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 7 NFL Score Predictions

Standings:

Joe Toscano 45-30
Nick LoPrinzi 41-34
Ismael Diaz 41-34

Kanas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders

Nick LoPrinzi

The Chiefs are coming off their first loss of the season last week against the Steelers, while the Raiders need this win to keep their season alive in my opinion. Derek Carr returned last week, but it did not make a difference as the team lost to the Chargers. Oakland’s defense has been bad this year and they’re going to have a tough time stopping Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs’ offense.

Score: Chiefs 27, Raiders 21

Joe Toscano

The raiders have lost 4 in a row and can’t be that bad. I’m guessing they’ll come back strong against their hated rival.

Score: Raiders 33, Chiefs 25

Ismael Diaz

Once again another topsy-turvy week in the NFL, with the Chiefs losing their first game at home at the hands of the Steelers and the Raiders losing by 1 at home against the Chargers. This seems like a trap game for the Chiefs playing on the road, on a short week, and coming off a loss. But I’ll go with history and overall body of work, as the Chiefs have won 5 straight meetings and are just the better team top to bottom. I expect Kareem Hunt to take the pressure off of Alex Smith’s shoulders and just run the ball straight down Oakland’s throat.

Score: Chiefs 24, Raiders 20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills

Nick LoPrinzi

Will Jameis Winston play or will Ryan Fitzpatrick be under center? The Bills are coming off a bye. Their defense has been much better against the rush than the pass and the Bucs’ strength, if Winston plays, if the pass. I am going to say he misses this week as he has yet to practice this week.

Score: Bills 20, Buccaneers 17

Joe Toscano

Buffalo is rested and Jameis Winston is hurt. Not a good formula for the Bucs.

Score: Bills 21, Buccaneers 9

Ismael Diaz

The Bucs are in a pickle as Jameis Winston left last week’s game with an injury and now face a tough Bills defense with rest coming off a bye week. People saw the two sides of Ryan Fitzpatrick, backup for Tampa, that they were accustomed too and isn’t really a good sign for the team going on the road this week. They let Adrian Peterson run all over them a week ago so I can definitely see LeSean McCoy and the rest of the Bills offense having a big game this week. Whoever the Bucs throw out there at QB this week, they’ll have a hard time putting up points this week and I think the Bills will in fact keep them in check at home.

Score: Bills 30, Buccaneers 23

Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears

Nick LoPrinzi

The Panthers lost a tough one to a very good Eagles team last week, but they are looking pretty solid to start the season. On the other hand, Mitch Trubisky got his first career win in an OT game against the Ravens. However, I think the Panthers are too much to handle for a young QB.

Score: 24, Bears 17

Joe Toscano

I have a feeling Mitch Trubisky is in for a rude awakening.

Score: Panthers 24, Bears 14

Ismael Diaz

The Panthers looked kinda ugly in their loss last Thursday against the Eagles, while Mitchell Trubisky got his first win as a Chicago Bear. I think if the Panthers get a healthy Luke Kuechly and a healthy Thomas Davis out there they will stifle that Bears offense and I think Cam Newton will do his part on the offensive end and lead them to a win on the road.

Score: Panthers 28, Bears 21

Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns

Nick LoPrinzi

This is an easy one. The Browns are not a very good team and it is looking more and more like there is a real chance they go 0-16. DeShone Kizer will be back under center for them, but it does not really matter. Marcus Mariota avoided a serious hamstring injury and he will be even healthier this week.

Score: Titans 33, Browns 17

Joe Toscano

Cleveland has to win at some point, right? Right??

Score: Browns 21, Titans 20

Ismael Diaz

The Browns were creamed last week against Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense, so I expect more of the same here with a healthier Marcus Mariota. The Browns run defense has actually been pretty decent, having allowed less than 70 yards each game, but their pass defense is still pretty abysmal. I expect all of Tennessee’s pass catchers to have good games here and they should end up on top by double digits.

Score: Titans 33, Browns 20

New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers

Nick LoPrinzi

Whenever a team’s starting QB goes down it is a problem, but when your QB is Aaron Rodgers it becomes an even bigger problem. Brett Hundley will be replacing Rodgers and he has some big shoes to fill. The Saints defense played great against Matthew Stafford this week and I think it will take Hundley some time to get comfortable.

Score: Saints 30, Packers 20

Joe Toscano

This whole game rests on how Brett Hundley does in his first full game. I’m guessing not well.

Score: Saints 28, Packers 13

Ismael Diaz

The Saints kicked the crap out of the Lions on the road, led by Mark Ingram, while the Packers possibly lost Aaron Rodgers for the whole season with a collarbone injury, handing the spot over to Brett Hundley for the time being. The Saints offense just continues to put points up every week and their defense is playing much better as of late. So Hundley has his hands full in his first test of his 3 year career and I think he keeps them in the game but falls short at home against the red-hot Saints.

Score: Saints 31, Packers 24

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

Nick LoPrinzi

Andrew Luck faced a set back this week, so once again their starting QB will be Jacoby Brissett. He faces one of the best pass defenses in the league this week in Jacksonville. They have been getting torched by the run this year, but I do not think Frank Gore has enough left in the tank to be a threat.

