Week 13 NFL Picks

I apologize for not posting our Week 12 picks. I was not able to do so as I had some family issues to deal with, but we are back this week! The standings are getting tighter and tighter each week!

Standings:

Ismael 92-52
Nick 91-53

Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys

Nick

The Cowboys have looked downright awful since Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended. Dak Prescott has looked like a FRAUD and their defense has not been very good either. Kirk Cousins did not play great in his first matchup this year against the Cowboys, but I expect him to bounce back in this one.

Score: Redskins 31, Cowboys 24

Ismael

Let’s just face it, the Cowboys aren’t as good as we thought they were, especially having loss the last 3 games by a combined 70 points! The Redskins won an ugly game to Giants on Thanksgiving last week, but have been competitive since losing to the Cowboys at home back in Week 8. It’s Week 13 now and both teams don’t really have much to play for besides bragging rights. Except for that damp Week 8 game, Kirk Cousins has had a lot of success against the Cowboys over the last couple of years. The Cowboys are looking bad on all fronts whether it’s in the passing game, the running game, on defense with their secondary. At least the Redskins can say that they’ve competed even with a depleted roster. Redskins should win this on TNF.

Score: Redskins 28, Cowboys 23

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets

Nick

SHOOTOUT ALERT!!!! Yes, I expect this game to be high-scoring. The Chiefs’ offense has been struggling lately, but they are going to break out eventually. This is the game they do so. Alex Smith knows Patrick Mahomes is breathing down his neck, but he will step up big time this week. Josh McCown should have a big game as well. The McCown-Robby Anderson connection has been on fire the past 4-5 weeks or so.

Score: Chiefs 33, Jets 30

Ismael

Is there a team that has looked as ugly as the Cowboys have in recent weeks? Yes, they’re called the Kansas City Chiefs. After starting the season 5-0, they have gone 1-5 since with losing the last three games against the Cowboys, Giants, and Bills. Teams we thought were inferior to the Chiefs throughout half the season. Their offensive line have been bad and the play-calling hasn’t helped them either. The Jets lost a tough one at home against the Panthers a week ago, but 3 of their 4 games at home this year. The Chiefs brought in longtime Jet Darelle Revis into their secondary, but I think Robby Anderson has been almost unstoppable at times for the Jets. I’m calling for an upset here, the Chiefs have just been a complete mess.

Score: Jets 24, Chiefs 21

Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons

Nick

The Vikings were able to stop a hot, high-scoring offense when they faced the Rams. Can they have a repeat effort against the Falcons? Case Keenum is having an outstanding season for the Vikings as he has led them to one of the best records in the NFL. The Falcons pass defense has been very good this year, but their rush defense has been mediocre. If they want success this week they are going to have to stop Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. The Vikings have won seven in a row, but that streak ends this week.

Score: Falcons 24, Vikings 21

Ismael

Another tough one to judge. The Vikings have won 7 in a row while the Falcons have won 4 of their last 5. Case Keenum has been on fire recently and I’m not sure not even the Falcons can stop him. I also the like the Vikings better defensively here, and I really doubt Julio Jones will have as big of a game he had last week. The Vikings are proving people wrong this year, and a win will further make people take them as serious super bowl favorites.

Score: Vikings 27, Falcons 24

Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Ravens

Nick

Matthew Stafford IS the Lions’ offense. The Lions have not been able to run the ball for years now. The Ravens defense is phenomenal, but they are open to being beat by the run. Bad news for the Lions. Another disadvantage is the Lions have to travel to Baltimore for this one. If the Ravens can find just a little bit of a groove on the offensive end then they will find success in this game. I’m looking at you Danny Woodhead.

Score: Ravens 20, Lions 17

Ismael

This is a tough one to call. The Lions were topped at home on Thanksgiving last week against the Vikings while the Ravens won a low-scoring game against the Texans last Monday night. The Lions have a better record on the road this year than at home being 4-1 away from Detroit and 2-4 in Detroit. Marvin Jones Jr. scorched one of the best corner’s in the league in Xavier Rhodes last week, and should draw Baltimore’s best corner in this one meaning someone like Golden Tate might see more action. I just trust the Lions more to put up points and not look all that shaky on offense. Lions win a tight one.

Score: Lions 23, Ravens 21

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

Nick

Remember when everyone was panicking about the Patriots in the first four weeks of the season? HA, FOOLS! Do not ever doubt the brilliance of Bill Belichick. During their seven game winning streak, the Pats have held opponents to 17 points or less. They have found their groove. I do not seen Tyrod Taylor and the Bills being able to end the Pats winning streak this week, especially with Kelvin Benjamin ruled out.

