Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 10
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Last week: 7-6 (.538)
Season record: 71-59 (.546)
New England Patriots (6-2) at Steelers (6-2), 8:20 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Steelers won two Super Bowls last decade, but it was the Patriots who kept them from making two more appearances with victories in the 2001 and 2004 AFC title games at Heinz Field. This shouldn't be as humbling.
Prediction: Steelers, 30-24
Baltimore Ravens (6-2) at Atlanta Falcons (6-2), 8:30 p.m., Thursday
The Skinny: These are two of the seven teams tied for the NFL lead in victories. The Falcons look almost unbeatable at home, winning 13 consecutive games in the Georgia Dome when Matt Ryan is the quarterback.
Prediction: Falcons, 24-20
New York Jets (6-2) at Cleveland Browns (3-5), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: It would not be a stretch to say the Browns have the best defense in the AFC North, not after the way they've shut down Drew Brees and Tom Brady the past two games. It's Rob Ryan versus his brother, Rex Ryan.
Prediction: Browns, 20-17
Detroit Lions (2-6) at Buffalo Bills (0-8), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: After three consecutive three-point losses, the Bills look to be in good shape to win their first game of the season. That's because the Lions have lost a league-record 24 consecutive road games.
Prediction: Bills, 30-28
Minnesota Vikings (3-5) at Chicago Bears (5-3), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Vikings needed a desperate rally in the final minutes against the Cardinals to keep their season alive. Brett Favre hasn't had that much excitement since, well, you know.
Prediction: Vkings, 17-16
Cincinnati Bengals (2-6) at Indianapolis Colts (5-3), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: It's bad enough the Bengals have lost five consecutive games. But, making matters worse, Peyton Manning has never lost to the Bengals (6-0) and has 17 career TD passes against them.
Prediction: Colts, 34-21
Houston Texans (4-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Know this much: The Jaguars and Texans have allowed more points (226) than all but two other teams. That means the winner of this game will have to score more than 28 points.
Prediction: Jaguars, 30-28
Tennessee Titans (5-3) at Miami Dolphins (4-4), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Dolphins (0-3) are one of three teams who haven't won a home game this season. The Titans, who are third in the AFC in points scored (224), should be more potent with Randy Moss.
Prediction: Titans, 27-23
Carolina Panthers (1-7) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Buccaneers have been one of the surprise teams of 2010, despite their blowout loss to the Steelers. The Panthers are the most anemic team of 2010, scoring a league-low 88 points.
Prediction: Buccaneers, 28-9
Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) at Denver Broncos (2-6), 4:05 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Since they started 6-0 last season, the Broncos are 4-14 under their boy-genius coach, Josh McDaniels. Does it matter that they have won eight of the past nine at home against the Chiefs?
Prediction: Chiefs, 24-19
Dallas Cowboys (1-7) at New York Giants (6-2), 4:15 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Giants have the league's longest winning streak (5) and have scored 41 points in each of their past two victories, one of which was against the Cowboys. Not a good time for Jason Garrett to debut as the new Cowboys coach.
Prediction: Giants, 41-24
Seattle Seahawks (4-4) at Arizona Cardinals (3-5), 4:15 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: As bad as it has been for the Cardinals after back-to-back playoff seasons, they have a chance to tie for the division lead with a victory against the Seahawks, who won the first meeting in Seattle last month.
Prediction: Cardinals, 23-22
St. Louis Rams (4-4) at San Francisco 49ers (2-6), 4:15 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Rams have won four of their past six games with rookie QB Sam Bradford, but none of those have been on the road. The last-place 49ers might be down to their last gasp in the division.
Prediction: 49ers, 23-16
Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) at Washington Redskins (4-4), 8:30 p.m., Monday
The Skinny: The Redskins won the first meeting for quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was facing his former team for the first time. Now they don't think he's fit to run their two-minute offense.
Prediction: Eagles, 24-23
First Published November 11, 2010 12:00 am