Rex vs. Jets an actual NFL Thursday night highlight

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Since the Broncos failed to get out of Indianapolis with a win, only three unbeaten teams remain. Not coincidentally, all three are listed below in a breakdown of Week 10’s top 10 matchups:

Thursday

Buffalo Bills at N.Y. Jets: Rex Ryan faces his team for the first time. Both AFC East rivals are squarely in the playoff hunt. Rex’s Bills impressively wrapped up a season sweep of Miami and will test New York’s defense with QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Sammy Watkins finally healthy. RB LeSean McCoy left last week’s game with an injured right shoulder but expects to play. Rookie Karlos Williams would play a greater role in McCoy is limited.

The Jets have failed to win or cover in the last three meetings with Buffalo and have a quad issue with kicker Nick Folk to be concerned with. Former Buffalo starter Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing with a torn ligament in his left non-throwing thumb and may have surgery on Friday after gutting it out through this one.

Sunday

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers: The Lions come off their bye week after getting smoked by Kansas City in London. Jim Caldwell’s job may hinge on how prepared his team is to play. The Matthew Stafford-led offense has looked so listless behind a brutal offensive line and the defense has given up an average of 37.3 points over the last four games.

The Packers have dropped consecutive games and will be thrilled to return home, where Aaron Rodgers hasn’t lost in 12 straight dating back to Dec. 2013. Rodgers has split his last four meetings with the Lions, but Green Bay owns a ridiculous 23-game home winning streak over Detroit dating back to 1991.

Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans: Cam Newton continues to get the job done. The Panthers are 2-0 as road favorite and have yet to visit a host with a winning record, but do have that impressive win at then 2-3 Seattle to hang their hat on. Coming off high-profile wins over Indianapolis and Green Bay, this would appear to be a potential letdown situation. The presence of rookie Marcus Mariota coming off a career game should get their attention.Tennessee hopes to get Kendall Wright back from a knee sprain after putting up 371 yards through the air in New Orleans without their No. 1 receiver.

Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles: The Dolphins are back to being two games under .500 after being outscored 69-24 in road losses to division rivals New England and Buffalo. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews are emerging as a competent tandem as Philadelphia managed to persevere in Dallas spite of the absence of ailing left tackle Jason Peters (back). Both Peters and LB DeMeco Ryans may return as the Eagles aim to post their first winning record of the season with a victory.

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers: We’ll see if Josh McCown’s ribs have sufficiently healed enough for him to start at Heinz Field, though there are plenty calling for Johnny Manziel to get his third start. Ben Roethlisberger will be out with a foot injury, so Landry Jones will start after leading the Steelers down the field to overcome Oakland. Jones can continue feeding Antonio Brown, whose 17-catch, 284-receiving yard performance was the class of Week 9. He’ll duel with star corner Joe Haden, who’s back from a bout with a concussion.

Minnesota Vikings at Oakland Raiders: The Raiders don’t have long to dwell on coming up just short against the Steelers, taking the field at home against a Vikings team that has won four consecutive times, the last two coming on Blair Walsh walk-off field goals. Backup Shaun Hill would start if Teddy Bridgewater can’t make it through the NFL’s concussion protocol, though he was optimistic he’d return after being knocked out on the field by a late hit in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Rams. Minnesota is 7-1 ATS, while Oakland has covered in each of the last three weeks.

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos: The Chiefs are 3-5, come off a bye and have recovered from losing star RB Jamaal Charles by rattling off consecutive victories and riding the unheralded Charcandrick West to anchor the ground game. Expect Andy Reid to pull out all the stops given the extra preparation and the need to come out of Mile High with a victory. Peyton Manning will be up against a physical defensive front that will challenge him to protect the ball above all else.

New England Patriots at N.Y. Giants: The first meeting between these teams since Super Bowl XLVI back in Feb. 2012, so Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Patriots have been waiting a long time for revenge from the 21-17 loss they took that day. Brady has beaten the Giants only once in four tries. Both Eli Manning and Brady have their teams atop their divisions, but the Patriots are rightfully a road favorite in their bid to remain perfect.

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks: A win would get Seattle over .500 (5-4) for the first time in ’15, while a loss would certainly ratchet up the odds that the two-time defending conference champion fails to make the playoffs. Coming off a bye, the Cards are looking to demonstrate some killer instinct against a team that swept last year’s games by a combined margin of 54-9. The Seahawks are hoping to have left tackle Russell Okung back, which would make both teams relatively healthy for this epic Sunday night showdown.

Monday

Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals: This wouldn’t be as attractive a matchup if the Bengals weren’t undefeated. Cincy won in Houston last season to snap a four-game losing streak in the series and will be counting on Jadeveon Clowney to make more of an impact alongside J.J. Watt after utilizing the bye week to get healthy. The Bengals opened as a double-digit favorite and have surrendered just 10 points in each of their last two contests.

Tony Mejia is a national sports writer and senior contributor at VegasInsider.com. He’s also the owner and operator of Antony Dinero, the most successful documented volume handicapper in the industry. View his analysis daily at VegasInsider.com. Email: [email protected].

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Tony Mejia

Tony Mejia

Tony Mejia has been a national writer for nearly two decades and has covered NBA and college basketball as a columnist, analyst, handicapper, and bracketologist for CBS Sports, Pro Basketball News, and numerous other sites.

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