Minnesota Vikings (6-4) @ Detroit Lions (6-4)
The Vikings picked up a win last week, getting them in the win column that they needed in the worst way. Now, they’ll play their game of the season thus far, traveling to Michigan to get the Lions. The Lions offense is a tough challenge, and I believe in Matt Stafford at home. The Lions get this one.
Prediction: Lions 20-14
Washington Redskins (6-3-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (9-1)
The Redskins have rebounded from their bad start, and have a quarterback in Kirk Cousins that’s slinging it. Now they take the show on the road to Dallas, to try and put a dent in that big division lead. Still, betting against the Cowboys at home is a fools errand, and I just don’t think the Redskins defense is good enough yet.
Prediction: Cowboys 24-21
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
The Colts are trying to revive their season, with the offense around Andrew Luck playing better last week. But with him out this week, even an injured Big Ben should be favored in this one.
Prediction: Steelers 28-17
Tennessee Titans (5-6) @ Chicago Bears (2-8)
The Titans were looking like a team ready to turn the corner before their stumble against the Colts. Now, they’ll head into Chicago as favorites after falling down, but with a solid showing, they can get back into the division race. The Bears just don’t have the firepower.
Prediction: Titans 24-13
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) @ Buffalo Bills (5-5)
The Jags are firmly off the cliff, now out of the playoff race and looking to just save Gus Bradley’s tenure. Maybe that’s not the best thing, and the trip to New York won’t be forgiving. The Bills defense at home is stifling, and shouldn’t have much trouble against a hapless Jags offense.
Prediction: Bills 23-14
Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (5-5)
The Ravens dropped a winnable game last week, and could have started to shore up the division had they got it. Instead, they’re in a fight for survival. The Bengals could get back in the race with a win, as crazy as that sounds. And I think they can do it, and will.
Prediction: Bengals 24-20
Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1) @ Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
The Falcons are a couple losses away from panic mode, and now have the Cardinals coming to town. Good defenses have been able to stifle the offense, and the Cardinals will have Bruce Arians back from the hospital. Emotional win alert!
Prediction: Cardinals 24-21
New York Giants (7-3) @ Cleveland Browns (0-11)
The Giants offense is back, baby. And could be better than ever, with the passing game opening up more than it has under Eli Manning. The Browns are just a walking tragedy, and that secondary can’t stop this offense.
Prediction: Giants 31-17
Los Angeles Rams (4-6) @ New Orleans Saints (4-6)
The Jared Goff Experiment is on in LA, and he had a solid first start. But he needs some help, and the Saints defense is the perfect help. That secondary is awful, but the Saints offense is good enough to crack the Rams defense at home.
Prediction: Saints 24-17
San Francisco 49ers (1-9) @ Miami Dolphins (6-4)
The Dolphins are back. Well, that may not be fully accurate, seeing that they were never here. Either way, they are in great position to make the playoffs, but the key to being a playoff team is beating teams like this. This will probably be closer than expected, though.
Prediction: Dolphins 27-17
San Diego Chargers (4-6) @ Houston Texans (6-4)
The Chargers are fresh off the BYE, while the Texans are fresh off a really rough loss. And yet, the Chargers are really depleted, and a road trip to a pissed off Texans team isn’t the best idea for a win. This will be a shootout, and when you have that, trust the better defense.
Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)
The Bucs are in the thick of the playoff race, and get their next big test from the Seahawks. That’s not great, but the game should be relatively close being the long trip for Seattle. But the Bucs don’t have the talent to topple this defense.
Prediction: Seahawks 24-14
Carolina Panthers (4-6) @ Oakland Raiders (8-2)
The Raiders are just rolling, and the offense especially is playing really well. They get a home date with the Panthers, who are streaking in the last five weeks. The Panthers have a defense like the Texans, and a better offense. But a home game is too much for the Panthers here.
New England Patriots (8-2) @ New York Jets (3-7)
The Patriots haven’t looked quite the same in the last couple of weeks, struggling in the first half against the 49ers and the loss in Seattle. But the second half shows they are still the same dominant team, and the Jets are in a state of crisis. The Patriots pick up another win.
Prediction: Patriots 28-17
Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) @ Denver Broncos (7-3)
The marquee matchup for the weekend features the battle for the AFC West… second place. These two teams are playoff teams, and the battle of two top defenses will be a big time battle. And in those, favor the home team.
Prediction: Broncos 21-17
Green Bay Packers (4-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)
The Monday Night Football matchup features two teams fighting for their lives in the division. The Packers are struggling, with a defense and offense that haven’t gotten a solid game put together yet. The Eagles offense has fallen off a cliff, but a home game means an Eagles win.
Prediction: Eagles 27-24