Week 10 in the NFL started Thursday with an impressive showing by the Browns defeating Cincinnati 24-3 on the road to claim victory in the battle of Ohio. The Bengals have some serious soul-searching to do after another prime time defeat and a road trip to New Orleans looming. It’s early November and the Browns are in the thick of the playoff hunt. As I said all year long, the Steelers will win this division. However, the Browns have a real shot at a wildcard, as does the rest of the division. It will be interesting to see how Cleveland handles prosperity this late in the season. Here are my thoughts on the rest of the NFL’s biggest week 10 games.
Miami at Detroit- Who would’ve thought this would be arguably the biggest game of week 10? Miami sure did shut me up last week throttling San Diego at home. Detroit is coming off a bye and should get Calvin Johnson back. Detroit has statistically the best defense in the league. However, their offense remains turnover prone and at times too reliant on the pass. They have gotten lots of help and crazy bounces to win their last two games against New Orleans and Atlanta. In recent years, every time the Lions have had an opportunity to be I put a stranglehold on playoff spot or division title, they have screwed it up. I still think Miami is limited offensively, but I think they are the more predictable and consistent team. I’ll take them to pull the small upset. Mia 24 Det 20.
Steelers at Jets- The Steelers keep winning and the Jets keep losing. However, this game is not a walk over for Pittsburgh. The Jets defense may be the best the Steelers have played all year. Also, the Jets looked like a real NFL offense with Mike Vick at the helm last week. I think the Steelers have too much firepower, but they will have to earn it. The Steelers move to 7-3. Pit 27 NYJ 17
Kansas City at Buffalo- This is the sneakiest good game of the week. Both teams are 5-3 and need this one to stay in the thick of the playoff race. Kansas City is doing what it usually does, winning games with great coaching, a solid running game and defense, and the steady hand of QB Alex Smith. Buffalo is doing things much the same with veteran Kyle Orton calling the signals. However, Buffalo’s backfield remains banged up with injuries to CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson. For that reason, I’ll take the road team. KC 20 Buf 14.
San Francisco at New Orleans- My last preview of the week contains two teams with identical records, but in completely different spots. The Saints are finally rounding into form with consecutive wins over Green Bay and Carolina. Despite, their 4-4 record, they lead their division. San Francisco is fading fast. After an ugly loss to the Rams last week, a trip to New Orleans is the last thing this group needs. New Orleans could become a really dangerous team. Expect them to throw San Francisco’s season off a cliff in a big way. No 35 SF 17.
Enjoy your Sunday a football everyone, but before I sign off, an extra pick for you. I like Chicago to go in to Green Bay and save their season by upsetting the Packers. I will continue to trying to post on a more consistent basis.