Score: Patriots 27, Bills 17

Ismael

The Pats’ offense have just been merciless this year, scoring more than 21 points since Week 6 and more than 33 points in the last 3 games. The Bills beat the Chiefs last week, but it wasn’t pretty. The Chiefs are just bad, not giving credit to the Bills’ defense. They have been one of the worst run defenses in the league this year which will help the dual-threat in Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead to flourish this week. This might be a trap game for the Pats since they just love to drop a random game against a team in their division, but they’re rolling and they would like to keep up with the Steelers before their match-up in a couple weeks.

Score: Patriots 33, Bills 21

San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears

Nick

The Jimmy G era in San Francisco has begun. The Bears are a bad team, as are the 49ers. This is going to be the ugliest game of the week by far. However, I expect Jimmy to sprinkle some magic and spark into this Niners team and lead them to victory.

Score: 49ers 23, Bears 21

Ismael

The Jimmy Garroppolo era begins! Well technically it started last week when he came in late into last weeks game against the Seahawks and threw a quick TD. He’s got a tough test though, facing the Bears on the road and in frigid weather. I think he’ll perform fairly well, but it’s his defense letting down in the end. I see Jordan Howard having a big game for the Bears, being enough to beat the Niners. I’m keeping this game close because of how shaky the Bears’ offense has looked over the past few weeks. Look at Dontrelle Inman in DFS games.

Score: Bears 24, 49ers 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers

Nick

Jameis Winston returns this week for the Bucs, who actually were playing good football before last week’s game against the Falcons. Ty Montgomery has been ruled out for the Packers and they are thin all around the field. Playing at Lambo is never easy, but this is not the Packers team that you expect to see on the field week in and week out.

Score: Buccaneers 30, Packers 23

Ismael

Brett Hundley finally had a break-out game last week against the Steelers, but did it in a losing effort. I can see him torching the Bucs secondary here with Davante Adams on his side, especially after the Bucs gave up more than 200 yards through the air to Julio Jones last week. Finally getting the hang of things, being at home, and with the possibility of Aaron Rodgers returning this year I think Hundley will make the most out of his opportunities and will try to bring the Packers to a good place if Rodgers does return.

Score: Packers 27, Buccaneers 23

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Nick

The first time these two teams played it was an ugly one as the Jags shutout the Colts 27-0. That was 6 weeks ago, but nothing has changed for either side since. The Jags should dominate a porous Colts’ offensive line in route to a dominant victory.

Score: Jaguars 23, Colts 10

Ismael

Jags at home against a shaky offense, wonder what will happen? Good things will happen, at least for Jaguars it will. Their great defense will shut-down the limited options the Colts have on offense and the Jags own offense will take advantage of a depleted Colts D. Look at Dede Westbrook as a sleeper in DFS.

Score: Jaguars 27, Colts 13

Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins

Nick

These two teams should just be happy we have a Bears/49ers matchup this week because these two teams SUCK. The Broncos have a big, big problem at the QB position, while the Dolphins are starting Jay Cutler. LOL. This is going to be an ugly, low-scoring game. The better defense will win this game. That’s good news for the Broncos.

Score: Broncos 17, Dolphins 14

Ismael

Ugh, I cringe at the thought of this game. Broncos have shuffled through 3 QBs and are back to their Week 1 starter in Trevor Siemian. I’ll keep this short though. The Dolphins in my opinion have been playing like an overall better team. They’re at home and at least haven’t looked as bad in their 5 game losing streak as the Broncos have in their 7 game losing streak.

Score: Dolphins 22, Broncos 16

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Nick

It does not matter who is at QB or who the Texans are playing, DeAndre Hopkins cannot be stopped. I expect a big game from him against a poor Titans’ defense, but that is where it ends for the Texans. The Titans are the better team while the Texans are without J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson.

Score: Titans 27, Texans 20

Ismael

Outside of really Delanie Walker from Tennessee and DeAndre Hopkins from Houston, both of these teams haven’t done much on offense lately. I think if you match-up the Texans with at least a decent defense now, it won’t look pretty. I think this whole game may not be pretty, but the Titans should take this one at home.

Score: Titans 26, Texans 21

New York Giants vs. Oakland Raiders

Nick

I’m in full “Fuck the Giants” mode after the benching of Eli Manning. It’s disgusting the way this organization has handled the situation. Geno Smith is the starter this week against the Raiders. Wow, just wow. The Raiders should stomp all over the Giants this week, but I actually expect Smith to have a big game this week before he goes back to being Geno Smith in week 14.

Score: Raiders 33, Giants 27

Ismael

The Giants made the biggest mistake they could ever make by benching probable future hall of famer Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith. Having said that, you had me at Geno Smith. He’s just bad and I expect rookie Davis Webb to get some time in the near future. Then with the Raiders, they lost Michael Crabtree to suspension and look to be losing Amari Cooper to injury. So they’re limited in their receiving corps, but they shouldn’t have much of a problem this week. This will be a low-scoring, ugly game going to the home team.

