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By Jim Hurley:

Think there's a plethora of storylines in this NFL Week 10?

Heck, we've already witnessed a rollicking win by the Atlanta Falcons over the Baltimore Ravens in Thursday Night Football action and now we've got plenty of goodies come Sunday like the New York Jets going up against old coach Eric Mangini in Cleveland ... and what about Minnesota QB Brett Favre and those"drama queen" Vikings in Chicago?

Wow, we've got lots to say about the new Dallas Cowboys head coach as his club saunters in the New Meadowlands Stadium against the hot-hot-hot New York Giants and the proverbial"cherry on top" comes with the Sunday Night Football game between old rivals New England at Pittsburgh.

So, let's get it rollin' with some NFL Week 10 Sunday Previews in just a sec but first this ultra-important reminder:

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Sunday, November 14th

The Jim Hurley Network has isolated two games on the Sunday card that offer huge betting value because of the volatility associated with handicapping "must-win" games, and two of them involve both teams needing to win.

In the NFC, it's Minnesota-Chicago. The Vikings need to win this one and beat Green Bay next week or the season is shot. Chicago's 5-3, but the bloom is off their fast start and they need a key win here.

In the AFC, it's Tennessee-Miami. The Dolphins are 4-4 and a fourth home loss would realistically end their playoff hopes. Tennessee is 5-3, but in the competitive AFC South that has Indianapolis right behind them a wild-card landscape where it's going to be hard to oust the runner-ups in the North & East, the Titans have no margin for error.

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NEW YORK JETS (6-2) at CLEVELAND (3-5)- 1 p.m. ET, CBS
In case you've missed it, there's been plenty of"yucking it up" here coming from second-year Jets head coach Rex Ryan who donned a wig and put padding under his shirt in a mid-week press conference that playfully mocked his twin brother Rob who just so happens to be the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns but there won't be lots of yucking it up once they kick it off here- note that Cleveland head coach Mangini has some real simmering issues with how/why the J-E-T-S axed him following the 2008 season and don't forget there's some crossover stuff here too with Jets WR Braylon Edwards fully expecting the"LeBron James" treatment when he comes back into the Dawg Pound.

Wipe away all the ancillary stuff that has to do with this game and here's what is really/truly important:

The Jets need to get this"ground-and-pound" running game working early so that QB Mark Sanchez (1,692 yards passing with 10 TDs and 5 INTs) will be able to shine off the play-action fakes and so look for NYJ to hammer away here in the first half with a physical ground game and hope to take some life from the Browns' renewed defense. Look for RB Shonn Green (just 391 yards rushing so far in 2010) to be a central component here with our guess that the former Iowa star gets 25 carries.

Meanwhile, Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis- and what a steal he's become after getting dealt last off-season by Denver- is fresh off a 29-carry, 184-yard performance in last Sunday's 34-14 win against 4-point fav New England and he needs about that many carries here if the Browns are to complete this little mid-season trifecta (see back-to-back wins already against New Orleans and New England).

Spread Notes -- The Jets sport a 9-2 ATS (against the spread) mark in their last 11 games against fellow AFC teams and that includes covers this year against the likes of New England, Miami, Buffalo and Denver. The Jets are 16-11 spreadwise overall in the Ryan Era. Meanwhile, Cleveland is 4-3-1 versus the vig overall this season but note that the Brownies are a stellar 11-3-1 ATS overall dating back to the middle of the 2009 season.
MINNESOTA (3-5) at CHICAGO (5-3)- 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Maybe this week the Vikings fans will get their"execution"! Following last week's harried 27-24 overtime win against the Arizona Cardinals, there was Vikings' beleaguered head coach Brad Childress telling the media that everyone"came for an execution (his) and instead got a pretty good ball game."

Memo to Childress: Lose this game and you may have your little head loped off by your still-angry owner!

The soap opera that is the 2010 Vikes has been major fodder for the TV/radio talking heads the past few weeks but the down-home reality here is that if Minnesota loses in this near pick 'em game at Soldier Field it could set in motion a whole chain of events not the least of which would be Childress getting axed by Monday morning with the likelihood that current defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier would get the job at that point.

