Home has certainly been sweet to NFL teams through nine weeks of the 2013 season. So far, home teams have put together an 81-53 record, while there are six teams who are still undefeated in front of their own fans. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs stand as the league's only team with an unblemished road record so far.
But that doesn't mean there won't be some big road victories in Week 10. Looking at the weekend's slate of games, there are a few teams who look like prime candidates to win in enemy territory. Here's a look at the full Week 10 schedule and predictions for road teams who look poised for victory.
|Philadelphia Eagles||Green Bay Packers||Packers|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Tennessee Titans||Titans|
|Buffalo Bills||Pittsburgh Steelers||Steelers|
|Oakland Raiders||New York Giants||Giants|
|St. Louis Rams||Indianapolis Colts||Colts|
|Seattle Seahawks||Atlanta Falcons||Seahawks|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Baltimore Ravens||Bengals|
|Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||Lions|
|Carolina Panthers||San Francisco 49ers||49ers|
|Houston Texans||Arizona Cardinals||Cardinals|
|Denver Broncos||San Diego Chargers||Broncos|
|Dallas Cowboys||New Orleans Saints||Saints|
|Miami Dolphins||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Buccaneers|
|Washington Redskins||Minnesota Vikings||Vikings 34-27|
Alex Espinoza's Picks
Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) at Baltimore Ravens (3-5)
There's a new sheriff in the AFC North.
The Ravens may be three-time defending division champs, but they've been looking up at the Bengals all season long. While Baltimore's offense has struggled since Week 1, Cincinnati's unit has evolved and added more weapons in 2013.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been one of football's hottest signal-callers in recent weeks. His 16 touchdowns rank fourth in the league, while he's also averaging a career-best 287 yards per game. Receiver A.J. Green leads the NFL with 862 yards on 57 receptions this year, while second-year wideout Marvin Jones has enjoyed a breakout campaign (28 catches, 435 yards, seven TDs).
Joe Flacco and Ray Rice, on the other hand, have been the key reasons behind their team's inept offense. While Flacco has 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions in eight games, Ray Rice has averaged just 37 yards per contest this year with his season high being 74.
For the first time in years, you could also argue that the Bengals have the better defense, one which ranks fifth in yards allowed per game (325) and sixth in points allowed per game (18.4). Sure, this game might be in Baltimore, but as long as Jim Caldwell is the Ravens' offensive coordinator, don't expect them to right the ship any time soon.
Prediction: Bengals win 24-9
Seattle Seahawks (8-1) at Atlanta Falcons (2-6)
The Seahawks —and the entire NFL world—were caught by surprise last week when the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers jumped out to an early 21-0 lead in Seattle. Coach Pete Carroll's bunch turned it around and won 27-24 in overtime, so don't expect them to sleepwalk in the first half once again.
Seattle has won four straight and is an overwhelming favorite coming into the Georgia Dome against a reeling Falcons team. It's clear that Atlanta hasn't been the same without Julio Jones, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 5. The Falcons also haven't had a consistent running game all year long.
The trio of Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling hasn't produced results, with Atlanta ranking dead last in the NFL in rushing (64.4 yards per game). Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will surely have his hands full facing a Seattle defense that ranks third in points allowed this year (16.6).
Perhaps talkative Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said it best when discussing the upcoming matchup against Roddy White and the Falcons, per Pro Football Talk:
Richard Sherman on challenge of facing Roddy White: "What challenge?" http://t.co/oI2JNQrxO3— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 8, 2013
Prediction: Seahawks win 31-10
Denver Broncos (7-1) at San Diego Chargers (4-4)
The Chargers will likely be fired up for this AFC West matchup after last week's 30-24 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins at home. But it will take a top-notch effort if they want to close ground between them and the Broncos in the divisional race.
Peyton Manning started off the season with seven touchdowns and hasn't taken his foot off the gas pedal. The Broncos have the league's top scoring offense by nearly two touchdowns per game (42.9) and Manning has emerged as the NFL's most valuable player through his first eight contests.
With 29 touchdowns and 2,919 yards so far this season, Manning is on pace to break Tom Brady's single-season record for TDs (50) and Drew Brees' record for yards (5,476). It also helps to have resurgent running back Knowshon Moreno, who has contributed 456 yards and eight touchdowns so far this year.
The Chargers have looked impressive at times—like in their 19-9 win over the Colts in Week 6—but have been inconsistent, as last week's loss illustrates. There's no stopping Manning right now, especially with a San Diego pass defense that ranks 28th out of 32 teams, giving up an average of 275.4 yards per game.
Prediction: Broncos win 42-24