by Aengus Moorehead
Once again, it's time to gear up for this week's slate of NFL games Lasses and Lads. Saints' season on the line against undefeated Falcons. Monster game on tap as Texans visit Bears in windy Chicago. Coach's jobs in jeopardy. Week 10 is on and so are my bold predictions.
Tennessee Titans (+6.5) at Miami Dolphins
My Take: The Miami Dolphins have made a habit of winning or losing in the last minute. Needless to say, they haven't blown anybody away either. The spread is too high here. Locker and Johnson will keep this one close. Titans cover.
Detroit Lions (-2.5) at Minnesota Vikings
My Take: Just as Christian Ponder has fallen apart in recent weeks Matthew Stafford has heated up, reaching 10,000 career passing yards during a win over the Jags last week. Tampa Bay scored 36 against Minnesota in Week 8 and Seattle scored 30 against the Vikings last week. Detroit should score some points on the Vikings' defense as well. Detroit covers
Buffalo Bills (+11.5) at New England Patriots
My Take: The Patriots are 22-2 against Buffalo since the 2000 season and they are coming off the bye week, so they will be as physically ready as they have been in a long time. Presently 5-3, their three losses could have easily been wins: A Seattle loss by one, Baltimore by one, and Arizona by two. C J Spiller and Fred Jackson were neutralized in the first meeting and Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled since then. Pats cover.
San Diego Chargers (+3.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
My Take: In the last four games, the Bucs have scored an average of 36points. RB Doug Martin is keeps getting better every game he plays and that is a scary thought. Josh Freeman is on fire and wide receiver Vincent Jackson is averaging over 20 yards per catch. With San Diego, their four wins have been over Kansas City twice, Tennessee and Oakland. Tampa Bay covers.
Denver Broncos (-4.5) at Carolina Panthers
My Take: In eight games, Denver has scored 30 points or more in five games - the last three games in a row. For Carolina, their best two games have been their last two outings; a win over Washington and a one-point loss to the Bears. Although Cam Newton is coming off one of his more efficient games of the season last week against Washington, his struggles will likely return this Sunday against a team with a much better pass rush. Denver covers
Oakland Raiders (+7.5) at Baltimore Ravens
My Take: Baltimore is still a genuine playoff team at 6-2. The Raiders are quite the opposite at 3-6. If Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin could run all over the Raiders last week, so can veteran RB Ray Rice. And it looks like Raiders RB Darren McFadden will not play. Ravens cover at home.
St. Louis Rams (+11.5) at San Francisco 49ers
My Take: It is a lot of points but I don't see the Rams scoring a lot. Both the Rams and Niners are coming off the bye week but for the 49ers, it's a bigger advantage because of their natural physical style. 49ers cover.
c j spiller - cam newton - christian ponder - darren mcfadden - doug martin - fred jackson - josh freeman - matthew stafford - ray rice - ryan fitzpatrick