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Midway through the NFL season, surprises are starting to be recognized as legit.
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Indianapolis Colts, for example, are road favourites. The New Orleans Saints are
home underdogs, though by less than a field goal against the unbeaten Atlanta
Falcons. Of course, opposition matters, but its still a statement indicating
where these teams are in 2012, particularly when contrasted with 2011. As usual,
there are many competitive lines across the board, but there are also three
double-digit spreads this week. New England (vs. Buffalo), San Francisco (vs.
St. Louis) and Pittsburgh (vs. Kansas City) are the heavy favourites this week,
while Sunday night brings the game of the week: Houston, the top team in the NFL
Power Rankings, visiting fourth-ranked Chicago. Check out this weeks Power
Rankings for more of my takes on all 32 teams. A look at the Week Ten matchups
in the NFL: INDIANAPOLIS (-3) at JACKSONVILLEThe Colts may be vulnerable in the
secondary, with corners Jerraud Powers and Vontae Davis injured, but the Jaguars
are one of the teams least equipped to exploit weaknesses in pass defence. If
anyone is going to capitalize, Cecil Shorts is more likely than rookie
Justin Blackmon. The Colts run defence isnt very good either, so that ought to
provide opportunities for RB Rashad Jennings as well. However, only Buffalo has
allowed more rushing touchdowns than Jacksonvilles 12, so Vick Ballard (or
Donald Brown if hes healthier than he was last week) could be in for a good day.
The strength of the Colts, of course, is the passing game and that should work
just fine. Jacksonville has a league-low eight sacks, so Andrew Luck will have
time to spread the ball around to Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery (again, assuming
hes healthy), T.Y. Hilton and Dwayne Allen. OAKLAND (+7.5) at BALTIMOREThe
Ravens defence is a far cry from what it has been for the past decade or more,
so the Raiders will be able to move the ball, if they can muster a ground game.
With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson injured, Marcel Reece and Taiwan Jones
will get the nod in the backfield. The Raiders also have a prolific passing
game, with QB Carson Palmer connecting with preferred target Denarius Moore, but
also TE Brandon Myers and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. Baltimores offence hasnt
picked up the pace in recent weeks, so they really could use a big game against
Oakland to get them on the right track. The Raiders have a subpar defence, so
this is an ideal opportunity for QB Joe Flacco to rebound after a couple of
pedestrian performances. Wide receivers Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin should be
threats to score and RB Ray Rice remains one of the elite backs. DENVER (-4) at
CAROLINACarolina has played better than their record indicates, so this shouldnt
be automatically assumed to be an easy Broncos victory, but its also easy to
like what Peyton Manning is doing—throwing three touchdowns in each of his
last five games and raising the level of production of those around him. Wide
receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, for example, rank fourth and 18th,
respectively, among wideouts in receiving yards per game. If Carolina is going
to make a game of it, they need to find a way to run the ball against a Broncos
defence allowing 3.7 yards per carry. Jonathan Stewart has taken over as the
lead back in the last couple games, but hasnt run for more than 51 yards in a
game this season. It wont be easy for Panthers QB Cam Newton to throw the ball
either, since the Broncos allow just 6.5 yards per pass, sixth-best in the
league, and with WR Brandon LaFell suffering the effects of a concussion, the
Panthers passing game isnt at full strength. N.Y. GIANTS (-4) at CINCINNATIAfter
getting locked down by the Steelers at home, the Giants should appreciate the
opportunity to face Cincinnatis defence. Questions persist about the health of
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks and if he cant go, that means Domenik Hixon and
Rueben Randle will get more looks across from Victor Cruz. Aside from tying for
the league lead in interceptions, the Giants defence has struggled (ranking 30th
in yards per pass attempt allowed), so the game could turn into a shootout, but
Bengals QB Andy Dalton will have to protect the ball better than he has through
the first half of the season—his 11 interceptions is tied for third-most in
the league. TENNESSEE (+6) at MIAMIThe Titans expect Jake Locker back under
centre this week and the Titans best approach against Miamis defence will be to
throw the ball, so look for Nate Washington, Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright to
challenge a subpar Dolphins secondary. Tennessee RB Chris Johnson appears to be
back on his game, putting up 526 rushing yards in the last four games, but hell
face a good test at Miami, since the Dolphins allow just 3.6 yards per carry.
Though the Dolphins havent been an explosive group offensively, they should
benefit from a favourable matchup against Tennessee, which ranks near the bottom
of the league in both rush and pass defence. RB Reggie Bush hasnt run for 60
yards in a game since Week Four, but he could break out, and WR Brian Hartline
quietly ranks ninth in receiving yards per game (82.8). DETROIT (-1) at
MINNESOTAIts a contrast in successful styles, as Lions QB Matthew Stafford has
been putting up big yardage and hasnt slowed down even as Titus Young and rookie
Ryan Broyles take on more significant roles in support of Calvin Johnson at wide
receiver. Minnesota, on the other hand, is left with slumping second-year QB
Christian Ponder and dont expect to have WR Percy Harvin due to a sprained
ankle, limiting their passing game. Of course, the Vikings have the only running
back in the league averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game,
Adrian Peterson, so their success will likely be predicated on Peterson keeping
the ball out of Staffords hands. BUFFALO (+11) at NEW ENGLANDOnly the Kansas
City Chiefs have allowed touchdowns in fewer attempts than the Bills one for
every 16.81 passes faced, which isnt the ideal matchup going against Tom Brady,
who should have TE Aaron Hernandez back in the fold, nor is it beneficial to
lose CB Terrence McGee to IR. So, it seems like a good week for the Patriots
passing game, but thats pretty standard at this point. Buffalos strength
offensively, is the running game, with C.J. Spiller providing more big-play
ability than Fred Jackson, even though they split carries. New England has been
better against the run too, though, so the Bills best chance to consistently
move the ball will be through the passing game. If Stevie Johnsons thigh injury
keeps him out of the lineup, well, it will be awfully difficult to see the Bills
taking full advantage of a Patriots secondary that is ripe to be exploited.
