It’s hard to believe we are already at Week #10 in the NFL. Every NFL season has it’s share of injuries; however, 2013 seems to be much more devastating to teams as far as the amount of injuries as well as the caliber of players that are being injured. Let’s take a look at some of the Season Ending Injuries, just on the Offensive Side of the ball. So far, Reggie Wayne (WR), Doug Martin (RB), Julio Jones (WR), Miles Austin (WR), Jermicah Finley (TE), Randall Cobb (WR), Brandon Gibson (WR), Dustin Keller (TE), David Wilson (RB), Da’Rel Scott (RB), Mark Sanchez (QB), Jeremy Maclin (WR), Plaxico Burress (WR), Malcolm Floyd (WR), Sidney Rice (WR), Sam Bradford (QB), Mike Williams (WR), Kevin Walter (WR), Spencer Ware (RB) are all out for the season with injuries. These are all important pieces to their team’s offense.
The following Quarterbacks have missed extended time due to injuries: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Mike Vick, Terelle Pryor, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert, Brian Hoyer, E.J. Manuel, Kevin Kolb, and Thad Lewis. There are also many Key Season Ending Injuries on Defense. Of course, the most devastating injuries have hurt the Indianapolis Colts (Reggie Wayne), Atlanta Falcons (Julio Jones, Roddy White, Steven Jackson), Tampa Bay Bucs (Mike Williams, Doug Martin), Miami Dolphins (Brandon Gibson, Dustin Keller), and the Saint Louis Rams (Sam Bradford). Injuries are a part of the game, but this season seems to have many more than usual. These injuries have also hurt many Fantasy Teams throughout the nation. Let’s preview Week #10’s Match Ups and we will pick our winners and losers.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-8)
TENNESSEE TITANS (4-4)
Ok, the Jacksonville Jaguars have not come close to even sniffing a win so far this season. The Jaguars will almost certainly get the First Pick of the Draft in 2014. The Jags are 32nd in total offense with 2,292 Yards. They are the only NFL team that is averaging less than 300 yards per game at 287 YPG. They have also scored a league low 86 Points for a 10.8 Point Average. The Jaguars have turned the ball over 15 times with 12 INT/3 Fumbles. In contrast, they only have 8 Takeaways. Their -Seven Turnover Ratio is tied for twelfth. Jacksonville is 25th in team defense. So add their pathetic offense with their horrible defense and they have a recipe for failure. Tennessee on the other hand has the 7th Ranked Defense, only having given up 2,722 Yards. The Titans are Eighth in Points Allowed (167) and Ninth for Points Per Game (20.9). Tennessee is 28th In Team Offense. So how do these two teams match up? The Titans are 13 Point Favorites at home. Jake Locker has been hot as of late and has a 91.0 QB Rating. This is the Thirteenth Best Passer Rating which is not bad for a second year QB. Chris Johnson had a breakout game last week with over 150 Yards Rushing and Two Touchdowns. He is currently 12th in League Rushing. I am taking Tennessee in this one and they will cover. Jacksonville is just that terrible. Tennessee wins 24-10.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-5)
GREEN BAY PACKERS (5-3)
The Packers come into this game only favored by one point at home. Green Bay is missing their best Player and Leader Aaron Rodgers (QB) who is a perennial MVP and who always gives Green Bay a chance to win. The Packers are also missing their best Wide Receiver, Randall Cobb who is out with a knee injury. Senaca Wallace will be taking the snaps. Rodgers has thrown Fifteen TD’s and only 4 INT. Wallace in his limited action was 11 for 19 and 114 Yards, 0 TD’s/1 INT. Meanwhile, Green Bay is 5th in Total Offense and 3rd in Points Scored Per Game. The Packers have scored 232 Points, good enough for Fifth in the League and they bolster a strong rushing attack with Eddie Lacy. Lacy is Eighth in Rushing with 596 Yards on the Ground and 4TD’s. Green Bay is 11th in Total Defense and Fifteenth in Points Allowed Per Game with a 23.1 Yards Per Game Average. Philly comes into the game with the Leagues Second most potent offense with 3,719 Total Yards, only 20 behind Denver. The Eagles have also scored 225 Points for an average of 25 Points per Game. However, the Eagles are dead last in almost every Defensive Category. Quarterback Nick Foles is coming off a career day as well as tying a league record with Seven Touchdown Passes. Foles has a 127.4 Passer Rating, 1,028 Yards Passing and 13 TD/0 INT. Expect Foles to come down to earth a little bit, but the Eagles will win the game pretty easy on the Road. I am going with the Eagles 35-20 in a route. The Eagles Defense will score a Touchdown in this game as well.
BUFFALO BILLS (3-6)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-6)
No one would have predicted that both of these teams would be as bad as they have been. The Steelers and Bills both came into the season with high hopes. Buffalo is Twelfth in Total Offense; however they are only averaging 21 Points Per Game which is 21st in the League. Pittsburgh has been even more abysmal on Offense scoring 19.5 Points Per Game which is 25th in the League. The Steelers are 23rd in Total Yards. The Steelers are Eight in Defense though, while the Bills are near the bottom at 28th and have given up over 26 Points Per Game. This game will not be a pretty one. The Steelers are favored by a field goal and I say the Steelers will win and cover, 20-13. However, the Steelers have come on a little too late and will not be making a playoff run.
