Another interesting week saw 4 sizable upsets with only two real toss-up type games that didn’t go my way. Still, the bigger picture looks pretty good and you probably are doing well enough for yourself if you look into these predictions weekly. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got for Week 10.
Week 9. 7-6.
Buffalo at NYJ. This is a curious matchup between two teams that seemingly play well one week and not so well the next. That would lend well to their overall records, but the defense that was supposed to be tougher this year was the Bills and so far that isn’t the case. If Ryan Fitzpatrick is back to full health and Chris Ivory is as well, then there’s a good chance we will see a low-scoring affair based on ball control. Not that both teams don’t play game anyways, but LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are a dangerous tandem and a healthy Sammy Watkins poses a threat every down. Jets 24, Bills 20
Chicago at St. Louis. The Bears have been playing well enough on defense. Jeremy Langford was a great plug-in for Matt Forte last week and Jay Cutler hasn’t bitched out on a stationary bike recently. Times aren’t terrible in Chicago. But the Rams are a very good defense. The offense is suspect but better than we give them credit for, especially with Todd Gurley running the ball. Rams 31, Bears 21
Cleveland at Pittsburgh. It’s a shame that Ben Roethlisberger had to go down a week after Le’Veon Bell was lost for the season. DeAngelo Williams was showing how valuable he can be in this offense while Antonio Brown was trying to make up for several games without Big Ben in one performance. The offense will move because it has to. The Browns can’t stop the run and the Steelers won’t be able to pass like they’d want to. Johnny Manziel isn’t the answer so either they have a passing game that’s any good or they will struggle again. Steelers 28, Browns 21
Dallas at Tampa Bay. How do they do it? The Bucs aren’t that good. Then again, the Cowboys aren’t right now either. But Dez Bryant had a hell of a game last week and Jason Witten is still around. With Darren McFadden carrying the load, Dallas will have a fighting chance. Tampa Bay has won their last two games off of opponents’ mistakes, my guess is Matt Cassel won’t get a long enough leash to give them the opportunity. Cowboys 20, Buccaneers 14
Detroit at Green Bay. Not much can be said here. The Lions offense has shown some promise in recent weeks. Even then they would have to make a few stops. Don’t think that will happen against the Packers. Green Bay hasn’t been playing great lately and this game will be yet another opportunity to get things straight. Packers 30, Lions 24
Carolina at Tennessee. Did you see the Titans beating New Orleans? No one did. And if you say you did, you’re a liar. Marcus Mariota played a great game and Delanie Walker got lucky on a missed interception to literally drop into his hands. But who saw the Panthers getting this far? They’ve been challenged and frankly could have lost to the Packers, so why are they still unbeaten? Cam Newton’s will seems to be stronger than most others so far this year. He’s gonna need some help in the postseason, but not this week. Panthers 27, Titans 23
Miami at Philadelphia. Both these teams were supposed to be better. The Dolphins are getting it together as Lamar Miller seems to be. The plethora of Dolphins receivers are also stepping up and the defense is making it work even without Cameron Wake. Meanwhile, the Eagles are getting a great effort from backup Ryan Mathews while Sam Bradford actually showed a pulse at the end of the game against Dallas. Eagles 35, Dolphins 27
New Orleans at Washington. After the loss to Tennessee last week, this Saints team can obviously lose to anyone. But there’s anyone and then there’s the Redskins. I know the Patriots are crazy good right now, but last week was a joke. No run game and no defense make it tough to stay in things. If the Saints get some stops then Drew Brees should be okay. Should be. Saints 33, Redskins 24
Jacksonville at Baltimore. This is the kind of game the Ravens have blown in recent years when they had a good record. What will happen when their record is the same as their opponent? Hopefully not the same thing that happened when they played the Jaguars (they lost). A week off will help a Baltimore team with something to play for even if it’s not a playoff spot. Jacksonville has been getting better on defense. This will come down to who has the more effective run game. Ravens 27, Jaguars 17
Minnesota at Oakland. Two teams with interesting younger rosters collide in Oakland. Both teams have solid defenses with quick and exciting receivers. The big difference? Adrian Peterson. But Teddy Bridgewater needs to be back and healthy. Derek Carr has been way better than expected this year and this home tilt looks like a chance for the Raiders to make a push for the postseason. Raiders 23, Vikings 21
Kansas City at Denver. Peyton Manning really showed his age this past week. But the Broncos defense is still very good. Who ever thought the defense would be better than the offense? Well, even with a tricky offensive scheme the Chiefs won’t have enough at Mile High to win this one. Broncos 31, Chiefs 27
New England at NYG. Part of me thinks this will be the undoing of the Patriots. Not just because the Giants always seem to spoil the fun, but because Eli just has that kind of luck. But then I think about how weak the Giants’ defense is and it’s an easy pick. How are the Giants going to stop LeGarrette Blount even if Tom Brady isn’t at his best? While Dion Lewis is out, Brandon LaFell is back and there are plenty of weapons to chose from. There’s probably only one other team in the league with more offensive options/firepower. Patriots 42, Giants 34
Arizona at Seattle. I almost never choose Arizona to beat Seattle (or St. Louis for that matter) but they seem to conquer their divisional foe more often than not. For as good as the Cardinals have been (and as inconsistent as the Seahawks have been), the home environment in Seattle sometimes is too much for what takes place on the field. Seahawks 24, Cardinals 20
Houston at Cincinnati. While the Bengals defense was slowed down a little bit, the offense has been great. And Cincinnati just has too much good stuff going on right now to lose a game at home against the Texans. There will be costly turnovers on top of lots of points and a flurry of offense towards the end. Bengals 38, Texans 24