Survivor Pool: Week 10
First of all, I want to take this time to salute all of our great soldiers who have served our country and wish them all a Happy Veterans Day. Thank you for protecting us and allowing us to live the free life we live in.
If the second half of the NFL season is going to be anything like Week 9 was, we are in store for a wild ride as we try to survive this gauntlet moving forward. Last week saw several nail biters, as we witnessed all of the heavily favored teams went down to the wire barely surviving, with the exception of the Cardinals who fell to the Dolphins 34-31 in the high scoring affair. If you were one of the unfortunate souls that chose the Cardinals last week, I offer you my condolences, and thank you for participating this year. We'll se you next year. Now let's see what landmines are waiting for us in Week 10.
Who to pick for Week 10
Since I barely have any fingernails left with my Chiefs selection last week, I really hope my pick this week won't start causing me to start having ulcers. Geez, that was too close for comfort. Now that I've used up the champs here is the complete list of teams that are no longer options for me: Bills, Packers, Colts, Rams, Cowboys, Dolphins, Chargers, Eagles, and Chiefs. Onward to Week 10!
NFL odds, matchups for Week 10
- Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans (-1.5, 49)
- Washington Football Team vs. Detroit Lions (-3.5, 46.5)
- Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns (-3, 54)
- Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Green Bay Packers (-14, 53)
- Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants (+3.5, 44)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers (+6, 49.5)
- Denver Broncos vs. Las Vegas Raiders (-4.5, 51)
- Buffalo Bills vs. Arizona Cardinals (-1.5, 55.5)
- Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins (-2.5, 48.5)
- Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (-8, 47.5)
- Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams (-1.5, 55.5)
- San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints (-9, 51)
- Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots (+7, 41.5)
- Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears (+2.5, 44.5)
Teams on bye: Chiefs, Cowboys, Jets, Falcons
Looking over this week's schedule, there are five games that have teams favored by six or more points. The Packers at home favored by (-14) over the Jaguars, the Buccaneers on the road favored by (-6) over the Panthers, the Steelers at home favored by (-8) over the Bengals, the Saints at home favored by (-9) over the 49ers, and the Ravens on the road favored by (-7) over the Patriots.
The lone double-digit favorite this week is the Packers at home with the 1-7 Jaguars coming to town. The Jaguars are rolling with back-up starting quarterback Jake Luton who almost led them to victory last week against the Texans. Aaron Rodgers and the gang will be more than enough to handle whatever Luton can bring to the table. This game has the scent of being a possible shootout, but if you still have the Packers available, they are an excellent option this week.
One team to probably stay away from is the Buccaneers traveling to Carolina to tangle with the Panthers. Last week the Bucs got embarrassed at home by the Saints 38-3. The Panthers almost upset the Chiefs at Arrow Head in Week 9. So if you love living on the wild side and don't have any other option and have to use the Buccaneers this week, good luck with that.
The Saints are riding high after throttling TB12 and the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay last week. The 49ers have been ravaged by injuries this season and now have the unsurmountable task of heading to the Big Easy to play the Saints. The Saints have won five straight games and will be looking to extend their winning streak this weekend. Back-up quarterback Nick Mullens will attempt to keep the 49ers in the game but the Saints' defense is starting to get their act together and are looking like a great option his week to get the W with ease this week,
The Steelers who barely survived themselves at Dallas against the quarterback-less Cowboys in Week 9, faceoff against their divisional rival the Bengals. It will be the first time that rookie Joe Burrow challenges the Steel Curtain Defense. It will be interesting to see how Burrow handles the pressure that will be thrown his way on Sunday. The Steelers should win this contest but the score will be tighter than the bookies think. If you do not have another alternative the Steelers may be as good as it gets this week.
Last but certainly not least, is the Ravens on the road to battle the Patriots on Sunday Night football. The Ravens are sitting at 6-2 and should be able to handle the Patriots this week, but something tells me that Coach Bill Bellicheck should have something up his sleeve to control Lamar Jackson because he does not want to get embarrassed by Mr. Jackson like he did last year. I tend to shy away from road favorites playing in primetime as home dogs usually tend to be inspired play unless you're the New York Jets. Sorry Jets fans I couldn't resist. So select the Ravens at your own risk.
Following deep thought of which option to choose for Week 10, I will go with the Saints and hope things go smoother this week.
If you would like to further discuss this you may reach me on Twitter at @smooth1074.