NFL Picks Week 10: Predicting Potential Postseason Previews

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NFL Picks Week 10: Predicting Potential Postseason Previews
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The 2013 NFL regular season is reaching its final stretch. Postseason contenders are emerging, the pretenders are being exposed and the favorites are beginning to show their true colors.

The question is, what will happen when postseason contenders meet in Week 10?

NFL Week 10 Predictions
Date Road Team Prediction Home Team Odds (via Bovada)
Thursday, Nov. 7 Washington Redskins (27) 31-23 Minnesota Vikings (34) N/A
Sunday, Nov. 10 Seattle Seahawks 28-17 Atlanta Falcons Seahawks (-6)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Detroit Lions 27-31 Chicago Bears Even
Sunday, Nov. 10 Cincinnati Bengals 27-20 Baltimore Ravens Bengals (-1)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Philadelphia Eagles 28-23 Green Bay Packers Packers (-1)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars 13-24 Tennessee Titans Titans (-13)
Sunday, Nov. 10 St. Louis Rams 14-27 Indianapolis Colts Colts (-10)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Oakland Raiders 24-28 New York Giants Giants (-7.5)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Buffalo Bills 20-21 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers (-3)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Carolina Panthers 16-21 San Francisco 49ers 49ers (-6)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Houston Texans 20-23 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals (-3)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Denver Broncos 35-27 San Diego Chargers Broncos (-7)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Dallas Cowboys 35-42 New Orleans Saints Saints (-7)
Monday, Nov. 11 Miami Dolphins 24-16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dolphins (-3)

Week 9: 6-7, Season: 75-44

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

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Date: Sunday, Nov. 10

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

Prediction: 31-27, Bears

The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions are both 5-3. Along with the Green Bay Packers, that has created a three-team tie atop the NFC North. The winner in Week 10 will have the opportunity to earn an outright lead in the division if Green Bay loses, but that doesn't mean they won't meet again.

Just as the Packers and Minnesota Vikings did in 2012, the Lions and Bears could meet in the playoffs.

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The Lions escaped with a 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys during Week 8, using a last-second touchdown run by Matthew Stafford to win. It was a sign of resiliency that Detroit hadn't displayed in years past, and it offered reason for intrigue as the season progresses.

In Week 10, it'll look to win at Soldier Field for the first time since 2007.

The Bears secured a stunning 27-20 win over the Packers during Week 9. In Week 10, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports that Jay Cutler will make his long-awaited return to game action.

This one comes down to Cutler's return lifting the Bears to a huge late-game victory.

Detroit isn't going to go down without a fight, but Cutler's return should inspire the Bears at home. Fresh off of an improbable road win over the Packers, Chicago has every reason to be encouraged as it faces Detroit for the second time.

Keep in mind, Detroit hasn't swept Chicago since 2007.

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

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Date: Sunday, Nov. 10

Time: 4:05 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

Prediction: 21-16, 49ers

The most pleasant surprise in the NFC has been the Carolina Panthers, who sit at 5-3 entering Week 10. After starting slow, the San Francisco 49ers have recovered to win five consecutive games and move to 6-2 on the season.

In Week 10, the two sides will meet in a potential postseason preview.

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The Panthers currently rank No. 2 in scoring defense and No. 3 in total defense, dominating with a physical and athletic front seven. Offensively, Carolina is led by a more mature and responsible Cam Newton, who is taking care of the football, making plays when necessary and trusting a dominant running game.

With four straight victories, the Panthers will look to reach 6-3 with their biggest win yet.

The 49ers offense hasn't been balanced, ranking No. 1 in rushing yards per game and No. 32 in passing yards per contest. Fortunately, the ground-and-pound attack has been dominant enough for San Francisco's offense to complement its dominant defense.

In the end, this one will come down to the home-field advantage.

San Francisco is 16-3-1 at home since 2011. The Panthers are 3-1 on the road in 2013, but even with its superior quarterback play, Carolina will fall short at Candlestick Park.

It'll be a defensive battle, but San Francisco will hold down its home field.

Dallas Cowboys (5-4) at New Orleans Saints (6-2)

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Date: Sunday, Nov. 10

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET


Prediction: 42-35, Saints

The Dallas Cowboys currently own a record of 5-4, achieving a one-game advantage in the NFC East. The New Orleans Saints are 6-2 but have seen their lead in the NFC South go from a wide margin to just one game over the Panthers.

Both teams need this win.

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The Cowboys have the tiebreak advantage over the Philadelphia Eagles, but that doesn't make this game anything less than a must-win. Tony Romo and company have lost three games by three points or less and blew a fourth-quarter lead in their other defeat.

Closing out a 27-23 Week 9 win over the Minnesota Vikings helps to build confidence, but going on the road to face the Saints is a different animal.

New Orleans started the year at 5-0 but has since lost two of its past three games due to horrendous late-game play-calling. After prematurely celebrating during a 30-27 road loss to the New England Patriots, the Saints allowed 17 straight points in a 26-20 away defeat to the New York Jets.

In the end, New Orleans is still a dominant home squad, and that's the deciding factor.

The Saints are 4-0 at home in 2013 and 12-0 at the Super Dome under Sean Payton since 2011. The Cowboys are more than capable of matching the Saints on offense, but this one will come down to which team can make late defensive stops in a high-scoring affair.

The Saints will step up and secure yet another home victory.

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