Miami @ Houston
Miami (4-3) and Houston (4-3) are headed in opposite directions. The Dolphins started the season 3-0 but have lost three of their last four. The Texans started the season with three ugly losses. A 20-7 win over Jacksonville last week gave Houston the AFC South lead. And, the Texans play at home this week…on Thursday night…on national TV… Houston 29, Miami 25.
Philadelphia @ Jacksonville
A defending Super Bowl champion and an AFC Championship game participant last season. Both are now in danger of not making it back to the postseason. Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles was benched last week in a loss to Houston. Philadelphia has lost three of its last four games and can’t afford too many more. They still face Dallas and Washington twice and have games with 5-1 New Orleans and the 6-0 Rams later this season. The Jags have lost the last two to Philadelphia. Make it three… Philadelphia 28, Jacksonville 17.
New York Jets @ Chicago
The Bears just couldn’t quite pull it out last week. QB Mitchell Trubisky hit Kevin White inside the five-yard line on the final play of a 38-31 loss to New England. White was stopped short of the goal line. Chicago welcomes the Jets to Soldier Field. The Bears have won four straight over the Jets and have not lost to New York at Soldier Field since 1997… Chicago 28, NY Jets 19.
Tampa Bay @ Cincinnati
Just a few weeks ago, the Bengals were 4-1 and looking like they might take over supremacy in the AFC North. Then, the Steelers beat them in the final seconds and Kansas City brought Cincy back to reality last week in 45-10 drubbing. Now 4-3, the Bengals face another enigma in Tampa Bay. The Bucs won two big games – New Orleans & Philadelphia – to open the season then dropped three straight. Last week, they beat the Browns. With no running game (31st in the NFL) and a porous defense (32.7 points per game, last in the NFL), the Bucs lose this one… Cincinnati 30, Tampa Bay 28.
Seahawks @ Detroit
The Seahawks got a week off to prepare for the Lions who have won three of their last four games to move to 3-3. Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards in last week’s win over Miami. The Seahawks have had plenty of success running the ball this year with Chris Carson (352 yards). The Detroit defense gives up 27.4 points a game, 25th in the league. The Lions have beaten Seattle just once in the six tries. Detroit will find a way to lose this one… Seattle 28, Detroit 24.
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Denver @ Kansas City
The Chiefs (6-1) have beaten Denver six times in a row now. That includes a 27-23 victory in Denver in the Chiefs’ fourth game of the season. Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes established another record when he threw his 22nd touchdown pass in a 45-10 win over Cincinnati last week. It’s the most touchdown passes by a quarterback in his first eight NFL games. He only threw one in the last game against Denver. Won’t matter how many he throws this time… Kansas City 37, Denver 28.
Washington @ New York Giants
The Redskins are in first place in the NFC East after two consecutive wins over Carolina and Dallas. The Giants (1-5) are just bad. They have lost three straight. The Giants are 27th in the league in rushing, 27th in scoring offense, and 26th in scoring defense. Washington’s defense held Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott to just 33 yards last week… Washington 27, NY Giants 20.
Cleveland @ Pittsburgh
Quick. When is the last time the Browns won in Pittsburgh? Give up? That would be 2003, a span that includes 30 games. In those 30 games, Cleveland has just three wins. The two teams played to a 21-21 tie in Week 1 this season. The Steelers had last week off. There will be no tie this time around… Pittsburgh 31, Cleveland 17.
Baltimore @ Carolina
The Ravens and Panthers have only played each other five times. Carolina holds a 3-2 lead in the series, but Baltimore has won the last two (2010, 2014). Ravens kicker Justin Tucker missed his first career extra point last week and Baltimore lost by one to New Orleans. Carolina scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to record a come-from-behind win over Philadelphia. Ravens win their third straight in this series in a tight one… Baltimore 21, Carolina 20.
Indianapolis @ Oakland
The Raiders had a bye to get ready for Indianapolis. The Colts beat up on the hapless Bills holding them to just five points last week. Indy also showed it could run the football gaining 220 yards on the ground against Buffalo. The Raiders? Well, at 1-5 they just aren’t very good. The defense gives up 29.3 points a game, 28th in the league. That’s not good… Indianapolis 33, Oakland 30.
Green Bay @ Los Angeles Rams
The Rams put their 7-0 mark on the line hosting Green Bay this Sunday. The Packers have beaten the Rams in five straight, but the two teams haven’t played since 2015 when the Rams were in St. Louis. These are not the same Rams. They have the best rushing offense in the NFL (151.3 yards per game) and score 33.6 points per game (3rd in the league). The defense is just as good allowing only 18.3 points per game (4th). Plus, the Rams are at home…in Los Angeles… LA Rams 34, Green Bay 28.
San Francisco @ Arizona
The two lowest-scoring teams in the league last week meet in Week 8. The Cardinals have the NFL’s worst offense averaging just over 220 yards of offense per game. The 49ers aren’t much better, but they do have the NFL’s third-ranked running game. The Niners give up almost 30 points a game and the Arizona defense checks in at No. 22 giving up 26.3. In a yawner… San Francisco 20, Arizona 19.
