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Bing Predicts NFL Week 10

  • Bing Predicts NFL Week 10

    With a half-season sample size in the books, the best way to break all 32 NFL squads down into three simple categories is: really good, really bad, and everyone else. While a case can be made to shuffle a few teams around, the league's best (Chiefs, Saints, Patriots, and Rams) couldn't feel further apart from the league's worst (Raiders, Bills, Cardinals, Giants, 49ers, and Browns).

    The intrigue down the stretch, though, lies in the “everyone else" group. Which teams can emerge to enter the likes of the elite, and who will falter and give way to the long and grueling season? Last week's whirlwind of action is a tough card to compete with, but here is a look at the best matchups to look for in Week 10:

    —Panthers @ Steelers: The week's best matchup is rarely the Thursday night contest, but these two teams could easily make that the case. Both look poised for playoff pushes.

    —Saints @ Bengals: The longest current winning streak (Saints) will be tested this weekend in Cincinnati.

    —Seahawks @ Rams: How will the Rams rebound from their first loss of the season? Seattle hopes to find its way into the playoff conversation with an enormous win on the road.

    —Cowboys @ Eagles: This is do or die for the Cowboys, and they'll travel to Philly to battle an Eagles team that looks ready to prove they haven't gone anywhere.

    Guiding you through every game is Bing Predicts, which leverages search, social, and historical statistics to forecast the week's winners and losers. Read on for Week 10 predictions.

    ALSO: See how Bing predicted the entire season here.

  • Carolina Panthers (6-2) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1)

    Carolina Panthers @ Pittsburgh Steelers

    Game time: Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:20 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers lead series 5-1

    The quality of Thursday Night Football often receives a bad rap, but this week's matchup is one of the best of the Week 10 slate. The Carolina Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers are two of the hottest teams in football. Carolina has won three-straight and five of its last six games. Over the last nine quarters, the Panthers have scored 99 points, including a team-record 35 points in the first half of a 42-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    The Steelers, who have won four-straight and currently sit atop the AFC North, look poised for the second half of the season. No Le'Veon Bell? No problem. Running back James Conner has been brilliant. The second-year man has amassed 689 yards over the Steelers' winning streak and is fresh off of AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in a 23-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens and their top-ranked defense last Sunday.

    The Panthers have won seven-straight against AFC opponents, but Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger is 3-0 all time when facing Carolina.

     

  • Bing Predicts: Pittsburgh Steelers

    Bing Predicts Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers (57% chance)

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  • Buffalo Bills (2-7) @ New York Jets (3-6)

    Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Buffalo Bills lead series 61-54

    Unless New York fandom courses through your veins, there isn't much of a reason to tune into this contest. The New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills square off in an AFC East battle for the first of two matchups in the next month.

    The Bills' quarterback room is a total disaster. It's unclear if regular starter, rookie quarterback Josh Allen will be able to go Sunday as he rehabs an elbow strain, and the recently acquired Derek Anderson may not be cleared after suffering a concussion Week 8. Buffalo may be resigned once again to Nathan Peterman, who is statistically the worst starting quarterback in NFL history.

    The Jets' QB situation isn't much more favorable. Rookie starter Sam Darnold is regressing as the season wears on. His passer rating of 43.3 over the past three games is brutal, and Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins was the worst game of his short career. Darnold was responsible for four interceptions and took four sacks.

    The Jets hope to end their three-game losing streak, while the Bills aim to halt their four-game slide.

     

  • Bing Predicts: New York Jets

    Bing Predicts Winner: New York Jets (77% chance)

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  • Washington Redskins (5-3) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)

    Washington Redskins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Series tied 11-11

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a tumultuous season. After a 2-0 start and an offensive onslaught, the team has dropped five of its last six games and has no identity at the quarterback position. For now, Tampa Bay will stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started the season in place of Jameis Winston (suspension). He then regained the starting role last week after Winston's dismal performances this season. Despite a shuffling of quarterbacks, the Buccaneers still maintain the league's top passing offense, but pair that with one of the league's worst defenses, and those gaudy offensive numbers don't translate into many victories.  

    The Washington Redskins have been a surprise as they sit atop the NFC East, but may have been exposed last week in a 38-14 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Redskins lost more than just the game, though, as two starting offensive linemen (Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao) will undergo season-ending surgeries. Washington is already down one starter on the offensive line, Trent Williams, who isn't expected to be available for a few weeks.

    Tampa Bay is favored at home, but only slightly. While the Redskins could suffer a loss and still be OK in a congested NFC East, the Buccaneers need a victory to keep a realistic shot at the postseason alive.

     

  • Bing Predicts: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Bing Predicts Winner: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (58% chance)

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  • New England Patriots (7-2) @ Tennessee Titans (4-4)

    New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: New England Patriots lead series 25-16-1

    The New England Patriots ride a six-game winning streak into Tennessee where they'll take on the wavering Titans on short rest on Sunday. Tennessee made a statement Monday night after taking down the Cowboys 28-14 on the road, but it's tough to tell if it was a praiseworthy performance or an indictment of a faltering Dallas team. Quarterback Marcus Mariota played well—22-of-29 for 240 yards and two touchdowns—but also lost two fumbles in the game. The victory ended the Titans' three-game losing streak and returned the team to .500 just in time for arguably their toughest matchup of the season.

    Tom Brady outlasted Aaron Rodgers in the battle of the GOATs Sunday night, using 294 yards through the air and a touchdown to help get the job done. Even without tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Sony Michel, the Patriots took down the Packers 31-17.

    The last time the Patriots and Titans faced off it was in the divisional round of last year's playoffs. The Patriots railroaded the Titans 35-14 and are favorites this time around, but former Patriots linebacker and first-year head coach of the Titans, Mike Vrabel, may have some tricks up his sleeve for his old team.

     

  • Bing Predicts: New England Patriots

    Bing Predicts Winner: New England Patriots (72% chance)

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  • New Orleans Saints (7-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)

    New Orleans Saints @ Cincinnati Bengals

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Cincinnati Bengals lead series 7-6-0

    The New Orleans Saints may have supplanted the Los Angeles Rams as the best team in the NFC after coming out on top of Sunday's showdown. Running back Alvin Kamara accounted for 116 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in the 45-35 victory. Quarterback Drew Brees threw four touchdowns and added 346 yards through the air, and wideout Michael Thomas had a breakout performance of 211 yards receiving in the statement performance from the Saints.

    The Saints travel to Ohio to face a Cincinnati Bengals team fresh off of their bye week. Despite the extra rest, the Bengals will be without A.J. Green, who injured his toe in the final seconds of the team's Week 8 victory over the Buccaneers. Green, their most potent offensive weapon, leads the team in receiving yards (687) and touchdowns (6).

    The Saints hold the longest winning streak in the NFL (seven games) and show no signs of slowing down. The Bengals have struggled against tough competition this season and are yet to top a team that currently has a winning record: The Saints may be their biggest test yet.

     

  • Bing Predicts: New Orleans Saints

    Bing Predicts Winner: New Orleans Saints (66% chance)

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