2009 Week Ten NFL Football Game Previews
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Thursday, November 12th, 2009
Chicago Bears (4-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (3-5)
Time: 8:20pm ET
Spread: San Francisco - 3
Preview: The Chicago Bears, at .500, are finding themselves in a “must win” situation far earlier than they had hoped. After getting blasted by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Chicago has dropped to 4-4 overall. The Bears have seen running back Matt Forte only pick up three rushing touchdowns on the season, while new quarterback Jay Cutler has thrown for 14 in 8 games. 3 of Cutler’s touchdown passes on Sunday came to tight end Greg Olsen. The Bears, at .500, have been out scored 191 - 180 on the season. San Francisco must also find a way to win, to avoid falling 3 games below .500. The 49ers have not won since they have allowed first round draft pick Michael Crabtree to join the team on the field. Crabtree held out until the final minutes, to sign his rookie contract. The 49ers have lost four straight games; including 18-14 to Indianapolis and 34-27 to Tennessee in their last two. On the season, San Francisco has scored 174 points, while the defense has also allowed 174.
Sunday, November 15th, 2009
New Orleans Saints (8-0) @ St. Louis Rams (1-7)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: New Orleans - 13.5
Preview: In what appears to be the most lopsided match-up of week ten; the New Orleans Saints will travel to St. Louis, and take on the Rams. New Orleans, at 8-0, has been nearly perfect on the season. The Saints, in their most recent game, trailed Carolina 14-0 in the first quarter, before blasting the Panthers for 30 of the final 36 points. The Saints are leading all of football with 303 points scored, while their surprising defensive unit has yielded just 174 points. Drew Brees has put up MVP type numbers for the Saints through the first half. Brees has completed 181 of 265 passes for 2336 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Rams took the weekend off, following their first win of the season, in week eight, over Detroit. St. Louis has scored a NFL worst 77 points on the season, and allowed 221, which ranks 29th in the NFL. Stephen Jackson has only rushed for one touchdown on the season for St. Louis, with that coming in the win. Jackson, despite only one touchdown has rushed for just under 800 yards on the season. St. Louis trails San Francisco and Seattle by two games, at the bottom of the NFC West.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7) @ Miami Dolphins (3-5)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Miami - 10
Preview: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to extend their season high winning streak to two games, when they head across the state and take on the Miami Dolphins. Tampa Bay came away with a week nine win over Green Bay; 38-28. The win for the Buccaneers made them the final team to win a game this season. Josh Freeman, in his first Tampa Bay start, at quarterback threw for three touchdowns, taking the place of Josh Johnson. The win was also the first for head coach Raheem Morris. The Buccaneers are in last place in the NFC South two games behind third place Carolina. The Dolphins are finding any way they can to repeat trips to the postseason. After winning the 2008 AFC East title, Miami now fins themselves three games behind New England. The Dolphins’ most recent loss was to New England; 27-17, where they were unable to slow down Tom Brady and Randy Moss. Miami has scored 193 points, and allowed 204 on the season. The Dolphins have won two of four games at home.
Detroit Lions (1-7) @ Minnesota Vikings (7-1)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Minnesota - 16.5
Preview: In a tilt between the bottom team and top team in the NFC North the Detroit Lions will invade Minneapolis to take on the Vikings. The Lions have lost five straight; since their September 27th win over Washington. That win snapped a franchise high 18 game losing streak. The Lions top receiver Calvin Johnson has led the team in receiving yards just four times on the season, being limited with an injury the last four outings. Detroit has allowed 237 points in 8 games this season, just one point less than Tennessee. The Vikings have been just the opposite of Detroit. Minnesota has won seven of their first eight, and appear to be in cruise control in the NFC North. Minnesota leads both Chicago and Green Bay by four games, with two wins in hand over the Packers. Minnesota is coming off their bye week, following the thrilling 12 point win at Green Bay. Brett Favre, in his first year at a Viking, has thrown for just under 2000 yards, allowing Adrian Peterson to only need two +100 yard games this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) @ New York Jets (4-4)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: NY Jets - 7
Preview: A pair of .500 teams will hook up in the Meadowlands on Sunday. The Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets are both on the outside looking in when it comes to an AFC playoff berth, but a win Sunday would move the winner in a better position. Jacksonville is coming off a 24-21 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The win for the Jaguars pushed them to just a game behind second place Houston in the AFC South. Jacksonville used 97 rushing yards from Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew has had three 100+ rushing games this season. The New York Jets had a bye week to recover from their second loss to the Miami Dolphins in four weeks. Mark Sanchez was unable to put the Jets offense into the end zone late in the game, and New York fell 30-25. The Jets trail New England by two games in the AFC East, but have a 16-9 win over the Patriots to boast.
