NFL Week Ten Preview
The Cowboys are off this week and no one needs it more than Jerry’s Kids. So let’s check out the top games for this weekend. The highlight of this week, and quite frankly the highlight of this entire season until now, will be the Sunday night match up between the undefeated Chiefs and the one-loss Broncos. Who saw this coming? Sure, a lot of us saw the Broncos being 8-1 at this point but who outside of Missouri and a small part of Kansas would have dared to think that the Chiefs could be at 9-0? Kansas City only won 2 games last season–so bad that head coach Romeo Crennel lasted until the end of the season only because no one in their right mind would take over the team before that.
Does Andy Reid deserve most of the credit? It’s hard to say, the defense has been amazing but Reid is the man in charge and whatever he’s done is working beyond anyone’s expectations. Denver has a lot on its plate right now. Peyton Manning missed a lot of practice this week because of a sore ankle but he will start, and running has never been a big part of his game anyway. Nevertheless, the Chiefs defense will be going at a wounded Manning like he was a gazelle on Animal Planet.
Throw in that head coach John Fox is still recovering from heart surgery (replaced by Jack Del Rio) and the circumstances aren’t ideal for Denver. The game is in Denver which is a big home field advantage but my thinking is that the Chiefs will slow Manning down. By slowing him down I mean hold him to 275 yards passing and just 2 TD’s. I see the Broncos in a tight one.
Because it matters around here, the Redskins/Eagles game will get a lot of attention. The Eagles are charging hard and are now tied with the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East at 5-5. The Skins, long thought out of the race, are still hanging at 3-6 and are as healthy as anyone in the league right now. They only have 4 questionable players, including tight end Logan Paulson, and all had full practices on Thursday. RG III is as healthy as a guy on a reconstructed knee can be ten weeks into the season. If he plays well he’ll be the difference in this game. If he’s just okay, the Eagles will win big. Philadelphia is more banged up; tight end Brent Celek is questionable as is tackle Jason Peters but wide receiver Riley Cooper will be good to go which is great news for Nick Foles. Foles has emerged from that Cowboys debacle a few weeks ago, into one of the hottest QB’s in the league. If the Eagles hit on all cylinders–or 2 out of 3–they’ll win and take over first place in the East. The good news for the Cowboys is that one of these teams will lose and the Boys will have done more good by being idle than they do when they actually play.
San Francisco and New Orleans should make for a great Sunday afternoon game. Both are fighting for division titles and have expectations among themselves, to go deep into the playoffs. Kaepernick against Brees…Brees always seems to win these quarterback battles. I like the Saints by 7 at home.
The Giants started 0-6…now they’ve won three straight and are 3-6 with a bullet as Casey Kasem liked to say. They meet a Green Bay team that is very average without Aaron Rodgers so look for New York to win its fourth in a row and get right back into the East fight.
This is a good week for big games which makes it a perfect week for the Cowboys to be off.