NFL WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS

2022-11-12 · 5 min read · NFL/Football
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NFL WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS
Week 10 of the NFL season features the league’s first-ever visit to Germany as football fans there will get an up close and personal look at the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady.
We also have two of the top clubs in each conference going toe-to-toe, an all-California rivalry and longtime foes Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy squaring off in one of the most anticipated matchups since their relationship turned sour.
Here is a look at this weekend’s games and my predictions.
Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While far from impressive, Tom Brady engineered a late drive last week, enabling the Bucs to stop the bleeding and get back into the win column, sitting tied for first in their division with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Seahawks continue to beat the odds led by Geno Smith, who has put together a stellar campaign, currently with a QB rating of 107.2 on the season as Seattle leads the NFC West, having won four in a row.
  • Prediction- Seahawks 20-21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Conventional wisdom would suggest the Seahawks should win because they have been far more consistent than Tampa, however, this has been such an unpredictable season that anything can happen.
Also, Tom Brady has shown he can still carry a team on his shoulders, and I think the Bucs will take a lot from last week’s victory.
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills
This will be one of the marquee matchups of Week 10, as the Vikings have suffered just one defeat all year, while the Bills lost for the second time last week.
Stefon Diggs takes on his former team, while Justin Jefferson should be a force to be reckoned with on the Minnesota side, while Josh Allen’s status is questionable for this encounter.
  • Prediction- Minnesota Vikings 21-32 Buffalo Bills
Even if Allen can’t play, the Bills can beat you in so many ways, namely defensively, where they have allowed an average passer rating of 76.4 while they have averaged 416.4 yards per game offensively, the highest total in the NFL.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Detroit won in the most unlikely way last week, with some great work from its secondary, picking off two Aaron Rodgers’ passes in the end zone, including first-round pick Aidan Hutchinson, with his first career NFL interception.
Justin Fields and the Bears traded blows with one of the most explosive offenses in the league and came away with a narrow 35-32 loss against Miami, as the Chicago QB ran for 178 yards.
  • Prediction- Detroit Lions 24-27 Chicago Bears
In those cool conditions in the Windy City, the Bears will likely go with an all-out ground game, and I don’t believe the Lions can duplicate the kind of defensive performance we saw against Green Bay this week.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs
Fresh off perhaps his best performance as a professional, Trevor Lawrence went 25/31 for 235 yards, while his college teammate Travis Etienne, has been a force in the run game, rushing for 109 yards and two touchdowns last week in a victory over Las Vegas.
The Chiefs have improved this season against the run, but they struggled to contain Derrick Henry as Patrick Mahomes had to take matters into his own hands and will the Chiefs to a come-from-behind OT victory versus the Titans.
  • Prediction- Jacksonville Jaguars 21-34 Kansas City Chiefs
Doug Pederson is likely to pound the ball to Etienne repeatedly, but sometimes to beat Mahomes and the Chiefs, you need to be stellar for 60 minutes, and the Jags haven’t shown they can do that.
Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa got some pieces to work with offensively in 2022, and it has improved his game tremendously as the Dolphins pivot threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Bears, with Miami fifth in total yards offensively (380.4) and second in passing (293.6 per game) this season.
One more week before the Browns finally get a first-hand look at their investment in Deshaun Watson.
The Browns are coming off an impressive 32-13 victory two weeks ago against the reigning AFC champion Bengals, where Nick Chubb ran for 101 yards, and Amari Cooper caught five balls for 131 yards and a score.
  • Prediction- Cleveland Browns 30-37 Miami Dolphins
These are two teams with contrasting offenses, as the Browns are great at running the ball, while Miami excels in the passing game.
I believe Miami is a little more explosive with a quarterback brimming with confidence, which will give them an edge in this game.
Houston Texans at New York Giants
The Texans played about as well as could be expected against the Philadelphia Eagles, trailing by just four points heading into the fourth quarter, but Davis Mills continues to make poor throws, tossing a pair of interceptions in the game.
New York has exceeded expectations so far this year at 6-2 though their number six rushing attack couldn’t get going versus Seattle as Saquon Barkley averaged just 2.6 yards per carry.
  • Prediction- Houston Texans 13-20 New York Giants
Perhaps the most predictable thing we all saw coming at the start of the season is the Texans being poor and we expect the Giants to find their share of gaps versus a Houston defensive unit that is far too easy to run against.
