Welcome to Week 10’s predictions for the 2012-2013 season! Divisions are beginning to tighten even more than in weeks past! It’s going to make for an exciting few weeks coming up! So, here we goo!!!
NOTE: Overall Records are in ( – ); Divisional Records are in [ - ]
New England Patriots – (7-1) [2-0]
Miami Dolphins – (5-3) [2-0]
Buffalo Bills – (4-4) [1-1]
New York Jets – (2-6) [0-4]
San Diego Chargers – (5-3) [2-2]
Kansas City Chiefs – (4-4) [2-1]
Denver Broncos – (3-5)[1-1]
Oakland Raiders – (3-5) [1-2]
Cincinnati Bengals – (6-2)[3-1]
Baltimore Ravens – (6-2)[2-1]
Pittsburgh Steelers – (5-3)[1-0]
Cleveland Browns – (1-8) [0-4]
Houston Texans – (7-1) [2-0]
Tennessee Titans – (3-6) [1-1]
Jacksonville Jaguars – (1-7) [1-1]
Indianapolis Colts – (1-7) [0-2]
Philadelphia Eagles – (7-1) [1-0]
Dallas Cowboys – (5-3) [1-1]
New York Giants – (4-5) [2-2]
Washington Redskins – (2-7) [0-1]
San Francisco 49er’s – (7-1)[2-0]
Seattle Seahawks – (3-6) [2-1]
St. Louis Rams – (2-6) [1-1]
Arizona Cardinals – (2-7) [0-3]
Green Bay Packers – (7-2)[1-0]
Detroit Lions – (6-2) [2-0]
Chicago Bears – (4-4) [0-2]
Minnesota Vikings – (1-8) [0-1]
Atlanta Falcons – (6-2) [1-0]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – (6-2) [1-1]
Carolina Panthers – (5-3)[2-1]
New Orleans Saints – (2-6) [0-2]
Indianapolis (1-7) @ Jacksonville (1-7)
Match up to watch: Pat Angerer v.s. Maurice Jones-Drew
The battle for third place in an unimpressive AFC South ensues. Indy is looking to continue minimal success this season, while Jacksonville is seemingly just trying to hold their team together until week 17. With Andrew Luck at the helm, I see no reason why the Colts should drop this one – even while visiting Jacksonville. The Jags offense is too – well, untalented. And although the Colts have minimal talent on defense, I think their offense will help the team bring home a “W”.
Indianapolis – 14 Jacksonville – 10
New York Giants (4-5) @ Cincinnati (6-2)
Match up to watch: Corey Webster v.s. AJ Green
Cincinnati is trying to pull away from the pesky Ravens, while the Giants are trying to keep up with the HOT Eagles. Cincy is an inexperienced team facing a hungry defensive line. Not to mention Benjarvis Green-Ellis has never really struck fear into opponents. New York on the other hand has a decent run game – I think losing Brandon Jacobs will sting this season – and a pretty darn good pass attack. Although the team is thin at linebacker, it really shouldn’t matter here facing a team who struggles to run the ball.
New York Giants – 23 Cincinnati – 19
Tennessee (3-6) @ Miami (5-3)
Match up to watch: Chris Johnson v.s. Paul Soliai
Miami has been hot, haven’t they? Although, the ‘phins have had a pretty favorable schedule so far. Tennessee is surging. After making a quarterback change and rolling with the young gun, the team has found a new life. It hurts me to say this, but I expect Tennessee’s luck to continue here. Miami hasn’t been very good at home in years past and Tennessee’s quarterback, Jake Locker, has quite the scary skill set. I expect a close one, but Tennessee should pull it off.
Tennessee – 24 Miami – 23
Detroit (6-2) @ Minnesota (1-8)
Match up to watch: Calvin Johnson v.s. Minnesota’s secondary
Who honestly is going to match up against Megatron in this one, who? Minnesota reminds me of a very untalented 2007 Miami Dolphins team. An okay defense with horrible defensive backs and a solid run game on offense. Detroit on the other hand is attempting to take the NFC North crown away from the Packers. This young team is on the rise, and it will certainly continue here.
Detroit – 38 Minnesota – 14
Buffalo (4-4) @ New England (7-1)
Match up to watch: Buffalo’s secondary v.s. Tom Brady
Here’s an interesting one for you fans. On one hand you’ve got an improved defensive back field with numerous first or second round picks, on the other hand you’ve got possibly the best quarterback in all of football – notorious for picking apart defenses. Well Buffalo fans, if Philadelphia showed us anything last year, it’s that no matter how good your defensive line is or even how good your secondary is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any linebackers. New England isn’t known for running the ball much, but keep an eye on Stevan Ridley here. He could have a nice game out of the back field for the Patriots.
Buffalo – 17 New England – 32
Atlanta (6-2) @ New Orleans (2-6)
Match up to watch: Roddy White v.s. Jabari Greer
The extraordinary Falcons face off against the underachieving Saints, could be interesting… Atlanta is NOW the favorites out of the NFC South while the Saints are just looking forward to picking up a few more wins and a high draft selection. Don’t expect a blow out here, though. This game WILL be tight, but Atlanta is too talented to fall against a team who is missing their head coach and their best defensive player/leader.