Buffalo Bills (3-5) @ Tennessee Titans (2-6)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Tennessee - 6.5
Preview: The Buffalo Bills will travel South to Nashville and take on the Tennessee Titans. Buffalo, coming off their bye week, will look to get back on track after their 31-10 loss to Houston in week eight. The Bills have scored an AFC East worst 123 points on the season. Terrell Owens, Buffalo’s main off-season pick-up has scored just one receiving touchdown, and added another rushing touchdown. The Bills have flirted with the idea recently of bringing quarterback Michael Vick over to lead behind center. For Tennessee, after the disastrous 0-6 start, the Titans have won their last two games. The most recent win for the Titans was a 34-27 win over the 49ers. The Titans defense has allowed a NFL worst 238 points on the season. Vince Young has taken over for Kerry Collins behind center in the last two games, but Young has turned to his running back Chris Johnson more than his arm. Johnson on the season has rushed for just under 1000 yards, and scored 6 touchdowns.
Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Pittsburgh - 7
Preview: In a huge game in the AFC North, the Cincinnati Bengals will head to the Steel City and take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Cincinnati currently holds the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh due in part to their 23-20 week three win. In that win, the Bengals used 183 passing yards from Carson Palmer, and 76 rushing yards from Cedric Benson. The defense has been the key for Cincinnati all season, allowing 135 points; which is the fifth least in the NFL. Cincinnati’s last winning season was in 2005 when they finished 11-5. For Pittsburgh, after the 1-2 start, the Steelers have won five straight games. Their latest win was a 28-10 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday Night. In that win, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tossed for 233 yards and Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 155 yards. Mendenhall has done a sensational job taking over for Willie Parker this season.
Denver Broncos (6-2) @ Washington Redskins (2-6)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Denver - 3.5
Preview: After winning the first six games under new head coach Josh McDaniels, the Denver Broncos have dropped two straight. The Broncos will look to get back on track and pick up win # 7 on Sunday when they play at the Washington Redskins. Denver, with their two straight losses are now just one game ahead of San Diego atop the AFC West. The Broncos have allowed just 124 points on the season, which ranks 3rd in all of the NFL. Denver has won three of four road games this season. The Redskins have had a nightmare type season, through their first eight games. Head Coach Jim Zorn has been on the hot seat since day one, and things do not appear to be improving. Washington is 2-6, with wins over St. Louis and Tampa By. The Redskins have scored just 113 points this season, which is the fourth worst in all of the NFL. Washington will most likely be without top rusher Clinton Portis, as he is suffering from concussion symptoms.
Atlanta Falcons (5-3) @ Carolina Panthers (3-5)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Atlanta - 1.5
Preview: In a NFC South affair, the Atlanta Falcons will look to move one step closer to back-to-back playoff appearances when they play at Carolina. The Falcons, at 5-3, are currently in line for a wildcard position, along with Philadelphia. The Falcons are coming off an emotional 31-17 win over the Washington Redskins. Atlanta used Michael Turner’s 166 yards to seal the deal. Turner, on the season has rushed 156 times for 720 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Falcons are three games behind divisional leader New Orleans. The Panthers had the Saints on the ropes Sunday, but came away a ten point loser. DeAngelo Williams carried the offensively load in the first half, rushing for two quick touchdowns. Carolina then went away from one made them successful, and lost the lead in the fourth quarter; failing to score. Williams finished the game with 149 rushing yards. He has rushed for 768 on the season. The Panthers lost at Atlanta in week two; 28-20.
Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) @ Oakland Raiders (2-6)
Time: 4:05pm ET
Spread: Oakland - 2
Preview: In a battle between the bottom two teams in the AFC East, the Kansas City Chiefs will look to head out west and knock off the Oakland Raiders. Both teams have been offensively inept this season, ranking among the worst offensives; as the Raiders have scored just 78 points, while Kansas City has managed 126. In the first game between these two long time rivals, JaMarcus Russell and the Raiders won 13-10. Oakland has lost five of their last six since that win, with the lone victory coming on October 18th against Philadelphia. Kansas City won their lone game of 2009 on October 18th at Washington. The Chiefs and Raiders both trail second place San Diego (5-3) and divisional leading Denver (6-1).
