Week 10: Lion Lowdown NFL Picks

James Gullett ((Last Week 4-1) This Season 18-10)

Browns at Lions
Pick: Lions 31-10
Reason: 
The Lions should roll the Browns. When looking at this matchup, the Lions win in the big and small areas. The Browns lack star power and their biggest one, Joe Thomas, is out for the rest of the year. Lions are home, they have a much better QB, better WRs, better punter to switch field position, the better kicker to put points on the board if the offense does in fact stall.

Like I stated before, the Browns best lineman is out and the Lions have struggled to get pressure on other teams QB, so this should help the Lions on defense, as well as the Lions two Pro Bowl caliber defensive backs, Slay and Quin, against a rookie QB. I just don’t see a way the Browns on paper are even competitive in this one. Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is even out-rushing the Browns backs.

Packers at Bears
Pick:
Bears 17-10
Reason: 
Bears are at home and have the better QB in this one making this a decently easy game to call. The Packers have been a shell of themselves lately and in my opinion, if Rodgers keeps seeing that he is the only one on this team making plays, he may not want to resign and test the free agent market. I could see a team like Denver, who is only a QB away, giving him the money he wants as well as having a significantly better team around him.

Bears with RB Howard can consistently keep drives moving against GB’s defense. While the Packers offense will not be able to sustain drives throughout the game with the incompetent Hundley at the helm.


Viking at Redskins
Pick:
Redskins 24-17
Reason: 
This game was a toss-up for me, so when in doubt, look at three key things: 1. Who is the home team? 2. Who has the better QB? 3. Who has the better defense? Two of the three go to the Redskins. Cousins is far superior to Keenum and the Redskins are at home. The Vikings do have a better defense, however, Cousins just lead the Redskins to victory in Seattle who arguably have a better defense than what they will play this week.

Texans at Rams
Pick:
Rams 35- 10
Reason: 
The Rams have been a very fun team to watch this year. After Goff figured out a thing or two his rookie year, and with a new head coach, he does not even look like the same player. Gurley has gotten over his sophomore slump and is a top-five back in the NFL. He seems to be getting a lot better at catching the ball out of the backfield as well.

Between the Rams offense and the Texans lack of after star QB Watson went down with a torn ACL, I have the Rams winning big.

Patriots at Broncos
Pick:
Patriots 17-10
Reason: 
The Broncos are in my opinion a real tragedy of an NFL team. If they had even an average QB, they would be a playoff lock. If Denver had a top-10 QB, they would be Superbowl bound. They have an amazing defense and decent skill players on offense. With all that being said, they might just have the worst starting QB in the entire NFL.

Patriots offense could struggle at first after having WR Hogan ruled out, however, they only have to score two to three times to win this game. Brady will lead the Patriots to victory in Denver with little trouble, almost no pressure to score on every drive when Osweiler is going to be giving away possessions left and right.

Jace Osborn-Sweet (( Last Week 4-1) This Season 15-13)

Browns at Lions
Pick: Lions 35-17
Reason: 
With the Lions coming off a big win at Lambeau Field, I think they go on a tear against this Browns team. The Lions are 4th in turnover differential as well as 4th in interceptions. I expect a big day defensively for Detroit. Matthew Stafford is also lighting it up the last three weeks throwing for 312, 423, 361. Not to mention his highest total was against the No. 1 pass defense.

Packers at Bears
Pick: 
Bears 24-21
Reason: The Packers defense just hasn’t been able to keep up the last few weeks. I expect the bears to unleash Trubisky and Howard will have a big day as well. This game will be close, but the Bears should be able to contain this Packers offense.


Viking at Redskins
Pick: 
Vikings 21-14
Reason: The Redskins are coming off a big win against the Seahawks last week, but this Vikings team is on a nice run I don’t think the Redskins can stop. The Vikings defense is just too good to me for Kirk to go for a big game.

