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Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 10

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Holy crap.

So Stella lit me up again in Week 9 – she put up a shocking line of 10-3 against my mere 7-6. That’s another three games tacked onto her lead, putting it up to eight games. Let’s bear in mind that we’ve passed the halfway point of the season – I’ve got a real uphill climb if I’m going to figure out how to make this competitive.

I’m not going to make up much ground this week, regardless of what happens. Stella and I differ on just five of the week’s 14 games; even if I run the table, she’s going to be comfortably ahead. And let’s be real – I’m not going to run the table.

First up is the Thursday night game. I’ve got Carolina going into Pittsburgh and taking down the Steelers. This Panthers team has looked really strong in recent week; the Cam Newton-led offense has put up serious points and the defense has produced some quality results. Stella likes the Panthers too, but she thinks the Steelers will come into this one with something to prove. She thinks Ben Roethlisberger will get it done and that James Connor will be in full-on audition mode. She’s expecting an inopportune turnover or two courtesy of Carolina. We both think this will be one of the week’s best games – and maybe one of the best Thursday games of the entire season.

Next is one of my desperate grabs at making up some ground. I’ve picked the Browns to win at home against the Falcons. I recognize that this is a longshot, but Cleveland’s at home and they’ve got a handful of talented guys who are ready to go off. A game against an iffy Atlanta defense might allow the Browns to do some serious scoring. Stella scoffs at my reasoning. She’s not saying the Browns won’t score points, but she highly doubts that Cleveland’s D will be able to do anything against Matt Ryan. Julio Jones, Tevin Coleman and the rest of the Falcons attack. She thinks it might be close, but is quite sure Atlanta wins. I’m pretty sure myself, as far as that goes.

I’m going with the Colts at home over the visiting Jaguars. While I don’t think Indianapolis is great shakes, there’s no doubt that the team has made great strides over the past few weeks. Andrew Luck is looking better and better and the Colts defense has been surprisingly stout – certainly stout enough to handle a questionable Jags attack. Stella recognizes that the Jaguars are reeling, but thinks that a game against the Colts might be just what the doctor ordered to right the ship. She thinks the Jags will be able to get to Luck and harass him into underperforming, while Blake Bortles will do just enough (and she’s talking JUST ENOUGH) to win.

I’ve got Tampa Bay winning at home against Washington.Tampa Bay’s offense is due for one of their sporadic scoring explosions with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm; they’re going to throw it and throw it and throw it some more; the sheer volume will overwhelm the Washington secondary. I'm calling for a couple of huge plays to be the difference and put the Bucs over the top. Stella's take is that there’s nothing all that likeable or engaging about this Washington team, but it’s tough to argue with the results. They’re not pretty or exciting, but they keep winning – and they’ll do it again in Tampa Bay.

Finally, in the Monday night contest, I’ve got the Giants winning. Why? I don’t even know. The Giants are bad. But so are the 49ers. So there’s that. Sometimes you just have to hitch your wagon to the talent and the Giants have the two most talented skill players in this game (Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr.). Meanwhile, Stella thinks the Giants are slightly less tire-fire-y than the Niners. She thinks that San Francisco on their home field will be enough to make up for whatever talent advantage there might be. She’s not particularly psyched for the 49ers, but she thinks that they’ll succeed thanks to a few timely plays and the continued downward spiral of Giants QB Eli Manning. One thing’s for sure – neither one of us will actually watch this disaster.

And there you have it. Wish me well – I need to keep this from getting out of hand. Losing by double-digits again is not something I want to do.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN’S PICKS

Thursday, November 8

CAROLINA at Pittsburgh

Sunday, November 11

Detroit at CHICAGO

NEW ORLEANS at Cincinnati

Atlanta at CLEVELAND

NEW ENGLAND at Tennessee

Jacksonville at INDIANAPOLIS

Arizona at KANSAS CITY

Buffalo at NY JETS

Washington at TAMPA BAY

LA CHARGERS at Oakland

Miami at GREEN BAY

Seattle at LA RAMS

Dallas at PHILADELPHIA

Monday, November 12

NY GIANTS at San Francisco

Week 9 record: 7-6

Season record: 80-52-2

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STELLA’S PICKS

Thursday, November 8

Carolina at PITTSBURGH

Sunday, November 11

Detroit at CHICAGO

NEW ORLEANS at Cincinnati

ATLANTA at Cleveland

NEW ENGLAND at Tennessee

JACKSONVILLE at Indianapolis

Arizona at KANSAS CITY

BUFFALO at NY Jets

WASHINGTON at Tampa Bay

LA CHARGERS at Oakland

Miami at GREEN BAY

Seattle at LA RAMS

Dallas at PHILADELPHIA

Monday, November 12

NY Giants at SAN FRANCISCO

Week 9 record: 10-3

Season record: 88-44-2

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