The Green Bay Packers’ losing streak will continue at Chicago in Week 10.
We’re entering a crucial period on the NFL calendar for a number of teams. For those sitting at 4-4 and 3-5, the margin for error is small.
The Packers and Bears are good examples. They meet at Soldier Field in Week 10.
Who wins and loses this week? Here’s my picks.
Green Bay (4-4) at Chicago (3-5)
It’s difficult to see the Packers winning many games at the moment. Brett Hundley is struggling. The defense can’t get off the field. Hundley now faces a daunting task against the league’s No. 11 passing defense.
Seattle (5-3) at Arizona (4-4)
Seattle suffered a setback at home to Washington last week, but expect it to get back on track against an Arizona team not as good as its record suggests.
Cleveland (0-8) at Detroit (4-4)
The Lions snapped a three-game losing streak with a convincing win at Lambeau last week, and they continue to build momentum at home against the winless Browns.
Pittsburgh (6-2) at Indianapolis (3-6)
Pittsburgh’s No. 2 passing defense should have no trouble putting a cap on Indianapolis’ production. The Steelers are simply too talented on the other side of the ball, too. The Colts are allowing just under 114 yards on the ground per game. Expect Le’Veon Bell to go over that on his own.
LA Chargers (3-5) at Jacksonville (5-3)
The Chargers need to pull out a win from somewhere to keep their season alive, but it won’t be easy against an elite defense like Jacksonville’s. Los Angeles is No. 31 against the run, which doesn’t bode well against rookie sensation Leonard Fournette. The Jaguars have only allowed four passing touchdowns all season. This is a bad matchup for the Chargers.
New Orleans (6-2) at Buffalo (5-3)
New Orleans has won six straight, and I expect that run to continue in Week 10. The Bills have looked good in spells this season, but the Saints’ offense will overwhelm them.
Pick: New Orleans
NY Jets (4-5) at Tampa Bay (2-6)
Pick: NY Jets
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Minnesota (6-2) at Washington (4-4)
This should be an interesting one. Minnesota continues to find ways to win with its defense and ground game. Fresh off the bye, I expect the Vikings to pull off an impressive road win.
Cincinnati (3-5) at Tennessee (5-3)
Marcus Mariota is healthy, as is rookie receiver Corey Davis. Cincinnati has been good defending the pass, but the same can’t be said against the run. The Titans have the offense to wear down the Bengals, and at home they get it done.
Houston (3-5) at LA Rams (6-2)
The Texans are reeling without Deshaun Watson, and the red-hot Rams will have no trouble winning for a seventh time in 2017.
Pick: LA Rams
Dallas (5-3) at Atlanta (4-4)
With or without Ezekiel Elliott up against them, I see this is as a good chance for the Falcons to get right. They’re at home and should be able to move the ball through the air. They should have won last week in Carolina, but get it right this time.
NY Giants (1-7) at San Francisco (0-9)
These two teams are a combined 1-16 this season. This should be fun.
Pick: NY Giants
New England (6-2) at Denver (3-5)
Denver’s slide continues. Its offense is a real problem, and even against a below-par New England defense, there’s only one winner in this game.
Pick: New England
Miami (4-4) at Carolina (6-3)
The Panthers need to keep pace with the red-hot Saints, and they should do exactly that at home to the Dolphins.
Last week: 9-3