The Nassau Guardian’s NFL WEEK 10 Local expert give their predictions for the NFL’s Week 10
NFL WEEK Ten
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Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons,
The Ravens looked like a Super Bowl contender last week against the Fins, but the Falcons are almost unbeatable inside the Georgia Dome. It’s a strong Thursday night opener that could really go either way. Somehow, I don’t think Matt Ryan would be as generous against the Ravens as Chad Henne was last week though. Michael Turner is running the ball well and the Falcons should have just enough offense to come out on top.
Falcons 20, Ravens 17
Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills,
I keep saying the Bills will eventually crack the win column but they come up short week after week. They play hard and a lot of their losses have been by five points or less. Really and truly, this week’s game is one of their best chances of picking up that elusive win. The Lions are much improved but I think the Bills finally put it together and find a way to come out on top.
Bills 21, Lions 17
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears,
Last week’s thrilling comeback win against the Cards just might have been the shot in the arm that the Vikings needed. Well, at the very least, it saved Brad Childress’job. The Vikes still have a long way to go but they could take a huge step in the right direction with a win over the Bears this week. It’s a long shot for them to make the playoffs but by playing the Bears and Packers in successive weeks, they could certainly help their own cause. I think that they’ll live to play another day by knocking off the Bears.
Vikings 24, Bears 20
N.Y. Jets at Cleveland Browns,
Could the Browns help the Fins again, by knocking off another AFC East power this week?That might be wishful thinking to some Dolfans but as proven over and over again, in the NFL, anything is possible. I don’t think the Jets will fall prey like the Pats did last week though. The Jets were almost devoured by the Lions last week, but it seems like they find ways to win close games in the fourth quarter and in overtime. This week should be no different.
Jets 17, Browns 14
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts,
The Bengals could pretty much pack it in and call it a season. I still expect them to play hard and be competitive but the Colts are always strong coming off a loss. Besides, they’re in a four-way race for the AFC South division, so every game is huge. They still have a lot of injury issues to deal with but Peyton Manning will find a way to lead his troops to a victory this week.
Colts 31, Bengals 20
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars,
The Jags are near the bottom of the league in a number of statistical categories but there’s something about playing a home game after a bye week that just won’t allow me to pick against them. Meanwhile, the Texans are explosive on offense but can’t stop anyone on the defensive side. Both of these teams are still very much alive in the AFC South which should create for an exciting game this Sunday in Jacksonville. Actually, I’ve already changed my mind about twice in this one lil description. Quite frankly, it’s a toss up.
Jaguars 24, Texans 23
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins,
Now that the Dolphins suffered their first road loss of the season, maybe they can reverse the trend at home and pick up their first victory in Sun Life Stadium. It seems like every week they face a playoff-caliber team and this week is no different with the rugged Titans coming to town. Randy Moss will be in South Beach for the second time this season, but the Fins’defense actually limited his productivity the first time around when he was a member of the Patriots. I think they’ll do so again, and the Fins will be fired up to finally get their first home win of the season.
Dolphins 27, Titans 24
Carolina Panthers at
Tampa Bay Buccaneers,
Well Raheem Morris, it was good to motivate your boys making them think that they were actually the best team in the NFC, but I’m sure reality sunk in after last week’s loss and they realize that they still have a lot of work to do. The Bucs still have a winning record but actually sit in third place in their division at the season’s midway point. The Panthers are having a season they would like to quickly forget though. The Bucs should get back on track this week and the Panthers should slip further into oblivion.
Buccaneers 24, Panthers 13
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos,
Don’t look now, but the Chiefs have cooled down significantly after a torrid start. They are still in first place but by just a half game over the Raiders, who have won four out of their last five, and by a game and a half over the Chargers, who have won two of their last three. The Chiefs still look to be the cream of the crop in the AFC West though. It will be tough for them to get a victory this Sunday in the Mile High City, but I think that they are up to the task.
Chiefs 27, Broncos 20
Dallas Cowboys at N.Y. Giants,
Different coach… same old result!The Cowboys have completely lost focus, and whilst a midseason switch to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett might be long overdue, it certainly wouldn’t help the situation this late in the season. The G-men smell blood and I expect them to go in for the kill.
Giants 31, Cowboys 17
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals,
The Seahawks actually have a better record than the Cards in the NFC West and are tied for the division lead, but the Cards is the team that is playing better on the football field right now. They could force a three-way tie for first place with a win coupled with a Rams’loss to the Niners. Larry Fitzgerald and the Cards are starting to come along and the Seahawks are struggling, especially away from noisy Qwest Field.’Nuff said’!
Cardinals 20, Seahawks 13
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers,
After an 0-5 start, the 49ers can actually pull within a game of first place with a win this week against the Rams(provided that the Cards beat the Seahawks). I still think that the Niners is the most talented team in this division, and now they have a chance to salvage what has been a frustrating season thus far. I think that they’ll take full advantage of the situation and come out firing this week at Candlestick Park.
49ers 24, Rams 20
New England Patriots at
Game of the Week!What a battle this one will be Sunday night at Heinz Field. Tom Brady and the Pats are looking to redeem themselves after a crushing loss to the Browns last week but the Steelers appear to be the best team in the AFC, and quite possibly the entire league. Their number one rated rushing defense will have Brady and the Pats one dimensional this week, but that’s exactly how the Pats like it. They prefer to dissect defenses with short passes and check downs anyway. I think that it will be close but the Steelers should be able to rally around their home crowd for a win.
Steelers 24, Patriots 23
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins,
The NFL’s number one rated quarterback is back under center for the Eagles which should lead to a late playoff push for them. However, one of their three losses have come against the Redskins this year, and Donovan McNabb will be looking to stick it to his former team again. I think that the Eagles will be ready for them this time. The Michael Vick to DeSean Jackson connection is proving to be one of the most lethal tandems in the league, and it will be hard pressed for that Redskins’secondary, led by DeAngelo Hall, to contain them. I think that Vick and the Eagles will continue their progression this week.
Eagles 24, Redskins 21