Which teams will emerge victorious in week 10 of the NFL? Lets preview the games and pick some winners from what is sure to be another action-packed weekend of action...
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals - BENGALS WIN
Thursday night football continues this week with an AFC North matchup between the Browns and the Bengals. Given how tight the AFC North is this game could make or break playoff aspirations.
The Bengals will be confident here. Jeremy Hill can get the ball moving on the ground and A.J. Green is going to be another game fitter. The Bengals offense should be perfectly primed to move the chains up and down the gridiron.
The Browns by contrast are going to be without tight end Jordan Cameron and since Alex Mack's injury have go from having a top 3 rushing game to a bottom three running game.
Add in the Bengals home advantage and this could be another Thursday night blowout.
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Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - FALCONS WIN
This is comfortably the worst match up of the week. It features two awful football teams and simply put there isn't much to get excited about here. Earlier in the season the Falcons hammered Tampa Bay on Thursday night football that game though was in Atlanta and they don't travel well.
Still Tampa Bay's home form has been just as bad as the Falcons road form. So this is a coin flip game. Coming off an bye week I'm going to back Matt Ryan to deliver a win on the road for Atlanta.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills - BILLS WIN
Were I Bills defense coordinator Mike Pettine I would be licking my lips with excitement over this matchup because the Chiefs offense is perfectly set up for the Bills to shut it down. The Bills are the sixth best in the league in defending against the run. The run with Knile Davis and Jamaal Charles is the entire Kansas City offense because they they barely throw the ball longer than five yards at a time.
On top of this the Bills front seven will make mincemeat of the Kansas City offensive line. Despite this game being at Arrowhead I think the Chiefs are kept below 10 points here and the Bills pick up an important win on the road.
Dallas Cowboys @ Jacksonville Jaguars - JAGUARS WIN
With GiveMeSport's exclusive that Romo's recovery is behind schedule the Cowboys may be without their star QB again. This absence would be key because the difference in quality between Tony Romo and Branden Wheedon is like night and day.
This is a huge problem for the Cowboys because the offense will need to be at their best to move the chains on a Jaguars defense that is in good form and is better then you think it is. With Wheedon under center Jacksonville will be able to focus their defensive efforts solely on the run. This should be enough to force some turnovers, expose the Cowboys defense to some playing and allow Blake Bortles to make some plays.
Miami Dolphins @ Detroit Lions - LIONS WIN
This might just be the best game of the week. Both the Lions and the Dolphins are strong teams in good form. From the London game onwards Ryan Tannenhill has been fantastic.
Coming up against the Lions defense though this run is likely to end and then on offense Detroit will be welcoming back Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson. The Lions will make a big statement of intent with a big post bye week win.
Tennessee Titans @ Baltimore Ravens - RAVENS WIN
There is a group of five or so teams that are leading the charge for the number one pick in next year's NFL draft. The Titans are one of those teams. The Ravens by contrast are in strong contention to go deep into the playoffs.
It's been a tough two weeks for Baltimore with back to back losses against AFC North rivals but this is the week where they get back on track. Joe Flacco will throw for three to four passing touchdowns and over 300 yards.
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints - SAINTS WIN
In the recap of NFL Week 9 Heroes I wrote that the weakness of the NFC South means that the Saints poor start is almost completely irrelevant. They are now strong favorites to pick up the division. At home against a 49ers side that is still refusing to use Frank Gore as a feature back means this is the Saints' chance to prove this point.
The Saints squeeze out a close win against the 49ers to take a winning record for the first time this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Jets - STEELERS WIN
With anti-John Idzik banners flying over the training ground and adverts calling for the same General Manager to be sacked erected across town it's fair to say that the Jets are in full meltdown mode.
The Steelers meanwhile are being led from strength to strength by Big Ben who on form is the best QB in the division. Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin famously said "we'll unleash hell in December" but right now Roethisberger is already throwing out the fire and brimstone. The Steelers should win this one easily.
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders - BRONCOS WIN
Some things are certain in this life. Death, taxes and the Broncos beating the Raiders this Sunday.
St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals - RAMS WIN
Are the Cardinals really an 8-1 team? Probably not. The Rams play much stronger inside the division then outside it and they will pick up another win against an NFC West rival.
The driving force behind this upset win will be the defensive front seven. After going into hibernation for much of the season the Rams defense sprung into life against San Francisco sacking Colin Kaepernick eight times. Against a Cardinals defensive line that pro football focus ranks as 26th in the NFL the Rams defense should once again get after the QB early and often.
New York Giants @ Seattle Seahawks - SEAHAWKS WIN
Given the complete lack of identity being exhibited by the Seattle offense and Russell Wilson's lack of from the Giants will be able to run the Seahawks close here. Ultimately though, the likely absence of RB Jennings, who still isn't cutting in training, will make the difference.
Despite the hype rookie RB Andre Williams is struggling in the NFL. Against the Cowboys he averaged 2.8 yards per carry and against the Colts this slumped to 1.8 yards per carry. When Peyton Hillis is you number one RB you know you're in trouble. These rushing woes will be taken fully advantage of by the Seahawks who will once again look unimpressive but get the win.
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers - PACKERS WIN
It seems that Aaron Rodgers is going to be fit for this week. The rehab has gone well and he is apparently feeling F-I-N-E. With Rodgers fit the Packers should dominate this game at Lambeau Field and knock the Bears out of the NFC North title race.
The only bright spot for the Bears is that Matt Forte will likely be able to find some joy rushing the ball against a Packers defense that isn't great against the run currently. It won't be enough though.
Carolina Panthers @ Philadelphia Eagles - EAGLES WIN
Nick Foles is out for the next couple of months with a broken collarbone but Eagles fans shouldn't fear because Mark 'butt fumble' Sanchez is ready to step in behind center.
In all seriousness though the Chip Kelly offense could be operated at a high level by almost any decent NFL QB or backup. Despite how it ended in New York, Sanchez is an exceptional backup and a decent starter he should keep the offense moving as least as well as Foles did.
Meanwhile on defense we can expect the Panthers offensive line to once again make things as tough as possible for Cam Newton. The Eagles will pick up a regulation win here to move into pole position in the NFC East.
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