Score: Jaguars 32, Colts 18

Joe Toscano

I think the Jaguars are legit and their defense will fluster Jacoby Brissett.

Score: Jaguars 24, Colts 17

Ismael Diaz

It seems like it’s a different result for the Jags every week, so having lost last week I think going with them this week would be consistent with how they’ve played this season. Besides that, their defense is quite good and I don’t think they let Jacoby Brissett breathe this week. The Colts also just let up a huge game to Derrick Henry on Monday Night, so Leonard Fournette should bounce back big in this one.

Score: Jaguars 27, Colts 20

Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams

Nick LoPrinzi

The Rams are surprising me every single week. They are much better than I expected. Adrian Peterson had a resurgence last week in his first game as a Cardinal, but will he be able to match that this week? The Rams were torn apart last week by Fournette so it is definitely possible. I think Todd Gurley struggles a bit, but Jared Goff puts the team on his back.

Score: Rams 34, Cardinals 30

Joe Toscano

England games are always crazy and unpredictable. It’s like the Bizzarro world.

Score: Rams 30, Cardinals 27

Ismael Diaz

I completely whiffed on my prediction that AP would not work out in Arizona as he looked like his old self last week against the Bucs. I don’t see him having that much success this week against a tough Rams defense, but I think he’ll be an important component of their offense for the near future. I misjudged the Rams again after I picked them to beat the Seahawks at home 2 weeks ago as they beat the Jaguars on the road last week. They just looked strong again and I see them doing it again this week against Carson Palmer and the Cardinals.

Score: Rams 28, Cardinals 27

New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins

Nick LoPrinzi

The AFC East is weird this year. The Patriots were supposed to run away with the division, but that has not happened. The Jets lost on a questionable Austin Seferian-Jenkins fumble last week, while the Dolphins upset the Falcons. The Dolphins have won their last two games and have already lost to the Jets this year. They get revenge in this one.

Score: Dolphins 23, Jets 21

Joe Toscano

I don’t think the Jets are legit even though they’re 3-3.

Score: Dolphins 26, Jets 18

Ismael Diaz

The Jets lost a close one at home, not to mention a blown call that prevented them from being only down 3 early in the 4th quarter, while the Dolphins pulled off an upset on the road against the Falcons. With the help of Jay Ajayi‘s 130 yards of rushing, they were able to overcome a 17 point deficit. So good things usually happen when they feed him a ball, and I see them taking that into account this week. I’m liking the direction the Jets offense is going in, but McCown can be sometimes wild and I think they miss Bilal Powell being there to run the ball. The Dolphins haven’t allowed more than 20 points this season, which should count for something although I think that gets broken this week. I’m taking the Dolphins here at home.

Score: Dolphins 27, Jets 24

Baltimore Ravens vs. Minnesota Vikings

Nick LoPrinzi

The Ravens are the most up and down team in the league this year, while Case Keenum has been getting it done for the Vikings. The Vikings are at home, which is a huge advantage for them. The Ravens will struggle to move the ball against a stout defense.

Score: Vikings 17, Ravens 13

Joe Toscano

Baltimore is showing their true colors and the Vikings’ defense will continue to expose a bad Ravens offense.

Score: Vikings 23, Ravens 11

Ismael Diaz

The Ravens lost at home in OT against rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears while the Vikings were able to grab a win against the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers. You just don’t know what you are getting from the Ravens offense nowadays and with the Vikings defense, it’ll be even tougher to judge who’ll actually make plays for them. It might be another week without Sam Bradford but Case Keenum is handling the spot well, so I see the Vikings on top in a close one unless he has his occasional awful game.

Score: Vikings 23, Ravens 17

Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers

Nick LoPrinzi

The whole Ezekiel Elliott thing is getting way too confusing for me to understand, but all I know is that he is playing this week. However, with or without him I think the Cowboys would win this game. The 49ers have yet to win a game, but they are not as bad as their 0-6 record. C.J. Beathard saw his first meaningful NFL action last week and struggled to produce.

Score: Cowboys 24, 49ers 21

Joe Toscano

The 49ers have to win at some point right? Right?? Not this week.

Score: Cowboys 28, 49ers 13

Ismael Diaz

The Ezekiel Elliott saga continues as his suspension was reinstated earlier this week, and then he somehow got the chance to prevent it from occurring for at least another week. So this might mean you see the scary Zeke running the football this week, which is awful news for the niners piss-poor run defense. The Niners are rolling with a different QB at the helm and have Carlos Hyde getting his usual work again, but I think the Cowboys are too much for them this week.

Score: Cowboys 31, 49ers 21

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Nick LoPrinzi

The Steelers finally looked like the team that we have all been waiting to see as they took down the undefeated Chiefs. Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown put the offense on their backs and produced big time. The Bengals are well rested coming off of a bye, but I do not think they have what it takes to take down the Steelers at home.

Score: Steelers 23, Bengals 17

Joe Toscano

Have the Steelers finally found their footing after beating the undefeated Chiefs in Kansas City? Steelers-Bengals are always brawls and this one will be no different.

