NFL Week 10 Picks: Predictions for Full Slate of Games

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NFL Week 10 Picks: Predictions for Full Slate of Games
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With all of the injuries and controversy surrounding the 2013 NFL season, it's hard to believe that it's only Week 10.

Injuries have plagued a number of teams, and even quarterbacks are no longer safe.  Names like Josh McCown, Kellen Clemens and Seneca Wallace have taken snaps under center, and the injuries seem to be getting worse every week.

Still, teams must move on.  Let's take a look at a full list of predictions for Week 10, followed by a breakdown of the top games to watch.

 

Week 10 NFL Predictions
Away Prediction Home
Washington Redskins 24-13 Minnesota Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles 17-20 Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars 10-28 Tennessee Titans
Buffalo Bills 27-20 Pittsburgh Steelers
Oakland Raiders 13-21 New York Giants
St. Louis Rams 17-28 Indianapolis Colts
Seattle Seahawks 27-21 Atlanta Falcons
Cincinnati Bengals 24-20 Baltimore Ravens
Detroit Lions 30-20 Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers 24-28 San Francisco 49ers
Houston Texans 21-20 Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos 38-27 San Diego Chargers
Dallas Cowboys 28-31 New Orleans Saints
Miami Dolphins 13-21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Predictions by Tyler Brooke

 

Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (5-3)

Date: Sunday, Nov. 10

Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

Prediction: 20-17, Packers

Can the Green Bay Packers succeed without Aaron Rodgers?

That has officially become the biggest question of Week 10, with the Packers taking on the Philadelphia Eagles.  Seneca Wallace will be the starting quarterback for Green Bay, and he did not play well against the Chicago Bears, going 11-for-19 with 114 yards and an interception.

Now, Wallace will have a full week of practice with the first team, along with one of the best running games in the league behind him.  As a team, with Packers average 148.6 yards on the ground per game, the second-most in the NFL.

Eddie Lacy has been a big reason for that, making a big case for the Rookie of the Year award.  He's run for 596 yards and four touchdowns this season, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.  

The defense for the Packers did not look the same in Week 9, giving up 27 points to an offense led by none other than Josh McCown.  Players on both sides of the ball should be coming back soon, but those questions need to be answered quickly with Rodgers out.

On the other hand, Nick Foles looks to be the guy in Philadelphia, as he's on fire right now.  Coming off of a seven-touchdown performance, the numbers for Foles are impressive.  He's thrown for 1,028 yards, 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions with a 127.4 passer rating.

However, the defense for the Eagles is certainly suspect.  They're allowing 419.3 total yards per game, the most in the league, along with giving up 25.7 points per contest.

The Packers are hurting right now, but I think that they can pull this one off.  Foles is good, but he's played some suspect teams so far.  As long as the Packers can get Lacy and James Starks going early, they should be in a position to squeak out a much-needed win.

 

Carolina Panthers (5-3) at San Francisco 49ers (6-2)

Date: Sunday, Nov. 10

Time: 4:05 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

Prediction: 28-24, 49ers

Perhaps one of the most surprising teams in the league this season has been the Carolina Panthers, who are currently 5-3 with four straight big wins.

In their past four games, the Panthers have won by a combined score of 130-48.  Cam Newton has looked like an improved quarterback, putting up a total of 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions during this win streak.  

What has made the Panthers so much better this season has been their defense.  They currently rank third in total defense and second in points allowed, averaging 299.9 total yards and 13.3 points per game.

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The San Francisco 49ers have won five straight games after losing two straight to the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, eliminating any thoughts they were a team that was struggling this season.

Offensively, this team has really turned it around, scoring at least 31 points in each of its last five games.  It leads the league in rushing with 153 yards per game, and Colin Kaepernick is starting to look more like his old self from 2012.  He's also started using his legs more, running for 122 yards and three touchdowns over the past two games.

The defense is playing just as well lately, allowing just 18.1 points per game.  Even without Aldon Smith, the team has stepped up, but now that their star pass-rusher has returned to practice, there's a chance that he could play.  According to a statement from Jim Harbaugh, he's currently taking the situation day by day.

It's hard to go against the Panthers, but this is their first real test in a while.  If they can win, they will prove that they're a legitimate playoff contender, but I don't think that happens against a tough 49ers team that can beat the best of the best.

 

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: 31-28, Saints

The NFC playoff picture is starting to take shape, and there's a good chance that we see both the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys in the postseason.

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After going 8-8 each of the past two seasons, the Cowboys are on the edge of doing it again at just 5-4 to start the season.  However, they do still have the lead in the NFC East.

Tony Romo was able to lead a game-winning drive against the Minnesota Vikings and had a good game overall, throwing for 337 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  This season, he's completed 66.2 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions for a 100.0 passer rating.

The combination of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten continues to be big this season.  They've already combined for 96 receptions along with 1,210 yards and 12 touchdowns, showing that they're some of the best at their respective positions.

The defense has looked good at times, but the Cowboys are still allowing 305.2 passing yards per game.  While they've struggled recently, the good news is that DeMarcus Ware should be good to go, according to the NFL on ESPN Twitter account.

The Saints were beaten by the New York Jets last week, surprising many.  They're looking for a bounce-back game, and Drew Brees is as well.

Brees was able to throw for 382 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions in the loss.  This season, he's still been great, throwing for 2,672 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions.  Despite dealing with a foot injury, Jimmy Graham has been great as well, leading the NFL with 10 touchdown receptions.

Rob Ryan has completely turned things around defensively.  Pro Football Focus (subscription required) has the Saints ranked as the ninth-best defensive unit with a 25.7 grade after they ranked dead last in 2012 with a -93.4 grade.

This should be a closer one than people expect, but the Saints should be able to still pull out the win and keep up in the race for a first-round bye in the NFC playoff race.

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