Ismael Diaz 30-17
Nick LoPrinzi 27-20
Joe Toscano 27-20
New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The highest Vegas total on the week goes to this game. The Patriots will be involved in a shootout, yet again. They have the #1 offense, but the #32 defense. Tom Brady is playing like an MVP, but he needs his defense to step it up. The Buccaneers are getting Doug Martin back this week, after he missed the first three weeks due to suspension. The Patriots will have a tough time stopping Mike Evans, while the Bucs will not stop Rob Gronkowski. However, Brady is the x-factor.
Score: Patriots 35, Buccaneers 30
Yes, the Patriots are struggling and are on the road on a short week. But, I can’t see them going under .500.
Score: Patriots 35, Buccaneers 28
Another week filled by surprising results, one being the Pats losing at home against the Panthers. The Bucs however squeaked by win a 2 point win against the Giants. This could possibly be another week full of upsets and close games. The Pats defense have been absolutely been atrocious, surrendering over 300+ passing yards in each of their first 4 games. I see them turning a page here, maybe still allowing 300+ passing yards, but not letting them score at will like they have been lately. It’ll be close, but Brady will find a way to expose that young secondary of the Bucs and will grab a win in Tampa.
Score: Patriots 30, Buccaneers 27
Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bills are coming off a very impressive win against the Atlanta Falcons last week. The Bills are allowing the least amount of points per game, while the Bengals are not far behind as they are allowing the 3rd least amount of points per game. Safe to say this is going to be a low scoring affair. The Key for both teams is going to be their rushing attacks. Jeremy Hill, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard have not looked very good for the Bengals. LeSean McCoy has not looked great either, but he is the more talented back.
Score: Bills 17, Bengals 13
I’m not buying that the Bills are an elite team. The Bengals are not so great either, but they are at home.
Score: Bengals 23, Bills 19
Bills pulled out another upset, this time beating the Falcons in Atlanta. The Bengals are heading into the right direction in terms of their offense, but it hasn’t been much to talk about. I see LeSean McCoy having a big game here for the Bills, helping the Bills get a win in Cincy.
Score: Bills 27, Bengals 24
New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns
Talk about an ugly game. Both offenses are scoring less than 20 points per game, but both defenses are giving up at least 23 points per game. The Jets had a dynamic rushing attack last week with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. These two combined for 256 rushing yards, 75 receiving yards, 6 receptions and two touchdowns. However, the Browns are 8th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game and even though the Jets have been dreadful against the run, the Browns cannot run the ball. Therefore, I think this game will come down to quarterback play. I cannot believe I’m saying this, but I trust Josh McCown more than DeShone Kizer. Kizer has already thrown 8 interceptions and the Jets are 7th in the league in passing yards allowed.
Score: Jets 23, Browns 18
I thought this would be a battle of winless teams. One of them actually has hope.
Score: Jets 21, Browns 17
Anyone expect the Jets to beat the Jaguars last week after what the Jags did a week before against the Ravens in London? I sure didn’t, but I expect the Browns to lose against the Bengals last week. Can the Browns get their first win at home against the Jets? I’ll say no. I think the Jets run all over the Browns D and will stifle Kizer enough to slow them down. Jets win this one.
Score: Jets 28, Browns 23
Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions
I am not fully sold on Cam Newton‘s ability this year. He had a great game against the Patriots, but their defense has looked horrendous. Matthew Stafford has not performed up to his ability yet either, but the Lions look like the real deal as a whole. Ameer Abdullah finally came alive with 20 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown last week against a very good Vikings defense. The pass defense needs to improve for the Lions, but they have been very good against the run. Playing in Detroit gives the Lions the advantage.
Score: Lions 17, Panthers 13
Are the Panthers back? Maybe, maybe not. I’m not buying that the Lions are an elite team.
Score: Panthers 21, Lions 20
Lions scored just 14 points last week and still managed to beat the Vikings on the road. Their defense seems to be more tougher than I anticipated, although still having some flaws. Cam Newton had a break-out game last week, think we see a small percentage of that in a losing effort. I’ll take Stafford and the Lions here.
Score: Lions 30, Panthers 23
San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts
I said the Jets and Browns game will be ugly, but this will be the ugliest game of the week. Two teams who are just playing atrocious football. Both teams are towards the end of the league in every offensive category. The difference for the two is their defense. The Colts are real, real bad on the defensive end. The 49ers are right in the middle of the pack on the defensive side of the ball. Carlos Hyde will have a huge game if he suits up Sunday and Brian Hoyer will be serviceable enough to get the job done.
Score: 49ers 28, Colts 20
Both teams are just awful. The Colts have the edge because they’re at home.
