NFL Week 10 picks: Predicting each NFC South game

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Nov 8, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass against the New England Patriots in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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Carolina Panthers (8-0) at Tennessee Titans (2-6)

Somehow, someway this young Titans team went on the road to a tough environment in New Orleans and earned a respectable win. As if that 11-point comeback wasn’t tiring enough, they now turn their attention to arguably the hottest team in the league, Carolina.

The Panthers field the 13th-ranked defense in the league but one thing we’ve learned the past two weeks about Carolina, they can be prone to give up a few points. This is Carolina’s first road game since the upset in Seattle. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tennessee gave them a scare. Yet, it stops there. Just a scare.

Pick: Carolina 24, Tennessee 17

Dallas Cowboys (2-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)

Injuries to Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Sean Lee, as well as the fiasco surrounding Greg Hardy has contributed to the team’s 2-6 record and slim playoff hopes. Rookie QB Jameis Winston and Tampa are coming off a home loss against the Giants but they try to get back on track against a Dallas team that has slumped.

One of the bright spots for Tampa is a defense that is seventh in turnovers. Keep an eye on the Bucs 15th-ranked rush defense as it is no secret that Dallas will run often. A turnover free Jameis is a good Jameis.

Pick: Tampa Bay 24, Dallas 21

New Orleans Saints (4-5) at Washington Redskins (3-5)

A Saints offense that is first in the league in offense also brings their 31st-ranked defense. The Saints got the train rolling with a three game winning streak before falling to the Titans last week at home. We all know of Brees and how he can be a magician but the Saints can be a much better offense with an effective running game.

The Saints are 25th in running the ball and can get it rolling with the Redskins being 29th in rushing defense. A shootout can blossom if the Saints can’t run the ball effectively. It’s worth noting that three of the Saints five losses are on the road.

Pick: Washington 31, New Orleans 26

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