The Packers won for the fourth time this season at Lambeau Field. Green Bay (4-4-1) has yet to win a road this season. Seattle desperately needs a win to stay alive in the NFC playoff race. CenturyLink Field is one of the toughest places to play in the NFL and the Seahawks now have the NFL’s No. 1 running game after rushing for 273 yards in a loss to the Rams. Seattle at home… Seattle 29, Green Bay 27.
It’s hard to figure out these Cowboys. Last week, Ezekiel Elliott ran wild on a very good Philadelphia defense. But, these are the same Cowboys that scored just 16 points against Houston a few weeks back. Atlanta is in a similar situation. They won three straight then lost to the Browns. Flip a coin on this one. The Falcons are at home and have beaten Dallas the last three times the two teams have played… Atlanta 28, Dallas 20.
The Lions just can’t seem to get anything right. They gave up another six sacks in a loss to the Bears. Carolina is headed for the postseason despite being blown out (52-21) by Pittsburgh last week. Detroit often wins games that it isn’t supposed to. They are playing at home. It’s a potential upset… Detroit 24, Carolina 17.
The AFC South is a mess. Tennessee decided to beat the Patriots last week to move to 5-4 while Indianapolis held on to beat Jacksonville 29-26. The Colts, who have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, are 4-5 and still have a shot at winning the division. They need a win over Tennessee to prove they can get there. The Titans won both games against Indy last year and have a superior defense… Tennessee 35, Indianapolis 24.
How do accumulate 501 yards of total offense and score just three points? Ask Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter. He called plays last week while the Bucs lost to the Redskins. The Bucs should have success against a below average Giants defense. New York, 1-7 before last Monday’s game with the 49ers, also has one of the poorer offenses in the league... Tampa Bay 30, NY Giants 20.
The Texans (6-3) and Redskins (6-3) each lead their respective divisions. Both are strong defensively. Washington is fourth in the NFL in scoring defense (19.4) and gave up just a field goal last week. Houston has won six straight including last week’s 19-17 victory on the road in Denver. With a depleted secondary, Houston might have a tough time with the Redskins offense… Washington 17, Houston 14.
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This year’s Steelers-Jags game will be nothing like last year’s two games. The Steelers have won five straight while the Jags have lost five in a row. Jacksonville has had a hard time finding the end zone until last week. They rolled up 414 yards against Indianapolis but trailed 29-0 before falling short 29-26. Pittsburgh (6-2-1) is much better than Indy… Pittsburgh 48, Jacksonville 20.
It’s a typical AFC North smash-mouth football matchup in Baltimore on Sunday. Both the Bengals and the Ravens are still alive in the race for a wild card. The Bengals have won the last two against Baltimore including a 34-23 win over the Ravens in September. Cincinnati got pounded by New Orleans last week while the Ravens had a bye. The week off may be the difference… Baltimore 27, Cincinnati 24.
These are two of the worst teams in the NFL right now. The only thing either has to play for is draft positioning. The Cardinals do have a pair of victories though. Both are over San Francisco, another of the league’s worst. The pillow fight of the year goes to… Arizona 22, Oakland 16.
The Chargers (7-2) are for real and the Broncos are fading. Denver (3-6) has won once in its last seven games and that win was against a Cardinals team that is just 2-7. The Chargers are strong defensively and have one of the better running games in the NFL (127.1 yards per game, 7th). The Broncos lost starting center Matt Paradis for the season. Can it get any worse? LA Chargers 33, Denver 17.
The Eagles (4-5) are in a bind. They are going to need to right the ship if they are going to make it back to the playoffs. The problem is they face the NFL’s best team right now in New Orleans this week and still have remaining games with the Rams, Texans, and Redskins all of which are division leaders. The lack of a running game hurts, but Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense will hurt worse… New Orleans 34, Philadelphia 24.
The Vikings had an extra week to prepare for the Bears who beat Detroit 34-22 last week. A Minnesota win moves the Vikings into first place in the NFC North. A Chicago win puts the Bears a step closer to a division title. Minnesota has won the last three straight and six of the last seven in the series. This is a different Bears team though and they’re playing at home… Chicago 20, Minnesota 17.
