NFL Office Pool Picks Week 10
This has been an odd NFL season. A very odd one. For survivor pool players it has been incredibly straightforward. Each week there have been a few games that have been glaringly obvious. Total mismatches. And they have worked out just as expected. It's the rest of the games that have been a problem. Office pool players can't just cherry pick the easy games. They have to pick a winner in every game. And if you are anything like me, then that hasn't gone nearly as well this year as it has in other years. It feels like there are a few really good teams and a whole bunch of just teams - squads that can be good or bad but aren't guaranteed to be either. So, picking winners in those spots becomes very tough. Coin flips. And, frustratingly, this week seems to be more of the same. But we must fearlessly jump in. Do our best and hope for the best. Let's have our best week of NFL office pools action of the season. It starts now:
L.A. Chargers at Oakland: The Chargers have been a massive disappointment this year, but they seem to have figured something out the last two weeks, having won two in a row against NFC North opponents. There are still plenty of reasons for concerns, but they have finally looked closer to the team we thought they could be. The Raiders won last week, too. And they are at home. But I really struggle to believe in them as a team. The Chargers have more potential , so they have to be the pick here.
Detroit at Chicago: The Bears have a real problem on offense. As in, they don't have one. And they are so deep inside their own heads that they aren't doing themselves any favors. But Detroit is far from perfect, too. This is just a really tough game . I'll take the Bears because they are home, but I sure wouldn't argue if you disagreed.
Baltimore at Cincinnati: No brainer. The Ravens just dismantled the Patriots. Now they are facing a really lousy Cincinnati team. A criminally lousy team. And the Bengals are starting a new quarterback - feeding a lamb to the lions. It is going to go very badly. Take the Ravens.
Buffalo at Cleveland: At the start of this season it seemed like this would be a clear and simple pick. And it feels the same way now. Of course, what has changed in the ensuing months is which team is the obvious choice. The Bills have been one of the biggest surprises of the year. The Browns are probably the biggest disappointment. They have an embarrassment of offensive weapons and a total inability to do anything with them. The Bills are the pick.
Kansas City at Tennessee: Patrick Mahomes is likely back for this game, which makes it tougher to judge than it could be. Tennessee has shown some surprising spark on offense since a QB change, and the Kansas City defense isn't exactly outstanding. But Kansas City is the better team, and they will get a boost if they have their QB back. The Chiefs are the pick.
Atlanta at New Orleans: The Saints are no worse than the second-best team in the NFC right now. And the Falcons are no better than the second worst team in the NFC. The Saints are heading towards a busy January. The Falcons are spiraling towards an ugly coaching change. Total mismatch. Take the Saints.
New York Giants at New York Jets: New York may be the greatest city in the country. One of the great cities in the world. But man, are their football teams ever lousy right now. Just a mess. I guess I like the Giants a touch better right now, but that's like saying a like paper cuts a little better than sunburn. Take the Giants.
Arizona at Tampa Bay: Both if these teams have plenty of issues, but both are also doing some things that are reason for some hope. And both are coming off of tight losses against good teams. I like more about the Cardinals than the Bucs right now, but the location of this game makes it a close call. Like too many games this week. Take the Cardinals.
Miami at Indianapolis: Miami got a win last week, but only because they were playing a team nearly as bad as them - and much less intentionally bad. Now they are playing a much better team in Indianapolis. The Colts are a long way from perfect, but compared to the Dolphins they are the model of a franchise. Take the Colts.
Carolina at Green Bay: Green Bay had a surprising loss last week, and it didn't do much to ease the concerns I have had about them all year. But Carolina is still dealing with injury issues and should only be the second-best team in this one. Take the Packers.
L.A. Rams at Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh has all sorts of issues, but they have somehow won three in a row. The Rams have some real concerns, too, but have won two in a row. It feels like both are winning despite themselves, and that makes this a very tough game to pick. Like so many others this week. The Rams should be the better team, so I'll take them. Unhappily.
Minnesota at Dallas: Minnesota is coming off a disappointing loss, while the Cowboys are coming off a lopsided win in the end. But the Cowboys made the Giants look too competitive for too long, and that's far from great. Minnesota has issues, too, but should be the better team here. Take the Vikings.
Seattle at San Francisco: The Seahawks are tough and feisty, and Russell Wilson would win the MVP if the season ended right now. But the Niners are the only unbeaten team, and it doesn't feel like a fluke. No point in going against a trend like that when they are at home. Take the Niners.