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2012 NFL Week 10 Preview: Bills, Patriots, Jets, Dolphins

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Let’s take a look at how the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins will fare this week.

Bills at Patriots

Why you should watch:

This weekend’s game between the Bills and Patriots will be extremely entertaining…. so long as you enjoy a lopsided divisional rivalry, lots of points, and/or are a Patriots fan.         

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This week the #1 ranked Patriots offense takes on the #31 ranked Bills defense at Foxboro. Not only that, but the Bills also scored 28 points the last time they faced the Patriots, so both offenses should be on display come 1pm eastern on Sunday.           

With that being said, the Bills looked very strong against a solid Texans team last week and it is a divisional game, which is always worth watching.

What to watch for:

If you go back to week 4, the Patriots have scored 45 points in the last 23 minutes against this Bills team. After trailing 21-7 with 8 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Tom Brady led the patriots on 7 straight scoring drives (6 touchdowns) and finished the game on an astonishing 45-7 run. The most impressive part of the Patriots offensive outburst might have been that it was on the road in a hostile environment!         

It will be interesting to see if Brady can keep the offense rolling at such a high level, especially since he will be at home where it becomes much easier to run the Patriots ‘no huddle’ offense. If so, will this even be a competitive game by half time?

Prediction:

Once again, the Patriots offense should be clicking from the word go, BUT they are coming off a bye week and could come out lethargic. That combined with the fact that the Patriots defense gave up over 400 yards of offense to the Bills in week 4 leads me to believe that the Bills could make this a game if the Patriots offense starts slow.       

With that being said, I think the Patriots offense will prove too efficient for the horrendous Bills defense and the Patriots defense will find a way to make a few big plays at home. Patriots by two touchdowns.

Jets at Seahawks

Why you should watch:

Mark Sanchez vs Pete Carroll, Tim Tebow vs Mark Sanchez, The Jets words vs their play on the field, etc. The list goes on and on as to why this game is extremely enticing. First and foremost though, both teams are in dire need of a win as far as their playoff chances go. The Jets are 3-5 and have a handful of teams in front of them, while the Seahawks are on holding on to the 2nd wild card spot with 4 or 5 teams right on their heels.

Also, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and Coach Rex Ryan claimed that the Jets would make the playoffs this week. For that to happen, this game is practically a must win for the Jets. How will they respond?

What to watch for:

The Seahawks Defense vs. Mark Sanchez. The reason I say Sanchez and not the entire Jets offense, is because this not only affects the game, but the future of the Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez debate as well. Sanchez supporters (and Rex Ryan) desperately need Sanchez to play well for the security of his job, while many Tebow supporters will be screaming for Tebow if Sanchez starts like he did last week (or most weeks for that matter).

Now, no matter who plays quarterback for the Jets this week, it is going to be a challenge. The Seahawks are the 3rd overall defense and are tied for 3rd in the league with 25 sacks. With that type of pass rush in the loudest stadium in the league, it could very well end up being a rough day for both Sanchez AND Tebow.

Prediction:

It’s hard to find any statistics that point to a positive result for the Jets this week. For example, Marshawn Lynch has been running wild for the past 3 weeks (103, 105, and 123 yards respectively) and the Jets defense has been 29th in the league against the run this year. When you combine that with how bad the Jets offense has been/the pass rush of the Seahawks, it will be a tough game for the Jets to pull out. I have to think Pete Carroll will beat his former quarterback. Seahawks by 4.

Titans at Dolphins

Why you should watch:

The Dolphins are coming off a disappointing loss to the Colts last week and desperately need a win at home this week. For the Titans, their owner Bud Adams spoke out after last week’s embarrassing 51-20 loss at home last week to the Chicago Bears. Adams voiced his displeasure and everyone on the Titans sideline knows they must be better if they want to keep their job.

What to watch for:

Will the Dolphins offense be better this week against a Titans defense that has given up the most points in the league?

The Dolphins were only able to muster 3 points in the second half against a mediocre Colts defense last week. However, the Dolphins are back at home and they know how crucial this game is to their playoff hopes. On the other side of the field, the Titans have given up at least 30 points in 7 of their 9 games this year, including 51 last week against the Bears.

Prediction:

I have to assume the Titans will play better than they did last week, but in the end the Dolphins are better in every aspect of the game. Look for Reggie Bush to have a big game both receiving and running the ball. I think the Dolphins could/should win this one going away. Dolphins by 10.