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2015 NFL Season: Pokorny's Week 10 Picks

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I went 9-4 with my picks in Week 9, improving to 81-51 (61.4%) on the year. Last year at this time, I was at around 58% with my picks. For Week 10, there are several very good games fans can look forward to. Feel free to weigh in on some of the games in the comments section.

Week 10 Games Explanation Pick
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Thursday Night Football: The Bills got Tyrod Taylor back just at the right time and Rex Ryan is already stirring things up with his former team by sending the man who broke Geno Smith's jaw out to midfield as a captain. Ryan Fitzpatrick showed last week that he could play through his left hand injury. This should be an intense Thursday night game that could go either way. The Bills have more flare, but the Jets have been a more consistent team so I will take them at home. Jets 23, Bills 20

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Defensive Massacre: Tennessee pulled off a stunning shootout win in overtime last week against the Saints, but now they'll have to try their luck against the 8-0 Panthers. We've seen several teams, including the Browns, sack Tennessee an outrageous amount of times. The Panthers' defense is going to absolutely terrorize Marcus Mariota and when the offense capitalizes on the turnovers and good field position, this will be a blowout from start to finish. Panthers 31, Titans 10

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No Dirty Hits, Please: Chicago has been playing a bunch of down-to-the-wire games, with their last five games being decided by 2, 1, 3, 3, and 3 points. Chicago has been the very definition of a gritty team to get to 3-5. The Rams are only one game better at 4-4, but I go back to the consistency of them having a good niche: running the ball with Todd Gurley and playing physical (and being labeled as dirty) on defense. I'll take those elements in a close battle. Rams 20, Bears 17

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Finally Banking a Win Without Romo: It's unbelievable that a team with as talented of an offensive line as Dallas has not been able to win a single game without Tony Romo, especially since a bunch of their contests have come down to the final moments. Just by fortune, you'd think that some of the games would go their way. The Buccaneers have overachieved this year with a porous offensive line, but this is the week where Dallas' defense answers the bell early and allows Darren McFadden to have a big day on the ground. Cowboys 28, Buccaneers 10

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Unleashing His Frustrations: Aaron Rodgers has to be frustrated to have lost two straight games in a row. Both losses (at the time) came against undefeated teams, but the fire burning in Rodgers now gets to be unleashed against a Lions team that has been the worst in football. At 1-7, the Lions are coming off of a bye, but they'll need to wait until their three-game home stretch after this week to try to get back on track. Packers 35, Lions 17

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No Defense Defensive Battle: Baltimore is coming off of their second win of the season, which was followed by a much-needed bye week to try to come up with something creative offensively now that Steve Smith's career might be over. Both teams' offenses have actually shown some positives this year, but the defenses have been shredded in the amount of points being yielded. That would seem to call for a shootout here, but I'll go against the grain and call for a defensive battle. Ravens 20, Jaguars 13

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Upset of the Week: After losing their first two division games of the year, the Eagles have rebounded with victories over the Giants and Cowboys.  Although their offense put things together against Dallas last week, that came with a bye week to prepare. I think Sam Bradford and the running game still have issues that run too deep, and although Miami has dropped two games in a row, they will turn up the defensive intensity this week with a fast start that catapults them to a mini-upset. Dolphins 24, Eagles 23

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Defense Holding the Saints Back: After Kirk Cousins' meme moment a couple of weeks ago, it was disappointing to see his receivers let him down in a major way against New England last week. The Saints' offense stayed on fire last week, and that high-potency attack figures to continue. Unfortunately, their defense has hit rock bottom two weeks in a row, and that's not going to carry them to too many victories. Washington's defense will tighten up this week and the offense will snap back a bit to pull off a big win for their playoff aspirations. Redskins 26, Saints 20

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Low-Key Game of the Week: I had to look up who the Vikings' backup quarterback was after Teddy Bridgewater -- it's Shaun Hill. Bridgewater did show signs that he might be able to pass his concussion test, which would make for a great showdown between he and Derek Carr. Either way, this is a fantastic match-up that should receive more exposure than it will. Carr gets better and better each week, and the Vikings could be a top-10 team that nobody is talking about. Because of Bridgewater's uncertainty, I'll go with the Raiders, but this game is a true toss up. Raiders 21, Vikings 14

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Peyton Continues to Turn it On: Denver suffered their first loss last week in a dramatic game versus the Indianapolis Colts. The good news for Denver is that Peyton Manning is coming around again. Although it took a lot of fortune for Denver to rally against the Chiefs the last time these two teams met, the Broncos will take command of the game early this time around and continue putting the defensive pressure on Alex Smith. Broncos 34, Chiefs 16

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Game of the Week: Because of their two Super Bowl match-ups between Tom Brady and Eli Manning, any time these two teams square off, it's a battle for the ages. The Patriots are also trying to put together another unbeaten season streak, but the Giants stand in their way. As much as I love the fight that the Giants have been showing this season, New England is playing at an absurdly high level. The Dion Lewis injury hurts, but Bill Belichick will find somebody else to step up. Patriots 31, Giants 20

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The Homefield Factor: This will be a key game in determining the winner of the NFC West. Carson Palmer and Arizona's offense has been the most impressive one in the NFC, while Seattle still seems to be trying to find their groove past the half-way point of the season. I like the Cardinals better as a team, but more times than not, Seattle finds a way to overcome obstacles at home. Seahawks 23, Cardinals 20

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Monday Night Football: Remember when the Texans bounced the Bengals in the first round of the playoffs two years in a row? I have visions of the Bengals, Broncos, and Patriots all finishing with 13+ wins, but with Cincinnati being stuck as the third seed and drawing the Texans in the first round of the playoffs, only to suffer another loss. All Cincinnati can do to prevent that is to keep on winning in the regular season and earn that first-round bye. The Texans might win the AFC South with a sub-.500 record, but Cincinnati is too complete of a team to suffer a letdown here for their first loss. Bengals 30, Texans 20

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Seizing the Opportunity? With the Steelers missing their top quarterback, running back, and center, will the Browns be able to take advantage and win their second division game of the year? My full preview and prediction of the Cardinals vs. Browns game will be posted this Saturday on DBN.

TBA
Bye Weeks

Week 9 Picks Record: 9-4
2015 Season Record: 81-51
Record in Browns Picks: 4-5

Survivor Pick: My six-game winning streak snapped last week after the Colts took out the unbeaten Broncos. It's depressing to re-start my survivor streak this late into the season, but there is still hope that I can best my six-game streak if I finish the year with a seven-game streak. This week, I'll go with the Panthers over the Titans.

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