Week 10 Matchup Predictions
Cowboys win 27-20.
Rams @ 49ers: The bye week served the 49ers well last week, as their injury report is now squeaky clean. With their 2nd ranked defense (ranked 1st in scoring) facing off against the Rams' 28th ranked offense, the 49ers won't have to do much in the way of scoring to get the win at home.
49ers win 24-10.
Texans @ Bears: This is the toughest pick of the week for me, and it was rightfully scheduled for prime time on Sunday night (unlike the Monday night game). The Bears' defense is playing about as well as I can ever remember a defense playing. Their defense is averaging 3.5 takeaways per game, is scoring almost as many touchdowns as they give up, and is completely embarrassing almost every offense they face. The one thing you can do against the Bears, however, is run the ball. They allow a modest 4.3 yards per carry, and the Texans happen to have an exceptional running back by the name of Arian Foster to take advantage of that. If the Texans want to win this game, they're going to have to control the ball, keep possessions to a minimum, and most of all, not turn the ball over. I think this game will come down to defense, and while the Texans have an exceptional defense as well, I'm counting on the Bears' defensive playmakers to come up bigger than those of the Texans.
Bears win 20-14.
Chiefs @ Steelers: You may be looking for other plans on Monday night right now, but don't sweep this game under the rug just yet. The 8-3 Steelers traveled to Kansas City for a prime time matchup last year, and that was to face the ever electrifying Tyler Palko and his 4-7 Chiefs. I was probably one of the only non-gamblers who wasn't a fan of either team to watch the game, but it ended up being a 13-9 affair. There's more incentive to watch this year, with Matt Cassel - always exciting, whether it be good or bad for his team - and Jamaal Charles - who is genuinely a joy to watch when the coaches actually let him touch the ball - will be playing for the Chiefs. Let's be honest, I'm not picking the Chiefs. They haven't had a lead in regulation all season. I'm just saying, it may not be as boring of a game as you think, but I'm still going to predict that it will be.
Steelers win 27-10.