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NFL Week 10: The Five Marquee Matchups for This Weekend's Games

Jeff ShullAnalyst INovember 12, 2010

NFL Week 10: The Five Marquee Matchups for This Weekend's Games

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    Roddy White stole the show this weekend whether or not you think he should have been flagged for a penalty on the late touchdown catch that gave the Falcons the victory.

    In NFL Network's first episode of Thursday Night Football, they gave fans of both the NFL and both teams a great game to watch.

    That being said, which games are going to captivate fans this weekend? There are several great games on the plate for Week 10, and seeing as how College Football doesn't have very many great games this weekend—Only two games with two ranked opponents in the same game—Sunday and Monday will be able to make up for it.

    So with that, here are my five best games of the NFL weekend.

5. Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

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    I'm going to go ahead and admit that I'm being a sellout with this selection because this game features two pretty average teams.

    However, with all the hype surrounding Brett Favre saying he is done after his 20th NFL season, Jenn Sterger meeting with the NFL for three hours this week and several reports in the Chicago Tribune claiming Vikings players "hate" Brad Childress, this game would be hyped up even if the two teams were 2-6.

    The Bears have struggled since starting the season 3-0 and barely escaped with a victory against the win-less Buffalo Bills this past weekend.

    Since starting 3-0, their only two wins have come against the Carolina Panthers and Bills, not exactly the best the NFL has to offer. They may be the worst 5-3 team I've ever seen.

    The Vikings tried and failed to jump start their team with Randy Moss and had a miraculous comeback win over Arizona in their first game without him.

    Percy Harvin is listed as questionable for the game, which would be a huge blow to the Vikings if he cannot go.

    So, with this being a divisional game, and given the off-the-field hype, this one is sure to draw a couple more viewers than a normal game with a 3-5 team versus a 5-3 team would.

4. Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins

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    Even though the Titans have acquired troubled wide receiver Randy Moss, the person who is probably going to see the biggest benefit of that is Chris Johnson.

    Randy Moss cannot be covered by just one guy, so teams will not be able to stack the box to stop Johnson and he should go off against six and seven man fronts.

    As soon as you bring an extra guy in to stop him, that's when they will hit you with a play action fake to Randy Moss for a 60-yard touchdowns.

    I like the Titans moving forward, as long as Randy Moss does not prove to be a distraction. Head Coach Jeff Fisher should take care of that.

    Not to take anything away from the Dolphins, who are a solid team. They have pulled struggling starter Chad Henne in favor of Chad Pennington, who is a savvy veteran capable of willing teams to victory.

    He is one of the best in the NFL at play action, which is perfect for a team predicated on running the ball. He has a perfect receiver that caters to his strength as well; Brandon Marshall is great at routes across the middle and Pennington has pint point accuracy. Marshall should see a boost in numbers with Pennington at the helm. 

    This should be a close one with no shortage of highlights.

3. New York Jets at Cleveland Browns

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    The Browns have beaten two favorites in each conference in the past three weeks and are responding to the creativity of the coaching staff as well as playing opportunistic football on defense.

    However, with the Jets coming to town they are facing a defense that is fundamentally sound and will most likely not fall for the fake punts and the trick plays that have worked so well for Cleveland.

    It doesn't matter who starts for the Browns—Colt McCoy or Jake Delhomme—the Jets will bring the heat and force them into bad decisions and give the Jets offense good field position.

    The Browns have a very underrated defense, however, and with Mark Sanchez throwing five interceptions in his last three games, that Browns secondary could feast on the young QB.

    Don't sleep on the Browns, who are beaming with confidence.

    Oh, and in case you didn't know, the Browns have Peyton Hillis. Stud.

2. Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

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    First he was unfit to run the two minute offense because of poor conditioning, despite running for 45 yards on the day. Then reports were claiming the coaching staff didn't think he knew the offense all together.

    I can't figure out what the hell Mike Shanahan was thinking when he benched Donovan McNabb against the Lions two weeks ago, but he better not be thinking about benching him for Rex Grossman.

    If that happens, owner Daniel Snyder should fire him on the spot.

    This is the Monday Night Football matchup for the weekend and is sure to have some fireworks. Michael Vick leads the NFL with a 105 QB rating and DeSean Jackson lives for Vick's deep ball accuracy and strength. The duo gives the offense a dynamic weapon to go along with LeSean McCoy, who has nearly 900 yards from scrimmage on the season.

    The Redskins, on the other hand, are winning their games with defense. Despite adding Donovan McNabb and bringing in Mike Shanahan to help the running game, the offense has struggled mightily and there may actually be some truth to McNabb not grasping the offense yet.

    He wouldn't have you believe that, calling those reports "hilarious." Either way, the Eagles are looking for revenge after losing to the 'Skins 17-12 earlier in the season.

    Call me crazy, but I don't see the same defensive battle happening in round two.

1. New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The schedule makers picked two pretty good prime time games for this weekend. The Steelers and Patriots will do battle at Heinz Field on Sunday Night Football in a game that has more than just playoff implications.

    The race to the AFC championship has an incredibly high probability of going through Foxboro or Pittsburgh this season, so any mental edge from a regular season victory will not be taken lightly.

    The Patriots have struggled to stop people lately. Their most reason debacle was allowing Peyton Hillis to work them for 184 yards and two scores in an embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns.

    They will look to prove that was a momentary lapse in concentration and not a sign of future production.

    Ben Roethlisburger and Mike Wallace are going to key in on exposing the Patriots young secondary for the average players that they are, but look for them to establish the run with Rashard Mendenhall early, mixing in the big plays to Wallace for scores.

    Tom Brady will have to be on his best after a poor week against the Browns. The Steelers are allowing a league best 15.4 points per game, and James Harrison is proving that money doesn't make any difference in his ability to get to the QB.

    This should be the best game of the weekend, regardless of the outcome.

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