Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) scores a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


Mike Shara

Well, I hope you didn’t bet many favorites in Week 9, because chances are that if you did, you’re regretting it today. It was an absurd week of upsets, with no less than five first place teams (the Bills, Rams, Raiders, Cowboys and Packers) losing their games outright. Other favorites like the Bengals, Saints and Ravens failed to cover in games that seemed like safe bets. I was going to make a list of the top five ‘bad beats’ of this past week, but I couldn’t even whittle it down to that small a number

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The good news is there are plenty of appealing games on the slate for Week 10 for you to make up for your losses. The Titans, who have beaten the Rams, Colts, Chiefs and Bills the last four weeks, will be home against a New Orleans team that lost to Atlanta last week and are without star receiver Michael Thomas and quarterback Jameis Winston for the rest of the season. If Tennessee can win this week, their schedule is softer than cream cheese the rest of the way and they could emerge as the favorite to have home field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs, even with Derrick Henry on the shelf. bargain.

Elsewhere, two AFC teams fighting for their playoff lives meet in Foxboro as the 5-4 Patriots host the 5-4 Browns, who may have just saved their season with a blowout win at Cincinnati last week. The Seahawks will welcome back quarterback Russell Wilson, who will return from a finger injury to try to cook vs. the Packers (with Aaron Rodgers in the lineup) in Green Bay, and on Sunday Night Football the Raiders and Chiefs will meet in a classic AFC West battle with both teams looking to take control of a division where all four teams have five wins each. 

Monday Night’s game would normally be one to look forward to, but the 49ers have been disappointing all season (again), losing by 14 last week at home against a Cardinals team that was missing DeAndre Hopkins and Kyler Murray. Although, as we saw in Week 9, what appears to be a safe bet in the NFL can become a painful lesson in the blink of an eye.

Hey, if betting the winners were easy, everyone would do it.

This week’s schedule sees the Bengals, Bears, Giants and Texans staying home with a bye, so that should improve the chances of watching good football, anyway. 

All games listed below are EST. Check your local listings to see what games are available in your area.


BaltimoreMiami (+7.5 on BetMGM)8:20 pmNFL/FOX


AtlantaDallas (-9 on DraftKings) 1 pm FOX
New OrleansTennessee (-2.5 on FanDuel)1 pm CBS
JacksonvilleIndianapolis (-10.5 on BetMGM1 pm CBS
ClevelandNew England (-1.5 on DraftKings)1 pm CBS
BuffaloNY Jets (+13.5 on FanDuel)1 pm CBS
DetroitPittsburgh (-9.5 on BetMGM)1 pm FOX
Tampa BayWashington (+9.5 on DraftKings)1 pm FOX
CarolinaArizona (-10 on FanDuel)4:05 pmFOX
MinnesotaLA Chargers (-2.5 on BetMGM)4:05 pmFOX
PhiladelphiaDenver (-2.5 on BetMGM)4:25 pmCBS
SeattleGreen Bay (-4.5 on DraftKings)4:25 pm CBS
Kansas CityLas Vegas (+2.5 on FanDuel)8:20 pmNBC


LA RamsSan Francisco (+4 on BetMGM)8:15 pmESPN

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