Thursday, August 25, 2016

2010 NFL Preseason Schedule Begins with 2010 NFL Hall of Fame Game

The 2010 NFL preseason schedule is finally here with the 2010 Hall of Fame Game Sunday. The 2010 NFL preseason schedule only has one game during its first week, with the Hall of Fame Game hosting Dallas vs. Cincinnati. All of the other NFL teams will kick off their preseason schedule during week two, and you can bet that NFL fans around the country have been waiting for this day. The reality is that these NFL preseason games don’t mean anything for the 2010 regular season, but they give fans an outlook for their team, and allows everyone to get a look at where the 32 NFL teams are in terms of improvement and talent level for the 2010 season.

The 2010 NFL preseason schedule begins with Dallas at Cincinnati with the 2010 Hall of Fame Game at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST) on NBC. That games takes place on Sunday, August 8, and will be the showcase of the NFL. Three more games will follow on Thursday, August 12, three more on Friday, August 13, seven on Saturday, August 14, two on Sunday, August 15, and then a great Monday night game on August 16. That Monday night game will be the New York Giants vs. the New York Jets, and will be the first game played in their new stadium. It will be a great chance for fans to see the stadium, and should be an intriguing look at two teams that desperately want to get back to the Super Bowl.

There will be a lot of interesting rookies to watch for during the 2010 NFL preseason, especially Sam Bradford over in St. Louis and C.J. Spiller for the Buffalo Bills. The Washington Redskins now have Donovan McNabb at quarterback, the Arizona Cardinals have to start life without Kurt Warner, and the Seattle Seahawks are entering into the life of a new head coach. What will the big stories of the 2010 NFL season be? We will probably start to see big hints as the 2010 NFL preseason schedule kicks off on Sunday night with Dallas at Cincinnati.

2010 NFL Preseason Schedule

Sunday, August 8

Dallas at Cincinnati — 5 p.m. PST (NBC)

Thursday, August 12

New Orleans at New England — 4:30 p.m. PST
Carolina at Baltimore — 5 p.m. PST (ESPN)
Oakland at Dallas — 6 p.m. PST

Friday, August 13

Jacksonville at Philadelphia — 4:30 p.m. PST
Buffalo at Washington — 4:30 p.m. PST
Kansas City at Atlanta — 5 p.m. PST

Saturday, August 14

Tampa Bay at Miami — 4 p.m. PST
Detroit at Pittsburgh — 4:30 p.m. PST
Houston at Arizona — 5 p.m. PST
Cleveland at Green Bay — 5 p.m. PST
Minnesota at St. Louis — 5 p.m. PST
Chicago at San Diego — 6 p.m. PST
Tennessee at Seattle — 7 p.m. PST

Sunday, August 15

San Francisco at Indianapolis — 10 a.m. PST
Denver at Cincinnati — 4 p.m. PST

Monday, August 16

New York Giants at New York Jets — 5 p.m. PST (ESPN)

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2010 NFL Predictions: Week 7

In Week 6, it finally seems that the “favored” teams ended up winning a majority of the games they played. Unfortunately, I decided to pick the wrong end of a lot of close matchups, and I ended the week going a pedestrian 7-7. It seems like a lot of the Week 7 games have a team that is clearly superior to the other, but that doesn’t always stop me from having a bad week.

For my Week 7 Power Rankings, click here. To check out Joshua Huffman’s awesome 2010 NFL Pick ‘Em Contest, click here.

