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Week 10 NFL Picks: Could Texans vs. Bears be a Super Bowl Preview?


I went 9-5 last week with my picks, improving my season record to 74-58. With the Browns on bye, let's check out what's in store for the rest of the league this week. Let's get to my Week 10 NFL picks.

Week 10 Games Explanation Pick
vs. Get Gabbert Off the Field: I picked the Colts to win this game prior to our Thursday Night Open Thread. Sure enough, the Jaguars looked pathetic; how can you just keep calling comeback routes over and over again?
vs. Only Room For Three Contenders: After being handled by the Buccaneers and the Seahawks in back-to-back weeks, Minnesota is quickly falling in a division that has three other hot teams in Chicago, Green Bay, and Detroit. The Lions will improve their winning streak to three games via the passing game this week. Lions 23, Vikings 17
vs. Saints Deliver an Upset: With two powerhouses colliding (yes, I still call the Saints a powerhouse), it's time for the Saints to start making teams sweat that they are going to make a serious run at the postseason after all. It starts today, as they'll fall behind by two scores but rally in the fourth quarter for a last second win. Saints 34, Falcons 31
vs. Manning Brothers Strike Twice: The Giants are coming off an offensive struggle against the Steelers. Eli will get things together this week against a lackluster Bengals' defense, and Cincinnati will lose to a Manning brother for the second week in a row. Giants 31, Bengals 21
vs. Rice to Follow Up Martin: The Raiders don't have a running game, but Carson Palmer keeps on racking up yardage, touchdowns, and points in defeat. After what they gave up to Doug Martin a week ago, the Ravens would be foolish not to let Ray Rice go wild against them. Ravens 28, Raiders 20
vs. Spiller to the Rescue? Almost: The last time these two teams met, Buffalo got off to a huge lead before New England put on an absolute clinic to win decisively. I like the Bills to keep things a bit tighter this time, especially if they utilize C.J. Spiller early and often, but the Pats will pull away late. Patriots 34, Bills 27
vs. Staying in the Hunt: Jake Locker is expected to return this week for the Titans, and that's a positive to see if he can be the next franchise quarterback for Tennessee. The Dolphins have to be disappointed that they lost to the Colts a week ago, but they are still very much in the hunt and will win with their defense against the Titans. Dolphins 21, Titans 17
vs. Putting Out the Charge: The Chargers got back to basics last week on offense, although I guess anyone can beat the Chiefs these days. Tampa Bay is running hot with Doug Martin, so this is one of the more compelling matchups of the week for me. I think it's really a tossup, so I'll go with the red-hot Martin. Buccaneers 23, Chargers 20
vs. What Neck Surgery? It was good to see Cameron Newton put together a more complete game last week against the Redskins, and I think he'll do a fair job against the Broncos' defense. Unfortunately, Peyton Manning is on the other side of the field, and no one can stop him right now (unless maybe the Bears face him). Broncos 28, Panthers 24
vs. Tebow-less in Seattle: Will we see more of Tim Tebow in the Jets' offense following the bye? I feel like I've been asking that question since the start of the season. The Seahawks play too good of football in their home stadium for the mistake-happy Jets to be able to roll in and make a statement. Seahawks 20, Jets 10
vs. Status-quo: The 49ers just need to win a couple of division game, and they will be off in the NFC West. Danny Amendola could return for the Rams this week, but St. Louis looks to be fading after dropping three straight games. 49ers 24, Rams 7
vs. Romo Getting the Moxy Ready: It seems like we get a big NFC East matchup every week, doesn't it? With all of the attention these two teams get, you'd think they were the cream of the crop in the NFL. In reality, each of them only has one more win than the Browns do. The Eagles can't snap out of this funk with Michael Vick, and I like the Cowboys to get a strong showing from Tony Romo on the road. Cowboys 27, Eagles 21
vs. Super Bowl Preview? Matchup of the week? You betcha. This is as good of a midseason matchup you could ask for. While I'm not saying I'm predicting this as a Super Bowl matchup, if you're looking for two teams that are outstanding on offense and defense in the AFC and NFC, Houston and Chicago fit that billing. 7-1 vs. 7-1, who will come out victorious? I'll take the Bears at home. Bears 23, Texans 21
vs. No Hope for KC: The Steelers are heating up, and the Chiefs look like the worst managed team in football. Oh, what do you know -- they've got Romeo Crennel and Brian Daboll among their primary staff members! The Steelers' defense hasn't done squat all season, but they will have a heyday here. Steelers 27, Chiefs 6
Teams on the Bye Week

Survivor Pick:
I am 5-4 in survivor, riding a two-game winning streak after the Texans beat the Bills last week. The teams I've used are GB and HOU. This week, I'll go with Pittsburgh over the hopeless Chiefs.