Score: Raiders 19, Giants 14

Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Nick

Philip Rivers lit up the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Keenan Allen has finally found his stride. Maybe next week Browns .. Probably not, though.

Score: Chargers 28, Browns 13

Ismael

You had me at Browns. On the road against a hot Chargers team lead by Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, and Keenan Allen, I don’t see this one being close. Browns got their one and only win last year against the Chargers last year, but this is a much different Chargers team they’re facing this year.

Score: Chargers 30, Browns 14

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Nick

The Panthers looked like frauds last week when they allowed the Jets to put up 27 points against them. The four game suspension of Charles Johnson does not help their case. The Saints got beat by a good Rams team last week, but I expect them to bounce back at home against the Panthers. They just have too many weapons.

Score: Saints 27, Panthers 23

Ismael

This should be a good one, with both teams tied with an 8-3 record at the top of the AFC South. The Saints were not phased in their last match-up against the Panthers on the road, so being at home should give them a leg-up this week. Alvin Kamara is a beast and I cannot emphasize that enough. Although the Panthers have allowed the 3rd fewest yards per game on the ground, there’s nothing that can stop Kamara now. I’ll take the Saints at home in this division match-up.

Score: Saints 28, Panthers 24

Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals

Nick

The Rams have one of the best offensive units in football even without Robert Woods. The Cardinals have been struggling against the pass this year as they currently rank 19th in passing yards allowed per game. They are also letting up the 25th most points per game. That is not a recipe for success against the second highest scoring offense in football.

Score: Rams 35, Cardinals 21

Ismael

Rams won a close won at home against the Saints a week ago while the Cardinals shocked the Jaguars at home. Rams are just better at almost every facet in the game than the Cards, and looked pretty good in their match-up earlier this past season. Who cares if they’re on the road, Rams are just too good.

Score: Rams 28, Cardinals 17

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks

Nick

The Eagles have the best record in football and they look like the best team in the NFC right now. I’m still not sold. The Eagles have only played two teams so far this year who currently have a record over .500, the Panthers and Chiefs. They lost to the Chiefs in week 2, but beat the Panthers in week 6. This is their first true test in seven weeks and maybe their toughest test of the season. If Carson Wentz can lead the Eagles to victory in this one then he is my MVP front runner and I am officially sold on the Eagles.

Score: Seahawks 23, Eagles 21

Ismael

A great test for the Eagles here, facing the Seahawks and the Legion of Boom on Sunday night football. But like I said in the Rams/Cards game, who cares if they’re on the road, they’re just too good. They’ll have to really scrap and grind for this win, but I expect them to past this test.

Score: Eagles 24, Seahawks 21

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Nick

The Bengals have won three of their last five, while the Steelers are on a six game winning streak. Two teams playing some good football. The Steelers have won five straight games against the Bengals, but division games are always hard to predict as it seems players have a little extra energy for them. Ben Roethlisberger has stepped it up after a slow start. During the Steelers six game winning streak, Big Ben has thrown for 1,679 yards and 14 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. The Steelers dominated the Bengals in week 7, but the Bengals are playing  better football since then.

Score: Steelers 24, Bengals 23

Ismael

Antonio Brown is not someone any opposing secondary wants to face, but sadly for Bengals they have to go against him on Monday night. He should get more get more help this week against a top 5 defense in lowest yards allowed through the air per game, with Juju Smith-Schuster back to space the field out more. Unless you put them against a bad defense, the Bengals’ offense is just not a pretty sight. Steelers should take this one against a division rival, even on the road.

Score: Steelers 24, Bengals 16

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Week 11 NFL Picks

Standings

Ismael 83-47
Nick 81-49

Tennessee Titans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Nick

After slow starts to the season for both teams, they have each won four games in a row. The spread on this game is -7 in favor of the Steelers, which shocks me as I think this game will be closer than that. The Steelers’ defense is the reason for their success this season and I think that will continue tonight. On the other hand, the Titans have struggled against the pass a bit this season and I think Ben Roethlisberger has his biggest game of the year on TNF.

Score: Steelers 24, Titans 20

Ismael

Finally, order was restored last week on TNF as the Seahawks, the better team, beat the Cardinals on the road. Now we have two division leading teams squaring off, despite some inconsistent play from both of their QBs. Titans tried to beef up their secondary in the last off-season, and they got better but still aren’t that great which WRs like Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster will take advantage of. With all the unpredictable things that happen on TNF, think it’s wise to pick the better team at home here.

Score: Steelers 27, Titans 20

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants

Nick

This is the first time since 1998 that the Giants are a double-digit underdog at home. That is how bad their season has been. They gave zero effort last week against a bad 49ers team. The 49ers are currently 26th in football in points scored per game and they dropped 31 on the Giants. The Chiefs are scoring 28.1 points per game. Yeah, this one is going to get ugly fast.

