NFL Picks Week 10 - Page 3
Rams at 49ERS (-6.5)
The 49ers enter off a bye following a win over Denver in London on October 31. The Rams, 0-3 away, come in off a bye as well. Benny Bagels reports that “The Rams is 6-2 against the spread, 5-2 as the dog.” It’s uncertain at this time which Smith will start for San Francisco, Troy or Alex, but one thing is for sure – San Francisco RB Gore will be in for a tough time at the goal line. Bagels tells us, “The Rams has allowed only two rushing touchdowns in 8 games.” Taking 49ers to win, but Rams with the points.
Seahawks at CARDS (-3)
The Cards come into this after giving up a 14 point lead in the closing minutes to the Vikings last week, and eventually losing in OT. Seattle enters off a 41-7 drubbing by the Giants, which followed a 33-3 beat-down by the Raiders. The Seahawks get back QB Matt Hasselbeck. In their meeting with the Cards earlier in the season, Seattle won, 22-10. Injuries to three key players in the defensive front, however, has hurt the Seahawks’ run defense significantly of late. One of the three returns this week. About that, Frankie Nuts says, “Not enough. And it ain’t just the defense. They has scored only 10 points in the last two games.” Taking the Cards to cover.
Patriots at STEELERS (-3.5)
In a nutshell, it’s the Steelers’ defense versus the Pats’ offense. Cleveland took New England to the woodshed last week, 34-14, while the Steelers fought off a Bengals’ comeback to win, 27-21. The Pats are saying that the ankle sprain that kept Tom Brady out of practice Wednesday is not a factor. But you can bet the Pittsburgh defense – with 24 sacks already this year – will test it. On offense, Pittsburgh’s front line is hurting, and yardage may be tough to come by for RB Rashard Mendenhall, though the Pats’ defense against the rush is weak. Vinnie the Mooch likes the Steelers: “They is giving up just 15 points a game.” Hate to give the Pats any points, but taking the Steelers at home to cover.
Eagles (-3) at REDSKINS
Playing cards, talking MNF. Philadelphia enters off a 26-24 squeaker over the Colts, and Washington off a bye. Cheech says, “McNabb was benched during his last game and that ain’t good.” Vinnie the Mooch reminds us that “The Redskins was the better team when they met in October, 17-12.” Bobby-Big-Fingers says, “That was the game Vick got hurt.” Sallie Boy says, “The Eagles’ attack revolves around Vick.” Frankie Nuts tells us that “The Eagles is 8-2 in their last 10 games in Washington.” And Benny Bagels says, “The Skins is averaging under 20 points a game, and under 95 yards rushing.” All agree, “Vick makes the difference here.” Taking the Eagles to cover.