The Vikes' fight to stay alive in the muddled NFC Playoff picture again depends greatly on battered QB Favre (1,896 yards passing with 9 TDs and 13 INTs) but be sure about one thing here: If Minny RB Adrian Peterson (144 total yards from scrimmage against the Cardinals last Sunday) isn't getting his big mitts on the ball 25-or-more times here than the host Bears will be sending Childress a post-game"thank you" note.

One key for Chicago: Get something out of this putrid ground game that currently ranks 27th in the NFL with a 90.6 yards-per-game average. Ugh!

Spread Notes -- Chicago's covered seven of its last 10 home games against Minnesota these past 10 seasons and keep in mind that includes last year's wild 36-30 overtime MNF win by the Bears on the second-to-last regular-season week of action. The Vikings head into this NFC North bash at 2-5-1 against the Las Vegas prices this year but did you realize that Minny's a solid 5-2-1 ATS in divisional games since the start of last season?
DALLAS (1-7) at NEW YORK GIANTS (6-2)- 4:15 p.m., Fox
Leave it to the Cowboys to upstage a team on a five-game winning streak! Sure, the New York Giants have rock-n-rolled their way to the top of the NFC East despite an assorted array of injuries and issues but all anyone really wants to talk about right now is the state of the 'Boys and what will new/interim head coach Jason Garrett mean to his quad right here and right now.

Well, Garrett may be considered an offensive whiz but the reality is the former O-coordinator has not been able to accomplish much since the collarbone injury to QB Tony Romo. Note that Dallas has scored a grand total of 24 points in the two games after Romo went down against these same Giants back on Oct. 25th and the gut feeling here is that the new sheriff will want to get the ball in the hands of rookie WR Dez Bryant as much as possible and so look for him to be a central figure here with quick pass plays and a few reverses too.

Meanwhile, Garrett is keeping fingers crossed that his Dallas defense will get a wake-up call- the Cowboys have yielded 41, 35 and 45 points in the team's last three games and remember the Giants rolled up 497 offensive yards in that 41-35 triumph three weeks ago. The 'Boys turned over this unit to newly named defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni but he didn't exactly wow anyone as a D-coach with the Miami Dolphins last year.

If the Giants- listed now as a 13 ½-point favorite (the biggest price tag on the Las Vegas board)- are gonna hammer out a sixth straight win than head coach Tom Coughlin's club must overcome some major injury woes along the O-line and a big matchup here will be new LT Shawn Andrews against pass rusher DeMarcus Ware who collected 11 sacks a year ago but has been strangely quiet for much of 2010.

Spread Notes -- The Giants are 10-3-1 versus the vig in their last 14 head-to-head showdowns with the Cowboys and that includes the 21-17 win as 7 ½-point pups in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game back in 2007 when the G-men were en route to that Super Bowl crown. Dallas, meanwhile, wobbles into this NFC East clash on a five-game spread losing skid (the 'Boys have not covered a game since the 27-13 triumph over 3-point fav Houston way back in Week 3) and note that the Cowboys are a collective 8-13 ATS away since the start of the 2008 campaign.

On Sunday Nite, it's ...

NEW ENGLAND (6-2) at PITTSBURGH (6-2)- 8:25 p.m. ET, NBC
Here's hoping this Sunday Night Football game provides better viewing than last week's tilt (see Green Bay 45, Dallas 7 with big screen TV shut off before 11 p.m. ET!).

The Steelers are just happy to be back home after grueling three-game road trip that included wins in Miami and Cincinnati- and a hard-fought 20-10 loss in New Orleans- and it's worth noting that Pittsburgh's scored six touchdowns the past three weeks while committing six turnovers.

Now, Mike Tomlin's team would love to control the clock here and keep Patriots QB Tom Brady (1,826 yards passing with 14 TDs and 4 INTs) off the field as long as possible but remember that the Steelers witnessed three of their O-linemen go down with injuries in last Monday Night's 27-21 hang-on-for-dear-life win in Cincy and so this could become a real paste-and-patch deal up front for the black-and-gold guys.

One under the radar key here: The Pats will be without star PK Stephen Gostkowski (thigh) who will miss the remainder of this current campaign and former Bengals reject Shayne Graham will step into the void- don't be shocked if the loss of Gostkowski (who's made nearly 85 percent of his NFL field-goal tries in his career) comes back to haunt Bill Belichick's club here and also down the line.