New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers
New Orleans kept the Ravens' passing game in check on Monday Night Football, but they forgot that Lamar Jackson is one of the best running QBs the game has ever seen, allowing him to rush for 82 yards and conceding 188 yards on the ground to Baltimore.
Kenny Pickett and the Steelers are still struggling to generate much when they have the ball, ranked 29th both offensively and in the running game, sitting with a record of 2-6.
  • Prediction- New Orleans Saints 20-14 Pittsburgh Steelers
Andy Dalton is still pretty accurate throwing the ball, while Pickett is going through growing pains, and I expect Dalton’s playmakers like Alvin Kamara will make an impact on Sunday.
Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans
The Broncos were supposed to be an elite offensive unit with Nathaniel Hackett and Russell Wilson, but instead, their defense has stepped it up, allowing the second-fewest yards per game (288.4).
Without Ryan Tannehill against the Chiefs, Tennessee fed the rock to Derrick Henry time and again, and he delivered, but unfortunately, they couldn’t keep Patrick Mahomes at bay when it mattered most.
  • Prediction- Denver Broncos 14-17 Tennessee Titans
Malik Willis gives the Titans another running threat, so combine him with the power of Henry, and it should make for a tough outing defensively for Denver.
Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders
The Colts begin life under interim boss Jeff Saturday, looking to improve on their 23rd-ranked offense and get back in the postseason race, having lost three in a row.
Las Vegas fell prey to the dreaded 17-point lead, which is like a death sentence for Josh McDaniels’ team, who lost despite being up by two touchdowns and a field goal to the Jaguars last week (27-20), the third-time they’ve squandered that big of a lead.
  • Prediction- Indianapolis Colts 23-20 Las Vegas Raiders
The new coach's bump gets the edge on this occasion, as the Raiders haven’t proven they can put a game to bed when given the opportunity.
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
Many have dubbed this the revenge game for Mike McCarthy, who returns to Lambeau to face Aaron Rodgers, the man who reportedly was the reason he lost his job as Packers head coach.
McCarthy’s Cowboys have turned it on offensively, while no one’s been able to contain Micah Parsons, who has eight sacks, two forced fumbles and 14 quarterback hits.
Green Bay’s season went from bad to worse last week, with Rodgers throwing a pair of end zone picks against one of the league’s worst defences in Detroit.
The Packers have lost two more games this year than they did in any of their previous two seasons, as the passing game is only averaging 6.6 yards through the air, though they are second in blitz percentage at 39.7.
  • Prediction- Dallas Cowboys 27-17 Green Bay Packers
Parsons is just one key member of what is perhaps the best defensive line in the NFL, and they should give Rodgers plenty of headaches in this one.
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
The Cardinals are lighting up the scoreboard with 81 points combined in their last three games, but they lost their previous two encounters, which shows you how bad they are defensively, allowing the third-most points in the NFC (241).
Los Angeles has been held in check and looked very one-dimensional on offense, boasting the second-worst running attack in the league, while the passing game is not much better in 24th.
  • Prediction- Arizona Cardinals 16-20 Los Angeles Rams
Even if Matthew Stafford can’t go, Sean McVay’s defensive unit should be able to force Kyler Murray into making some bad throws and change the complexion of this game in their favour.
Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
The Chargers have done a good job at winning while some of their offensive weapons are out injured, as Justin Herbert has been aided by the play of Austin Ekeler, who has 10 touchdowns in their last five games.
Two weeks after becoming just the fourth player in the NFL era to pass, run and catch a touchdown in a single game, Christian McCaffrey and the Niners are back at it against a state rival, with a record of 4-4 thanks mainly to their defense that has allowed the fewest yards in the league (285.9).
  • Prediction- Los Angeles Chargers 20-36 San Francisco 49ers
Expect Kyle Shanahan to line up McCaffrey in various looks, and ultimately, I think his versatility will be too much for the Chargers to handle.
Washington Commanders at Philadelphia Eagles
Washington has won two of their three contests in which Taylor Heinicke has started with a little luck, combined with an improved defensive unit.
The Eagles are the only unbeaten team remaining in the NFL, forcing more turnovers than anyone and also giving up the fewest.
  • Prediction- Washington Commanders 14-30 Philadelphia Eagles
Washington is tied for 29th in the takeaway category, and given how the Eagles excel in that department, we could see Philly have a few extra possessions, allowing Jalen Hurts to do some damage.
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