09 November 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 10

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We have now hit double-digits in terms of weeks in the NFL season and after Tuesday's presidential election, the focus is now back on the football. Here are my Week 10 predictions.

Last Week: 10-3
2016: 77-56
Locks: 6-3

Thursday, November 10th
Browns (0-9) vs. Ravens (4-4) - NFL Network, 8:25
Cleveland Browns (2015 - Pres)Baltimore Ravens (1999 - Pres)
The Browns could win this game simply because the Ravens really are not all that good (as I have been saying for much of this season). That said, I doubt it will ultimately simply because the Browns are a mess. When you are a team that cannot score nor prevent other teams from scoring, it is not exactly easy to win football games.
Ravens 20 Browns 10

Sunday, November 13th
Texans (5-3) vs. Jaguars (2-6) - CBS, 1:00
Houston Texans (2002 - Pres)Jacksonville Jaguars (2013 - Pres)
It speaks to the quality of the AFC South where the Texans, who can't get much done offensively and is without their star defensive player, is in first place. As we all know, the Jaguars have been a disappointment on both sides of the ball this season and they are quick running out of time. They were competitive against the Chiefs in Kansas City this past week but even at home, I don't think they can pull of the upset.
Texans 19 Jaguars 9

Broncos (6-3) vs. Saints (4-4) - CBS, 1:00
Denver Broncos (1997 - Pres)New Orleans Saints (2000 - Pres)
I wonder if the Broncos may be getting a little concerned with their offense as it has become a little more inconsistent than it appeared at the beginning of the season. Yes their defense is electric but it can only do so much. Here with another road contest in a famously tough place to play, against a guy like Drew Brees, I think they'll drop another one.
Saints 28 Broncos 24

Rams (3-5) vs. Jets (3-6) - Fox, 1:00
Los Angeles Rams (2016 - Pres)New York Jets (2002 - Pres)
The Jets are a disaster, or a disastuh as I liked to say when doing my logs of Donald Trump. Todd Bowles is the worst coach the team has had in a long time, perhaps even back to the iconic Richie Kotite. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been terrible and now is hurt, you have key defensive players being benched for missing meetings, it is a mess. And it is going to get worse before it gets better. The solid defense of the Rams will be the difference here in the Meadowlands.
Rams 17 Jets 14

Falcons (6-3) vs. Eagles (4-4) - Fox, 1:00
Atlanta Falcons (1990 - 2002)Philadelphia Eagles (1996 - Pres)
Remember when the Eagles were 3-0? Well, they are 1-4 since then and have lost their last two in a row. The strong play of Carson Wentz has tapered off a little bit as he has been a little more careless with the football. That said, they have been competitive and their defense is still playing well. Slowing down a strong Atlanta offense will be tough but a return to the friendly confines in Philadelphia may just do the trick.
Eagles 31 Falcons 28

Chiefs (6-2) vs. Panthers (3-5) - CBS, 1:00
Kansas City Chiefs (1972 - Pres)Carolina Panthers (1995 - 2011)
While the Panthers may have found some life as they come in on a two-game winning streak. the Chiefs are coming to North Carolina riding a four-game winning streak and a share of the lead in the AFC West (yes, technically Oakland has one more win but they've also played one more game). Look for the solid defensive work of Kansas City to be the difference here.
Chiefs 21 Panthers 20

Bears (2-6) vs. Buccaneers (3-5) - Fox, 1:00
Chicago Bears (1974 - Pres)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1997 - 2013)
Both of these teams will be coming off a length off period so hopefully this could turn into a quality football game between two bad football teams. The Bears have been bad scoring the football but fortunately for them, the Buccaneers have been quite bad defensively across the board. If Jay Cutler can stay upright, he could have a big game.
Bears 24 Buccaneers 22

Vikings (5-3) vs. Washington (4-3-1) - Fox. 1:00
Minnesota Vikings (2013 - Pres)Washington Redskins (1965 - 1969)
Remember when the Vikings were 5-0 and riding high in the NFC and the NFC North? That seems a while ago as they have lost three games in a row and their offense has been hideous. They get to go to Landover and take on a Washington club coming off a bye and had been playing decently before that. I think they'll get enough offense to get the win.
Washington 23 Vikings 16

Packers (4-4) vs. Titans (4-5) - Fox, 1:00
Green Bay Packers (1980 - Pres)Tennessee Titans (1999 - Pres)
As a Packers fan, I am really starting to lose faith in this team and in the coach, Mike McCarthy. For them to lose to a bad Indianapolis team at home, when Andrew Luck nearly gave them the game in the first quarter, that was terrible. For a team with Aaron Rodgers under center, to be where they are offensively is a joke. What bodes well for them here in Nashville will be their run defense, statiscally the best in the game, and the Titans generally don't play they well if the running game is not cranking.
Packers 26 Titans 24

Dolphins (4-4) vs. Chargers (4-5) - CBS, 4:05
Miami Dolphins (1997 - 2012)San Diego Chargers (2007 - Pres)
Miami is a club that has roared into the playoff picture in the AFC with three wins in a row and big-league play from running back Jay Ajayi. But will they be able to run the ball in San Diego on a defense that looked really good against the run in their win against the Titans. Considering that Miami has really struggled on the road this season thus far, give me the Chargers.
Chargers 27 Dolphins 23

49ers (1-7) vs. Cardinals (3-4-1) - Fox, 4:25
San Francisco 49ers (1996 - 2008)Arizona Cardinals (1994 - 2004)
The Cardinals have not been playing all that great of late with that tie against the Seahawks and a road loss in Carolina coming before their bye but hey, they are in the NFC playoff race at the moment and now they get to host the worst team in the NFC. Considering how bad they are defensively, with the worst scoring defense in the NFL, I'm not that confident for a upset here in Glendale. The Cardinals are my Lock of the Week.
Cardinals 30 49ers 10

Cowboys (7-1) vs. Steelers (4-4) - Fox, 4:25
Dallas Cowboys (1964 - Pres)Pittsburgh Steelers (2002 - Pres)
Now that the Steelers come into this game having lost three games in a row, and are coming off a bad loss in Baltimore, this has become a must-win for them right here. With the pressure high now on the team and on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, I think they will bounce-back with a big win over a Dallas team that looks very good at the moment.
Steelers 35 Cowboys 31

Seahawks (5-2-1) vs. Patriots (7-1) - NBC, 8:30
Seattle Seahawks (2012 - Pres)New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)
It was a hard-fought win for the Seahawks against the Bills on Monday evening but defeating the Bills at home is one thing, defeating the Patriots in Foxborough under the lights is another thing altogether. Their inconsistent offense in terms of scoring and in terms of running the football will really hurt them here and while Russell Wilson is a great player, he won't be able to outduel Tom Brady.
Patriots 30 Seahawks 24

Monday, November 14th
Bengals (3-4-1) vs. Giants (5-3) - ESPN, 8:30
Cincinnati Bengals (2004 - Pres)New York Giants (2000 - Pres)
If you have not been paying close enough attention, the football Giants have been playing good football of late and are in solid shape in the playoff race in the NFC. It has exclusively been behind Eli Manning's right arm and a bend but don't break that will give up yards but not a lot of points. Meanwhile, it will have been two weeks since we last saw the Bengals tie in London and while their offense has put up plenty of yardage but they really have struggled to score. That seems like a matchup that suits the Giants.
Giants 26 Bengals 23

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ben
    I think the Saints will score big against Denver and that is my LOTW. As for Miami I am still reluctant to feel that confident because their D could succumb to the Chargers' passing game.

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