The NFL’s 10th week arrives, with some decent games and a Sunday night showdown that is can’t-miss television. Let’s get to the picks:
Indianapolis at Jacksonville: Colts 27-17. Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Robert Griffin. All have had their moments as rookie quarterbacks. But Andrew Luck is solidly leaving them behind.
Buffalo at New England: Patriots 44-15. Two weeks ago, the Bills were tied with the Bill Belichicks atop the AFC East. Now Buffalo is about to be three games down.
Oakland at Baltimore: Ravens 34-22. Joe Flacco went from a superb September to an awful October. Baltimore needs Flacco to be good down the stretch.
Denver at Carolina: Broncos 30-13. If Denver wins the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning will have to be considered the greatest free agent signing in NFL, maybe sports, history. And why couldn’t Denver win the Super Bowl?
New York Giants at Cincinnati: Giants 26-17. Eli Manning was shaky against the Steelers. But this just in. The Bengals are not the Steelers.
Detroit at Minnesota: Vikings 26-19. In Oregon, along the Pacific Coast Highway, there are signs warning you that you are entering a tsunami zone. It’s time for the NFL to put up warning signs. Viking opponents are about to enter the Adrian Peterson zone. Peterson has an NFL-high 957 rushing yards and is averaging a career high 5.7 yards per carry.
Tennessee at Miami: Dolphins 20-16. Time all Tannehill doubters ate crow. The guy is getting the job done. Miami’s eternal quest for a post-Marino quarterback just might be over.
Atlanta at New Orleans: Saints 31-27. Atlanta’s unbeaten string must end sometime, and the hot Drew Brees is the man to do it.
San Diego at Tampa Bay: Chargers 24-23. The San Diego Teasers are at it again. They are what Bart Giamatti said of baseball. They will break your heart. They are designed to break your heart.
New York Jetropolitans at Seattle: Seahawks 19-6. Ouch. Mark Sanchez’s job security would be enhanced if he lost his job this week. Whoever goes against the Seattle defense is going to look bad.
Dallas at Philadelphia: Cowboys 37-10. I smell a team imploding, and that team is not your Dallas Cowboys.
St. Louis at San Francisco: 49ers 23-13. The Niners are rounding into form. There are some maneaters in the NFC. San Fran. Chicago. The Giants. The Pack offense. The Seattle D.
Houston at Chicago: Bears 19-17. A Sunday night special. A possible Super Bowl preview. The NFL’s oldest franchise against the NFL’s newest. NBC, you’ve been living right.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh: Steelers 31-0. On the other hand, ESPN, you must have hacked someone off. The Chiefs are a borderline NFL team. Gary Gibbs has been promoted to KC defensive coordinator. Wonder what he did wrong?
Last week: 7-7. Season: 77-55.