By Danny Cox
Week 10 is upon us in the 2012 NFL season, and the playoff picture is beginning to become a bit clearer. Well, that isn’t exactly true, but sometimes one just likes to think that there will be some semblance of normalcy to this sport. That though, is what makes it so enjoyable to watch week-in and week-out.
Bye Weeks: Cleveland, Green Bay, Arizona, Washington
Thursday Night Football: Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Again, the Jags are having another rebuilding year. Andrew Luck has the Colts in playoff contention, and that is something that no one thought they’d be saying about this team for at least a couple years. Luck is about to put on a clinic in Florida, and Blaine Gabbert is invited.
New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals
Giants will rebound this week after an ugly loss last week. The Bengals are in the path of an angry New York team.
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins
Jay Cutler has only 229 passing yards last week in the Bears 51-20 victory over the Titans. Fifty-one points…that right there goes to show you that something is truly wrong in Tennessee. Miami is an up-and-down team, but Ryan Tannehill is proving his worth as a first-round pick.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
The Lions have been playing better as of late, and the Vikings were embarrassed by Seattle last week. Matthew Stafford has got to get things going more so though, and Detroit could bounce back to their form of the last few years. The Lions also have to contain Adrian Peterson or it could be a long day.
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Let’s just keep moving on, shall we?
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
New Orleans had an overly impressive outing against the Eagles on Monday night. The defense for the Saints finally showed up and sacked Michael Vick seven times, but they still gave up over 400 yards of total offense. Atlanta has been picking victories out of mid-air a few times this season, and they’d better not doze off on Drew Brees or it could turn ugly fast. Still, Matt Ryan is going to perform another magic trick and keep the “dirty birds” unbeaten.
San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Diego is having its annual implosion, only it happened a lot earlier this season. Norv Turner is well on his way to losing his job. Expect the rookie running back for the Bucs to enjoy a field day on Sunday.
Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton, meet Peyton “how the quarterback position should be played” Manning.
Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore really didn’t show much against the Browns, and that is rather frightening. Oakland didn’t really show much against the Bucs, and that is even scarier when you sit back and think about it. This will be one ugly game between two defenses that used to be feared by the entire NFL.
Rex Ryan is looked at as overrated, and his Jets players aren’t helping him shake that title either. Two weeks ago, they were demolished by the Dolphins and things are not looking good. Seattle is coming off of a victory over the Vikings, and it was impressive. Russell Wilson continues to show the goods as a rookie.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
The Cowboys actually looked rather good against Atlanta last week, but came up just short. Philly on the other hand, looked miserable against New Orleans. Constant red zone trips that produced next to nothing and Michael Vick going down seven times for a sack…that’s just a mess. Ownership hinted at Andy Reid being gone after this season, and a loss here may just do it early.
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Anyone else think that Jeff Fisher is regretting coming out of retirement? With a loss here, the Rams would have a four-game losing streak. Expect it because the Niners are just too much.
Houston Texans at Chicago Bears
Could we be looking at an early preview of this year’s Super Bowl? Not many would have thought that in the preseason, but it certainly is possible. The Texans are a team that is built strongly all around, and the Bears could use some work on offense, but have the weapons. As for the Bears’ defense? It is strong…but can it stop both Arian Foster and Andre Johnson?
Monday Night Football: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers
Kansas City just needs to somehow get something straight in the organization. They have no idea who they want in at quarterback each week. Their top receiver wants out. The defense is a shambles. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is on a roll after downing the Giants last week. Don’t expect this one to be close.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.