I want to take a look at some week 10 NFL games that are significant and worth-watching.
Chiefs @ Panthers: Sunday at 1 p.m.
- This is a big game for both teams. The Chiefs are 6-2, but they play in the best division in all of football – the AFC West. They need to keep winning games to secure a playoff spot, and a win in Carolina will give them some much-needed breathing room in the AFC as a whole.
- After winning two in a row, the Panthers are now 3-5 and could get right back in the NFC playoff hunt with another win. This would be their most impressive yet, and it could be a big moment for them moving forward.
- The Panthers schedule after the Chiefs: Saints, Raiders, Seahawks, Chargers, Falcons. If they want to get on a run, it starts with a big win over the Chiefs.
Broncos @ Saints
- New Orleans is a tough place to play, and the Broncos are struggling while the Saints are excelling as of late. The Saints have won their last two, while all three of the Broncos losses have come in the last five weeks.
- This is an important game for both clubs: The Broncos dropped to third in the AFC West, but still hold solid positioning in the AFC Wild Card race. The Saints are 4-4, second in the NFC South, and have a great chance to get above .500 on the season.
- This is a matchup of a really good offense (Saints) against a really good defense (Broncos), and a mediocre offense (Broncos) against a below-average defense (Saints). Weird game, but the importance to both teams make it appealing to me.
Falcons @ Eagles
- The Eagles, after starting 3-0, have lost four of their last five games. With a tough schedule ahead (Falcons, Seahawks, Packers), they need to get back on track before their season folds right in front of them.
- After dropping two straight to the Seahawks and Chargers, the Falcons got back on track with back-to-back wins against the Packers and Bucs. Now at 6-3 and first in the NFC South, the Falcons have a good chance to separate themselves from the rest of the division.
- Another reason this is an appealing matchup is because the Falcons have the #1 ranked offense, while the Eagles have the #6 ranked defense, a unit that’s played better at home than on the road.
Dolphins @ Chargers
- This is definitely not a game that was circled on my preseason schedule, but it’s actually a significant matchup pertaining to the AFC Wild Card race.
- Both teams are out of the running in their division; Dolphins have NO shot to catch the Patriots, and the Chargers aren’t catching OAK, DEN, or KC, neither. But both have chances at making a run for the AFC Wild Card spot, and this could be a game that crushes the chances of whoever loses.
- The Chargers, 4-5, have the Dolphins, Bucs and Texans; three winnable games that can make their chances at making a run seemingly realistic.
- The 4-4 Dolphins, winners of three straight, have the Chargers, Rams, 49ers and Ravens. Another realistic slate of games they can win to jump back in the race.
- The Dolphins are traveling to the west coast, but at least the game is at 4 p.m. I expect this game to be competitive, and we’ll find out who has a real shot at making a miraculous playoff run between two teams that started a combined 2-8 (1-4 each).
Cowboys @ Steelers
- The Steelers have now lost three straight, and everybody is in panic mode in Pittsburgh with red-hot Dallas coming to town. The Cowboys, winners of seven straight, have yet another chance to prove they’re legit contenders this season.
- This is a big game between two storied franchises with history. I expect it to be a good game, but won’t be surprised if the Cowboys have trouble keeping up with Pitt’s offense. I know the Steelers haven’t been good as of late, but this is a really good chance for them to get back on track against a decimated secondary (Barry Church, Mo Claiborne out for DAL).
- Side note: With Tony Romo now fully healthy and reports surfacing that it’s up to coaches, not doctors, to determine when he plays, any Dallas game is now officially a must-watch. The rookie Dak Prescott will remain under the spotlight for the remainder of his season.