Score: Chiefs 42, Giants 23

Ismael

I said last week that the Giants were better than a 49ers, which should bring them a victory, and then they lost. They have completely given up and a game against the Chiefs will show just that. I expect Alex Smith, Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt, and Tyreek Hill all to have monster games here.

Score: Chiefs 33, Giants 20

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

Nick

The Lions looked like contenders, then lost 3 in a row, and now have won back-to-back games. They will be facing a good Chicago defense this week, which may cause them some problems as the Browns’ D did to start last week’s game. However, the Bears’ offense, led by Mitch Trubisky, is almost non-existent.

Score: Lions 23, Bears 14

Ismael

The Lions won last week against the Browns but not without giving up more than 20 points while the Bears lost at home to the Pack. The Lions in my opinion are a superior offense in comparison to the Bears despite Chicago boasting a good defense this year. Lions need to start making up some ground if they want to reach the playoffs, and a win here could do just that.

Score: Lions 24, Bears 20

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cleveland Browns

Nick

The Jaguars squeaked out a win in overtime last week against the Chargers on a field goal that was blocked, but went through the uprights. Talk about lucky. The Browns will be getting back Corey Coleman this week, but their offense will struggle MIGHTILY against one of the best defenses in football. Good luck DeShone Kizer, you’ll need it.

Score: Jaguars 20, Browns 7

Ismael

This might seem like a trap game, with the Jags needing OT to win last week against the Chargers and with the Browns desperate to get a win at home this week. Jacksonville’s defense is just too good to allow many points and will keep the Browns off the field. If no one’s noticed, the Browns run defense has been pretty good so with Fournette having a down game last week, the jags might need to rely on Blake Bortles more to make some plays. I think he does just think against a putrid Browns pass defense and they grab a win in Cleveland.

Score: Jaguars 30, Browns 14

Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers

Nick

Brett Hundley did his best Aaron Rodgers impression on a late touchdown pass on the run to Davante Adams last week. They are going up against a Ravens’ defense that is 3rd in the league in passing yards allowed per game. On the other hand, the Ravens are letting up 125.9 rushing yards per game, which ranks at 28th in the league. The bad news for the Packers, they are already without RB Aaron Jones and may be without RB Ty Montgomery. The Ravens offense is abysmal, so I think this will be a low-scoring affair.

Score: Ravens 17, Packers 13

Ismael

This here is a toss-up. You have the Ravens fresh off a bye week and the Packers returning home after beating the Bears in Chicago. For me this more hangs off the balance of if Ty Montgomery can suit up to play, as the Ravens are in the bottom 5 in rushing yards allowed per game this season. It looks like it’ll be a game-time decision, so I’m banking on that he sits and forces Brett Hundley to go against that vaunted pass defense who has given up the 3rd fewest passing yard per game this season. The Ravens have struggled away from home this year, but with the Packers limited in options I can see them leaving Lambeau with a W.

Score: Ravens 20, Packers 17

Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans

Nick

Two teams who are struggling and decimated by injuries. Neither defense is playing very good, but both offenses are without key players. The Cardinals may be starting third string QB Blaine Gabbert this week and there is your disadvantage.

Score: Texans 28, Cardinals 20

Ismael

This is an ugly pone, with Drew Stanton and the Cards facing against Tom Savage and the Texans. The Cards offense looked fairly decent last weeks against Seattle while it seems like its just DeAndre Hopkins doing anything for the Texans. Houston’s secondary is inferior to that of the Cards secondary lead by Patrick Peterson in my opinion, so Larry Fitzgerald should have a big game this week. Cards win by a field goal.

Score: Cardinals 24, Texans 21

Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings

Nick

The Vikings have been using their third string QB for almost the whole season and they are 7-2. The Rams were one of the worst teams in football last year and they are 7-2 with the highest scoring offense in the league. Are there any bigger surprises in football? This is going to be a great game to watch. A dynamic offense going up against a tough defense. The advantage lies with the Rams’ passing defense stepping it up over the past few games.

Score: Rams 31, Vikings 28

Ismael

A game between two 7-2 teams, this should be good. I believe I said last week that Jared Goff and Robert Woods had this special connection that would lead both of them going off last week and they did just that against the Texans. Do they replicate that this week? Short answer is no, a longer answer is that they’ll each still have decent games but it’s hard to replicate last weeks effort. The Vikings are on a much different tier than the Texans in terms of defense, but it’s their offense that has surprised more people this year with Case Keenum at QB. Still I think the Rams are on another level right now that is hard to match, so I see a close win on the road.

Score: Rams 28, Vikings 27

Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints

Nick

The Redskins struggled last week to stop the Vikings offense. This week they will be going up against a Saints’ offense who is top 5 in almost every statistical category. They have been relying heavily on their two-headed monster of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. If that doesn’t work, the Redskins will have to try and stop Drew Brees and the Saints passing attack. Have fun, Washington.

