Joe Toscano 74-42
Ismael Diaz 73-41
Nick LoPrinzi 69-47
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals just do not have the firepower on offense to beat this stout Seahawks’ D. Russell Wilson has been up and down so far this year, but I expect a solid game out of him, especially since they are yet to get their run game going.
Score: Seahawks 27, Cardinals 17
The Cardinals beat the 49ers with Drew Stanton, but this week they play a real team.
Score: Seahawks 33, Cardinals 17
I said it last week and I’ll say it this week, the TNF games are so wild and unpredictable. The Jets walked all over the Bills at home last Thursday night and exposed Buffalo of some of their flaws. I’m taking a gamble here picking the Seahawks to win by double digits on the road after a tough loss at home last week. At least they don’t have to travel far and are definitely the superior team. Doug Baldwin has been on a tear the last 4 weeks, so I expected him to have a big game in what should be a Seattle win.
Score: Seahawks 25, Cardinals 13
New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills are coming off a disappointing loss to the Jets last week, while the Saints are rolling right now. The Saints are changing their philosophy from what it used to be. Instead of relying solely on Drew Brees, they are letting their running backs and defense win them games. The Bills have yet to lose a game at home this season, but the Saints are 3-1 on the road. Buffalo’s passing defense has struggled this year and I expect Brees to break out big time in this one.
Score: Saints 30, Bills 20
The Saints have won 6 straight, but it’s going to be tough going into Buffalo and winning 7 in a row.
Score: Bills 28, Saints 26
The Saints are smoking hot while the Bills just came off a big loss against the Jets. This is a tough test for the Saints against a tough Bills D, but the Saints have played pretty good defense themselves the last few weeks. So I look at offense in this game, and I think the Saints just have a better all-around offense than the Bills do. This will be one of the closer games of the week, with the Saints escaping Buffalo with a win.
Score: Saints 27, Bills 24
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
A rivalry that is usually a must watch is going to be a huge disappointment this week. The Packers are without Aaron Rodgers and the Bears are without an entire offense. Mitch Trubisky is still struggling, but Jordan Howard has got it going lately. I think Howard runs all over the Packers’ 23rd ranked rushing defense this week.
Score: Bears: 20, Packers 14
This a battle of who has the worst quarterback. Brett Hundley wasn’t too bad, but the Packers are in trouble.
Score: Packers 17, Bears 12
Brett Hundley hasn’t done much of anything since he’s gone in for Aaron Rodgers, having not scored more than 17 points in 2 starts. He’s rendered basically everyone else on his offense useless, so a match-up at home against a underrated Bears defense won’t bode well for the Pack. The Bears have won 2 out of 4, losing 2 by a combined 10 points against the Saints and Vikings. I trust the Bears to take care of business in this game.
Score: Bears 24, Packers 13
Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions
Does a bye week help the Browns in getting their first win? Nope. Matthew Stafford is on fire in his past three games as he has thrown for 1,096 and 5 TDs in those games combined. The Browns weakness on the defensive side is their passing defense. Just does not look like a recipe for success for the Browns this week.
Score: Lions 33, Browns 13
The Lions almost beat the Steelers and beat the Packers in Green Bay. If they can get healthy, they can get on a roll.
Score: Lions 35, Browns 13
It’s simple. Browns on the road and against Matt Stafford who is loaded with weapons should equate to a blowout and a Browns loss.
Score: Lions 34, Browns 13
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts
Ugly. Blow out. Not going to even watch it. The Steelers are going to run away with this game. The Colts have not been able to stop any offense so far this year and they will be going up against one of the best in the league.
Score: Steelers 38, Colts 21
The Steelers are coming off a bye and have the best record in the AFC. Losing Andrew Luck has exposed a lot of problems with the Colts.
Score: Steelers 36, Colts 20
The Steelers are coming off a win on the road against the Lions and a bye week while the Colts pulled a road upset of the Deshaun Watson-less Texans. I think Big Ben just has his way through the air in this one and their defense does enough to prevent anyone on the Colts to have a big game.
