- Will the Titans follow in the line of other AFC favorites and get upset by the Saints?
- Can the Panthers offense finally emerge without Sam Darnold?
- Last week’s picks went 1-2, costing us 0.68 units. At midseason, our record stands at 12-12 and we’re up 10.59 units
Just as we got finished hailing Week 8 as the wildest week of NFL action this season, Week 9 came off the top rope and showed us what true madness is. Underdogs went 7-7 straight up, including 10- and 16-point upsets by the Broncos and Jaguars! However, we were unable to join in on the winning fun last week, after Tony Corrente and his crew completely jobbed Chicago on Monday Night.
If you’re looking to chase some more massive upsets among the NFL’s Week 10 odds, there’s six more favorites of at least eight points this Sunday. One of those games jumped out to me as a potential special upset but first we’ll start with a few smaller plays.
NFL Week 10 Upset Picks
|Cleveland Browns vs New England Patriots||CLE -2.5||+120||Browns||1|
|New Orleans Saints vs Tennessee Titans||TEN -2.5||+128||Saints||1|
|Carolina Panthers vs Arizona Cardinals||CAR -10.5||+350||Panthers||1|
Pats Too Full of Themselves
In an important clash for the AFC’s Wild Cards, the New England Patriots are giving 2.5 points to the visiting Cleveland Browns.
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Belief in this Patriots team is growing stronger by the week, but this 5-4 team hasn’t exactly faced the stiffest competition, topping Davis Mills, Sam Darnold and Zach Wilson twice. So while Mac Jones has been the best of the rookie QBs so far, this Patriots offense still isn’t operating at a high level.
Patriots offense has posted 4.4 yards per play on offense the last two games in their wins. The Bears rank last in the NFL in yards per play this season at 4.7
— TA (@ClevTA) November 12, 2021
Both teams could be without their starting running backs in this one, as Nick Chubb has been ruled out for Cleveland while both Damien Harris and Rhamondre Steveneson are questionable for the Patriots.
— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) November 12, 2021
We’ve seen the Browns run game can still roll when they turn to D’Ernest Johnson. I’m a little less optimistic for New England against a Cleveland defense that was already stout against the run and is getting improved performances from their secondary now that they’re getting healthy.
DENZEL WARD. 100-YARD PICK-6. #Browns
— NFL (@NFL) November 7, 2021
Even though Bill Belichick might be able to rattle Baker Mayfield a bit, I’m not expecting his offense to show out any better. Take the Browns here.
Saints Come Marchin In
The Tennessee Titans are tops in AFC after a dominant defensive performance in LA. But as we’ve see this year, nobody stays atop that conference for long. They’ll try and hold that spot for one more week when the New Orleans Saints come to town as 2.5 point underdogs.
The Ravens, Bengals and Bills have all held the top spot in the AFC in previous weeks and were promptly upset. Clearly there’s not as much buy-in on the Titans or they’d be getting more than a field goal at home against a 5-3 Saints team on its third string QB.
Trevor Siemian will start this week
— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) November 12, 2021
Since 2019, the Saints have been an astonishingly great underdog bet, going 8-2 straight up when getting points. Tennessee is just 8-6 as a home favorite over that same stretch.
The Titans D stunned a lot of people on Sunday night, when their interior defensive line destroyed the high powered Rams offense. But the Saints have far more talent along the offensive line and are a little more reliant on the ground game, even with Alvin Kamara potentially out.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 12, 2021
Meanwhile, the Titans offense didn’t actually do much in their first game without Derrick Henry, failing to top 200 yards. Against a Saints D that ranks among the best in the league, they’ll be in tough to make a mark here as well.
It’s also worth noting we’ve been right all three times we’ve picked Titans games this year. Let’s take the Saints to make magic as an underdog again.
Will Panthers Improve By Subtracting Sam?
Superman has returned! After weeks of truly terrible quarterbacking has sunk the Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton has re-signed with his old team to replace an injured Sam Darnold. However, it’ll be P.J. Walker making his second start on Sunday for Carolina, thus they’re 10.5-point underdogs to the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cards may also be turning to their backup QB once again, as Kyler Murray’s status for Week 10 remains up in the air.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 12, 2021
Colt McCoy played well against the 49ers reeling defense, but he was also aided by Kliff Kingsbury emptying his bag of tricks. The Panthers defense is a much more sound unit and with some film of McCoy running this offense, I don’t think they’ll get caught off guard like San Francisco.
Meanwhile, Carolina’s struggling offense will have more of an element of surprise, as Walker has only come in for mop-up duty this year. With a week of practice as the number one, surely Matt Rhule’s offense can incorporate some different looks and make use of his mobility as they transition to an attack that’s better suited for Newton. Even if Walker can just avoid throwing TDs to the other team, it would be a marked improvement.
SAM DARNOLD 🎯 J.C. JACKSON FOR 6️⃣
— PFF (@PFF) November 7, 2021
Throw in Christian McCaffrey getting healthier in his second week back from injury and the Panthers should at least be able to outperform the paltry 9. 3 points per game they’ve been averaging over the last three weeks. And even if Murray is able to go, we saw last year how the offense just isn’t the same when he’s hobbled.
Carolina was able to come into Arizona last season and leave with a win, even before Murray’s injury. And in a screwy NFL season where fans are constantly asking which teams are good, this game could be another wrench in the power rankings.