NFL Pick’em: Week 10 NFL Picks
Welcome to our weekly NFL Pick’em. The hosts of the My Fantasy Podcast (Dan, Brandon and Orlando) pick every game straight up and crown one champion of all champions at the end of the season.
Standings after Week 9
Dan Schalk: 70-62
Brandon Reid: 77-55
Orlando Torres: 74-58
As you know, we have one “celebrity picker” each week and they will battle it out for supremacy and bragging rights. Our Week 9 celebrity picker, Casey Birch fared better than he did when he had a losing record in Week 3–but he came nowhere close to Graham Sweet who holds onto 1st place.
Celebrity Picker Standings
Graham Sweet (Week 8): 11-2
Mathew Aguiar (Week 7) 12-3
Malachi David (Week 6) 8-6
Casey Birch (Week 9): 7-6
(Week 3): 6-10
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Week 4): 8-8
Patrick Rahall (Week 5): 6-8
Week 10 NFL Picks
Jets at Buccaneers
Dan Schalk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I’ll take Fitz against his former team. The bearded-wonder always seems to play well for his team the first year, then falls off. Luckily for the Bucs, this is Fitzpatrick’s first season.
Brandon Reid: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I think Fitzpatrick is solid enough to guide the Bucs offense, even without Mike Evans. The Jets are going to be without Matt Forte and Jeremy Kerley. This could be an explosion of points with no defense, or it could be a grind fest. The running backs on both sides could be in store for really good days.
Orlando Torres: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Don’t be surprised if the Jets win this game on the road, but I’m going to say the Bucs pull this off. Evans isn’t playing, but he’s right when saying there’s too much talent on this team for them not to win. Plus it’s a revenge game for some Fitz magic.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): New York Jets. Jets coach Todd Bowles has a bone to pick with Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Jameis Winston on the sideline, Fitzpatrick gets the start. This should bode well for a Jets team that’s stunning the NFL, even at 4-5. Regardless if the suspension of Bucs WR Mike Evans is rescinded, the Jets defensive front will feast on a very familiar QB to them from last year.
Saints at Bills
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. Living in Buffalo my entire life I know this team and the culture that surrounds it—they are not very good and have gotten VERY lucky the first half of the season. Fun fact–the Bills have not beaten a team with a winning record.
Brandon Reid: Buffalo Bills. The Bills are undefeated at home this year. New Orleans is riding a six game winning streak after losing their first two games this year. I completely believe that New Orleans is the better team. But it’s going to be a cold day in Buffalo, and the Bills defense should be able to stop the run enough to key in on Brees a little more. I will be impressed if the Saints go on the road and win this one.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. I cant wait to watch this game. Every time I’ve picked against the Bills they’ve proved me wrong. Especially at home, but the Saints are legit this year so I’m picking against the Bills again.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): Buffalo Bills. There’s simply no way you can overlook the Buffalo Bills this year. What they’ve put together from Week 1 has been a surprise. With the Saints having to leave the comfort of the Superdome for a chilly day in Upstate New York, expect the edge of weather and the fan base to favor Buffalo to a victory.
Browns at Lions
Dan Schalk: Detroit Lions. The Browns may win a game, but it will not come on the road in Detroit.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. The Lions have not been playing well in the last month, but this is a man up game. A home loss against the winless Browns, in Week 10, could send major repercussions throughout Detroit. I could see calls for Caldwell’s job, and a complete lack of trust in Stafford rippling through local Detroit media. Cleveland will win a game this season, I just probably won’t predict it.
Orlando Torres: Detroit Lions. Looking at the Browns remaining schedule I’m not sure who they beat. They have the Jags coming up, so maybe they beat the Chargers again like they did last year to avoid going 0-16, or maybe they beat the Packers who are without Rodgers, but not this week. Chalk up another L for Cleveland.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): Detroit Lions. There’s simply not enough the Browns can do to overcome the Lions. Defensively, Cleveland has stats that are slightly better than Detroit, but then home field advantage comes into play. This favors Detroit, and with the Lions offense, their receivers and running backs are better than Cleveland’s. Detroit has this one.
Bengals at Titans
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. My fantasy team hopes Marcus Mariota can play like Marcus Mariota.
Brandon Reid: Cincinnati Bengals. Don’t accuse me of being a homer. I told you guys last week I was picking the Titans but didn’t want to. They won by three. As a matter of fact, they’re last two wins over the Browns and Ravens were both by a field goal. Cincinnati’s pass defense is one of the better in the league allowing only 192 passing yards per game. The Titans have been teetering on a loss for weeks, and just don’t look fluid. We may be hearing talk of Mularkey being replaced real soon. Talent is no longer the excuse in Tennessee.
Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. This an interesting game. Mariota has not been that explosive guy we thought he would be, and the Bengals offensive line can’t save Dalton’s life for anything. But the Bengals are still better defensively, and will be able to edge one out on the road.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): Tennessee Titans. The Titans defense has a great opportunity to feast on what has been a really bad Andy Dalton. The secondary is especially coming in with the advantage. The inconsistency at QB, coupled with what is a disappointing team altogether, the Titans can grab a big win against this team.
Packers at Bears
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. Eventually Brett Hundley has to win a game.
Brandon Reid: Chicago Bears. This is one of the two games I had the Packers winning the rest of the season, post Aaron Rodgers. I changed my mind. The Bears are 2-2 since going to Mitchell Trubisky and I like the toughness they have been playing with. For example, going to New Orleans two weeks ago and playing tough in a 20-12 loss. They are coming off a BYE week and playing at home. This one might be a dog fight, but I really like the Bears chances.
Orlando Torres: Green Bay Packers. Green Bay sure as hell misses Aaron Rodgers, and Bears fans are happy that they don’t have to see him, but at the end of the day these two teams hate each other! Last time they played, Davante Adams left on a stretcher, and Rodgers tossed multiple TD’s. This game will be much closer, but I’m still taking the Pack to squeeze one out here.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): Chicago Bears. If the Bears offensive line can keep consistent protection around Mitchell Trubitsky, it’ll make a rivalry division matchup easier for Chicago to control. The Packers have thrown their backup QB Brett Hundley to the wolves of defensive line. With already an inconsistent offensive line in Green Bay, the Bears will have a field day getting to the QB. As long as they can keep their offense going and be in the red zone as much as they can, they will keep the Packers at bay.
Chargers at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. Philip Rivers isn’t that good especially against a dominant defense. Maybe if Tony Romo was suiting up for the Chargers they would have a chance (Brandon Reid knows what I’m talking about).
Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chargers will have to avoid any turnovers in this one to have a shot. The Jags should be able to gash them with the run game, and shut down Philip Rivers and the pass game. The game is balanced out by the fact that Jacksonville may not be able to move the ball through the air much at all. So once again, if the Jags defense has any takeaways, they pick up the home win. But look out for the Gus Bradley factor. He could read the Jags playbook and beat them to every punch. He just can’t stop Philip Rivers from throwing to the dark jerseys.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. This Jags defense is championship material, but with Bortles under center it’s interesting to see how far they will go. I’d love to take the Bolts to beat them because Rivers is a saavy veteran, but the Chargers always find a way to screw themselves at the end.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): LA Chargers. Despite Jacksonville with the better defense, Melvin Gordon can exploit that front defensive line, as he’s put in a brilliant season despite the Chargers mishaps. He’ll be the factor along with Chargers QB Philip Rivers hitting his targets and keeping the Chargers from too many 3 and Out situations. This will be a close game, but the Chargers can see it out.
Vikings at Redskins
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have a better defense and better skill players. That’s a recipe for a victory.
Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. The Redskins have looked lost on offense throughout most of the season so far. The Vikings defense is a beast. They shut you down! I’m afraid that Washington is just not quite ready physically to take on this challenge. I think they very well could pull this one out at home, but I’m not predicting it.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. What a QB carousel in Minnesota. Remember when Teddy was basically done after his gruesome injury, then Bradford came in and actually looked good, and they made the playoffs and nobody laughed? Well now Bradford is back to his old ways and people are laughing again, and Keenum might be benched for Teddy pretty soon. Ehh what a mess. I’ll still take the Vikes at home though.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): Minnesota Vikings. It should be a close game as these two teams are evenly matched. Certain areas of the game where the Vikings excel, the Redskins don’t and vice versa. Those counters make this game a matter of who will make the right play at the right time. With Washington not getting what they need out of their offense consistently, look for Minnesota to exploit that.
Steelers at Colts
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. Meh—this game doesn’t interest me and since I’m last in the Pick’em I’ll go with the obvious choice.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m not going to dig into stats here. The Steelers are playing the Colts.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. Offensively the Colts are not a bad football team. Defensively it’s a mess, and with Pittsburgh looking to pick up some steam here I have no idea how the Colts derail their train.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): Indianapolis Colts. This is the upset pick. There’s just something about Colts QB Jacoby Brissett and his ability to just uplift that offense. Maybe it’s that time he got last year with New England and being under the tutelage of Bill Belichick. The Steelers are better than the Colts, but there’s just something in the feeling of this game, sometimes you have to take a risk. The Colts have played with fire this year, so why not go with them this weekend to wrestle another surprising win? This game will be close and come down to the last play of the game.
Texans at Rams
Dan Schalk: LA Rams. I can’t believe how Sean McVay has turned Jared Goff into an NFL QB. Coach of the Year?
