The NFL playoff race is heating up as we enter the final eight weeks of the regular season.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the league's only unblemished team to this point but will enjoy a bye this weekend. Fortunately, several other midseason Super Bowl favorites, including the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints, will be in action.
Will each move one step closer to securing a postseason berth, or will upsets steal the show on Sunday?
Here are my predictions for all 14 matchups set to kick off in Week 10.
|WASHINGTON REDSKINS||34-31||Minnesota Vikings|
|Philadelphia Eagles||23-27||GREEN BAY PACKERS|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||20-14||Atlanta Falcons|
|DETROIT LIONS||24-23||Chicago Bears|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||17-38||TENNESSEE TITANS|
|St. Louis Rams||20-27||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS|
|Oakland Raiders||21-30||NEW YORK GIANTS|
|Buffalo Bills||17-26||PITTSBURGH STEELERS|
|Cincinnati Bengals||13-17||BALTIMORE RAVENS|
|Carolina Panthers||20-23||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||24-21||Arizona Cardinals|
|DENVER BRONCOS||36-28||San Diego Chargers|
|Dallas Cowboys||17-34||NEW ORLEANS SAINTS|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS||27-21||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
Jacksonville Jaguars Remain Winless in Tennessee
After ending their three-game losing streak last weekend in St. Louis, the Tennessee Titans are set to get above .500 and right back into the AFC Wild Card race with a win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars at home in Week 10.
The 0-8 Jags are coming off a bye in Week 9 but are being outscored by 22.3 points per game. Not to mention Jacksonville hasn't lost by fewer than 10 points in any game this season.
And with arguably its best offensive player in wide receiver Justin Blackmon being lost for the season to suspension, Jacksonville's 32nd-ranked scoring offense is doomed.
On the other side, the Titans have been one of the league's more impressive defensive teams through the first half of the season, ranking ninth in scoring defense and 11th in fewest yards allowed. All these trends add up to another Titans win this weekend.
Titans 38, Jaguars 17
Denver Broncos Assert Their Dominance in the Division
The Denver Broncos will travel to San Diego in Week 10 to take on the Chargers. Coming off a bye, you can expect the Broncos to be well-rested and energized, a combination that's sure to lead to success for the AFC favorite.
Meanwhile, San Diego is coming off a tough overtime loss to the Washington Redskins and will have to regroup quickly. Don't count on it, though, as Peyton Manning is set for another monster game this weekend.
Denver's passing attack ranks tops in the league and can change the game with a simple screen pass out to the edge. For a Chargers defense that is letting up an NFL-worst 8.5 yards per pass attempt in 2013, that spells all sorts of trouble.
While San Diego's offense is capable of putting up points, it's asking a lot of Philip Rivers and Co. to keep pace with a loaded Broncos attack that's averaging nearly 43 points per game this season.
Broncos 36, Chargers 28
New Orleans Saints Keep Winning at Home
While the Saints have given us plenty of reason to doubt them when they step outside the Superdome, there's no doubt that New Orleans is one of the most dangerous teams in the league inside its iconic and electric building.
Drew Brees and Co. are poised to improve to 5-0 at home in Week 10 when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
The reason: defense.
The Saints are playing better on that side of the ball in 2013, ranking fifth in scoring defense and generating nearly two takeaways per game. At home, Rob Ryan's defensive unit is allowing just 14.5 points per game. No visiting team has scored more than 17 points in the Superdome this fall, and don't expect an unbalanced Cowboys offense to become the first.
Dallas only attempted nine rushes for 36 yards in Week 9's win over Minnesota. While abandoning the running game may work against the one-win Vikings, it'll prove to be a recipe for disaster against New Orleans.
Saints 34, Cowboys 17
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