Score: Saints 33, Redskins 27

Ismael

The Saints lead by Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara ran circles around the Bills last week while the Redskins lost a close one against the Vikings. Once again, the Saints defense has been much better over the last few weeks and should have success this week with Rob Kelley out for Washington. Saints are playing well, don’t see them stopping this week.

Score: Saints 30, Redskins 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins

Nick

Two teams who are playing just bad football. The Bucs will be without Jameis Winston once again, so they will be looking to Ryan Fitzpatrick to lead them to another victory. The advantage for the Bucs is that they will be going up against the worst offense in the league. Can Fitz do just enough like he did last week?

Score: Buccaneers 17, Dolphins 14

Ismael

Well the Bucs somehow only allowed 10 points against the Jets last week while the Dolphins were wiped out by the Panthers. The tale of two sub-par QBs and two struggling defenses. I’ll give the edge to the Dolphins who haven’t looked as bad in their losses this year, besides that TNF game against Baltimore, and have multiple weapons to throw out on the field. I also trust their defense a little more to get some stops, leading to a win at home.

Score: Dolphins 26, Buccaneers 23

Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Nick

The Nathan Peterman ERA is underway in Buffalo. After one bad game, Tyrod Taylor has been pulled as the Bills’ starting QB. There is a possibility that the Chargers go into this game without their starting QB, Philip Rivers, as he has concussion symptoms. I’m expecting LeSean McCoy to run all over the last ranked rushing defense in football this week.

Score: Bills 24, Chargers 23

Ismael

The Bills got humiliated last week and are now staring rookie QB Nate Peterman and faces the Chargers in his first game. There will be growing pains which means good things for the Chargers defense and I think they win this one.

Score: Chargers 23, Bills 17

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos

Nick

Wow, the Broncos suck. They have lost 5 straight games after a 3-1 start to the season, and I am expecting a 6th straight loss this week. The Bengals are not much better, but at least they seem to be competing more than the Broncos are.

Score: Bengals 17, Broncos 14

Ugh, another ugly game. Broncos lost big against the Pats last week while the Bengals lost a close one in Tennessee. The Bengals offense outside of A.J. Green isn’t good and the Broncos will take advantage of that. Brock Osweiler does enough to pull away with a win.

Score: Broncos 17 Bengals 14

New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders

Nick

I was expecting so much more from the Raiders this year, as I’m sure most people were. The Patriots are on fire as they have won five straight games and they do not look like they’re slowing down anytime soon. The Patriots are scoring the 4th most points per game, while the Raiders are giving up the 9th most points per game. Does not look good for Oakland.

Score: Patriots 33, Raiders 27

Ismael

The Pats are once again firing on all cylinders, while the Raiders are coming off a bye. This game is technically a home game for the Raiders, although it’s being played in Mexico, which should favor the Pats a bit more. The Patriots are just too good so I can picture them dropping this one. Look for Rex Burkhead in DFS to have a big game here.

Score: Patriots 31, Raiders 24

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Nick

Dak Prescott was abused by the Falcons defensive line in last week’s game. He was without LT Tyron Smith and starting RB Ezekiel Elliott and it showed. The Eagles are the best in the league against the run, so Dak is going to have to beat them on his own. The Cowboys also have to stop the second highest scoring offense in the league. It is not looking too well for the Boys.

Score: Eagles 31, Cowboys 20

Ismael

Eagles are coming off a bye and the best record in the league while the Cowboys got beat pretty bad in Atlanta last week. Dallas is dealing with injuries on the OL and will still be without Ezekiel Elliot due to suspensions. I’m just really digging the way the Eagles have been playing lately and they will show this week against a division rival that they are in fact for real.

Score: Eagles 28, Cowboys 24

Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks

Nick

The Falcons dominated a good offensive line last week, and they will be going up against an atrocious offensive line this week. Will we see them dominate the line of scrimmage once again? They will be without star RB Devonta Freeman, but Tevin Coleman should be able to fill his shoes with ease. This is going to be a good Monday Night Football game. Winning in Seattle is no easy task.

Score: Seahawks 23, Falcons 21

Ismael

Each team grabbed wins last week and are looking to stay in the playoff hunt. Seattle looks to have lost Richard Sherman which is a blow to their secondary, but I think they can still weather the storm. Doug Baldwin should have plenty of success this week as well and any other pass-catchers on the team. Seahawks win on Monday Night.

Score: Seahawks 28, Falcons 23

Week 10 NFL Picks

Standings:

Joe Toscano 74-42
Ismael Diaz 73-41
Nick LoPrinzi 69-47

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

Nick

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

Joe

The Cardinals beat the 49ers with Drew Stanton, but this week they play a real team.

