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Nov. 8, 2014

NFL Week Ten Predictions

by Samuel Popper, Sports Editor, Agam Mittal, Technical Staff, Robert Pfefferle, Online Sports Editor and Sasha Tidwell, Staff writer
Standings:

1. Sam: 88-46
2. Sasha: 84-50
3. Bobby: 82-52
4. Agam: 76-58

The Standings are tight, will Sam stay in front in the predictions or will someone come from behind and grab the lead? Only time will tell. Here are the expert's picks for week ten.

Browns at Bengals
Sam: Browns
Bobby: Browns
Sasha: Browns
Agam: Browns

Sam says: The Browns have been playing well all season, I like their running game to help them beat the Bengals.
Bobby says: The Bengals defense has utterly collapsed, and Brian Hoyer will take advantage of it.
Sasha says: The Bengals are falling apart and the Browns are coming off two straight wins. Look for them to take down the Bengals with ease.
Agam says:

Chiefs at Bills
Sam: Bills
Bobby: Chiefs
Sasha: Chiefs
Agam: Chiefs

Sam says: The Bills rushing defense is one of the best in football and I like the Bills secondary against the Chiefs receivers. Iíll take the Bills in a home upset.
Bobby says: The Bills have been a nice surprise team so far this season, but this matchup is not in their favor.
Sasha says: The Chiefs will pull this one out on the road in a showdown of two top NFL defenses.
Agam says: This is a matchup between two of the top defenses in the NFL, but the Chiefs have won 5 of their last 6 thanks to NFL-sack leader Justin Houston whoís on pace to break the single season sack record.

Dolphins at Lions
Sam: Lions
Bobby: Dolphins
Sasha: Lions
Agam: Lions

Sam says: At home and with Megatron back, I like the Lions to beat the surprising Dolphins.
Bobby says: After an absolute blowout of the Chargers last week, the Dolphins are swimming. Meanwhile, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush are coming off injuries, which means they will have some cobwebs to shake off.
Sasha says: The Dolphins have been playing better than expected this season but the Lions will take them down as the Stafford-Megatron duo is back and ready to do some damage.
Agam says: The Lions get Megatron and dynamic RB Reggie Bush back this week, and even though Miami has played well as of recently, the Lions offense can take over the game if Stafford plays well.

Cowboys at Jaguars
Sam: Cowboys
Bobby: Cowboys
Sasha: Cowboys
Agam: Cowboys

Sam says: If the Jaguars want to win this game, they must run the ball effectively and control the clock. I just donít see them doing that.
Bobby says: The Cowboys are one of the best teams in football, and this is a good matchup for them to get back on track. Even if Tony Romo misses the game, Dallas shouldnít have any trouble getting by the Jags.
Sasha says: The Cowboys need to take advantage of this opportunity to get back on track. Look for Murray to tear apart this Jacksonville run defense.
Agam says: Romo is probable for this game and itís hard to see them losing to the Jags with this running game and weapons on offense, even though the Boys have lost 2 in a row.

49ers at Saints
Sam: Saints
Bobby: Saints
Sasha: Saints
Agam: Saints

Sam says: Trouble in San Francisco as Patrick Willis is looking like he wonít play. I see the Saints passing offense feasting at home.
Bobby says: It looked like the Saints were done, but now it looks as if the 49ers might be. Two teams heading in opposite directions, the Saints will keep rolling.
Sasha says: Drew brees and the Saints are coming off a two win streak and have looked much better as of late. Look for Brees to spread his targets around and find plenty of receivers in the end zone.
Agam says: The Saints are coming off two straight dominant performances against Green Bay and Carolina and theyíre at home against the 49ers, who havenít gotten the ball rolling on offense.

Titans at Ravens
Sam: Ravens
Bobby: Ravens
Sasha: Ravens
Agam: Ravens

Sam says: After the loss at Pittsburgh, I like Joe Flacco to have a great game and the Ravens defense to play great.
Bobby says: The Ravens are better than the Titans in every aspect, this should be an easy win.
Sasha says: Despite two straight losses by the Ravens, they know what they are capable of and know what they have to do to take down this weak Titans squad.
Agam says: The Titans offensive line has really been struggling but Zach Mettenberger was pretty good last week, throwing for 299 yards. That wonít change the fact that the Ravens are simply the better team.

