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Green Bay is still on top, and we get to watch them dominate on Monday Night Football this week.
No byes this week and Thank God It’s Thursday is back, as Thursday night football returns, with the San Diego Chargers hosting the Oakland Raiders for an AFC West showdown.
Myself and seven others will be in attendance, sporting silver and black. Some of us a bit more than others! I’m just excited to be at another game this year.
My Predictions for Week Ten
Raiders (4-4) at Chargers (4-4) A Thursday night battle for bragging rights in AFC West, pending the Chiefs outcome. Chargers QB Philip Rivers has more interceptions that touchdowns this year and the entire weight of the offense is on him right now. Tight end Antonio Gates is far from the player he was last year and this is just one of the issues for Philip Rivers. Oakland isn’t looking much better offensively as QB Carson Palmer has thrown eight interceptions in only two games. With RB Darren McFadden, the Raiders win confidently, without him, they barely win on a last minute field goal. Winner - Raiders
Saints (6-3) at Falcons (5-3) This game is a definite ‘over’ for all you betting junkies. Offensively, the Saints have been inconsistent all season and this will make for an interesting match-up against the Falcons talented secondary. Defensively, New Orleans isn’t ranked very high (14th against the pass and 18th against the run), and Falcons QB Matt Ryan (aka Matty Ice) has many weapons. This game will come down to the final minutes, if not seconds and Atlanta will please the home crowd. Winner - Falcons
Texans (6-3) at Buccaneers (4-4) Houston’s defense is ranked number one after ten weeks and they deserve every bit of that ranking. When they are on the field, and it won’t be for long periods of time, the Bucs are going to struggle offensively, as their strong point is the passing game and they don’t have the talent to match Houston’s secondary. Offensively, the Texans will control the clock and this game will be pretty much done before the fourth quarter even starts. Winner - Texans
Rams (1-7) at Browns (3-5) Offensively, Cleveland is struggling as they are without RB Peyton Hillis, no big play-making receivers and nothing to write home about at tight end. The Rams don’t have much bragging room either, however, and RB Steven Jackson should see the ball often as the Rams are ranked 30th against the run. Winner - Rams
Steelers (6-3) at Bengals (6-2) The Steelers are having much success in the air and haven’t really utilized the run at all this year. Big Ben has the tendency to hold onto the ball for too long and this could be costly this week, as the Bengals defense have been on quarterback-attack mode each week, and it’s working. Defensively, Pitt has a key injury with LaMarr Woodley out. A practically perfect game from Cincy QB Andy Dalton and the Bengals chalk up another W. Winner - Bengals
Redskins (3-5) at Dolphins (1-7) Miami has hushed the “Suck for Luck” gossip for at least a week. Last week, Dolphins RB Reggie Bush had one of the best games of his career and this week faces a similar defense. So, put two and two together and Bush should have another great week. The Dolphins will need to keep QB Matt Moore protected, and let their defense blitz and blitz and blitz since the Redskins have one of the worst offensive lines in the league, and win number two should be the result. Winner - Dolphins
Titans (4-4) at Panthers (2-6) Carolina’s defensive line is giving up a lot of yards and Titans RB Chris Johnson is going to have a field day with this. Tennessee’s defense will struggle a bit against Panthers QB Cam Newton, but their secondary will make up for it as they prevent several third down conversions. Winner - Titans
Cardinals (2-6) at Eagles (3-5) The Eagles problem is not on offense – they have one of the toughest game plans to defend in the league. Defensively, the Eagles are weak and the Cardinals game plan should be to run. Arizona has an unfortunate quarterback situation, so the run won’t work the entire game, and in the end, Philly’s offense will have put more points on the board. Winner - Eagles
Broncos (3-5) at Chiefs (4-4) The key match-up in this game is Kansas City’s offense vs. Denver’s weak defense. The Chiefs should be able to be successful at putting the ball in the air and out-scoring Denver. This will go hand-in-hand with Denver QB Tim Tebow struggling to get a good read on the Chiefs defense. Winner - Chiefs
Jaguars (2-6) at Colts (0-9) Jacksonville’s defense is going to own this game. They are underrated against the run. This week, the Colts are vacillating between quarterbacks, and it really isn’t going to matter as their identity slips even further into the abyss of defeat without Dallas Clark. Indy’s defense won’t let the Jags blow them out, but they cannot play offense as well. Winner - Jaguars
Bills (5-3) at Cowboys (4-4) The Bills offense is hardly a match for the Cowboys defense, as they are going to be overmatched. Offensively, the Cowboys not only have aerial threats but have found the perfect addition to their run game in DeMarco Murray. Not sure Buffalo’s defense will be a complete pushover against the run, but as they wear down from being on the field too much, Murray will find holes. Winner - Cowboys
Ravens (6-2) at Seahawks (2-6) Weird things happen in Seattle, no matter how much they are out-matched. Not this time, though. The Ravens defense is playing better than ever and Seattle’s defense is going to be playing a lot because of this. I still don’t completely buy into Baltimore’s offense, particularly QB Joe Flacco, but the offense surrounding him will enable a lot of points on the board. Winner - Ravens
Giants (6-2) at 49ers (7-1) On the ground, the Giants aren’t going to go anywhere and this is going to pose a huge problem for them. QB Eli Manning will be successful in passing, but that doesn’t run down the clock and maintain control of the game. On the contrary, the 49ers will utilize every ounce of RB Frank Gore as the Giants have the eighth worst run defense. The 49ers will control the clock, and therefore, the game. Winner – 49ers
Lions (6-2) at Bears (5-3) Both of the teams Detroit lost to this season had great running backs. The Bears have a great running back in Matt Forte. In addition, the Lions offense is playing well, but not as well as they were with RB Jahvid Best. As of today, he’s still ruled as questionable for Sunday’s game. If Chicago can play similar offense to what they did on Monday night, this game is theirs. Winner - Bears
Patriots (5-3) at Jets (5-3) The Patriots are falling apart as teams have realized they don’t give their running game a chance, and their defense is a bunch of misfits. Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been playing to his full potential the past few weeks, and alas, the Jets are winning. If he doesn’t break his stride this week, the Jets should come away with more points, as their defensive secondary is going to force turnovers. Winner - Jets
Vikings (2-6) at Packers (8-0) Really? What is there to say? The Packers offense is going to destroy the Vikings defense. Green Bay’s defense may allow RB Adrian Peterson some yards as they do have occasional holes, but it won’t be anything noteworthy or anything that puts points on the board. Winner - Packers
For Jana's thoughts on last week, further analysis on this week's match-ups, the complete Week 10 schedule, or to read anything else she feels like tossing out regarding the NFL, go to the dirty cleats blog.
Jana Newman lives in San Diego and has been an NFL fan for over 25 years (her not-so-secret obsession is still No. 13 Dan Marino). She has her bachelor of arts degree in English, and loves to write. To combine these passions, Jana created dirtycleats.com. It’s an NFL blog with a fresh look and a fun attitude. You can also follow dirtycleats on Facebook. To reach Jana, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.