Score: Seahawks 33, Cardinals 17

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

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

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

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

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

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

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

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

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

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

Ismael 

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

Nick

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

Joe

The Bucs losing Jameis Winston might be a blessing. Ryan Fitzpatrick gets revenge on his former team.

Score: Buccaneers 23, Jets 21

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

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

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

The Redskins looked very good going into Seattle and winning. Could they be on a roll?

Score: Redskins 26, Vikings 23

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

The Texans are in bad shape in many areas, especially at quarterback. This could be ugly.

Score: Rams 35, Texans 17

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

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

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

Finally the 49ers win one! They have hope after acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo and the Giants have quit.

Score: 49ers 23, Giants 13

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

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

Ismael

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

Nick

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

Joe

The Panthers may have corrected their issues on offense and they might be ready to go on a roll.

Score: Panthers 27, Dolphins 22

Ismael

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

NFL Week 9 Game Picks

Standings:

Joe Toscano 68-35
Ismael Diaz 65-38
Nick LoPrinzi 62-41

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

Nick

Each week the Bills are looking more and more like contenders, while the Jets are looking more and more like who we thought they were. The Bills just acquired Kelvin Benjamin as well, which will only help them grow. I’m not sure if he plays this week, but either way I expect the Bills to take this one as their defense is too good.

Score: Bills 23, Jets 17

Joe

What’s more suprising, the Bills are 5-2 or the Jets are 3-5? Even though it’s on a short week at New York, I like the Bills.

Score: Bills 20, Jets 18

Ismael

I personally made some tough calls on games last week, and most of them paid off. This week might have some tougher calls too. The Ravens mauled over the Dolphins last week, which I predicted the Ravens to win but not like that and goes to show you the craziness that TNF has sometimes. Bills are trending upwards right now while the Jets are trending the other direction, so naturally this means something out of the ordinary happens right? I see this being close for the Bills on the road and on a short week but they’ll win based on talent, with McCoy leading the way against a bottom 5 run defense in the Jets.

Score: Bills 27, Jets 23

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers

Nick

Atlanta barely squeaked out a win against the aforementioned Jets last week. On the other hand, the Panthers straight up dominated the Bucs. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the rest of the offense look like a whole different unit this year, which is concerning. Cam Newton has struggled as well and he now has one less weapon to target. He was already with Greg Olsen and now Benjamin is gone too. I just think the Falcons are too good to continue to play like this.

Score: Falcons 23, Panthers 21

Joe

Atlanta is too good to be 4-3. Their offense is just getting revved up. Carolina has been inconsistent all year.

Score: Falcons 27, Panthers 20

Ismael

I did say last week that the road for a Falcons comeback would start against the Jets last week, and although they didn’t look great they still picked up a win. But now here’s a tough one to call as the Panthers are playing fairly well this year. I’m giving the edge here to the Falcons who have played better on the road this year, are starting to get healthy again, and seem hungry to get these divisional wins here. The Panthers on the other hand haven’t been all too great at home and having lost Kelvin Benjamin, not liking their chances here. Falcons win in a close one.

Score: Falcons 28, Panthers 27

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Nick

The Jaguars are coming off a bye and they will be getting back Leonard Fournette this week. Fournette has been a monster all year as the Jags have been relying heavily on the run. The Bengals do not have struggled mightily to move the ball this season. I think this will be a low scoring affair.

Score: Jaguars 17, Bengals 13

Joe

The Jaguars are becoming a solid team relying defense and running, but can they take the next step and consistently win? The Bengals will be a tough test.

Score: Jaguars 19, Bengals 15

Ismael

The Jaguars are coming off a bye-week while the Bengals are coming off a close win against the Colts. They didn’t seem to have much trouble putting up points against them, but I think they will have a harder time this week on the road in Jacksonville. The Jags seem just like a good QB away from being a playoff-caliber team, but they’ll have to settle with Blake Bortles until at least the end of the season. They are in good hands though as they have star rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who has had now 2 weeks to help heal his knee injury and should be back. I like the Jags here at home.

Score: Jaguars 28, Bengals 23

Denver Broncos vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Nick

Two teams that started off the season great, but two teams heading in opposite directions right now. Are the Eagles the best team in football? They just might be. The Broncos have benched Trevor Siemian and are starting Brock Osweiler. The season is only going to get uglier for them

Score: Eagles 24, Broncos 13

Joe

Is Denver being this bad the biggest surprise of the season? Maybe not, but it’s up there.

Score: Eagles 28, Broncos 15

Ismael

The Broncos QB situation is so bad that they have decided to go back to Brock Osweiler, yes the man who robbed the Texans of millions last year and who was cut by the Browns but was still guaranteed 16M, to start for them. His first start with them this year comes against the Eagles who have the best record in football and is led by leading MVP candidate Carson Wentz. The Chiefs almost put up 30 against the Broncos last week, so I expect the Eagles to get that this week. The Wentz-Ertz connection is unreal right now and should continue into this week. The Eagles defense should be all over Osweiler and they should win by a couple of TDs.

