NFL Week Ten Predictions (2019)

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The cat ran onto the field during Monday Night Football. It delayed the game for maybe a minute before running to the locker room.

Carson Zorn, Writer

Well, week nine was not the best for my predictions. There were a lot of surprising upsets. Such as the Chargers, which I didn’t see coming, the Broncos, the Ravens, both of which I didn’t see coming. I did call one though, and that was the Raiders beating the Lions, so I’m glad I managed to predict one upset. Overall, still a rough week, but hopefully this week will be better.

Week Nine Takeaways

  • The Patriots will be challenged in the playoffs
  • The Jets are somehow the worst team in the NFL
  • Kirk Cousins can’t beat a team with a pulse
  • The Bills finally saw what RB Devin Singletary was capable of, and that will help them win games
  • The Browns are not coming close to the playoffs
  • The Lions cannot finish games
  • The Bengals somewhat know what they’re doing by benching Dalton
  • The Ravens are legit Super Bowl contenders with Lamar Jackson
  • Christian McCaffery and Russell Wilson are in a tight race for MVP
  • Aaron Rodgers was overhyped after he torched the Raiders defense two weeks ago

Record:

Last Week: 6-8

Total: 81-52

Teams on Bye: Broncos, Eagles, Jaguars, Patriots, Redskins, Texans

Thursday Night Game:

Chargers vs Raiders:

Both of these teams pulled off upsets last week. Both against NFC North teams, coincidentally. But one of these teams is clearly better than the other, and it’s the team with home field advantage. The Raiders have shown a lot of improvement from last year and could finish the season with a winning record. The Chargers have shown a lot of regression from last year and have only recently figured out that giving the ball to RB Melvin Gordon equals a win. But, the Raiders have a star RB as well in rookie Josh Jacobs, who is my candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Raiders have a better offense and are one good QB away from being a playoff contender. Plus, they’re at home, so the Raiders will win this game.

Raiders Win 24-20

 

Sunday 1:00 Games:

Giants vs Jets:

Both of these teams are just awful, but the Jets lost to the Dolphins. That should queue you in to who I’ll be picking. While neither of these teams are great, the Giants are more respectable, so I’ll take the Giants to win, and look for RB Saquon Barkley to put up big numbers on the ground.

Giants Win 28-17

 

Falcons vs Saints:

Before the season started, I was really excited for this matchup. Now, not so much. The Saints are going to absolutely destroy the Falcons defense, and it’s not even going to be close. The Falcons offense allows them to stay in games but I don’t know about this one, because the Saints defense has become a lot better recently. Drew Brees will be able to throw the ball at will against the Falcons depleted secondary, while Matt Ryan will have trouble getting it to anyone but Julio Jones.

Saints Win 35-24

 

Chiefs vs Titans:

I’m assuming Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will be back for this game, and his return will provide a huge spark to the Chiefs offense, which needs the spark because the defense won’t get the job done. The Titans aren’t really that great anyway, but they have been better under new QB Ryan Tannehill. So this might be a bit more of an offensive battle than some expect, but if the Chiefs have Mahomes, they’re coming out on top.

Chiefs Win 33-27

 

Ravens vs Bengals:

The Ravens just beat the Patriots. The Bengals are 0-8. I feel like that’s all that needs to be said. There is some uncertainty with the Bengals because they benched long time starting QB Andy Dalton for rookie Ryan Finley. Maybe Finley will be better than Dalton and utilize the receivers more, but he just won’t win the Bengals this game.

Ravens Win 33-14

 

Bills vs Browns:

Somehow, the Bills are 6-2 and the Browns are 2-6, yet the Browns are still favorited. Makes no sense to me. Granted, the Bills aren’t flawless, but they’re certainly better than the Browns. The Browns were hyped up in the offseason but have just not been good this year. Now that the Bills have a more explosive running attack in Devin Singletary, that offense is going to be even better. The Browns don’t like they’ll be getting better anytime soon, so I’m going to give this one to the Bills.

Bills Win 24-14

 

Cardinals vs Buccaneers:

This is going to be an offense-heavy game given neither of these teams’ secondaries are good at stopping the pass. Buccaneers QB Jamies Winston tends to have more turnovers, but I think his experience and talented WR corps will help the Buccaneers win the game. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are such a dynamic duo that makes it so the Buccaneers offense can’t be ignored. This game will come down to the fourth quarter for sure, but my gut is telling me Buccaneers, so I’m going Buccaneers.

Buccaneers Win 38-35

 

Lions vs Bears:

Even though the Bears offense is not great, and their defense isn’t what is was last year, I still like them to beat the Lions. The Lions have been on the decline recently and don’t seem like they’ll have a get right game anytime soon with their sub-par defense. Also, the Lions offense hasn’t been the same since RB Kerryon Johnson went down with an injury and he’s not coming back this year. So, I’ll take the Bears to win this one at home.

Bears Win 23-21

 

Sunday 4:00 Games:

Dolphins vs Colts:

Hey, the Dolphins won a game! Doesn’t matter though, because they’re losing to the Colts this week. The Colts are way more of a talented team and have some great playmakers. That’s all, Colts win.

Colts Win 24-13

 

Panthers vs Packers:

Despite how awful the Packers looked last week, I think it’s a fluke and they will be able to win this week. Their defense is still slightly concerning, and Panthers RB Christian McCaffery will destroy the rush defense, but Panthers QB Kyle Allen could struggle a little bit through the air. Meanwhile, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will be picking apart the Panthers defense and winning the game for the Packers.

Packers Win 30-23

 

Rams vs Steelers:

If the Rams are going to make a playoff push, it needs to start now, and I think it will. The Steelers have had a couple of surprising wins, but have been overall uninspiring so far this season. The Rams have looked good but they need to be more inspiring on offense. However, their offense’s ceiling is limited with Jared Goff as the QB. They also need to start feeding Gurley, if his knee allows it. All that aside, I think the Rams have enough talent to win this game, and will win it.

Rams Win 22-17

 

Sunday Night Game:

Vikings vs Cowboys:

Neither of these teams have really been able to beat a team with a winning record. The Vikings have looked a little better than the Cowboys, but I think Dak Prescott will do better against the Vikings defense than Kirk Cousins will do against the Dallas defense, so I think the Cowboys get the win at home on Sunday night. 

Cowboys Win 23-16

 

Monday Night Game:

Seahawks vs 49ers:

This is the best game this week, and we have to wait until Monday Night for it. I think whoever wins this game is who will win the division. The Seahawks have a better offense, but the 49ers have a better defense, so this is a very tough one to call. I think the Seahawks are overall the better team, so I’m going to give this game to them with confidence. Be sure to tune in for this one Monday night.

Seahawks Win 26-23

 

Well those are my week ten predictions! Did I get anything wrong? Is your team going to win? Let me know in the comments. As always, be sure to enjoy some football this weekend.