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NFL Picks Week 10: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

Here are our picks for this week’s NFL games.
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, file photo, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury talks with quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, in Glendale, Ariz. Being a rookie head coach in the NFL is challenging enough, and also calling plays for the offense only increases the difficulty. Murray has helped ease the growing pains for Kingsbury. [ROSS D. FRANKLIN | AP]
Published Nov. 7
Updated Nov. 8

The picks:

Visitor Home Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs beat writer John Romano, columnist Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer Mike Sherman, deputy editor-sports Thomas Bassinger, sports data reporter
Arizona Tampa Bay (-4.5) TB 35-31 TB 34-27 TB 30-27 TB 27-21 TB 29-25
L.A. Chargers (-1.5) Oakland OAK 22-21 OAK 26-23 OAK 24-21 OAK 28-24 OAK 17-10
Detroit (-2.5) Chicago DET 20-17 CHI 17-16 DET 21-17 DET 23-20 DET 27-20
Baltimore (-10.5) Cincinnati BAL 28-14 BAL 23-14 BAL 30-17 BAL 35-24 BAL 28-20
Buffalo Cleveland (-2.5) BUF 24-21 BUF 24-17 BUF 27-24 BUF 24-21 CLE 23-20
Atlanta New Orleans (-12.5) NO 31-14 NO 30-13 NO 30-17 NO 34-20 NO 24-11
N.Y. Giants (-2.5) N.Y. Jets NYG 21-17 NYG 23-21 NYG 17-10 NYG 20-13 NYJ 23-21
Kansas City (-3.5) Tennessee KC 28-17 KC 28-20 KC 28-22 KC 27-20 KC 27-21
Miami Indianapolis (-10.5) IND 27-13 IND 31-20 IND 28-20 IND 31-21 IND 26-13
Carolina Green Bay (-5.5) GB 27-21 GB 24-20 GB 28-24 GB 28-20 GB 26-19
L.A. Rams (-3.5) Pittsburgh LAR 28-24 PIT 24-21 LAR 24-21 PIT 24-21 LAR 20-14
Minnesota Dallas (-3.5) DAL 24-21 MIN 28-27 DAL 27-21 DAL 28-27 DAL 28-24
Seattle San Francisco (-6.5) SEA 27-24 SF 28-24 SF 23-21 SF 24-20 SF 21-14
Lock of the week IND NO NO NO SF
Upset of the week SEA CHI OAK PIT NYJ
Picking Bucs games 4-4 3-5 3-5 1-7 2-6
Picking Bucs games vs spread 5-3 4-4 4-4 1-7 4-4
Against the spread last week 7-7 6-8 7-7 7-7 6-8
Against the spread overall 76-59 71-64 71-64 68-67 63-72
Straight up last week 8-6 9-5 7-7 8-6 7-7
Straight up overall 90-45 78-57 81-54 81-54 77-58
Locks 3-5 5-2 5-3 4-4 3-5
Upsets 2-6 3-5 2-6 4-4 3-5


  1. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (26) is part of a young core of defensive backs the Bucs hope will solve their long-running pass defense problems. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    John Romano: Could Sean Murphy-Bunting and the young Bucs finally be the answer?
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves kneels in the end zone after a Nov. 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was cut by the Bucs and picked up by the Texans. JOHN FROSCHAUER  |  AP
    A day after the Bucs release the former first-round pick, he finds a home.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith, seen here celebrating after breaking up a pass during a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, was dismayed that fellow cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was released by the Bucs. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    The reaction to the release of the former 2016 first-round pick ranged from dismay to acceptance.
  4. Bucs punter Bradley Pinion (8) and his wife, launched their "Punts for Pups" program in partnership with the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center where they'll sponsor a dog for every punt he kicks within the 20-yard line. MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The Buccaneers punter and his wife will cover the fees of adopting a dog at the shelter every time he drops a punt inside the 20.
  5. Nearly 40 high school teams, including Durant and Sickles, and more than 1,000 girls participated in the Bucs inaugural flag football tournament earlier this year. Now the team has created an academic scholarship fund for girls who play.
    The team’s foundation has created a national scholarship fund for girls who play football.
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) enters the field at Raymond James Stadium before the start of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Last week’s game at Raymond James was the lowest-attended Bucs game in the stadium’s history. What’s your take on dwindling attendance?
  7. Vernon Hargreaves was the Bucs' first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft. On Tuesday, the Bucs released him. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
    Rick Stroud: He didn’t hustle and they didn’t want to be hustled
  8. Linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) and the Houston Texans will play the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 21. ERIC CHRISTIAN SMITH  |  AP
    The league previously left the game’s date and time undetermined.
  9. Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett runs past Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III in a game earlier this month. Before being released by the team Tuesday, Hargreaves produced one interception, four passes defensed and 39 tackles in nine games. SCOTT EKLUND  |  AP
    With the team releasing Vernon Hargreaves, only one of the seven players selected by Tampa Bay remains on the current roster
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves (28) on the field during warmups before the Bucs game against the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Tampa, FL. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    Tampa Bay selected the former Florida Gators and Wharton High star with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.