Score: Eagles 30, Broncos 16

New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams

Nick

Both teams should be fresh coming off a bye. The Giants will be without top cornerback Janoris Jenkins as he has been indefinitely suspended by Ben McAdoo. The Giants were already short-handed all around and their defense has not been very good as of late. They are going to have trouble stopping Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and the rest of this dynamic Rams offense. I cannot believe I just said that ..

Score: Rams 30, Giants 17

Joe

Usually I say the west coast team traveling to the east coast will lose, but this is the Giants we’re talking about.

Score: Rams 26, Giants 22

Ismael

The Rams are looking good mid-way through the season and are fresh off a bye-week to play the dysfunctional Giants. The Giants just lost Janoris “jack-rabbit” Jenkins due to suspension, which should leave guys like Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to have big games for the Rams. The Giants look to be getting back Sterling Shepard for the first time since he was injured along with OBJ and Brandon Marshall, which should help out Eli Manning a little more. I’m trusting the Rams defense more here and that their play-makers will do their thing on the offensive end.

Score: Rams 29, Giants 19

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

Nick

Wow, just wow. Deshaun Watson is out for the year with a torn ACL. What a blow for the Texans. He was the mid-way favorite for Rookie of the Year and even had his name in conversation for MVP. The Colts are a bad team and Andrew Luck has been ruled out for the rest of the year as well. I think the Texans still take this one at home, especially since the Colts defense is atrocious.

Score: Texans 27, Colts 20

Joe (Pick Made Before Injury)

Everyone knew Deshaun Watson would be this good this early right? Right?

Score: Texans 30, Colts 14

Ismael (Pick Made Before Injury)

This might get into college football type of back and forth scoring, as this match-up is rated 3rd by Vegas for most combined points potentially scored.  Both these teams had shoot-outs last week, but I think the Texans D will clamp down on the Colts’ more inferior offense and will create multiple turnovers out of it. Deshaun Watson will again have a monster game and it should be expected now that Will Fuller will probably have multiple TDs.

Score: Texans 41, Colts 20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints

Nick

The Bucs have been a huge disappointment this season, while the Saints are getting hot. Do the Bucs have a chance to beat the Saints on the road this week? I say NO.

Score: Saints 31, Buccaneers 23

Joe

Everyone knew the Saints defense would be this good, right? Right?

Score: Saints 28, Buccaneers 17

Ismael

I find myself saying this more than I usually do when I come across a match-up involving the Saints, but this could be either a really close game or a straight blowout. 13 points might not be a blowout to some, but just how the game feels for the most part will make it seem that way. The Bucs have been teetering the last few weeks while the Saints continues to be one of the hottest teams in football. I like the Saints by double digits because of all the weapons they have on offense to go against a weak Tampa bay defense. I’m looking for Ted Ginn and Alvin Kamara to have big games.

Score: Saints 37, Buccaneers 24

Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans

Nick

The Ravens are the Jekyll and Hyde of the NFL this year. They go from shutting out opponents to giving up 40 points to the Jaguars. Who is going to show up this week? The Titans are coming off a bye, which means Marcus Mariota had plenty of time to heal up. I think the Titans being at home and the Ravens lack of offense will be the factor.

Score: Titans 20, Ravens 17

Joe

Joe Flacco may or may not play in this game, but going into Tennessee against a Titans team coming off a bye won’t be easy.

Score: Titans 24, Ravens 20

Ismael

I believe this one is a toss-up. On one hand you have the Ravens who destroyed the Dolphins at home last Thursday but had Joe Flacco exit with a concussion after being laid out inexplicably by Kiko Alonso. Word is that he cleared concussion protocol and should play Sunday. On the other hand you have the Titans who are fresh off a bye but just hasn’t seemed to click yet. Marcus Mariota hasn’t exacting shined against back to back good match-ups in the Colts and the Browns and has to face a tough Ravens D. Although they put up 40 last week, I don’t see them putting up anywhere close to that amount since they have shown the ability to get really cold on offense especially on the road. I see this low-scoring affair going to the home team.

Score: Titans 24, Ravens 21

Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks

Nick

Seattle is hoping they solved their offensive line woes with the acquiring of veteran LT Duane Brown. The Seahawks offense lit up the scoreboard last week at home against the Texans. They are at home once again and the Redskins are all banged up. Do the Redskins even have a go to receiver? Terrelle Pryor has been a huge disappointment this year and Jordan Reed cannot stay on the field.

Score: Seahawks 31, Redskins 24

Joe

Not only is an east coast team playing on the west coast, it’s in Seattle. Not good for the Redskins.

