Football predictions for Each Week 10 Game

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Author: Joey Carr

Jaguars vs. Ravens

In a battle of underwhelming NFL teams, the only thing to look out for in this game would be the offense of Jacksonville that boasts a budding star in Blake Bortles and the weapons around him (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, T.J. Yeldon).

Prediction: Jaguars 26 Ravens 17

Browns vs. Steelers

Well folks, it’s Johnny Football Time yet again, and this time around might be a little easier for the former Heisman winner as he faces a subpar Steelers defense. This game will ultimately come down to if Big Ben can play or not; if he can’t, then the Browns have about a 40% shot at winning this game. If Big Ben plays though, it looks like Johnny will add another loss to his record.

Prediction: Steelers 28 Browns 20

Panthers vs. Titans

While this might look like an easy victory for the undefeated Panthers, the Titans are no easy matchup. Marcus Mariota has looked stellar for the most part this year, and presents matchup problems with his running ability as well as his accuracy. With the Titans strong run defense, I’ll put this game on Upset Alert, but the Panthers still hold the slight edge.

Prediction: Panthers 24 Titans 23

Bears vs. Rams

The Bears have been surprisingly adequate this season, but might be in trouble when they face off against a fierce St. Louis defense. Aaron Donald and company should have no trouble stopping the Bears offense. Oh, and also Todd Gurley is going to have another field day.

Prediction: Rams 30 Bears 16

Cowboys vs. Buccaneers

Before the season started, the Cowboys would have had no issues with this Tampa team, but with Matt Cassel at the helm, Dallas is in trouble. Jameis Winston might have some troubles but overall the Bucs should walk away with another W.

Prediction: Bucs 27 Cowboys 13

Lions vs. Packers

Detroit hasn’t won at Lambeau in over 20 years, and that streak should continue. However, the Packers have lost two in a row with Aaron Rodgers looking like a low tier quarterback, something we haven’t seen in a long time. But the Lions are the Lions, and the Pack are nearly unbeatable at home.

Prediction: Green Bay 31 Lions 21

Dolphins vs. Eagles

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this game, as both of these teams have been extremely inconsistent this season. This matchup will most likely come down to who has the more effective running game, and the Dolphins have allowed quite the bit of yardage to opposing backs over the last few games.

Prediction: Eagles 23 Dolphins 18

Saints vs. Redskins

Just last week, Tom Brady tore up the Redskins secondary, going for 299 yards while only throwing 30 times. With the way Drew Brees is performing, why should we expect anything different from this Skins defense?

Prediction: Saints 34 Redskins 19

Vikings vs. Raiders

Who would’ve thought that this matchup would be so enticing? Both teams are on the rise as legitimate playoff contenders, and as a whole, both squads are playing extremely well. In the end, this game is a toss up, as these teams matchup very well.

Prediction: Vikings 25 Raiders 24

Chiefs vs. Broncos

In his tenure in the AFC West, Peyton Manning has not once lost to the Chiefs. While impressive, the Broncos have shown many weaknesses this season, and it might be time for Kansas City to finally secure a win over the Sheriff.

Prediction: Chiefs 28 Broncos 27

Patriots vs. Giants

Probably the Game of the Week, this game should have every Patriot fan worried. The Giants seem to be New England’s kryptonite for whatever reason, and while New York possesses of the worst defenses in the league, the Patriots always seem to struggle with the Football Giants. However, Tom Brady is playing out of this world right now, and should remain undefeated.

Prediction: Patriots 38 Giants 21

Cardinals vs. Seahawks

This game could prove to be a giant factor in deciding who comes away with the NFC West Title, and both teams would very much enjoy a win. The Cardinals are trying to prove they are legitimate, and the only way to do that is to beat the defending NFC Champs. The Seahawks on the other hand need to avoid going 4-5, especially if the Rams defeat the Bears.

Prediction: Cardinals 27 Seahawks 24

Texans vs. Bengals

The only thing standing in the way of the Bengals 9-0 record is the scrappy Houston Texans. While they don’t present much of a challenge, never underestimate how bad Andy Dalton can be on Primetime television.

