NFL Week 10 Preview

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By: Darius Boamah

Week 10 is coming up in the NFL here are the best five games for the week…

5. Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins Sun. @ 4:05 PM EST CBS 

The Los Angeles Chargers (2-6) travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins (5-3). The Dolphins are coming off of a big win against the Arizona Cardinals last weekend. Miami rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went off and is settling into the NFL. He threw for 248 yards, two touchdowns, and a rating of 122.3, a big step up on his performance two weeks ago. The Dolphins can take advantage of Tua’s form because the Chargers do not have the best pass offense. Last week they let Derek Carr throw all over them. The Dolphins defense also stepped up against the Cardinals’ strong offense. If they can continue that into this weekend they will find success against the Chargers. Los Angeles is coming off of another close loss against the Raiders. Justin Herbert has continued to show out this season. Even with the loss last week, he threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins have shown strength defending the pass, however, last weekend they showed that they are vulnerable. Defense will be important for both teams in this match-up. 

4. Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams Sun. @ 4:25 PM EST FOX

The Seattle Seahawks (6-2) head to Los Angeles to take on the Rams (5-3) this Sunday in an NFC West showdown. This division is incredibly competitive and the standings are very close. The Rams are sitting in third place right now with the same record as the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks are right above with only one win more than each of these teams. So, as the season goes on, any team can win this division. The Seahawks are coming off a significant loss to the Bills. Last weekend they showed huge problems defending the pass, they let Josh Allen throw for 415 yards. They have the worst pass defense in the league allowing about 360 passing yards per game. Rams quarterback Jared Goff can capitalize on this weak defense if he can up his game. He has not played very well this season, but the Rams did have a bye last weekend where he could rest and get ready for a big matchup against the Seahawks. Seattle makes up for their weak defense with a very strong offense, both passing and rushing. Russel Wilson has played very well this season. He has lots of offensive options like DK Metcalf, Tyler Locket, and Chris Carson. Los Angeles has a very strong pass defense, ranked 5th in the league, and this will make it tough on Russ, as we saw last week when he played the Bills. Seattle missed their top two running backs last weekend so it forced Russ to rely on the throw too much and he got exposed. This weekend Seattle is expected to have both running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde active, this is where they will find success. 

3. Denver Broncos vs. Las Vegas Raiders Sun. @ 4:05 PM EST CBS 

The Denver Broncos (3-5) fly down to Las Vegas this Sunday to take on the Raiders (5-3) in a fight for second place in the AFC West. Right now, the Raiders sit above the Broncos in second with a two-game lead. The Raiders have been strong this season and are coming off of a win against the Los Angeles Chargers. In that game, their offense and defense played well. Derek Carr threw for 165 and two touchdowns. Las Vegas’ run game was strong too, Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker ran for a combined 133 yards, an average of 6.6 yards per carry, and a touchdown for each of them. The Broncos have an average defense as a whole and the Raiders offense may be able to find some holes in this defense. Denver’s offense under Drew Lock is pretty average as well. Despite this, the Broncos may be able to find success through rookie wide receiver Jerry Judy who went off last week having his first 100 plus yards game. Denver can also expose the Raiders on the run with Phillip Lindsay who is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. The Raiders showed last week that they struggle with defending the pass, as they allowed Justin Herbert to throw over 300 yards against them. Drew Lock must be on his game this weekend if they hope to find success in this fight for second place. 

2. Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans Thurs. @ 8:20 PM EST FOX, AMZN, NFLN

The Indianapolis Colts (5-3) travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans (6-2) in an AFC South showdown on Thursday night. This matchup will be a fight for the top spot in the division, the Tennesse is sitting in the top spot right above Indianapolis. The Titans have one of the best offenses in the leagues. Last week they showed this against the Chicago Bears who have a very strong defense. Tennesse quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 158 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in that game. Derrick Henry has also been on fire this season but will be challenged this week against the Colts’ tough rush defense. Last week the Colts held the Ravens, the best rushing team in the league, to just 3.3 yards per carry. To break the strong Indianapolis defense, Tannehill will have to play at his highest level. The Colts offense on the other hand has not been amazing, quarterback Philip Rivers has struggled this season. Last week against the Ravens, Rivers threw for 227 yards, one interception, and no touchdowns. The Ravens do have a stronger defense compared to the Titans, so Rivers will need to come ready to play. One area that the offense can succeed in is on the ground. Tennesse has an inconsistent defense and has been exposed on the ground and in the air. On the year, the Titans have allowed 4.5 yards per carry and an average of 119 yards per game. Indianapolis rush offense ran for 5.3 yards per carry last week, this will be important in this matchup. This fight for the top spot will be an intense game and promises to be exciting to watch. 

1. Buffalo Bills vs. Arizona Cardinals Sun. @ 4:05 PM EST CBS 

The Buffalo Bills (7-2) head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals (5-3). The Bills coming off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks will be looking to bring the heat into this week, especially quarterback Josh Allen. Last week Allen threw all over the Seahawks, 415 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Allen’s favorite target Stefon Diggs has also been on fire this season, he is first in the league in receptions, 63, total yards, 813, and has three touchdowns. Last week, the Cardinals defense struggled to defend Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, they allowed 8.9 yards per attempt, a total of 248 yards, and two touchdowns against. Allen and the Bills offense can capitalize on this, especially if they bring the fire from that Seattle game to this weekend. The Cardinals will need to shut down the Bills passing game and force them to run if they want to find success; the Bills do not have a strong run game. On the other side, the Cardinals have a very strong run game under quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray is averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Arizona also has a strong passing game, 7.6 yards per attempt, and 259 yards per game on the year. The Bills do not have a great rush defense, on the year they have allowed almost five yards per carry. Their pass defense also is not great, however, they do have a strong blitz. Just last week, they sacked Russel Wilson five times. This will be a game where the team with the best defense will prevail. 

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