Insider: A Look Back At Week 10
We take a quick look at each of the games played this weekend and give a brief take on both teams.
Raiders 24, Chargers 17
Oakland- Carson Palmer looked like the Carson Palmer of 2005 as he was nearly flawless at the position. If that continues, Oakland is in the drivers seat for the AFC West title.
San Diego- It’s safe to say that no coach does less with more than Norv Turner. Look what A.J. Smith and Turner have done with the team since blowing Marty Schottenheimer out of town.
Saints 26, Falcons 23 (OT)
New Orleans- The Saints are now in control of the NFC South, but there are questions about Gregg Williams soft two-minute defense.
Atlanta- Mike Smith’s decision to go for a 4th-and-inches from his own 29-yard line was poor not only in hindsight, but foresight as well. Now they need to win their rematch with New Orleans in the Superdome. Good luck with that.
Steelers 24, Bengals 17
Pittsburgh- The Steelers have a new lease on life after beating the Bengals and seeing the Ravens lose at Seattle. Hope for a second straight division title is not lost as they’re tied with Baltimore with three losses.
Cincinnati- The Bengals are the product of a soft schedule. They travel to Baltimore this week and it looks like a two-game losing streak is eminent.
Rams 13, Browns 12
St. Louis-A road win is a road win- even if it does come against Cleveland.
Cleveland- Solid defense, not enough playmakers on offense. They face their mirror image this week as they host Jacksonville. Another scalpers afternoon off.
Cowboys 44, Bills 7
Dallas- The schedule sets up well for a division title run, as long as they keep giving the ball to DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo is playing at a Pro Bowl level.
Buffalo- The season is getting away from them now that their best offensive lineman Eric Wood is down for the season just one week after their best defensive lineman Kyle Williams went down for the year.
Jaguars 17, Colts 3
Jacksonville- The defense has been phenomenal but they’ll have to play on without Rashean Mathis who tore his ACL. QB Blaine Gabbert must get better.
Indianapolis- It would take an upset of monumental proportions (actually three of them) for the Colts not to get Andrew Luck. Mission accomplished.
Broncos 17, Chiefs 10
Denver- Head coach John Fox should win coach of the year. To be able to win with a quarterback that can’t pass is impressive in today’s NFL.
Kansas City- QB Matt Cassel looks to be done for the season with a hand injury and this gives them an opportunity to audition some signal callers who might be the answer.
Dolphins 20, Redskins 9
Miami- Tony Sparano’s bunch is finally showing some fight and QB Matt Moore hasn’t been awful. If Miami gets average QB play, they can win games.
Washington- Rex Grossman or John Beck, it really doesn’t matter. Make no mistake, this is Mike Shanahan’s fault for believing he could win with either of these guys. They set back rebuilding at least two years.
Cardinals 21, Eagles 17
Arizona- All John Skelton does is win football games. There’s virtually no difference between Skelton and $30 million man Kevin Kolb.
Philadelphia- Michael Vick is back to being an average quarterback….with a $100 million contract. How did this play out last time?
Texans 37, Buccaneers 9
Houston- The best team in the AFC is no longer the best team as QB Matt Schuab is likely done for the season. If Matt Leinart is ever going to be a legitimate starter, this is the perfect opportunity.
Tampa Bay- Josh Freeman is playing very poorly and there’s not enough surrounding talent to make up for that. Raheem Morris telling everyone there’s no problem will not make it go away.
Titans 30, Panthers 3
Tennessee- The Titans have a new lease on life with Matt Schaub out. Suddenly Tennessee’s division title hopes are again legitimate.
Carolina- The Cam Newton drop-back experiment is great for statistics and it will probably get him the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, but running the ball might lead to more wins.
Seahawks 22, Ravens 17
Seattle- You really never know when these guys are going to show up and play a solid game. Probably the second-best team in the NFC West.
Baltimore- Can you say Steelers hangover?
Bears 37, Lions 13
Chicago- What a difference a few weeks makes. Jay Cutler is playing at a very high level and the defense looks like the ball-hawking group that won the NFC North a season ago.
Detroit- The Lions are still a good team, but they’re clearly third in that division.
49ers 27, Giants 20
San Francisco- They beat an elite Giants team with Frank Gore rushing for no yards. Alex Smith is playing efficient football.
New York- Tough loss for the Giants, as Dallas picked up a game in the standings. No huge concerns after losing a tight game to a good team on the West Coast.
Patriots 37, Jets 16
New England- Belichick and Brady made the usual statement- they’re better than the Jets and they’re the best in the AFC East.
New York- Rex Ryan calling out Mark Sanchez isn’t the smartest thing for the team. Sanchez didn’t play well, but he wasn’t the reason “the best defensive mind in football” gave up 37 points.
Packers 45, Vikings 7
Green Bay- What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers? Only four touchdowns and seven incompletions? After four touchdowns and five incompletions a week earlier? Startling trend.
Minnesota- Everyone gets boat-raced these days in Green Bay. Christian Ponder is still making some good throws and he will be just fine.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie