NFL Office Pool Picks Week 10
Two teams scored 51 points last week. That's what we need to make things exciting in what has been a pretty inconsistent season so far. And, as exciting, the two quarterbacks who led the offensive explosions were the top two picked in last year's draft, so in a league with some real quarterback issues that, along with the play of Deshaun Watson before he was hurt, is a reason for some real optimism about the future. I can imagine a time in seven or eight years that Watson, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Tom Brady are in a bitter four-way battle for the MVP. But that's the future. Let's focus now on the present and make our straight up picks for this week so we can dominate our office pools:
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Seattle at Arizona: The Cardinals are a very uninspiring 4-4 team. They have not won two straight. More significantly, they have beaten the bad teams they have faced and have been rolled over by the teams that are good. And now the Seahawks are in town, and they are quite good. Not great, but good enough to keep the pattern of wins followed by losses going for Arizona. Take the Seahawks.
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis: The Steelers are rolling right now, and they are healthy after a bye week. The Colts are a mess and are now dealing with the inevitable-but-now-final reality that Andrew Luck is lost for the season. Indy got a win last week, but it doesn't mean anything - Houston was reeling after losing Watson and wasn't focused. Take the Steelers.
Minnesota at Washington: Minnesota has won four straight, and they are coming off a bye week. There is a lot to like. Washington got a very gutsy win at Seattle last week, though, and I look for them to carry that confidence forward into this one. Take the Redskins.
Cleveland at Detroit: Easiest game on the board. The Browns are awful, and the soap opera surrounding them just gets more ridiculous with each passing week. Detroit's passing game is rolling, and they showed last week that they can take care of business against reeling teams. Take the Lions.
New York Jets at Tampa Bay: I don't believe in the Jets at all. But they have to be the pick here. The Bucs are playing very poorly mentally and are now dealing with a QB injury - not that Jameis Winston was playing very good before he was hurt. Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting for Tampa Bay, and New York knows him and how to deal with him. Take the Jets.
Green Bay at Chicago: Ugly game. Chicago has all sorts of issues, but they are decent enough at home, and they aren't handicapped by having Brett Hundley at QB. Green Bay seemed last week like they had quit believing in themselves after losing Rodgers. I don't see why that should change. Take the Bears.
L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville: The Chargers are a much better team than they were for the first month of the season. But they are in a tough spot here. The Jaguars have won three of four and are playing with confidence for the most part. Leonard Fournette should be back this week, and he should be fired up to make up for his absence last week. Take the Jaguars.
New Orleans at Buffalo: This is a very tough game because I don't think either team is as good as their record. The Saints have been decent on the road - 2-1 so far - and are playing with real confidence. The Bills have won four straight at home, but their opponents haven't exactly been great. Take the Saints.
Cincinnati at Tennessee: I pick against the Bengals pretty much on principle. That makes sense here. The Titans have been strong at home, while Cincinnati has not travelled well at all this year. I just don't see a facet of the game in which CIncy has an edge. Take the Titans.
Houston at L.A. Rams: The Texans were hit hard by the Watson injury, and they are playing like they know it. Tom Savage is terrible, and now he has to face a team playing with massive confidence of late. This is a surprising mismatch. Take the Rams.
New York Giants at San Francisco: What an awful game. Eli Manning and the Giants just aren't any good at all. But at least they have a win. I have made the mistake of picking San Francisco a few times lately. And apparently I haven't learned from it. Take the 49ers.
Dallas at Atlanta: I don't like Dallas that much, but they have won three in a row and are playing reasonably solid football. And the Falcons are just a mess. They are a shadow of what they were last year despite having much the same cast of characters - having the hopeless Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator will do that for you. Take the Cowboys.
New England at Denver: Denver thought that starting Brock Osweiler was a good idea last week. It wasn't. It never is - he's Brock Osweiler. But if a team is in a place where they have to resort to a decision like that then they are clearly not in a good place. New England has flaws, but they are playing well and have had a bye week to get back on track. Take the Patriots.
Miami at Carolina: Carolina has won two in a row, and they are playing pretty well right now despite the drama surrounding them. Miami has lost two straight and just doesn't look competent at all right now. This one should be a bit of a mismatch. Take the Panthers.
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