NFL Week 10 Predictions: Picking Weekend's Most Underrated Matchups

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 7, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 4: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes the ball during play against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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All eyes will be on the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears in Week 10, as the two Super Bowl favorites are set to square off on prime time Sunday night from the Windy City.

But while most NFL fans await the weekend's marquee matchup, the rest of us will be feasting our eyes on a slate of underrated matchups, one of which will provide a Tim Tebow sighting and another that will pit two 4-4 playoff hopefuls against one another in Tampa.  

Here, we'll pick a trio of under-the-radar Week 10 showdowns.


Miami Dolphins over Tennessee Titans

Just when it seemed like the Tennessee Titans had righted the ship, they drop two in a row at home, including a 51-20 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 9. Tennessee now has three two-game losing streaks this season, and it's only November.

The biggest reason why the Miami Dolphins will cruise to a W at home on Sunday, though, is the Titans' putrid defense. Mike Munchak's D is giving up an NFL-worst 34.2 points per game this season. 

On the other side, Miami is a legitimate playoff contender. The Dolphins have lost four games, yes, but two of them were by field goals in overtime, and their most recent was a three-point loss at Indianapolis. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is playing well, Miami's running the ball with purpose and defending the run like few other teams in the league, ranking third in the NFL in that category. 

The future looks much brighter in South Beach than in Nashville, and therefore the edge has to go to Joe Philbin's Fins in Week 10.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers over San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers aren't your average 4-4 team. Two of their wins have come against the Kansas City Chiefs, while the other two have come against the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans.

Sure, Greg Schiano's Bucs have beaten up on some bad teams as well, but at least they have built some momentum this fall. Tampa Bay has won two straight and three of its last four to pull to .500. I like them to improve to 3-0 vs. the AFC West on Sunday afternoon with a home win over the Bolts. 

Doug Martin has emerged as a bona fide superstar in the Bucs' backfield, while Tampa Bay's NFL-best rush defense has begun to wreak havoc on opposing offenses, including the Adrian Peterson-fueled attack of the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8.

Look for Philip Rivers to try to do too much on Sunday. When that happens, it usually signals trouble for San Diego.


Seattle Seahawks over New York Jets

The Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field is like the Atlanta Falcons anywhere this season—perfect. 

Pete Carroll's Hawks are 4-0 at home this season and have beaten three winning teams there since Week 3. On Sunday afternoon, Seattle will welcome the reeling New York Jets, who have lost two straight and have just one road win all season (at Miami in Week 3).

Besides the fact that Seattle is at home, the biggest reason I don't like the Jets' chances this weekend is the fact that they don't do anything well other then defend the pass. Meanwhile, the Seahawks possess a Top 10 defensive unit and the league's seventh-best rushing attack. The Jets, on the other hand, rank below average offensively and fourth-worst defending the run. 

Unless they insert Tebow as the starter, we have no reason to believe their woes will go away this weekend.


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