Score: Colts 25, 49ers 19
The Niners lost a close one in OT against the Cardinals and have lost the last 3 games by a combined 9 points. The Colts, on the other hand, got mauled on the road against the Seahawks on Sunday night football. I just don’t trust the niners defense against the few weapons the Colts have, including Frank Gore and T.Y. Hilton. Jacoby Brissett should easily get down the field and give them a chance to put up some points, leading to a win at home.
Score: Colts 26, 49ers 21
Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins
Will Marcus Mariota play? That will be a huge factor. The Dolphins scored 6 points against the Jets, then got shutout by the Saints! Jay Cutler looks like he just robbed money from the Dolphins and Jay Ajayi looks like he has lost his magic from last year, or he may be hurt. The Titans defense has been atrocious. They are allowing 31.5 points per game! However, the Dolphins offense has been just as bad as they are only scoring 8.3 points per game. Oh boy. This is going to come down to Titans offense vs. Dolphins defense. I think Mariota will play and lead his team to victory.
Score: Titans 20, Dolphins 17
It won’t help the Titans that Marcus Mariota probaby won’t start. The Dolphins can’t be as bad as they’ve looked so far.
Score: Dolphins 28, Titans 13
Both the Titans and the Dolphins left Week 4 very unhappy with the results, with the Titans being man-handled by the Texans in Houston and the Dolphins getting shut-out by the Saints in London. I honestly don’t know which of those were more shocking. The Miami offense looks out of sync and have almost no rhythm and I think the Titans take advantage of that. I still see it ending in a close one, Mariota has his way in this game.
Score: Titans 28, Dolphins 20
Los Angeles Chargers vs. New York Giants
Well, I was wrong that both of these teams were not going to fall to 0-4. However, they play each other this week and someone has to win … Right? Eli Manning has actually played very well over the past two games. He has thrown for 654 yards and 5 touchdowns over those past two games. However, the drops between both Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham have not been helping. Neither team can run the ball, but neither team can defend the run. This is going to be another ugly game for these teams, but I think the Giants being on their home turf gives them the advantage.
Score: Giants 24, Chargers 23
The Dumpster Fire Bowl. Giants finally win a game.
Score: Giants 31, Chargers 23
A battle between two winless teams, who both are not your typical winless teams considering some of the talent they have. Giants lost another close one last week after fighting to stay in it. They go on to face another team with a struggling secondary, which is good for OBJ and company. I see the Chargers putting up a fight, but will end up losing by a TD.
Score: Giants 31, Chargers 24
Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Cardinals were lucky to squeak a win out last week against a bad 49ers team, while the Eagles are looking like one of the best teams in the NFC. After struggling to run the ball in their first two games, the Eagles have found a rushing attack with Wendell Smallwood and LeGarrette Blount and they now have the third most rushing yards per game. However, they cannot stop the pass and all the Cardinals offense can do is throw the ball. I think Carson Palmer is in for a big game and Arizona’s defense is good enough to shut down the Eagles well balanced attack.
Score: Cardinals 27, Eagles 24
I don’t buy that the Eagles are an elite team, but they are at home and Arizona has a long way to travel.
Score: Eagles 30, Cardinals 14
The Eagles have been playing some good football this season, their only loss coming from the Chiefs on the road. The Cardinals just don’t have it this year and wins will be hard to come by. I can see the Eagles defense keeping the Cards under 20 points, paving the way for their offense to have enough time to put up over 30.
Score: Eagles 31, Cardinals 17
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers started to look like the team we have all been waiting for last week. They dominated their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens. Le’Veon Bell rushed 35 times for 144 yards and two touch downs. On top of that, he added 4 receptions for 42 yards. The defense forced Joe Flacco to throw two interceptions, while forcing three fumbles all together. They only let the Ravens score 9 points. The Jaguars looked bad as they lost to the Jets in overtime. Blake Bortles looked horrible and they could not stop the run game at all, letting up big play after big play. The only bright spot for them was rookie running back, Leonard Fournette. Good luck trying to stop Bell this week, Jaguars.
Score: Steelers 30, Jaguars 20
The Jaguars look impressive so far, but they’re going to Pittsburgh and the Steelers are close to firing on all cylinders.
Score: Steelers 28, Jaguars 17
Roethlisberger + Heinz field usually equals good news for Steelers fans as he typically plays a lot better there. Le’Veon Bell looked like him old-self again and had a tremendous game. I see Big Ben and Bell both having big games, even playing that tough Jaguars defense.
Score: Steelers 30, Jaguars 20
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
I think this is going to be one of the best games this Sunday. Who would have though that at the beginning of the year? The Seahawks were losing to the Colts, 15-10, at halftime last week. However, they put up 38 points in the second half en route to an easy win. Russell Wilson scored three touchdowns in the second half, two passing and one rushing. If they start slow in the first half against the Rams, this game might be over quick. The Rams are easily an all around better team than the Colts and they are coming off an impressive win over the Cowboys in Dallas. Todd Gurley is looking unstoppable right now. He already has 7 total touchdowns and 626 total yards on the year. His biggest problem has been his 4 fumbles, he has to fix that if he wants to be the complete package. This is going to be a tight one in LA. I think Seattle’s tough D gives them the slight edge.
