NFL week 10 Picks: Will upsets dominate the league once more? – by Drew Farmer.
NFL week 9 saw a number of upsets, and unfortunately, our picks were a little off. It can be forgiven as the Bills, Panthers and Seahawks all lost to teams they were expected to beat. The results have thrown some for the divisions into chaos.
The Raiders, Chiefs, Eagles and Ravens will all sit NFL week 10 out thanks to a bye. All four should come back even stronger in week 11.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals
It's hard to work out whether the Cardinals are that good. The team is currently 4-4 and without starting quarterback Carson Palmer. Drew Stanton filled in well last week as he threw two touchdowns in a win over the 49ers. Seattle is coming off of a home loss to Washington. Russell Wilson has been solid for Seattle. He is keeping them competitive on the offensive side. He threw two touchdowns and nearly 300 yards last week. But he did throw two interceptions. Arizona won two of three games a season ago against Seattle, and playing at home, the Cardinals could win again.
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Green Bay has lost three straight as the Pack roll into Soldier Field. The team hasn't won since Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury. Quarterback Brett Hundley hasn't thrown a touchdown in his last two games. Against the Saints in week 8, Hundley threw for just 87 yards. The Bears are playing better than expected. Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been hot and cold, but he has shown more than Hundley in the leadership department.
Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions
In case you didn't know, the Browns are still winless, losers of eight straight. The Lions, on the other hand, won against the Packers last week. At 4-4, the Lions need to keep winning, if they hope to make the playoffs. Problem is, Detroit are just 1-3 at home this season. Luckily, Cleveland is coming to town.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts were surprise winners in week 9 against the Texans. It ended a dreadful away record of 0-4. This week, the Steelers are on their way to town. Pittsburgh has won three straight and are 4-1 on the road. Ben Roethlisberger may not be lighting up the NFL with his passing stats in 2017, but the Steelers are still a better overall team than the Colts.
LA Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville completely dominated the Bengals last week, 23-7. The win keeps them level with divisional rivals Tennessee at 5-3. The Jaguars are averaging the eighth most points per game in the NFL (25.8). The Chargers defense gives up 19 ppg. Despite the Chargers improving greatly during the season, they are just 1-3 on the road.
New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills experienced a setback in week 9, losing to the Jets 34-21. Despite being 5-3, it's hard to tell if this Bills team can push on to make the playoffs. This week's opponent, New Orleans, won't make life easy for the Bills. The Saints are rolling and beat the Buccaneers by 20 points last time out. The Saints have won six straight games, and the defense is giving up just 326 yards per game.
New York Jets vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It seems the Jets have finally recovered from the fumble call that cost them against New England a few weeks back. Had that fumble call not occurred, the Jets would be over .500, and fighting for a possible playoff spot. Unfortunately, they are bottom of the AFC East. The Jets go into Tampa Bay to play a team with just two wins. The Bucs have lost six straight and were accused of giving up in last week's loss to the Saints. Things aren't going well in Florida.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
Just when you think the Redskins are done, they pull out a big road victory. Back at home, Washington welcomes the 6-2 Vikings to the nation's capital. The Redskins have played an extremely difficult schedule and have come out of it with a .500 record. The remaining games don't get any easier, however. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has played well, tossing seven touchdowns compared to three interceptions. The Vikings defense can't be undersold. It is allowing just 16.9 ppg; the third lowest number in the NFL.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans
The Bengals offense just can't get started. Last week marked the third game this season the team scored one or fewer touchdowns. The Bengals average the fourth fewest points per game in the NFL (16.1). Tennessee upended Baltimore in an upset. It came just a week after Baltimore blew out Miami, 40-0. The Bengals are just 1-3 away from home, while the Titans are pushing for a playoff spot. The Titans offense needs to improve, however; if the team want to hold off Jacksonville in the AFC South.
Houston Texans vs. LA Rams
The Rams offense is brilliant. The team averages 32.9 ppg, which is the best in the NFL. Three times this season, the Rams have scored 40 or more points; including week 9's 51-17 win over the Giants. Houston slumped to its second straight loss last week, 20-14, against the Colts. It's hard to believe the Texans can stop Jared Goff. The Rams quarterback threw four touchdowns against the Giants in week 9. He's reminding some long-time fans of Kurt Warner.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons
Despite word that Ezekiel Elliot wouldn't play in week 9 against the Chiefs, he did, and the Cowboys won. He even scored the go-ahead touchdown. It won't be known until the end of the week if Elliot can play again, as his lawyers continue to look for a reprieve to his six-game suspension. If he plays, the Cowboys will be tough to beat. Meanwhile, the Falcons are .500 and look far from the Super Bowl team they were a season ago. The team is just 1-2 at home, so don't expect much from reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan's offense. He has thrown 11 touchdowns and seven picks this season.
New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers
Can the 49ers get their first win of the season? The team is 0-9, but pulled off the trade of the season when it landed Jimmy Garappolo. There is no timeframe on when, or if, he will play this season. Some feel the franchise should wait until 2018 to finally start him. The Giants haven't been much better this season, posting a 1-7 record. The Giants have a quarterback controversy on their hands, currently. Eli Manning wants to play, but fans have had enough of the 36-year-old. He has still tossed 12 touchdowns for the team this season.
New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
The Patriots are top of the AFC East, the Broncos are bottom of the AFC West. Tom Brady is leading the NFL MVP race currently, and Trevor Siemian has thrown 10 interceptions. Denver's quarterback rating ranks 29th in the league. Don't expect a miracle for the NFL week 10 picks.
Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers
The Dolphins followed up a 40-point beatdown by Baltimore with a three-point loss to the Oakland Raiders. NFL week 10 sees Miami head north to play Carolina. The Panters are 6-3 and just behind New Orleans in the NFC South. Cam Newton's play under center hasn't been pretty, and he has more interceptions than touchdowns. But the team is winning, and should be too much for the Dolphins.