It’s the game of the week and possibly the game of the season when the Chiefs meet the Rams on Monday night. Two of the highest scoring offenses will likely put on a show, but in the end it’s the team with the better defense that will win. The Chiefs are 29th in total defense… LA Rams 35, Kansas City 34.
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2018 NFL Football Season
Tennessee @ Jacksonville
In what appeared to be a battle for the No. 1 draft pick, Jacksonville went ahead and beat the Ravens last week, 22-20, to move to 3-6 on the season. Tennessee fell to the unbeaten Carolina Panthers one week after beating New Orleans 34-28 for their second win of the season. The Titans offense is terrible. The Jags aren’t much better, but they are at home… Jacksonville 18, Tennessee 15.
Oakland @ Detroit
Is it possible that the Lions can win two in a row? No one in their right mind thought they would beat Green Bay at Lambeau Field, but that is exactly what they did last week for the first time since 1991. Detroit welcomes a Raiders team that is up and down. They were down a week ago in a loss to Minnesota. Oakland will be up this week… Oakland 37, Detroit 34.
Indianapolis @ Atlanta
For the past six seasons, Atlanta has won every time after a bye week. The Colts, while still leading the AFC South despite a 4-5 record, appear to be improving finally. They beat Denver prior to their bye week. Don’t expect the Colts to stop the Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones… Atlanta 33, Indianapolis 28.
Tampa Bay @ Philadelphia
It was just a matter of time before Eagles QB Sam Bradford suffered an injury. While not a season-ending injury, Bradford will likely miss this game against the Bucs, who beat Dallas last week when QB Jameis Winston scored late in the fourth quarter. Can Mark Sanchez give Philadelphia a chance? At home, anything is possible… Philadelphia 22, Tampa Bay 17.
Denver @ Chicago
The Broncos fell for the second straight week after starting the season 7-0. Denver lost 29-13 to the Chiefs in a game where Peyton Manning was benched in favor of Brock Osweiler. Manning suffered a foot injury and his status is uncertain. The Bears have won two in a row, road games at San Diego and St. Louis. Can they pull the upset? It’s not Manning and offense that make Denver go; it’s the defense… Denver 24, Chicago 10.
Dallas @ Miami
The Cowboys have not won since Tony Romo broke his collarbone. Romo has missed seven games, all Dallas losses. Miami has been up and down since firing Joe Philbin as head coach. The Dolphins can keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a win… Miami 22, Dallas 20.
Washington @ Carolina
The Redskins put up 47 points in a big win over New Orleans last week but now face a Carolina defense that is much better than the Saints. QB Kirk Cousins will face a fierce pass rush and the running game, led by Alfred Morris (404 yards), will find the going tough. Stopping QB Cam Newton and RB Jonathan Stewart will be too much for Washington… Carolina 27, Washington 13.
Kansas City @ San Diego
The Chiefs are turning their season around. After dropping five in a row, head coach Andy Reid’s team now has won three in a row. The Chiefs have beaten contenders too, beating Pittsburgh 23-13 and Denver 29-13 on the road last week. San Diego is 2-7 and has lost four in a row. The Chargers losing streak can be blamed on a defense that has a hard time stopping anybody… Kansas City 28, San Diego 21.
Green Bay @ Minnesota
It’s hard to believe that Green Bay has lost three games in a row. That the Packers lost to Detroit at home is even more incredible than the fact that Minnesota sits atop the NFC North Division. It’s hard to see Green Bay losing four in a row, but the Minnesota defense might be the best QB Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have seen… Minnesota 19, Green Bay 17.
Cincinnati @ Arizona
The weekend’s most intriguing matchup happens in Arizona where the 7-2 Cardinals face currently 8-0 Cincinnati. Bengals QB Andy Dalton is enjoying his best season as a pro. He has thrown 18 touchdown passes and just four interceptions. The Cardinals have the league’s top scoring offense. This should be interesting… Arizona 31, Cincinnati 30.
Buffalo @ New England
A last-second field goal kept the Patriots unbeaten at 9-0. This week, they will take on a feisty Buffalo team that needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive. New England will be without WR Julian Edelman too. Edelman suffered a foot injury and will likely miss the rest of the regular season. It shouldn’t matter this week… New England 38, Buffalo 21.