NFL WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS
Cleveland Browns (5-3) at Baltimore Ravens (7-2) 1:00p (ET)
Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson face off in what should be a thrilling and intense matchup at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. And although much of the attention will be on these two quarterbacks, it’s probably the defenses that will decide this AFC North battle.
The Browns defense has been absolutely dominant at times this year, having allowed their opponents to score three or fewer points on three different games, including this past weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. The Ravens have been equally impressive this season, boasting the top-ranked scoring defense in the NFL at under 14 points per game.
The Cleveland Browns have been dealing with a number of injuries this year and I don't know if there's a more complete football team in the league right now than the Baltimore Ravens.
Final Score: Browns – 18, Ravens – 23
Houston Texans (4-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-3) 1:00p (ET)
The Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals meet this Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Texans notched a home win over the Buccaneers in their last game and moved to 4-4. As for the Bengals, they are currently sitting at 5-3 overall following a solid 24-18 home win versus the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football.
The Bengals have had it tough over the past three weeks, with games against the Seahawks, 49ers, and the Bills and they have found a way to win all those games. Rookie QB C.J. Stroud had an outstanding performance against Tampa Bay, and not just statistically. It was the kind of performance from a young QB that gives a franchise confidence knowing that they have found their guy for the foreseeable future.
The Bengals have definitely caught some fire lately but the Texans will give them a challenge. This game could go a lot of different ways on the scoreboard but I believe the Bengals grab their 5th consecutive victory, in a game that will be much closer than most people expect.
Final Score: Texans – 26, Bengals – 31
San Francisco 49ers (5-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (6-2) 1:00p (ET)
This should be one of the best games on the Week 10 slate, featuring two teams who are coming off of Week 9 byes. The San Francisco 49ers are on the heels of three straight losses against the Browns, Vikings, and Bengals. The Jacksonville Jaguars, on the other hand, are on a five-game winning streak and playing some great football right now.
The 49ers are struggling at the moment after looking like arguably the most dominant team in the league. Their offense seems to have run into a buzz saw of sorts, having scored just 17 points in three straight games. They're going to have to score more than that to beat Jacksonville, who has won five straight and scored more than 30 points in two of their last three. Jack-of-all-trades Deebo Samuel, who plays a vital role in this 49ers’ offense, is expected to play for the first time since October 15.
San Francisco is probably the better team on paper, but the way they have performed in their last 3 games is not encouraging. Jacksonville is in better form with 5 straight victories and their defense is playing great, which includes being now 9th in the league in scoring. I’m taking the Jaguars to win this one by a (late) field goal.
Final Score: 49ers – 24, Jaguars – 27
New Orleans Saints (5-4) at Minnesota Vikings (5-4) 1:00p (ET)
The Saints and the Vikings square off in Week 10 at U.S. Bank Stadium, in Minnesota. New Orleans comes into this game on the heels of back-to-back wins after a 24-17 win over the Bears last time out. The Vikings return home for their first game since the 22-17 victory over the 49ers in Week 7.
The Saints' offense struggled somewhat surprisingly against the Bears last Sunday and needed big plays from Taysom Hill on offense and a variety of turnovers from Bears QB Tyson Bagent to get a much-needed victory. The Vikings, on the other hand, were very impressive in Week 9. QB Joshua Dobbs, one of the most interesting stories of the 2023 season, had barely gotten to know his new teammates, barely even practiced with this team before getting on the field on Sunday afternoon and helping the Vikings score more than 30 points and grab a fourth-straight win.
The Vikings’ defensive unit has held its own lately and been a bright spot for this team. Expect Minnesota to lean on their defense versus a New Orleans’ offense still without a clear identity.
Final Score: Saints – 23, Vikings – 26
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