Every week, we’ll look at the matchups of the week, and give our predictions for each of the games. If you’re a betting man…I’d take the opposite of these picks.
New Orleans Saints (4-5) @ Carolina Panthers (3-6)
It’s not been the best season for either of these guys, but the Saints at least are within arms reach of the Falcons. The Panthers are trying to be, and look to move back into the conversation for the division. The offense is too much for the Saints, and they won’t move the ball like the last time.
Prediction: Panthers 34-20
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5) @ Cleveland Browns (0-10)
The Steelers are on the way down, and that’s not where you want to be this late in the season. On the plus side, the Browns are way farther down, and that should mean they pick up a much needed win.
Prediction: Steelers 27-17
Baltimore Ravens (5-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (8-1)
The Ravens have taken over their division, and are shoring up the defense that they used to have when they were a serious contender in the AFC. The Cowboys are rolling, and picking against them at home isn’t very smart. Baltimore looks good, but there’s no slowing this offense right now.
Prediction: Cowboys 27-21
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7) @ Detriot Lions (5-4)
The Jaguars have struggled just about as much as they could be this far into the season, and all the hope for a page turning is pretty much gone. The Lions are the opposite, massively over exceeding expectations. I think Gus Bradley has lost the locker room in Jacksonville, and the Lions are too good at home.
Prediction: Lions 28-24
Tennessee Titans (5-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (4-5)
The Colts and the Titans are both fighting to keep pace with the Texans in the division, and the Colts are fighting for their life. They haven’t lost the division twice in a row in over a decade, and a loss Sunday would for sure put their season in jeopardy. Still, Marcus Mariota looks like the real deal. Upset time.
Prediction: Titans 27-24
Buffalo Bills (4-5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-5-1)
The Bills got to rest up over the last week, and hopefully get that defense straightened out. Meanwhile, the Bengals are pretty bad lately, unable to play consistent football. I don’t know who I trust least: this Bengals team or Rex Ryan on the road. I’m taking the Bengals here though.
Prediction: Bengals 17-10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)
Jameis Winston and company are trying to right the ship (no pun intended) and level things with the Falcons, but they’ve got a tall task in a road trip to KC. I’d be very surprised if they left Arrowhead with a win, or anything close to resembling one.
Prediction: Chiefs 24-10
Chicago Bears (2-7) @ New York Giants (6-3)
The Bears lost their only offensive weapon this week, and are left now with Jay Cutler and the practice squad. The Giants have hit their stride, and get the friendly confines of a home game with the Bears defense. Things are going to get worse for Chicago before they get better.
Prediction: Giants 27-17
Arizona Cardinals (4-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-4)
While the Vikings are struggling, the defense isn’t, so this should be a slugfest in the trenches. The Vikings are good at home, but the offense is struggling. These are two desperate teams, but I have more faith in Carson Palmer and the weapons of Arizona over the struggling Vikes.
Prediction: Cardinals 17-10
Miami Dolphins (5-4) @ Los Angeles Rams (4-5)
The red-hot Dolphins are trying to keep things going in a long road trip out west. The Rams are getting some life under center and looking to turn a new page. I like the Dolphins new offensive life, but going across country and facing a defense like that is a tough ask. And Jared Goff gets a chance to show out.
Prediction: Rams 21-17
New England Patriots (7-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-8)
Yeah, I could try and give some kind of preview of this, but you really just don’t want to watch what a pissed-off Patriot team does to this struggling Niners team.
Prediction: Patriots 31-10
Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-2)
The Carson Wentz experience got fresh blood Sunday, and will look to carry that against the Seahawks. They’ve been less stellar on the road, and traveling to Seattle is a tall task. It would be a big win for a young QB, but I just don’t see it currently.
Prediction: Seahawks 24-23
Green Bay Packers (4-5) @ Washington Redskins (5-3-1)
A week after calling out his team, Aaron Rodgers takes his show on the road to face a tough Redskins defense. The Redskins are turning into a complete team, and the Packers are trying to gain footing. Still, a part of me just doesn’t believe that the Packers are just going to fold down the stretch. Rodgers gets his bounce back game.
Prediction: Packers 27-24
Houston Texans (6-3) @ Oakland Raiders (7-2)
The Texans defense is going to do all it can to keep a rested Derek Carr from the endzone. They’ve struggled out wide defending, and the tandem from Oakland is the best at it. Houston will give them a fight, but I think the Raiders keep rolling.
Prediction: Raiders 24-21