STRAIGHT UP

No point spreads here. John Kryk tells you who is go­ing to win each game ... and why

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I was due for a clunker week. And had one.

Last week I went 8-5 in pick­ing NFL win­ners — straight up, not against the spread. Not good.

Let’s get right to it for Week 10:

CAROLINA AT PITTS­BURGH

Thurs­day KRYK PICK: Pitts­burgh I was right. Picked it Wed­nes­day. Steel­ers smoked ’em. Ul­ti­mate ex­am­ple of the ad­van­tage home teams have on three days’ rest. My record’s up to 6-4 on Thurs­days.

1 P.M. GAMES DETROIT AT CHICAGO

KRYK PICK: Chicago The Li­ons are miss­ing a cou­ple of starters, in­clud­ing their top cover cor­ner in Dar­ius Slay. They seem vul­ner­a­ble to a beat-down by a first-place Bears team that keeps over­achiev­ing.

NEW OR­LEANS AT CINCIN­NATI

KRYK PICK: New Or­leans Seven straight wins for the Saints. Even though Dez Bryant is gone now af­ter the newly signed WR tore an Achilles in prac­tice on Fri­day, New Or­leans’ at­tack should keep on rolling.

AT­LANTA AT CLEVE­LAND

KRYK PICK: At­lanta The Fal­cons go for their fourth straight win af­ter a 1-4 start. Matt Ryan and the of­fence are on fire. He has thrown 17 TDs against just one in­ter­cep­tion over the past six games.

JACK­SONVILLE AT IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS

KRYK PICK: Jack­sonville Most pick­ers of note seem to be tak­ing the Colts. Not me. The Jaguars are just too talented to keep los­ing to bad or medi­ocre teams. The Colts are im­prov­ing, but they’re not good yet.

ARI­ZONA AT KANSAS CITY

KRYK PICK: Kansas City One of the mis­matches of the year in the NFL. There’s no rea­son to be­lieve the Car­di­nals can hold Kansas City be­low 40 points, and 50 might not even be pos­si­ble.

BUF­FALO AT N.Y. JETS

KRYK PICK: New York

Does it mat­ter who quar­ter­backs the Bills in this one — Nathan Peter­man in his fifth ca­reer start, rookie Josh Allen in his sixth, or emer­gency signee Matt Barkley in his sev­enth? Not re­ally, no.

WASHINGTON AT TAMPA BAY

KRYK PICK: Tampa Bay The Buc­ca­neers can seem­ingly run up 500 yards of of­fence on any­body, and not al­ways mostly in garbage time. This time they ought to do it in a vic­tory, as the Skins O-line is dec­i­mated.

NEW ENG­LAND AT TEN­NESSEE

KRYK PICK: New Eng­land Six straight wins, all earned, for the Pa­tri­ots. Ti­tans coming off a big win in Dal­las, but al­though Ten­nessee’s good de­fence ought to make things tough for Brady and Co., it won’t be enough.

LATER GAMES L.A. CHARG­ERS AT OAK­LAND

4:05 p.m. KRYK PICK: Los Angeles The Raiders are 1-7 go­ing on 1-15. To get blown out a week ago Thurs­day by a bad onewin San Fran team sig­nalled to ev­ery­one that they ei­ther can­not com­pete at the low­est level, or don’t care to.

MI­AMI AT GREEN BAY

4:25 p.m. KRYK PICK: Green Bay Pack­ers lost a close one on the West Coast, to the Rams. Pack­ers lost a close one on the East Coast, to the Pa­tri­ots. Pack­ers are mad. Pack­ers are gonna take it out on the cold­weather-hat­ing Dol­phins.

SEAT­TLE AT L.A. RAMS

4:25 p.m. KRYK PICK: Los Angeles Re­mem­ber when the Rams were aw­ful and they’d al­ways give the then-almighty Sea­hawks a tough fight? It’s not that the re­verse is hap­pen­ing now, be­cause Seat­tle isn’t bad. But this, again, will be close.

DAL­LAS AT PHILADEL­PHIA

8:20 p.m. KRYK PICK: Philadel­phia If Dal­las loses this to fall to 3-6 and all but out of the play­off hunt, how long can Ja­son Gar­rett last as head coach, af­ter owner/GM Jerry Jones gave him ev­ery­thing he could pos­si­bly need? (Yeah, right.)

MON­DAY NIGHT N.Y. GIANTS AT SAN FRAN­CISCO

8:15 p.m. KRYK PICK: New York Is this the last start for Eli Man­ning, be­fore the Giants fi­nally pull the plug for good on him? Could be, if buzz out of the Big Ap­ple is true. Mean­time, for 49ers QB Nick Mul­lens it’s ca­reer start No. 2.

BYES THIS WEEK

Bal­ti­more, Hous­ton, Den­ver, Min­nesota.

SEA­SON RECORD

88-44-2 (.664)

GETTY IMAGES

Could this week be Eli Man­ning’s fi­nal start with the New York Giants?

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