Back at it again for the tenth installment of the 2017 NFL campaign. There are a lot of intriguing matchups this week that will prove to be paramount in helping develop the playoff picture this year with a lot of teams at the brink. Who will come out on top? Here are my picks.
Last Week: 9-4
Thursday, November 9th, 8:26 e.t.
Seattle Seahawks (5-3) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
The Seahawks were stunned at home by a desperate Redskins team last week and look to bounce back on a short week against an Arizona team that has been trading losses and wins this year. Seattle should throttle the Cards here, even on the road. Their defense should smother the Drew Stanton attack as long as they can weather the Adrian Peterson storm.
Seattle 36, Arizona 16 ***LOCK OF THE WEEK***
Sunday, November 12th, 1:00 e.t.
Green Bay Packers (4-4) @ Chicago Bears (3-5)
The Packers were bullied by the Lions last week and I don’t like their odds going on the road against a very solid defense in Chicago. As long as the Bears can convert on third downs here they should not have any problem disposing of the Brett Hundley led Packers.
Chicago 23, Green Bay 16
New York Jets (4-5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)
It is hard to watch Tampa Bay these days since they are a mess on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile the Jets have a little something going now with their defense and running game. The Bucs sans Jameis Winston and Mike Evans are in trouble at home against Gang Green.
New York 24, Tampa Bay 12
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) @ Indianapolis Colts (3-6)
The Colts have been competitive lately which is the best that the team can hope for, but unfortunately they draw the Steelers who are coming off of a BYE and have been on a roll lately. Mike Tomlin’s team should have no trouble taking care of business on the road here.
Pittsburgh 32, Indianapolis 7
Cleveland Browns (0-8) @ Detroit Lions (4-4)
This game presents a good opportunity for the Lions to get back over .500. Their offense has been sound in every area outside of short-yardage situations. That is a problem for them in the future, but not so much at home against one of the two winless teams in the league.
Detroit 30, Cleveland 13
Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3)
I feel like the Jaguars are due to disappoint their fan-base at some point here but this might not prove to be the week. I love their defense and I do not like Philip Rivers’ chances at standing in the pocket against the leading sack unit in the NFL. I’ll take the Jags in a thriller.
Jacksonville 24, Los Angeles 21
New Orleans Saints (6-2) @ Buffalo Bills (5-3)
This is probably my favorite game of the week. The Bills are one of just two teams left that are unbeaten at home this year and the Saints come into town riding a six game winning streak. One of these trends will come to an end and I say it is Buffalo’s home record. The Saints are clicking in all phases of the game and I like that to continue.
New Orleans 27, Buffalo 22
Minnesota Vikings (6-2) @ Washington Redskins (4-4)
The Redskins have been one of those teams that is hard to figure each week but their offense has been solid behind Kirk Cousins. On the road, I think the Vikes are prime to drop one. I love that defense, but the ‘Skins are a frisky team and can stand toe-to-toe with almost anybody when they are on their game.
Washington 28, Minnesota 23 ***UPSET OF THE WEEK***
Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) @ Tennessee Titans (5-3)
The Titans took care of business last week against the Ravens and should do so again this week against a Cincy team that has really faltered on the defensive side of the ball lately. There are certainly air yards to be had against them and at this point in the season, that is the strength of this Titan team.
Tennessee 35, Cincinnati 20
Sunday, November 12th, 4:05 e.t.
Houston Texans (3-5) @ Los Angeles Rams (6-2)
If this game had been played two weeks ago it would have been a potential game of the week with two of the most exciting offenses in the league. As it stands we get Tom Savage’s Texans instead and that lacks serious firepower. The Rams should grab their seventh win of the year rather easily with their offense being on fire as it is now.
Los Angeles 34. Houston 17
Sunday, November 12th, 4:25 e.t.
Dallas Cowboys (5-3) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
Here is another game that is tough to pick. Will Ezekiel Elliot be eligible to play here? That will make the difference yet again. The Falcons need a win in the worst way and they are playing at home here, so I think they will find a way to get it done. They will need an effort from the team like they got in Week 2 against Green Bay, however.
Atlanta 31, Dallas 30
New York Giants (1-7) @ San Francisco 49ers (0-9)
Will this be the week that Jimmy Garoppolo starts for the Niners? I’m not so sure, they may want to wait until after the BYE to make that call. That said, the Giants will be motivated to play well after getting caught with their pants down at home versus the Rams. They’ve already made a trek across country and won once this year, I say they do it again in Week 10.
New York 20, San Francisco 16
Sunday, November 12th, 8:30 e.t.
New England Patriots (6-2) @ Denver Broncos (3-5)
The Broncos had a house dropped on them last week in Philly and will look to rebound this week. Unfortunately they draw the number one offense in football and plan on sending Brock Oswieler out there to answer. That spells trouble. I think Denver’s defense will keep the team in it, but I have no confidence whatsoever in their offense to get the job done.
New England 23, Denver 17
Monday, November 13th, 8:30 e.t.
Miami Dolphins (4-4) @ Carolina Panthers (6-3)
The Panthers rushing game re-emerged last week against the Falcons and now they will face the Dolphins who have not been all that terrible on defense. Their offense finally looked competent last week, but against one of the finer “D’s” in the league, I do not think they will fare so well. Especially not on the road.
Carolina 20, Miami 17