5 NFL Games That Will Be Blowouts In Week 10
5 NFL Games That Will Be Blowouts in Week 10
The NFL is full of surprises. There have been games this year in which the underdog has triumphed and the favored team walks away in dismay. However, there are also games where the favored team squashes the underdog’s hopes of garnering a win. The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know this feeling all too well. Both of these win-less teams have had a tumultuous season, to say the least.
The NFL is supposed to be comprised of 32 even teams, but sometimes matchups end up being a rout. Last week, the New England Patriots squared off against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that is currently dead last in the AFC North with only two wins on the season.
The Steelers didn’t have an answer for Tom Brady’s 432 passing yards and four touchdowns. They ended up getting defeated by 24 points. That’s the definition of a blowout.
Fortunately, the NFL is not like college football, in that it pits a powerhouse Division I football team against a Division II team, whose only goal is to not get blown out. Don’t expect any mind-boggling blowouts this week in the NFL. If you’re expecting a score similar to last year’s matchup between Oklahoma State and Savannah State, look elsewhere. (The Cowboys won 84-0.)
You won’t find any games this week where a team beats the pulp out of the underdog, but do expect several games where the spread at the end of the game will be more than 20 points.
For a closer look, here are five NFL matchups in Week 10 that will be blowout victories for one team and an embarrassing loss for the other team.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens do not resemble a team that won the Vince Lombardi Trophy last year. Their sputtering offense has been a far cry from last year's offensive success. This season, the Ravens are 23rd in the league in total offensive yards.
Last season, the Ravens were 11th in the league in rushing (118.8 yards per game), and now they average 71.6 yards per game, which ranks 29th in the NFL. Ray Rice has been bottled up by opposing defenses for much of the 2013 season. Rice is averaging just 32 yards per game this season.
The Cincinnati Bengals have one of the better defenses this year and they are stingy against the run. The Bengals only allow about 104 yards on the ground per game. Even though Geno Atkins is out, the Bengals should have no problem in suppressing the Ravens’ insufficient offensive attack.
To make matters worse for the Ravens, their defense has to face one of the best quarterback-wide receiver tandems in the NFL. A.J. Green and Andy Dalton have combined for five touchdowns and 862 yards this season. The Ravens will likely need a miracle to win against the Bengals.
PREDICTION: Cincinnati Bengals-28, Baltimore Ravens-14
Indianapolis Colts vs. St. Louis Rams
Since Sam Bradford is having season-ending surgery to repair his torn ACL, the St. Louis Rams seem like the clear underdog against the Indianapolis Colts. Second-string quarterback Kellen Clemens has one touchdown and two interceptions on the season for the Rams and is completing just 52.9 percent of his passes, so he won't prove to much of a factor.
The Colts' defense should cause some stress for Clemens, as they rank 16th in the NFL in passing defense (242.4 yards allowed per game). The Colts are also 14th in the league in passes deflected with 48. Because Clemens will likely be flushed out of the pocket on many plays, he will probably hand the ball off to the Rams' up-and-coming superstar running back, Zac Stacy.
Stacy is the only reason the Rams could have a chance of winning. He has been ravaging opposing defenses for two straight weeks and could likely have a big day against an Indy defense that ranks in the bottom third of the NFL in running yards allowed per game.
However, the Colts are too strong offensively for an upset to occur. Andrew Luck has passed for 1,845 yards this season and even though Reggie Wayne has a torn ACL, Luck has several quality targets in T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Luck should be able to lead his team to an easy victory against a depleted Rams squad.
PREDICTION: Indianapolis Colts-38, St. Louis Rams-13
Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
Offensive line issues likely won’t hamper the Seattle Seahawks’ chances of turning their matchup against the Atlanta Falcons ugly in a hurry. The Seahawks rank 13th in the league in offensive production (347.8 yards per game), and their defense ranks second in total defense (296 yards allowed per game).
Even if Russell Wilson doesn't pass for 300 yards against a weak Falcons seconday, the Seahawks can rely on their successful running game. Marshawn Lynch averages 4.3 yards per carry and has averaged just over 80 yards per game this season.
The Falcons are 2-6 and are last in the NFL in the ground attack, averaging a meager 65 yards per game. Atlanta is one-dimensional and rely too much on the passing game. If their defense somehow has success shutting down Wilson, they will have trouble controlling Lynch's explosiveness. The Falcons have allowed 116 yards on the ground per game.
Seattle is second in the league against the pass, only giving up 179.8 yards per game. Their dominant secondary will likely force the Falcons to run and that will not lead to success.
PREDICTION: Seattle Seahawks-28, Atlanta Falcons-10
Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers
The Denver Broncos come into this Week 10 matchup against the San Diego Chargers heavily favored, and for good reason. Peyton Manning is having an illustrious season, as he is averaging about three touchdowns per game. Because of Manning's excellent ability to pick apart a defense, the Broncos are first in NFL in total yards per game (466.4).
On the other hand, the Chargers are not far behind the Broncos in terms of offensive talent. Philip Rivers has thrown 17 touchdowns this year. The Broncos' defense will stretch Rivers to his limits, as Denver is first in the NFL with 13 interceptions. While both teams' offenses are superior, the Chargers' defense prevents the team from having a stellar season.
The Chargers are 29th in NFL in total yards allowed per game (393.8), and also allow 275 yards per game, ranking 29th in the NFL. Manning is sure to have a field day against the Chargers' defense.
PREDICTION: Denver Broncos-35, San Diego Chargers-13
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have not won a game yet this season, and won’t look to achieve that feat anytime soon. Their anemic offense has prevented them from posting decent offensive numbers. With Justin Blackmon suspended, the Jaguars don’t really have a fighting chance against the Tennessee Titans.
The Jaguars are dead-last in the NFL in total offensive yards. They're the only NFL team to average less than 300 offensive yards per game.
The Titans are 11th in NFL in total yards allowed (340 yards per game). Chris Johnson will likely produce gaudy numbers on the ground against a weary Jacksonville defense that surrenders nearly 162 yards per game in rushing.
PREDICTION: Tennessee Titans-28, Jacksonville Jaguars-6