Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 10
by Dave Schwab - 11/5/2014
Philadelphia paid the price in last Sunday's 31-21 victory over Houston as a two-point road favorite with quarterback Nick Foles lost for six to eight weeks with a broken clavicle, but the win raised my record on the year in my NFC East "pick of the week" to 6-3 through the first nine weeks of the NFL regular season.
Each and every week of this year's NFL regular season I will be previewing all the games in the NFC East. I will also release my NFC East "pick of the week" along with a unit play using Doc's Sports Unit Betting System based on BetOnline's NFL betting odds. The ultimate goal is to generate a solid profit with these free picks, and heading into Week 10 of the NFL season, my yearly return on a $100 wager using the recommended unit play stands at +$900
Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m.)
The Cowboys also have some major issues at quarterback, with Tony Romo still listed as questionable for this Sunday's game in London. He did make the trip with the team, but it's still unclear whether or not a Week 8 back injury in a loss to Washington will keep him out of the starting lineup for a second-straight game. In his place, Brandon Weeden got the start last week against Arizona, and the results were predictable in a 28-17 Cowboys' loss as 1.5-point home favorites. He completed just 54.5 percent of his 33 attempts for 183 yards and one touchdown while tossing two interceptions.
Jacksonville has pretty much stayed true for form so far with a straight up record of 1-8 and a costly 2-6-1 mark against the spread. The Jaguars did earn a "push" last Sunday in a 33-23 loss to Cincinnati as 10-point road underdogs. It was just the second time this season they eclipsed 20 points. Overall, this offense is ranked dead-last in the league in scoring with an average of just 15.7 points a game.
BetOnline still has this game "off the board" pending the playing status of Romo, but no matter which player is under center this Sunday, the Cowboys should be favored in this one.
New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, Nov. 9, 4:25 p.m.)
The Giants have been on the ultimate roller-coaster ride this season with a 0-2 start that was followed by a dominating three-game winning streak. That run came to an end in a 27-0 loss to Philadelphia in Week 6 as 1.5-point road underdogs. Throw in a third-straight loss in Monday night's 40-24 setback to Indianapolis as a three-point home underdog, and it all adds up to a 3-5 record both SU and ATS. The chances that head coach Tom Coughlin can get his team to circle the wagons this Sunday in Seattle can't be too good given just how bad this team has looked during the current three-game slide.
Seattle is not in a must-win situation this Sunday after struggling to get by winless Oakland last week in a 30-24 victory as a 13-point home favorite. However, it can't afford to give up any more ground in the NFC West to the high-flying 7-1 Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks have now failed to cover ATS in their last four games, and the total has gone "over" in three of those contests. Issues on both sides of the ball have this team on shaky ground as a +360 odds-on favorite to still win the NFC this season on BetOnline's most recent NFL futures odds.
The Seahawks have been listed as 10-point home favorites for Sunday's game, with the total set at 44.5.
NFC East Week 10 'Pick of the Week'
Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Monday, Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m.)
Carolina is a team in trouble after getting taken apart by Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in a 28-10 loss last Thursday as a three-point underdog at home. It was its third straight loss to fall to 3-5-1 SU (5-4 ATS) on the year. The Panthers' offense was always suspect to begin with, but through the first nine weeks of the season it's 26th in the NFL in average yards and 25th in scoring. The bigger concern is a once-vaunted defense that is also ranked 25th in the league in points allowed (26.2). This could be especially troubling against a Philadelphia offense that is ranked fourth in points per game (29.2).
There was a reason why Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly jumped at the chance to sign Mark Sanchez as his backup quarterback after closely following his career in the Pac-12 at USC. The six-year vet will now have an extended opportunity to prove he can still be a productive player at this level starting Monday night in place of Nick Foles. Some of the bigger concerns for the Eagles moving forward are season-ending injuries to offensive guard Todd Herremans and linebacker DeMeco Ryans. These two losses could factor in heavily somewhere down the road, but as far as Monday night's game they will not stop Philly from running all over the reeling Panthers to cover the seven points at home. The total for this contest has been set at 48.
4-Unit Play: Take Philadelphia -7 over Carolina
Year to Date Record: 6-3 (+$900)
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