Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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NFL Week 10: Game previews, predictions

This season we've asked Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones and readers to forecast the NFL results. To make your picks, go to tampabay.com/bucs:

Panthers at Titans, 1

LINE/OU: Panthers by 4; 44 Panthers (8-0) are NFC's lone undefeated. QB Cam Newton has 29 games with TD pass and TD run, second-most in NFL history. LB Thomas Davis is only player in league with three or more sacks and three or more INTs. Titans have matched win total for last season though have lost nine straight at home. It's interim head coach Mike Mularkey's first home game since being promoted. TE Delanie Walker had team-high seven catches for 95 yards and two TDs last week and might get more use under Mularkey, a former Gators tight end (1980-82).

JONES: Panthers 27, Titans 13 READERS: Panthers 88.9 percent

Browns at Steelers, 1

LINE/OU: Steelers by 6; 41½ Browns have lost four straight and haven't won in Pittsburgh since 2003. LT Joe Thomas has played 8,496 consecutive offensive snaps, league's longest active streak. Browns have 2,458 yards passing, most in franchise history through nine games. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (left foot) is not expected to play. Team is 10-9 in games without him during his career. Steelers are averaging 5.1 yards per rush, tops in NFL. Antonio Brown is averaging 6.7 receptions for 104 yards in past four games vs. Browns.

JONES: Steelers 19, Browns 16 READERS: Steelers 85.2 percent

Lions at Packers, 1

LINE/OU: Packers by 10½; 49 Lions have lost 24 straight to Packers in Wisconsin. Lions have league's worst-ranked rushing attack (69.6 yards per game). Defense has allowed league-worst 30.6 points per game. Packers are playing first of four straight in 19 days against division opponents, including two against Lions. Packers, ranked 25th in total offense, have not finished season lower than 19th since 1993. James Jones has TD catch in all four Packer home games this season.

JONES: Packers 31, Lions 16 READERS: Packers 92.6 percent

Bears at Rams, 1

Line/OU: Rams by 7; 42½ Bears' Jay Cutler has franchise-record 139 TD passes, passing Hall of Famer Sid Luckman. Cutler has 12 winning TD passes in fourth quarter since joining Bears in 2009, most in NFL during that span. RB Matt Forte (knee) could return after missing Chargers game. Rams' Todd Gurley has 664 yards rushing, third-most in first six games in NFL history. Newly signed WR Wes Welker could make debut for Rams, who are just 4-for-37 on third down and trail rest of NFL with 23.8 percent conversion rate.

JONES: Bears 21, Rams 20 READERS: Rams 70.4 percent

Dolphins at Eagles, 1

LINE/OU: Eagles by 6; 49½ Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill has completed 109 of 151 (72.2 percent) for 1,106 yards with eight TDs and two INTs for 104.9 rating in past four games vs. NFC. RB Lamar Miller has six TDs in past four games. Jarvis Landry had season-high 11 catches last week. Eagles QB Sam Bradford has won past four starts vs. AFC. DeMarco Murray has rushed for 567 yards and six TDs in past six vs. AFC.

JONES: Eagles 30, Dolphins 20 READERS: Eagles 81.5 percent

Saints at Redskins, 1

LINE/OU: Pick 'em; 50½ In past two games, Saints' Drew Brees has thrown for 892 yards and 10 TDs, only second player to reach those numbers in two-game span. RB Mark Ingram averages 100 yards from scrimmage per game. Redskins have won past three at home. In those games, Kirk Cousins has thrown five TDs, zero INTs with 110.9 rating, run for two TDs. LB Ryan Kerrigan playing with broken bone in right hand.

JONES: Redskins 23, Saints 21 READERS: Saints 92.6 percent

Jaguars at Ravens, 1

LINE/OU: Ravens by 5; 47½ Jaguars' .556 winning percentage against Ravens is second-best in franchise history behind .689 vs. Browns (minimum 15 games). Blake Bortles has at least two TD passes in past four games. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have combined for 12 receiving TDs, most by two teammates this season, not good for a Ravens secondary that ranks 29th and has yielded nine TD passes over past four games. Ravens' Joe Flacco has completed 62 percent for 1,818 yards and 10 TDs with one INT in past seven home games.