OAKLAND RAIDERS (3-5)
NEW YORK GIANTS (2-6)
The Oakland Raiders were manhandled by the Philadelphia Eagles in Week Nine, despite coming into the game with the Eighth best Defense. The Raiders will also be without running back Darren McFadden, who will be out with an injury. The Giants are only 26th in Total Offense and Tenth in Team Defense. Eli Manning is having his worst season of his career and the Giants lack a strong running game. The Giants are favored by a Touchdown. Neither of these teams are playoff contenders and both are sloppy on both sides of the ball. The Raiders and Giants are also two of the most penalized teams in the league. I am going to take Oakland with the upset as they beat the New York Football Giants, 24-17.
SAINT LOUIS RAMS (3-6)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (6-2)
The Colts lead the AFC South with a record of 6-2. Yes, the Colts have lost a key weapon in Reggie Wayne; however, they do have more talent surrounding Andrew Luck than the previous year. Andrew has not needed as much “luck” this season. The Rams are dead last in the NFC West, and have lost franchise Quarterback Sam Bradford for the season. The Colts are in the middle of the pack with the 18th Ranked Defense and 24th Rated Offense. However, the Colts are Eighth with a 26.8 Points Per Game Average and they have been multi-talented through the air and ground. The Colts traded for running back Trent Richardson early in the season and he has yet to shine. Colts Defensive End Robert Mathis leads the league with 11.5 Sacks. The Colts have also beaten the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, and Houston Texans, all teams with winning records. The Rams have been pretty bad. The Colts are favored at 9.5 Points at home. I say the Colts win but fail to cover, 21-14.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-1)
ATLANTA FALCONS (2-6)
This line surprises me. The Falcons have been the most disappointing team this season as they were many experts pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. However, poor Quarterback Play from Matt Ryan and injuries have shut the Falcons down. Marshawn Lynch has been an absolute beast for the Seahawks and is Fourth in Rushing in the NFL with 726 Yards and 6 Touchdowns. Russell Wilson has a 98.9 Passer Rating with 1,800 Yards Passing, 15 TD/6 INT. Seattle is 11th in Total Offense and Fourth in Total Defense. The Seahawks have given up only 16.6 Points Per Game. The Seahawks are only favored by 4 Points??? Something does not add up here. Seattle goes to 9-1 as they clobber the injury riddled Falcons 34-17.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-3)
BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-5)
My how things change in a year. The Ravens, fresh off of their Super Bowl win are second to last in the AFC North, while the Bengals are at the top. The Bengals are Fourth in Offense and Sixth in Defense. Andy Dalton is 4th with 2,587 Yards Passing and 16TD/10 INT and a 92.0 QB Rating. The Bengals also have 961 Rushing Yards as Ben Jarvius-Green Ellis and Giovanni Bernard have been the Lightning and Thunder. The Ravens have definitely dropped off on both sides of the ball, mainly the Defense. They are however sixth in Total Defense. Every time these teams get together there is a rivalry. The Bengals are only favored by 1.5 Points on the Road. Andy Dalton throws 4 TD’s and the Bengals beat the Ravens 35-20.
DETROIT LIONS (5-3)
CHICAGO BEARS (5-3)
The Lions and Bears are both 5-3. The Lions beat the Bears in their first meeting in Detroit, 40-32. The Lions are coming off a bye after beating the Dallas Cowboys in the last 14 Seconds in week 8. Calvin Johnson (Megatron) had 329 Yards Receiving in that game. Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson on the same field has created mismatches all over the field. The Bears are also hungry. They lost Jay Cutler and have the league’s 14th Ranked Offense. Detroit has the Sixth Ranked Offense. Matt Forte has done it onb the Ground though with over 700 Yards and 7TD’s. Calvin Johnson is 3rd in Receiving, despite being injured almost two games. This is another rivalry game. They are calling this a Pick Em, but I say Detroit wins big again, 35-27.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-3)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers (6-2)
The 49ers and Panthers are both hot. This game will pit two young Quarterbacks, Cam Newton vs. Colin Kaepernick. This game will feature two veteran Running Backs with Frank Gore vs. Deangelo Williams. This game will feature two old school receivers in Steve Smith vs. Anquan Boldin. And this game will feature two good defenses. The Niners have Five Straight Wins after two losses to the Seahawks and Colts. The Panthers have Four Straight wins after starting 1-2. The Niners are favored by two field goals. I am taking the Panthers in an upset on the road, 24-21.
HOUSTON TEXANS (2-6)
ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-4)
The Cardinals have been one of those inconsistent teams. However, their Defense is extremely good. The Houston Texans on the other hand have been horrible. More Pick Sixes than any team in the league. The Cardinals are favored by three points and are at home. The Cardinals win 24-17. Arian Foster will not play in this game which hurts the Texans chances.
DENVER BRONCOS (8-1)
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-4)
The Broncos role after their bye week. Peyton Manning, Julius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno and the Receivers all come up big. The Broncos are only favored by 7 Points. However, the Broncos annihilate 49-32.
DALLAS COWBOYS (5-4)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (6-2)
In the Sunday Night Matinee, the High Powered Cowboys go on the Road to the bayou. The Saints are having a comeback year, while the cowboys are the best team in the NFC Least. The Cowboys are nursing a few injuries. Drew Brees has the Cowboys Number as of late. The Saints win 35-31 in another thriller.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-4)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-8)
The Bucs officially put their Franchise Running Back, Doug Martin on injured reserve. This team will go the rest of the way with rookie QB Mike Glennolen and RB Mike James. Tampa will fire their coach any week now, regardless of what the analysts are saying. The Fish rise again as they beat the Bucs, 24-10.
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