The Stampede Blue is back for its weekly Thursday special, picking every game for what’s now Week 10 of the NFL season. We’ve got a tight race at the top of the board between Greg Rader and Elliot Denton, with seven total staffers hitting 64.9% or more of their picks.
Week 10 actually has some pretty fun matchups, including what might be the first quality Monday Night Football game of the year between the Seahawks and the 49ers. Here’s my quality breakdown of the slate between Thursday and Monday.
Can’t miss contests:
Seahawks vs. 49ers
I’ve got my eyes on you:
Cardinals vs. Buccaneers
Could be surprisingly fun:
Rams vs. Steelers
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Now for the weekly awards ...
The boldest upset award: Chris Blystone & Elliot Denton (SEA over SF)
It may not sound too bold, but both Blystone and Denton went with the six-point underdogs to come out on top this Monday — taking down the last undefeated team in football. Russell Wilson is on a tear this season, but there’s no doubt this 49ers defense will be his biggest test yet.
The Chucky Chalk award: Blake Pace
You hate to see it, right? I only went against the grain once this week, taking the Vikings to beat Dallas on the road Sunday night. Maybe everyone just wanted to side with me.
The road warrior award: Chris Blystone, Elliot Denton & Greg Rader (8)
These three picked 61.5% of road teams to win in enemy territory this weekend, including upsets such as the Cardinals over the Buccaneers (Blystone and Rader), the Vikings over the Cowboys (all three) and the Giants over the Jets (Denton).
Take a look at the updated standings and picks for Week 10 ...
Greg Rader: 93-41 (69.4%) / Elliot Denton: 91-43 (67.9%) / Mateo Caliz: 89-45 (66.4%) / Chris Blystone: 88-46 (65.7%) / Zach Hicks: 69-36 (65.7%) / Brett Mock: 87-47 (64.9%) / Blake Pace: 87-47 (64.9%) / Josh Hudgens: 75-45 (62.5%) / Chris Shepherd: 72-47 (60.5%) / Matt Danely: 72-48 (60.0%) / Stephen Reed: 79-55 (59.0%) / Andrew Aziz: 78-56 (58.2%)
Thursday 8:20 pm ET
Chargers @ Raiders (6) | Contrarians: Andrew Aziz, Mateo Caliz, Zach Hicks, Brett Mock
Sunday 1:00 pm ET
Giants (8) @ Jets | Contrarians: Chris Blystone, Mock
Falcons @ Saints
Chiefs @ Titans
Ravens @ Bengals
Bills (8) @ Browns | Contrarians: Caliz, Stephen Reed
Cardinals @ Buccaneers (6) | Contrarians: Blystone, Caliz, Greg Rader, Chris Shepherd
Lions (7) @ Bears | Contrarians: Aziz, Caliz, Reed
Sunday 4:05 pm ET
Dolphins @ Colts
Sunday 4:25 pm ET
Panthers @ Packers
Rams @ Steelers
Sunday 8:20 pm ET
Vikings @ Cowboys (5) | Contrarians: Blystone, Elliot Denton, Blake Pace, Rader, Reed
Monday 8:15 pm ET
Seahawks @ 49ers (2) | Contrarians: Blystone, Denton
Who do you have coming out on top in Week 10?