NFL Week 10: Thursday Night Football, Top Matchups, Spreads and Predictions

Brandon RibakSenior Writer INovember 9, 2010

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Bills lead the Ravens at the half 24-20. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Week 10 of the NFL betting season kicks off a few days earlier for football fans this week, especially for Ravens and Falcons enthusiasts.


Baltimore Ravens (6-2) vs Atlanta Falcons (6-2)

Analysis: The leaders of the AFC North and NFC South butt heads this week in what is anticipated to be an exciting Thursday night matchup.

The Ravens enter this duel coming off a home victory against the Miami Dolphins, who came into the game undefeated on the road. 

Baltimore is currently 2-2 on the road this season while Atlanta holds an undefeated 4-0 record at the Georgia Dome. 

The Falcons rank fifth in the league in total yards per game (370.1) and sixth in rushing yards per game (136.5). 

QB Matt Ryan has thrown just two interceptions throughout his last four games, while averaging just under 243 passing yards per game.

Spread: This matchup provides the Ravens with one point on Thursday night.

Sportsbook Prediction: The outcome of this game will depend upon who comes out firing first. The Falcons undefeated home record is pushing me towards selected them, so that's my pick for this battle.


New England Patriots (6-2) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)

Analysis: The Patriots are coming off of a disappointing (beatdown) loss to the Cleveland Browns. 

New England will have to shake off last week's performance if they plan to snatch a win during Week 10 against the Steelers.

Tom Brady and Co. rank second in the league in points scored per game (27.4) and will need to score as many points as possible this week.

The Steelers are coming off of a nail-biting victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and hold a 2-1 record at home while the Patriots enter the game with a 2-2 record on the road.

Spread: As of right now the NFL odds is currently giving the Patriots four points.

Prediction: The Steelers are looking strong after last week's performance and should be able to grab their seventh victory of the season by more than four points during this matchup.


Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) vs Washington Redskins (4-4)

Analysis: The Eagles and Redskins face off for the second time this season. 

QB Michael Vick is back in action and is coming off of a confidence-boosting win over the Colts.

The dual-threat quarterback threw for 218 yards and one touchdown on 17-of-29 passing and rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Excluding Vick's previous performance against the Redskins (in which he left early due to injury), the Eagles hold a 3-1 record when Vick is the starter.

Spread: Philly is giving Washington three points during this Monday night matchup.

Prediction: As long as Vick is on the field, the Eagles should have no problem winning this game by more than three points.