The Huddle: NFL Week 10

Checking in on the National Football League for Week 10.
Checking in on the National Football League for Week 10.

Week Ten of the NFL season is upon us, Place to Be Nation! Our panel checks in on the happenings around the league, including the Steelers with Big Ben back in the saddle, stressful moments in Motown, and some potential playoff musings.

With that, let’s get inside The Huddle!

Kickoff Questions:

1. Biggest win of Week 10?

2. Was Roethlisberger just rusty or should we legitimately worry about the Steelers?

3. How about that Golden Tate flip TD to beat the Vikings? 

4. Biggest matchups coming up this week?

Matthew Stafford and the 5-4 Lions picked up another skin-of-their-teeth win on Sunday.
Matthew Stafford and the 5-4 Lions picked up another skin-of-their-teeth win on Sunday.

J Arsenio D’Amato:

The Raiders dominating at home and showing the doubters they are for real was the biggest win of the week. Both North divisions, the AFC and NFC, have struggling teams that are really going South other than Detroit.

How many games are Minnesota going to let Blair Walsh blow for them? They had a chance to grab Robbie Gould before the season and elected to go down with Walsh, who eliminated them from the playoffs last year with a shank for the ages.

New England versus Seattle and Dallas going to Pittsburgh are going to be two huge AFC versus NFC matchups involving teams with Super Bowl aspirations.

At 7-2, QB Derek Carr has the Raiders rolling along atop the AFC West.
At 7-2, QB Derek Carr has the Raiders rolling along atop the AFC West.

Roger Morrissette:

Biggest win of week 10 was clearly Oakland [over Denver]. Huge win for the Raiders. I’m still not convinced that they will maintain this high level of play after Carr fell off a cliff in the second half last year, but this win goes a long way toward validating them as contenders.

Big Ben was injured. I don’t worry about the Steelers offense but, as stated in here a few times, the defense and depth stink.

The Lions are this year’s Cardiac Kids. Great win against a heck of a defense. Minnesota is cooked.

I guess Seattle at NE is a big game, but tough not to see the Pats whacking them in Foxboro coming off a short week. The game I’m most intrigued by is Kansas City at Carolina.The Panthers could be making a move after that dreadful start.

With two straight wins, are the Panthers rebounding from a rough first half?
With two straight wins, are the Panthers rebounding from a rough first half?

JT Rozzero:

The biggest win was clearly Oakland but there were a few more: KC knocking off the Jags with Foles was big to help them keep pace with the AFC Wild Card conglomerate. Same goes for the Chargers, who are on life support but hanging around. If they could ever sneak in, they are dangerous with that offense.

Also the Giants beating the Eagles was big too. Eli played well enough and got a couple of gift picks for some great field position. They fended off a comeback and hung on to keep in the NFC WC race. That coupled with a Packers loss has the Giants in nice shape.

The Saints and Panthers are making moves as well; the NFC Wild Card race will be a tight one.

The Colts’ win was a big one, as I think they are now favorites in the South. Houston has a soft schedule, but I don’t trust Brock at all right now.

The Steelers offense will be fine, but that was a bad loss, and they are not keeping pace with the key AFC contenders. That may be one they regret big time come playoff time.

I like the Lions a lot this year; they need more wins and fewer dumb losses though, because the NFC is too jumbled to blow games.

Denver going to New Orleans intrigues me this week as a nice litmus test for both teams. Is the Saints’ improving D enough to get the ship righted? Can Denver shake off the cobwebs that have consumed them over the past few weeks.

If you guys had to predict: Which AFC West team gets left behind? Or do all three make the playoffs?

Roger Morrissette:

To say the Saints’ defense is improving after letting Kaepernick throw for 400 yards is a stretch. They are tough at home, but I think the Broncos eke it out. I think all three West teams make the playoffs.

J Arsenio D’Amato:

San Diego won’t be able to hang and will be the odd team out.

JT Rozzero:

I meant, would KC, Oakland or Denver miss out?

SD is a real long shot.

J Arsenio D’Amato:

Denver without C.J. Anderson, and with Trevor Siemian getting exposed, looks to be the lesser of the three.

That wraps another week of NFL discussion here at PTBN! Sit back and enjoy the week ahead and we’ll see you next time… inside The Huddle!

 

Author: Joel Barnhart

A big-time baseball nerd, Joel is currently teaching English as a Second Language in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to his MLB passion, he enjoys good whiskey, good music, good movies, and good friends. He is currently engaged in an ongoing 12-year online debate over the merits of bubble wrap.