Texans at Rams
Pick: 
Rams 28-10
Reason: The Rams are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, and the Texans just lost their starting QB for the season to an ACL tear. Safe to say this is my lock of the week. The Rams won’t put up huge numbers versus this Texans defense, but I expect turnovers via Tom Savage & Co.

Patriots at Broncos
Pick: 
Patriots 27-14
Reason: Another good defense without a quarterback, this Broncos team is in desperate need of a “bus driver” type QB. Move the ball, don’t turn it over, score some points and bam; you win. Trevor Siemian nor Brock Osweiler could get that done.

James Phillips (Last Week 0-0) This Season 9-9)

Browns at Lions
Pick: Lions 38-10
Reason: The Lions offense is clicking and Marvin Jones and Golden Tate are each hitting their stride.  I️ don’t think the Browns have close to the amount talent it would take to contain these two and I️ expect a big game from both in a convincing Lions victory.

Packers at Bears
Pick: Bears 24-10
Reason: This is the first time in two decades I️ give the bears the advantage at the quarterback position in this matchup.  Brett Hundley limits the offense so much Due to his inability to stretch the ball down the field, and he exposes the true lack of talent the Packers have that Aaron Rodgers was able to cover up.

Vikings at Redskins
Pick: Redskins 20-17
Reason: I’ve made it no mistake I️ don’t believe in Case Keenum and now with the pressure of Teddy Bridgewater being active I️ think he crumbles.  For the Redskins the offense has been coming alive and they are gonna do what they do every year and fight for a wildcard spot late into the year.

Texans at Rams
Pick: Rams 31-10
Reason: Sadly with the horrific list of injuries sustained to the Texans this year they have no hope of being competitive.  With the Rams it’s time to except they are one of the best teams in the leagues boasting better offensive numbers than the greatest show on turf by a per game basis.

Patriots at Broncos
Pick: Patriots 34-9
Reason: Brock Osweiler.  There isn’t much more to say the Patriots defense is improving by the week and I️ have trust the Broncos will move the ball at all.  How bad the offense has been has had an effect the one vaunted Denver defense.

Tyler Bantle (( Last Week 0-0) This Season 0-0)

Browns at Lions
Pick: Lions 30-14
Reason: Detroit has the momentum coming off the big road win at Lambeau on Monday night. Cleveland is last in turnover differential (-12) and hasn’t shown any signs of improving there yet. Lions should force multiple turnovers and take care of business on offense. I expect Jones Jr. and Tate to put up good numbers today.

Packers at Bears
Pick: Bears 24-20
Reason: Bears were about to beat the Packers in 2016 If not for one 50 yard bomb by Rodgers to Nelson. This year, it’s Brett Hundley at QB. Green Bay is hurting in the injury department and Chicago has the ability to pound the rock. I see the Bears taking the lead late and stopping Hundley’s attempt of a comeback. Safe to say the Packers should no longer R-E-L-A-X.

Vikings at Redskins
Pick: Redskins 20-13
Reason: The Skins always seem to win the big games and slump through the expected wins. Well, this is a big game with the 6-2 Vikings in town. Cousins is developing serious chemistry with everyone not named Terrelle Pryor in the offense, and the Vikings are just not consistent on that side of the ball with Keenum. The key battle here is the Viking’s D-alone versus Washington’s O-Line, which is much healthier this week. This is a real game to watch.

Texans at Rams
Pick: Rams 31-13
Reason: The Rams are really really good this year. McVay has made the offensive gameplay simple for Goff and allowed him to be extremely comfortable in just his 2nd year. Gurley is back to his top-10 draft potential and the defense is loaded with talent. Meanwhile, the Texans are too injury-riddled. No Watt, no Watson, no win.

Patriots at Broncos
Pick: Patriots 24-20
Reason: Don’t be surprised if New England is trailing this whole game. They never play well in Denver. Must be the altitude that effects Tom Brady’s yoga warm-up routine. Chris Hogan is out for NE which will hurt, but a 4th quarter drive finishing with a Gronk spike seals the win for the Pats.

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