After Week 10 of the 2013 NFL regular season kicked off Thursday night with the battle between the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins, the focus has now shifted to the bulk of the schedule and which games have the most predictable outcomes.
Those bettors trying to make a wager on this week’s slate of games will be looking for the biggest locks, and each of the following matchups will provide that guaranteed win.
*All stats via NFL.com.
|Home Team||Away Team||Predicted Winner|
|Atlanta Falcons||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||Lions|
|Green Bay Packers||Philadelphia Eagles||Eagles|
|Tennessee Titans||Jacksonville Jaguars||Titans|
|Indianapolis Colts||St. Louis Rams||Colts|
|New York Giants||Oakland Raiders||Giants|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Buffalo Bills||Bills|
|Baltimore Ravens||Cincinnati Bengals||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|
Donald Wood's Predictions
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
The Seattle Seahawks may be on the road this week (traveling to the Georgia Dome), but the lackluster performance from the Atlanta Falcons this season will result in a lopsided loss for the home team.
As well as Seattle has played this season (8-1 and sitting in first in the NFC West), Sunday’s loss will be due to Atlanta’s struggle to find any rhythm on either side of the football with injuries taking a serious toll.
With just 23 points over the last two weeks, the Falcons have missed wide receivers Julio Jones (out for the season) and Roddy White (missed two games with ankle and hamstring injuries), and the lack of a consistent rushing attack hasn’t made the situation better.
Add in the Seahawks' second-ranked pass defense bringing down the hammer, and this game has the potential to be the biggest blowout of the weekend.
Predicted Final Score: Seattle 44, Atlanta 17
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers were involved in a fierce battle against the Washington Redskins last week, and the tough loss has set the stage for the rested Denver Broncos—coming off a bye—to dominate their division foe.
The same Redskins team that beat San Diego last week was utterly dismantled by the Broncos in Week 8. Led by the elite play of quarterback Peyton Manning, there is no doubt that the Chargers’ 27th-ranked pass defense (allowing 275.4 yards per game) will fail as well on Sunday.
Denver owns the top-ranked pass offense in the league with an average of 358.5 passing yards per game. As well as Philip Rivers and the fourth-ranked San Diego air attack has played, it won’t be enough to stop the Broncos.
Predicted Final Score: Denver 33, San Diego 23
St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts have not been perfect in 2013, but with the ability to squeeze out tight victories against even the toughest competition, there is little doubt that the team will take advantage of the struggling St. Louis Rams.
St. Louis has lost three straight games heading into Week 10 and has a Week 11 bye on its mind. With the young Rams team limping into a much-needed off week, Indianapolis will have ample opportunities to impose its will on the road team.
After putting up 39 points on the Broncos and hanging 27 on the Houston Texans last week, it is clear that the offense, led by second-year star Andrew Luck, is much more dangerous with Trent Richardson running out of the backfield.
Expect the balanced Indianapolis offense to control the clock and dominate the game.
Predicted Final Score: Indianapolis 33, St. Louis 13