Atlanta – 24 New Orleans – 21
San Diego (5-3) @ Tampa Bay (6-2)
Match up to watch: Antoine Cason v.s. Vincent Jackson
Both teams have been HOT lately. Yes, San Diego fell to Kansas City last week. Any team can lose on any given Sunday. Tampa has been over achieving by a long shot this season. The team has a huge hole at defensive back – 2nd corner and strong safety – but the offense has been able to pull of six huge wins. Expect Philip Rivers to “show off” a bit for V-Jax as to what he’s missing out on this season. Rivers and company should blow right through this Buccaneers secondary and steal a victory on the road.
San Diego – 31 Tampa Bay – 24
Denver (3-5) @ Carolina (5-3)
Match up to watch: Von Miller v.s. Jonathan Stewart
Both teams are stuck in tough divisions, while also competing for wild card births. Denver is more of a long shot at this point, although a few losses by Kansas City and the Broncos are back in it. Carolina seems to be a more logical choice for a wild card birth. BUT, the NFC is loaded with talent this season, so it may NOT happen. Either way, this one will be exciting. Nothing like watching the old savvy vet face off against the young gun! I like Carolina here with their explosive run game. Not only do teams have to worry about Tolbert, Williams and Stewart, they also must worry about Cam Newton pulling it down and taking off.
Denver – 19 Carolina – 23
Oakland (3-5) @ Baltimore (6-2)
Match up to watch: Darren McFadden v.s. Ray Lewis
Oakland hasn’t lived up to the hype they received after last seasons close encounter with the Playoffs. Losing Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson definitely has hurt this team. Having no corners in a pass happy league is NOT a good thing. Baltimore’s leader on defense has dropped nearly 30 pounds off of his frame and is looking much leaner. When asked why Lewis lost the weight he simply stated he needed to now that the league is evolving. Well said, Ray. Now that Ray has gained some explosion and speed back, I expect Baltimore to make a run at the super bowl. Oakland, stands no chance in this one.
Oakland – 18 Baltimore – 29
New York Jets (2-6) @ Seattle (3-6)
Match up to watch: Santonio Holmes v.s. Brandon Browner
New York has been bitten by the “suck” bug this season. Suck bug? Yeah. They suck. With no weapons on offense besides Santonio Holmes and a blocking tight-end in Dustin Keller, what does the team really have? Sanchez barely completes over 50% of his passes and the offensive line is horrible outside of Ferguson and Mangold. Seattle, though their 3-6 record doesn’t show it, is a team on the rise. You’ll see when the team finds a quarterback that the Seahawks are loaded on offense with potential. Watch out for Seattle this season.
New York Jets – 17 Seattle – 23
Dallas (5-3) @ Philadelphia (7-1)
Match up to watch: DeMarco Murray v.s. Stephen Nicholas
Dallas is hot and trying to keep pace with a surging super bowl contender in Philadelphia. Dallas could sneak up on Philly here, but I’m not so sure they can beat Philly. Philadelphia has retooled their linebackers to become more athletic and better tacklers. Last year, the linebackers were atrocious. Look for a different defense in Philadelphia this season – they could actually take over the title of the best defense in the league by week 17.
Dallas – 21 Philadelphia – 28
St. Louis (2-6) @ San Francisco (7-1)
Match up to watch: Chris Long v.s. Joe Staley
St. Louis is a team on the rise, but will not contend for the next few years. With a terrible defense, the team can only hope they strike gold through the draft or via free agency. San Francisco is good, real good. The team retooled their offense by adding play makers at the skilled positions and keeping the offensive line in tact. Not to mention their defense is pretty dang good. Can you predict the outcome here?
St. Louis – 14 San Francisco – 27
Houston (7-1) @ Chicago (4-4)
Match up to watch: Jonathan Joseph v.s. Brandon Marshall
Houston is the team to beat in the AFC, although New England may have something to say about that… The team has one of the best, if not the best, offenses in the NFL, along with a pretty darn good defense. Chicago is in an interesting situation…The team is sitting in third place and falling behind too much to compete. Chicago has the pieces to do some heavy damage November-December time, but they may be too far out of contention by then. Who knows, but Houston will be taking this one. Houston should be able to pass all over this soft secondary Chicago possesses.
Houston – 29 Chicago – 17
Kansas City (4-4) @ Pittsburgh (5-3)
Match up to watch: Jamaal Charles v.s. Lawrence Timmons
Kansas City is a hot team right now. The Chiefs are kicking some butt and taking names, doing it the old fashioned way might I add. Kansas City has been taking a ground and pound approach to win these games. Can it continue against a strong Pittsburgh defense? Pittsburgh’s offense may be hurting while their star Tailback is rehabbing. But, the Steelers also have a very fast receiving corp. But, I think the Chiefs can pull off an upset here.
Kansas City – 23 Pittsburgh – 20
BYE: Cleveland (1-8), Green Bay (7-2), Arizona (2-7), Washington (2-7)
Well there’s another week in the books fans! Road teams dominated this week along with a few upsets here and there. But, the divisional games were really exciting!!
Keep your fins up fans!!!
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