NFL Week 10 Picks: Road Warriors Set to Crush Their Opponents

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst INovember 6, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up during pre-game warm ups prior to playing the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 3, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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There will be some teams that are road warriors in Week 10 of the NFL, and they will cream their respective opponents en route to adding another tally to their win columns.

The Philadelphia Eagles will travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers, who are dealing with a key injury that will undoubtedly affect their performance.

The Washington Redskins' struggles have been plentiful this season, but head coach Mike Shanahan's squad will look to win its second game in a row when it takes on the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night.

The Seattle Seahawks are no strangers to tight wins this season, most recently pulling out a three-point win in Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Week 10, things won't be so close for Seattle, as it heads to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.

Let's break down each of these matchups and find out why the road teams will win big.

Week 10 NFL Picks
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Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not be on the field for the Packers on Sunday, and potentially for the next three weeks, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:

More definitive scans today but initial tests showed small fracture in Aaron Rodgers' collarbone that could sideline him about three weeks.

As a result, the Packers offense will not be the same without its superstar quarterback that has led it to the No. 6 passing attack in football. At this point, it looks like backup Seneca Wallace will be taking the snaps in Week 10, which proved to be an unsuccessful approach in Week 9 against the Bears.

Wallace compiled just 114 yards through the air with one pick and zero touchdowns versus Chicago. Sure, the Packers scored two touchdowns after Rodgers departed, but that was a result of a blocked punt that resulted in a James Starks touchdown run while the other was set up by Eddie Lacy's 56-yard run that later led to a score.

Because Wallace won't be getting much respect from the Eagles, their defense can stack the box in order to stop Green Bay's second-ranked rushing game. If that happens, it's doubtful Wallace has enough talent to overcome the predictability of the offense he's running considering that he's a career backup.

Wallace has some proving to do, but until he does, it's safe to assume that the Packers will suffer many short drives with Wallace behind center. That will help tire out the Packers defense, and with the fast-paced offense that head coach Chip Kelly likes to run, Philly can wear down Green Bay over the course of the game with plenty of extra drives.

It also is worth noting that the Pack is ranked 20th against the pass this season. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is coming off the game of his life after throwing for 406 yards and seven scores against the Raiders. He also has yet to throw a pick this season.

Final Score: Eagles 34, Packers 10


Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 03:  Fullback Darrel Young #36 of the Washington Redskins celebrates with quarterback  Robert Griffin III #10 after scoring the game winning touchdown in overtime to give the Redskins a 30-24 win over the San Diego Chargers at FedE
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The Vikings had a great chance to upset the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, but in true bad-team form, they were unable to get the job done and dropped yet another contest. Meanwhile, Washington is coming off a huge win against a tough team in the San Diego Chargers.

With the Vikings' ranked 29th against the pass, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III should have no issue in moving the ball through the air. Once that's been established, running back Alfred Morris will have plenty of room to operate as Minnesota sends extra defenders into pass coverage.

On top of that, RG3's ability to move the chains with his legs will add yet another element that the Vikings defense must account for in pass protection.

If you're wondering how the 'Skins can stop the Vikes on defense, it's actually quite simple, seeing as how Washington is ranked No. 28 and No. 22 against the pass and run, respectively.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 3:  Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at  AT&T Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 27-23.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Washington doesn't have to respect the Vikings air attack with Christian Ponder at quarterback since Minnesota is 23rd in the league in passing yardage. That should help neutralize superstar running back Adrian Peterson, allowing the Redskins to bring up extra defenders since they already know what's coming.

Time of possession will be key as well and that's something Washington has been good at lately. The Redskins held the ball for more than 40 minutes in their win over the Chargers. That approach will make the Vikings' already-suspect defense tired and susceptible to big plays, thereby taking Peterson out of the game even more.

Final Score: Redskins 41, Vikings 17


Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Seahawks  defeated the Cardinal
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The Falcons' season continued its downward spiral with a Week 9 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Things aren't going to get any easier in Week 10 with the Seahawks coming to town.

Sure, the Seahawks have had problems in defending the run recently after allowing more than 400 yards rushing in their past two games, but that shouldn't be a concern this week, as the Falcons are last in the NFL in rushing.

As a result, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been forced to attempt to put his team on his back and carry it to victory. That hasn't gone well, considering Matty Ice has thrown seven picks in two straight losses for Atlanta.

Seattle's pass defense is one of the best in the business this season and is ranked No. 2. That doesn't bode well for Ryan and his receivers, who will have to deal with two huge, physical corners in Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 03:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime.  (Photo by
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The Falcons defense can't stop a nosebleed in 2013-14. The Seahawks have the option of torching it by either the pass or the run, or both. Seattle's bread and butter has been its ground attack, headed by Marshawn Lynch, so expect the Seahawks to feed him early and often in order to make things easier for sophomore quarterback, Russell Wilson.

Although the passing game is the Falcons' strength, Seattle has that covered without a problem, and there is simply no way for the Falcons to be successful and win this game.

Final Score: Seahawks 30, Falcons 13


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