Week 10 Matchup Predictions
Patriots win 41-24.
Falcons @ Saints: Despite the Saints' 3-5 record, this will be no cakewalk for the undefeated Falcons. The Saints have won their last two home games, beating the Eagles and Chargers, and have won three of their last four games overall. Their 5th ranked offense has been consistent all year with the exception of one game, and they can keep pace with Matt Ryan and his boys. However, Matt Ryan will be going up against one of the worst defenses in NFL history, and Drew Brees is going up against a defense with the 4th most takeaways in the NFL. Remember when the Saints put up 62 points on the Colts last year? If the Saints offense continually throws counter punches on Sunday, we may see the Falcons close in on that number.
Falcons win 48-35.
Chargers @ Buccaneers: The Bucs' offense has quietly crept up to 9th in the league in total yards, and they're ranked 5th in scoring. Josh Freeman has learned how to use his aerial weapons, throwing for 247+ yards in each of his last five games. He's also boasting an 11:1 touchdown to interception ratio over his past four games. With Doug Martin blossoming in a big way (averaging 241 total yards over his past two games), this offense has become dynamic and dangerous. The Bucs have a very vulnerable pass defense, but the Chargers offense - with the 5th most turnovers and 22nd ranked pass attack - won't be able to top Freeman and the Bucs.
Buccaneers win 28-20.
Broncos @ Panthers: Cam Newton finally put together a winning performance last Sunday for the first time since Week 2, and it was his first game with a quarterback rating higher than 73.4 since Week 4. However, Cam won't get to go up against the Redskins' 31st ranked pass defense this week. Cam will face the Broncos, who allow only 5.5 yards per pass attempt (6th in the league) and 3.7 yards per rushing attempt (also 6th). With Peyton Manning playing like Peyton Manning, I don't see how Cam could possibly outdo the Hall of Famer against that defense.
Broncos win 30-20.
Jets @ Seahawks: No need to worry in the Meadowlands, Jets fans. Antonio Cromartie recently stated the Jets would, in fact, make the playoffs. On the other hand, head coach Rex Ryan recently said "We're not even sniffing the playoffs." If Rex Ryan's not predicting a Super Bowl, the Jets are in serious trouble. Ringmaster Ryan will take his 3-5 circus to Seattle, where Marshawn Lynch will feast on the league's 29th ranked run defense, and the Jets' 27th ranked offense will be stonewalled by the Seahawks' 4th ranked defense.
Seahawks win 20-9.