The Patriots are considered one of six groups to have a bye this week, however Week 10 within the NFL ought to nonetheless be fascinating for the membership and its followers.
At 8-1, the Patriots nonetheless have the most effective document within the AFC regardless of Sunday night time’s loss. Solely six different groups are above .500: the Payments and Ravens are 6-2, the Texans and Chiefs are 6-3, the Colts are 5-3, and the Raiders are 5-Four after Thursday’s win over the Chargers. However Baltimore’s win offers it the sting in home-field benefit for the playoffs if the Ravens and Patriots end with the identical document as a result of head-to-head is the primary tiebreaker. Simply don’t anticipate the Patriots to get a lot separation this week as a result of Baltimore will face the one winless group remaining within the NFL when it takes on the Bengals on Sunday at Cincinnati.
The Payments are additionally hitting the street with the hopes of gaining floor on the Patriots. They’ll face a 2-6 Cleveland Browns squad that has misplaced 4 in a row and seems to be headed within the improper route regardless of a proficient roster.
Different storylines to control when you’re not watching the Patriots:
■ Because it stands, the Chiefs wouldn’t have a bye heading into the playoffs and could be the No. Four seed. After dropping three of their final 4, Kansas Metropolis defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 26-23 final week with Matt Moore at quarterback. The Chiefs are on the street this week on the 4-5 Titans. Younger star quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been getting an elevated workload in apply and hopes to play at Tennessee for the primary time since he injured his knee Oct. 17. That recreation will likely be televised within the Boston space on CBS.
A Kansas Metropolis win would maintain the Chiefs in competition for the most effective document within the AFC, with an eye fixed towards making up floor forward of their journey to Gillette Stadium in Week 13.
■ A disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers knocked the Colts out of first place within the AFC South. They’ll host the Dolphins, who’re coming off their first win of the season, on Sunday. Quarterback Jacoby Brissette was injured in opposition to the Steelers and has been restricted in apply this week. If he can’t go, it is going to be one other former backup to Tom Brady – Brian Hoyer – quarterbacking Indianapolis. A win would pull the Colts right into a tie with the idle Texans for first place of their division.
■ Two groups presently on the skin wanting in with regards to the playoffs will meet within the 4:25 p.m. recreation on Fox on Sunday, because the 5-Three Los Angeles Rams tackle the 4-Four Steelers in Pittsburgh. The defending NFC champs are in third place within the NFC West, and a half-game out of the final wild-card spot. The Steelers are two video games behind the Ravens within the AFC North, one recreation behind the Colts for the final AFC wild-card spot.
■ The Sunday night time recreation is a pivotal NFC battle that includes two groups seeking to maintain on to their playoff positioning. The 5-Three Cowboys host the 6-Three Vikings on NBC at 8:20 p.m. Since dropping to the Jets two weeks in the past, Dallas has received two in a row to keep up a half-game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles within the NFC East. Minnesota’s loss to the Chiefs prevented them from pulling right into a tie with the Packers atop the NFC North. The Patriots host the Cowboys on Nov. 24.
■ Week 10 wraps up with a battle within the NFC West, with the 7-2 Seattle Seahawks taking over the one remaining undefeated group within the league, the 8-Zero San Francisco 49ers. Not solely might the winner of this recreation find yourself within the Tremendous Bowl, however Patriots followers will likely be to see how Jimmy Garoppolo fares in opposition to the Seattle protection. When the Seahawks have the ball, Russell Wilson can have a pair of former Patriots to throw to in extensive receiver Josh Gordon and tight finish Jacob Hollister, who was carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders after scoring the winning touchdown in last week’s overtime win against Tampa Bay.
Sure, it may be disappointing to not have your group taking part in this weekend. However you may get via this, Patriots followers. And bear in mind, Invoice Belichick is 14-5 when coming off a bye as Patriots coach. There won’t be a bonus this time round, as a result of their subsequent opponent, the Eagles, will even be coming off a bye, they usually fared fairly properly the final time the 2 groups confronted one another with an additional week to arrange in Tremendous Bowl LII.