By Sam Cowan
With every passing week, the question is asked again and again.
Will any team finish this season undefeated? The Broncos dropped from the race with a disappointing loss to the Colts and we are now left with three teams.
I don’t think the Patriots are much of a surprise to be at the top of the AFC this season, but the Bengals and Panthers were both big surprises.
This is the first time in NFL history three teams have started 8-0, but I still don’t think we will have an undefeated team when the Lombardi Trophy is raised in February. In 37 years of 16-game seasons, a perfect 19-0 season has never happened and I don’t expect that to change.
Whether or not they fall this week or somewhere down the line, all three team will stumble. It’s just a matter of time.
With that, let’s go to the picks for Week 10.
Jets over Bills
I’ll give the nod to the home team here based on their incredible defense. The Jets also need a win to establish themselves as a wild-card favorite in the AFC.
Packers over Lions
The Packers find themselves in a division race with the charging Vikings all of a sudden because of their two straight losses. The race for the NFC South could very well be decided in the two games the teams have left to play.
I expect the Packers to take care of business this week.
Buccaneers over Cowboys
At this point, Tony Romo won’t be coming back soon enough to salvage the Cowboys’ season. It might be in their best interest to shut Romo down and go for a high draft pick to make a run next year.
Panthers over Titans
The train keeps on rolling for Cam Newton and the Panthers.
Rams over Bears
The Rams continue to look frisky as a potential wild-card team. It will be very interesting to see how the playoff race in the NFC West unfolds.
Saints over Redskins
This is a must-win game for the Saints and so I have to go with them even on the road.
Eagles over Dolphins
The wacky NFC East continues as the Eagles and Giants have emerged as the front-runners. Eagles have a great chance to pick up some ground with a home game against the struggling Dolphins.
Steelers over Browns
Even with Landry Jones starting for the Steelers, I can’t pick the Browns to win in Pittsburgh.
Ravens over Jaguars
The Ravens are another team playing with their season on the line this week. I think Joe Flacco will come through with enough to beat the Jaguars and temporarily keep their playoff hopes afloat.
Raiders over Vikings
Both of these teams have been pleasant surprises this season. I’ll take the Raiders because they are playing at home and Teddy Bridgewater might be missing for the Vikings.
Patriots over Giants
I considered this game for a long time because Eli Manning seems to always have the Patriots number. However, this Giants team is not good enough to beat the Patriots.
Broncos over Chiefs
Peyton Manning will break the passing yards record this week guaranteed. Other than that historical note, I predict the Broncos to walk all over the Chiefs this week.
Seahawks over Cardinals
This is a big game for both teams and could go a long way in determining who wins the NFC West. I have to with the Seahawks because they are more desperate to prove they are still championship contenders.
Bengals over Texans
The Bengals took care of business against the Browns on Thursday and the Texans are not much better, if at all. I’ll take the Bengals to improve to 9-0 to wrap up the week.
With that, we conclude another week of picks. Come back next time for more discussion, analysis and picks for the NFL here at the Cowan Corner.
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