It’s a bit of a slim schedule for NFL Week 10 as six teams are on a bye, but there are still plenty of big opportunities for upsets around the league.
From a strength-versus-strength matchup in the Windy City to an epic prime-time Monday night NFC West showdown, we’re picking six favorites on upset alert in NFL Week 10.
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears (-2.5)
The Lions are playing some really great football on the offensive side of late, led by Matthew Stafford, who is throwing darts all over the field. In the last three games, he’s passed for 1,112 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. It’s going to be fascinating to see if he can continue to stay red hot against Chicago’s dominant defense.
Even if Stafford does cool off a bit, the reason we’re high on Detroit pulling off the upset in Chicago is that the Bears are in a rancid pit of despair on offense. Third-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky has taken steps in the wrong direction this year and is downright unwatchable more often than not. The Lions should be able to take advantage of his shortcomings and pull out a huge win.
Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns (-2.5)
Speaking of offenses that can’t seem to find any mojo, the Browns feature a quarterback who can’t stop turning the ball over and who is turning one of the best receivers in the game into nothing more than a spectator in key situations.
Truly, it’s stunning that Cleveland is favored to win this game. The Buffalo Bills are running the ball well, have a defense that can absolutely shut opposing offenses down and have lost just two games in the first half of the season. We expect Josh Allen to find a way when it matters most. And that’s something we can’t say about Baker Mayfield these days.
New York Giants (-3) vs. New York Jets
The Giants are banged up. Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and center Jon Halapio are all out, and tackle Mike Remmers will likely miss this game, too. This is a team that’s been spiraling down the drain since Daniel Jones’ first two big starts, having lost five in a row. Defensively, the G-Men are allowing nearly 32 points per game during this skid. Not much is working right for this team.
The same can be said for the Jets, who have a solitary mark in the win column this season. Le’Veon Bell is likely going to play, though, and tight end Herndon is finally getting healthy as well. Sam Darnold has plenty of talent. Hopefully the light comes back on soon. If it does this Sunday, the Jets could win, and win big.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4.5)
The Cardinals are one of the more entertaining teams sporting a losing record these days. They gave the undefeated San …read more