Prediction: Bengals 30 Texans 22

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Giants and Patriots are familiar foes with a deep history:

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When the New England Patriots and New York Giants meet up this sunday for NFL action, both teams will tell you “it’s just another game” and there is no bad blood between the two teams. We certainly know the New England Patriots will be telling a little fib when they give the press that statement. The Patriots lost both Super Bowl XLII (2007) and Super Bowl XLVI (2011) to the New York Giants. In 2007 the New England Patriots were undefeated all the way up to the Super Bowl before the Giants were able to hand them their first loss. Both events certainly don’t sit well with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and nothing would be sweeter for the two than to hand Eli Manning and the Giants another loss which would drop that football team back down to .500. We are talking about a New England football team that plays chess while all the other teams are playing checkers. They certainly will make the necessary adjustments and try to find the best way to beat the Giants. That seems like getting pressure on Eli Manning and limiting the amount of time that he has to throw the football. Any time you are playing an elite level passer the recipe for success is getting pressure on that quarterback. Eli Manning has 19 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions on the season. So if you allow him to sit back in the pocket he is going to make the Patriots pay. Will Eli be enough to spoil another Patriots undefeated season? Only time will tell. The Giants are good football team. Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle are excellent weapons on the edges and could pose a threat to the Patriots defense. Still the Patriots have been outstanding at rushing the passer and while history is on the Giants side. The present is all in the Patriots favor as Tom Brady continues his march towards a 3rd NFL M.V.P award.

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Rex Ryan delivers in New York showdown:

20590993759_310bd4e221_oThe Buffalo Bills were able to hold off the New York Jets 22-17 in Thursday Night Football action last night. While the Jets were able to get out to an early three to nothing lead, it was the Bills who came soaring back with twelve unanswered points in the second quarter. The Bills found their rhythm with a heavy dose of Lesean McCoy who finished the evening with 19 carries for 112 rushing yards. Tyrod Taylor had another solid outing throwing for 158 yards 1 touchdown and no interceptions. Taylor’s ball security must be praised for this Bills team especially since he has only thrown 4 interceptions on the season. By cutting down on turnovers and winning the rushing game the Bills have been doing an excellent job of playing fundamental football. A big reason why they are 5-4 on the year now. Give credit to Rex Ryan for getting this team hyped up and ready to play. Ryan received backlash for making IK Enemkpali a weekly captain since Enemkpali broke Geno Smith’s jaw in the pre-season while still a member of the Jets. While the gesture could be seen as poor taste, Ryan’s tactics got under the New York Jet fans skin. Enemkpali was booed for the pre game coin toss and the event was talked about all week in the media leading up to the game. By putting the focus on Enemkpali and his decision to make him a captain. Ryan played mind games with the Jets and tried to rattle them mentally. Then when it came time to play the game. Ryan’s defense did an outstanding job of creating four turnovers. Causing Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw two interceptions. Also forcing and recovering two fumbles on the evening. The Jets had a grand opportunity to show their worth and build upon the Todd Bowles era. They ultimately couldn’t amount the late game comeback that they were working on. The Bills would go on to close out the game and Ryan would start his post game celebration in style, right on the Bills sideline. Proving it was anything but just another game for the old Bills ball coach.

Vikings and Raiders a tale of two up and coming teams:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

When the Vikings and Raiders face off this Sunday it will be a match that pits two up and coming teams against each other. The Minnesota Vikings have been having a tremendous season. They are 6-2 on the year and have a solid core of young talent that should keep this team relevant for a long time. Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson lead the way offensively for the Vikings. They even have managed to get quite a bit of production out of rookie Stefon Diggs. Will the trio be enough to get past the Oakland Raiders who are led by David Carr and Amari Cooper? It should, the Vikings are sitting in first place in the NFC North for a reason. They have the best running back in football and are ranked 7th defensively in yards surrendered per game. The improvements across the board for the Vikings make this team a serious contender. When a team is able to run the ball effectively and play solid defense that will always be a winning formula when it comes to football. Mike Zimmer deserves a lot of praise for his efforts he has contributed to the Minnesota Vikings and give the front office praise for putting a more talented product on the field collectively. On the opposite side of the field there is more optimism than there has been in a long time. Jack Del Rio leads a new era for the Oakland Raiders one that sees them more competitive than they’ve been in a long time. Much of that success is due to David Carr and the talent they’ve added around him. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are very talented weapons and together this Raiders team is a much greater threat than they’ve been in the past. When these two teams meet up Sunday it will be a treat for football fans. If you’re a gambling man it would seem wise to bet on the Vikings.

