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Predicting The Entire NFL Season: Week 10 (Panthers @ Eagles)

Believe it or not, the NFL has bye weeks scheduled in Week 10, 11 and 12. That’s right, some teams are going to play 12 games before having a week off. Is this the England effect? Is it due to the increased number of Thursday Night games? Either way, I think it’s a problem the NFL needs to address in future schedules. Having a bye week before playing the last quarter of your schedule puts teams at a serious disadvantage.

Rant over. Let’s look at our projected schedule through nine weeks.

AFC EASTWinsLosses
New England Patriots72
Buffalo Bills62
Miami Dolphins35
New York Jets27
Cincinnati Bengals71
Baltimore Ravens72
Pittsburgh Steelers45
Cleveland Browns26
Indianapolis Colts63
Houston Texans44
Tennessee Titans35
Jacksonville Jaguars18
AFC WESTWinsLosses
Denver Broncos53
Kansas City Chiefs44
San Diego Chargers36
Oakland Raiders26
NFC EASTWinsLosses
New York Giants62
Philadelphia Eagles62
Washington Redskins36
Dallas Cowboys36
Green Bay Packers53
Detroit Lions44
Chicago Bears35
Minnesota Vikings27
Carolina Panthers54
New Orleans Saints44
Atlanta Falcons44
Tampa Bay Buccaneers26
NFC WESTWinsLosses
Seattle Seahawks71
Arizona Cardinals62
San Francisco 49ers44
St. Louis Rams44

The NFL has to be happy with the way the season would be unfolding at this point. Only the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders (and maybe the San Diego Chargers), Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are truly out of contention. That leaves more than 75 percent of teams in the hunt.

For now.

Let’s plow ahead and see who survives to play meaningful football for another week.

Browns @ Bengals: The battle for Ohio might get interesting in a few years. Not this year. Cincinnati 34, Cleveland 16

Chiefs @ Bills: The Bills are coming off a restful week off. I like their chances coming off a bye. Buffalo 26, Kansas City 21

Dolphins @ Lions: Interesting game here. The Lions really need this game to stay in the hunt. I expect Miami to be a decent football team by this point in the season, though. Close, but edge to the home team. Detroit 23, Miami 20

Cowboys @ Jaguars: Yes, it’s going to be this bad for Jerry Jones. Jacksonville 27, Dallas 13

49ers @ Saints: Another tough game for San Francisco, who much like the Denver Broncos were done no favors by the schedule makers. They’ve got to have this one, however. San Francisco 29, New Orleans 28

Titans @ Ravens: Upset of the weekend. Tennessee 24, Baltimore 23

Steelers @ Jets: Another easy game on the schedule to keep Pittsburgh afloat. Some teams are treated well by the schedule makers. Pittsburgh 27, New York Jets 20

Falcons @ Buccaneers: Good chance for the Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan to begin making their move. Atlanta 30, Tampa Bay 21

Broncos @ Raiders: And in the 10th week, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning feasts. Denver 52, Oakland 23

Rams @ Cardinals: This is one of those games an up and coming Rams team will win in a few years. Arizona 27, St. Louis 17

Giants @ Seahawks: Should be a good game, but that it’s in Seattle is a big advantage. Seattle 27, New York Giants 16

Bears @ Packers: The Bears really, really need this game, and get a little payback. Chicago 33, Green Bay 28

Panthers @ Eagles: Tough game here for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Points will be tough to come by, and this is an Eagles team that will need plenty of points to win. They’ll miss out on a chance to take a step forward in the NFC East. Carolina 22, Philadelphia 20

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