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Week 10 NFL picks straight up: Patriots shut out Broncos; 49ers, Browns stay winless
11-13-2017, 07:00 PM
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Week 10 NFL picks straight up: Patriots shut out Broncos; 49ers, Browns stay winless
again,The Chiefs’ bye week provides an opportunity to discuss, how the last undefeated team doesn't always make noise in the playoffs. Since starting 5-0, the Chiefs have lost three of four and have fallen behind the Steelers and Patriots in the AFC standings. Remember, the last team to lose last season, the Vikings, started 5-0 and then missed the playoffs.

Meanwhile,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, a team that started 0-2, the Saints, have won six straight since,Womens Adam Thielen Jersey, are in first place in their division and are in position to follow two recent teams (2015 Seahawks, 2014 Colts) in overcoming those starts to reach the postseason. And the Saints are not on a bye this week — they get a tough road matchup in Buffalo against a Bills team that got a harsh wake-up call from the Jets last Thursday.

The moral of these stories: Goodness, it’s a long season,Womens Joe Namath Jersey, and this one makes even less sense than NFL seasons usually do.

The week began with the possibility of Teddy Bridgewater being active for the first time since the end of the 2015 season, as Case Keenum’s backup. On the other side, Washington hopes to get as many as four offensive starters back from injury (three on the line, plus tight end Jordan Reed). They got away with it (barely) in Seattle; they somehow have to mimic that against another elite defense and ferocious front line. Kirk Cousins should keep his head on a swivel.

This is the Bears’ window to escape the NFC North cellar. Aaron Rodgers,Womens Leonard Williams Jersey, who wrecked them on a Thursday night earlier this season, who also wrecked the Bears that night before he was benched the next week. Two defensive touchdowns per week isn't a sound strategy, isn't playing this week. Neither is Mike Glennon, but defense plus cutting down turnovers has worked for Chicago lately.

The league is full of intriguing 3-5 teams, like the Chargers; six of their eight games have been decided by one score,Womens Howie Long Jersey, including their 21-13 loss in New England before their bye. They’re capable of winning a low-scoring game controlled by defense and against a quarterback like Blake Bortles, who is getting lots of credit lately for being passable instead of destructive. LA also is 1-1 in East Coast games so far this season.

The Bengals should need no more motivation than their chance to capitalize on the NFL’s leniency in not suspending A.J. Green this week. The Titans are in a legit race for a division title, and beating another struggling team the way they beat the Ravens last week is something they can’t afford not to do. Marcus Mariota looks more and more like his hamstring is no longer a problem.

If the Steelers are in the proper frame of mind (everybody is happy with each other and their roles), they should run this Colts team out of their own building. Reports are that Martavis Bryant is working with the starters again,Womens Khalil Mack Jersey, which means one can wonder how potent the offense could be with Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster. It’s hard to find three worse teams, ever, for the Colts to get their three wins against: Browns, 49ers and Tom Savage-led Texans.

Dissension involving the coaching staff and front office, plus the return of their prodigal wide receiver, Josh Gordon, is exactly what an 0-8 team needs (sarcasm). The Lions have to win this just for their own self-respect. They found their rhythm against the Packers, and they should be able to maintain it this week. They’d better eat now, with two division games coming up after this.

apparently,The Jets, didn’t have enough Ryan Fitzpatrick in their lives, because here he comes again, with the potential to screw up their season again. Fitzpatrick replaces Jameis Winston this week, and he won’t have the suspended Mike Evans to help. It’s a chance to get the rest of the Bucs weapons to step up … but also a chance for the Jets defense to tee off on him. The Jets getting to .500 with six weeks left is even more of a boost to Todd Bowles’ coach of the year candidacy, not to mention his case for a new contract.

DeAndre Hopkins went from 224 yards receiving with Deshaun Watson against the Seahawks to 86 yards with Tom Savage a week later against the Colts (32 yards in the first three quarters). That's pretty indicative of what the Texans are now. Their injury-wracked defense has had its up-and-down moments, which is a bad sign against the NFL’s No. 1 scoring offense (32.9 per game) and No. 3 yardage offense (382.1 per game). Their up-moments aren’t good enough to handle that and overcome their own offensive issues.

Nothing in the NFL can be believed after Julio Jones dropped that pass in the end zone against the Panthers last week. On the other hand, nothing happens with the Cowboys each week without involving a judge's ruling, and that’s the case again with Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal. The Falcons are playing in their new stadium for only the fourth time, and they lost their last two before going on their three-game road trip.

The easy move is to call this the 49ers’ first win … except that last time a Giants result seemed so obvious, they stomped all over the Broncos (and exposed Denver's inadequacies as a bonus). Eli Manning and that offense is hideous to watch, but even they ought to be able to pick apart the 49ers’ wretched defense. Also, the 49ers don’t appear to be able to protect their quarterback with anything short of a court order.

