After a wild first half of the season, it's clear the NFL is more unpredictable than ever, which makes picking winners a potentially stressful task. Thankfully, there are a few mismatches on the schedule in Week 10 that should be easily won by the better team.
However, not all lopsided matchups end up as expected.
It took an overtime field goal by Steven Hauschka to put the Seattle Seahawks over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 in Week 9, and this battle was fought in Seattle, where the 'Hawks haven't lost since 2011.
Here's a look at every game on the schedule in Week 10, along with predictions, followed by a closer examination of the most lopsided matchups.
|NFL Week 10 Picks|
|Washington Redskins||Minnesota Vikings||Redskins|
|Oakland Raiders||New York Giants||Raiders|
|Seattle Seahawks||Atlanta Falcons||Seahawks|
|Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||Lions|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Green Bay Packers||Packers|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Tennessee Titans||Titans|
|St. Louis Rams||Indianapolis Colts||Colts|
|Buffalo Bills||Pittsburgh Steelers||Steelers|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Baltimore Ravens||Bengals|
|Carolina Panthers||San Francisco 49ers||49ers|
|Houston Texans||Arizona Cardinals||Texans|
|Denver Broncos||San Diego Chargers||Broncos|
|Dallas Cowboys||New Orleans Saints||Saints|
|Miami Dolphins||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Dolphins|
Seattle at Atlanta
The Seattle Seahawks enter this game with a record of 8-1 as the top seed in the NFC. However, despite the team's excellent record, this team has struggled to eke out victories against bad teams two weeks in a row now.
Seattle's biggest problem the past few weeks is that teams have been able to bring heavy pressure off the edges against the Seahawks' second-string offensive tackles. Both Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini have been out with injuries, and Russell Wilson has been sacked 10 times in the past three games.
Thankfully for Seahawks fans, help is on the way.
The Atlanta Falcons don't possess the speed-rushers to take advantage of Seattle's greatest weakness right now.
For the season, Atlanta has logged just 18 total sacks, which ranks No. 24 in the league. Furthermore, the Falcons aren't particularly adept at shutting down the run, which means Seattle's offense will be able to do whatever it wants.
On the other end, the Falcons feature the league's worst rushing offense, averaging just 64.4 yards per game. Matt Ryan is playing without his two top receiving targets, which has only amplified the team's inability to run the ball, and the Falcons' once-explosive offense is now struggling to maintain mediocre standards.
Projected Score: Seahawks win 31-14.
Jacksonville at Tennessee
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't come close to winning a game this year, the nearest thing being the team's 19-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 2.
Teams beat Jacksonville by an average score of 33-11, and the Jaguars have scored six points or less three times this year, while allowing 34 or more points four times.
Jacksonville can't run the ball nor can it stop the run.
This is just what the doctor ordered for the Tennessee Titans, as this fledgling playoff contender has a shot at moving above .500 with a win at home.
Tennessee, at 4-4, is in second place by itself in the AFC South—two games behind the Indianapolis Colts. A brutal three-game stretch against Seattle, Kansas City and San Francisco—combined with the loss of Jake Locker for two of those games—put this team in a hole. A big win against the St. Louis Rams last Sunday got it back on track.
Chris Johnson awoke from his slumber in Sunday's game, exploding for 170 total yards and two touchdowns. A duplicate performance against the league's worst rushing defense will give the Titans the easy win.
Projected Score: Titans win 31-13.
Denver at San Diego
Divisional games are always tricky, but there's no doubt about Denver's massive edge over San Diego in this upcoming contest—regardless of the fact that the Broncos are on the road.
Thanks to the ever-brilliant Peyton Manning and his merry band of top-notch receivers, the Broncos average 42.9 points per game.
Those are college football numbers.
The next-best scoring offense in the league this year is Chicago, which averages 30 points per game, and the New England Patriots averaged 34.8 points per game last season to lead the league.
San Diego, meanwhile, ranks No. 15 in the league averaging 24 points per game, and the Chargers haven't scored more than 33 points in a game all year.
Games aren't played on paper, however, and trends are made to be broken. That said, Manning and his teammates have had an extra week to prepare for the Chargers.
The Broncos are not going to lose to the Chargers on Sunday in San Diego.
Predicted Score: Broncos win 45-31.
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