NFL Week 10 Picks: Predicting Most High-Stakes Matchups

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NFL Week 10 Picks: Predicting Most High-Stakes Matchups
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Week 10 of the 2013 NFL regular season is set to commence on Thursday, Nov. 7. The Washington Redskins will travel to face the Minnesota Vikings in a battle between struggling teams that made the postseason in 2012.

Which teams will prevail in the most high-stakes matchups?

NFL Week 10 Predictions
Date Road Team Prediction Home Team
Thursday, Nov. 7 Washington Redskins 31-23 Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, Nov. 10 Seattle Seahawks 28-17 Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, Nov. 10 Detroit Lions 27-31 Chicago Bears
Sunday, Nov. 10 Cincinnati Bengals 27-20 Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Nov. 10 Philadelphia Eagles 28-37 Green Bay Packers
Sunday, Nov. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars 13-24 Tennessee Titans
Sunday, Nov. 10 St. Louis Rams 14-27 Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, Nov. 10 Oakland Raiders 24-28 New York Giants
Sunday, Nov. 10 Buffalo Bills 20-21 Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, Nov. 10 Carolina Panthers 16-21 San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, Nov. 10 Houston Texans 20-23 Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, Nov. 10 Denver Broncos 35-27 San Diego Chargers
Sunday, Nov. 10 Dallas Cowboys 35-42 New Orleans Saints
Monday, Nov. 11 Miami Dolphins 24-16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 9: 6-6, Season: 75-42

 

Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) at Baltimore Ravens (3-5)

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Date: Sunday, Nov. 10

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Prediction: 27-20, Bengals

In many ways, this could be something of an elimination game. The Cincinnati Bengals lead the NFC North at 6-3, while the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are 3-5 with few signs of hope.

If Cincinnati wins, it'll own a 3.5-game advantage over the Ravens. If Baltimore wins, it'll pull to within 1.5 games of the lead.

Which team will win?

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The Bengals are in a dangerous place right now, as two of their top three players have been lost for the season. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins suffered a torn ACL during Week 9, per Josh Alper of NBC Sports, and cornerback Leon Hall is on the injured reserve list with a torn Achilles tendon, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.

Cincinnati still has offensive firepower, but losing two of its best three players is a devastating blow to the defense.

The Ravens have been searching for answers since the beginning of the season, and it all ties back to failing to replace lost stars. The defense has played well at times, but the offense has been lost since the team gave up on re-signing Anquan Boldin.

Now, Baltimore will look to salvage its postseason dreams and potentially avoid a 3-7 start.

The Bengals will have trouble in the long run, but I'm a firm believer in teams responding well to devastating injuries in the short term. More times than not, a squad's emotions will overcome its losses in the first game without its star, and that's what you should expect to see here.

Cincinnati wins a gritty one on the road.

 

Detroit Lions (5-3) at Chicago Bears (5-3)

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Date: Sunday, Nov. 10

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

Prediction: 31-27, Bears

The race for the NFC North is as close as you'll find in any division across the NFL. The Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears all have the same record, and that opens the door for any team to win this title.

During Week 10, the Lions and Bears will meet in a high-stakes affair.

Which team will win?

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Detroit enters the game at 5-3 after going on bye during Week 9. The Lions defeated the Dallas Cowboys 31-30 in Week 8, and that last-minute escape has inspired hope within the Lions locker room.

With Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson on the roster, there's more than enough offensive firepower for a Super Bowl run.

The Bears are also 5-3 and will receive a major boost when they host the Lions in Week 10. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Jay Cutler plans to start for the Bears after missing last week and the second half of a Week 8 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Josh McCown played very well in his absence, but Cutler's return is of undeniable importance.

If this game were being played on a neutral site, I'd give the win to Detroit, but Chicago is playing at Soldier Field. Having already lost to Detroit once in 2013, the Bears will rebound strong and pick up a critical win in pursuit of the division crown.

It'll be a close and highly competitive game, but Chicago will come up with a win to make the air-tight NFC North even more interesting.

 

Dallas Cowboys (5-4) at New Orleans Saints (6-2)

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Date: Sunday, Nov. 10

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: NBC

Prediction: 42-35, Saints

The Dallas Cowboys enter Week 10 at 5-4, desperately seeking a win to move to two games above .500. The New Orleans Saints are 6-2 but have lost two of their past three because of sloppy late-game play-calling.

Both teams need this win, and they can't afford to lose as they pursue their respective goals.

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The Cowboys are in control of the NFC East, but the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins are all within striking distance. Most worrisome is the fact that all three teams have put together recent victories.

A win over New Orleans would go a long way toward alleviating that pressure in a division in which no other team has a winning record.

The Saints were in full control of the NFC South but now hold a one-game advantage over the 5-3 Carolina Panthers. Furthermore, New Orleans is competing for home-field advantage in the NFC and can't afford to lose games while trailing the 8-1 Seattle Seahawks.

The pressure is on New Orleans within the division and on a conference-wide scale.

In the end, this comes down to home-field advantage and learning from past mistakes. The Cowboys are more than capable of pulling out this road upset, but the Saints are 4-0 at home and in need of a rebound victory after a dud in Week 9.

I rarely offer predictions for a scoring output of 40-plus points, but Drew Brees will outduel Tony Romo in what should be an instant classic.

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