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Bills and Jets match up could be determining factor for second AFC East playoff team:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

When the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets meet this Thursday a lot is at stake, particularly in the AFC East. With the Patriots being the clear cut division leaders, both the Bills and Jets are fighting for a wild card spot the second half of the season. Winning this game would go a long way in terms of momentum for the future. The Jets enter game with the advantage, they are 5-3 and played the Patriots awfully tough in their last match up. While the Bills are 4-4 and are slowly bouncing back from a handful of different injuries. One that notably put starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor out for a couple games. With Taylor back and a heavy dose of rushing attack from Lesean McCoy and Karlos Williams. The Bills are finally looking like a solid football team again. Will it be enough to get past the Todd Bowles New York Jets? Only time will tell. While the Jets have played better football over the course of the season so far. They still have had their let downs. The Jets could of beat the Raiders a couple weeks ago in Oakland. Only to allow Derek Carr and company to pull away with the win. If they want to be the team they truly could be then they are going to have to beat the teams they should beat. Another great example of a team the Jets should beat is the Buffalo Bills. The Jets have a better record so far and have been the better team. Yet none of that means a thing when these two teams meet up. It will take an outstanding performance from either team to walk away the winner. One thing that could be a factor is quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s nagging hand injury. If Fitzpatrick can’t go that makes the Bills a heavy favorite. Geno Smith can’t lead the Jets to a victory over the talented Bills. Something to look out for in tonights action.

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Colts lose Luck 2-6 weeks due to a lacerated kidney:

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The Indianapolis Colts will be without their star quarterback Andrew Luck for the next 2-6 weeks due to a lacerated kidney. The play happened when Luck took a shot to the midsection late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos last Sunday. Keenan Allen of the San Diego Chargers recently suffered the same injury and was put on injured reserve. The Colts are fortunate that Luck won’t have to go on injured reserve but with it already being week 10, the hopes of him returning and saving the season are slim. In a strange twist Matt Hasselbeck who will get the starting nod has actually been better this year for the Colts. Luck has had a rough year and never really got into a rhythm. When he finally did start making things happen for this team that is when he sustained the injury. Hasselbeck on the other hand is 2-0 on the season and has risen to the occasion every time this franchise needed him to. In his last win Hasselbeck was sick all day and even at the hospital in the emergency room hours before kick-off. The character that Hasselbeck showed by playing in that game and winning that game for his team is something that you can’t fake. His teammates respected him for that gutsy performance and the Colts ultimately know they can win with Matt Hasselbeck at the helm. With a 4-5 record believe it or not this team is still sitting in first place in the AFC South division. Hasselbeck has what it takes to help guide this team to a division championship and a playoff birth. The Colts will have to hold off the Houston Texans who are in second place with a 3-5 record. Also you have to keep an eye on the the Jags and Titans in the 3 and 4 spots. With Mariota and Bortles both playing well both of those teams could be a threat to the Colts as the season goes on. Still the Colts are sitting pretty in the division for the time being. It will be up to Hasselbeck to keep it that way, and keep an eye on whether or not Luck returns this season.

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Whats happening now around the league:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Aqib Talib is suspended by the NFL for poking Dwayne Allen in the eye during the Broncos and Colts match up yesterday. Talib stated that he plans to appeal the decision because he “didn’t intentionally poke him in the eye” as Talib put it. The NFL came down on the pro bowl cornerback with a 1 game suspension this afternoon and while Talib said he “expected discipline”, the punishment is another strict decision from the league office. Now the Broncos will be without one of their best defenders when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Sports Authority Field.

Wes Welker signed a one year deal with the St. Louis Rams today. The 34 year old pass catcher has had a number of concussions that have slowed down his career. Yet the Rams thought he brought enough to the table still to add him to the roster. The Rams were replacing Stedman Bailey who was suspended by the league for four games due to substance abuse. Welker’s contract will allow him to earn up to 770 thousand dollars in total salary. With St. Louis being a strong contender Welker should be able to mix well into this offense and add a spark for the Rams.

Matt Flynn signed with the New Orleans Saints today. The NFL journeyman quarterback is now looking at a back up role behind Drew Brees, and apparently tweeted “Looks like my hunting season is over”. Flynn has played for the Packers, Seahawks, Raiders, Patriots, Bills, and Jets in the past. A good insurance policy for the Saints if Brees should ever go down.

Dion Lewis appears to have torn his ACL yesterday in the Patriots match up with the Washington Redskins. The elusive running back was having a heck of a year for the Patriots, Lewis had 234 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year. Showing he was a very dynamic weapon out of the Patriots backfield.