New Orleans @ Minnesota
The Saints and Vikings are the two teams that can challenge the Rams for the NFC title this season. New Orleans has won five straight and QB Drew Brees is rewriting the NFL record book in the process. The Vikings’ Adam Thielen is the NFL’s best receiver. The Saints have one of the NFL’s best offenses. New Orleans has lost the last two times it has played in Minnesota (2017, 2018), including last year’s divisional playoff game. Advantage home team… Minnesota 33, New Orleans 31.
New England @ Buffalo
The Patriots did it again scoring 38 points for the fourth week in a row in a win over Chicago. The Belichick-Brady combo has won four straight after starting 1-2. This week, they will face Buffalo, which has forgotten where the end zone is. Heading into last week’s loss to Indianapolis, the Bills were averaging and NFL-worst 12.7 points. They managed just five against the Colts. Ouch… New England 38, Buffalo 16.
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2018 NFL Football Season
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Miami @ New England
The Miami offense exploded last week for 44 points. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was nearly perfect going 18-of-19 for 282 yards and four touchdowns against Houston. Lamar Miller rushed for 175 yards on 14 carries. Can they do it again against the Patriots? Highly unlikely even though the Dolphins are playing much better… New England 35, Miami 21.
Detroit @ Kansas City
The Lions are absolutely abysmal. Detroit held a 17-6 lead late in the third quarter against Minnesota last week. Then, they did what the Lions do and squander that lead and lose 28-19. Detroit is now 1-6 on the season and on its way to a top five draft pick. It will only get worse this week against a Chiefs team that just beat Pittsburgh… Kansas City 23, Detroit 14.
Tampa Bay @ Atlanta
What could possibly be worse than blowing a 24-0 lead and losing 31-30? Having to play the 6-1 Atlanta Falcons the following week. Head coach Lovie Smith’s Buccaneers let Washington QB Kirk Cousins lead the Redskins to a come-from-behind victory. Tampa Bay is giving up 30 points a game and now faces Falcons QB Matt Ryan and one of the league’s top-scoring offenses… Atlanta 34, Tampa Bay 17.
San Francisco @ St. Louis
Is there an offense worse than the Rams? Yes, there is. That would be the 49ers. The league’s two most anemic offenses will square off in an NFC West Division match up. The two teams seem to be headed in opposite directions. San Francisco mustered just three points in a loss to Seattle last week, while St. Louis beat Cleveland 24-6. Look for Rams RB Todd Gurley to have a big day… St. Louis 24, San Francisco 10.
NY Giants @ New Orleans
The Saints are riding a two-game winning streak and a win over the NFC East leading would help New Orleans as they try and turn around their season. Quarterback Drew Brees is still one of the game’s elite passers and has thrown for 1,871 yards thus far. His touchdown numbers are down, but Brees just doesn’t have the type of receiving threats he has been accustomed to having. The Giants got a big win over Dallas last week but the Saints may sneak up on them… New Orleans 28, NY Giants 27.
Minnesota @ Chicago
The Vikings just keep finding ways to win games. Trailing Detroit 14-3 last week, head coach Mike Zimmer dialed up the pressure on Lions QB Matthew Stafford. The result was a 28-19 victory to move Minnesota to 4-2 on the season. The Bears aren’t much better than the Lions. In fact, Detroit’s only win of the season is over the Bears. Don’t expect any surprises in Chicago… Minnesota 27, Chicago 10.
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh
It’s a classic AFC North battle when the Bengals head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Cincinnati is unbeaten thus far this season but is only 6-17 against Pittsburgh when facing QB Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers starter will return Sunday from an injury that sidelined him the past five weeks. Cincy’s Andy Dalton is one of the hottest QBs in the league. He’ll run into the Steel Curtain Sunday… Pittsburgh 28, Cincinnati 24.
NY Jets @ Oakland
The Jets are among the early surprises this season and despite last week’s close loss to New England, are still a team with definite playoff possibilities. With the league’s third best running game (136.5 yards per game) and fourth best scoring defense (17.5 points a game), the Jets will be a tough order for the Raiders. Oakland only lost to Denver by six points and upset San Diego last week. Don’t expect the same results against the Jets… NY Jets 24, Oakland 21.
Seattle @ Dallas
The Seahawks may finally be finding their way. Or, they may just be finding their way against the league’s worst teams. Seattle’s three wins are over Detroit, Chicago, and San Francisco. None of those teams has more than two wins. Enter Dallas at 2-4 and struggling without starting QB Tony Romo. The Seahawks defense is starting to come around… Seattle 21, Dallas 17.
Green Bay @ Denver
An early Super Bowl preview? Probably not, but both teams are 6-0 on the season and the Packers get wide receiver Davante Adams back from injury. Aaron Rodgers has picked up where he left off last season with 1,491 passing yards and 15 touchdowns already. While Peyton Manning has been erratic, he has still been good enough to win games. Denver will have wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and defense end DeMarcus Ware ready to play Sunday night. At home, go with the Broncos… Denver 34, Green Bay 31.