Score: Steelers 31, Colts 17
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Neither team has been very successful against the run this year. The Chargers are letting up 135.1 rushing yards per game, while the Jags are letting up 124.9 rushing yards per game. Therefore, this game will come down to who runs the ball better. Looking at the offensive side the Jaguars have the best rushing attack in the league, while the Chargers are ranked 25th in the league with a measly 88.9 rushing yards per game.
Score: Jaguars 23, Chargers 17
Is it possible that the Jaguars can end up with one of the best records in the AFC? The Chargers are better than their record, but they’ll have a tough time in Jacksonville.
Score: Jaguars 18, Chargers 14
The Chargers have won 3 of 4, but I just don’t think they’re that special. On the other hand the Jags have also won 3 of 4, but they did that convincingly against the Bengals, Colts, and Steelers. I’m assuming Leonard Fournette is back for them this week and will have a big game while the Jags tough D will get to Philip Rivers and his receiving core quickly.
Score: Jaguars 28, Chargers 19
New York Jets vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ryan Fitzpatrick gets his revenge! Fitz is starting for the Bucs for the next couple of weeks due to Jameis Winston‘s shoulder injury. The Jets have been playing good football, but this game just smells fishy to me. I think this game winds up being very high-scoring, but Fitz and Doug Martin lead the rush. I know Mike Evans is out as well, but DeSean Jackson is not a WR to sleep on.
Score: Buccaneers 33, Jets 30
The Bucs losing Jameis Winston might be a blessing. Ryan Fitzpatrick gets revenge on his former team.
Score: Buccaneers 23, Jets 21
Two QBs who have a history of being reckless with the football and are facing their old squads face-off! What can go wrong?! Actually, Josh McCown has been very good the last few weeks and have guided the over-achieving Jets to a 4-5 record thus far. He’s facing a reeling Bucs team who lost Jameis Winston for a couple weeks because of his “shoulder” and Mike Evans due to suspension. That leaves Ryan Fitzpatrick to be at the helm and his primary weapons to be Doug Martin and DeSean Jackson, a couple of unreliable options. The Jets D have been great against the run and I think they do fine against the pass this game, can’t say the same for the Bucs who have been atrocious on both ends for the most part. I’m taking the Jets by double digits, even on the road.
Score: Jets 30, Buccaneers 17
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans
If the Bengals knew how to score the ball just a little bit then I would give them this game easily. The Titans have disappointed so far this year, but I think Marcus Mariota is finally back to being healthy. The Bengals have been elite against the pass this year, but have struggled against the rush a bit. The Titans have a two-headed monster in the backfield with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, not to mention Mariota can move as well. I expect a lot of read-options and confusion for the Bengals D.
Score: Titans 17, Bengals 13
I’m not sure what’s wrong with the Bengals this year, but they won’t fare well in Tennessee.
Score: Titans 27, Bengals 19
Both teams have won 3 of their last 5, but the Titans to me have looked better in that span. Other than AJ Green, who should be suspended IMO this week after his actions against the Jags last week, the Bengals don’t seem to have much going for them on offense and it will show against an improving Titans defense. Marcus Mariota hasn’t looked all too great this season, but I think he does enough here to grab a win.
Score: Titans 27, Bengals 20
Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
Washington pulled off and upset last week over the Seahawks, but they are too injury-plagued to keep that going. Case Keenum is having a career year, surprisingly. Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed are both questionable for this game as well. I think the Vikings defense is too good to lose to a depleted Redskins’ team.
Score: Vikings 23, Redskins 20
The Redskins looked very good going into Seattle and winning. Could they be on a roll?
Score: Redskins 26, Vikings 23
This is a tough one to call, as the Redskins are coming off a win on the road against Seattle and the Vikings have won 4 straight and are coming off a bye this week. I like the Vikings here just based on the fact that they seem have it figured out on defense, allowing less than 20 points in all 8 of their games this year, and are hot at the moment. I see Kirk Cousins struggling a bit in this one, leading to a Vikings win.