Seattle Seahawks (3-5) @ Arizona Cardinals (5-3)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: Arizona - 8.5
Preview: In a re-match of NFC West foes, the Seattle Seahawks will take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks got off to a very slow start in their week nine win over Detroit, but outscored the Lions 32-3 in the final three quarters. The Seahawks have scored 167 points, and allowed 167 points in their eight games this season. Seattle’s quarterback Matt Hasslebeck is listed probable for this game due to an undisclosed injury. The Cardinals are coming in flying high after their 41-21 thrashing of the Chicago Bears. The Cardinals have struggled at home this season winning one of four, after being so tough there in 2008. Arizona beat Seattle on the road in week six 27-3 behind 276 passing yards from Kurt Warner. Warner threw five touchdowns in the beat down of the Bears, that coming after turning the ball over five times in the home loss to Carolina. Arizona, with a win could put a stranglehold on the rest of the division in the second half of the year.
Dallas Cowboys (5-3) @ Green Bay Packers (4-4)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: Dallas - 3
Preview: In what promises to be filled with action, the Dallas Cowboys will head to Lambeau Field and take on the Green Bay Packers. These two teams will come into the game heading in different directions. The Cowboys are flying high, after their fourth straight win; a 20-16 road win at Philadelphia. Dallas has taken over the top spot in the NFC East, leading Philadelphia and New York. The Cowboys have used the emergence of wide receiving Miles Austin in their hot streak. Austin has caught 27 passes for over 600 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season. Austin appears to be the new number one option for quarterback Tony Romo. Romo has had a solid season for Dallas, completing 159 of 264 passes for 2215 yards and 13 touchdowns. Green Bay is coming off an embarrassing road loss at Tampa Bay. The Packers allowed the Buccaneers to pick up their first victory of the 2009 season. Green Bay has struggled to not turn the ball over; including three Aaron Rodgers interceptions in the loss. The Packers are tied with Chicago, for second place in the NFC North, trailing Minnesota by three games.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) @ San Diego Chargers (5-3)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: San Diego - 2
Preview: The Philadelphia Eagles will look to bounce back following their Sunday Night loss to Dallas when they head to San Diego. The Eagles are now trailing Dallas by a game in the division. Running back Brian Westbrook has missed the last two weeks with a concussion. Westbrook has been listed as questionable for this game. On the season, Westbrook has only rushed for 197 yards and a single touchdown. The offense, led by Donovan McNabb has seemingly turned to DeSean Jackson for any large play. Jackson has caught 26 passes for 530 yards and 4 touchdowns. Philadelphia is 2-1 on the road this season; with the one loss, being an ugly loss to Oakland. The Chargers are seemingly playing their best football of the season. San Diego has won three straight games, including their 21-20 come from behind win at New York. The Chargers have been finding ways to succeed without solid numbers from LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson has scored just three touchdowns on the season. Vincent Jackson leads the team with seven touchdown catches in eight games. The win also allowed the Chargers to climb back to within a single game of the Broncos for the top spot in the AFC East.
New England Patriots (6-2) @ Indianapolis Colts (8-0)
Time: 8:20pm ET
Spread: Indianapolis - 3
Preview: In the biggest game of the week ten, the New England Patriots will head to Indianapolis and see if they can dethrone the 8-0 Colts. In what has been a heated rivalry for years now, the Patriots come in as a rare underdog. New England has apparently found their groove, winning their last three games. The Patriots defense has been the solid force behind the success. New England has allowed just 115 points on the season, which is only behind the Colts 108. Tom Brady and Randy Moss have been once again the dominate force on the offensive side of the ball for New England. Brady and Moss have connected five times for touchdowns in the first half of the season. For Indianapolis, after narrowly escaping a home win over Houston, the Colts once again have a strangle hold on the AFC South. The win moved the Colts three games ahead of second place Houston. Indianapolis boasts their one superstar quarterback to wide receiver combination in Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne. That duo has hooked up six times in the end zone this season. Manning has thrown for over 2500 yards through half the season.
Monday, November 16th, 2009
Baltimore Ravens (4-4) @ Cleveland Browns (1-7)
Time: 8:30pm ET
Spread: Baltimore - 10.5
Preview: In the Monday Night Football affair for week ten, the Baltimore Ravens will head to Cleveland to take on the 1-7 Browns. Baltimore, coming off their second loss to Cincinnati this season will be in desperate need of a win, trailing Pittsburgh and Cincinnati by two games atop the AFC North. Baltimore saw their top running back Ray Rice run for just 48 yards in the loss to Cincinnati. The Ravens have scored 206 points and allowed 154. The Browns have been an absolute mess all season. Eric Mangini, after being fired by the New York Jets has yet to formulate a winning style in Cleveland. The Browns lone win was a 6-3 slug fest over the Buffalo Bills. Cleveland has scored just 78 points on the season. This game is a re-match of the September 27th Baltimore 34-3 beat down of the Browns.