Everyone loves an underdog.
That's especially the case in Week 10, when several supposed underdogs against better opposition have a strong chance of covering favorable lines or winning outright.
The following is a look at predictions against the spread for every game, followed by a look at three underdogs bettors should count on to cover for a variety of in-depth factors.
|Away Team||Home Team||Line||Prediction (ATS)|
|Oakland Raiders||New York Giants||NYG -7||Raiders|
|Seattle Seahawks||Atlanta Falcons||SEA -5.5||Seahawks|
|Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||PK||Detroit|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Green Bay Packers||GB -1||Philadelphia|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Tennessee Titans||TEN -13||Titans|
|St. Louis Rams||Indianapolis Colts||IND -9.5||Colts|
|Buffalo Bills||Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT -3||Bills|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Baltimore Ravens||CIN -1.5||Bengals|
|Carolina Panthers||San Francisco 49ers||SF -6||Carolina|
|Houston Texans||Arizona Cardinals||ARZ -3 EV||Texans|
|Denver Broncos||San Diego Chargers||DEN -7||Broncos|
|Dallas Cowboys||New Orleans Saints||NO -6.5||Cowboys|
|Miami Dolphins||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||MIA -2.5||Dolphins|
Odds courtesy of Vegas Insider
Oakland Raiders (+7) vs. New York Giants
It was just a week ago the Oakland Raiders allowed Philadelphia's Nick Foles to go off for seven touchdowns, but as strange as it sounds, don't expect the same from New York's Eli Manning.
Manning has been a liability more than anything this season with his 10 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and he's thrown multiple picks in half of his starts.
The New York defense ranks well against the run and is average against the pass, but struggles with quarterbacks who have dual-threat capabilities. The perfect example is Week 3 against Carolina when Cam Newton went for 268 total yards and four touchdowns in a 38-0 rout.
Pryor leads the NFL in rushes of 20 or more yards and is efficient enough through the air to do damage and keep Manning off the field. Expect Oakland to keep it close.
Philadelphia Eagles (+1) vs. Green Bay Packers
Again—Nick Foles threw seven touchdowns last week. Hooray. When Foles is on, he's on.
When Foles is off, he goes 11-of-29 for 89 yards like he did against Dallas in Week 7.
Regardless, Foles does not need to do it all on his own against Green Bay. The Packers will be without starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers courtesy of a broken collarbone, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
#Packers are putting Aaron Rodgers timeline for recovery from broken clavicle at 4-6 weeks, but believe it’ll be closer to 4, per sources.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 6, 2013
As a result, Green Bay will be forced into a read-option attack on the ground, which plays right into the Eagles' hands because the unit only allows about 112 yards per game.
Rookie back Eddie Lacy has been impressive with his 596 yards and four scores, but without Rodgers in the game to keep the defense honest, he'll have little room, option play or not.
With Foles somewhere between his two aforementioned extremes against the No. 20 ranked pass defense, Philadelphia has more than enough firepower to overcome the Packers at Lambeau Field in a close one.
Carolina Panthers (+6) vs. San Francisco 49ers
We'll let ESPN do the legwork here:
Cam Newton has been ON FIRE in his last 3 games: 8 total touchdowns (6 pass, 2 run) 0 INT @Panthers: 3-0— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 3, 2013
Of course, San Francisco is on a roll of its own coming out of the bye on a five-game winning streak, but the 49ers have not had to deal with a defense remotely close to the elite Carolina unit since a 29-3 beatdown at the hands of Seattle in Week 2.
Newton is playing out of his mind, but it's a No. 3 overall ranked defense the 49ers must truly worry about.
San Francisco relies on the league's No. 1 rushing attack, but Carolina allows just 79 yards per game as the No. 2 unit and has held star backs such as Marshawn Lynch (43 yards) and Adrian Peterson (62 yards) in check.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has thrown for over 200 yards just two times this year. With his running game bottled up, Kaepernick will be exposed through the air as Carolina rolls.