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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 10 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 6-9

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 6

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-6, 44) 8:25 pm - Both the Browns and Bengals are coming off fairly convincing Week 9 wins, Cleveland topping Tampa Bay, 22-17 and Cincy beating Jacksonville, 33-23.

This is a key game, as the winner may claim at least a portion of the lead in the AFC North, pending Pittsburgh's outcome at the New York Jets. The Bengals have gotten their mojo back after a tie and a couple of losses and look to - like the Browns - claim their third straight victory.

Statistically, this is an even up game, meaning Cleveland has a good shot at springing the upset, primarily due to their defensive posture, which is eighth in points allowed, at 21.1 per game. The teams meet again in five weeks, at Cleveland.

Prediction: Browns 23 Bengals 21

Sunday, November 9

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (even, 45 1/2) 1:00 pm - Two teams with nowhere to go but up, the Bucs are 1-7 on the season, while Atlanta is a weary 2-6.

Atlanta seems to have more proven firepower and can probably put up more points than can the Buccaneers, who average a mere 18.8 ppg (26th).

Prediction: Falcons 34 Buccaneers 21

Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens (-10, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Baltimore was slaughtered in their Sunday night encounter in Pittsburgh, losing, 43-23, heir defense shredded by the Steelers to the tune of 367 total yards and six Ben Roethlisberger TD passes.

That, of course, was on the road and against a time-honored foe in a huge rivalry. This game is against the 2-6 Titans and at home, so it's reasonable to believe the Ravens will prevail. Baltimore is 3-1 at home; Tennessee is 1-3 on the road.

Prediction: Ravens 27 Titans 13

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (-4, 49) 1:00 pm - Believe it or not, both of these teams are 4-4, though the Saints are in the enviable position of being in the NFC South, where they have the lead over Carolina (3-5-1), whereas the 49ers trail 7-1 Arizona by three full games and need to get it going or risk missing the playoffs entirely.

As has been the case often in recent seasons, the Saints are unbeaten at home, without a loss in three games, and, since this is in the Superdome, the obvious choice is New Orleans. San Fran comes off an ugly, 13-10, home loss to the Rams. The Saints won, 28-10, at Carolina, last Thursday, and thus, have had extra time to rejuvenate ailing bodies and prepare.

Prediction: Saints 24 49ers 16

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Dallas (-7 1/2, 43 1/2) vs. Jacksonville (in London) 1:00 pm - Another London game which looks like a mismatch on paper and probably will be if the Cowboys, 1) get Tony Romo back in uniform; 2) Don't allow Jacksonville's rookie QB, Blake Bortles, time to set and throw in the pocket.

Despite the Cowboys' 28-17 loss to Arizona this past Sunday, they're still in good position in their division, just 1/2 game behind the Eagles, and they have a bye following their trip to the UK. Jacksonville has the worst offense in the league, scoring just 15.7 points per outing.

Prediction: Cowboys 34 Jaguars 10

Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions (-2 1/2, 42) 1:00 pm - A meeting of two of the premier defensive teams in the league promises to be a game for the rough and ready.

Detroit is tops in the league in points allowed, giving up an average of just 15.8 per game. Miami is third, at 18.9, and rapidly improving not only on defense, but also when they have the ball, now 9th overall, scoring at a 26.4 points per game clip. After shutting down San Diego, 37-0, the Dolphins are not to be taken lightly and should extend their winning streak to four straight.

Something has to give. The Dolphins are 3-1 on the road; Detroit, 3-1 at home.

Prediction: Dolphins 20 Lions 17

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Kansas City Chiefs (-1 1/2, 42) at Buffalo Bills 1:00 pm - Surprisingly, both teams enter this game with identical 5-3 marks, but the Bills are coming off a bye in Week 9, giving them additional time to prepare for the Chiefs, who are just one game behind the Broncos in the AFC West.

Buffalo has made changes and played well to the halfway point of the season, but may not have the experience and discipline that Kansas City brings to the table. Buffalo's fans, among the most vociferous in the league, will help the Bills keep this one close, but, KC has the edge offensively in what may turn into a shoot-out.

Prediction: Chiefs 28 Bills 24

Pittsburgh Steelers (-2 1/2, 43 1/2) at New York Jets 1:00 pm - Hard to believe that the 1-8 Jets are such small underdogs against Pittsburgh, which has taken three straight (winning against Houston, Indianapolis and Baltimore, all at home).

The Steelers are rolling and in good position in their division. The Jets need a new QB and probably a new head coach. Rex Ryan's antics have gotten old, fast. Aging Mike Vick starting at QB isn't a plus.

Prediction: Steelers 35 Jets 13

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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