NFL Week 10 will be big with matchups that will have playoff implications and plenty of storylines.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers need wins to keep pace in pursuit of the playoffs or to separate themselves from the challengers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who have a date with the Kansas City Chiefs, appeared to exceed expectations with a differential of more than 21 points, but they have only three wins to prove. The Chiefs rolled but can’t fall in a trap game against a tough AFC South opponent.
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The Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings will have tough tests against each other. But things could change depending on Josh Allen’s playing status. The Dallas Cowboys are returning from a bye to face the Green Bay Packers in what will be Mike McCarthy’s first game against his former team.
Sunday ends with the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Los Angeles Chargers.
Buccaneers (4-5) vs. Seahawks (6-3) – 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network
The Buccaneers and Seahawks will have a historic game in Munich, Germany. It will be the country’s first regular season game at the Allianz Arena, home of Bundesliga side FC Bayern Munich.
Tom Brady will be looking to somehow thwart the hot Seahawks team led by Geno Smith. Brady comes into the international game 3-0 away but has a lot of work to do to get past Seattle. The Bucs got some divisional cushion, courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons’ loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
The Seahawks come into the game with one of the best offenses in the NFL. The team is fourth in points scored and 11th in yards gained. Smith leads the NFL with seven games of two or more touchdown passes and will be looking for his fourth straight game with at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 100 or more.
Bills (6-2) vs. Vikings (7-1) – 1 p.m. ET, FOX
The Minnesota Vikings came back to beat the Washington Commanders in Week 9 while the Buffalo Bills fell to the New York Jets and Josh Allen was injured. Allen hasn’t practiced for three days this week, which could be a sign he won’t start against a tough Vikings team. In that case, the Keenum case would begin.
The game features two of football’s best wide receivers in Justin Jefferson and Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills. Since 2020 when Jefferson entered the league, Jefferson is first in receiving yards with 3,883 and fifth in receptions with 255 while Diggs is second in receptions with 290 and fourth in receiving yards with 3,617.
Both teams are among the top contenders in their conferences and a win helps either team solidify that status.
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Chiefs (6-2) vs. Jaguars (3-6) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
The Chiefs are looking to build momentum after a big primetime win over the Tennessee Titans last week. Patrick Mahomes changed the game for Kansas City with his run, and the team did enough to force overtime and take the win. After throwing for 400 yards last game, Mahomes is looking to join Dak Prescott and Ryan Fitzpatrick as the only quarterbacks with three straight 400 yards passing.
But even with the firepower of Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Chris Jones on the defensive line, the team faces a bit of a trap game against the Jaguars, who are looking for a signature win in 2022.
Jacksonville is 3-6 but may be the best 3-6 team in the NFL. The team has a plus-21 point differential and is 18th in points scored and eighth in yards gained. The team is 11th in points allowed and 16th in yards allowed. From Week 4 through Week 8, Jacksonville lost four games by less than 10 points. The team also lost by just six points to the Washington Commanders in Week 1.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if this game is closer than most fans expect.
Packers (3-6) vs. Cowboys (6-2) – 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy choked up this week when asked if he was playing the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field for the first time since taking over.
“It’s here. Like everything, you have to prepare to win,” McCarthy said via Yahoo Sports. “Obviously I have good memories of Green Bay, and I spent a lot of time there. But I’m four years younger than working there. … I really want to win the game. Is- enough?”
The Cowboys have a great defense and will give McCarthy an edge over Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers on Sunday as the Packers offense has failed to do much this season. Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs and Demarcus Lawrence will be looking to have a field day.
Rodgers said he hoped McCarthy received more cheers than jeers when he returned.
“Really positive, I think,” Rodgers said via The Athletic. “I hope the fans show a lot of gratitude and appreciation for his 13 seasons and a championship and a lot of great memories over the years. He has a street named after him. It’s quite special. But I hope the fans give him the welcome he deserves.”
Rodgers has been trying to spin the Packers in a positive direction over the past week. But with his own young wide receivers reportedly unhappy with the way the season has gone, this could be the start of a very tough next two weeks for the big quarterback.
49ers (4-4) vs. Chargers (5-3) – 8:20 p.m. ET. NBC
A battle on the west coast will end Sunday’s slate of matches.
The 49ers are coming off a bye, and that could only come in handy in their race to keep up with the Seahawks. Christian McCaffrey will have an increased knowledge of attack, which will only have a negative effect on opposing defenses. In Week 8, McCaffrey became the fourth player since 1970 with one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown.
The Chargers will have to do better than just 20 points like they did in last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons. Justin Herbert will have to play up to his standards against one of the toughest teams in the NFL.
This should be a good dessert for NFL fans.
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Here’s what’s next for Sunday
1 p.m. ET: Bears (3-6) vs. Lions (2-6)
1 p.m. ET: Dolphins (6-3) vs. Browns (3-5)
1 p.m. ET: Giants (6-2) vs. Texans (1-6-1)
1 p.m. ET: Steelers (2-6) vs. Saints (3-6)
4:05 p.m. ET: Raiders (2-6) vs. Colts (3-5-1)
4:25 p.m. ET: Rams (3-5) vs. Cardinals (3-6)