NFL Scores Week 10: Teams That Failed to Live Up to Expectations

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 11, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 11:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons runs off the field after being defeated by the New Orleans Saints 31-27 at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Week 10 of the NFL season presented football fans across the nation with a full slate of compelling matchups that will impact the postseason picture in both conferences. 

Now that the majority of the weekend's games are in the books, there are a handful of teams that put on disappointing performances on Sunday and lost against opponents that, at least on paper, appeared to be very beatable. 

Here are some of the games that featured teams that failed to live up to expectations on Sunday. 


Cincinnati Bengals 31, New York Giants 13

Coming off a disappointing loss to the Steelers, in which the Giants blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, Tom Coughlin's squad needed a bounce-back victory on Sunday against the reeling Cincinnati Bengals. 

Unfortunately, Eli Manning's offense turned in an overwhelmingly disappointing performance against the Bengals, as the two-time Super Bowl MVP threw two picks, and failed to throw for a touchdown. 

As ESPN's research department points out, Manning's play was arguably even worse than what meets the eye in the box score:

Eli Manning completed 4-of-11 passes deeper than 10 yards downfield for 52 yards and an interception. Manning's average pass traveled 7.4 yards downfield on Sunday, his lowest average throw distance in a game this season.

With the Giants still in the driver's seat in the NFC East, this loss won't harm their postseason chances much, but it's still not an encouraging sign for the reigning Super Bowl champs. 


Tennessee Titans 37, Miami Dolphins 3

Heading into Sunday's matchup with the Titans, the Dolphins looked poised to make a run at a wild-card berth, but Miami dropped their second straight game in decisive fashion, as they fell by 34 points to what appeared to be a struggling Tennessee Titans team. 

Reggie Bush, Ryan Tannehill and Daniel Thomas were extremely ineffective, and the Dolphins defense was porous, which doesn't bode well for the future. 

Tannehill's three interceptions proved to be too much for the Dolphins to overcome, and unless they can turn things around next week, Miami will be watching the postseason on TV. 


New Orleans Saints 31, Atlanta Falcons 27

On paper, this game looked like it would be a landslide in Atlanta's favor, as the unbeaten Falcons traveled to take on the Saints, who were 3-5 entering their Week 10 clash. 

However, somebody forgot to tell Drew Brees' offense that they were the underdog (via, as the Saints put up four touchdowns on the Falcons, including one from unheralded back Chris Ivory.  

Brees' play was, as usual, the turning point for the Saints, but ultimately, if Matt Ryan's Falcons are hoping to contend for the Super Bowl, they need to be able to defend against quasi-offensive juggernauts like the Saints.