honestly though.. the Eagles have 27 sacks and the Chargers cant run the ball.. Rivers is gonna have it tough!!!

    http://www.lionsdenu.com/category/sports/nfl-guide-2009-2010/