Week 10 of the NFL season is here and the time is now for teams to start making their move. Some big games this week, so this won’t be easy. Here we go.
Oakland at Baltimore
Two banged up teams meeting in Maryland. The Raiders will likely be without star running Darren McFadden, who is nursing a high ankle sprain. The Ravens won’t have Ray Lewis in the lineup, due to a torn triceps muscle. Without McFadden, the Raiders will need quarterback Carson Palmer to step up his game. The Ravens have depth on defence, and have enough offence to see this game through. Baltimore wins.
Tennessee at Miami
The Titans are coming off an embarrassing loss to Chicago, in which they gave up a blocked punt and an interception return for touchdowns. The Dolphins lost a tough game to Indianapolis last week, but have been playing decent football over the last several weeks. Ryan Tannehill looks like the real deal at quarterback, while Reggie Bush has revitalized the Dolphins running game. This may not be pretty. Miami wins.
Detroit at Minnesota
Critical game in the NFC North. The Lions have won 2 in a row and have clawed back into the playoff race in the NFC. The Vikings have lost 2 in a row, and are in danger of sliding out of contention in the NFC. The health of Calvin Johnson is a concern for the Lions, but he should play on Sunday. The Vikings will need a big game out of Adrian Peterson, if they are to win this one. Tough call. My heart overrules this one. Detroit wins.
Atlanta at New Orleans
The Falcons are the only undefeated team left in the NFL, sporting a perfect 8-0 mark. Atlanta hasn’t blown out many teams, but manage to find ways to win games. The Saints are 3-5, but still are entertaining thought of a wildcard berth. This is an absolute must win for New Orleans, while Atlanta might be a little relaxed in this one. Plus this is a great rivalry and strange things happen in rivalry games. Upset special. New Orleans wins.
New York Giants at Cincinnati
The Giants are coming off a difficult loss to Pittsburgh, in which they blew a 10 point, 4th quarter lead. The Bengals have lost 4 straight, and are in danger of becoming irrelevant in the AFC North. One thing about the Giants, they always seem to bounce back after a tough loss. The Bengals haven’t bounced back in 4 weeks. New York Giants wins.
Denver at Carolina
The Broncos have taken control of the AFC West, winning their last 3 games, while showing offensive flair. The Panthers snapped a 5 game losing streak last week, but questions remain in Carolina. Too many injuries on defence, along with continuing questions about Cam Newton’s attitude make this extremely strenuous for Carolina. Denver wins.
San Diego at Tampa Bay
Interesting game at the Pirate Ship as both teams sit with 4-4 marks. The Bucs have won 2 straight, and have played some impressive football. Running back Doug Martin had a breakout performance last week, rushing for 251 yards and 4 touchdowns against Oakland. The Chargers defeated hapless Kansas City last week, which was necessary, as the Chargers had been struggling prior to last week’s game. However, I don’t trust Philipp Rivers against a solid team. And Tampa Bay could be making a run. Tampa Bay wins.
Buffalo at New England
Key game in the AFC East. The Patriots sit atop of the division with a 6-3 mark, while the Bills are 3-5 and must win this game to keep pace with New England. These two teams met in a wild game in Buffalo last month, with the Patriots falling behind 21-7 before scoring the next 45 points to win easily. Some other history. The Bills are 1-17 in their last 18 games against New England. Plus the Bills have never won in Gillette Stadium. Forget about this one. New England wins.
New York Jets at Seattle
The Jets are a total mess of a team. Their 3-5 mark is actually somewhat flattering, as Rex Ryan’s crew have embarrassed themselves more often than not, which even has made Jets legend Joe Namath upset. The Seahawks are still in the hunt in the NFC West, as their 5-3 mark would be good enough for a playoff spot right now. Add to the fact Seattle is at home, and are a much better team at home spells doom for the Jets. Seattle wins.
Dallas at Philadelphia
A battle between disappointing teams in the City of Brotherly Love. Both teams sit at 3-5 and are in desperate need of a victory. The Cowboys played well, but lost to undefeated Atlanta last week. The Eagles have lost 3 in a row, including a bad Monday night loss to New Orleans last week. Both teams are in turmoil, as changes are to be made to the team that loses. However, I do think the Cowboys are playing slightly better than the Eagles right now, and my gut feeling tells me, Philadelphia is playing to get Andy Reid fired. Dallas wins.
St Louis at San Francisco
To be honest, I don’t think this game will be that close. The Rams played well early in the season, but have declined in recent weeks. The 49ers are starting to round into form, and have taken control in the NFC West. The Rams have a bright future, but the 49ers have a better present. San Francisco wins.
Houston at Chicago
The game of the week. A possible Super Bowl preview. Both teams are 7-1 and feature superb defences. The Texans are led by J.J. Watt, who leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks. The Bears have cornerback Charles Tillman who is a definite candidate for defensive player of the year. The Bears D have 9 touchdowns this year, by far the most of the NFL. Houston can rush the passer from all angles, giving quarterbacks many things to worry about. Should be a great game. Home team has the advantage here. Close but…Chicago wins.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh
This might be the biggest blowout in the history of Monday Night Football. The Chiefs are simply awful, while the Steelers are red-hot right now. No contest. Pittsburgh wins.
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