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Thumper's Picks - Week 10

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By Thumper
    <em>Bolt Talk Staff Writer</em>

    <img width="272" height="203" align="left" alt="NFL Logo" title="NFL Logo" src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/NFL_LOGO.jpg" /> We're officially into the second half of the season and the playoffs will be here before you know it. So which teams are contenders, and which teams are pretenders?

    Here's my list of contenders:

    <strong> NFC:</strong> Giants, Bears, Saints, Falcons, Seahawks, & Eagles.
    <strong> AFC:</strong> Patriots, Ravens, Colts, Broncos, Chargers, & Chiefs.

    Here's my list of pretenders:

    <strong> NFC:</strong> Rams, Cowboys, Vikings, & Panthers.
    <strong> AFC:</strong> Steelers, Jets, Bengals, & Jaguars.

    Don't give up if your team is not a contender. Things can change quickly in the NFL. There is still time for some of these teams, but the clock is ticking. Same thing goes for the contenders. If they take their eyes off the prize, thing can go down hill quickly.

    Don't fret, here are this weeks picks.

    <strong> Chris Carter 80-48
    Chris Collinsworth 79-49
    Bob Costas 77-51
    Dan Marino 76-52
    Thumper 73-55
    <strong> Sunday, Nov. 12</strong>

    <em><strong> Baltimore 23, Tennessee 14</strong></em>
    The Ravens haven't allowed a 100 yard rusher all season and they won't against the Titans. Running the ball will be a struggle for Tennessee.
    Buffalo 10, Indianapolis 24</strong></em>
    Peyton Manning excelled against a strong New England defense last week, while JP Losman struggle against a weak Packers squad. Put this one in the books as a loss –man.

    <em><strong> Cleveland 14, Atlanta 24</strong></em>
    Warrick Dunn and Michael Vick will have success against this Browns unit which was exposed against the run last week by the Chargers. Atlanta leads the league with over 1,600 yard rushing this season.
    Green Bay 18, Minnesota 24</strong></em>
    Brad Johnson should have a good week against the Packers defense which ranks last against the pass.

    <em><strong> Houston 14, Jacksonville 25</strong></em>
    David Garrard has provided a spark for Jacksonville and is playing at a very high level. The Jaguars are in the middle of a season of hope, while the Texans are in a season of frustration.

    <em><strong> Kansas City 20, Miami 24</strong></em>
    The Dolphins came up huge last week beating the previously undefeated Chicago Bears. Can they keep up the momentum? They'll have a tough time stopping Larry Johnson, but I think they can.

    <em><strong> N.Y. Jets 13, New England 24</strong></em>
    Tom Brady will rebound this week after a tough loss to the Colts.
    San Diego 31, Cincinnati 24</strong></em>
    Rudy Johnson will not have a good day against this stout defensive front. Jamal Williams has to be mentioned when talking about defensive player of the year. Look for the Bengals to keep this one close with their passing attack until the Chargers break the game open in the second half.

    <em><strong> San Francisco 13, Detroit 20</strong></em>
    Alex Smith will struggle against this tough Lions defense.

    <em><strong> Washington 17, Philadelphia 31</strong></em>
    Donovan McNabb will have a big day lighting up the Redskins defense for at least 300 passing yards.

    <em><strong> Denver 21, Oakland 6</strong></em>
    The Raiders got shut out last week for the second time this season. A pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals will keep them from going scoreless two weeks in a row against a very strong Broncos defensive unit.
    Dallas 24, Arizona 13</strong></em>
    Tony Romo has righted the ship in Dallas. Well, at least for now he has. Denny Green is a lame duck head coach that's expected to be let go at seasons end. This one should go to the Cowboys.

    New Orleans 28, Pittsburgh 23
    The Saints are for real under the leadership of quarterback Drew Brees. With the help of possible OROY Marques Colston the Saints will show the struggling Steelers how for real they are.
    St. Louis 24, Seattle 27</strong></em>
    This should be a close game, but at home the Seahawks should pull out a win. Seahawks RB Maurice Morris will have a big day against the Rams defense.

    <em><strong> Chicago 23, N.Y. Giants 21</strong></em>
    This might be the marquee match up of the week and could go either way. Both teams are a little banged up, but I don't think that will be a factor. On paper, the Giants look to have a slight edge, but I have to go with my gut on this one. My gut says the Bears don't lose two in a row.

    <strong> Monday, Nov. 13</strong>

    <em><strong> Tampa Bay 14, Carolina 21</strong></em>
    What has happened to Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams this season? Well he might rebound and have a good game against Carolina. Unfortunately, it might not be enough.

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