NFL Game Picks: Week 10
Week 10 in the NFL brings a number of intriguing matchups that have major playoff implications.
Whether it's the 7-1 Vikings taking on the 6-2 Bills or Mike McCarthy returning to Lambeau, this Sunday will be exciting from start to finish.
Here’s a look at how we think this week will shake out.
Seattle Seahawks (6-3) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) (Sunday 9:00 a.m.)
Quarterback Geno Smith is currently a legitimate MVP candidate while Brady has struggled a bit compensating for a plethora of injuries. All that being said, the Bucs got a huge win last week against the Rams, and I think that will be enough to put them back on track and win this one in Germany.
My Prediction: Buccaneers 27, Seahawks 17
Dallas Cowboys (6-2) @ Green Bay Packers (3-6) (Sunday 4:25 p.m.)
The Cowboys are coming off a bye, and Mike McCarthy will be motivated to take it to his former team. You can never count out Rodgers, but I think with all the injuries they don’t quite have enough firepower to win this one.
My Prediction: Cowboys 30, Packers 20
Arizona Cardinals (3-6) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-5) (Sunday 4:25 p.m.)
The way these teams are headed, this feels like an elimination game to me. The loser of this game will have an extremely hard road ahead to make the playoffs. Looking at it from that perspective, I trust the Rams a lot more in this situation.
My Prediction: Rams 26, Cardinals 23
Detroit Lions (2-6) @ Chicago Bears (3-6) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Justin Fields is finally being allowed to play his game, and it is paying off big time for the Bears.
Last week Fields broke the all-time record for most rushing yards in a game by a QB, and he can hit guys from inside the pocket. The Lions are coming off a huge win against the Packers, but I don’t see it happening two weeks in a row.
My Prediction: Bears 34, Lions 28
Minnesota Vikings (7-1) @ Buffalo Bills (6-2) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Kirk Cousins and the 7-1 Vikings are rolling this season, and they have the opportunity to keep their historic run going with the chance to take down the vulnerable Buffalo Bills in Week 10.
Quarterback Josh Allen isn’t expected to play with an elbow injury, which is why I think the Vikings have a legitimate chance of pulling off the road victory.
My Prediction: Vikings 26, Bills 23
Cleveland Browns (3-5) @ Miami Dolphins (6-3) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Miami is coming off a 35-32 shootout victory against the Chicago Bears, where quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns, one of them going to wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
Hill has been outright phenomenal for the Dolphins all season as he is on pace to surpass 2,000 receiving yards — only needing 896 more with eight games to play.
Miami sees this game as the one that will put them back on top of the AFC East, so I think Tua and company breeze by the Browns — a team who is still struggling to find their identity.
My Prediction: Dolphins 31, Browns 20
New Orleans Saints (3-6) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
The inconsistency in New Orleans continues, as head coach Dennis Allen has yet to find answers at the quarterback position.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas is also out for the remainder of the season with a toe injury — another big blow to a once ominous offense.
The Steelers are struggling with the quarterback position as Kenny Pickett hasn’t performed up to par — throwing just two touchdowns to eight interceptions.
The Saints’ defense doesn’t match last years, but will have a great opportunity to bounce back against a rookie quarterback.
My Prediction: Saints 24, Steelers 16
Denver Broncos (3-5) @ Tennessee Titans (5-3) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Broncos country is riding off an impressive win in London over the Jaguars as a huge step to get back in the win column. The Titans host the Broncos in music city.
The Titans are coming off an overtime loss to the Chiefs, but head coach Mike Vrabel needs plenty of credit for having his team playing well despite the absence of quarterback Tannehill.
The Denver Broncos are trying to turn their season around with a mid season push, it’s a must win. Unfortunately I don’t see Nathaniel Hackett out coaching Mike Vrabel on the road.
My Prediction: Titans 24, Broncos 14
Indianapolis Colts (3-5-1) @ Las Vegas Raiders (2-6) (Sunday 4:05 p.m.)
While a downfall is occurring in Indianapolis, the Raiders are also not performing with the talent they have. The Raiders host the Colts at the “Death Star” in Sin City.
While both of these teams had higher expectations coming into the year this is a make or break game if these teams want to push to get in or tank for the off season.
Jim Irsay would love to see Jeff Saturday get a win this weekend but I don’t see it. If Josh McDaniels fails to get a win he can join former Colts head coach Frank Reich for the rest of the season.
My Prediction: Raiders 26, Colts 13
Los Angeles Chargers (5-3) @ San Francisco 49ers (4-4) (Sunday 8:20 p.m.)
The Chargers are coming off a late win against the Falcons, as the 49ers are coming off a bye week after their dominant win over the Rams. The Niners host the Chargers in Santa Clara.
A great scheduled bye week for San Francisco as they look to get back key players like Deebo Samuel, Kyle Juszczyk, Arik Armstead and Dre Greenlaw.
All six players are critical to Kyle Shanahan’s scheme. They were also absent in the Niners beatdown win over the Rams at SoFi Stadium (Levi’s South).
This should be a close and exciting game, the Chargers are winners of four of their last five as Justin Herbert has been balling. I do see the Niners defense balling out again.
My Prediction: 49ers 34, Chargers 24
Washington Commanders (4-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles (8-0) (Monday 8:15 p.m.)
After a tough loss to the Vikings, the Commanders are moving on to week 10 for an NFC East showdown to face yet another division leader.
Both teams are struggling with injuries, but Washington has struggled with the passing game since Jahan Doston went down with injury in week 4 against dallas. He remains questionable for Monday’s game.
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will look to hook up with A.J Brown in the endzone who’s scored 4 touchdowns in the past 2 games.
Philly’s well-oiled offense will lead the Birds to victory on national television, improving their record to 9-0.
My Prediction: Eagles 28, Washington 21
Houston Texans (1-6-1) @ New York Giants (6-2) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Not much was expected from Houston heading into this season, but after nearly defeating the Eagles in week 9, the Giants must come ready to play, and not underestimate the Texans sneaky offense.
New York must be ready to play solid defensively to contain RB Damon Pierce, who’s coming off of a season high, 139 rushing yards from last week.
The Giants, who have struggled with depth at the wide receiver position, will look for QB Daniel Jones and RB Saquon Barkley to have another big game at home in Metlife Stadium.
Houston has struggled keeping quarterback Davis Mills safe in the pocket, and the big three of New York’s defense, Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, and Kayvon Thibodeaux will cause too much havoc for Mills to be able to walk out of the big apple with the win.
My Prediction: Giants 21, Texans 17
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) @ Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Both Jacksonville and Kansas City are coming off of big wins in week 9. The Chiefs are looking to lock down first place in the AFC West, while the Jaguars are hoping to move one game closer to reclaiming superiority in the AFC South.
Recently acquired WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has fit in quite well with Kansas City’s fast paced offense led by WR Patrick Mahomes, and will help expose Jacksonville’s defense who has given up more than 20 points in the past four games.
The Chiefs will have no problem suppressing QB Trevor Lawrence as long as they take advantage of Jacksonville’s weak pass protection, who was ranked 26th in the league by pff.com, and put pressure on Lawrence.
As long as Kansas City is able to shut down Lawrence and keep the ball out of WRs Travis Etienne Jr and Christian Kirk’s hands, the Chiefs will tomahawk chop their way to a win with ease.
My Prediction: Chiefs 38, Jaguars 14
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