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Nick's Picks Week 10: Bengals and Panthers stay perfect

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Week 9 is in the books and we're into the second half of the season already! The second half! It's going way too fast! Slow down football!

So here's the picks for Week 10:

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

Rex Ryan returns to the Jets for the first this week, a place where he started so well with two trips to the AFC Championship before being stuck with the likes of Sanchez, Tebow and an overhyped Geno Smith at QB, and finding himself unemployed. So what will the Bills have up their sleeves?


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Well, he named IK Enemkpali as captain for the game, for starters. To be honest, it's Rex being Rex. But either way, Gang Green should take this one in a low-scoring game because they have the better defensive unit.

Winner: Jets

Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers

Yes, the cheese may have slightly crumbled after back-to-back losses but this is the Packers at home to the Lions. C'mon, you really think Green Bay will lose again? To Detroit? I didn't so.

Winner: Packers

Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Had this game been early in the season, Dallas would be my pick to win. However without Romo and a solid running game, the Cowboys are going long ago 2014 seems.

Both teams aren't really heading anywhere except a competition for a top five draft pick but home-field will count for a lot to the Buccs who weren't terrible against the Giants.

Winner: Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers @ Tennessee Titans

Despite the fact the Panthers keep winning, we still aren't hailing them in any way - and we really should be. They knock-off the Packers last week - who saw that coming?

They are just solid everywhere, QB, running game, defence and special teams. If there is going to be an upset, though, this is the game - Marcus Mariota looks the real deal.

Winner: Panthers - either by a mile or just

Chicago Bears @ St Louis Rams

Despite a terrible third-conversion record in their last three games and so much promise, the Rams should be favourites here with their explosive running game. Todd Gurley showed the world what is capable of last week.

Combined with a top-level defence and an improved home record, the Rams should take this.

Winner: Rams

New Orleans Saints @ Washington

Three straight wins for the Saints and we all had hope the real hope for them. Then they lost to the Titans and it went away. They could have been above .500 for the first time in two years.

The Saints' troubles on pass protection and pass defence returned to full effect last week, but by hanging around the .500 mark, Drew Brees and his team are still in with a chance of a wild-card. This week, he faces off against Kirk Cousins. Only going to be one winner in this QB battle.

And it's Kirk - no it's Brees, Washington are just awful.

Winner: Saints

Miami Dolphins @ Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Bradford showed up last week when the Eagles beat the Cowboys in overtime, looking at ease with Chip Kelly and his offence. It wasn't a nice win. It wasn't a win that will immediately fix the Eagles. But it was a win.

They started slowly again and their secondary looked shaky, but they looked better as Kelly's team looks to chase the Giants in the NFC East. The Dolphins just can't keep it together, though.

Winner: Eagles

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens

This season has been a disaster for the Ravens with stacks of injuries and close losses. And yet. And yet, they could still make the playoffs - at least that's what John Harbaugh thinks. It's the Jags, are you really going to back them?

Winner: Ravens

Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers

First Bell was suspended when Big Ben was fit, then Bell was back only for Big Ben to hurt his knee, now Big Ben is back and Bell is out for the season after hurting his knee. Still, DeAngelo Williams filled in nicely. But Big Ben went down again. They cannot catch a break.

He hasn't officially been ruled out of Week 10, but it seems he will be. But hey, they're playing the Browns and should take that one.

Winner: Steelers

Minnesota Vikings @ Oakland Raiders

A close one. The Raiders are .500 (dust the cobwebs off that, Oakland) - it's been a while. They are showing real promise with Derek Carr under centre.

This will be one of the best games of the week but it will be defined by a concussion, and the Vikes losing Bridgewater hurts them more than Oakland losing Murray. This should be an extremely close game and AP could define it.

Winner: Maybe home-field advantage, maybe AP - toss a coin

New Patriots @ New York Giants

The Pats are perfect! Only one team, one man can stop them, Brady's kryptonite - Eli Manning!

Even with their poor pass defence, there is no reason why the Giants can't knock off Brady and Belichick against the odds in a poignant game for Bill who returns to the Giants for the first time since Ann Mara passed away. The Giants have an explosive offence, but limp passing defence - they are now exactly where were on defence as they were on offence last year - hit and miss, literally.

Patriots will no doubt go for a pass-heavy approach having lost Dion Lewis for the season. This game usually defines the G-Men's season, one way or another, and this week will be no different - they'll turn up.

Winner: Giants, come on, the Patriots have to lose to someone

Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

Denver, while undefeated, were meticulously analysed to death - then lost to the Colts - and have been nitpicked even more. Their running game just isn't clicking and Manning is struggling - it could define their season and whether Peyton gets to the Super Bowl, or even the playoffs, in what must be his final season.

It is only November, and there's time to fix it - starting this week at home to the Chiefs, who have just as many issues.

Winner: Broncos

Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahwaks

This is the game of the week. It's do-or-die. And it's must-win for Seattle. If the Hawks lose, they drop below .500 and three games behind the Cards. Both teams know what's at stake, and it's the perfect game for Sunday Night Football.

This game really is too close to call.

Winner: Toss a coin, sit back and enjoy!

Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals

Monday Night Football, and a chance for Red Rifle to beat the team that knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs in his first two seasons. Also, it's a chance for Dalton to continue turning around his record under lights, currently 4-7 after the win over the Browns last Thursday.

If the Bengals win again, they and Dalton then face another test in the Cardinals  in Week 11. The current Texans are a shadow of the 2011 and 2012 squads with no hope.

Winner: Bengals

Carolina Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Buffalo Bills
Green Bay Packers
Seattle Seahawks
New York Giants
Washington Redskins
New Orleans Saints
Houston Texans
Miami Dolphins
Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals
Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears
Dallas Cowboys
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders
Tennessee Titans
Baltimore Ravens
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos
Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Rams

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