FOXSCOPE: Scout's look at Week 10

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New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. ET

Matchup to watch: vs. Jack Del Rio
Carolina run defense, led by coordinator Jack Del Rio, was a big factor in the team's success early this season. But the suspension of Brenston Buckner and injuries to and have left the a little lighter inside. The will counter with on the ground. McAllister won't have to worry about Morgan cutting him off at the flanks, but expect to shadow him throughout the game.

Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. ET

Matchup to watch: vs.
The are playing a little more competitively these days. The key is beginning to establish a young core of players to build around. Raiola is one of those individuals who has made some improvements, especially in pass protection. He must continue to get stronger and also improve his overall technique. Raiola will have a tough matchup against this week. This should be quite a test for the young center to anchor himself against Brown.
Scout's sleepers, Week 10
1. , , DE: Poised to take control of the and put pressure on . 2. , , WR: Will have a big day in the passing game if he can get the right matchups. 3. , , RB: Does linebacker have a chance? 4. , , WR: McAddley has become a factor a lot quicker than any scouts projected. He displays the tools to make plays. 5. , , DE: Heating up and looking to take advantage of an injury-ravaged line.

N.Y. at Minnesota, 1 p.m. ET

Matchup to watch: vs. *
The have been very pleased with the performance of in the pivot. Bober has done a credible job from a mental and physical standpoint. But he'll face a tough test against the most active of the , . Hovan is a relentless specimen and is one of the few players on the ' defense that gets things done. (* — Hovan tweaked his back late in the week and is questionable for Sunday's game. )

Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. ET

Matchup to watch: Atlanta's passing game vs. Baltimore's passing game
Atlanta has played some competitive football this season and now faces a strong road test at Pittsburgh. The struggle against the deep passing game. That's where the will attack. Unfortunately, the don't have a true deep threat. They could get a few balls thrown downfield by looking toward . They may also include to get some production out of the tight end position.

Seattle at Arizona, 4 p.m. ET

Matchup to watch: vs.
has played a big part in Arizona's sudden success against the run. He's a big presence with excellent strength to tie up blockers. Look for him to give and some problems. If can get going on the ground, it gives Seattle an opportunity to run some play-action. That's where the could truly beat Arizona. could give the a lot of problems through the air.

Washington at Jacksonville, 4 p.m. ET

Matchup to watch: vs.
The have been having trouble getting their passing game going in recent weeks. has struggled to find any rhythm, and now the offensive line is hurting. But the biggest problem is that hasn't been able to carry them. Smith doesn't get any separation from defenders; he may have lost a step. It's going to be tough for Smith to get open against the duo of and .

Scout's spotlight

, Atlanta, wide receiver has quietly been developing over the past few years after arriving in the NFL as a raw pass-catcher. But Finneran shows flashes of becoming a late-blooming -style wide receiver with his size and physical tools. His strength creates some matchup problems for opposing cornerbacks, but needs to become a little more polished and consistent. He doesn't have great speed and isn't overly quick, but he can be deceptive downfield if teams aren't paying attention. At this point, Finneran is a solid complementary type, but plays a bigger role in Atlanta because they lack ideal talent in the passing game.

More thoughts

  • There have been many whispers in Baltimore that Brian Billick will stick with rather than at quarterback if the remain lurking just outside the playoff hunt. Billick feels the can make a push into that final wild-card spot. Billick is comfortable with Blake's experience and ability to make plays downfield in the passing game. Blake has had some very productive runs during his career. The downfall is that Blake can be erratic at times and creates too many turnovers.
  • It makes me cringe when I hear Wade Phillips' name as a head-coaching candidate again. I knew the day Phillips was hired in Atlanta as defensive coordinator that it was a given that he would position himself for the head job in Atlanta. Phillips has won over owners as a defensive coordinator. But that's what he is — a good defensive coordinator. His teams as a head coach were competitive but nothing more than first-round playoff material at best. I don't feel Phillips is the ideal candidate to build a championship program.
  • The rumbles have been loud throughout the New York ' organization. Many people on the football side of operations are a little put off by owner Woody Johnson's outrage right now. The players feel they were being hung out to dry by asking to take paycuts. In terms of football administration, it will be interesting to see how things shake out. If any high-level officials should be nervous, it should be personnel man Terry Bradway and offensive coordinator Paul Hackett.
  • The Arizona are quietly concerned about center . He's very questionable for this week's game against Seattle with a sore right knee, and they feel the veteran center could be on the verge of breaking down completely in the near future. He's been also playing with a very bad back.
  • If there is one player that the Dallas need to replace it is offensive lineman . Page is among many problems for the . Many lineman are upset with the new blocking schemes brought by offensive coordinator Bruce Coslet, but Page's attitude has always been poor. He's a very skillful lineman, but he's a waste of a roster space for the . He's showing a very poor effort on the field and has no competitive fire. If Dallas wants to return to the Super Bowl one day, do you think that can happen with someone like manning the trenches? Not a chance. Brian DeLucia is a respected college and pro personnel consultant around the NFL. Formerly a consultant with, and currently a contributor for, Brian heads into his third season with providing commentary around the NFL and NFL Draft.
  • Tagged: Falcons, Cowboys, Broncos, Lions, Packers, Colts, Vikings, Saints, Giants, Seahawks, Redskins, Panthers, Jaguars, Ravens, Cardinals, Steelers, Chargers, Alge Crumpler, Brian Finneran, Dominic Raiola, Chris Hovan, Jeff Blake, Deuce McAllister, Drew Brees, Robbie Tobeck, Champ Bailey, Fred Smoot, Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith, Chris Redman

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