Week 10 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time Staff
Time now for our Week 10 NFL Picks!
Week 10 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
As I mention every week, copy my picks and you can thank me later. After Week 9, I’m still in the lead with 85-47 for the season. So if you like winning, I think I can help.
The most interesting game for me this week is the Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks.
Similar to last year, the Arizona Cardinals are at the top of the division looking to end strong and garner a playoff berth. But coming in last year, the Seahawks beat the Cardinals twice late in the season and went on to win five straight ultimately leading to an NFC Championship.
But that was last year, the main difference this time around is the presence of resurgent QB Carson Palmer. Palmer leads the conference with a 110.2 passer rating and 20 touchdowns. And he’s not alone, as he has three legitimate WR1 targets this time around with Larry Fitzgerald (also in a resurgent year), John Brown and Michael Floyd. And what better way to top off the offense with yet ANOTHER resurgent player in RB Chris Johnson, who’s had four 100-yard rushing games over the last six. Altogether, this adds up to Arizona being ranked second in scoring (32.9) and fourth in total offense and passing yards.
The Seattle Seahawks are also trying to put on a late season surge, as they managed to beat weak San Francisco and Dallas teams before the bye. But regardless of their 4-4 record, the Seattle Defense is still living up to expectations, as they allow the second lowest passing yards per game in the league (186.4) and allow the second least amount of points per game in the league (17.5).
As I’ve said before, with one of the best offenses showing down against one of the best defenses in the league, I usually side with the defense. And with the Seahawks at home with the benefit of the “12th Man” causing Cardinals false starts throughout the game, I think the Seahawks manage to stay on a roll and close out the Cardinals by a score.
Scott King’s Picks
I was closing the gap on Ha Kung last week and my picks fell apart in prime time. My picks are way too predictable this week and I’m expecting to post a terrible number. No way this many favorites pull out this win this week.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Detroit Lions (1-7) @ Green Bay Packers (6-2)
The Green Bay Packers head into week 10 with a two week losing streak, tying for first place in the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings, who are entering the week with a four game win streak. The Lions are currently at the bottom of the NFC division with their only win to the Chicago Bears in week 7.
The Green Bay Packers lead this division rivalry, winning 95 games against the Detroit Lions and losing 67. If the Vikings lose to the Oakland Raiders, the Green Bay Packers might find themselves back on top of the NFC North…again…but that is a lot of “ifs”. The Packers have been struggling of late, after losing a six game winning streak. Aaron Rodgers has made unlike-Rodgers decisions in the last two weeks, having 1 interception and 5 sacks against the Carolina Panthers. Luckily for Rodgers and the Packers, Matthew Stafford has been struggled the entire season with 11 interceptions and a quarterback rating of only 50.1, with the Lions defense allowing 385.8 yards per game and 30.6 points per game. A lot of unforeseen coincidental happenstance (READ: “luck”) will need to occur for the Lions to win week 10.
The Green Bay Packers move to 7-2.
Miami Dolphins (3-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)
The Miami Dolphins currently sit in last place of the AFC East, as the Philadelphia Eagles have climbed their way to second place in the NFC East, just 1 game behind the New York Giants. While the Dolphins enter week 10 with two devastating losses, the Eagles enter into week 10 with an amazing overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys.
The bottom line: Nobody expected Sam Bradford to lead the Eagles into second place in the division. Bradford has 10 interceptions, 1 fumble and a terrible quarterback rating of 35.3. What is more unexpected is Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. With high expectations after an off-season spending spree, the Dolphins have had little production. Tannehill has 9 interceptions, 5 fumbles and a quarterback rating of just 33.6.
With two mediocre defenses, this should be a high scoring game which Philly eeks out.
Minnesota Vikings (6-2) @ Oakland Raiders (4-4)
As we enter week 10, the Vikings and the Raiders have both shown highs and lows. The Vikings are on a four week tear finding themselves tied atop the NFC North. As the Raiders are coming off a well-played game, but ultimately lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime. Who would have guessed that these two teams would come into their own, finding a well rooted offenses, and withstanding fairly mediocre defenses?
The Raiders biggest question impacting their chances for success in Sunday’s game is whether Latavius Murray will be on the field. Murray, who left the game in week 9 with a concussion, has been a great contributor to the Raiders offense in establishing a run game this season. And, without the option of a run game, a win could be difficult for the Raiders. With the Vikings only allowing 220.6 passing yards per game, it will be an upward battle for the Raiders if they’re heavily relying only on their passing game.
Teddy Bridgewater of the Vikings has only thrown for 1670 yards and 6 touchdowns in nine weeks. In week 9, Bridgewater threw for no touchdowns, but had a rushing touchdown, bringing his total to 2 rushing touchdowns for the season. The Raiders have only allowed 96.9 rush yards per game, but have allowed 314.6 passing yards per game.
Expect Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph to get a lot of targets.
Look for the Vikings to take advantage of the Raiders passing defense, and the Raiders defense to take advantage of Bridgewater’s poor passing.
John Kirkland’s Picks
Joey Alibro’s Picks
Jason Johnson’s Picks
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
The three undefeated teams stay undefeated.
There is no happy homecoming for Rex in Jersey, New York Jets 24 – Buffalo Bills 13.
The Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, and Seattle Seahawks all hold home serve.
This week the rich get fatter and the poor get weaker.
My one upset, the Washington Redskins defeats the New Orleans Saints as one point home underdog.
Week 9 Results
Interested in how we did in Week 9? Here you go!
The Season So Far…
And here’s were we all stand with our NFL picks through 9 weeks.
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