NFL: Week 10 Predictions and Analysis for the Big Games

We’re another week closer to Thanksgiving. Is your favorite NFL team playing meaningful games right now? Time to make my weekly picks. Let’s go!

(NFL byes include: 0-9 New York Jets, 8-1 Kansas City Chiefs, 2-7 Dallas Cowboys, 3-6 Atlanta Falcons)

Thursday, November 12

(5-3)Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans(6-2) at 8:20 PM ET on FOX

The Titans got a big win last week to get themselves back on track. I see their NFL defense being able to get pressure. A pick-six early ignites Tennessee to an early lead, and they don’t look back, 24-13. 

Sunday, November 15

(6-3)Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers(3-6) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

I was very impressed with Carolina even in defeat. They tried fake punts, went for fourth downs, pushing the champions to the final play. While I expect a response from the Buccaneers following a poor showing, the Panthers get the win 27-24. 

(3-4-1)Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants(2-7) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

The Eagles look like they are ready to take control of the NFC East. They take another step towards it, not needing to have a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback this time. Eagles 27 Giants 13 at the Meadowlands. 

(1-7)Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers(6-2) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

This time, Green Bay does not stub their toe at home. The defense does better in stopping the run. The Packers pull away in the second half, 34-24.

(2-6)Washington Football Team at Detroit Lions(3-5) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

Both NFL teams will go up and down the field. Because of the compressed space in the red zone, the defenses hold the opposition to field goals. Detroit breaks a two-game losing skid with a late touchdown, 19-17. 

(2-6)Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns(5-3) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

The Texans earned their second win last week, but the Browns have had extra time to get ready. Houston asks questions, but like the Browns-Bengals game a few weeks ago, the defenses will struggle in the fourth quarter. Cleveland has the ball last and wins on a field goal 32-29. 

(7-2)Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals(5-3) at 4:05 PM ET on CBS

The Bills had a big win last week and are in a great spot at this point of the season. I still think the Cardinals need this game compared with their counterparts. Arizona in a shootout 35-32. 

(2-6)Los Angeles Chargers at Miami Dolphins(5-3) at 4:05 PM ET on CBS

For the Chargers, it is always something holding them back that puts their efforts in vain. I do not see that reversing itself Sunday. The Dolphins get another win with Tua Tagovailoa at the helm. The final score reads 35-30 to Miami. 

(3-5)Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders(5-3) at 4:05 PM ET on CBS

Las Vegas needs to keep getting victories because even though they went to Kansas City a few weeks ago, they will not catch them for the division. The wild-card position is important as the Raiders look for their first NFL playoff appearance since 2016. After three hours of real-time on the gridiron, it ends Las Vegas 30 Denver 20. 

(6-2)Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams(5-3) at 4:25 PM ET on FOX

This one feels like a coin flip. I like the well-rested Rams to get pressure on Russell Wilson and slow down D.K. Metcalf. Los Angeles 35 Seattle 28 after sixty minutes of football to create a three-way tie in the NFC West. 

(4-5)San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints(6-2) at 4:25 PM ET on FOX

The Saints defense will look stingy in the Superdome, picking up where they left off in Florida in Week 9. San Francisco needs all the help they can get to keep the game close. Saints win going away, 41-17. 

(2-5-1)Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers(8-0) at 4:25 PM ET on FOX

This will be the type of game where Joe Burrow really gets humbled. The Steelers will play complementary football. They were not at their best against the Cowboys but will be much sharper in their ninth game. Pittsburgh 33 Cincinnati 17 is how it finishes. 

(6-2)Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots(3-5) at 8:20 PM ET on NBC

The Patriots play a lot of close NFL games, and nothing leads me to believe otherwise. Baltimore’s defense makes big plays again as they did to get the desired outcome in Indianapolis. The Ravens come out on top 27-19 in this stand-alone primetime game. 

Monday, November 16

(3-5)Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears(5-4) at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN

We should see some smash-mouth NFL football under the floodlights. It should be low-scoring with these defenses. Chicago gets to 6-4 after a 23-19 win after a game effort by the Vikings. 

Works cited: NFL app and YouTube channels, FOX, CBS, NBC and their YouTube Football Night In America recaps, ESPN, Dan Patrick Show

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