JONES: Ravens 17, Jaguars 9 READERS: Ravens 63 percent

Vikings at Raiders, 4

LINE/OU: Raiders by 3; 44 Vikings only team in NFL to hold opponent to 23 or fewer points every game. Raiders have topped 23 points in five of eight. Vikings' Adrian Peterson has four 100-yard rushing games in past seven games and leads NFL with 758 yards rushing. Stefon Diggs has 461 yards receiving in five games and faces Raiders defense on pace to give up most yards passing ever in single season. Raiders' Derek Carr has 11 TD passes of 20 or more yards, four more than anyone else in league. Raiders scored 30 points four times this season after doing so three times previous three years combined.

JONES: Raiders 26, Vikings 20 READERS: Raiders 74.1 percent

Patriots at Giants, 4:25

LINE/OU: Patriots by 7; 54 Patriots' Tom Brady leads NFL in TD passes (22), fewest INTs (2) and QB rating (113.5). LeGarrette Blount rushed for season-high 129 yards last week. DE Chandler Jones leads NFL with 9½ sacks. New England has 27, tied for second in league. Giants' Eli Manning is 3-1 against New England and needs one TD pass to hit 20 for 10th straight season. Former Pats RB Shane Vereen has caught TD in two straight games. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has three INTs and two forced fumbles in past five games.

JONES: Giants 28, Patriots 24 READERS: Patriots 77. 8 percent

Chiefs at Broncos, 4:25

LINE/OU: Broncos by 4½; 41½ In six career games against Denver, Chiefs' Alex Smith has thrown seven TDs and five INTs. TE Travis Kelce has 1,400 yards receiving since 2014, third-most behind Pats' Rob Gronkowski (1,817) and Panthers' Greg Olsen (1,592) for the position. Denver has won 11 straight regular-season home games. Peyton Manning is one win from passing Brett Favre as NFL's all-time winningest QB and needs 3 yards to pass Favre's mark of 71,838 yards passing. Denver leads league in total defense (274.1 yards per game), scoring defense (17.4), sacks (30), and forced fumbles (12).

JONES: Broncos 20, Chiefs 17 READERS: Broncos 77.8 percent

Cards at Seahawks, 8:30

LINE/OU: Seahawks by 3; 44½ Second straight season Cardinals lead NFC West at midpoint. First of two straight Sunday night games for Cards with Week 11 vs. Bengals flexed into prime time. Seven of Cardinals' final eight games are against teams with .500 or better records currently. WR John Brown expected to play after sitting out Week 8 win. Cardinals and Seahawks two of three teams in NFL to rank in top 10 in both run and pass defense. Seattle LT Russell Okung expected to play after missing last game with toe injury. In past seven games against Cards, CB Richard Sherman has seven INTs and two fumble recoveries.

JONES: Seahawks 20, Cardinals 19 READERS: Cardinals 55.6 percent

Texans at Bengals, 8:30 Monday

Line/OU: Bengals by 11; 47 Texans are 3-5 all-time on Monday night; Bengals 11-20 but won their last Monday game. Texans beat Titans heading into bye, trying franchise record with seven sacks. DE J.J. Watt increased career sack total to 65½, passing DeMarcus Ware for third-most in player's first five seasons. Brian Hoyer set club record with fifth straight game of at least two TD passes. Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who grew up in suburban Houston, is second in NFL with passer rating of 111. TE Tyler Eifert leads NFL with nine TD catches. DE and former Gator Carlos Dunlap is tied with Watt for second in NFL with 8½ sacks.

JONES: Bengals 24, Texans 10 READERS: Bengals 96.3 percent

Game text from Times wires. Bye week: Chargers, Colts, Falcons, 49ers

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