Brandon Reid: LA Rams. I hate to say it but the Rams are a complete team. Great defense, elite running back, solid offensive line, and a young quarterback that’s not having to do too much. Deshaun Watson was the Texans offense. He was their shot of adrenaline. Too much loss for the Texans this year. They are missing arguably three of their best four or five players, not to mention one is the quarterback of the offense, the other is the quarterback of the defense.
Orlando Torres: LA Rams. Houston just isn’t the same without Watson period! And the Rams are not the same old Rams. Expect another blowout. How bout Jared Goff and those Rams!
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): LA Rams. Without their QB Deshaun Watson, the Texans don’t have a chance to overcome the Rams who put up 51 points last week against the Giants. Granted, the Giants aren’t the Goliath of NFL defenses but 51 points and the amount of momentum in confidence, ability, and streak play that brings into the next week is huge for Los Angeles. The Rams could put on another high point performance this weekend.
Giants at 49ers
Dan Schalk: San Francisco 49ers. I picked the Giants to win more often than not this season. I’m done getting burned.
Brandon Reid: San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers win!!! The Giants are the worst team in the NFC and McAdoo’s seat is quite toasty as winter sets in.
Orlando Torres: New York Giants. Besides the fans of these teams who’s really going to watch this game between these two teams? If Jimmy G plays I might tune in, but after getting embarrassed by the Rams at home, I’m taking Eli to bounce back on the road.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): San Francisco 49ers. If this really comes to past, don’t expect Giants HC Ben McAdoo to have the job past Monday. Despite how bad the Niners are this year, it can’t be as bad as the Giants. Dysfunctional in almost every facet of the organization let alone the team’s players, the cancer is spreading in the Giants camp. Eli Manning is clearly too old to be behind center, the defense would be beat by the writers of this website, and at this point, the fans have to be regretting running Tom Coughlin out of town. San Francisco could throw Jimmy Garoppolo at the Giants, but regardless they have enough to beat New York by what could be a good margin.
Cowboys at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. Alfred Morris > Falcons defense.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. Oh boy. This is a hard one but I know neither Dan or Orlando is picking Atlanta. The Falcons will eventually have to get their act together. They were the league’s number one scoring team last year and didn’t lose anything. I wasn’t completely sold on Dallas with Zeke, so I’m definitely less as high on them without Zeke. The Falcons should play from ahead through most of this game.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. This is a tough game to pick, but whether Zeke plays or not the Falcons are their own worst enemy. They can’t get out of their own way as of late, and the Cowboys are playing with a chip on their shoulder after losing Zeke, so I’m still expecting both teams to put up points.
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): Atlanta Falcons. Let’s call this another upset pick. But for a team like the Falcons, and what they have, it’s surprising to see them where they are this year. Nevertheless, Atlanta has the pieces on both sides of the ball to give Dallas enough trouble to frustrate them. Their focus will be on Dallas’ run game with Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and DMAC, making sure they don’t break one open. Contain them, and you’ll open up to be able to hold back the receivers enough to get a close win.
Patriots at Broncos
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. I had a dream last night I met Bill Belichick for lunch–we ate, chatted and he picked up the check. Patriots win.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. The Patriots are not that good. They can be beat. However, it requires one thing to pull off such a feat…a decent quarterback. This will not be an easy win for the Patriots, but with the Broncos offense struggling like they are, I can’t see this going in their favor. It will be COLD however.
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. Remember back in 2015 when Brock Osweiler stepped in for an injured Peyton Manning and actually looked good? And guess what– he beat Tom Brady and the Patriots 30-24 during their SB season. Oh the memories. This time around there Brady has something in return for Brock maybe six TD’s perhaps?
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): New England Patriots. Since both of these defenses don’t have a high-grade, expect this game to be a shootout. If we’re talking offensive production , Patriots overpower the Broncos quite well. Denver has their sack master in Von Miller but that’s as far as they can go in upside on defense. Without the other areas of the defense intact, Tom Brady and Co. can feast on the Denver secondary and front defensive line. Patriots will put on a good show for Sunday Night Football.
Dolphins at Panthers
Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. Bank of America stadium is smoke-free. Smokin’ Jay don’t like that.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. Carolina is the league’s fifth stingiest defense and only allows 17.7 points per game. The Dolphins offense is not very good to begin with, so I have no confidence in them going on the road, in a primetime game, and handing the Panthers solid defense. It has been a weird season, but if the Dolphins have a shot to win this Monday Night, I can’t wait to see how.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. Say what you want but the Dolphins are not that bad of a team. Drake and Williams have played well, and Jay Cutler has not been the reason they’ve lost some games. The Panthers on the other hand are just better on both sides of the ball, and also Cam for the love of little baby Jesus, yes the Titanic sunk!
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Celebrity Picker): Carolina Panthers. Carolina is just the better team. With the Dolphins simply relying on a mediocre, injury-prone Jay Cutler, decent receiving, and two tandem backfield that simply can’t make the yards, Miami doesn’t stand a chance on the MNF stage.