As expected, the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans are among the top defensive teams.
The big surprise is that both clubs are 7-1 heading into Week 10 of the 2012-2013 NFL season. Chicago’s famed Soldier Field will see the squads square off this Sunday, 11 November, at 8.20pm on NBC.
Behind a sixth-ranked defence, the Bears have lit up opponents in recent weeks. The latest example was a 51-20 thrashing of the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Stars like Brian Urlacher have made a habit of scoring points off turnovers.
Houston’s defenders, on paper, are even better as they sit third in the league. Sack maestro J.J. Watts leads a unit that is also coming off a dominant performance as the Texans crushed the Buffalo Bills 21-9 last week.
Points will be at a premium this Sunday. While Arian Foster for Houston could have a big day, look for quarterback Jay Cutler to manage the Bears offence to a two-point victory.
Sunday’s most interesting games figure to be at 1pm as the 4-4 San Diego Chargers face the 4-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on CBS and the 4-4 Detroit Lions battle the 5-4 Minnesota Vikings on FOX.
Tampa Bay have been surprisingly competitive so far. San Diego’s Philip Rivers may be a talented hurler but his mistakes should allow Josh Freeman’s Bucs to escape with a six-point win.
Adrian Peterson gives the Vikings a fearsome running and play-action offence. However, the Lions have enough firepower (tops in the league in passing and second in overall offence) to win a shoot-out by 10 points.
For the record, the 5-3 Indianapolis Colts face the 1-7 Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, 8 November, at 8.20pm on NFL Network. Andrew Luck is set to eclipse 300 passing yards once again and the Colts should win a 24-point blowout.