Week 10 has several crucial matchups on its schedule. The Cleveland Browns will travel to Foxboro to do battle with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. The outcome of that contest will have wide-ranging implications on the playoff picture in the jumbled AFC. Sunday night's primetime match between Patrick Mahomes and the surging Kansas City Chiefs against their AFC West divisional foe Las Vegas Raiders should deliver quality entertainment in abundance. Elsewhere, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers appear set to make their timely returns against one another. Both of their teams struggled mightily in their absences and will be thrilled to see their franchise quarterbacks back in the field.
As we continue to salivate over this weekend's slate of games, we've compiled three bold predictions for the action ahead.
RAIDERS DEFEAT CHIEFS IN PRIMETIME
The Kansas City Chiefs are flying high while embarking on a much-needed two-game win streak. Unfortunately for Chiefs fans, we are predicting a letdown in Sunday night's crucial primetime showdown with their AFC West rival Las Vegas Raiders. The Chiefs largely unimpressed in last Sunday's narrow victory over an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers, and hardly defeated the lowly New York Giants in Week 8.
Many are believing in the Chiefs again, but it feels premature given their uninspiring performances, even throughout their recent victories. The Raiders are a more complete and talented team and will be playing in front of a rambunctious home crowd at Allegiant Stadium. Look for the Raiders to gain control of an ultra-competitive AFC West with a win on Sunday.
JONATHAN TAYLOR TAKES OVER LEAD LEAGUE IN RUSHING
Colts sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor is a budding superstar. The former Wisconsin standout has been in spectacular form as of late, having totaled an astounding 494 rushing yards over his last four appearances. It's been a much-welcomed stretch for Taylor, who was held under 70 rushing yards in four of Indianapolis' opening five contests.
Taylor (821 yards) trails the injured Derrick Henry (937) for the league lead in rushing by a precise 116 yards. With Henry on the sidelines indefinitely following a foot injury, it's just a matter of time before Taylor surpasses him. Taylor will encounter a middling Jaguars run defense in Week 10 that's allowing the opposition to rush for 103.4 yards per contest. Look for Taylor to carry Indianapolis to victory while topping 120 yards on the ground.
VON MILLER RECORDS A STRIP-SACK IN RAMS DEBUT
It's nearly unfathomable to imagine an NFL team acquiring Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. just 10 days apart, but that's exactly what Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead achieved in the past fortnight. Miller will suit up in his new colors for the first time in Los Angeles' Monday night divisional showdown with the San Francisco 49ers, and although Beckham hasn’t been ruled out just yet, it would be admittedly difficult for him to make his Rams debut on such short notice.
While Beckham continues to get up to speed, look for Miller to make a profound first impression on a fan base that is pumped up to have the stud pass rusher. The 32-year-old Miller is still capable of making a living in the backfield and should benefit from playing on a stout Rams defensive line that already possesses Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd. Miller has an astonishing 110.5 sacks and 26 forced fumbles on his resume and we envision him adding to both totals by recording a strip-sack against the 49ers.