The Patriots are certainly 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 perfect document within the AFC regardless of Sunday night time’s loss. Only six different groups are above .500: the Bills 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. But Baltimore’s win provides 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. Just don’t count on 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 Bills are additionally hitting the highway 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 incorrect course regardless of a proficient roster.
Other storylines to regulate whilst you’re not watching the Patriots:
■ As it stands, the Chiefs wouldn’t have a bye heading into the playoffs and can be the No. Four seed. After shedding three of their final 4, Kansas City defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 26-23 final week with Matt Moore at quarterback. The Chiefs are on the highway this week on the 4-5 Titans. Young star quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been getting an elevated workload in observe and hopes to play at Tennessee for the primary time since he injured his knee Oct. 17. That recreation will probably be televised within the Boston space on CBS.
A Kansas City win would preserve the Chiefs in rivalry for the perfect 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 towards the Steelers and has been restricted in observe this week. If he can’t go, will probably 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 at the moment on the surface wanting in on the subject of the playoffs will meet within the 4:25 p.m. recreation on Fox on Sunday, because the 5-3 Los Angeles Rams tackle the 4-4 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 5-3 Cowboys host the 6-3 Vikings on NBC at 8:20 p.m. Since shedding to the Jets two weeks in the past, Dallas has gained two in a row to take care of 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 up the one remaining undefeated group within the league, the 8-0 San Francisco 49ers. Not solely may the winner of this recreation find yourself within the Super Bowl, however Patriots followers will probably be to see how Jimmy Garoppolo fares towards the Seattle protection. When the Seahawks have the ball, Russell Wilson could have a pair of former Patriots to throw to in large receiver Josh Gordon and tight finish Jacob Hollister, who was carried off the sphere on his teammates’ shoulders after scoring the profitable landing in final week’s additional time win towards Tampa Bay.
Yes, it may be disappointing to not have your group enjoying this weekend. But you may get via this, Patriots followers. And bear in mind, Bill Belichick is 14-5 when coming off a bye as Patriots coach. There may not be a bonus this time round, as a result of their subsequent opponent, the Eagles, may also be coming off a bye, they usually fared fairly effectively the final time the 2 groups confronted one another with an additional week to arrange in Super Bowl LII.