NFL Week 10 Open Thread

posted at 12:31 pm on November 10, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

As promised last week, Ed is taking time off and should be closing in to capture Edward Snowden even as the rest of us sit down to watch some football. But contrary to his rather ham handed opinion before he left, this space will not immediately turn into a den of irrational picks for Jets victories. In fact, I’m not even picking the Jets this week. (Those of you with poor enough taste to note that the Jets have a bye are just rude.) But I will hold with Hot Air tradition and pick the Pittsburgh battle against Buffalo. The Vegas line is posting the Steelers as a 1 point favorite, but since Ed picked against the Jets last week, and because it’s never happened on these pages before, I’m going to call it for the feisty Bills to march into Three Rivers and make them look like the team of the first four weeks of the season. Bills over Pittsburgh 24-13.

Last week, Ed went 3-4, making it a loosing week largely on his failed attempt at predicting the Jets game. (Which we, of course, won.) Can I show up the boss’s record while he travels the world? (all times ET):

  • Eagles at Packers (1 pm, Fox) - Aaron Rogers is out for an unknown period with a cracked collarbone and the Pack has dropped into a 3 way tie with da Bears and the Lions. The Eagles haven’t been looking very good and the oddsmakers have them losing, but I’ll go with the upset here and say they’ll take advantage of Green Bay’s shakeup at the QB position and pull out a tight win. Philadelphia 21-17.
  • Raiders at Giants (1 pm, CBS) – New York’s other team has suddenly emerged from being about the worst team in the league to only being one of the worst teams in the league. Still, Andre Brown is back, giving Eli Manning a bit more flexibility, and Terrelle Pryor has looked a bit too prone to mistakes. Giants over Oakland in a fairly easy walk, 31-21.
  • Lions at Bears (1 pm, CBS) -The Lions are coming off of a bye and da Bears are operating on a short week. Still, Jay Cutler is back in action, and these two are now part of a three way shootout for first place in the division. In the end, it could well come down to home field advantage, so I’ll take the Bears in a mostly defensive squeaker, 20-14.
  • Seahawks at Falcons (1 pm, Fox) -The Seahawks only just barely edged out the Rams and the Bucs in recent weeks, so some of that aura of invincibility isn’t as strong as it was early in the season, but it’s still darned hard to pick against them. Plus, the Falcons have the worst rushing offense in the NFL right now, so they seem to be an unlikely choice for an upset. Seattle over Atlanta 34-17.
  • Cowboys at Saints (8:30 pm, NBC) - The Saints lost last week, but that was to the Jets, so we shouldn’t hold that against them. Expect that loss of focus to not derail New Orleans and their excellent pass defense against a Dallas O which doesn’t get much done on the ground and pound front. Who Dat is back, with the Saints beating the Boys 34-24.
  • Dolphins at Buccaneers (MNF, 8:40 pm, ESPN) - Another not terribly interesting game, and if it weren’t the Monday night match-up I probably wouldn’t bother. The line has the Dolphins up slightly, but I’d like to see them lose to give Gang Green additional breathing room in the AFC East, so I’ll go with Tampa Bay in a small upset, 17-6.

By this time next week, Ed should have reached the magnetic North Pole and may be able to watch one of the games on his phone, but we’ve cut him off from the Hot Air controls now and we won’t be giving him a new password by then.


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Go Colts!

fortcoins on November 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Oh, and Steelers 49 – Enemies 3, or somethin”,,,

fortcoins on November 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM

I don’t see the Jets loosing this week.
*sorry

VegasRick on November 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Go Chiefs! Oh, um, wait a minute …

davidk on November 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Go Chargers.

davidk on November 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

What’s the over/under on a combined 150 passes by Brees and Romo in the Sunday night game?

jon1979 on November 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Why aren’t we talking about something important – like the upcoming Walking Dead episode?

faraway on November 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Stafford will surpass Bobby Layne’s club record for passing yards today during the Lions win.

