PHOENIX, November 9, 2017 — With the 2017 National Football League season at the midpoint, some intriguing storylines are taking place. Are the Rams for real, and can they hold off the experienced Seahawks?
Can the Vikings win the NFC North with such uncertainty at quarterback? Will Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater be their quarterback of the future? Are the Saints for real? Can anyone stop the Patriots?
Will the 49ers and Browns finally win a game? Have the Giants quit?
Will the Eagles win it all on the 25th anniversary season where they promised to “bring it home for Jerome (Brown)”? Will the Bills end the NFL’s longest playoff drought?
The answer to all of these and other burning questions is “maybe” and “we don’t know.”
The Chiefs started 5-0 and are now 6-3. The Chargers started 0-4 and are now 3-5. We love football because Any Given Sunday is more than just a great Al Pacino movie. It is every NFL Sunday.
So as we head to the second half of the season, let us enjoy a year where the National Football League is truly up for grabs.
And with that here is the National Football League 2017 Week 10 Preview and Bettor’s Guide, with point spreads provided by FootballLocks.com and all times Eastern.
National Football League – Thursday, November 9, 2017,
Seattle Seahawks (-5.5) at Arizona Cardinals — Despite a stunning home loss last week, the Seahawks have more talent. The Cardinals are old. Drew Stanton will need a lot of help, and Seattle’s defense will see Stanton does not get it. Seattle’s offense is struggling, making the spread a bit dicey. Seahawks win but fail to cover.
Sunday, November 12,
Pittsburgh Steelers (-10) at Indianapolis Colts — The Steelers are very good. The Colts are terrible. Indoors, Pittsburgh’s offense should have no problem overpowering the Colts. The spread is high, but this has mismatch written all over it. Steelers cover.
Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions (-12) — Forget the high spread. The Lions won on the road by 13 points at Green Bay. Now they are home against a winless Browns team that does not even resemble a competitive football team. Matthew Stafford could have a career day. Lions cover.
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (-4.5) Brett Hundley is not Aaron Rodgers, but the real news is that the Bears are no longer awful. Mitchell Trubisky is not being asked to do too much, and John Fox finally gets to run the ball and play defense against a wounded Green Bay squad. Bears win but fail to cover.
New York Jets (-2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — After a bizarre pregame speech of chomping on his own fingers, Jameis Winston got injured and then got in a fight. The 2-6 Buccaneers are a mess, and the Jets continue to fight hard. At 4-4, Todd Bowles has the more motivated squad. Jets cover.
Minnesota Vikings (-1.5) at Washington Redskins — Washington got a major emotional road win last week at Seattle. Minnesota has quarterback woes but a good defense. Give the Redskins the benefit of the doubt at home. Upset special, Redskins win outright.
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars (-4) — Philip Rivers can still sling the rock, but Jacksonville has a very good defense. Blake Bortles has not been asked to do too much, and that will allow him to do just enough. Jaguars win but fail to cover.
New Orleans Saints (-2.5) at Buffalo Bills — The Saints have won six straight and the Drew Brees and Sean Payton pinball offense is back. The Bills have a very good defense that has shut down other high octane offenses. The Saints are playing lights out, but the Bills know respect is earned by winning games like this. Upset special, Bills win outright.
Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans (-5) — Tennessee may not be nearly as good as its 5-3 record, but the Bengals are dysfunctional. AJ Green is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Houston Texans at Los Angeles Rams (-12) — For the plucky Texans, no DeShaun Watson means no chance. The Rams are clicking on all cylinders. Rams cover.
New York Giants (-1) at San Francisco 49ers — In 1990, these teams played two of the greatest games ever played, including the best, most brutal NFC Title Game in NFL history. Now the 49ers are winless and the Giants have won one game. The difference between the two teams in this Stupor Bowl is the Giants have quit on their coach while the 49ers have not. Upset special, 49ers win outright.
Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons (-3) — Both teams have underachieved, although the Cowboys looked impressive in a win over Kansas City. However, it looks like Ezekiel Elliott will finally be suspended. Atlanta’s offense is out of sync, but Dallas may be ready for a letdown after last week’s emotional win. Go with the home field. Falcons cover.
New England Patriots (-7.5) at Denver Broncos — Two years ago, Brock Osweiler led a miracle comeback over New England that was the difference in Denver getting home field in the AFC Title Game en route to winning it all. History will not repeat itself. Denver has lost four straight and Osweiler is a shell of himself. Tom Brady will get his revenge. Patriots win but fail to cover.
National Football League – Monday, November 13,
Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers (-9) — Carolina has the NFL’s top defense. Miami has no offense. Miami lost 40-0 a couple weeks ago to a Baltimore team with less defensive prowess than Carolina. Panthers cover.