Week 10 is already underway thanks to Thursday Night Football, and the staff here at SB Nation Dallas is back with our fearless picks. There's plenty of excellent matchups on tap this week, and on paper, it looks like it'll be one of the best weeks in the 2011 NFL season to date.
On with the picks!
- Robbie Griffin: Chargers - The loss of Jason Campbell seems to have completely screwed with Hugh Jackson's play calling. Leaning on Carson Palmer will not get it done.
- Christopher Fittz: Raiders - Because no team in the AFC West that should win ever seems to actually win.
- K.D. Drummond: Raiders - I'm psychic.
- Brett Perryman: Chargers - Philip Rivers slays the Raiders, then trains with Myles Standish for The Great Stuffing Battle Of 2011.
- JP Starkey: Raiders - Norv Turner.
Saints (6-3) at Falcons (5-3) - Week 10 boasts a lot of good games, and this is one of them. Pretty crucial game in the NFC South, as the Saints can either really pull away from the Falcons, or the Falcons can make this a pretty tight race down the stretch.
- Griffin: Saints - At some point maybe I'll admit the Falcons actually are a good team. Just not yet.
- Fittz: Saints - Matt Ryan seems to be regressing terribly right now.
- Drummond: Saints - Atlanta doesn't deserve to be 5-3, yet here they are.
- Perryman: Falcons - The Falcons have tricked me into having some faith in them again.
- Starkey: Falcons - Julio Jones does something incredible again, Saints come up short.
Steelers (6-3) at Bengals (6-2) - The Bengals have a better record than the Steelers in Week 10... and have a ginger (Andy Dalton) at starting quarterback. What is going on? Needless to say, a third loss within the division would hurt a lot for the Steelers.
- Griffin: Steelers - Somehow, the fact that the Bengals went in to last week 5-2 completely escaped me. 6-2 did not, but I'm still stunned they're doing this well. If they get a win here, I'll go ahead and jump on the bandwagon.
- Fittz: Steelers - I just can't buy into this whole Bengals being good thing.
- Drummond: Steelers - Cincy has all four games left against AFC-N powerhouses. Andy Dalton, you are not Cam Newton.
- Perryman: Steelers - How did we get halfway through the season with Cincy leading Pittsburgh in the standings?
- Starkey: Bengals - I'm bitter, and bitter enough to take a ginger quarterback.
Rams (1-7) at Browns (3-5) - Well, not every game can be a good one this week. Maybe in another four years when these two teams meet again, this game will mean something. For now, it serves as nothing more to keep an eye out on for fantasy purposes.
- Griffin: Browns - Bad team at home beats awful team on road.
- Fittz: Browns - A game guaranteed to make me change the channel when they show updates on NFL Red Zone.
- Drummond: Browns - No one warned Hillis about that whole Madden thing, huh? Went to your head, huh?
- Perryman: Browns - Ok, THIS is the worst matchup of the season so far.
- Starkey: Rams - Why not?
Bills (5-3) at Cowboys (4-4) - Raise your hand if you really thought Buffalo would have a better record than Dallas headed into Week 10. That's what I thought. Huge game for the Cowboys, as they look to move over .500 and establish themselves in the NFC Wild Card race.
- Griffin: Cowboys - This is a huge game as far as my expectations are concerned. I'm still comfortable with the Cowboys' chances of winning the division. A loss this week ends that.
- Fittz: Cowboys - I don't even really think the Cowboys can beat a decent team right now but here we are.
- Drummond: Cowboys - Despite Fred Jackson revenge factor over his childhood home, Dallas should be the better running team with Kyle Williams gone on IR.
- Perryman: Cowboys - The only reason I’m picking Dallas is that the Bills look a little more pedestrian on the road.
- Starkey: Cowboys - Chan Gailey loses in Dallas. Again.
- Griffin: Jaguars - I'm going to stop picking the colts ever, partly because I thin's nk they might be a smart enough organization to Suck for (the right to trade the pick for) Luck.
- Fittz: Colts - If the Colts are going to win a game this season, this might be the game they have to win.
- Drummond: Colts - Curtis Painter found a QB he's better than.
- Perryman: Jaguars - Nope, not yet.
- Starkey: Jaguars - It's not that enjoyable watching the Colts lose this much.
Broncos (3-5) at Chiefs (4-4) - This game has some pretty serious AFC West playoff repercussions, for better or for worse. If Tim Tebow helps lead the Broncos into a tie for second place in one of the crappiest divisions in the league, we will never hear the end of it.
- Griffin: Chiefs - I cannot take another Tebow win.
- Fittz: Chiefs - Tebow.
- Drummond: Broncos - The Tim Tebow delusion gets more ammunition.
- Perryman: Broncos - Tebowing, it's the new craze!
- Starkey: Broncos - Someway, somehow, Tebow does it in the last 45 seconds, negating nearly four full quarters of suck.
Redskins (3-5) at Dolphins (1-7) - The Dolphins sure set their franchise back with a win last week, paving the way for Indianapolis to control their own destiny in the Suck for Luck race. The Redskins are jealous that they're not in it, as they're reminded each week that Rex Grossman and John Back quarterback that team.
- Griffin: Redskins - I think the Redskins are just bad enough to lose to the Dolphins on the road. I'd be glad to have their season over and done with, but I think that will have to wait.
- Fittz: Redskins - I will allow you this one mercy, Redskins.
- Drummond: Dolphins - Yes, even Matt Moore is better than John Beck.
- Perryman: Dolphins - Is Shanahan regretting taking this job yet?
- Starkey: Redskins - Even the Redskins can beat the Dolphins. Plus, they're too busy celebrating the Miami Marlins and that bizarre Pitbull/Marlins fashion show in Miami.