Steelers at Jets
Sam: Steelers
Bobby: Steelers
Sasha: Steelers
Agam: Steelers

Sam says: Iím not counting out Michael Vick, Iím just counting out the team around him.
Bobby says: Big Ben is hotter than ever, and after blowing out the Ravens on national television, Antonio Brown and LeíVeon Bell should run right through the Jets defense.
Sasha says: The Jets wonít be able to beat this hot Pittsburgh offense.
Agam says: Ben Roethlisberger has been amazing and the Jets have no secondary. This doesn't bode well for Vick and Gang Green.

Falcons at Buccaneers
Sam: Falcons
Bobby: Falcons
Sasha: Falcons
Agam: Falcons

Sam says: The Falcons are a much better team than their record states, this is a must-win game for them and I expect them to deliver.
Bobby says: Matt Ryan has not looked good as of late, but this is a good matchup for him to reconnect with Julio Jones and the endzone.
Sasha says: Matt Ryan and the Falcons will pull this win out with ease on the road. The Buccaneers are one of the worst teams in football with only one win so far this season.
Agam says: This is a matchup between two of the bad teams in the NFC South, neither of which plays any defense. The story line in this one will be the debut of 3rd round pick Charles Sims, which I think the Falcons will spoil with Julio Jones back at 100%.

Broncos at Raiders
Sam: Broncos
Bobby: Broncos
Sasha: Broncos
Agam: Broncos

Sam says: This one should be a nice big blowout.
Bobby says: The Raiders better get ready, as the Broncos are going to take out their frustration on Oakland following last weekís lost to the Patriots.
Sasha says: Manning should feast on this Raiders D.
Agam says: The Raiders might be the best winless team in the NFL, but they stand no chance against the Broncos.

Rams at Cardinals
Sam: Cardinals
Bobby: Cardinals
Sasha: Cardinals
Agam: Cardinals

Sam says: The Rams just keep getting surprising wins, including against the Seahawks and 49ers. I just canít see them sneaking out with one more this week.
Bobby says: The Cardinals might be the best team in the NFL. While the Rams have beaten the Seahawks and the 49ers, they really are not very good. Andre Ellington will look to run all day.
Sasha says: The Cardinals have proved they are one of the top teams in football. They look to win their fifth straight game and have their eyes set on the playoffs and the superbowl.
Agam says: The Cardinals are one of the best teams in the league, even though their wins aren't pretty. Theyíll eek this one out in a close game, because they play well at home and the Rams have a mediocre offense.

Giants at Seahawks
Sam: Seahawks
Bobby: Seahawks
Sasha: Seahawks
Agam: Seahawks

Sam says: The Seahawks all of a sudden need wins to keep up with the Cardinals in the division. The Seahawks defense should pressure Eli Manning all game long.
Bobby says: The Seahawks are practically unstoppable at home, and this is a must-win game if Seattle wants to make the playoffs.
Sasha says: This is a must win for Seattle. Seattle is healthy this week and looks to pounce on this mediocre Giants squad with one of the best home field advantages in football.
Agam says: The last time the Giants faced the Legion of Boom, Eli Manning threw 5 picks and the Giants got shutout. I can see something similar happening this week.

Bears at Packers
Sam: Packers
Bobby: Packers
Sasha: Packers
Agam: Packers

Sam says: The Packers just donít lose to the Bears under Aaron Rodgers. However, if they do, it will be because Matt Forte is going up against the leagueís worst rushing defense tonight.
Bobby says: Itís hard to tell which Jay Cutler will show up to play, but it shouldn't matter. Chicagoís mediocre defense has no shot at stopping Jordy Nelson and Eddie Lacy in the backfield.
Sasha says: Chicago is coming off a crushing loss to New England before the bye week and the Bears havenít been able to beat the Packers in recent years.
Agam says: Both these teams have great running backs, great receivers, and terrible defenses. What separates them is that Aaron Rodgers is a lot better than Jay Cutler. Rodgers could have a career day against this swiss cheese secondary.

Panthers at Eagles
Sam: Eagles
Bobby: Eagles
Sasha: Panthers
Agam: Panthers

Sam says: Even though the Eagles pass defense is far below average, they make up for it by their creative blitzes that confuse opposing quarterbacks. This week, they get Cam Newton, who has struggled against the blitz throughout his NFL career.
Bobby says: Mark Sanchez is ready to make the most of his big opportunity. He looked pretty good last week against JJ Watt and the Texans. Meanwhile, the Panthers have completely fallen apart.
Sasha says: The Eagles are without their starting quarterback and defensive captain this week. The Panthers will take advantage of this.
Agam says: I think Cam Newton bounces back from a rough past few weeks and surprises the Eagles, who can be thrown on.



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