We are over halfway through the NFL regular season.
As the playoff teams start to take shape, let’s get you prepped for Week 10 of the NFL season….
San Francisco (5-3) @ Jacksonville (6-2) 1:00 PM EST:
This is a classic “due for a win game” for the San Francisco 49ers.
The Niners are one of the best teams in the NFL, but have lost 3 in a row.
The issue with the “due for a win” thought process is the opponent that San Fran is playing.
Jacksonville is a good team, that has been on a role of late.
In fact, the Jags have won 5 games in a row, and will feel hard done by to be a +3 underdog in this game.
All eyes will be on San Francisco’s Brock Purdy.
Purdy has largely struggled throughout the 3 game losing streak, and will look to get back on track here.
He should have a full complement of weapons – following the bye week Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, and the rest of the offense should be mostly healthy.
Of course, Jacksonville, will have plenty to offer against San Fran in what should be a great game.
Cleveland (5-3) @ Baltimore (7-2) 1:00 PM EST:
This game is RIPE for an upset.
We have seen all the headlines about how the Ravens are great, and have been the best team in the NFL…..
And my guess is the Cleveland Browns will have something to say about that.
The trend for Baltimore seems to be blowing out NFC teams, but AFC teams keep it much closer.
This is especially true of division opponents.
Cleveland will look to rely on it’s defense to stop the Baltimore offensive attack…..
It will be up to Deshaun Watson to score the points for the Browns offense.
The Browns come in as +6.5 underdogs, and they will be very motivated to not only cover, but win outright.
Detroit (6-2) @ Los Angeles Chargers (4-4) 4:05 PM EST:
Don’t look now but the mIgHtY Los Angeles Chargers are 4-4 baby!
For those who read my articles you will know that I get very frustrated by the Chargers.
They do not perform to the level they should given the talent at their disposal.
But, they have managed to win back to back games (before we get carried away it was against the Bears and Jets).
Now comes a real test.
The always solid Detroit Lions make the journey to Los Angeles.
The Lions come in as a -2.5 favorite and will look to halt the Chargers winning streak.
Additionally, Detroit is coming off of a bye and will look to come in refreshed and ready to go.
Whichever defensive line can play better will have the advantage in this one…..
Houston (4-4) @ Cincinnati (5-3) 1:00 PM EST:
C.J. Stroud has been a god send for the Houston Texans, and last week was further proof.
Stroud through for 5 touchdowns and a rookie-record 470 passing yards on the way to defeating the Buccaneers.
At this rate the Texans may even have an outside shot at making the playoffs, which is very hard to believe.
However, now comes a much tougher test against the surging Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals have back to back wins against the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills, so Cincy will expect to win here.
Joe Burrow and the offense has been clicking on all cylinders, which is why the Bengals are -6.5 favorites in this one.
The Bengals defense, is also quietly one of the better defense in the league.
Point being, the Texans and Stroud will have their work cut out for here.
New Orleans (5-4) @ Minnesota (5-4) 1:00 PM EST:
How both of these teams have winning records is beyond my comprehension.
I suppose it can be chalked up to being in the far weaker conference, but here we are.
The winner of this one will be two games over .500!
The Saints have been pretty meh through their first 9 games.
The offense has been okay at best, which means the defense has had to carry the way.
Meanwhile, Minnesota has been decimated by injuries to key players.
Josh Dobbs will have to throw the ball to Jordan Addison with both Kirk Cousins, and Justin Jefferson being out for this one.
New Orleans is a -3 favorite in what should be a fascinating contest between two flawed but decent teams.