Flange on November 10, 2013 at 1:04 PM

With a few late nights, Ning Liang, George Kalogeropoulos and Michael Wasser built “thehealthsherpa.com,” a two-week-old website that solves one of the biggest problems with the government’s site.

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davidk on November 10, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Stafford will surpass Bobby Layne’s club record for passing yards today during the Lions win.

Flange on November 10, 2013 at 1:04 PM

…shit!…Da Bears already got a TD!

KOOLAID2 on November 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I could actually root for the Jets, but for two words: Rex Ryan

TXUS on November 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Go Pack!!! True you are down to backups, you can still do this. Go Pack!!!

Bmore on November 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

KOOLAID2 on November 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

This doesn’t look like it’s going to be a defensive squeaker. At least so far. Lions marched right back down the field.

Flange on November 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Patriots have a bye week, but this is for all you BDSers out there.

Coach Belicheat was wired for sound for last week’s blowout over the Steelers. When the Steelers scored the TD that tied the game, he immediately said “That’s my fault.”

Arrogance exemplified!

/

Del Dolemonte on November 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Another packer injury now Tolzen is in playing.

The team can not catch a break this season I swear.

watertown on November 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Lol, did big Ed tap out and give football duty to Jazz?

abobo on November 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Hate to see Rodgers out, but good to see Scott Tolzien playing again. Go Pack/Badgers!

NbyNW on November 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

all you BDSers out there.

…..

Del Dolemonte on November 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Two weeks in a row that I know of you’re the first to bring up BB. Hmmm.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Lol, did big Ed tap out and give football duty to Jazz?

abobo on November 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Ed’s in rehab or something.

Ronnie on November 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Cheerleader pics?????
Where are the cheerleader pics?????
Without the babes why have the silly game???
AP and Ed and Jazz: Get those pics up!!

Bubba Redneck on November 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Lol, did big Ed tap out and give football duty to Jazz?

abobo on November 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Ed’s in rehab or something.

Ronnie on November 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I didn’t know Minnesota legalized weed?

Bubba Redneck on November 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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davidk on November 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Bubba Redneck on November 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Oh, I don’t know anything about that. I heard it was a pretty serious church bingo habit.

Ronnie on November 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Actually, Ed’s a jet-setting world traveler right now getting in touch with his inner soul, and seeing sites most of us can only dream of. I seriously doubt he’s got NFL football on his mind.

On the other hand………..Go Niners!

Rovin on November 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Who gives a crap about Cincinatti and their retarded team and Baltimore? Nobody within 5000 miles of here, thats who. And why isn’t Fox showing a game this morning? Sh is stupid.

Daikokuco on November 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

“And, the Bears, once again, are punting the ball away…”

Grrr….

BTW ~ Is Dominoes dissing their own employees in the ads touting their online ordering? Weird.

Fallon on November 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Wait a minute, the CPR is working, they’re not dead yet…

Fallon on November 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Oh, cripes…

Fallon on November 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Just me, huh? None of this makes sense unless you’re watching the Bears… :-(

Fallon on November 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Giants-Raiders game is a study in ineptness, much like the feller in the WH.

Rovin on November 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

The Lions are freaking me out

Ugly on November 10, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Ohhhh Hell yes. I am happy.

Ugly on November 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

The Lions are freaking me out

Ugly on November 10, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Weird, huh?

Flange on November 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

…shit!…Da Bears already got a TD!

KOOLAID2 on November 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Annnnd they ALMOST won ;)

Ugly on November 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Weird, huh?

Flange on November 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

At this point, well, yeah.

Ugly on November 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

What’s with the Colts? Ouch.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I’ll take the Bears in a mostly defensive squeaker, 20-14.

Is that the scent of pine trees?

Oh. Maybe it’s a breeze from the west.

Ugly on November 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

My beloved Pack. Not this season. : (

Bmore on November 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

At least da Bears lost. : )

Bmore on November 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

…go Lions!

KOOLAID2 on November 10, 2013 at 6:29 PM

49-17! Geaux Saints! :) :) :)

Theophile on November 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM