Week 10 Matchup Predictions
Colts @ Jaguars: Even though the game is in Jacksonville, I'm not sure if there is any team in the league that I could pick to lose to the Jaguars. They have the worst offense in the league, along with one of the league's worst defenses. When you put that up against Andrew Luck, who's coming off a rookie record 433-yard performance, I just can't see Blaine Gabbert doing half as much as he needs to do to get the win for his Jaguars.
Colts win 27-13.
Giants @ Bengals: Eli Manning is definitely in a slump, throwing for under 200 yards in three of his last four games, but he'll have a chance to break out of it against the league's 19th ranked pass defense that has only five interceptions on the year. The Giants defense also forces a ton of turnovers (2nd most in league), while the Bengals' offense is prone to giving away the football. The Giants are 3-1 on the road (their lone loss being by two points in Philadelphia), and they'll continue their road success in Cincinnati.
Giants win 30-21.
Titans @ Dolphins: The Titans are coming off one of their most embarrassing losses in franchise history, albeit to the 7-1 Chicago Bears. Even so, you don't see teams get smashed 51-20 at home very often. The Dolphins, on the other hand, have not really played any bad football this season. Three of their four losses have come by three points - two of which were in overtime - and the other loss was in Houston against the 7-1 Texans. The Dolphins' defense can completely shut down the run, so the TItans will likely be forced to rely on Jake Locker, who hasn't played since September. The Dolphins will score enough points on the Titans' 30th ranked defense to put the game out of Locker and company's reach.
Dolphins win 24-20.
Lions @ Vikings: These teams faced off six weeks ago in a game that the Vikings took by a score of 20-13. However, they didn't score an offensive touchdown in that game, and with Percy Harvin "very doubtful" for this week's game, they won't have their return specialist to save the day. The Lions are 3-1 since the game against the Vikings, with their only loss coming by six points to the Bears. The Vikings, on the other hand, have regressed since their first bout with the Lions, going 2-3 since the that game. Christian Ponder has failed to top 65 yards in two of his last three starts, while Matthew Stafford has been playing great football the past two weeks. I expect Stafford to at least match his 319 passing yards from his first game against the Vikings - only this time, it will result in a win.
Lions win 28-23.