NFL Week 10 Summary
There were two winless teams remaining in the NFL entering Week 10, but by the end of Monday night the 2008 Detroit Lions were assured of staying the only club in league history to finish a regular season at 0-16.
The Jacksonville Jaguars had lost each of their first eight games by double digits -- covering just once -- but won 29-27 in Tennessee as 11-point underdogs. The Jaguars scored the most points in a game this season and never trailed, also turning four Titans turnovers into 17 points. Tennessee may have been flat for two reasons: The game was following the death of owner Bud Adams and ahead of an important Thursday night AFC South showdown with Indianapolis.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had come close to winning on a few occasions and nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in years the week before in Seattle before blowing a 21-point lead and losing in overtime. In Week 10's Monday night game, the Buccaneers were 2.5-point home underdogs to Miami and won 22-19 for their first win. For once Tampa Bay was able to hold a lead as it had held a fourth-quarter lead in four of its eight losses yet lost all four in the final 90 seconds of regulation or OT.
The lowest-scoring game of the week by far was Carolina's 10-9 win at San Francisco, with the Panthers as 6-point underdogs and the total at 43. Two of the NFL's best defenses held the offenses to a combined 401 yards. Just three of the 16 points were scored after intermission.
The highest-scoring game of the week was Dallas losing 49-17 at New Orleans. The Saints had an NFL-record 40 first downs as well as 625 yards, the most ever allowed by the Cowboys. New Orleans had 242 yards rushing, its highest total since 1990, and won a 12th straight home prime-time game.
Underdogs and favorites each covered seven of the 14 games in Week 10. St. Louis was by far the biggest dog to cover, winning 38-8 in Houston as a 10.5-point underdog. The 14 games also split 7-7 on the over/under.
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