Bears QB Jay Cutler has lost four of his last five games and tensions in the locker room are mounting.
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After being one of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL in 2013 – even with star QB Jay Cutler missing time – the Chicago Bears were seen by many people as a lock to perform that well again. That hasn’t been the case. The Bears are now riding a two-game losing streak in which they were outscored 78-37. But the worse part is that the team has yet to score 30 points in a game, even though the defense has given up that many points three times already. The 17 turnovers and general ineffectiveness of RB Matt Forte have not helped, which puts the Bears in a very precarious position as they head into their second game against the revitalized Green Bay Packers this week.
The Bears season is hanging by a thread and they need to climb it quickly before the Packers, Lions or even the Vikings cut it completely.
Here are the picks for Week 10 of the NFL season:
Buffalo Bills over Kansas City Chiefs – Could the Bills be on the path to their first winning record since 2004? A home win over the Kansas City Chiefs will do a lot of good towards that goal.
Miami Dolphins over Detroit Lions – After a month of criticism, QB Ryan Tannehill is playing like the star QB the Dolphins drafted him to be. It may not amount to a playoff berth but it will certainly help goal Joe Philbin keep his job.
Dallas Cowboys over Jacksonville Jaguars – Home or away, Romo or no Romo, chaos or harmony, no amount of controversy can trick someone into believing that the Cowboys can lose to the Jaguars.
San Francisco 49ers over New Orleans Saints – The 49ers are at their best when everyone doubts them. That point aside, the 49ers have an offensive style that has been the bane of Saints DC Rob Ryan’s “bend but don’t break” defense for his entire career.
Baltimore Ravens over Tennessee Titans – Not as much a pick of the Ravens as it is a pick against the Titans. The Ravens have a habit of devouring sub-par QBs and Zach Mettenberger certainly meets that criteria.
Pittsburgh Steelers over New York Jets – If Ben Roethlisberger can’t break the single-game passing TD record in this game, it’s hard to imagine anyone will in the next few years.
Atlanta Falcons over Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Nothing hides the flaws of a terrible team quite like a game against an even more terrible team. If the Falcons and that offense can’t score at least 28 points in this game they’re going to struggle against teams with an even competent defense.
Denver Broncos over Oakland Raiders – Not sure which number is going to be high: The Raiders win total at the end of the season or the number of TDs Peyton Manning scores before half-time
Arizona Cardinals over St. Louis Rams – The Rams pass rush has come alive the last few weeks, but better defenses have tried and failed to get to Carson Palmer enough to rattle him.
Seattle Seahawks over New York Giants – If the Giants lose this game it’ll be their 4th loss in a row. If the Giants get embarrassed in this game head coach Tom Coughlin could be gone. Going to go with the former and not the latter.
Chicago Bears over Green Bay Packers – Going with the upset here. This is the kind of game where the Bears come back to life and show everyone just how potent their offense can be.
Philadelphia Eagles over Carolina Panthers – Mark Sanchez may not be the future of the Eagles franchise, but he’ll get his chance to silence the critics early by dispatching the Panthers on Monday Night.