Garrett Cowdrey’s NFL Week 10 Pick Ems

Welcome to Week 10 of the NFL season. After nine weeks of some very unpredictable football, we look at another slate that is bound to be full of surprises. I have found my footing as of late and was able to go 10-3 on game picks last week. That brings the season record to 80-55. That is not bad and it is trending in the right direction but is still lower than I’d like. So let’s hope the hot streak continues into this Week 10 slate. There will be plenty of close games this week, and at this point I am counting on teams like the Packers and the Broncos to keep letting me down, it may be my only hope to reach my seasonal record goal. Enough about Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson sinking their fan bases’ morale though, let’s get into these exciting Week 10 games and see if we can keep the hot streak going.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Winner: Atlanta Falcons

Score: 23-21

Summary: This is going to be a key matchup between two NFC South teams down the stretch. This division is not good, and surprisingly no one is out of the race yet. A lot will ride on this outcome and both teams will probably bring everything they have, even though neither one of these rosters has a ton to bring. The Falcons will look to the ground game again, as they will run all over the Panthers in the win. Marcus Mariota throws for 150 yards and a touchdown, and Cordarrelle Patterson and Tyler Allgeier each rush for over 75 yards as well. Baker Mayfield makes a surprise start and throws for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns, while D’Onta Foreman has 50 yards and a score on the ground. It will be the Falcons in the end who snag this crucial win though, as they inch one step closer to the division lead.

Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Winner: Seattle Seahawks

Score: 28-24

Summary: If I would have looked at this matchup before the season started, picking a winner would have been a no-brainer. This season, being as crazy as it is though, has shown that the Seahawks are the better team and that Geno Smith has vastly outplayed Tom Brady. This will be far from a cakewalk for the Seahawks though, as they’ll have to take down a talented Buccaneers roster in Germany on Sunday morning. The mixture of rushing and passing will have the Buccaneers’ defense on their toes all game though. Geno Smith throws for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Kenneth Walker has 75 yards and a touchdown as his rookie campaign continues to go well. Tom Brady throws for 350 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Leonard Fournette rushes for 50 yards and a score. This game will be a close, back-and-forth battle, but it’ll be the Seahawks who come out on top as they get a quality win.

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers

Winner: New Orleans Saints

Score: 20-17

Summary: Which Saints team will come out on Sunday? Your guess is as good as mine. This is not a bad team, but there is no one who has been bitten by the injury bug harder. This was the same deal last season for them as well and it has to be frustrating to have so much talent but never get to see it on the field. They have a chance to get a win here though against a weak Steelers team. They will have to lean on Kamara and Olave, which they failed to do last week. I think Andy Dalton throws for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Kamara accounts for 100 scrimmage yards and his own score. Kenny Pickett throws for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns, finding George Pickens for both. This game will come down to the wire, but it will be the Saints who escape and get a much-needed win.

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills

Winner: Buffalo Bills

Score: 35-28

Summary: This is a battle between two teams that have a combined three losses so far. This should be quite an offensive battle, as the Bills will play hungry after a tough loss last week and the Vikings will make adjustments after a weak offensive showing last week as well. We will see plenty of big plays in a game filled with offensive stars, and this will be the funnest game of the week in my opinion. Josh Allen throws for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns while rushing for another one, and Stefon Diggs tallies over 150 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day. Kirk Cousins throws for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, finding Justin Jefferson for 100 yards and a score, while Dalvin Cook rushes for 100 yards and 2 scores himself. It will be the Bills who come out on top with a late touchdown though, getting a quality win in an elite showdown.

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

Winner: Chicago Bears

Score: 27-17

Summary: The Bears have been surprisingly sound on the offensive side of the ball over the last few weeks. This comes as a surprise after watching them for the early part of the year. Their young pieces finally look somewhat comfortable in the system and Justin Fields is the prime example. His turnaround has been the most notable across the league this season. He is using his arms and legs to make the Bears’ offense a formidable opponent. The Lions’ defense looked like they could provide a tough test after making Aaron Rodgers look silly last week though. Justin Fields throws for 200 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 75 yards and another touchdown. A Jaylon Johnson pick-six provides the other touchdown for the Bears. Jared Goff struggles to 200 yards with no scores, while D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams combine for 150 yards and 2 scores on the ground in the loss. The Bears have a long way to go, but they take another step in the right direction here.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs

Winner: Kansas City Chiefs

Score: 31-20

Summary: The Chiefs had an ugly comeback win against a different AFC South team last week, and now the Jaguars come to town to try and take down the juggernauts. Patrick Mahomes threw the ball a lot last week, and I expect another high-volume game for him this week as he’ll look to pick on the Jaguars secondary who were cooked by Derek Carr and Davante Adams in the first half last week before the Raiders forgot how to play football. Patrick Mahomes throws for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns, with Juju Smith-Schuster accounting for 100 yards and a score. Trevor Lawrence throws for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Travis Etienne takes on another heavy workload and rushes for 125 yards and a score. The Chiefs cruise to a victory and remain atop the AFC elite.

Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins

Winner: Miami Dolphins

Score: 34-24

Summary: The Dolphins got a scare last week from the Bears and now play another offense with an elite rushing attack. The Browns are coming off of a bye week and are feeling well-rested, but will they be able to keep up with the Dolphins’ offense? My guess, probably not. Their only chance is to slow down their offense and control the clock with the run game, which is possible, but probably unlikely. Tua and company just have too much to keep up with on offense. Tua himself throws for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Tyreek Hill goes for 125 yards and a score. Jacoby Brissett throws for 200 yards and a score, while Nick Chubb runs for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss. The Dolphins pick up another key win, while the Browns lose a game that could have gone a long way to get them back in the AFC North race.

Houston Texans at New York Giants

Winner: New York Giants

Score: 23-16

Summary: The New York Giants just keep finding ways to win football games. They often lean on their ground game to do it, and now they are licking their lips as the worst-ranked run defense comes to town. The Giants will not blow them out though, as this team is a pretty consistent team in terms of scoring, and will likely shut them down with their defense and control of the clock. Daniel Jones throws for 200 yards and a score, while Saquon Barkley tallies 140 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown as well. Davis Mills will throw for 250 yards and a score, while Dameon Pierce runs over 20 times for 130 yards but no scores again. The Giants keep rolling, while the Texans sink deeper and deeper into the bottom of the AFC.

Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans

Winner: Tennessee Titans

Score: 24-17

Summary: The Titans and Broncos have good defenses, but very weak offenses. One team is well-coached though, and that’s why the Titans are so far ahead of the Broncos. This game will probably show the difference in coaching between two teams with very similar scoring. This probably won’t be the most enjoyable game to watch but will have major consequences throughout the AFC. Ryan Tannehill returns and throws for 225 yards and a score, while Derrick Henry rushes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. Russell Wilson throws for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns, while the lack of a running game ends up being the deciding factor here for the Broncos. The Titans pick up another key win while the Broncos slip farther away from a playoff spot.

Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders

Winner: Las Vegas Raiders

Score: 28-20

Summary: Both of these teams are flat-out bad. One team just fired their coach, and the other team has by far the worst coach in the league. This will be a messy game that I definitely don’t want to watch for too long. The talent on the Raiders team will be the reason they are able to pick up a win here. Derek Carr throws for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, both to Davante Adams, and Josh Jacobs rushes for 100 yards and 2 scores of his own. Sam Ehlinger throws for 150 yards and a touchdown, while Jonathan Taylor rushes for 100 yards and his own score. The Colts are a team with no real direction, and another loss solidifies that belief.

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

Winner: Dallas Cowboys

Score: 27-23

Summary: It feels like this game being played in the later game slot and being “America’s Game of the Week” happens like five times a season, and here we are. It seems like Cowboys-Packers games are always hard-fought, and this one will probably be the same despite the Packers’ struggles. Dak Prescott throws for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Elliott and Pollard combine for 150 yards and a score on the ground. Aaron Rodgers throws for 200 yards and a score, while Aaron Jones rushes for 125 yards and a touchdown himself. The Cowboys keep pushing toward the playoffs, while the Packers’ slide continues as Aaron Rodgers deals with the longest losing streak of his career.

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams

Winner: Los Angeles Rams

Score: 26-21

Summary: Both of these teams are in a tailspin, and they both are desperately in need of a win to stay close in the NFC West race. These teams often have close battles when they play each other, and I expect this one to be the same. The Rams will look to get their passing attack going to match the Cardinals, and that will probably result in a turnover-heavy, air raid battle. Matthew Stafford throws for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Cooper Kupp has nearly 200 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving. Kyler Murray throws for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns, with DeAndre Hopkins being the go-to target with 125 yards and a score. The Rams will come out on top though, as they keep their heads above water in the NFC West.

Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

Winner: San Francisco 49ers

Score: 33-31

Summary: This should be a great game between two teams right in the middle of the playoff race with a lot on the line. Both of these teams are hard to get a read on, as the Chargers haven’t played to their talent level thus far this year and the 49ers look different every week. The one thing I know is that these are two very talented teams with a lot to lose, which should lead to some good football. Jimmy Garoppolo throws for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Christian McCaffrey shines with 175 total yards and a touchdown. Justin Herbert does what he can with 400 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Austin Ekeler keeps finding paydirt with 100 scrimmage yards and 2 touchdowns. It will be the 49ers who barely come out on top after a late game-winning drive ends with a clutch field goal to seal the deal.

Washington Commanders at Philadelphia Eagles

Winner: Philadelphia Eagles

Score: 30-20

Summary: The Eagles are undefeated, but they haven’t had many challenging games yet. I realize how good this team is, but I am simmering expectations until we see them win a game against a healthy and talented team. That challenge likely won’t come this week when the Commanders come to town. The undefeated Eagles will likely keep grinding and take down the Commanders with ease here. Jalen Hurts throws for 250 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another, and Miles Sanders rushes for 75 yards and a score as well. Taylor Heinicke throws for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Brian Robinson scores as well. Another win for the Eagles here has them as a virtual lock for the playoffs, while the Commanders are on the outside looking in with a tough division in front of them.

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