Jay’s Plays NFL predictions: Week 10 picks and betting guide
Jay's Plays

Jay’s Plays NFL predictions: Week 10 picks and betting guide

FAITH THE PREDICTION CAT SUBS IN THIS WEEK FOR ERNESTO THE PREDICTION IGUANA

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Ernesto the Prediction Iguana obviously heard the calls for his benching, because he rattled off his second straight 5-1 week, 2-1 in teasers. That brings the season totals to 20-10 overall, 7-8 in teasers.

Ernesto heads down to the Dominican Republic this month; he takes every November off to go to Casa de Campo and the Lollapalizard Music Festival. I hear Dinosaur, Jr. is headlining.



The cats take over prognostication duties in his stead, and they have some big shoes to fill. First, Ernesto is the undisputed king of Animal Kingdom Prognostication, batting a solid 62.5 percent or better for six consecutive years. Second, last year Barstow the Prediction Cat set a record for November substitution duties, going 16-3-1. So the cats better be up to snuff.

First up is Faith, and her name is appropriate. As a helpless kitten left stranded in the Virginia woods, this cat leaped out in front of a huge pitbull and mewed for help. The pitbull happened to be owned by a gorgeous glamour model, who was so floored by this little kitty’s courage to stand out in front of a human and a massive muscle-bound dog, she took her home and named her Faith despite being allergic to cats.

That’s the definition of selfless, right there. Kudos to the supermode...

She nursed the kitty back to health and then found her a good home with our old best girl, Britt, who has her still to this day, along with another dog.


Anyway, here’s Faith’s picks for the week. As always, we do 2-team teasers so you can move the line six points in either direction. All odds are from Vegas Insider, HOME TEAM IN CAPS.

GREEN LIGHT

Cowboys (+8.5) at STEELERS
REDSKINS-Vikings OVER 36

There’s the soft underbelly of the card, right there. The Cowboys are an elite team his year with an unflappable rookie quarterback and nothing to lose. The cracks in the Steelers defense are proving fatal to their playoff hopes. Meanwhile Washington’s defense also continues to be suspect, and 36 is the lowest total we’ve played this year.

LOOK OUT

STEELERS-Cowboys under 56
GIANTS-Bengals OVER 41

What was that we just said about the Steelers defense? They’re bad, but they aren’t five touchdowns bad, are they? At home? Bueller? Bueller? Meanwhile, don’t look now, but the Giants finally woke up.

RED ZONE

Dolphins (+9.5) at CHARGERS
PATRIOTS (-1) vs. Seahawks

Faith has the right idea: ride the Patriots until they give you a reason. The Dolphins can be unpredictable, but 9.5 is a lot of points for the mistake-prone Chargers to spot the Fish...err...mammals.

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Jay Flemma

Jay Flemma

Starting with a blog and a dream, Jay Flemma launched his first sports-writing website in 2004. Some 13 years and 25 major golf championships later, Jay has won multiple national sports writing awards. Besides GNN, his work has appeared in numerous books as well as on-line at Cybergolf, PGA.com, GolfObserver, GolfChannel.com and many other sites and print magazines. When not trying to find a lost golf ball, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet, sports and trademark lawyer in Manhattan. His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors. Jay lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., and is fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Trinity College in Connecticut.