Week 10 Game Predictions

For all you draft enthusiasts out there, the draft order is beginning to take shape. The Lions, Raiders, Chiefs and 49ers all appear in line to make lottery selections in in next spring's draft. The Eagles-Giants match up is in my opinion a "must see" for all football fans, but for those of you who like defense, you're not going to find much better than the Bear-Titans contest.

New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons – Starting today, the Saints are going to have beat teams within their division on the road. The Falcons are certainly not pushovers, particularly on the home front. Both offenses should be in high gear, but this Falcons team is really starting to believe in themselves. The Saints have had their problems playing in the road. It should be close, but I'm going with the home team in this one. Falcons 23 – Saints 21

Tennessee Titans vs Chicago Bears – Two of the very best defensive units in all of professional football will do battle at Soldiers Field. The key to this one might be which defense can better contain their opponent's rookie running back. The Bears secondary has been riddled by injury. They've been exploited in recent weeks and will be challenged in this one. Titans 17 – Bears 13

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Detroit Lions – The Jaguars have been a major disappointment in 2008 and last week were embarrassed by the winless Cincinnati Bengals. The Lions are the leagues only remaining winless club, but even on the road, I don't see the Jaguars dropping their third straight contest. Jaguars 26 – Lions 17

Baltimore Ravens vs Houston Texans – Neither team figures to move the football on the ground but the Ravens could enter this contest minus their two starting corners (Rolle and McAlister). Even though the Texans will miss starting quarterback Matt Schaub, they have in Sage Rosenfels one of the very best back-ups in the league. This one could very well come down to the last series but I like the Texans, who have very quietly won three straight on their home turf. Texans – 20 – Ravens 17

Seattle Seahawks vs Miami Dolphins – The Seahawks have won just one time on the road this season and without starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the starting line-up, this one figures to be a cakewalk for the home team Dolphins. If the Seahawks are without All Pro defensive end Patrick Kearney for an extended period of time, Mike Holmgren's final season at the helm could be one he'd like to soon forget. Dolphins 24 – Seahawks 13

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings – Both clubs were a disappointing four up and four down for the first half of the season. Given the schedule both clubs face in the second half, a loss in this divisional match-up could be a death knell. The Packers really struggled last week offensively versus the Titans while the Vikings struggled in defeating the Texans at home. It should be a close one, but the Vikings have yet to lose this season in the Metrodome. Vikings 23 – Packers 20

Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots – The second-half schedule appears to favor the Bills more than the Patriots, so this first of two second-half battles in New England is critical to the Pats. New England is coming off a very disappointing loss while the Bills have dropped two straight contests. This is a big one for both clubs, but the Pats have a great deal of big game experience and are at home against a club they have beaten nine straight times. You have got to like the Patriots! Patriots 31 – Bills 18

St. Louis Rams vs New York Jets – At the mid-point of the season, the Jets surprisingly find themselves locked in a three way tie for the AFC East division lead with a 5-3 record. On paper, the Rams appear to be a perfect opponent, particularly in the friendly confines of the Meadowlands. But as a former Jets coach once said, "that's why they play the games." This one is going to be much closer then expected, but in the end the home team has the advantage. Jets 26 – Rams 24

Carolina Panthers vs Oakland Raiders – The Raiders (2-6) don't figure to offer much in the way of resistance in this one, even playing at the Oakland Coliseum. I can't remember a time in the 49 year history of the club when a Raiders offensive unit has looked as inept, particularly through the air.

Panthers 27 - Raiders 13

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