Last week was my worse week yet with only 7 out of 14 games correct for Week 10. The games of last week were extremely exciting as most of them were won within the last minute, or by a low score differential, I definitely didn’t expect to be as entertained as I was with the games. I fell like I would have had a better percentage of correct picks if the ball had a few favorable bounces, but I will make up for my poor picks with a perfect week this time. Tonight’s game features a showdown of two of the NFL’s least interesting teams, the Jaguars and the Titans, and I expect a Jaguars win in a blowout. Sunday is when all of the real excitement begins, as several teams will be fighting for position in an intriguing playoff race. The Rams will defeat the Ravens, The undefeated Panthers will beat the Redskins, and the Bears will defeat the Peyton Manning-less Broncos. The Cowboys will extend their losing streak to eight against the Dolphins, The Raiders will defeat the Lions, and the Jets will win against the Texans. The Falcons will return to their winning ways against the Colts, the Buccaneers will defeat the Eagles, and the Chiefs will win against the Chargers. In a battle for NFC North supremacy and prime playoff position, the surprisingly good Vikings will be taking on the reeling Packers. I expect the Vikings to come away with a huge home win over their long time rivals. The Seahawks will beat the 49ers in a low scoring matchup, and in the primetime games the Cardinals will defeat the Bengals, and the Bills will win against the undefeated Patriots in a huge upset. My picks are in, hopefully I can do much better than 50% this week and for the rest of the season.
Last week was my worst week yet when it comes to picks, I only managed to get seven out of thirteen picks correct. It seemed like I was cruising towards a perfect week with the early games but once the afternoon rolled around all of my picks looked terrible. I am still attempting to have one perfect week of picks this year, so I will just have to have a massive rebound today. To start off my week ten picks, we have a Thursday night game between the Bills and the Jets, and I can see the Bills coming away with a big victory. Sunday’s early games seem pretty easy to pick since most teams have already proven their status, but few of these games seem very compelling. In the first Sunday game, the Ravens will easily defeat the Jaguars, the Steelers will defeat the Browns, and the Panthers will keep their undefeated record with a win against the Titans. The surprisingly resilient Bears will put up a big score as they defeat the Rams in an upset, and the Cowboys will continue their losing streak against the Buccaneers. The Lions will put up a good fight but end up losing to the Packers in a close game, the Dolphins will defeat the Eagles, and the Saints will get a much needed win against the Redskins. The late afternoon games on Sunday are going to be much more entertaining than the early bunch, the first game features two of the league’s best young quarterbacks in a matchup of the Vikings and the Raiders, and I expect the Raiders to be victorious in a very close game. The second game is an AFC West showdown of the Chiefs and the Broncos, in which the Broncos will be Victorious. The final Sunday afternoon game is a fun and familiar matchup of the Patriots and Giants, this matchup is familiar because we have seen the undefeated Patriots put their record on the line against the Giants twice before, and it is fun because the Giants seem to have the patriots number in these matchups. I expect the Giants to once again defeat the Patriots on a last minute field goal or touchdown. As for the prime time games, I expect the Cardinals to defeat the Seahawks on Sunday, and The Bengals will blowout the Texans on Monday night.
News travels very fast these days. Just yesterday, as I finished writing about the demise of former Jets linebacker IK Enemkpali due to a terrible mistake he made, I got word that he will already get his redemption in the NFL. Rex Ryan, the former coach of the Jets, and the man who was initially behind inviting Enemkpali into the league, has decided to sign him to his new team, the Buffalo Bills. This move by Rex Ryan is no surprise to me, as he is known to be a man of theatrics, but something Ryan said in his interview struck with me. When Ryan was asked about why he signed IK, he said, “He made a mistake…There’s no question about that. But instead of listening to this person, that person, or whatever, we had IK last year, a lot of us were around IK, and he was a good teammate. Simple as that.” The words of Rex Ryan and this situation as a whole are just reminders that a solid first impression, and a good reputation are key when it comes to getting anywhere in life. The fact that Enemkpali was known by Rex as a good teammate, is the driving force behind his redemption. IK was not the greatest of linebackers, and I would not say he was a “must have” player, but the fact that he worked hard and didn’t step on any toes while Rex was around has effectively saved his career. I am glad to see that second chances can come out of a foolish situation, and I hope to see Enemkpali on the field for every game his new team plays against the Jets. I dont condone the actions that lead to his dismissal, but I still believe that one mistake should not define the life of any person.