What’s up people, great to be back talking to you for Oddschecker. I’ve been preparing for some playoff games of my own at the moment, but we’ll talk about that later. Right now, let’s talk about Week 10 of the NFL Season and what happened just last night in Pittsburgh.
What a fun game that was! The Steelers dominated the Panthers, putting up over 50 points and looking so impressive. Their defence looks to be in great shape at the moment, with the front seven playing nasty and making it tough for Cam Newton all night.
But their offense really caught the eye. When you’ve got Big Ben, JuJu, AB and James Conner all on song, what’s not to like? No-one is going to want to come to Heinz Field any time soon.
But now let’s look at the Sunday games, and I’ll start with a traditional match-up and a rivalry that goes way back. The Bears are going to Ford Field to take on the Lions and this is a chance for Chicago to take care of business against a team that is below them on paper. Detroit gave up TEN sacks last week and you can’t expect them to keep Kahlil Mack at bay if he plays, and that looks like it is going to be the case.
Regular readers of this column will know that I tipped Chicago to make the playoffs before the season began at a big price of 9/2. There’s no reason to go against them now. They need this win to keep ahead of the Vikings in their division and I think they’ll be focused on taking care of business. I’m backing them to do a job.
Next up, the Patriots will take on the Titans and this is an interesting one, with Mike Vrabel being an ex-New England Linebacker that won multiple Super Bowls under Bill Belichick.
Although the Titans showed something on Monday Night Football to knock off the Cowboys, I just don’t think they have a good enough team right now. They racked up 28 points in that game but I think it was an anomaly, it’s the most points they have made in a game all season.
However, they do seem to hang around in games, and their defence is strong, having the eighth best defense in yards per game, and the best in the league in points allowed.
I do think the Patriots will win this game, but I expect it to be a close one.
Finally, let’s look at a game with big implications and a classic rivalry. The Eagles and Cowboys don’t like each other, and this should be a good one. The Cowboys are on a downward slide in my opinion and Dak is having some problems. Having Amari Cooper may well help and he did make a bit of a dent last week.
But Dallas on the other side isn’t blocking anybody on their offensive line, and that’s not going to help you win games. For the Eagles, Darren Sproles looked like he was going to be back but he’s hurt his hamstring again. Even so, I like the Eagles in this one, especially with the game being in Philly. I’m backing the Super Bowl champs to go to 5-4.