Week 10 started off last night with the Colts running away with it in the second half, scoring 24 unanswered points en route to a 34-17 victory. This brings them to a tie for the lead in the AFC South with 7 games left to play. These two teams meet again in two weeks in what will be a huge game to help determine the division. The rest of the slate includes 6 more games against divisional opponents. Let’s dive in to some of the top games of the week.
Seahawks at Rams
Gametime: Sunday 4:25 pm
Spread: Rams -2
Total: O/U 54.5
What to Know: The Seahawks continue with their tough stretch of their schedule in a big matchup in LA. The Rams could pull into a tie for the division lead with a win. This will be a battle of the Seahawks offense against a stifling defense that only allows 19 points per game. This will be the toughest offense they’ve played since a week 3 loss to the Bills. Can Aaron Donald disrupt Russell Wilson enough to swing things in the Rams favor. I think this may be the end of the streak for this defense as they have not allowed a passing touchdown of 20 yards or more. Wilson loves to throw the ball downfield so what happens on those plays will really determine this game.
Gambling Tip: The Seahawks are 23-10-2 against the spread as an underdog since 2012, when Russell Wilson came into the league. This is the best record in the NFL during that time.
Prediction: Seahawks 31 Rams 27
Vikings at Bears
Gametime: Monday 8:15 pm
Spread: Vikings -2.5
Total: O/U 43.5
What to Know: This game might not jump out to on paper as the Vikings sit at 3-5 while the Bears have lost 3 straight after starting the season 5-1. Matt Nagy needs to find a way to fix the offensive struggles or he might be on his way out. Helping his cause is a matchup against the Vikings, who he hasn’t lost to since becoming the coach of the Bears. Additionally, the Vikings have allowed 30 or more points in 3 of their 5 losses so Nagy is hopeful that will continue. How will the Bears defense contain Dalvin Cook. He has broke out for massive games the last two weeks, getting 206 yards 2 touchdowns last week against the Lions and 163 yards 3 touchdowns and added a receiving touchdown against the Packers. The Bears will throw a lot of loaded boxes at this offense as their defensive backfield is good enough to play on islands so it will be up to Kirk Cousins to make plays in primetime. I’m not sure if he’s up to the task.
Gambling Tip: All five NFC North matchups this season have gone over the total, continuing the trend of going 9-3 last season.
Prediction: Vikings 17, Bears 27
Bucs at Panthers
Gametime: Sunday 1:00 pm
Spread: Bucs -5.5
Total: O/U 50.5
What to Know: The Bucs got beat real bad on Sunday night so this is really just one to watch to see how they rebound and if all of the pieces are able to fit together. They have so many weapons but could not get anything going against the Saints. The defense should fair better against this Panthers team. They got after Teddy Bridgewater the last time the played, totaling 5 sacks. Bridgewater was never able to get into a rhythm and he’ll once again be without his star running back, Christian McCaffrey, to help him out if he needs to get rid of the ball quick. I think Brady is going to take out his frustrations from last week out on this struggling Panthers team and put up a big performance.
Gambling Tip: Tom Brady is 7-1 in his career following a 20 point loss.
Prediction: Bucs 38 Panthers 21
Quick Predictions for the Rest of the League
Texans 27 Browns 24
Football Team 13 Lions 24
Jaguars 10 Packers 31
Eagles 30 Giants 24
Broncos 14 Raiders 27
Chargers 20 Dolphins 17
Bills 31 Cardinals 28
Bengals 6 Steelers 24
49ers 19 Saints 27
Ravens 34 Patriots 17