We saw a few impressive road wins in Week 10, a couple of them really surprising. Who would have thought that the Packers could win with Hundley at QB, or that the Saints would embarrass Buffalo in New York state? Or how about how the Patriots destroyed the Broncos – okay that one was predictable. Let’s take a closer look at the football betting week that was.
2017 NFL Week 10 Betting Recap
-Seattle can’t run the ball but they can sure throw it. That was a gutsy win in Arizona. I think that versus .500 or worse teams the Seahawks are golden. But until they can protect the QB and open up some running lanes they’ll continue to have a hard time versus top teams.
-Drew Brees was good once again. But the real story here is the Saints defense. They are for real and are now a factor in keeping games under the over/under. These aren’t your uncle’s Saints.
-The Packers finally got key defensive stops and a few big passing plays without Aaron Rodgers in the lineup. It took a while but it finally happened. I still don’t trust them against elite teams, though. For the Bears this was a bad loss. A really bad one. I could see a losing streak carrying on here.
-The Lions can throw the ball. We all know that. But they still can’t run it, nor can they shut offenses down completely. Detroit has a bend but don’t break defense and that will keep their games close and high scoring down the stretch.
-Another week and another ugly Tennessee win. They can’t seem to put any team away easily. But I guess the win is the only thing that matters. They didn’t cover the spread so the money line may be their only reliable bet right now. For Cincy, I can’t see them getting up for games from here on out. They’re used to making the playoffs and they won’t do it this season. I still say that Marvin Lewis is dead man walking.
-The Jets were coming off a long rest having played the previous Thursday and they were taking on a Bucs team that had a backup QB. The result? An epic offensive fail. Don’t read too much into the Bucs here, this one was an aberration.
-The Jags got the job done in what could have been a trap game against a lesser team. Jacksonville won’t sneak up on anyone down the stretch and that extra pressure might hurt them. But so far so good.
-Tom Savage equals loss. I’m pretty sure if you look him up in the dictionary you’ll see his face next to that word. The Rams are just too good on both sides of the ball right now. Dare I say a team that will land a first round bye?
-No Zeke meant no chance. The Cowboys can’t win with Dak Prescott alone and the Falcons knew it. Atlanta is too talented to be 5-4. I am bullish on them moving forward. For Dallas, they’ll still win versus average or lesser teams. But I think they’ll continue to succumb to quality opponents.
-The Niners have covered so many times as a big underdog this season, it was nice to see them actually win a game. While only family and friends watched their win over the Giants, it still counted in the standings.
-The Patriots are banged up but so well coached and healthy enough at the key positions. I don’t think they’ll lose another game this season. They are NFL betting gold right now.
-The Panthers are on a roll. Cam Newton is 2015 Cam Newton, as long as the offensive line can protect him and Luke Kuechly stays healthy on the other side of the ball. For Miami, I still don’t know how they won four games. They’re now 0-2 since trading Jay Ajayi.
Matthew Ross is a sports commentator and a radio host on TSN 690 Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Follow him @MatthewWords.