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.
Last week, your resident expert went 10-5, and is sitting at 57-35 on the year. It was a tough week.
Chicago Bears (1-5) @ Green Bay Packers (3-2)
The Packers are struggling, but not near as bad as Chicago is right now. It’s getting ugly on defense for the Bears, but Rodgers is really struggling. I don’t know if things can get much worse, and he’s got to figure it out soon, right? The Bears secondary on a short week seems like the right time.
Prediction: Packers 28-17
New York Giants (3-3) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-3)
The Rams crashed back down to earth and the Giants just picked up some steam. The defense of the Rams was looking pretty gassed in their last game, which isn’t a good thing seeing as New York looked to figure it out. Call me crazy, though, I’m a Jeff Fisher believer in this one. I mean, he has to be over .500 to finish 9-7, right?
Prediction: Rams 21-20
New Orleans Saints (2-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
The Saints got an improbable win last week behind a monster day from Drew Brees. They’ll likely need this the rest of the way. And you can see why that won’t come this week, with Arrowhead a menacing place to take your talents. I mean look what it did to the Oakland attack a week ago.
Prediction: Chiefs 24-17
Indianapolis Colts (2-4) @ Tennessee Titans (3-3)
It’s full on panic time in Indy. The Texans are gaining confidence and speed, as they pull away from the division. Especially after last week, they need a win over Marcus Mariota and the newly potent Titans attack. There’s really no reason to go with Indy, but something about Andrew Luck tells me I can’t predict against him here.
Prediction: Colts 27-24
Minnesota Vikings (5-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
Every week I pick against the Vikings keeping things alive, and every week I’m wrong. The Eagles struggled mightily against the Redskins, and Carson Wentz is struggling. I think he’s back to the pack, and is rattled by pressure. The Vikings are going to bring plenty, and stay unbeaten.
Prediction: Vikings 24-21
Cleveland Browns (0-6) @ Cincinnati Bengals (2-4)
The Bengals got embarrassed by the Patriots, and are teetering toward must win territory. The Browns are still the Browns, and this feels like a bounceback game for Cincy. But I can easily see the Bengals losing this. Either way, I think Dalton and Green are too much to slow down with this secondary.
Prediction: Bengals 24-17
Washington Redskins (4-2) @ Detroit Lions (3-3)
The Redskins are back, and not a moment too late. The ‘Skins are in a dead heat with the Eagles and Cowboys for the division, which looks like a flip from the struggling one last year. The Lions are playing well on offense, and they’ll need a big day from Matt Stafford, which I actually see happening. Stafford nets a confidence win.
Prediction: Lions 27-21
Oakland Raiders (4-2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
It’s been a trying week for Oakland, coming off a loss and with rummages over the team possibly moving to Vegas. The Jaguars got things back on the right track by winning two in a row, and look for the third Sunday. A trip to Oakland fresh off a loss isn’t what you want, however, and I think the Raiders get back to winning.
Prediction: Raiders 31-28
Buffalo Bills (4-2) @ Miami Dolphins (2-4)
Hold everything, the Bills are streaking! Rex Ryan has the boys rolling, just when you though he was out the door. And the Dolphins are fresh off an upset over the Steelers. But that was minus Big Ben, and the defense is still plenty bad. The Bills should keep rolling this week, but they may keep with tradition and mess things up.
Prediction: Bills 24-20
Baltimore Ravens (3-3) @ New York Jets (1-5)
The Jets have gone nuclear, planting Geno Smith at QB for their date with the Ravens. Joe Flacco is also struggling, but not to the degree of Fitz. The Ravens should bypass the New York circus, and pick up a much needed confidence boost to get back above .500.
Prediction: Ravens 27-17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-5)
The Bucs got a week to rest up before taking the trip to the ailing 49ers. The defense has been bad for Chip Kelly’s squad, and will probably get worse before it gets any better. We know the cupboard is bare, and here’s a prime chance for Jameis to prove he can win games like this with expectations.
Prediction: Bucs 24-20
San Diego Chargers (2-4) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-2)
The Chargers finally got a close win, and the Falcons got about as close of a loss as you could possibly have. No one has shut down the Ryan-Jones connection yet this year, and the Chargers don’t seem like the defense to do it. Still, this feels like a Falcons let down game, and Philip Rivers is the guy to do it. Upset pick!
Prediction: Chargers 24-21
New England Patriots (5-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)
The Steelers got bad news with Big Ben’s injury, and now Landry Jones takes over. This isn’t good, as the offense stagnated without Ben in the lineup, and the Patriots in New England is not what you want when you’ve got issues. This one may not be close, but I hope it is.
Prediction: Patriots 28-17
Seattle Seahawks (4-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
Well, not quite as big a game as we had hoped in the start of the season, but still important. The Seahawks are close to running away with the division, while the Cardinals are trying to bring them back to the pack. The offense in Arizona is rolling lately, and I’m not convinced the Seahawks are unbeatable with that offense.
Prediction: Cardinals 21-20
Houston Texans (4-2) @ Denver Broncos (4-2)
The Broncos are free-falling with the subpar play of the QB Trevor Siemian, and the Texans are streaking with some quality wins. The Colts win last week was emotional for Bill O’Brien and his players, but the offense is far from unstoppable. I think Denver figures it out this weeks, and sends the Texans down a peg.
Prediction: Broncos 27-24