15 NFL Players Who Need To Step Up in Week 10

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15 NFL Players Who Need To Have Big Games in Week 10

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NFL week 10 is upon us. We've officially passed the halfway point and it's now crunch time for many teams around the league. At this point, you can basically rule out eight different teams. For those squads that only have one or two wins thus far, better luck next year. So essentially, the field has been narrowed to about 24 teams.

Of the 24 or so teams that are still alive. there are basically 14-18 that are legitimate playoff contenders. Some teams are hanging on for dear life and another loss will send them on their way to 2014. It's not the worst thing, though, as those squads will likely have a solid spot in next May's draft.

Week 10 kicks off with a showdown between 2012 playoff teams. However, only one of those teams has a chance to make the postseason in 2013. That would be the Washington Redskins. They're alive and kicking at 3-5, while the Minnesota Vikings are dead in the water at 1-7.

Sunday's slate of games is full of intriguing matchups. The day will kick off with a great battles between the Bengals vs. Ravens, Lions vs. Bears, and Eagles vs. Packers. The afternoon games will be highlighted by the Panthers vs. 49ers and the Broncos vs. Chargers.

Finally, week 10 will be capped off with the Cowboys and Saints on SNF and the Dolphins and Buccaneers on MNF. If you can't find a few games you like with all of those great matchups, maybe the NFL isn't for you.

Naturally with each game, there are players that need to have big games for their teams to win. Here are 15 who must step up in week 10:

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Joe Flacco

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The Ravens need their leader to step in a big way in week 10. Baltimore's season is basically on the line, so Flacco must come through with a big performance. It's time the Ravens' offense finally starts putting some points on the board in 2013. If that doesn't happen, they have no chance of hoisting the Lombardi trophy once again.

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Ben Tate

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The Texans need a reliable running game, and they need it now. It seems unlikely that Arian Foster will play on Sunday, so it's time for Tate to step up and take some pressure off of Case Keenum.

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Seneca Wallace

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Wallace is certainly no Aaron Rodgers, but he'll have to do his best impression of No. 12 on Sunday for the Packers. The Eagles are coming to town, so that means Wallace has a solid chance of putting up good numbers against one of the league's worst secondaries.

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Charles Tillman

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Tillman has battled injuries throughout 2013 and flat out hasn't been the same player. The Bears have a crucial NFC North showdown with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, so it would be a perfect time for Peanut to have a 2012-like game.

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Robert Griffin III

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RG3 is slowly but surely starting to get back to his old ways. The Redskins have a very winnable road game against Minnesota on TNF and if Griffin is on his A-game, there's no way the lowly Vikings' defense can stop him.

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Zac Stacy

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Stacy is coming off a career game in week nine and the Rams will need more of the same in week 10. St. Louis is a long shot to make the playoffs at this point, but if they can pull out an upset win against the Colts, they'll be alive and well in the NFC.

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Bruce Carter/Ernie Sims

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The Cowboys have a showdown on SNF with the Saints and these linebackers will be matched up against Jimmy Graham. Limiting the game's best TE will go along way towards earning the Cowboys their sixth win of the year.

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Eli Manning

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The Giants are pretty much done in 2013, but they haven't yet reached fork status. The Raiders will travel across the country to take on the G-Men Sunday, and look for Eli Manning to carve up the Oakland secondary.

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Chris Houston

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The Detroit Lions have their biggest game of the year on Sunday against the Bears. Houston is going to find himself matched up against Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery all day and if he can't step up, the Lions will be in trouble.

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Nate Garner

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With Richie Incognito suspended indefinitely from the Dolphins, Garner is the next man up. He has to step up his game in a big way to help keep Ryan Tannehill upright, or the Buccaneers might just get their first win of the year.

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EJ Manuel

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After several weeks on the shelf, Manuel is set to make his return in week 10. The Bills haven't done well without him and their playoff hopes are fading fast. Buffalo has a winnable game against Pittsburgh, but they'll need a big game from their rookie QB to get the job done.

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Jake Locker

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Locker hasn't played great since his return from a hip injury a few weeks back. The good news, is that he has a date with the Jaguars on Sunday. This is the perfect game for the QB to get back on track and to lead his team back to a winning record.

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Michael Floyd

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Floyd is having a solid sophomore season, but the Cardinals need him to have a breakout game on Sunday against the Texans. If both Floyd and Fitzgerald can get going, Arizona could cruise to victory.

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Zach Miller

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The Seahawks are in need of a spark on offense after the loss of Sidney Rice and while they wait for Percy Harvin to debut. Seattle will be favored to take care of business against the Falcons on Sunday, but Russell Wilson's life will be made a lot easier if his tight end has a big day.

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Nick Foles

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The Eagles need Foles to continue his hot streak. There's no way he'll toss seven more touchdowns, but three or four will give Philadelphia a great chance of knocking off the Packers.


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