Score: Seahawks 33, Redskins 22

Ismael

The Redskins stunk it up last week against the Cowboys while the Seahawks won in a shoot-out against the Texans at home last week. The Seattle defense did not look that great last week, but should settle down for a better game this week. I like Kirk Cousins as good QB in this league, but coming off a poor performance last week and going up against the legion of boom, not liking his chances to bounce back. Seahawks grab a win here at home.

Score: Seahawks 30, Redskins 24

Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers

Nick

Does Jimmy Garoppolo start for the 49ers this week? I sure hope so. However, I think the 49ers get their first win of the season either way. The Cardinals will be without two of their three offensive stars (Carson Palmer and David Johnson) and I do not believe Drew Stanton can get it done for them. Their defensive has not been what is expected of them and I think traveling to San Fran will be the deciding factor.

Score: 49ers 27, Cardinals 24

Joe

Finally the 49ers get a win! Yes, Drew Stanton is that bad.

Score: 49ers 21, Cardinals 12

Ismael

This might be the only chance for the Niners to win a game this year, at home against Drew Stanton and the Cardinals. The Niners made a big move this week, acquiring Jimmy Garrapolo for a 2nd round pick. He won’t be ready to go for them this week, but I’d expect him to start in the near future. The Niners might need to rely on the run game in this one, with having their QB and Pierre Garcon having to fend off Patrick Peterson which isn’t an easy thing to do. The Niners still have an awful run defense, which should mean Adrian Peterson runs circles around them. That and with their defense being better gives me a reason to pick the Cardinals to win in a very tight match-up.

Score: Cardinals 23, 49ers 20

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys

Nick

Ezekiel Elliott is finally suspended .. I think .. That whole situation is confusing, but for now he will be missing this game. Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden will look to pick up the slack. However, the real question is, can the Cowboys stop the Chiefs offense? I say no way. Alex Smith has yet to throw an interception, Kareem Hunt is leading the league in rush and Travis Kelce is as consistent as they come.

Score: Chiefs 34, Cowboys 23

Joe

The big question is how will the Cowboys do without Ezekiel Elliott. I’m guessing not good.

Score: Chiefs 28, Cowboys 24

Ismael

Both teams won last week against teams in their division, but travel to this game in “Jerry-World”. The Cowboys haven’t exactly been that great playing at home and the Chiefs have been quite stellar on the road this season. I expect this to be a great back and forth, but in the end the Chiefs still have Kareem Hunt while the Cowboys are expected to be without Zeke until December due to suspension. I’m liking the Chiefs blend of offense and defense this week.

Score: Chiefs 30, Cowboys 27

Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins

Nick

This game is just filled with question marks. Will Jay Cutler play? Who will replace Jay Ajayi? Is Derek Carr still hurt? Can Marshawn Lynch give this offense some life? Will Amari Cooper become the superstar that he is capable of becoming? Will either defense step up?

Score: Raiders 23, Dolphins 20

Joe

Before the season I picked the Raiders to be in the AFC Championship game. Oops! They’re a bigger disappointment than the Broncos.

Score: Dolphins 29, Raiders 23

Ismael

Both these teams made the playoffs as the wild card team a season ago, which made it seem before the season started that it be a good idea to showcase two up-and-coming teams on Sunday Night Football. Things have changed since then as both teams seemed to have dug themselves in holes this year. The Dolphins might’ve pulled one of the most questionable trades in recent memory, trading pro-bowl RB Jay Ajayi to the Eagles for just a 4th round pick in next year’s draft. What the hell, right? So now it’s basically just Jarvis Landry and a wounded DeVante Parker to go out there and score some points for them. Luckily they play a sub-par Raiders defense, so someone like Kenyan Drake who’ll get more work this week might have a bigger game. I’m going with the more talented team in the Raiders here on Sunday Night.

Score: Raiders 26, Dolphins 20

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Nick

This game would be so much more fun if Aaron Rodgers were playing. The Lions have not been playing well, but they have a chance to bounce back against a Rodgers-less Packers team. Matthew Stafford is starting to catch fire as of late as he has thrown for 312 yards and then 423 yards in his last two games respectively. I think he has a huge game against a weak Packers defense.

Score: Lions 31, Packers 27

Joe

The biggest question is whether Brett Hundley is a legit NFL quarterback. I’m guessing no, plus the Lions came close to beating the Steelers.

Score: Lions 23, Packers 13

Ismael

The Lions are coming off a lost against the Steelers where they stifled Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown for the most part but gave up a monster game to WR Juju Smith-Schuster in the process. Packers are in dire straits right now without Aaron Rodgers, so I’m not expecting much out of them this week even at home against the Lions. The Lions offense still seems a bit out of sync, but should get on track starting this week. Lions leave Lambeau with a victory on Monday Night.

Score: Lions 24, Packers 20