Week Ten features several pivotal division games and a classic Football Night in America match-up. Will your team pull out a victory? Find out here:
Last Week: 12-2 Year: 91-41
TNF: Indianapolis (5-3) at Jacksonville (1-7) - Andrew Luck has lived up to the hype and then some. Despite their head coach being absent due to chemotherapy, the Colts continue to turn heads. Their physical style along with Luck's play has Colts fans thinking playoffs. Although the future is bright there are still plenty of holes but in a weak division the playoffs are certainly not out of reach. Jacksonville continues to be one of, if not the worst, teams in the league. This is a ripe position for an upset but Luck makes just enough plays to best the Jones-Drew-less Jags. INDY 23 JAX 20
Denver (5-3) at Carolina (2-6) - Simply put, Peyton Manning is playing at an All-Pro level. He has solid weapons in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. In addition, the Bronco defense can apply pressure with Von Miller.
Cam Newton will bring a whole different challenge for the Denver defense. Although Newton has struggled this year, the Panthers managed to pull off a big road victory in Washington. This should be a back and forth affair with Manning making enough big plays to eke out a victory. DEN 31 CAR 27
New York Giants (6-3) at Cincinnati (3-5) - It is a week of repeats for both squads. For the second week in a row, the Giants face an AFC North foe. For the Bengals, they face another Manning. Eli should find the same openings that brother Peyton did against a suspect Bengals secondary. In addition he will work underneath routes against struggling Bengal linebackers. Minus any semblance of a running game, all of the pressure will reside on Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. They will make plays but will not be able to keep up with Manning and Victor Cruz. NYG 34 CIN 23
Tennessee (3-6) at Miami (4-4) - The Titans have been solid at times but were annihilated last week at home by the Bears. This week they face another solid defense in Miami who are coming off a tough loss in which they were lit up by Andrew Luck. Jake Locker will likely be inactive due to injury once again stunting what could have been solid progression by the team as a whole. In a very close contest, Ryan Tannehill makes just enough plays to get the home victory. MIA 20 TEN 17
Minnesota (5-4) at Detroit (4-4) - A huge game in the NFC North between two teams who are heading in opposite directions. The Vikings started the season hot but have fallen on hard times as Christian Ponder has digressed. Their running game and defense is good enough to compete but in today's game, the passing game is a must. Detroit, however, has won three of the last four games despite Calvin Johnson suffering from a lingering knee injury. A loss by either team will severely cripple their playoff chances. The Lions' defense plays well and Matthew Stafford finds little resistance against the men of purple. DET 34 MIN 17
Oakland (3-5) at Baltimore (6-2) - The Raiders have been an enigma all season. At times they look like they can compete with anyone, then they fall apart. The full spectrum was on display in a tough loss versus Tampa Bay. Carson Palmer threw for 414 yards but of course threw three interceptions. To make matter worse, Oakland's run defense was nonexistent. The Ravens are in some ways similar to the Raiders, up and down and at times, mediocre at best, yet somehow they have found ways to win. The key this week will be to pound the ball with Ray Rice. He should find plenty of openings.
Palmer and the Raiders' offense will once again make big plays and once again fall short. Forced turnovers and Ray Rice help the Ravens maintain their slim lead in the AFC North. BAL 27 OAK 23
Buffalo (3-5) at New England (5-3) - The Bills' organization believed the 2012 season would serve as their reawakening. Unfortunately for Buffalo fans, despite upgrades via free agency, the 2012 version appears to be more of the same. This week they face a New England squad who will be well rested and prepared coming off their bye.
Buffalo keeps it close through three quarters but Tom Brady and his skilled arsenal of targets prove to be too much. NE 38 BUF 30
San Diego (4-4) at Tampa Bay (4-4) - The Chargers at times appear to be on the verge of mass destruction but almost always seem to battle back. They are often their own worst enemy but their immense talent prevails. Tampa Bay won a hard fought victory over the Raiders by using their ultra talented half back, Doug Martin. Martin will once again have a big day but Josh Freeman to former Charger Vincent Jackson is the difference in the game. TB 27 SD 23
Atlanta (8-0) at New Orleans (3-5) - The Falcons appear to have all phases pulling in the same direction, synergistic if you will. No matter if it is a pretty game or ugly game, Atlanta has found a way to win. Their defense has been solid while their passing game is amongst the best in the league.
For the Saints, they are back in a big way following their Monday Night domination of Philadelphia. Drew Brees continues to play at a high level. With a victory, New Orleans would be right back in the thick of the wild card race. This will be a thrilling game which will result in a 1972 Miami Dolphins celebration. NO 34 ATL 30
New York Jets (3-5) at Seattle (5-4) - The Jets come off their bye week with far more questions than answers. Will Tony Sparano finally bring some creativity to the Jets' offense? Will it be Mark Sanchez or will Tim Tebow start to get more snaps?
Regardless, they will face a very physical defense in Seattle. The Hawks will no doubt stack the line and force whichever quarterback is under center to beat them. The strategy will pay off as Seattle wins the defensive tussle. SEA 20 NYJ 17
Dallas (3-5) at Philadelphia (3-5) - Yes the Cowboys have some talent but it is nowhere near the hyperbole spewed by ESPN. They are a solid team who quite frankly may be exactly where they should be at 3-5. The same could be said for Philadelphia as the days of head coach Andy Reid appear to be numbered.
This game is likely an elimination game between the two old rivals. The key to the game will be the Eagles strategy regarding Michael Vick. If they spread the field he will get annihilated. If they keep an extra blocker on the field, he will light up Rob Ryan's blitzing defense. Reid finally overcomes his stubbornness which leads to a Philly victory. PHI 27 DAL 24
San Francisco (6-2) at St. Louis (3-5) - The Niners will look to impose their will against division foe St. Louis. Look for San Francisco to line up in jumbo sets and pound the rock with Frank Gore. On defense they will stack the box and dare Sam Bradford, with limited weapons, to beat them. He won't, as Alex Smith has another solid game while Gore and the defense dominate. SF 31 STL 23
SNF: Houston (7-1) at Chicago (7-1) - Quite possibly the best game of the season thus far will take place on Sunday Night in what could be a Super Bowl preview. Houston has outscored its opponents by a combined 100 net points while the Bears by a combined net points of 116, dominance by both teams.
It will be a wild atmosphere in Solider Field which could impact Houston quarterback Matt Schaub. Regardless, the key for Houston will be Arian Foster sustaining drives against the tough Bears defense. For the Bears it comes down to protecting Jay Cutler. Matt Forte will have to make plays but if Cutler gets time he can have a field day but that will be difficult against the likes of J.J. Watt.
This should be a classic and in a tightly contested battle Jay Cutler's aerial attack gets the best of the Houston ground game. CHI 27 HOU 24
MNF: Kansas City (1-7) at Pittsburgh (5-3) - The Chiefs come off their bye week to a daunting task in a road trip to Pittsburgh to face a Steelers squad who is starting to play well. Despite all of the rumbling and grumblings about Pittsburgh getting old and their suspect line, they continue to win. Their road victory against the Giants was impressive in all facets. Big Ben and the defense is a daunting task that the hapless Chiefs cannot handle. PIT 34 KC 13