NFL Predictions Week 10: Underdogs Sure to Surprise Sunday

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to throw as defensive tackle Pat Sims #90 of the the Oakland Raiders rushes him in the second quarter on November 3, 2013 at Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Eagles won 49-20.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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As we quickly approach another NFL Sunday, the injury bug is taking on a life of its own. Division races are heating up, but it seems like whichever teams can stay relatively healthy heading into the stretch run will be in the best position to reach the postseason.

With so many injuries in critical Week 10 games, there are bound to be some upsets that take place. Read on to find picks for every game and detailed previews for three underdog victories that are bound to happen. Lines are courtesy of Vegas Insider.


Philadelphia Eagles (+1 at Green Bay Packers)

In what will be a battle of backup quarterbacks, the Philadelphia Eagles will pour salt in the wounds of the currently beleaguered Green Bay Packers roster.

Seneca Wallace will fill in for Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a fractured left collarbone in Monday night’s loss to the archrival Bears. Wallace never appeared comfortable against Chicago’s pass rush and only threw for 114 yards in the loss.

Look for the Eagles to copy the Bears’ formula and pressure Wallace for much of the game. Philadelphia’s defense gives up an alarming 419 yards per contest, but with no Rodgers or Randall Cobb, this is not the Packers offense we expected to see at the beginning of the season.

Furthermore, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is coming off a record-setting seven-touchdown day and gets to throw against a defense that career-backup Josh McCown carved up Monday. The Eagles will roll in this one.


Buffalo Bills (+3 at Pittsburgh Steelers)

While the Packers and Eagles will be replacing Rodgers and Michael Vick respectively, the Buffalo Bills will welcome back rookie signal caller EJ Manuel against the Steelers.

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 3: Quarterback EJ Manuel #3 of the Buffalo Bills passes during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Once-proud Pittsburgh has lost 11 of its last 15 dating back to last season and gave up 432 yards passing and four touchdowns to Tom Brady last week. Yes, it is Brady we are talking about, but the Patriots quarterback has not looked like himself for much of the year, meaning Manuel may be coming back against a vulnerable secondary.

Manuel will provide stability to the quarterback spot, but it is Buffalo’s ground game that should win this one. The Bills rank seventh in the NFL in rushing yards per game (145.8), and both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson should find space against a Steelers defense that has struggled to stop the run at times.


Houston Texans (+3 at Arizona Cardinals)

Considering preseason expectations, perhaps no team has been more disappointing this season than the Houston Texans, but that negative momentum will turn around (albeit briefly) Sunday at Arizona.

The main reason the Texans will come away with the win is their go-to man Andre Johnson. He lit up the Colts last week for 229 yards and three touchdowns and should do much of the same against a Cardinals defense that allows 254 yards passing a game. Look for him and Case Keenum to continue their connection.

Plus, the Cardinals are still relying on Carson Palmer, who has completed more passes to the other team than he has for touchdowns this season.


Week 10 Spread Picks
Road TeamHome TeamSpreadPick
Detroit LionsChicago BearsCHI -1CHI
Jacksonville JaguarsTennessee TitansTEN -13TEN
Seattle SeahawksAtlanta FalconsSEA -5.5SEA
St. Louis RamsIndianapolis ColtsIND -9.5STL
Oakland RaidersNew York GiantsNYG -7NYG
Cincinnati BengalsBaltimore RavensCIN -1.5CIN
Carolina PanthersSan FranciscoSF -6SF
Denver BroncosSan Diego ChargersDEN -7DEN
Dallas CowboysNew Orleans SaintsNO -6.5NO
Miami DolphinsTampa Bay BuccaneersMIA -2.5TB
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