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2014 NFL Season: Pokorny's Week 10 Picks

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Alex Goodlett

Week 10 of the NFL is like a second bye week for the Browns. Feel free to share your general thoughts on this week's games in the comments section.

Week 10 Games Explanation Pick
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Revenge of the Bucs: 56-0. That was the score at the end of the third quarter when these two teams squared off in Atlanta mid-way through September. Atlanta won big, but since then, the Falcons have proven to be a pretty sad football team themselves on both sides of the ball. Tampa Bay is going back to Josh McCown this week, but if there is one game that can motivate them for revenge, it has to be this one. Buccaneers 24, Falcons 20

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Offensive Spectacle: This is the final London game of the year, and the Cowboys knew they had to get Brandon Weeden out of the lineup ASAP. Tony Romo is expected to start, so Dallas' offense and DeMarco Murray should be able to put on a spectacle overseas. The Jaguars really won't have a chance until Blake Bortles starts playing well early in games. Cowboys 34, Jaguars 17

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Game of the Week: This isn't a matchup one would have pegged this preseason as a "game of the week," but both teams have delivered as of late. Buffalo has won 3 of 4 since Kyle Orton took over at quarterback, while the Chiefs have won 5 of their last 6 games. Both teams play efficient on offense and have top-10 ranked defenses. I'm on the fence here, but I'm going with the Chiefs because even if Sammy Watkins plays, he won't be at full strength. Chiefs 17, Bills 14

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A Little Respect? OK, maybe it's time I start giving the Dolphins a little respect. They have outscored opponents 91-27 in their past three games, which include two road victories and a dominant 37-0 performance against the Chargers last week. The Lions are 6-2, but have barely squeaked out wins by 1 point in each of their past two games. With a bye week to rest and Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush both returning for the offense, though, I'll take the Lions in a close one. Lions 23, Dolphins 21

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Don't Even Think About It: Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 12 touchdowns in his past two games. The Jets have lost 8 straight games and look like the worst team in the NFL. Yes, the "any given Sunday" rule still applies in the NFL, but it's hard to even fathom a Jets win these days. Steelers 34, Jets 13

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Climb to the Top: Both of these teams are 4-4 but facing very different circumstances. If the 49ers lose, they will be two games out of a wildcard spot in a best case scenario. If the Saints lose...they'll still be leading the NFC South at 4-5. Eek! New Orleans has shown a little life lately, while the 49ers' mess is just hard to describe. Saints 28, 49ers 24

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Back in a Groove: After losing two straight divisional games, the Ravens find themselves in the basement of the AFC North, still with a respectable record of 5-4. Their schedule might be one of the more difficult ones left within the division, so they'll need to take care of business against one of the bottom dwellers of the AFC, Tennessee. Ravens 27, Titans 14

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Making Amends: The Broncos had their worst game of the season in New England last week. Now, they travel to the black hole to take on the Raiders. Much like the Steelers-Jets game, when the sides are so mismatched, how can one even think about an upset? Denver will have to take their foot off the pedal in this game just so it doesn't look like they are running up the score. Broncos 48, Raiders 10

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Blowout of the Week: The Giants are back to being miserable. What an up-and-down swing this team has. With the type of issues they have been having, the wrong place to be this week is Seattle, where communication issues run rampant. Seahawks 35, Giants 6

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Clean Sweep? Maybe the Rams' role this year is to be a thorn in the side of NFC West opponents? St. Louis is 2-0 within the division despite being in last place. Now, they'll try to complete the sweep when they take on the Cardinals. At 7-1, the Arizona Cardinals are such a well-coached team behind Bruce Arians. Their record is surprising, but at the same time, it's not unbelievable in the slightest. Cardinals 24, Rams 21

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Bears Can't Relax: The Bears have lost four of their past five games. They have the talent on offense to flip the switch and be in any football game, but the defensive woes seem to be too much for them to overcome emotionally. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers had the bye week to get over their disappointing effort against the Saints a couple of weeks ago, so now they'll seek redemption in prime time. Packers 31, Bears 21

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Upset of the Week: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa -- since when did Mark Sanchez become this 'great quarterback' who could lead the Eagles? Sanchez was a detriment to the Jets, and this week, I think the Panthers' defense comes to life a bit and shows why Sanchez will be a detriment to Philadelphia's offense as well. Panthers 24, Eagles 17

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Note: I picked this game this past Thursday. Obviously, the Browns dominated the Bengals. I am just listing the pick here for record-keeping purposes, and it will be reflected in next week's picks record.

Bye Week

Pokorny's Week 9 NFL Picks Record: 8-5
Pokorny's Record w/ Browns Games: 4-4
Pokorny's 2014 NFL Picks Record: 78-55-1

Survivor Pick: I am on a two-game winning streak after the Bengals topped the Jaguars last week. The teams I've used are NE and CIN. This week, I'll go with the Seahawks to take out the Giants.