Spread Notes - New England is 4-3-1 ATS overall this 2010 season and note that Patriots are a rock-solid 37-21 versus the vig in away games dating back to the start of the 2004 season. On the flip side, Pittsburgh's covered five of its first eight games this year after going a rotten 5-10-1 against the odds in 2009.


Let's go 'round the league and get you our Jim Sez NFL Week #10 Pointspread Tidbits with all figures below against the spread:

  • The Arizona Cardinals have covered six of their last seven head-to-head matchups against Seattle;
  • The Buffalo Bills are 21-14-1 as betting favorites since the start of the 2004 season;
  • The Cincinnati Bengals have lost six of their last eight away spread verdicts;
  • The Denver Broncos are just 3-6 in their last nine clashes with rival Kansas City;
  • The Houston Texans sport a dandy 10-5 spread mark in their last 15 games versus Jacksonville;
  • The Miami Dolphins are 8-19-1 at home since the start of the 2007 season;
  • The St. Louis Rams are 11-6 overall since the middle of last season;
  • The San Francisco 49ers are 9-2 in their last 11 spread decisions against the St. Loo Rams;
  • The Seattle Seahawks are 2-10 away since the start of the 2009 season;
  • And the Tampa Bay Bucs have lost 10 of their last 15 pointspread verdicts against Carolina.


Consider the possibilities: There is a very distinct possibility that the following NFL head coaching jobs will be vacant following this here-and-now 2010 season:

In alphabetical order, they include ... Carolina, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Minnesota, San Diego and San Francisco.

Folks, we could well have one-quarter of the NFL head coaching jobs available at year's end and there are more than a handful of high-quality NFL assistant coaches right now ready/willing/able to make the dash up the coaching ladder.

So, with this in mind we'll play a little game of mix-and-match ... hey, we're gonna clip-n-save this piece and see how many we hit!

ROB RYAN- The aforementioned current defensive coordinator of the Browns almost surely will land a head coaching spot in time for the 2011 season as his work with this no-name defense has been terrific. Don't be surprised if he winds up across the bay from where he used to serve as a defensive coordinator (see Oakland) as the San Fran 49ers are said to be very high on Rex's twin brother. If not here than the Carolina Panthers could be a make-sense destination spot for the rowdy Ryan.

CHUCK CECIL- The Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator made"news" this year when he was caught flashing an obscene gesture at NFL officials but forget that one-finger salute and instead consider what an excellent job he's done for head coach Jeff Fisher. Cecil may intimidate some NFL owners who might be afraid of his swagger but he could be a genuinely good fit in Cincinnati where a fire-and-brimstone type leader is needed or he might wind up staying inside the AFC South with the Houston Texans giving him a shot. We'll see.

DOM CAPERS- Here's another D-coordinator that could get a head coaching position in time for next year. True, Capers seems a perfect fit right now in Green Bay where his famed 3-4 front has enemy offenses shaking in their high top shoes but an NFL owner looking for a veteran touch might tap Capers and so Dallas or Denver could be destinations for this one-time Carolina head coach.

MIKE MULARKEY - The current offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons was a veritable disaster in Buffalo in his two-year head coaching stint there (see 14-18 overall with the Bills in 2004-05) but the word is he's ready to"get back on the wheel" and there are plenty of NFL folks wowed by what he's accomplished with QB Matt Ryan and Co. in Georgia. It makes sense that Mularkey would head to a team searching for an offensive identity and so San Francisco would be the odds-on favorite for him if we had to venture a guess.

RUSS GRIMM- The assistant head coach an O-line boss of the Arizona Cardinals nearly gobbled up the Pittsburgh Steelers job back in 2007 before Tomlin aced his interviews with the esteemed Rooney Family but now the time's come for this Hall of Fame"Hog" to get his wings and so we could see Grimm getting plugged in at either Carolina or Denver.  

NOTE: Get our Monday Night Football Preview- that's the Philadelphia Eagles at the Washington Redskins- plus all the NFL Week 10 and College Football weekend roundups in the next edition of Jim Sez.



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