Cardinals (2-6) at Eagles (3-5) - If only Kevin Kolb was 1. good and 2. healthy, then this game would be really entertaining as the Philadelphia fans would get to see a quarterback they traded away torch them while their own team craps the bed. Oh well, it's not quite a perfect world, but at least the Eagles are 3-5.
- Griffin: Eagles - I never enjoy looking at the games and seeing the Eagles with what should be an easy win.
- Fittz: Eagles - It's weird that this used to be an NFC East battle.
- Drummond: Eagles - Wouldn't we all love to see Zona put the Eagles out their misery? Not just me, right?
- Perryman: Eagles - Everyone loves Ron Mexico.
- Starkey: Eagles - Free Larry Fitzgerald.
Texans (6-3) at Buccaneers (4-4) - It's a bit surprising that the Texans aren't closer to the 9-7 pace that would be anticipated by any Houston team, but they sit at 6-3, and almost look like a playoff lock. The Bucs, meanwhile, just claimed Albert Haynesworth. If Belichick can't get anything out of him then what is Morris going to get?
- Griffin: Texans - This is one of the hardest games to call this week, and could be a good one. Tampa Bay's defense is just so bad, I don't think home cooking will help them enough.
- Fittz: Bucs - 8-8! 8-8! 8-8!
- Drummond: Texans - I'm going to stop doubting them until the playoffs.
- Perryman: Texans - Tampa is not good.
- Starkey: Texans - I'm not sure the Texans will even need to throw the ball in this game.
Titans (4-4) at Panthers (2-6) - Simply amazing that in Week 10, Chris Johnson has only 366 rushing yards. This is a game the Titans must win if they want to be a legitimate contender in the AFC South this year, and at least Cam Newton makes it a fun game to watch.
- Griffin: Panthers - The Panthers, I feel, are better than their record, and getting better as time goes by. Good enough now to beat the Titans at home.
- Fittz: Titans - Because Cam Newton isn't good.
- Drummond: Panthers - #KillaCam
- Perryman: Titans - Recurring theme: Cam surprisingly good, Panthers bad anyway.
- Starkey: Titans - Still like Matt Hasselbeck.
- Griffin: Ravens - Let's see if the Seahawks run defense was just a half-season story, or if DeMarco Murray is really a beast.
- Fittz: Ravens - Let's see if the Cowboys really are a kind of bad team now. Or if Seattle keeps it close, maybe the Cowboys aren't so bad!
- Drummond: Ravens - A lot closer game than people think.
- Perryman: Ravens - If you watched last week you know.
- Starkey: Ravens - I really couldn't have any less interest in this game.
Lions (6-2) at Bears (5-3) - Definitely one of the better games of the week as both teams jockey for playoff position in the Wild Card race. The Bears managed to stop the Eagles last week and have another tough task this week, as Detroit's front line could absolutely wreck Jay Cutler in this one.
- Griffin: Bears - Despite last week, I still think the Lions are the better team. I just like the Bears at home.
- Fittz: Lions - The NFC North is the most entertaining division in this sport.
- Drummond: Lions - The Bears did the Cowboys a big favor, and now need to lose to muddle the wild card hunt.
- Perryman: Lions - This is a tough one. The Lions are the better team, though, so I’ll go the minimal analysis route.
- Starkey: Lions - As everyone else has said, the Lions are just the better team.
Giants (6-2) at 49ers (7-1) - Uh, sorry about that game last week, Cowboys fans. It wasn't supposed to happen that way, but alas, the Giants are 6-2 and sitting pretty... and taking on the 7-1 49ers, who sit even more pretty in the NFC West.
- Griffin: 49ers - With each passing week, the 49ers make the Cowboys look better and better.
- Fittz: Giants - Even though I know the Cowboys need the Giants to lose, as soon as the Niners decide to be relevant again, I can't pick San Francisco to win football games.
- Drummond: 49ers - Why is everyone forgetting the 49ers have wins over two 6-2 teams and has the biggest win of the season thus far, 48-3 over competitive Tampa?
- Perryman: Giants - Go Niners.
- Starkey: 49ers - I'm really bitter.
Patriots (5-3) at Jets (5-3) - Losing back-to-back games is very un-Belichickian, but it happened. New England has looked like crap lately, but we all know it can't stay that way forever. The Jets, meanwhile, have been playing much better football, but still have Mark Sanchez at quarterback. Needless to say, this is a very important game in the AFC East, as both teams are tied with the Bills for first.
- Griffin: Patriots - Speaking of the 49ers making the Cowboys look better: these two teams.
- Fittz: Patriots - The battle to stay out of the headlines as disappointing Bowl.
- Drummond: Patriots - Great matchup that I surprisingly care little about.
- Perryman: Patriots - It’s only Week 10 and the AFCE is a 3-way tie, but this feels like a huge game, if only for the extra tiebreaker swing.
- Starkey: Patriots - Tom Brady remembers that he's Tom Brady.
- Griffin: Packers - The Green Bay run defense is starting to look really bad, and whenever they lose, I will bet that's the reason they fall. Run defense is not the most important thing in the world, but against Adrian Peterson a lack of it might just get you upset at home.
- Fittz: Packers - I can't get over how bad the Packers defense seems and yet how dominating they are.
- Drummond: Packers - Christian Ponder vs Aaron Rodgers. Tough call here.
- Perryman: Packers - Three weeks ago Vikes fans got tear your heart out at the end style misery. This week it will be a 38-3 mudhole stomping.
- Starkey: Packers - If it were in Minnesota, I'd consider taking the upset.