Hey it's Week 10 already! We are already over half way done. Soon it will be Thanksgiving, and worse still, CHRISTMAS. Luckily, there's some pretty great matches across the board today:
SKY SPORTS, 6PM
ATLANTA FALCONS (8-0) @ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-5)
Could this be where the Falcons finally fall? They've been mighty impressive so far, but if there's one place they don't like going, it's the superdome. And worse still, the Saints have finally found the form they have always had in them these past couple weeks, so this promises to be some match-up. It's always fun when these two division rivals go at it, often lots of high scoring, but this is a particularly important one; for the Falcons to stay perfect and more or less clinch the play-offs, and for the Saints to stay alive in the NFC wild-card race. Personally, I like the Saints to end the Falcons run today, but it will be close (by 3)
9:25PM, SKY SPORTS
DALLAS COWBOYS (3-5) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-5)
Oh NFC East, you always know how to cheer a girl up. You're such a consistently ridiculous division, and yet here we are, all of you are still technically in play-off contention. That will probably end today however as whoever loses this absolute car-crash of a match-up should be banished to eternal insults and jeering (at least until next year). This one's tough to call but it shall be intriguing to see if either of these teams can salvage anything from yet another failed season. In recent games, the Cowboys have been fairly unlucky, but still don't do themselves any favours, whereas the Eagles are just plain awful right now. Though they have home-field advantage, I just can't really see The Eagles being motivated enough to save Andy Reid's career at this point, so this could get nasty (if it wasn't already). (Cowboys by 3)
1:20AM, CHANNEL 4
HOUSTON TEXANS (7-1) @ CHICAGO BEARS (7-1)
Cowboys and Eagles fans/players/staff take note, THIS is what an important match looks like. As things stand, this is what many are tipping to be this years superbowl. Though current form is all well and good, and though both these teams are definitely play-off bound, one of these teams have to lose, and though either can probably take the hit today, what this does to confidence for the rest of the reason will be quite important. As many of you guys have noted, these two teams don't have a lot of playoff experience, and both should be looking over their shoulders at the trending Patriots and Packers respectively. Anyway, as far as this goes, this should be a thriller on both sides of the ball. Two excellently balanced teams going at it, with what will probably be either team's first real test going forward, one which probably means a bit more to the Bears, given the much tougher NFC competition that surrounds them. This is also very tough to call, though for completely different reasons than the previous game I wrote about, but I think the sense of urgency and home-field advantage will just about carry Da Bears here. (by 3)
1:30AM, BBC RED BUTTON
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-7) @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3)
Really ESPN? (Steelers by +700)
Oakland (3-5) @ Baltimore (6-2) - I wasn't able to watch any of our win at Cleveland last week, but just the fact we had an away win to a division rival was comforting enough (that Houston game STILL hurts) so this should (SHOULD) be relatively straight-forward. Oakland don't have a lot going for them right now, and we simply don't lose at home, but I still need a lot more re-assuring than that. (Bmore by 7)
Denver (5-3) @ Carolina (2-6) - Here's a fun one, The Master meets the Apprentice (can you imagine when Peyton returns to Indy? Could be in the playoffs or at least next year). SuperCam's Panthers have been very disappointing this year, but they did manage to rid of the new Challenger RG3 AND break the presidential election curse, so will have some confidence going into this one. Denver just seemed to have worked out how to click a lot earlier than anyone was expecting however, so it's hard to look past them on current form (by 7).
New York (6-3) @ Cincinnati (3-5) - Cincy are still in free-fall, whereas the Giants have had a week to recover from Hurricane Sandy/their disaster final quarter at home against the Steelers. They also seem to love playing on the road, so yeah, them (by 7).
Tennessee (3-6) @ Miami (4-4) - One of the quieter games on the schedule, but no less important; both teams could still feasibly make the playoffs. A loss here for either team though would pretty much end those aspirations, making it a fairly tasty one. Miami have been simply a better team however, and coupled with playing at home, I think they should carry this one (by 4-5).
Detroit (4-4) @ Minnesota (5-4) - This should be everyone's back-up game if the one they are watching turns out to be a lame duck. Everyone keeps jumping up and down saying THE NFC NORTH DOESN'T HAVE ANY LOSING RECORDS and long may that continue, as in-form Detroit look to take out division rivals, the stumbling Vikings. What happened to the Vikes by the way? They've gone from beating two of the best teams in the league to losing to the Redskins and Tampa, why? (Lions by 4-5)
Buffalo (3-5) @ New England (5-3) - Poor Buffalo, you get the impression if they moved to the West Coast they would be a consistent play-off team. As things stand, they will do their usual try and outscore New England and entertain everyone for a bit, and succeed, until Brady decides play-time is over. (by 7+)
San Diego (4-4) @ Tampa Bay (4-4) - God who knows. As usual San Diego should be taking this with ease, but Tampa actually look, well, quite good at the moment, AND they're at home, so am pretty much going to have to side with them. Maybe it will cause the shake-up at SD that's been crying out for sometime now, but probably not. (Tampa by 4-5)
New York (3-5) @ Seattle (5-4) - Who knows what Jets team is going to turn up in Seattle today, but it better be their best one (whatever that is) because this could get real nasty. The Seahawks have been phenomenal at home and are still undefeated under QWEST's noise, and the Jets have, well, not. (SEA by 7)
St. Louis (3-5) @ San Francisco (6-2) - Both these teams are coming off byes, but the difference is the injury-ravaged Rams are coming back from being obliterated in London by the Pats, whereas the Niners are still pretty comfortable with who they are. Could get ugly. (SF by 7+)
SO THAT'S ALL FOR THIS WEEK, FANTASY CONCERNS ETC? I FORGOT TO START MY NEWLY AQUIRED INDIANAPOLIS D ON THURSDAY GIVING ME A COOL 20 POINTS, FOR MY BENCH.