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NFL Picks Week 10: The Boys Like the Raiders Over the Vikes

By The Coach and Dr. Football

The boys are back and ready to make you some money. Well, at least they’re ready to be better than last week.

Last week, The Doc went 7-6 straight up (79-53) and 6-7 (58-74) against the spread. The Coach went 7-6 straight up (82-50) and 7-6 against the spread (68-64).

This week, the Doc once again captures the brilliance of our erudite selections while The Coach just cries about the officiating and whines about cheap shots on Teddy.

Let’s take a close look at Week 10:

Thursday Night

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills (4-4) at New York Jets (5-3)

Line: Jets by 3

Rex Ryan names IK Enemkpali as a team captain for this one. That just tells me he wants his name in the paper for the wrong reason.

Dr. Football: Take the Jets to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Jets to win and cover.

Early Sunday Afternoon

Carolina Panthers (8-0) at Tennessee Titans (2-6)

Line: Panthers by 4.5

The Titans got a victory in Mike Mularkey’s first game as coach, but that won’t happen against a 8-0 team. The magic will wear off. Nonetheless, this will be a great match up featuring two former Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks.

Dr. Football: Take the Panthers to win but not cover.

The Coach: Take the Panthers to win and cover.

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions (1-7) at Green Bay Packers (6-2)

Line: Packers by 11.5

After dropping two straight, nothing says relief like a home game against the Lions. Green Bay gets back on track.

Dr. Football: Take the Packers to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Packers to win and cover.

Chicago Bears (3-5) at St. Louis Rams (4-4)

Line: Rams by 8.5

The Rams are a better team at home, and almost knocked off the Vikings last week on the road. Todd Gurley is the real deal, and should run all over the field for an easy win.

Dr. Football: Take the Rams to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Rams to win and cover.

Dallas Cowboys (2-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)

Line: Buccaneers by 2

Matt Cassel had the Cowboys in last week’s game until the end but ended up losing for the sixth straight time. I think with Tony Romo scheduled to return next week, the Cowboys will have new life and optimism.

Dr. Football: Take the Cowboys in an upset.

The Coach: Take the Buccaneers to win and cover.

New Orleans Saints (4-5) at Washington Redskins (3-5)

Line: Saints by 1

Despite being 4-5, the Saints lead the NFL in total offense but they rank 31st in total defense allowing 10 touchdown passes in the past two games. They’re lucky Kirk Cousins can’t throw the ball.

Dr. Football: Take the Saints to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Saints to win and cover. 

Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles

Miami Dolphins (3-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)

Line: Eagles by 6.5

The Eagles are starting to gel with Sam Bradford settling in at quarterback. Philadelphia has rushed for an NFL high 693 yards in the past four games. Miami, meanwhile, allowed 266 rushing yards to Buffalo last week. The Dan Campbell magic is officially gone.

Dr. Football: Take the Eagles to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Eagles to win and cover.

Cleveland Browns (2-7) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4)

Line: Steelers by 4.5

The Steelers have shown they can win without  Ben Roethlisberger, and will again this week against a terrible Browns team.

Dr. Football: Take the Steelers to win and cover.

The Coach: take the Steelers to win and cover.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) at Baltimore Ravens (2-6)

Line: Ravens by 6

Both teams play sloppy football, but the Jaguars are playing consecutive road games, while the Ravens are coming off a bye and are at home. The Ravens defense has been awful, but they should still win a close one.

Dr. Football: Take the Ravens to win but not cover.

The Coach: Take the Ravens to win but not cover.

Late Sunday Afternoon

Teddy had his second highest passer rating of the season on Sunday.

Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings (6-2) at Oakland Raiders (4-4)

Line: Raiders by 3

The Vikings are 1-3 all-time in Oakland and their opening week visit to the Bay Area wasn’t too enjoyable, a 20-3 loss to the lowly 49ers. The Vikings had problems last week against Nick Foles, and now face Derek Carr. The odds aren’t in the Purple’s favour but I think it will be close.

Dr. Football: Take the Raiders to win but not cover.

The Coach: Take the Raiders to win and cover.

Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) at Denver Broncos (7-1)

Line: Broncos by 6

The Chiefs are coming off the bye but travel to Denver to face a team that got it handed to them last week. The Broncos will be refocused and make a statement.

Dr. Football: Take the Broncos to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Broncos to win and cover.

New England Patriots (8-0) at New York Giants (5-4)

Line: Patriots by 7

The “Tom Brady and the Patriots F.U. Tour” continues against a Giants team that can’t rush the passer. Should be like a day off.

Dr. Football: Take the Patriots to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Patriots to win and cover.

Sunday Night

Arizona Cardinals (6-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-4)

Line: Seahawks by 3

The high powered Arizona offense vs. the Seattle defense. With this a home game, I think the Seahawks start their run to take back the West.

Dr. Football: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.

Monday Night

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Houston Texans (3-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-0)

Line: Bengals by 11

Houston is coming off a bye, but Cincinnati have been off for 11 days, so both teams will be well rested. Andy Dalton is playing at a high level and should have a big game at home against a Texans defense that isn’t that good. The Coach says: Remember back about Week 5 when people thought Cincinnati would lose to Seattle? Yeah, me neither.

Dr. Football: Take the Bengals to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Bengals to win and cover.

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