The NFL has been full of surprises this season. Who would’ve thought the 49ers would be 4-5 and in danger of missing the playoffs and the Seahawks looking less like the defending Champions. The NFL truly means Not For Long and like the headline says Any Given Sunday, You either gunna win or lose, perhaps even tie! Here are my week 10 predictions:
Cleveland at Cincinnati: This week kicks off with Thursday Night Football divisional battle between the Browns and the Bengals. The Browns have been good this season but I see the Bengals steeping it up a notch to win this one. Key Matchup: WR A J Green vs CB Joe Haden. Bengals 30, Browns 27.
Kansas City at Buffalo: Both teams are coming in on a roll, but this is a crucial game that the Bills cannot afford to lose as they chase a wild-card spot in the playoffs. Kansas City have perhaps the best pass rush in the league so should be an interesting game. Key Matchup: Bills O-Line vs Chiefs D-Line. Bills 24, Chiefs 23.
Miami at Detroit: The Dolphins are 3-1 on the road and have been firing on all cylinders lately. However, the Lions return from their bye week with Megatron and Bush along an inform Golden Tate, expect the Lions offense to give them this advantage, Key Matchup: WR Calvin Johnson vs CB Brent Grimes .Lions 30, Dolphins 24.
San Francisco at New Orleans: The 49ers have lost their last two games and it looks like they will miss the playoffs. The Saints played their best last week and is back to playing good football plus they are at home, Saints win in a close contest. Key Matchup: 49ers O-Line vs Saints Pass Rush. Saints 35, 49ers 31.
Pittsburgh at New York Jets: This could be the week’s No. 1 trap game with two teams going in opposite directions. The Steelers have won three consecutive, while the Jets have dropped eight in a row. Make it nine. Steelers 34, Jets 14.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay: The Falcons dominated the Bucs the last time these NFC South rivals met to a score of 56-14. Tampa has been very disappointing this season and will keep it close but still lose to Falcons aerial attack. Key Matchup: Falcons WR vs Buccaneers DB’s. Falcons 24, Buccaneers 20.
Dallas vs. Jacksonville at London: The Cowboys should give Romo time to rest since this is the easiest game they will play all year and don’t need Romo to win. The Jags can cause an upset if they can stop the run, which they can’t do. Key Matchup: Cowboys O-Line vs Jags D-Line. Cowboys 28, Jaguars 14.
Tennessee at Baltimore: After Losing two tough divisional games, look for the Ravens to bounce back with good performance and continue the playoff chase. The Titans should start evaluating for next year. Key Matchup: OLB T-Sizzle vs LT Taylor Lewan. Ravens 34, Titans 17.
Denver at Oakland: After the huge disappointment at Foxboro especially on the defensive side of the ball, Peyton Manning and the Broncos D are out for blood. However the Raiders will also take their shots and continue development of rookie QB Derek Carr. Key Matchup: TE Julius Thomas vs FS Charles Woodson. Broncos 48, Raiders 20.
St. Louis at Arizona: The Rams are coming off a stunning last-second win at San Francisco with their pass rush looking like its finally arrived, while Arizona is looking like the top team in the league with four consecutive wins. The Cardinals make it five in a row with an explosive offensive showing. Key Matchup: RE Robert Quinn vs LT Jared Veldheer. Cardinals 30, Rams 12.
New York Giants at Seattle: The Giants downward spiral on the season continues and they lose a closely fought game to the Seahawks. The Seahawks have not looked like world champions since beating Green Bay in the opener. That trend continues, although they squeak one out. Key Matchup: RB Marshawn Lynch vs RE Jason Pierre Paul. Seahawks 17, Giants 14.
Chicago at Green Bay: The Packers have won 10 of their past 12 meetings with Chicago Bears. The Bears need to win this game to keep their slim play-off hopes alive but that’s easier said than done. Key Matchup: QB Aaron Rodgers vs QB Jay Cutler, the best QB on the day will win this game. Packers 35, Bears 28.
Carolina at Philadelphia: The Panthers have not been as good as they were last year and are close to being a lock to miss out on the playoffs. Mark Sanchez looks revitalised in this Eagles Offense and could wind up being the starter if he continues to shine. Key Matchup: Panthers D-Line vs RB Lesean McCoy. Panthers 20, Eagles 24.
Byes: New England, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, Washington, Minnesota