Friday, November 11, 2016

NFL - Week Ten Preview

It's a flashback weekend in the NFL when the Dallas Cowboys face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
These two storied franchises have played in many classics through the years, including going at it in three Super Bowls.
The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowls 10 and 13 over Dallas (21-17 in 10 and 35-31 in 13) before the Cowboys got some revenge 17 years later by winning 27-17 in Super Bowl 30.
Some of the names throughout the years include Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, "Mean" Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Andy Russell, Mel Blount, Drew Pearson, Tony Dorsett, Bob Lily, Randy White, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith and countless others.
Let's not forget the legendary coaches either.  Chuck Noll and Tom Landry in the 1970's along with Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson (and yes Barry Switzer) in the 1990's.
This Sunday when they meet up in Pittsburgh, it will be Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott's turn for Dallas and Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown for the Steelers.
The Cowboys have been rolling since losing the season opener to the New York Giants, winning seven consecutive games.  The Steelers are 4-4 and are coming off a loss to the Baltimore Ravens (on the road) last week. Roethlisberger saw action in the game after missing two weeks with a knee injury.
Regardless the outcome this weekend, these two teams should be in contention for the playoffs the rest of the way.
For a brief look at all of the games, here is the capsule previews for all of the action.

Minnesota (5-3) at Washington (4-3-1) - This game could go either way, although the Vikings have been reeling lately.

Green Bay (4-4) at Tennessee (4-5) - Who cares?

Chicago (2-6) at Tampa Bay (3-5) -  See above comment.

Kansas City (6-2) at Carolina (3-5) - Both of these teams are hot right now.

Atlanta (6-3) at Philadelphia (4-4) - The Eagles need this game.

Los Angeles (3-5) at New York Jets (3-6) - Joe Namath played for both of these teams once upon a time.

Denver (6-3) at New Orleans (4-4) - The Saints are rolling right now, the Broncos not so much.

Houston (5-3) at Jacksonville (2-6) - The Jags could win this game. Which Houston team will show up?

Miami (4-4) at San Diego (4-5) - The Dolphins have won three straight games, but that streak ends this weekend against the Bolts.

Dallas (7-1) at Pittsburgh (4-4) - Can the Steelers slow down the Cowboys? This game likely will go down to the wire.

San Francisco (1-7) at Arizona (3-4-1) - Cardinals roll !

Seattle (5-2-1) at New England (7-1) - The Sunday night "prime time" game between the two teams that went at it in the memorable Super Bowl two years ago.  A must see game!

Cincinnati (3-4-1) at New York Giants (5-3) - Eli and the G-men taking on the Bengals on Monday Night Football . . . take the Giants.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Ten  . . . . .   (Home teams are listed in bold;  Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

Baltimore over Cleveland
Washington over Minnesota 
Green Bay over Tennessee
Tampa Bay over Chicago
Carolina over Kansas City
Philadelphia over Atlanta
NY Jets over Los Angeles
New Orleans over Denver
Jacksonville over Houston
San Diego over Miami
Pittsburgh over Dallas
ARIZONA over San Francisco
New England over Seattle
NY Giants over Cincinnati

Last Week's Record:  11-2


Lock of the Week Record:  9-0


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