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Kibbles and Picks 2019 - Week 10

November 7, 2019
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It really has been an up-and-down year here at Kibbles and Picks.

Week 9 saw Stella put up a solid 9-5 record, while I lagged behind at a mere 7-7. That two-game bump cuts my season lead back down to a single solitary game. Things are just about as close as they can be.

And there’s a surprising amount of room for movement here in Week 10. While there are just 13 games on the slate, Stella and I differ on over half of them – seven, to be exact. It’s the kind of week that lends itself to a big shift in the standings. In which direction? Well, we’ll have to wait and see.

We hit the ground running with the Thursday night game. I’ve got the Raiders winning at home; I think they’ll be able to ride the able rushing attack led by rookie Josh Jacobs to victory over the inconsistent Chargers. Stella likes the Chargers to go into Oakland and take out the Raiders – she’s expecting a good game out of QB Philip Rivers and thinks that Melvin Gordon will build on his breakout success from last week. Either way, this one will be won on the ground.

I’ve got the Lions going into Chicago and beating the Bears. Matthew Stafford has been playing out of his mind – more so with the injury issues in the Lions backfield. I also think the Detroit defense will have little trouble keeping the Bears from seeing the end zone. Stella disagrees; while she’s no fan of the Chicago offensive attack, she thinks they’ll score enough to win because she’s sure that the excellent Bears D will be able to hold off Detroit.

Buffalo has been one of the surprises of the season so far, so I’m going with them on the road against the Browns. The Bills offense has struggled with consistency – QB Josh Allen commits a few too many turnovers for anyone’s comfort, but he’s also an undeniable threat with both his legs and his arm. Their defense has been top-notch. Stella’s nervous about that Buffalo D, but she’s still taking the Browns in Cleveland. While her faith in Baker Mayfield and company has wavered, she believes that one or both of Nick Chubb and Odell Beckham Jr. is/are going to have a huge game. The team that best takes care of the ball wins this one.

In a game that promises to be the least watchable of the week, I’m going with the Giants over the Jets. The G-Men are bad, but the Jets are far worse. Saquon Barkley is better than anyone on the other side. That’s … what I’ve got. Stella is basically taking the Jets as a contrarian pick – she thinks they’re terrible and is banking on a pride-driven rally after last week’s embarrassment at the hands of the Dolphins. Don’t watch this game – we certainly won’t be.

Next up is the Arizona/Tampa Bay tilt. I’m going with the Buccaneers to win at home. Sure, Jameis Winston is the most wildly inconsistent QB out there, but against a soft Cardinals defense, I like the odds of seeing more positives than negatives. Stella thinks that Winston’s proclivities for the interception will help the Cardinals win the possession battle, as will another solid day from RB newcomer Kenyan Drake. This one could swing on big plays and turnovers.

Picking the Vikings to win on the road in Dallas is a bold choice, but I’m making it. Minnesota looks to have figured things out on both sides of the ball – the offense in particular has looked good. Expect a big performance from RB Dalvin Cook. Stella thinks the Cowboys will handle Cook and harass QB Kirk Cousins; she’s anticipating a monster game from Zeke Elliott and a strong passing day out of Dak Prescott. She’s a little leery of the Vikings D, but thinks that ultimately, the Cowboys will win the day.

And finally, in the Monday night game, I’m picking the 49ers to win at home against the Seahawks. I think San Francisco’s offense is firing on all cylinders after an uneven start and that the defense is one of the NFL’s best. That combo adds up to a win, even against a frisky Seattle squad. Stella concedes that the Niners are good, but she’s ready to ride with Russell Wilson. She thinks he’s got what it takes to pick apart even this very good defense – particularly with guys like Tyler Lockett and Chris Carson to help. Whoever wins, this one has a chance to be the best game of the week.

And there we have it. Now we just wait and see if this is the week Stella takes back her lead for good or if I can rebuild my once-substantial lead. Wish me luck.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN’S PICKS

Thursday, Nov. 7

LA Chargers at OAKLAND

Sunday, Nov. 10

DETROIT at Chicago

BALTIMORE at Cincinnati

BUFFALO at Cleveland

KANSAS CITY at Tennessee

Atlanta at NEW ORLEANS

NY Giants at NY JETS

Arizona at TAMPA BAY

Miami at INDIANAPOLIS

Carolina at GREEN BAY

LA RAMS at Pittsburgh

MINNESOTA at Dallas

Monday, Nov. 11

Seattle at SAN FRANCISCO

Week 9 record: 7-7

Season record: 85-48-1

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STELLA’S PICKS

Thursday, Nov. 7

LA CHARGERS at Oakland

Sunday, Nov. 10

Detroit at CHICAGO

BALTIMORE at Cincinnati

Buffalo at CLEVELAND

KANSAS CITY at Tennessee

Atlanta at NEW ORLEANS

NY GIANTS at NY Jets

ARIZONA at Tampa Bay

Miami at INDIANAPOLIS

Carolina at GREEN BAY

LA RAMS at Pittsburgh

Minnesota at DALLAS

Monday, Nov. 11

SEATTLE at San Francisco

Week 9 record: 9-5

Season record: 84-49-1

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