Let’s take a look at important matchups in Week 10 of the 2017 season.
The Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) play the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3), who are currently the No. 5 seed in the AFC. Getting a win over the new and improved Jags is crucial if the Bolts want to make a run at the playoffs.
That said, who else losing benefits the Chargers going forward? Let’s find out.
Note: The Chiefs (6-3), Raiders (4-5) and Ravens (4-5) are on byes
Saints (6-2) @ Bills (5-3): The Saints have a defense! The Bills are for real! Well, the last statement is still up for debate. The Bills looked lost against the Jets last week. Despite the loss, Buffalo remains the No. 6 seed in the AFC. Drew Brees always scares me on the road–and not in a good way–but New Orleans is 3-1 away this season and has a ton of weapons on offense to go along with with the top rookie defender in CB Marshon Lattimore. We need our former quarterback to beat LeSean McCoy and the Bills.
Bengals (3-5) @ Titans (5-3):
Last week, the Bengals lost to the Jags, and the Titans held on to beat the Ravens. Cincinnati is still in the mix of things, but The Red Rifle and his band of outcasts just don’t do it for me. Marcus Mariota’s Titans are tied for first with Jacksonville in the AFC South, but they aren’t a team to be feared. A loss for Tennessee would be nice, but it isn’t a bad thing should the Bengals continue to fall.
Steelers (6-2) @ Colts (3-6): Steelers are likely winning their division. The Colts are coming off a big win against Tom Savage and the Texans, but they aren’t playoff contenders. Let Pittsburgh bury them.
Jets (4-5) @ Buccaneers (2-6): Thank you, New York, for beating the Bills last week. Now, we’re going to need you to lose to the Bucs. It’s a dirty business, I know. Honestly, who saw the Jets having a better record than the Buccaneers this season? Moral of the story: The NFL make zero sense, and neither does HBO’s ‘Vice Principals’ having only two seasons (man, that show is great). That said, Ryan Fitzmagic revenge time, baby!
Texans (3-5) @ Rams (6-2): The Texans have lost their best offensive player (QB Deshaun Watson) and best defensive player (DE J.J. Watt) for the year. On the other hand, Jared Goff and the Rams are dominating. Was rooting against L.A.’s other team really a thing? An AFC team losing is more important anyways.
Patriots (6-2) @ Broncos (3-5): Tom Brady is 3-7 (including playoffs) in Denver. Nobody wants to root for Tom Brady and the Patriots, but we want the Broncos, who have fallen apart since starting the season 3-1, to lose.
Dolphins (4-4) @ Panthers (6-3): Miami is still the No. 7 seed in the AFC despite losing to the Raiders a week ago. The Dolphins, who lost two in a row, beat the Chargers earlier in the year, so the Bolts need them to continue to lose. Cam Newton is the superhero we need.