Last week’s prediction record: 7-7

Record on the season: 42-32

Upset Special record: 3-2

Here are my predictions for Week 7 of the 2010 NFL season:

Bye Week Teams: New York Jets (5-1), Houston Texans (4-2), Indianapolis Colts (4-2), Detroit Lions (1-5)

Cleveland Browns (1-5) at New Orleans Saints (4-2)

Colt McCoy had a decent game in his NFL debut, completing 69.6% of his passes for one touchdown and two interceptions against a very good Pittsburgh defense. Unfortunately for the Cleveland Browns, they’re starting to get banged up, with Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme possibly still out for Week 7 and the status of Josh Cribbs up in the air after he left Week 6’s game after taking a big hit. The New Orleans Saints rolled over Tampa Bay, and they should be able to crush the Browns playing at home in the Superdome.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: New Orleans Saints defeat Cleveland Browns

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)

The Chiefs are riding a two game losing streak, but have still played extremely well and are a couple of breaks away from being 4-1 or even 5-0. The Jaguars looked like they were turning their season around before suffering a horrible loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night. The Jaguars are going to struggle against a very good Chiefs defense, especially if David Garrard isn’t able to play and they have to turn back to Trent Edwards.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs defeat Jacksonville Jaguars

Buffalo Bills (0-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

The Buffalo Bills have played better after dumping Trent Edwards as their QB, but they aren’t going to win playing on the road against the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco, Sidney Rice and the rest of the Ravens offense should be able to feast on the Bills defense and this one could be over by halftime.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: Baltimore Ravens defeat Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

Outside of their blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Atlanta Falcons offense hasn’t been spectacular this season. The Cincinnati Bengals, however, have arguably been even worse on offense, with Carson Palmer being unable to take advantage of having a pretty good wide receiver corps featuring Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. The Falcons are going to be play with a purpose after the beating they received from the Eagles last week.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: Atlanta Falcons defeat Cincinnati Bengals

Washington Redskins (3-3) at Chicago Bears (4-2)

The Chicago Bears are in trouble. Their defense wasn’t able to solve Seattle’s offense in Week 6 and Jay Cutler only completed 43% of his passes a week after backup Todd Collins threw four interceptions. The Redskins have their own QB problems, with Donovan McNabb posting a pedestrian 78.8 passer rating through six games. The Bears are always a tough team to beat when they’re playing at home at Soldier Field, and I suspect Cutler will bounce back from his poor post-concussion performance.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: Chicago Bears defeat Washington Redskins

Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) at Tennessee Titans (4-2)

Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans are coming off big victories. The Eagles saw Kevin Kolb have a terrific game in place of the injured Michael Vick. The Titans steamrolled the Jacksonville Jaguars despite losing Vince Young in the first half. The x-factor in this game is going to be the expected absence of star receiver Desean Jackson for the Eagles.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: Tennessee Titans defeat Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) at Miami Dolphins (3-2)

Ben Roethlisberger led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a victory in his first week back from a suspension. Although it’s likely that he’ll hear a lot more boos (and unsavory comments) playing on the road, the Steelers are the superior team in this matchup. Even if Roethlisberger struggles, it’ll be nothing compared to Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne trying to find success against the Pittsburgh defense.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Miami Dolphins

St. Louis Rams (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) **Upset Special**

The St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers combined to go 4-28 last season. The Rams have tripled their win total from 2009 with the surprisingly good play of rookie QB Sam Bradford. The Buccaneers have equaled their 2009 win total with the good play of second-year QB Josh Freeman. All three of St. Louis’ wins have come at home. Both of Tampa Bay’s two blowout losses came at home, but against vastly superior teams. The Rams and Buccaneers match up well, but I’m going to go with the team that’s coming off a win.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: St. Louis Rams defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers

San Francisco 49ers (1-5) at Carolina Panthers (0-5)

This was almost a matchup of 0-5 teams, but the San Francisco 49ers were able to pull off a win in Week 6 against the Raiders. The 49ers have the potential to be a decent team, but they’ve undermined themselves with poor clock management and a slew of inopportune turnovers. That being said, they’re better than the Panthers, who have been the poster-boys for ineptitude this season. San Francisco should be able to expand on the momentum of their first win of the season and get their first winning streak of the season.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: San Francisco 49ers defeat Carolina Panthers

Arizona Cardinals (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2)

Believe it or not, the Cardinals and Seahawks are tied for the division lead in the NFC West. I don’t trust either team to keep winning, but since I have to choose, I’m going to go with the home team.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: Seattle Seahawks defeat Arizona Cardinals

Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Denver Broncos (2-4)

The Denver Broncos are tied with the Oakland Raiders (and San Diego Padres) at the bottom of the AFC West. The Broncos, however, seem to be playing much better football than the Raiders, with Kyle Orton still on pace to break the single season record for most passing yards in a season. The Raiders, meanwhile, are coming off a loss to San Francisco that saw QB Jason Campbell complete only 34% of his passes for 83 yards and no touchdowns. Denver may not be among the NFL’s elite (despite Orton trying his hardest), but they are a better team than the Raiders.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: Denver Broncos defeat Oakland Raiders

New England Patriots (4-1) at San Diego Chargers (2-4)

Normally, a matchup of the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers would be a potential playoff preview of two of the AFC’s top teams. This year, it’s a matchup between a playoff hopeful that has been inconsistent this season (Patriots) playing against a team that’s trying their hardest to play their way out of a playoff spot (Chargers). Both of San Diego’s wins have come at home, but they’ll have to play extremely well to beat this New England squad.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: New England Patriots defeat San Diego Chargers

Minnesota Vikings (2-3) at Green Bay Packers (3-3)

Every time Brett Favre returns to Lambeau Field, the fans are at least guaranteed an entertaining game. The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a close fought victory against the Dallas Cowboys, but still don’t look like the team that made the NFC Championship game last season. The Green Bay Packers are coming off an overtime loss to the Dolphins, but don’t look like the team many people (myself included) thought could make the Super Bowl this season. It’s going to be a close one, but I’m going to give the edge to the home team, even if they are still reeling from a string of injuries.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: Green Bay Packers defeat Minnesota Vikings

Monday Night Game: New York Giants (4-2) at Dallas Cowboys (1-4)

The Giants have rebounded from their 1-2 start by reeling off three straight victories, including wins against the surprisingly good Chicago Bears and Houston Texans. The Dallas Cowboys have rebounded from their 1-2 start…by losing two more games. The Cowboys have played some of the most undisciplined football that I have ever seen from a team with this much talent. It seems like any week now the Cowboys are going to turn things around, but eventually everyone is going to have to accept the fact that Dallas might not be a playoff team this year.

2010 Week 7 Prediction: New York Giants defeat Dallas Cowboys

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All stats and standings from espn.com

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2010 Olympic Ice Dancing

This year the competition in Olympic ice dancing is fierce, and two American teams are in the mix.

Ice dancing is typically dominated by the Russian teams, and the Russians are definitely competitive this year. Russian ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin are the current world champions. They have battled injuries and some controversy over their choice of native Australian music for their original dance. However they remain the team to beat.

The Americans are strong this year, and that’s not always the case. While neither American team is considered the favorite for gold, they can’t be taken out of the mix just yet. If the Americans compete to the best of their abilities they could do very well at the 2010 Olympics.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the current US National Champions. They are both strong skaters with a connection on the ice that is beautiful to watch.

The other Americans are Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. They are the silver medalists from the 2006 Olympics where they broke a long-standing tradition of United States ice dancers not winning medals. . Tanith Belbin is from Canada, but she has dual citizenship in the United States.

The Canadian team to watch is Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. They are currently at the height of their talents and could definitely take the gold medal if they are on their game.

Also watch for Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder from France. Isabelle Delobel just gave birth to the couple’s first child, but they are looking competitive even after the break. Delobel and Schoenfelder finished fourth at the 2006 Olympics, and they will be looking to improve on that this year.

Each team will perform a Compulsory Dance, an Original Dance and a Free Dance. The teams will perform the Compulsory Dance on February 19, the Original Dance on February 21, and the Free Dance on February 22.

The difference between figure skating and ice dancing is the way the skaters move. In ice dancing, skaters dance on ice to rhythmic music. They must remain touching each other most of the time. Traditional jumps and lifts that you would see in pairs figure skating are not allowed in ice dancing.

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