Poupart's picks: Week 10

This isn't exactly Showdown Sunday in the NFL as there's only one game on the schedule this weekend matching teams with a winning record -- Washington at Tampa Bay, which isn't even that juicy a matchup to begin with. Still, the games must be picked as we try to continue our hot streak after three consecutive 12-2 showings. Here then are this week's predictions.

Sunday, November 13

Kansas City (5-3) at Buffalo (3-5): The Bills are a totally different team at home than on the road and should give the Chiefs a battle. But even without Priest Holmes, Kansas City's offense should have a big day. Kansas City, 24-21.

San Francisco (2-6) at Chicago (5-3): The Bears' stingy defense has shut down most of Chicago's opponents this season, and the 49ers offense is as bad as it gets. Chicago, 16-6.

Arizona (2-6) at Detroit (3-5): Two bad teams go at it. Somehow, we get the feeling Kurt Warner will have a big day at Ford Field. Arizona, 26-20.

Houston (1-7) at Indianapolis (8-0): Mismatch. Houston's only hope is that the Colts have a major letdown after their win at New England. But even then it wouldn't be enough. Indianapolis, 30-13.

Baltimore (2-6) at Jacksonville (5-3): It's Kyle Boller to the rescue for the Ravens. Not. Truth is, he's not much of an upgrade over Anthony Wright and Baltimore's defense is still banged up. Jacksonville, 23-16.

New England (4-4) at Miami (3-5): Amazing that the Dolphins could find themselves tied for first in the AFC East with a win here. And there are some factors in their favor, such as the Patriots traveling after a Monday night game, New England's defense being decimated by injuries and a good track record defending Tom Brady. But here's the catch: The Dolphins have had good success against Brady with good secondaries. Against this Dolphins secondary, Brady will pass at will. New England, 27-24.

Minnesota (3-5) at New York Giants (6-2): The Vikings got some life last week with Brad Johnson at quarterback, but that was at home. The Vikes are brutal on the road and the Giants are on a roll. N.Y. Giants, 27-17.

Washington (5-3) at Tampa Bay (5-3): The Bucs have dropped two straight and three of their last four, and a big reason has been the dreadful play of QB Chris Simms. Things won't be easier against a stingy Washington defense, but we're thinking the Bucs defense will come up with the one big play to make the difference in this one. Tampa Bay, 17-16.

N.Y. Jets (2-6) at Carolina (6-2): Another mismatch. Is there any reason to think Brooks Bollinger can lead the Jets to an upset here? Uh ... no. Carolina, 28-13.

Denver (6-2) at Oakland (3-5): The Raiders lost a heartbreaker at Kansas City last week and it will be interesting to see how they bounce back. The truth is the Raiders have played a lot better in recent weeks, and we're thinking they'll rebound against the rival Broncos. Oakland, 28-24.

Green Bay (1-7) at Atlanta (6-2): Yet another mismatch. The Packers have few healthy bodies left on offense and a bad defense. Should be an easy time for Michael "Don't Criticize My Passing When We Win" Vick and Company. Atlanta, 27-14.

St. Louis (4-4) at Seattle (6-2): Marc Bulger is back at quarterback for the Rams, who desperately need this game if they hope to have any shot at winning the division. The problem is that Seattle right now is playing as well as any team in the NFC. Another big day for Shaun Alexander. Seattle, 33-27.

Cleveland (3-5) at Pittsburgh (6-2): The Browns have played decent defense and should give the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers a decent challenge. But it's difficult to envision the Browns having any success moving the ball against a very, very good Pittsburgh defense. Pittsburgh, 16-10.

Monday, November 14

Dallas (5-3) at Philadelphia (4-4): This is a huge game for the Eagles, not only because of their record but also because of the whole Terrell Owens situation. The Eagles were embarrassed at Dallas earlier this season and it's difficult to believe they won't respond to the challenge, particularly considering their great Monday night record under Andy Reid. Philadelphia, 24-21.

Last week's record: 12-2

Season record: 90-40


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