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Chargers-Raiders in AFC West Death Match; Someone Must Win Battle of New Jersey; Seahawks-Niners in Division Showdown

Here is your NFL Week 10 Preview:

Thursday, Nov. 7
8:20pm ET on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers (4-5) vs Oakland Raiders (4-4)
The Bolts shocked the Packers last week, winning 26-11 on a day when they ran out to a 19-0 third-quarter lead and held Aaron Rodgers to 23 of 35 for 161 yards and a lone touchdown. The Raiders needed big plays late on both sides of the ball to beat Detroit 31-24. First, Derek Carr found Hunter Renfro for a nine-yard TD just before the two-minute warning and then Karl Joseph broke up the potential game-tying TD pass with three seconds to play. The loser is likely out of the playoff hunt, the winner hangs on by a thread. It’ll be the Raiders, if only by dint of home-field advantage.

Sunday, Nov. 10
1pm ET on FOX
Atlanta Falcons (1-7) vs New Orleans Saints (7-1)
The Falcons are coming off a much needed bye week after dropping their seventh straight to Seahawks. It might be time to consider moving on from the Matt Ryan Era as he’s still pretty good, but at 34 likely won’t be around long enough to see this team get good again. Remember when we all thought the Saints’ playoff chances had gone up in smoke with Drew Brees’ injury? Well, we’re all idiots. The Saints come out of their bye week with the second-best record in the NFL, a fairly soft schedule the rest of the way and on track for a first-round bye in the playoffs. They will destroy the Falcons.

New York Giants (2-7) vs New York Jets (1-7)
The Giants dropped their fifth straight on Monday night, falling 37-18 to the Cowboys, as Saquon Barkley managed just 28 yards on 14 carries and kicker Aldrick Rosas was their star of the game with four field goals, though he did shank a PAT. How bad are the Jets? They lost to the previously winless Dolphins, 26-18, they’re last in total yards from scrimmage and points per game with 223.5 and 12, respectively. Two terrible teams, both on their home field — someone has to win, though, why not the G-men?

Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)
Kyler Murray had a pretty good day against the Niners last week in a 28-25 loss, completing 17 of 24 for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the Cardinals defense is in the bottom five in yards and points. The Tampa defense wasted a nice day from Jameis Winston (29/44 for 335 and 2 TD), as they got carved up by the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, who passed for 378 yards and five TDs. Winston is now last in the league in interceptions (12) and sacks (30).

4:25pm ET on FOX
Carolina Panthers (5-3) vs Green Bay Packers (7-2)
Christian McCaffrey again did all the heavy lifting for the Panthers, rolling up 146 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in their 30-20 win over the Titans. McCaffrey now leads the league in rushing yards per game with 110.1 and is tops in TDs with 10. Green Bay limps home after a crushing 26-11 defeat at the hands of the Chargers, who held Aaron Rodgers to one of the worst days of his career.

Los Angeles Rams (5-3) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
The Rams come out of their bye week as the seventh seed in the NFC, which is to say, just out of the playoff picture. Hopefully, a breakout year from Cooper Kupp (58 catches, 792 yards, five TDs, a league-best 15 20+ yard plays) can help them get over the hump. The Steelers clawed their way to .500 by dint of Adam Vinatieri’s missed 43-yard field goal with 1:11 to play, thereby securing their 26-24 win over the Colts. The Steelers also got a huge boost from Minkah Fitzpatrick’s 96-yard pick-six late in the second quarter.

8:20pm ET on NBC
Minnesota Vikings (6-3) vs Dallas Cowboys (5-3)
The Vikes’ four-game winning streak collapsed under the weight of KC place kicker Harrison Butker’s career day. Butker kicked a career-best 54-yarder with 2:30 on the clock and then made a 44-yarder as time expired to seal the victory. The Cowboys trounced the Giants Monday night, 37-18, as Ezekiel Elliott went 139 yards on 23 carries. Dak Prescott passed for 257 yards and three TDs, but the highlight of the game may have been a black cat, who made it untouched from midfield to the end zone.

Monday, November 11
8:15pm ET on ESPN
Seattle Seahawks (7-2) vs San Francisco 49ers (8-0)
Russell Wilson threw a career-high five touchdown passes last week in the Seahawks 40-34 overtime win against the Bucs and now leads the league with 22 TD passes, yet has thrown just one interception. The game wasn’t as close as the score of the Niners 28-25 win over Arizona, who scored 10 meaningless points in the last nine minutes of play. Jimmy Garoppolo had himself a mighty fine day, completing 28 of 37 for 317 yards and four TDs with no picks.

Stats courtesy Pro-Football-Reference.com

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