NFL 4-fold: Our top tips for Week 10
On a run of three successive wins thanks to their high-scoring offense, the Cowboys head our picks for Sunday's action.
Chicago Bears to beat Green Bay Packers –
Brett Hundley has struggled as the Packers’ quarterback since he replaced the injured Aaron Rodgers, losing all three games he has played in while throwing four interceptions and just one touchdown.
It won’t get any easier for the 24-year-old against the Bears, who have allowed the seventh-fewest yards in the NFL this season and the fourth-fewest touchdowns through the air.
With Rodgers out, Green Bay need to run the ball to be successful, and they gained just 78 yards from 17 rushes in their loss to the Detroit Lions last Monday night.
Defences have been successful against the Packers in the past three weeks by stuffing the line of scrimmage and forcing Hundley to throw, and Chicago – who have had an extra week to prepare for this game after their bye last weekend – will likely use the same tactic.
Tennessee Titans to beat Cincinnati Bengals –
Tennessee scraped past the Baltimore Ravens last weekend for their third successive win.
The Titans have now won their last three home games, and have held their last four opponents to an average of 17 points.
They should dominate a Bengals team that have only won on the road once all season, against the still-winless Cleveland Browns.
Cincinnati’s offense has struggled all season, averaging the joint-fourth fewest points per game, with star wide receiver AJ Green failing to break 50 yards in each of the last three weeks.
Minnesota Vikings to beat Washington Redskins –
The Vikings have won four weeks in a row and should be well-rested after their bye week.
That extra recovery time will be key against the Redskins, who have travelled back across the country after a gruelling, physical victory over the Seahawks in Seattle last weekend.
Washington have struggled to score against the best teams so far, topping 20 points just once in their four defeats, and it’s hard to see them putting up big numbers against a Vikings defence that ranks third in points allowed per game.
Minnesota are averaging fractionally points more than the Redskins offensively, and their superiority on the other side of the ball should ensure a relatively comfortable win on the road.
Dallas Cowboys to beat Atlanta Falcons –
The Cowboys beat the Chiefs in Dallas last week to take their record to 5-3, and they have now won three successive games by an average margin of 18 points.
They now head to Atlanta to face a Falcons team that were beaten by the Carolina Panthers last weekend.
The Falcons have lost four of their last five games and have only won at home once all season.
Their offense – the best in the NFL last season – has surpassed 20 points in just one of their last five games, and they should struggle against a Dallas defence that held the Chiefs to 17 last Sunday.