Week 10 is here and that means another week of football. To start off the week, the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals will be clashing for 2nd place in the NFC West on Thursday Night Football. The 49ers and Browns are still looking for their first wins of the season. Will they get it? There is a chance that one team gets it on Sunday. The Cowboys and Saints will look to continue their streak of wins alive. Week 10 will end off with the Miami Dolphins traveling to Carolina to face the Panthers in primetime football. Look at these picks because some will certainly surprise you!
Seahawks 20, Cardinals 17; 8:25pm CBS/NFL Network
After letting the Redskins walk out of CentruyLink Field with a win, the Seahawks will be very hungry for a win especially against a division rival in Arizona. Their loss to the Redskins makes their chances of getting the #1 seed much more difficult which is another reason they will be hungry to win. The Cardinals meanwhile thrashed the 49ers a week ago and will look to thrash the Seahawks as well. If Adrian Peterson can run the ball like he did against the 49ers this game could get very ugly. The defenses will keep this game close but I believe Russell Wilson will prevail and come away with a win.
Lions 27, Browns 17; 1:00pm CBS
Interesting matchup here but on paper, it looks as very one-sided especially considering the Lions are at home. Coming off a win against the Packers certainly gives Matt Stafford loads of confidence heading into this game. He’ll probably throw for another 300 yards against Cleveland especially since the Cleveland defense ranks in the top 10 in rush yards per game allowed while the Lions rank in the bottom 10 rush in yards per game. The Browns… they’ll just hope this game doesn’t get away from them early which is what I think will happen. Detroit will get the win.
Steelers 28, Colts 19; 1:00pm CBS
Again, another matchup that could get ugly early if the Colts can’t contain the three B’s. The Colts have done a solid job of stopping the run as they rank middle of the pack in the league. Also, Jacoby Brissett will have to play a clean game against a top 10 defensive unit in the Steelers defense. Considering the offensive line is a weak spot, look for the Pittsburgh defense put a lot of pressure on Brissett. The Steelers offense meanwhile, will look to run the ball often to wear the Colts defense out. Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster will look to contribute just as much as they did against the Lions two weeks ago. Give me the Steelers in this one.
Titans 24, Bengals 21; 1:00pm CBS
The Titans face another AFC North opponent this week in the Cincinnati Bengals. The question here is, which quarterback will perform better? Both quarterbacks haven’t looked as good as people expected. The Titans offense could be the unit that winds the game. After all, they do have two solid running backs in DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. The Bengals on the other hand, having a running back by committee approach which clearly has not worked out. Maybe if the offensive line can keep Dalton upright, they could make the game much closer. This game could go either way but since the Titans are at home, I’ll say the Titans win it.
Bears 20, Packers 19; 1:00pm FOX
This is a tough one to call especially since both quarterbacks have had little game experience in their young careers. Mitch Trubisky will most likely rely on Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen to take pressure off him. Brett Hundley will look to do the same with Jamal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Ty Montgomery who have all been average at best this season. The Bears defense has been great at getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks and forcing turnovers while the Packers defense hasn’t. This is why I think the Bears will defeat the Pack at Soldier Field.
Redskins 24, Vikings 20; 1:00pm FOX
This game is perhaps the 2nd most intriguing behind the Cowboys and Falcons game. The Vikings are coming off a bye while the Redskins are coming off a big win versus the Seattle Seahawks last week. The Redskins will have to rely on Kirk Cousins especially since the Vikings defense are one of the best units against the run. The Vikings will look to try and wear out a banged up defense. Case Keenum will most likely get the start even though Teddy Bridgewater was activated to the roster and he hasn’t played badly at all under Mike Zimmer. However, I don’t think he’ll have the best performance against a well-coached Redskins defense. Give me the Redskins at FedEx Field
Bucs 23, Jets 20; 1:00pm CBS
With Jameis Winston out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting against his former team in the New York Jets. There are only two reasons as to why I think the Bucs will win. First, the Bucs are at home. Second, the Ryan Fitzpatrick will be familiar with this defense since he’s practiced against them for two years. The Jets will look to run the ball all day against a bad Bucs defense that ranks in the bottom half in nearly every defensive category. Don’t be surprised if the Jets end up winning this one but I’m giving it to the Bucs… just barely.
Bills 26, Saints 24; 1:00pm FOX
This is probably the 3rd best game you’ll wanna watch this weekend. The Bills defense will have their hands full with Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees. The Saints will also have their hands full with Shady McCoy and the new duo of Kelvin Benjamin and Jordan Matthews. I believe this matchup will be key to victory for either team. Benjamin will be the new #1 receiver while Matthews will be the slot receivers. This game will most likely go down to the wire and even though the Saints are in a 6 game winning streak, I believe the Bills will end it at home.
Chargers 24, Jaguars 20; 1:00pm CBS
This is a very interesting matchup especially since the Chargers have beaten the Jaguars in their past three encounters. This will be an upset win because I believe that Blake Bortles will blow it for the Jags. He’s been way too inconsistent this season. The Chargers are also coming off a bye which mean so they’ll be rested up and hungry to win since they lost to the Patriots in their last game. However, if the Jaguars defense stops Melvin Gordon and make Rivers throw the ball a lot, this game could really swing in their favor.
Rams 35, Texans 20; 1:00pm CBS
What can you say about the Rams? They are perhaps the most surprising team to be sitting at 6-2 and on top of the NFC West. This offense could explode against a Texans defense that has suffered numerous amounts of injuries this season. As for the Texans, Tom Savage didn’t look too inspiring last week especially since him and the offense only scored 7 points throughout the whole game. The Rams defense will look to pressure him often especially since he is exclusively a pocket passer. The Rams could end this game as early as the 1st half.
Cowboys 27, Falcons 24; 4:05pm FOX
This game is the game of the week and has playoff implications. If the Falcons lose, they’ll be 4-5 and two games behind the Saints. If the Cowboys lose, they’ll move to 5-4 and be 3 games behind Philadelphia and will face them in Week 11. As much as I like the Falcons at home, I see the Cowboys winning this game only if Ezekiel Elliott plays, which he will. Julio Jones is dealing with a lower leg injury that could hinder his play against the Cowboys while Atlanta’s run game could struggle against the most in-shape and disciplined defense in the league. This game will come down to the last drive of the game.
49ers 23, Giants 20; 4:25pm FOX
The 49ers could very much get their first win against a Giants team that has looked awful in every facet of the game. The key for the 49ers will be the running game and if the Giants will be able to contain it. The Giants are simply not good. Manning gets pressured way too much and the run game is virtually nonexistent. Since the 49ers are home, I believe they’ll come away with a win at Levi stadium.
Patriots 24, Broncos 17; 8:30pm NBC
This game will be played in Denver but since they have an unsettled quarterback situation, the Patriots will win this one. The only way the Broncos will win is if they actually manage to run the ball against the Patriots, which is something they couldn’t do against the Eagles last week. Tom Brady and the Pats are coming off a bye and will look to expose the defense just like Carson Wentz did a week ago. I’ll take the away team and the G.O.A.T in this game.
Panthers 24, Dolphins 16; 8:30pm ESPN
Finally, we have the Panthers facing the Dolphins on Monday Night Football. The only way the Panthers would lose this game is if Cam Newton doesn’t play well but since this game is in Carolina it is very likely they win this one. The defense kept Atlanta to just 17 points and will look to shut down Jay Cutler and co. to win their 2nd straight. The Dolphins defense will most likely have to carry the team in order to win the game since Jay Cutler has been rather inconsistent this season. The offensive line will struggle to keep the Panthers defensive line from getting to Cutler. The Panthers at home means a win for them.