Poupart's Picks: Week 10

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 10 of the 2006 NFL season, courtesy of Dolphin Digest Associate Editor Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Nov. 12

Cincinnati (2-6) at Atlanta (5-3) — A big day in store for Michael Vick against a Browns team that plays tough but still doesn't know how to win. Prediction: Atlanta, 24-13.

San Diego (6-2) at Cincinnati (4-4) — It's getting close to must-win time for the Bengals, which isn't good news here because this is a great matchup for them. LaDainian Tomlinson should have a big day, but the Chargers secondary can be exploited, so it will be up to Carson Palmer and Co. to keep pace. Prediction: Cincinnati, 31-27.

San Francisco (3-5) at Detroit (2-6) — The Lions are a much better team than their record suggests, while the 49ers are just as mediocre as their record, if not worse. Watch Jon Kitna, Kevin Jones and Roy Williams put up big numbers. Prediction: Detroit, 33-17.

Buffalo (3-5) at Indianapolis (8-0) — The only reason this one will be even remotely close is because the Colts are bound to have a letdown after beating Denver and New England the last two weeks. But too much talent and the home-field advantage will get them to 9-0. Indianapolis, 27-14.

Houston (2-6) at Jacksonville (5-3) — The Texans upset the Jaguars at home a few weeks ago, but it's time for payback with David Garrard at quarterback. Jacksonville, 27-10.

Kansas City (5-3) at Miami (2-6) — Was last week a mirage, or can the Dolphins do it again against another pretty good team? Hmm, we'll go with B because the Chiefs aren't as good on the road and because the Dolphins offense has gotten progressively better. Prediction: Miami, 24-21.

Green Bay (3-5) at Minnesota (4-4) — The Vikings have big problems on offense, but the Packers represent a good cure for Brad Johnson, Chester Taylor and Co. Besides, the Vikings defense should come up with a couple of turnovers against Brett Favre. Prediction: Minnesota, 20-16.

N.Y. Jets (4-4) at New England (6-2) — The Pats can just about slam the door on the AFC East with a victory in this game, and there's really no reason to think they won't. Prediction: New England, 24-17.

Washington (3-5) at Philadelphia (4-4) — The Redskins got a huge win over Dallas last weekend, while the Eagles tried to regroup with a bye that followed three straight losses. We're thinking the rest will do Donovan and the gang some good. Prediction: Philadelphia, 27-17.

Baltimore (6-2) at Tennessee (2-6) — Steve McNair returns to Tennessee. Good thing for him he has the better team in this game. Prediction: Baltimore, 24-14.

Denver (6-2) at Oakland (2-6) — After Oakland's putrid display of offense on Monday, can we really expect them to do anything against the very good Broncos defense? Prediction: Denver, 20-10.

New Orleans (6-2) at Pittsburgh (2-6) — The Steelers are much better than their record, and the Saints are going to find out in this one. Drew Brees better be ready to do a lot of running. Prediction, Pittsburgh, 26-17.

Dallas (4-4) at Arizona (1-7) — The Cardinals have the worst record in the league, but at least they'll probably get Larry Fitzgerald back for this game. Still, it probably won't be enough against a Cowboys team that has been up-and-down. Prediction: Dallas, 24-20.

St. Louis (4-4) at Seattle (5-3) — Still no Shaun Alexander or Matt Hasselbeck for the Seahawks, but their defense came to life on Monday night. That could be big in this game, where a victory could give them a stranglehold on the NFC West. Prediction: Seattle, 20-16.

Chicago (7-1) at N.Y. Giants (6-2) — The first NBC game with the "flex scheduling," and a good one it is. The Bears all of a sudden don't look so good after their poor performance against the Dolphins, but this is still a very good team. So are the Giants, but they're very banged up right now with both of their starting defensive ends. The Bears rebound. Prediction: Chicago, 17-16.

Monday, Nov. 13

Tampa Bay (2-6) at Carolina (4-4) — While NBC gets a great Sunday night matchup, ESPN is stuck with another dog game. Woof! Prediction, Carolina, 28-13.

Last week's record: 9-5

Season record: 80-48


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