Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 10
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Last week: 7-6 (.538)
Season record: 79-50 (.612)
Chicago Bears (4-4) at San Francisco 49ers (3-5): 8:20 p.m., tonight
The Skinny: The Bears have allowed more than 40 points in two of their past three games. Safe to say, their defense is not as tenacious as when 49ers Coach Mike Singletary was their Hall of Fame middle linebacker.
Prediction: 49ers, 27-21
Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) at Steelers (6-2): 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Sweeping the Ravens and the Steelers in the same season? It's certainly possible for the upstart Bengals, who are unbeaten on the road (3-0) and in the division (4-0). On second thought???Nah!
Prediction: Steelers, 27-13
Atlanta Falcons (5-3) at Carolina Panthers (3-5): 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Panthers need to come up with another performance like they had a couple weeks ago in Arizona. Of course, to do that, they will need Falcons QB Matt Ryan to have six turnovers.
Prediction: Falcons, 31-24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7) at Miami Dolphins (3-5): 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: If the Bucs knew rookie Josh Freeman would throw three TDs in his NFL debut, they wouldn't have waited eight games to start him. It will be a little different in Miami, even if the climate is the same.
Prediction: Dolphins, 24-10
Detroit Lions (1-7) at Minnesota Vikings (7-1): 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The bye week was a good thing for Brett Favre because it gave him a chance to rest his 40-year-old throwing arm. But it was also a bad thing because it's the last time this season he will get a chance to do so.
Prediction: Vikings, 34-10
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) at New York Jets (4-4): 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: In the past three games, the Jets' Thomas Jones (433) and Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew (407) have combined for 840 rushing yards. They should bill the showdown -- ToJo versus MoJo.
Prediction: Jets, 21-17
New Orleans Saints (8-0) and St. Louis Rams (1-7): 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: What happens when the NFL's highest scoring offense faces the NFC's second-worst scoring defense? The same thing that Clubber Lang predicted for Rocky Balboa in "Rocky III:" Pain.
Prediction: Saints, 40-13
Buffalo Bills (3-5) at Tennessee Titans (2-6): 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Despite his many critics, all Vince Young has done is win six consecutive games as a starter, dating to the 2007 season. Of course, the last two have had simple game plans: Hand the ball to Chris Johnson.
Prediction: Titans, 27-7
Denver Broncos (6-2) at Washington Redskins (2-6): 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: After back-to-back losses to AFC North teams, the Broncos will be glad to face the Washington Redskins. At least the Monday night crowd at Invesco Field got them accustomed to playing on the road.
Prediction: Broncos, 16-10
Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) at Oakland Raiders (2-6): 4:05 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Steelers didn't want Larry Johnson in 2003 when they bypassed him in the draft to select Troy Polamalu. Why would they want him now? For the Chiefs, it might be addition by subtraction.
Prediction: Chiefs, 13-10
Seattle Seahawks (3-5) at Arizona Cardinals (5-3): 4:15 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Ken Whisenhunt called Arizona's 27-3 victory against the Seahawks last month "the most complete game of the season." Last week's 41-21 victory against the Bears was the easiest.
Prediction: Cardinals, 34-14
Dallas Cowboys (6-2) at Green Bay Packers (4-4): 4:15 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Cowboys have won four in a row and are coming off a big victory in Philadelphia. The Packers have lost two in a row and are coming off a humbling loss to previously winless Tampa Bay.
Prediction: Cowboys, 31-23
Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) at San Diego Chargers (5-3): 4:15 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Chargers are closing in fast on the Broncos, thanks to a last-second victory against the Giants. The Eagles, who lost in Oakland last month, don't appear to travel well to the West Coast.
Prediction: Chargers, 31-21
New England Patriots (6-2) at Indianapolis Colts (8-0): 8:20 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Colts have squeaked out their past two victories by a combined seven points to stretch their regular-season win streak to 17 games. They may not be as fortunate against the Patriots, who have won three in a row. Prediction: Patriots, 24-23
Baltimore Ravens (4-4) at Cleveland Browns (1-7): 8:30 p.m., Monday
The Skinny: It was a Monday night game in November, when the Browns blew a 14-point lead to the Ravens, that marked the beginning of the end for Cleveland last season. The collapse came sooner this year.
Prediction: Ravens, 31-7
First Published November 12, 2009 4:05 pm