Score: Vikings 23, Redskins 21
Houston Texans vs. LA Rams
The Texans proved last week how important Deshaun Watson was to their success. Their defense has not been as good since J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus have gone down. On the other hand, the Rams have the highest-scoring offense in all of football. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley are absolutely on fire right now.
Score: Rams 38, Texans 17
The Texans are in bad shape in many areas, especially at quarterback. This could be ugly.
Score: Rams 35, Texans 17
Texans looked quite ugly last week with Tom Savage back at QB and now have to face a red-hot Rams team and their tough defense. Jared Goff and Robert Woods have been a match made in heaven the last few weeks and I see them continuing this dynamic stretch with each other this week. I’m taking the Rams with a lot of confidence here.
Score: Rams 28, Texans 17
Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons
So, no Ezekiel Elliott this week. So we think. The Falcons are really struggling this year, but they are home in this one against a Zeke-less Cowboys team. Can Dak Prescott carry this team without his partner in the backfield? We will see, but I think this week without Zeke will hurt the Cowboys.
Score: Falcons 27, Cowboys 24
The Falcons are at a crossroads – if they lose this, they might not make the playoffs. They’ll find a way to win.
Score: Falcons 34, Cowboys 30
The Falcons were a disappointment last week after losing to the Panthers while the Cowboys have had back to back good wins against the Redskins on the road and the Chiefs at home. As of Thursday, the Cowboys seem to be losing Zeke again due to suspension, but even if they do they’re in good hands against a Falcons defense that has had a tough time this year against running backs especially pass-catching RBs. The Cowboys defense is looking better right now and I think they can put up points against Atlanta fairly easy.
Score: Cowboys 28, Falcons 24
New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers
Two of the worst teams in all of football facing off. This is either going to be a high-scoring game or neither team will be able to move the ball. I’m leaning towards the no one is going to move the ball side. The Giants locker room is an absolute mess right now, but I think their defense wants to prove that they still have their coach’s back. I think that’s a lie, but they’ll step it up for just this week before going back into hiding.
Score: Giants 17, 49ers 13
Finally the 49ers win one! They have hope after acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo and the Giants have quit.
Score: 49ers 23, Giants 13
What team has looked almost as ugly as the win-less 49ers not named the Browns? The Giants. They have only 1 win this season and just got killed at home against the Rams a week ago. So what makes me pick them this week to win on the road? Well, they’re still better than the niners regardless of how they played. The Niners might have another chance to get a win this year, but I don’t see it this week. Look for Orleans Darkwa to run all over the Niners this week, which every RB has seemed to have done this season.
Score: Giants 27, 49ers 19
New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
The Broncos are done. Their starting quarterback situation is way too messy to comeback from this season. The Patriots, on the other hand, have won 4 of their last 5. I think their defense gains some confidence this week against a bad Broncos’ offense.
Score: Patriots 27, Broncos 14
If the Broncos had an offense, this would be a very interesting game. New England’s offense might struggle, but they’ll do enough to win.
Score: Patriots 28, Broncos 9
Some will think this will be a blowout at the hands of the Pats, but based on how each team has played in this meeting while in Denver, I’m not buying it. I still see the Pats winning by double digits just because the Broncos d hasn’t played well the last few weeks and have Brock Osweiler as their starting QB. The Pats should win this one on Sunday Night Football.
Score: Patriots 27, Broncos 16
Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are looking more and more like true contenders, while the Dolphins are burying themselves in a deeper hole each week. The Panthers defense may be the best in the league this year, while the Dolphins are scoring the least amount of points per game. I think that says it all.
Score: Panthers 21, Dolphins 10
The Panthers may have corrected their issues on offense and they might be ready to go on a roll.
Score: Panthers 27, Dolphins 22
The Panthers have been one of the better defensive teams this year despite some key injuries while the Dolphins are a lost-cause on offense. A Monday-Night match-up shouldn’t prove to display anything different here. I think Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey both have good games here to lead their team to victory.
Score: Panthers 27, Dolphins 17
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