PREDICTION: CHARGERS 31, raiders 17
San Diego suffered a tough home loss to the Packers last Sunday. However, QB Philip Rivers was able to rekindle some lost mojo during the game's final three quarters. The bitter taste of Cheesehead defeat, combined with Rivers’ revival, sparks the Bolts to a swift knockout of the Raiders.
RESULT: raiders 24, CHARGERS 17
My prediction was way off. San Diego’s offensive line offered minimal
protection – to say the least - of Rivers. Instead of Rivers, Oakland QB Carson Palmer played the role of revived quarterback. Palmer’s precise 16-of-20, 299 yard, 2 TD performance, combined with RB Michael Bush’s 157 yards on the ground, led Oakland to an impressive road win.
SUNDAY (EARLY GAMES)
saints 31, FALCONS 27
Drew Brees has his way with Atlanta’s defense as the Saints maintain its grasp on the NFC South. Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Michael Turner roll up their share of production, but New Orleans’ offense proves too much to overcome.
steel 17, BENGALS 10
Rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have been impressive, but Pittsburgh’s bone-crushing defense bruise up the Bengals today. Paced by QB Ben Roethlisberger and Rashad Mendenhall, the Steelers stymie Cincinnati by seven.
rams 23, BROWNS 13
Cleveland’s offense is fast and furiously declining. RB Steven Jackson leads his Rams to a road win in Ohio.
BOYS 27, bills 20
The feel-good, no-named 3-0 bunch out of Buffalo watch its upstart season come to a halt. The Cowboys, led by Dez Bryant and surprise RB sensation DeMarco Murray, have little difficulty handling the Bills in Big D. Dallas improves to 5-4, Buffalo falls to 5-4.
jags 17, COLTS 13
Its hard not to think the Colts will eventually win a game. Hosting the 2-6 Jaguars seems like a good opportunity to accomplish this. Right? Wrong. Indy’s pitiful defense and lack of good quarterback play lead to loss No. 10.
Kansas City rebounds from its embarrassing 31-3 home loss to Miami last week. Matt Cassel rallies his troops and finds his top target (WR Dwayne Bowe) for a pair of scores as the Chiefs beat the Broncos at Arrowhead.
FINS 20, skins 16
This game competes with the Rams/Browns and Jaguars/Colts for the least intriguing matchup of the week. Miami picks off Washington QB John Beck not one, not two, but, three times today as the Dolphins pick up its first home win since week 10 of last season.
EAGLES 34, cards 13
No DeSean Jackson. No problem. With Philly’s playoff hopes on the line after losing to the Bears last week, Michael Vick carves up Arizona’s defense as the Eagles cream the Cardinals.
BUCS 24, texans 20
Tampa Bay’s enigmatic season takes a turn for the better today. The Bucs manage to contain Houston superstar Arian Foster to eke out a four-point win at home.
SUNDAY (LATE GAMES)
Ravens 27, HAWKS 13
Ray Rice runs all over the Seahawks in Seattle. Ravens win big.
BEARS 27, lions 23
A hotly contested division duel takes place at Chicago’s Soldier Field today as the Bears host Detroit. The Lions’ lack of running game leans the advantage toward the home team as Chicago wins its fourth straight.
giants 20, NINERS 17
Missing some key offensive cogs, Eli Manning managed an impressive road win in week nine. Manning maintains his mojo in San Francisco today as his Giants hold off the Niners.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
JETS 20, pats 17 (in OT)
The most closely competed contest of week 10 ends with the Jets stingy defense staving off Tom Brady’s Patriots in overtime.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
PACK 37, vikes 27
Offense abounds as Vikings rookie QB Christian Ponder progresses with his passing game in Green Bay tomorrow night. It’s not enough, however, as Aaron Rodgers dices his way through Minnesota’s secondary and the Packers run at perfection continues.