Playing at home is supposed to give a team an advantage over its competition, from familiar surroundings to the hometown fans to players being able to sleep in their own beds.
But for a number of NFL teams in Week 10, that home-field advantage isn't going to be any advantage at all. Whether it be injuries, incompetence or a combination of the two, these home teams are sure to see their fans start to beat the traffic long before the game comes to an end.
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7): Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Jacksonville welcomes the only team it's beaten in 2012 into EverBank Field looking to stop a five-game losing streak, and it'll be trying to do so without its best player, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, according to jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser:
Jaguars RB MJD out Thursday night vs Colts— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) November 5, 2012
Colts QB Andrew Luck is putting together the best season by a rookie quarterback that the NFL has ever seen.
Between the Colts looking to avenge their early-season loss and the team on an emotional high thanks to head coach Chuck Pagano's recovery from cancer, this one isn't going to end well for the Jaguars.
Detroit Lions (4-4) at Minnesota Vikings (5-4): Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
The most heated regular season football comes when two division rivals meet—especially when it's the second game of their yearly head-to-head series.
Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown for the Vikings in their Week 4 win against the Lions, but the NFL's leading receiver is doubtful for Sunday's rematch, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:
No surprise, but was told very doubtful he plays RT @tompelissero Percy Harvin limping very badly during brief trip through locker room— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2012
While the Lions certainly haven't looked like the team we all expected them to be so far in 2012, winning three of their games by a total of 11 points (aside from last week;s 31-14 drubbing of the Jaguars), Detroit remains a dangerous club capable of putting points on the board in a hurry.
A Vikings team without Harvin is far less dangerous for a talented Lions defense to face, and by the time the final whistle blows, Detroit will have moved ahead of Minnesota in the standings.
Atlanta Falcons (8-0) at New Orleans Saints (3-5): Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Things are looking up for the Saints, who have won three of their last four games thanks to Drew Brees and the NFL's most potent passing attack, but there's a major problem in the Big Easy.
New Orleans hasn't been able to stop anyone from putting up points, and that's not going to change against the undefeated Falcons and Matt Ryan.
Between TE Tony Gonzalez and WRs Roddy White and Julio Jones, Atlanta's passing attack is pretty prolific itself, but the Falcons defense is light years ahead of where the Saints unit finds itself.
Without question, the Saints are going to put points on the board, but their defensive issues are going to make this game nowhere near as close as it should be.
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