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NFL picks -- Week 10 Washington will rise above sinking Vikings

Posted: 11/7/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Injuries can be damaging to NFL teams -- and to Pro Picks, which is hurting after an awful week in which even our Best Bet flopped, for the first time.

So do we ride the Redskins or the Vikings in tonight's game, in which Washington is a two-point favourite?

Let's see.

Washington seems on the rise as Robert Griffin III gets closer to his true form, the running game has been revived, and the defence regularly is getting sacks.

Minnesota is rapidly sinking, even though it came close to a win last week in Dallas. The QB situation is in flux, the line isn't opening holes for 2012 MVP Adrian Peterson, and opponents gain more than 300 yards a game through the air.

Injuries keep striking the Vikes, who won't have tight end Kyle Rudolph, one of their few offensive threats outside of Peterson, or right tackle Phil Loadholt. The Redskins are getting healthier.

In a short week, RG3's crew seems to have a lot of edges on AD (Peterson, known as "All Day") and the hosts.

"It's a huge mental week and we had this experience last year going into our Thanksgiving game," Griffin said. "There's not much contact. You don't get to go out there and run every single play, get multiple reps at it. You kind of have to be on top of your studying, be on top of your film work...

"But the other team has the same situation and no one's going to feel sorry for you. You've got to go out there and step up on Thursday and go win the game."

Exactly.

REDSKINS, 27-16

OAKLAND (PLUS 7 1/2) AT NEW YORK GIANTS

After six straight losses, the Giants are thinking six straight wins. Next one...

BEST BET: GIANTS, 30-17

BUFFALO (PLUS 3 1/2) AT PITTSBURGH

Hard to believe how low the Steelers have fallen this year.

UPSET SPECIAL: BILLS, 20-17

DALLAS (PLUS 7) AT NEW ORLEANS

Angry Saints return home and take it out on the Cowboys.

SAINTS, 37-28

PHILADELPHIA (PLUS 2 1/2) AT GREEN BAY

Line opened at 9 1/2, then Aaron Rodgers' collarbone got in the way.

EAGLES, 23-20

ST. LOUIS (PLUS 10) AT INDIANAPOLIS

The Colts are rolling, the Rams are reeling.

COLTS, 31-13

SEATTLE (MINUS 6 1/2) AT ATLANTA

Both teams burned us last week.

SEAHAWKS, 20-14

CINCINNATI (MINUS 1 1/2) AT BALTIMORE

Loss here and it's time to write off defending champions.

RAVENS, 17-16

DETROIT (MINUS 2 1/2) AT CHICAGO

The Bears should hope the Lions lose their starting QB like the Packers did.

LIONS, 24-23

CAROLINA (PLUS 6) AT SAN FRANCISCO

I like the way both teams are playing. The Niners are more than a TD better, though.

49ERS, 24-13

DENVER (MINUS 7) AT SAN DIEGO

Well-rested Broncos want this one for ailing coach John Fox.

BRONCOS, 30-24

HOUSTON (PLUS 2 1/2) AT ARIZONA

The Texans want this for ailing coach Gary Kubiak.

CARDINALS, 20-16

MIAMI (MINUS 2 1/2) AT TAMPA BAY, MONDAY NIGHT

Dare we take the Bucs for first win? NAH ...

DOLPHINS, 23-21

JACKSONVILLE (PLUS 13) AT TENNESSEE

Take the Jaguars for first win? Double NAH ...

TITANS, 27-10

2013 RECORD

Against spread: 4-8 (57-67-4). Straight up: 6-7 (80-54).

Best Bet: 4-5 against spread, 8-1 straight up.

Upset special: 3-6 against spread, 1-8 straight up.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 7, 2013 D7

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