NFL Week 10 Predictions: Selections for Full State of Games

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 8, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 03:   Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after his team scores a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Week 10 of the NFL season is underway, and there are a number of big games to watch for.

The Minnesota Vikings kicked the week off with a rather surprising victory over the Washington Redskins, scoring 20 unanswered points to win 34-27.  Robert Griffin III had a big day for the Redskins, throwing for three touchdowns and zero interceptions, but the Vikings stormed back thanks to another great performance from Adrian Peterson.

Let's take a look at the full list of predictions for Week 10 after Thursday Night Football, followed by a breakdown of the biggest games to watch for.

NFL Week 10 Predictions
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Philadelphia Eagles17-20Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars10-28Tennessee Titans
Buffalo Bills27-20Pittsburgh Steelers
Oakland Raiders13-21New York Giants
St. Louis Rams17-28Indianapolis Colts
Seattle Seahawks27-21Atlanta Falcons
Cincinnati Bengals24-20Baltimore Ravens
Detroit Lions30-20Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers24-28San Francisco 49ers
Houston Texans21-20Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos38-27San Diego Chargers
Dallas Cowboys28-31New Orleans Saints
Miami Dolphins13-21Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Predictions by Tyler Brooke

 

Detroit Lions (5-3) at Chicago Bears (5-3)

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown by Matthew Stafford #9 with Brandon Pettigrew #87 while playing the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won
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Date: Sunday, Nov. 10

Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

Prediction: 30-20, Lions

There's currently a three-way tie in the NFC North, but with Aaron Rodgers out for the Green Bay Packers, the team that wins this game will likely be in the driver's seat for the division title.

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions tries to get around the tackle of Brandon Carr #39 of the Dallas Cowboys during a fourth quarter run at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 31-30.(Photo b
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With Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson making huge plays, the Detroit Lions are starting to get a lot of hype as the new favorites to win the division.  The two are coming off of a huge game against the Dallas Cowboys, with Stafford finding Johnson 14 times for a touchdown and 329 yards, the second-most by a receiver in NFL history.

While the connection between those two players has always been there, the Lions are even more dangerous offensively thanks to Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in the backfield.  They're both very versatile backs, posting a total of 1,385 combined yards and eight touchdowns.

For the Chicago Bears, they were able to win last week against the Packers without their starting quarterback.  They'll be in even better shape this week, as it appears that Jay Cutler will be ready to play.  Head coach Marc Trestman said that Cutler looked good to go on Friday, according the the team's official Twitter account.

It hasn't been a surprise that Brandon Marshall has been great this season, but Alshon Jeffery has made a name for himself as well.  He's already posted better numbers than he had in 2012, catching 38 passes for 621 yards and three touchdowns.  Matt Forte is having another great season as well, running for 658 yards and seven touchdowns.

The last time these two played was in Week 4, when the Lions won 40-32.  Neither defense has lived up to expectations, but they have showed some signs of improvement.  I expect the Lions to win this one, because when Stafford and Johnson are hot like they are now, this team becomes one of the best in football.

 

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

The Carolina Panthers have proven that they're a legit football team over the past few weeks, but this game against the San Francisco 49ers will be a big test to see if they can be a legitimate contender in the NFC.

After starting the season with a 1-3 record, the Panthers have now won their last four games by a combined score of 130-48.  Cam Newton has stepped up big during the win streak, putting up 10 total touchdowns and just two interceptions.  In fact, the offense has been so effective this season that Pro Football Focus (subscription required) has them graded as the second-best offense in the NFL behind the Denver Broncos.

The defense has been playing just as well, simply dominating their opponents.  The Panthers have allowed just 13.3 points per game this season, the second-fewest in the NFL.  They also rank third in total defense, allowing 299.9 yards per game.

Meanwhile, the 49ers are having a great season of their own.  After losing two consecutive games to the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, the 49ers have won their last five games, scoring at least 31 points in each one.

As a team, San Francisco ranks last in passing with just 189.9 yards per game.  At the same time, they lead the league in rushing, putting up and average of 153 yards on the ground.  Frank Gore has already run for 618 yards and seven touchdowns, while Colin Kaepernick is starting to get more involved as well, running for 122 yards and three touchdowns over the past two games.

On the other side of the ball, the defense has played well lately, allowing 18.1 points and 325.1 yards per game.  Regular contributors like Justin Smith and Patrick Willis have played well, but rookie Eric Reid has done a great job replacing Dashon Goldson at safety.  

These two teams are coming into this one with some impressive win streaks, and I expect it to be a tightly contested game.  I think that the 49ers will be too much for Carolina, but the Panthers will at least prove themselves as a real playoff contender.