Thu, Nov 8, 12:33pm by Staff Writer
Week 10 of the NFL season features a blockbuster Thursday Night Football game between two legitimate Super Bowl contenders as Carolina travels to Heinz Field to play Pittsburgh.
Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Friday, 9 November 2018 at 12:20pm at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
The Carolina Panthers (6-2) and Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) are two of the in-form teams in the NFL and meet in this cross-conference match up on Thursday Night Football.
Carolina is a 3.5-point road underdog and $2.60 in the head to head market to beat the Steelers, who are priced at $1.55.
The teams have met six times and it is the Steelers who have covered the spread on all six occasions.
The Panthers have had success against the AFC North, beating Baltimore and Cincinnati this season.
Carolina is in the same division as the New Orleans Saints and is one game behind the Saints in the NFC South standings.
They improved to 5-0 at home with a 42-28 win against Tampa Bay last Sunday.
The Panthers scored a franchise record 35 first half points against the league’s worst defence in that game.
Pittsburgh won its fourth game in a row in week nine with a 23-16 win at Baltimore. The Steelers remain without Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell who refuses to sign his franchise tender.
Their replacement back James Conner has starred in Bell’s absence and recorded his fourth consecutive 100-yard plus game last week.
The Steelers’ defence has been most impressive during their recent four game winning streak, allowing less than 21 points in each of those wins.
All indications point to this match being close and the Steelers are just 2-7 against the spread in their past nine at Heinz Field.
The Panthers can score the ball and we will take them at more than a field goal start.
Best bet- Carolina Panthers to cover 3.5-point handicap at $1.90
Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Monday, 12 November 2018 at 5am at Raymond James Stadium
Washington looks to keep its buffer atop the NFC East standings when it travels to Tampa Bay to play the Bucs on Monday morning.
Tampa Bay is a three-point favourite and priced at $1.64, with the Redskins $2.35 outsiders.
The Buccaneers are just 1-5 against the spread in their previous six games this season, while the Redskins are 5-2 against the spread when taking on NFC opponents.
This match pits one of the league’s worst offences against one of the worst defences and the total match points reflects this.
Washington has been a terrific unders team, with the under 9-3 in the past 12 Redskins games and 4-1 in the past five road games.
Tampa Bay is 8-1 in the over and 6-0 in its last six against the NFC.
The majority of the Redskins’ starting offensive line will miss this match and that will be problematic for quarterback Alex Smith.
He is one of the surest quarterbacks in the league, throwing just three interceptions all season, but he has only thrown nine touchdowns on the year as well.
The Bucs have the opposite problem, throwing 23 touchdowns but a league-worst 17 interceptions.
They are 1-6-1 in their last eight games after allowing 30 or more points the previous week after they lost 42-28 at Carolina.
Tampa Bay will look to throw the ball plenty and the Redskins might not be able to keep up with the offensive onslaught the Bucs throw at them, despite their defensive frailties.
Best bet- Tampa Bay to cover 3-point handicap at $1.95
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Monday, 12 November 2018 at 11:20pm at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Two traditional NFC East rivals meet for the first time this season when the Dallas Cowboys travel to play the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles are seven-point handicap favourites and $1.31 in the head to head market, with the Cowboys paying $3.60.
This is a crucial divisional match up as both teams trail Washington in the standings.
A loss to either will severely hamper their chances of taking out the division title, with no team in this division winning in back-to-back seasons since the Eagles in 2004.
Dallas is playing on a short week after a 28-14 upset loss at home against Tennessee.
Wide receiver Amari Cooper made his Dallas debut and had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys mistakes in that game and their poor second half play cost them against the Titans as they lost their first home game. They are winless on the road this season.
The Eagles are coming off a bye week and returned from London with a 24-18 win against Jacksonville.
The Eagles added Golden Tate from Detroit before the trade deadline and in doing so have one of the better slot receives in the league. Tate has had 44 yards for 517 yards and three scores this season.
Philadelphia should take advantage of a tired and poor Dallas team and make the NFC East division race interesting.
Best bet- Philadelphia to cover 7-point handicap at $1.90
NFL Week 10 Odds
Carolina Panthers $2.42 @ Pittsburgh Steelers $1.59
Detroit Lions $3.30 @ Chicago Bears $1.36
New Orleans Saints $1.41 @ Cincinnati Bengals $3.01
Atlanta Falcons $1.45 @ Cleveland Browns $2.87
Jacksonville Jaguars $2.30 @ Indianapolis Colts $1.65
Arizona Cardinals $11.50 @ Kansas City Chiefs $1.05
Buffalo Bills $3.45 @ New York Jets $1.33
Washington Redskins $2.27 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers $1.67
New England Patriots $1.35 @ Tennessee Titans $3.31
Los Angeles Chargers $1.19 @ Oakland Raiders $5
Miami Dolphins $4.55 @ Green Bay Packers $1.22
Seattle Seahawks $4.75 @ Los Angeles Rams $1.20
Dallas Cowboys $3.48 @ Philadelphia Eagles $1.33
New York Giants $2.27 @ San Francisco 49ers $1.66
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