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Thinking It Through

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NFL Picks, Week 10

Every year I participate in a Pigskin Pick ’em group organized by an obnoxious friend of mine from high school who spends his Sundays doing nothing but watching NFL football. I spend very little time watching football, and yet I continue to dream of beating him. And so every week I dutifully make my picks.

As always, the winning team is in caps.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS at Minnesota Vikings — Do the Vikings even have a quarterback? Or do they just throw names into a hat each week, and pick one out? Regardless, they are unlikely to win this game, even if they are playing the 3-5 Redskins.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at Atlanta Falcons — I’m picking Seattle, even though they almost lost to the winless Buccaneers last week. Seriously, what was that all about? Anyway, they’ll face slightly stiffer competition this week against the Falcons. But the Falcons are bad, and I can’t bring myself to pick them.

Buffalo Bills at PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Can the Bills go on the road and beat the Steelers? Probably not. But the Steelers are pretty bad, so keep an eye on this game.

Detroit Lions at CHICAGO BEARS — The Bears looked pretty good last week against Green Bay. Sure, both teams were missing their starting quarterbacks. But I like the Bears’ chances at home.

CINNCINNATI BENGALS at Baltimore Ravens — I keep expecting the Ravens to get it together, and they keep letting me down. I’m not going to make the same mistake again this week.

Philadelphia Eagles at GREEN BAY PACKERS — The Eagles looked good last week against Oakland, but I’m still not a big believer in 1. QB Nick Foles or 2. their revamped offense. If they win this week, maybe I’ll change my mind.

Jacksonville Jaguars at TENNESSEE TITANS — Another week, another loss for the Jags.

St. Louis Rams at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — You know what team rarely lets me down? The Indianapolis Colts. Last week I was convinced they were going to lose to Houston and stopped paying attention to the game ... but then I checked the final score and realized I had missed yet another impressive comeback. Anyway, the Colts are a very good team and they should be able to beat the Rams without too much trouble.

Oakland Raiders at NEW YORK GIANTS — These teams are both pretty bad, but I can’t in good conscience pick the Raiders to win on the road against a team coming off a bye.

Carolina Panthers at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Well, what do you know: The Panthers aren’t half bad! But they’re going to lose this week, when they take on the 49ers.

DENVER BRONCOS at San Diego Chargers — The Broncos are coming off a bye week and should be well rested. The Chargers are coming off a heartbreaking loss. Expect the Broncos to pour some more salt on San Diego’s wounds.

Houston Texans at ARIZONA CARDINALS — Texans coach Gary Kubiak left last week’s game as a result of a health scare. At the time, the Texans appeared on their way to an easy victory. But then the Colts mounted an impressive comeback, and Houston suffered an ugly loss. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see the Texans recovering from any of that. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they lost the rest of their games.

Dallas Cowboys at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Drew Brees looked like a mere mortal last week against the New York Jets. He’ll return to form this week at home against the hit-or-miss Cowboys.

Miami Dolphins at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Hmmmm. These might just be the two most dysfunctional teams in the league. Miami is currently embroiled in a bizarre bullying controversy, while Tampa Bay is horrible and hates the coach. However, the Buccaneers did show signs of life last week on the road in Seattle. Which is why I’m going with the upset. Meanwhile, I’ve rebranded this game the Dysfunction Bowl. Should be fun!

Last week’s results:

Me: 7-6 Overall: 86-47

My obnoxious friend: 7-6 Overall 89-44

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