Two underdogs and an UNDER play make up the NFL Week 10 prediction column.
Let’s begin with Tennessee getting plus 5.5 hosting Carolina. The unbeaten Panthers are traveling for the first time in four weeks. They are fat and happy after three consecutive home victories defeating Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Green Bay.
The Titans are invigorated by a coaching change of Ken Whisenhunt to Mike Malarkey with their sagging confidence and morale boosted by a huge road victory against New Orleans last week.
Tennessee’s offense is much better with Marcus Mariota back. The Titans have an underrated defense ranking sixth in total defense. The Titans have lost by a combined six points in three of their four home games.
Carolina is one of those the-sum-is-greater-than-its-parts-teams. The Panthers haven’t outgained an opponent by more than 51 yards. They are not built to cover margins like this especially on the road and in a flat spot.
TAKE BROWNS AS UNDERDOGS AT PITTSBURGH
Cleveland taking 4.5 at Pittsburgh is my other underdog recommendation. I’m not a Landry Jones fan. It’s too many points for Pittsburgh to lay with Jones behind center.
The Browns have proven feisty as underdogs going 10-5-1 against the spread since Mike Pettine became coach in 2014. This is a division matchup between two teams that know each other. The total is low at 41.5 so taking 4.5 is huge.
UNDER the play in bears vs rams matchup
I also like UNDER 42.5 in the Chicago-St. Louis matchup. The Rams are extremely stingy at home surrendering only 24 points combined to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and San Francisco during their last three games at Edward Jones Dome.
The Bears are likely to be missing Matt Forte again and are traveling on a short week following their Monday night upset win at San Diego. That means less specific game planning.
Chicago’s well-coached defense has been better than expected ranking ninth in fewest yards allowed per game.
St. Louis’ Nick Foles could be the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s averaging just 168.7 yards passing per game during his last seven games with a two-to-four touchdown-to-interception ratio during his last four games.