Score: Seahawks 20, Rams 17
There are a number of teams that are a suprise at 3-1. I don’t think the Rams can win this even though they’re at home.
Score: Seahawks 24, Rams 20
The Rams and Todd Gurley picked a win against the Cowboys last week, showing how good their offense can be. Seattle wasn’t really tested last week, but they surely will this week when they go to LA. The Rams just have looked better than the Seahawks and typically give them problems when they play them at home. Rams win by a field-goal.
Score: Rams 27, Seahawks 24
Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders
The loss of Derek Carr is huge for the Raiders. They were already having problems in the passing games as Amari Cooper has had a bad case of the drops, while Michael Crabtree cannot stay on the field. EJ Manuel is bad and Marshawn Lynch has not been impressive at all this year. The Raiders have also been gashed by the run allowing the 24th most rushing yards per game. They will be going up against the Ravens, who have no looked good lately, but they do have the 9th best rushing attack per league in terms of yards per game. I’m not sure if they will be able to stop Alex Collins and Javorius Allen.
Score: Ravens 17, Raiders 14
The Ravens have been exposed for having a horrible offense. Even though EJ Manuel is starting for Derek Carr, the Raiders will have no problems with this one.
Score: Raiders 29, Ravens 9
The Raiders took a big blow last night by not only losing for the 2nd straight week, this time on the road against Denver, but they also are losing Derek Carr for 2-4 weeks. They turn to EJ Manuel to help them get a win. The Ravens offense is just a ball of ugliness and I see Manuel putting up enough to win a low-scoring game.
Score: Raiders 20, Ravens 16
Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are beginning to get exposed week after week. Their offensive line is not as dominant as last year and that is their biggest problem. Their defense is not very good, besides Demarcus Lawrence. They are going to have a real tough time stopping Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers will have a tough time stopping Ezekiel Elliott. This game will come down to, who will stop who first. I think the Packers will stack the box and force Dak Prescott to throw it deep, which he will fail to do.
Score: Packers 33, Cowboys 28
This should be good. Even though it’s in Dallas, the Cowboys have a lot of problems and they’ll be exposed.
Score: Packers 38, Cowboys 23
Last time the Packers were in “Jerry World”, they pulled off a comeback win in the playoffs to end the Cowboys’ season. I see Rodgers exposing that piss-poor Dallas defense, with the help of Jordy Nelson. It’ll be another great game between these two teams with Green Bay coming out on top.
Score: Packers 30, Cowboys 27
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
Will the Chiefs be given their first loss of the year? Can the Texans stop Kareem Hunt? Hunt is averaging a whopping 7.38 yards per carry this year! That is incredible. The Texans defense has been very good this year. As a whole, they were tremendous last week in their dominant victory over the Titans. Can Deshaun Watson match that against the Chiefs this week? I think the Chiefs will force the Texans to use Lamar Miller more and he will struggle against a much better Chiefs defense. The Chiefs stay undefeated.
Score: Chiefs 28, Texans 23
Are the Chiefs for real? They’re looking great so far, but they have a short week and are on the road.
Score: Texans 19, Chiefs 17
The Chiefs are the only undefeated team in the NFL right now, and I think they’ll stay that way. Alex Smith is looking better than ever and Kareem Hunt is just a straight beast. Don’t think the Texans have the same success they did last week, and will fall short in this one.
Score: Chiefs 28, Texans 24
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
Reports have it that Sam Bradford is back at practice this week. That is a great sign for the Vikings and the extra day should allow Bradford to get back into game action this week. The Vikings have lost Dalvin Cook for the year, which is a huge loss. However, I think Latavius Murray is about to surprise a lot of people. Mitch Trubisky gets his first start against a superb Vikings defense on national TV on Monday Night Football. Tough spot for the rookie to be in in his first game out.
Score: Vikings 24, Bears 17
How will the Vikings cope without Dalvin Cook? How will Mitch Trubisky do in his debut? The Vikings defense is tough, but there’s something about a quarterback making his debut.
Score: Bears 24, Vikings 23
The Vikings offense disappeared after they dominated the Bucs the week before and the Bears once again looked awful prompting them to make a QB change. The Vikings lost Dalvin Cook, but still have Latavius Murray who is good enough to start with them. The Vikings D will just not let rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky breathe, forcing him into a few mistakes. Low-scoring game on Monday night goes to Minnesota.
Score: Vikings 21, Bears 14
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