After a fantastic week eight, my week nine picks struggled a little bit. I missed on some weird games, and worst of all, my lock. I can’t be too upset, because my Raiders won and are firmly in the AFC playoff picture. Let us see if we can’t put together a solid week.
Last Week’s Record: 8-6
Overall Record: 86-43
LOCK Record: 5-4
Ryan’s NFL Picks (2019): Week Ten
Los Angeles Chargers @ Oakland Raiders: Los Angeles Chargers
Are you ready for a wild stat? Even though I’m the resident Raider fan, I haven’t picked the Oakland Raiders to win a single game this year. I backed off the Broncos pick because there was no Antonio Brown, the next two games were against good teams, and then I just got scared off by good quarterbacks and Khalil Mack.
I’m picking the Chargers this week, because their offense is legit and they just stifled Aaron Rodgers. But after this game, I swear, I’ll start picking the Raiders more. I’ve only been wrong 43 times, and nearly 10 percent of my misses have been Raider wins. That’s wild, you would’ve assumed the opposite was true.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals: Baltimore Ravens
Duh. One is coming off a win over the GD New England Patriots, and the other might be the worst team in professional football.
Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns: Buffalo Bills
Unless Joe Thomas gets his million retweets and comes out of retirement, I just don’t know if I can afford to pick the Cleveland Browns over good teams. And that’s a bummer, because I really like them and think they have a ton of talent.
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears: Chicago Bears
Man, I wanted to pick the Lions here. I really think the Lions are better than people give them credit for. But that defense is putrid, and it might facilitate a decent game from Mitch Trubisky, who is decidedly not a franchise quarterback, and then the Bears defense can stifle out Detroit’s offense.
If not, oh boy, heads are gonna roll in the midwest.
New York Giants @ New York Jets: New York Giants
This is my favorite game. I love when the Jets and Giants play because of the whole shared-stadium dynamic. I kinda wish they’d do some kind of mixed stadium design thing, even though I know it’s a home game for the Jets, and blah blah blah.
I’m picking the Giants because if the Jets can’t beat the freaking Dolphins, they’re really not gonna love Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Tennessee Titans: Kansas City Chiefs
I really wanted to pick the Titans here. I really hope the Titans win. But if the Mahomeless Chiefs were able to beat Minnesota, they’re not gonna struggle with Ryan Tannehill’s Tennessee Titans.
Arizona Cardinals @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Man, I don’t feel good about this pick. I really like Arizona…’s starting quarterback, Kyler Murray. But I still can’t get over Kliff Kingsbury’s inane timeout from last week, and Tampa Bay is prone to randomly playing well, especially when Jameis Winston remembers that Mike Evans is on his team.
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints: New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are the best team in the NFC.
Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts: Indianapolis Colts
Even without Jacoby Brissett, you’ve gotta be really, really, really, really, really, really bad to lose to these Dolphins. I don’t know how the Jets managed, I really don’t. Though I’ll be rooting for Miami, because maybe the Bears will end up with the worst record in football.
Chase Young in Silver and Black, how sweet it would be.
Los Angeles Rams @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Los Angeles Rams
I’m almost worried about this pick. The Steelers aren’t a playoff team, and the Dolphins get their first anyway, but they’ve shown signs of life lately. This might be a game to watch… but I’m still fairly confident in the Rams.
Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers: Green Bay Packers
As much as I love Christian McCaffrey, and I think he’s probably the offensive player of the year, this team just isn’t good enough to overcome Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s offense, especially with their quarterback situation up in the air.
Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys: Minnesota Vikings
This is an iffy pick, but I believe in the Minnesota Vikings. I think they match up well against the Cowboys, and I think Dallas has gotten into a bad habit of starting slow. Let the Vikes jump out to an early lead, let that defense chase Dak, and then lean on Dalvin Cook.
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers: Seattle Seahawks (LOCK OF THE WEEK)
YUP. CALLING MY SHOT. THIS IS THE WEEK THE PARTY ENDS. SEA-