LOS ANGELES, November 6, 2014 — The 2014 NFL season is now half over. Now begins the stretch of separating the contenders from the pretenders. More importantly, a gap will start to develop between the good teams and the great teams. One major key to look for is teams winning games in cold weather on the road. Last week, New England defeated Denver at home. While any win matters, a road win between great teams carries far more weight. Miami can make a big statement by getting a road win against a tough Detroit team this week, while Pittsburgh should be careful of stumbling on the road against a reeling Gang Green squad desperate for a win. With that, here is the NFL 2014 Week 10 Preview and Bettor’s Guide, with point spreads provided by FootballLocks.com and all times Eastern.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-6) — Both of these teams have been up and down, but the Bengals are a far better team at home. Cleveland has a defense, but on the national stage in the Jungle the Bengals should win easily. Bengals cover
Sunday, November 9, 1:00 p.m.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys (-6.5) in London — Dallas has lost two straight, but Tony Romo is expected to return. The Jaguars are a mess. Cowboys cover
Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions (-3) — Miami is much improved in recent weeks, and the Dolphins played inspired football for grieving coach Joe Philbin. This week, the Fins face a tough test. The Lions have a tenacious defense, which should be enough at home. Lions cover
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (-2) — Kyle Orton has injected life into the Bills, but going into Arrowhead and asking them to get a win is too much to ask. Chiefs cover
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (-5) — The Saints click on all offensive cylinders at home. The 49ers fumbled away the game last week in a shocking home loss to the Rams. San Francisco has enough defense to make this close. Saints win, but fail to cover
Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens (-9.5) — The Titans are terrible. The Ravens lost badly on the road last week, but have far superior talent. The Baltimore defense should tee off on the rookie Tennessee quarterback. Ravens cover
Pittsburgh Steelers (-5) at New York Jets — Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 12 touchdown passes and zero interceptions in the last two weeks. The Jets have lost eight straight games. In the past the Jets have turned it around for Rex Ryan but this year the roof caved in. Steelers win, but fail to cover
Atlanta Falcons (-1.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — This could turn out to be the Stupor Bowl. This one could go either way, but if it comes down to a mistake at the end, expect it to be the Buccaneers who make the critical blunder. Falcons cover
Denver Broncos (-11.5) at Oakland Raiders – The Raiders are the only winless team, but they have been very competitive in recent weeks. At home, a garbage touchdown could be just enough to make the score look closer than the actual game. Broncos win, but fail to cover
St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals (-7) — The Rams have a defense that produced eight sacks last week against San Francisco. Arizona has an explosive offense, but the Rams may do just enough to keep it close. Cardinals win, but fail to cover
New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks (-9) — The Giants looked miserable in getting blown out at home on Monday Night Football. Eli Manning will throw touchdown passes, but to which team is a mystery. Seahawks cover
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5) — The Bears are reeling and the Packers are rolling. The Packers are the far better team. At home, this game should provide zero surprises as Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers both throw passes to players on the Packers. Packers cover
Monday, November 10, 8:30 p.m.
Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles (-6) — Mark Sanchez filled in when Nick Foles got injured and played well. Now Sanchez has to carry the team. Being at home against an underachieving Carolina team should be good for his confidence. Eagles win but fail to cover