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Vikings quietly improve to 6-2 on the year:

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The Minnesota Vikings were able to improve to 6-2 record on the year with a win over the St. Louis Rams. The victory was in overtime and the Vikings were able to edge out the Rams 21-18 in the game. One thing that stood out during that match up was the fact that the Vikings were able to hold Rams rookie sensation Todd Gurley to less than a hundred yards rushing. Much of that was due to Chad Greenway and Linval Joseph each adding 10 tackles apiece to this Vikings defensive effort. Gurley had rushed for a 100 yards in his last 4 games, so keeping him in check went a long way in the Vikings win. Offensively it was all about Adrian Peterson who stole the show for the purple people eaters. He finished the day with 125 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. Peterson has 758 rushing yards on the season and 4 touchdowns. Showing that he is still the player he once was after having to sit out all of the 2014 season with legal troubles. In a scarier moment later on in the game. Teddy Bridgewater was hit while sliding to the ground and was knocked unconscious. He would eventually be replaced by Shaun Hill and Bridgewater wouldn’t return to the game. From there it was all Peterson who helped carry the load for this Vikings offense after Bridgewater was out. The Vikings chose to put the ball in their best players hands on a number of different carries. Which resulted in Peterson moving the chains for the Vikings time and time again. Eventually in overtime the Vikings would get down near field goal range. Blair Walsh would eventually end the game for the Vikings with a 40 yard field. Propelling Minnesota to their sixth win of the season.

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Tennessee outlasts the Saints in overtime:

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The Tennessee Titans were able to notch an overtime victory yesterday 34-28 against the New Orleans Saints. What stood out most in that victory was the fact that rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota finished the day with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions on the day. It was a nearly perfect outing for Mariota who completed 28 out of 39 passes. He really looked poised in the pocket and made quick decisions all afternoon. Delanie Walker also added 95 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns to this Titans offense. Looking like a huge playmaker at the tight end position and really bailing Mariota out time and time again. Walker had his best game of the season and look out for the Mariota to Walker connection later on down the road. Antonio Andrews provided a spark in the Titans running efforts as well. He was to finish the game with 88 yards rushing against the Saints defense. Showing that he can handle the Titans’ rushing duties and effectively taking pressure off of Marcus Mariota. Defensively for the Titans Brian Orakpo looked outstanding recording 2 sacks and 4 total tackles. Orakpo and company were able to hold Brees in check when it mattered the most in the fourth quarter. After a missed field by each team the Titans were finally able to get the ball back in overtime. From there they were able to hit several passes downfield and get into scoring range. Finally Marcus Mariota was able to hit Anthony Fasano for a 5 yard pass to win the game. After struggling most of the year the Titans get a huge uplift by knocking off the Saints. Make no doubt about it when Mariota is on this team can roll. The rookie has two games where he has posted 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. It’s tough for opposing teams to beat that kind of production. It’s safe to say as Mariota goes, so do the Titans.

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Running game: Bills get by with the legs of McCoy and Williams

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The Buffalo Bills were able to beat the Miami Dolphins 33-17 in NFL action yesterday. What stood out most in that game was the Bills ability to take it to the Dolphins in the running game. The Bills were able to produce not one but two 100 yard rushers against the Dolphins defense. LeSean McCoy was back at it for the Bills and looking healthy. McCoy racked up 112 yards on the ground and 1 rushing touchdown. Looking fluent in his cuts, and really showing why he is such a dynamic threat in space. Karlos Williams also had a terrific day running the ball for the Bills as well. He rushed for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. One particular play Williams was able to take a hand off out of shotgun formation cut up inside a Miami Dolphins defender and finish the play 38 yards later in the end zone for six. The play showcased just how bright Williams future is in the NFL. The two back system for the Bills was very effective and should be a staple of the Bills offenses going forward. We all know Rex Ryan is a ground and pound football coach. The two back system really seems to fit Rex’s philosophy and this team is very dangerous when they are able to get both of those running backs churning. Tyrod Taylor showed just how valuable he can be playing off of that ground game. He finished the game with 11 passing completions on 12 passing attempts for 181 yards and a touchdown. Sammy Watkins also had a tremendous day and made Taylor’s job much easier. Watkins finished the day with 8 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown. Showing that when he is healthy he can also be a huge contributor to this offense. Now that Bills are slowly getting healthier they are showing why they started the season off so hot. Look for this team to make a push for the playoffs late in the season. Will they be able to edge out the Jets for the wildcard later on? That might be something to keep an eye on.

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