Week 10 ought to be interesting. Last week, we saw the undefeated Packers lose to the undefeated Broncos. Then the undefeated Broncos lost to the five-times-defeated Colts. Now, only the Patriots, Bengals and Panthers remain perfect.
Now's as good a time as any to name some picks for the upcoming week. Remember, these are based on the opinions of several analysts, so don't hate me.
Buffalo Bills (4-4) at NY Jets (5-3)
This is Rex Ryan's first game against the Jets since his ousting last season, so this could be entertaining. The Jets were in the NFC’s top six two weeks ago, but with Eric Decker, Antonio Cromartie and Brandon Marshall amongst the SEVENTEEN players injured, the Bills with their five injuries, have a good chance of winning, but it will be a close one. The pick: Bills 23-19 over Jets
Minnesota Vikings (6-2) at Oakland Raiders (4-4)
The Vikings are cursed in Oakland. They haven't won there since 1996. And that was the only time, ever, Minnesota has beaten the Raiders in Oakland. The road Vikings have struggled as opposed to the home Vikings, so prepare to not be surprised. The pick: Raiders 27-23 over Vikings
New England Patriots (8-0) at NY Giants (5-4)
Since February 2008, the Patriots have beaten every team at least once, right? Wrong. The Giants are the one team they haven't been able to dominate. It's strange that Tom Brady has come up short against Eli Manning, yet he's shown his prowess over every other QB, some of whom are statistically on par with him. The Pats are on fire this season, so we've come to expect nothing less than a win from them (though a little drama in the form of a Giants win would be ok). The pick: Patriots 37-33 over Giants
Arizona Cardinals (6-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
Seattle are nowhere near as strong as they should be. However, we're just over the halfway mark, and history dictates that they pick up the pace in the second half of the season, as they did in 2012, 2013 and 2014. This could be the wrong time for the Cardinals to play the Seahawks... The pick: Seahawks 23-19 over Cardinals
Cincinnati Bengals(8-0) at Houston Texans (3-5)
The Texans have had some trouble of late which resulted in the release of their QB. Meanwhile, Dalton is going for strength to strength. With the Texans having an unbelievably bad season, there's no reason to think the Bengals won't remain perfect this Sunday. The pick: Bengals 31-18 over Texans
Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) at Denver Broncos (7-1)
Will this be a revenge match for the Chiefs? Maybe so, but despite the Broncos’ first loss of the season last week, you can bet they're still as strong as ever, especially with O and D finally getting things together. This game will be a meaningful one – Peyton Manning is only three yards away from surpassing Brett Favre's record (71,838) for the most regular-season passing yards, after which there'll be a pause in the game to honour him. The pick: Broncos 24-20 over Chiefs