ATLANTA (-2.5) at NEW ORLEANSThe leagues only unbeaten team, the Falcons, have
the high-octane passing game that can light up a Saints defence that allows
294.8 passing yards per game. Of course, the Saints also allow 5.3 yards per
carry, so RB Michael Turner cant be ignored either. The Saints are dangerous,
particularly as 3-5 teams go, because they still have elements of the offence
that can put defences on their collective heels. RB Darren Sproles hasnt been
rules out, as he recovers from a broken hand, but Chris Ivory is an able fill-in
if Sproles isnt ready to return to action. SAN DIEGO (+3) at TAMPA BAYThe
suddenly improving Bucs have scored 144 points over the last four weeks and RB
Doug Martin has been the key to their success, but QB Josh Freeman cant be
ignored, either, as Freeman has passed for 1257 yards in those four games, and
the Bucs wide receivers, former Charger Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams give
him big-play opportunities down the field if the Chargers get too focused on
Martin and the running game. While San Diego has a strong run defence, Tampa
Bays has become the leagues best, allowing 77.3 yards per game and 3.4 yards per
carry, so its not an easy matchup for Chargers RB Ryan Mathews. With the
Buccaneers showing more vulnerability to the pass, QB Philip Rivers, WR
Malcom Floyd and TE Antonio Gates are all prime candidates to produce. If
Robert Meachem cant get back in the lineup for the Chargers, then
Danario Alexander will provide a viable downfield option too. N.Y. JETS (+6) at
SEATTLEGoing cross country to take on the Seahawks wont be favourable for a Jets
offence that lacks playmakers. If they are going to have some success, theyll
need RB Shonn Greene to help control the clock and a relatively mistake-free
game from QB Mark Sanchez, who has completed just 52.9% of his passes and will
be going up against a Seahawks pass defence that allows just 6.1 yards per pass
attempt, third-best in the league. While the Jets pass defence can make the day
difficult for rookie QB Russell Wilson, the Jets have struggled to stop the run,
so its fair to expect Marshawn Lynch (332 rushing yards on 57 carries, 5.8 ypc,
in the last three games) to have a field day. DALLAS (-1) at PHILADELPHIAIt says
something about how messed up the Eagles are right now, having lost four
straight, that they are home underdogs against the 3-5 Cowboys. Both teams have
the talent to be better than they have been through the first half of the
season, but any gains they make tend to be undone by mistakes by the
quarterback. Tony Romo and Michael Vick have turned the ball over 15 and 14
times, respectively. Only Kansas Citys Matt Cassel has been worse. Both teams
have been better than average in pass defence, so the game could come down to
the runners, which seems like an advantage for Philadelphia as LeSean McCoy has
been more productive than Felix Jones, though Jones did manage a season-high 109
yards from scrimmage last week. ST. LOUIS (+11) at SAN FRANCISCOThe Rams have
been beaten up in their last couple games and it doesnt seem like a visit to San
Francisco will do them much good either. The Niners allow a league-low 5.8 yards
per passing attempt, so QB Sam Bradford may be in for a long day. Its not as
though running the ball with Steven Jackson is likely to fare much better, since
the Niners surrender just 3.6 yards per carry, so that leaves the Rams
struggling to mvoe the ball. Their best hope may be to limit the Niners running
game, which is among the leagues best and put the game in the hands of QB
Alex Smith, who was terrific Monday against Arizona, but that was also just the
second game this year in which he passed for more than 230 yards. HOUSTON (+1)
at CHICAGOTwo of the leagues best teams square off, with the Texans perhaps
boasting some advantage offensively, while the Bears are busy scoring so much on
defence that it makes life infinitely easier on the Bears offence. The biggest
concern for the Bears, though, is their offensive line, so this could provide
another huge game for Texans star DE J.J. Watt. There is some chance that Bears
CB Charles Tillman, who is challenging Watt for Defensive Player of the Year,
may not play because his wife is due to give birth, so that is an absence that
would give Houston a definite advantage in the passing game. KANSAS CITY (+12)
at PITTSBURGHHaving seen what the Steelers did on the road against the Giants
last week, its hard to imagine the Chiefs moving the ball against them in
Pittsburgh, though if RB Jamaal Charles gets enough touches, who knows just how
he might break out? In the last three games combined, Charles has 88 rushing
yards on 29 carries, so hes overdue for a productive game, even against the
Steelers. For Pittsburgh, it appears that WR Antonio Brown may be sidelined,
opening the door for Emmanuel Sanders to get regular reps at wide receiver
against a Chiefs secondary that has surrendered a league-high 8.9 yards per pass
attempt. The running back carousel in Pittsburgh seems to have landed on
Isaac Redman, who rushed for 147 yards last week, but none of the Steelers backs
has been able to stay healthy long enough to seize the number one job on a
full-time basis. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and
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and the operation will be performed Thursday.Two-time world champion rower and
Olympic bronze medallist Tracy Cameron has retired. Cameron, from Shubenacadie,
N.S., won the 2008 Olympic bronze medal in lightweight womens double with
Melanie Kok before teaming with Lindsay Jennerich to win the 2010 world title.
Cameron has been one of Canadas top lightweight rowers for the last eight years.
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selected to compete in the lightweight double World Cup race held in Lucerne,
Switzerland two weeks ago, but she felt the chemistry with Jennerich was no
longer there. Cameron said in a statement released Friday: “This is a very
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do. With those values as my guide, I knew that I could no longer stay in the
double.” ’ ’ ’ 

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