The NFL season has rounded the halfway mark and Palmerbet Sports Team has NFL tips for the eight top match-ups of Week 10.
History: Played 6: Steelers 5 V Panthers 1
Last meeting: September 21, 2014: Steelers 37 d Panthers 19 at Bank of America Stadium
Final Thoughts: After a string of uninspiring encounters, Week 10 opens up with a blockbuster between two in-form contenders.
The Carolina Panthers have put themselves in the box-seat for at least an NFC Wild Card finish, winning three straight to charge to a 6-2 record. A big first half saw them put away the Buccaneers 42-28 last week, with Cam Newton continuing his stellar campaign.
The 5-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers maintain a narrow lead in the AFC North on the back of four straight wins. The secured a crucial 23-16 away win over division rivals the Ravens in Week 9.
The Steelers have won their last five against the Panthers, including the last four by 16-plus. The Panthers are 0-3 in Pittsburgh.
Both sides are in hot offensive form, averaging well over 30 points during their respective winning streaks. The Panthers are tempting with the start but we’ll take the over here.
History: Played 22: Redskins 11 V Buccaneers 11
Last meeting: October 25, 2015: Redskins 31 d Buccaneers 30 at FedEx Field
Final Thoughts: The Washington Redskins are clinging to top spot in the NFC East, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have slipped to last in the NFC South with two straight losses.
The 5-3 Redskins are coming off a heavy 38-14 loss to the Falcons, however, which ended a three-match winning streak. The 3-5 Bucs crashed 42-28 to the Panthers in Week 9 and have won only one of their last six.
Tampa Bay have won six of their last eight at home against Washington. Four of the teams’ last five clashes – and six of the last nine – were decided by just three points or less.
Only four teams in the NFL have scored less points than the Redskins, which makes the under an attractive play despite Tampa Bay’s defensive struggles.
History: Played 12: Chiefs 8 V Cardinals 3 (1 Tie)
Last meeting: December 7, 2014: Cardinals 17 d Chiefs 14 at University of Phoenix Stadium
Final Thoughts: The 2-6 Cardinals are effectively out of the running in the NFC West. They have won two of their last four, but both victories were against the lowly 49ers. They are the NFL’s least potent offensive outfit, averaging just 13.8 points per game.
The 8-1 Kansas City Chiefs have the best record in the league and have scored more points than any team, averaging 36 per game. They accounted for the Browns 37-21 on the road last week.
Patrick Mahomes threw for 375 yards and three TDs, and is streeting his quarterback rivals with 29 TDs on the season.
It’s hard to imagine anything but a blowout at Arrowhead Stadium and the big line is one worth taking on.
History: Played 42: Patriots 25 V Titans 16 (1 Tie)
Last meeting: January 13, 2018 (AFC Divisional Playoff): Patriots 35 d Titans 14 at Gillette Stadium
Final Thoughts: The 7-2 New England Patriots are rolling on a six-match winning streak. Last week they eased past the Packers 31-17 to solidify their Super Bowl favourite claims.
The 4-4 Tennessee Titans are nearing must-win territory, but they snapped a dismal three-game slide with a convincing 28-14 win in Dallas in Week 9 with QB Marcus Mariota having arguably his best game of the season. The Titans have conceded the least points in the league.
The Patriots have won seven straight against the Titans. The last five clashes have resulted in a margin of at least 17 points, including last season’s 35-14 AFC Divisional Playoff romp.
This one should be closer against the Titans’ miserly secondary, but the Pats should still beat the start.
History: Played 41: Seahawks 23 V Rams 18
Last meeting: October 7, 2018: Rams 33 d Seahawks 31 at CenturyLink Field
Final Thoughts: The Seattle Seahawks and LA Rams meet for the second time in five weeks. Last time around the Rams won a 33-31 thriller in Seattle, courtesy of a 9-0 fourth quarter. Todd Gurley starred for the Rams with three touchdowns.
The Seahawks easily won their next two against the Raiders and Lions, but went down 25-17 to the Chargers last week to slip to a 4-4 record.
The Rams remained unbeaten until last weekend’s 45-35 defeat to the Saints. Jared Goff nevertheless had another big game under center and is top-three in the NFL for passing yards and touchdowns.
The Rams have won five of their last seven against the Seahawks, including a 42-7 romp in Seattle last season. Expect the Rams to bounce back with the win but the Seahawks have shown enough to suggest they’ll keep it close.
History: Played 14: Dolphins 10 V Packers 4
Last meeting: October 12, 2014: Packers 27 d Dolpins 24 at Hard Rock Stadium
Final Thoughts: The 5-4 Miami Dolphins are clinging to hopes of a Wild Card finish, though their dour 13-6 home win over the Jets – only their second win in six games – wasn’t exactly a major form reversal. Defensively it was an improvement, though, after giving up 27-plus points in their previous five games.
The 3-4-1 Green Bay Packers received a reality check in the form of a 31-17 loss to the Patriots. This is absolutely must-win for Aaron Rodgers’ men with a run of tough games on the agenda over the following month.
The Dolphins boast a 4-2 away record against the Packers, though Green Bay have won two of the last three clashes at Lambeau Field.
Ryan Tannehill is expected to be ruled out again for the Dolphins, and it’s unlikely Brock Osweiler can create enough scoring chances for the visitors to get close to the desperate Packers.
History: Played 118: Cowboys 66 V Eagles 52
Last meeting: December 31, 2017: Cowboys 6 d Eagles 0 at Lincoln Financial Field
Final Thoughts: The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles get an ideal opportunity to pick up some momentum when they host the slumping Dallas Cowboys.
The 4-4 Eagles held off the Jaguars 24-18 in London to keep their up-and-down title defence afloat, before enjoying the bye in Week 9. The 3-5 Cowboys are coming off consecutive losses to the Redskins and Titans.
The Cowboys have won three of their last four in Philadelphia, including a dour 6-0 result in the last regular-season game last season. But the Eagles swamped the Cowboys 37-9 earlier in 2017.
Eagles linchpin Carson Wentz is on the improve, while fellow 2016 rookie sensation Dak Prescott is stalling in Dallas. The Cowboys’ 0-4 record on the road points to a comfortable Eagles win at home.
History: Played 40: Giants 20 V 49ers 20
Last meeting: November 12, 2017: 49ers 31 d Giants 21 at Levi’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Week 10 concludes with a bit of a fizzer – the 1-7 New York Giants travelling to take on the 2-7 San Francisco 49ers.
The Giants have lost five straight, though they were far from disgraced in their last two against the Falcons and Redskins. Despite their offensive struggles, the Giants are sticking with embattled veteran Eli Manning at quarterback.
The 49ers, meanwhile, ended a six-match losing run with a 34-3 demolition of the Raiders in Week 9. Nick Mullens threw for 262 yards and three TDs as the 49ers produced their best performance of the year on both sides of the ball.
The Giants have won six of their last nine against the 49ers, but the 49ers carved out a 31-21 home victory last season.
The 49ers are carrying momentum into this cellar-dweller showdown and should pick up their third win in five games at Levi’s Stadium.