Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 10
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Last week: 10-4 (.714)
Season record: 78-54 (.590)
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7), 8:20 p.m., Thursday
The Skinny: The Colts are 4-1 since Bruce Arians stepped in as interim head coach, and the reason is rookie Andrew Luck. It's probably just a coincidence that he and the quarterback he replaced, Peyton Manning, have the same number of victories (5) and passing yards (2,404) after eight games.
Prediction: Colts, 24-21
Oakland Raiders (3-5) at Baltimore Ravens (6-2), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Both the Ravens and Steelers get a couple of the AFC West lowlights before they play each other two of the next three weeks. If Carson Palmer's familiarity with the Ravens allows him to play as he did against the Steelers, maybe he could produce the same result.
Prediction: Ravens, 27-17
New York Giants (6-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-5), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: What do Eli Manning and Andy Dalton have in common? Neither could pass for more than 125 yards against the Steelers. The Bengals are moving the wrong way after their 3-1 start, a slide that should continue against the Giants.
Prediction: Giants, 30-20
Denver Broncos (5-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-6), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Broncos Coach John Fox spent nine seasons as head coach in Carolina and makes his return for first time since being fired. He comes armed with a quarterback who has been firiving a lot of TD passes -- 3 in each of the past five games.
Prediction: Broncos, 24-16
Tennessee Titans (3-6) at Miami Dolphins (4-4), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: It has been one of those what-if seasons for the Dolphins, who have a pair of OT defeats and a 3-point loss to the Colts among their four defeats. Their rookie QB, Ryan Tannehill, hasn';t thrown a pick in past four games.
Prediction: Dolphins, 31-20
Detroit Lions (4-4) at Minnesota Vikings (5-4), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Kurt Warner is the only quarterback to reach 10,000 passing yards faster than Matthew Stafford. But it might be more imperative for the Lions to focus on stopping Adrian Peterson, who has rushed for more than 120 yards in the past three games.
Prediction: Lions, 34-28
Buffalo Bills (3-5) at New England Patriots (5-3), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Patriots lead the league in points per game (32.8), yards per game (440.8) and habe won 11 in a row at home against the Bills. That is not good news for the Bills, who have allowed the second most points (248) in the NFL.
Prediction: Patriots, 42-23
Atlanta Falcons (8-0) at New Orleans Saints (3-5), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Make no mistake, the Falcons are good, better than people want to give them credit. But the Saints appear to have found their way after all their internal turmoil, winning three of their past four.
Prediction: Saints, 34-30
San Diego Chargers (4-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: All of a sudden, the Buccaneers are an offensive juggernaut, having scored 28 or more points in their last four games. No wonder? Rookie RB Doug Martin became first player in history to have three TD runs of 40 yards or longer in a game last week.
Prediction: Buccaneers, 28-24
New York Jets (3-5) at Seattle Seahawks (5-4), 4:05 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Rookie QB Russell Wilson is unbeaten (4-0) and not thrown an interception at home. What's more, he is the only one of the five rookie QB starters to throw three TDs in a game, and he has done it twice. The Seahawks are sneaky good.
Prediction: Seahawks, 28-27
Dallas Cowboys (3-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-5), 4:25 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: It is almost comical to note that Tony Romo has a 19-3 career record in November because it is his record in December and January that is a joke. All he has to do, though, against the Eagles is get a lead and let the Philly fans do the rest.
Prediction: Cowboys, 23-20
St. Louis Rams (3-5) at San Francisc0 49ers (6-2), 4:25 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: In four of their past five games, the 49ers haven't allowed a touchdown and have outscored the opponent, 116-12. The Rams know all about lopsided margins -- they were thumped, 45-7, by the Patriots in last outing.
Prediction: 49ers, 31-7
Houston Texans (7-1) at Chicago Bears (7-1), 8:20 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: If it wasn't for that Jake Plummer gene that Jay Cutler appears to be hiding somewhere in his body, the Bears could easily stake a claim as the best team in the NFL. For right now, they are one of the best, along with the Texans.
Prediction: Bears, 23-16
Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) at Steelers (5-3), 8:30 p.m., Monday
The Skinny: Recent history -- i.e., losing to the then winless Raiders and one-win Titans -- should serve as the proper reminder for the Steelers to not look past the one-win Chiefs. Still, it is tough to overlook this about the Chiefs: They have never led in a game in regulation this season.
Prediction: Steelers, 34-12
First Published November 7, 2012 7:38 pm