Again, schedule-flexing cannot come soon enough. The Broncos can’t even play top-notch defense anymore; the only team they’ve stopped in their 1-5 skid was a Raiders team that lost Derek Carr to a broken back. The less said about the Brock Osweiler Experience, the better. The Patriots are rested and prepared. Uh-oh.

The poor NFL schedule-makers were fooled by last year’s Dolphins and thrown a loop by Ryan Tannehill’s knee injury, and now we have Miami playing a third straight prime-time game. Because the Dolphins weren’t harassed enough by the defenses of Baltimore and Oakland the last two weeks, here come the Panthers with the second most sacks in the NFL,Authentic Joe Namath Jersey, at 29 (sixth-most per game). Talk about the Titanic (as Cam Newton hilariously did).

Back to the scene of the crime: Some 13 months ago, on the same field,Authentic Adam Thielen Jersey, these teams played a 6-6 tie that made fans question what was wrong with the quality of play in this league. Good thing, then, that the home team is playing its backup quarterback in Drew Stanton,Authentic Bo Jackson Jersey, as if he’s in his early 20s again, and the visitor just got held to one touchdown and missed three field goals in a loss to Washington. It’s fair to wonder whether the Cardinals running Adrian Peterson 37 times, is an ideal offensive strategy. (For them, it might be.)

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They're not divisional rivals, but the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts have met each of the last three seasons,Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey, with Pittsburgh winning and covering all three games.

Is there any reason to believe Sunday's match between the Steelers and Colts will play out any differently?

The Steelers own a three-game winning streak after beating Detroit in Week 8, 20-15. Pittsburgh then enjoyed last week off.

The Steelers trailed the Lions at the half 12-10 but scored the first 10 points out of the locker room,Womens Bo Jackson Jersey, the last seven on an electrifying 97-yard pitch-catch-run touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The Pittsburgh defense then did the rest, holding Detroit to just three points on two subsequent incursions deep into the Steelers red zone.

Pittsburgh got outgained by the Lions 482-392, but the Steelers defense did not allow a touchdown. Prior to that victory, Pittsburgh had outgained each of its previous four opponents.

At 6-2 overall, the Steelers lead the AFC North by 2.5 games over second-place Baltimore, and they also own the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff standings. Still, Pittsburgh's trails New England on the odds to win the AFC championship.

The Colts just broke a three-game losing streak with a 20-14 victory at Houston in Week 9. Indianapolis took an early 7-0 lead on a 45-yard T.Y. Hilton touchdown connection from Jacoby Brissett and pushed that to 20-7 early in the fourth quarter. In the end, the Colts preserved their upset with a four-down stand from their own 7-yard line.

Indianapolis outgained the Texans 371-288. Brissett had his best game for his new team—throwing for 308 yards and two touchdowns without an interception—while the Colts defense allowed just one Houston offensive touchdown, which came with just six minutes left. The Texans' other score came on a fumble return in the second quarter.

The Colts just broke a three-game losing streak with a 20-14 victory at Houston in Week 9. Indianapolis took an early 7-0 lead on a 45-yard T.Y. Hilton touchdown connection from Jacoby Brissett and pushed that to 20-7 early in the fourth quarter. In the end, the Colts preserved their upset with a four-down stand from their own 7-yard line.

Indianapolis outgained the Texans 371-288. Brissett had his best game for his new team—throwing for 308 yards and two touchdowns without an interception—while the Colts defense allowed just one Houston offensive touchdown,Authentic Howie Long Jersey, which came with just six minutes left. The Texans' other score came on a fumble return in the second quarter.

Against the Jets, the Bills suddenly forgot how to protect Tyrod Taylor, Mitchell Trubisky, and that weakness exposed all the other weaknesses in this offense. They should get Kelvin Benjamin this week following the too-short turnaround after his trade. They at least should be more of a challenge to a Saints defense that has performed well against some … questionable opposition the last three weeks (Brett Hundley, an injured Jameis Winston/Ryan Fitzpatrick).

The week began with the possibility of Teddy Bridgewater being active for the first time since the end of the 2015 season, as Case Keenum’s backup. On the other side, Washington hopes to get as many as four offensive starters back from injury (three on the line, plus tight end Jordan Reed). They got away with it (barely) in Seattle; they somehow have to mimic that against another elite defense and ferocious front line. Kirk Cousins should keep his head on a swivel.

This is the Bears’ window to escape the NFC North cellar. Aaron Rodgers, who wrecked them on a Thursday night earlier this season, who also wrecked the Bears that night before he was benched the next week. Two defensive touchdowns per week isn't a sound strategy, isn't playing this week. Neither is Mike Glennon, but defense plus cutting down turnovers has worked for Chicago lately.

The league is full of intriguing 3-5 teams, like the Chargers; six of their eight games have been decided by one score, including their 21-13 loss in New England before their bye. They’re capable of winning a low-scoring game controlled by defense and against a quarterback like Blake Bortles, who is getting lots of credit lately for being passable instead of destructive. LA also is 1-1 in East Coast games so far this season.

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