I went 8-6 last week, which puts me at 80-48 for the season, for an overall winning percentage of precisely 62.5%. (For a comparison, check out the "experts" over at ESPN.)
The following are my picks for the NFL's Week Ten:
Sunday, Nov. 12
Baltimore 6-2 at Tennessee 2-6 – 1:00 p.m.
Baltimore tops the AFC North, has won two in a row, and is playing at home against one of the weakest teams in the NFL.
RJ'S PICK: RAVENS BY 8
Buffalo 3-5 at Indianapolis 8-0 – 1:00 p.m.
The unbeaten Colts should remain that way for at least another week.
RJ'S PICK: COLTS BY 13
Cleveland 2-6 at Atlanta 5-3 – 1:00 p.m.
Sure, the Falcons got whipped last week by the Lions. But that was on the road, and Cleveland is much worse than Detroit (in my unbiased opinion, ha-ha).
RJ'S PICK: ATLANTA BY 7
Green Bay 3-5 at Minnesota 4-4 – 1:00 p.m.
This one could go either way. The Vikings have lost two in a row, and have been outscored for the season. But they're playing at home here, and Brett Favre's arm could fall off at any time.
RJ'S PICK: VIKINGS BY 2
Houston 2-6 at Jacksonville 5-3 – 1:00 p.m.
Jacksonville has been pretty damn unpredictable this year, but I can't see them losing at home to the sorry Texans. Well, actually I could see it, you know, in the literal sense, on the local CBS affiliate, but only if the Texans win the game, which I can't see happening. Unless it does. Is that clear?
RJ'S PICK: JAGUARS BY 4
Kansas City 5-3 at Miami 2-6 – 1:00 p.m.
Last week's win over the Bears made a diaper-clad Larry Csonka smile. But Miami still sucks.
RJ'S PICK: KC BY 11
N.Y. Jets 4-4 at New England 6-2 – 1:00 p.m.
NE would be in total control of the AFC East with a win. I suspect they'll get one at home against the mediocre Jets.
RJ'S PICK: PATRIOTS BY 5
San Diego 6-2 at Cincinnati 4-4 – 1:00 p.m.
The Bengals are at home for this one, so an upset win is not out of the question. However, San Diego clearly has the superior team.
RJ'S PICK: CHARGERS BY 3
San Francisco 3-5 at Detroit 2-6 – 1:00 p.m.
You know who I'm gonna pick. But I sincerely believe it this time. Really.
RJ'S PICK: LIONS BY 1
Washington 3-5 at Philadelphia 4-4 – 1:00 p.m.
Philly desperately needs a win here, after dropping their last three games by a combined total of 13 points. Washington needs a victory in order to maintain any hope of reaching the postseason.
RJ'S PICK: EAGLES BY 6
Denver 6-2 at Oakland 2-6 – 4:05 p.m.
Worst offense in the league, meet the best defense in the league. Will Oakland get shutout two weeks in a row?
RJ'S PICK: DENVER BY 12
Dallas 4-4 at Arizona 1-7 – 4:15 p.m.
Dallas is already playing their 6th road game of the season, but luckily for them it's against the Arizona Cardinals.
RJ'S PICK: COWBOYS BY 10
New Orleans 6-2 at Pittsburgh 2-6 – 4:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh is having an awful year, but they are a much better team at home. But New Orleans is 3-1 on the road. Tough call.
RJ'S PICK: STEELERS BY 1
St. Louis 4-4 at Seattle 5-3 – 4:15 p.m.
I know I've been saying the Rams are over-rated, but Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander are still injured, so I'll go with the upset here.
RJ'S PICK: RAMS BY 2
Chicago 7-1 at N.Y. Giants 6-2 – 8:15 p.m.
The Bears did not look like the Bears last week, in losing to hapless Miami at home. Of course, the Bears didn't look like the Bears on Monday Night Football a month ago either, when they very nearly lost to hapless Arizona. This week they travel to face the New York Football Giants, who are winners of five in a row. If Chicago wins this one, people are going to shrug off last week as a fluke. But if they lose, people are going to start questioning whether they ever deserved all the early-season hype. This is the must-see game of the week, no question.
RJ'S PICK: GIANTS BY 3
Monday, Nov. 13
Tampa Bay 2-6 at Carolina 4-4 – 8:30 p.m.
When these teams last met back in Week Three, they were both 0-2. Carolina pulled out a narrow victory on the road, essentially ending any hope the Bucs had of making the playoffs. Tampa Bay has a chance to return the favor this week with a win in Charlotte, as the .500 Panthers find themselves stuck in third place in one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL. But I don't see it happening.
RJ'S PICK: PANTHERS BY 9
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