NFL picks Week 10 against the spread – Del’s misfortunes
Last week was a complete embarrassment. That’s pretty much all I can say. There’s no excuse for going 2-11 against the spread and 0-3 in the supposed “top three” selections, but Del figured out a way to do it. Simply put, we have to kill it over the second half of the season. Otherwise, we’re going to finish below the dreaded 50-percent mark. Del will do his best to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Without further misery, here are some Week 10 NFL Picks. Be sure to read the analysis of the top three (if you dare) after the chart and check back later in the week for Doc Brown’s picks.
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)
For the first top three (or bottom three, lately) pick of the week, I like Pittsburgh at home giving Buffalo three points. The Steelers were dominated by the Patriots offensively last week, but the Bills aren’t the Patriots. EJ Manuel could start this week and would be an upgrade over Jeff Tuel or Thad Lewis. The way I see it, we’re either getting a rusty Manuel or a mediocre backup. That usually spells trouble on the road, and Pittsburgh’s offense looked solid against New England. They should (yeah, should) win by a touchdown.
Next, I’m taking the Niners laying six points at home against Carolina. The Panthers have won four straight against incredibly weak competition, scoring at least 30 points in each game. Traveling across the country to face the defending NFC champs could be a serious wakeup call for Cam Newton and company. San Francisco won five straight — also against weak competition — before its bye week and also scored more than 30 points in each victory. Something has to give, and common sense would tell you it’s not going to be the Niners at home.
Finally, I’m going with Denver laying seven on the road against the Chargers. Isn’t this the time of year when people start figuring San Diego out? The Broncos are coming off a bye, which came at a perfect time with Peyton Manning and others nursing injuries. With the exception of their game against the Colts, Denver has been blowing teams out. Manning with an extra week to prepare is usually bad news for the opposition.