Five NFL matchups, and themes, worth watching in Week 10:
1. THE REPLACEMENTS: Denver Coach John Fox, recovering from heart surgery, will be replaced by defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is standing in for Houston Coach Gary Kubiak, who is recovering from a mini-stroke.
3. BOTTOM TO TOP: Three teams who currently own at least a share of first place in their divisions finished in last in 2012 — Detroit (5-3, NFC North), Kansas City (9-0, AFC West) and New Orleans (6-2, NFC South).
4. WHAT’S THE RUSH: San Francisco pass rusher Aldon Smith is expected to play against Carolina after spending the last five weeks in a treatment center. The Panthers are determined to prove they are playoff-worthy.
5. SOARING: Philadelphia has rediscovered its offense, and just in time for Sunday’s game at Green Bay. The Packers, meanwhile, will limp along without Aaron Rodgers (Seneca Wallace will start). At least they finally have a running game.