Score: Steelers 24, Bengals 22

Ismael Diaz

Bengals are coming off a bye and the Steelers are coming off a win against what once was the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL on the road. Le’Veon Bell had a monster game last week and with the play of Ben Roethlisberger in recent weeks, I think he’ll continue to keep playing at this level. The Steelers looked better last week also, with the return of James Harrison. The Steel Curtain wins this one at home.

Score: Steelers 28, Bengals 24

Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Nick LoPrinzi

The Broncos looked really bad last week against a depleted Giants team as they gave them their first win. On the other hand, the Chargers are coming off a big win against the Oakland Raiders. Melvin Gordon is getting the ball and producing like a star. However, Denver is pissed after being embarrassed last week and takes it out on the Chargers.

Score: Broncos 24, Chargers 23

Joe Toscano

The Chargers are better than their record, are at home, and Broncos are dealing with injuries. Chargers in an upset.

Score: Chargers 25, Broncos 19

Ismael Diaz

Upset alert! The Chargers are playing much better as of late lead by Melvin Gordon. Denver just allowed a big game to Orleans Darkwa last week, so I expect Gordon to do the same at home. The Chargers win off of a last minute field goal.

Score: Chargers 24, Broncos 21

Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants

Nick LoPrinzi

The Giants FINALLY got their first win against the Broncos last week, but no way they beat a Seahawks team coming off a bye. The Seahawks play better at home, but they are too good to lose this game.

Score: Seahawks 23, Giants 17

Joe Toscano

I usually think West Coast teams playing on the East Coast do poorly, but the Giants used all their goodwill in their upset of the Broncos.

Score: Seahawks 35, Giants 15

Ismael Diaz

The Giants shocked the world by getting their first win on the road with a completely depleted offense against a tough Broncos team. I don’t see them repeating that effort this week as they face a tougher offense and a much better QB, but I do see them keeping it close. Seattle takes this one on the road.

Score: Seahawks 27, Giants 23

Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots

Nick LoPrinzi

28-3 LOL. I had to. Both teams have been underperforming this year, but they are too good to stay down this long. I think this turns into a really good game, but the Patriots take this one at home.

Score: Patriots 33, Falcons 28

Joe Toscano

Super Bowl Rematch! Just to be mean to Falcons fans I’ll make the score special.

Score: Patriots 28, Falcons 3

Ismael Diaz

Falcons- 28   Patriots- 34   Score sound familiar? Same result of the Super Bowl where the Falcons blew a 28-3 late 3rd quarter lead, but it doesn’t happen in the same way. This will be a shoot-out of epic proportions with Tom Brady getting the victory at home on Sunday Night football.

Score: Patriots 34, Falcons 28

Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Nick LoPrinzi

Are the Eagles the best team in the NFL this year? They might be, but I do not see them starting the season 6-1. Division games are always tough and the Redskins have played some good football this year.

Score: Redskins 28, Eagles 27

Joe Toscano

The Eagles are being called the favorite to win the NFC. Something tells me they’ll find a way to screw it up.

Score: Redskins 30, Eagles 27

Ismael Diaz

Redskins- 27   Eagles- 31    The Eagles are red hot while the Redskins’ offense is finally starting to really come together. The Eagles took a close one on the road in Week 1 agains them and I think with the help of Carson Wentz they win a close one at home on Monday Night Football.

Score: Eagles 31, Redskins 27

Week 4 NFL Score Predictions

Standings:

Nick LoPrinzi: 20-11
Ismael Diaz 20-11
Joe Toscano: 19-12

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

Nick LoPrinzi

The Bears pulled off an upset last week as they beat the Steelers in Chicago in overtime. They relied heavily on their running backs. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen combined for 266 total yards, 9 receptions and 2 touchdowns. They may be able to find success once again doing so this week as the Packers are 21st in rushing yards allowed per game. However, it is going to come down to the Bears’ defense. They are allowing 238 passing yards allowed per game, which is 20th in the league. They will be playing in Green Bay, where Aaron Rodgers thrives. I do not think they will be able to slow Rodgers down with all the weapons he has at his disposal.

Score: Packers 30, Bears 21

Joe Toscano

Chicago squeaked in a win against the Steelers at home, but they have no passing game and are dealing with a lot of injuries. This could get ugly.

Score: Packers 42, Bears 13

Ismael Diaz

What an unpredictable week it was last week, after a very predictable Week 2! Both of these teams came away with surprising results. The Bears beat the Steelers and the Packers had to take it to OT to beat the lowly Bengals at Lambeau. The oldest rivalry in football returns, but I think the result stays constant to what has happened in their recent battles with the Packers coming out on top. I like the tandem of Cohen/Howard, but other than that I’m not too fond of the weapons the Bears have compared to those the Packers have. Pack take this one by a TD.

Score: Packers 28, Bears 21

New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins

Nick LoPrinzi

The Dolphins should be embarrassed after last week’s lost to the Jets. They were only able to score 6 points against a team that is currently 24th in the league in points allowed per game. Jay Cutler looked serviceable, but they did not feed Jay Ajayi enough. Ajayi only saw the ball 11 times, while only able to put together 16 rushing yards. The Saints are allowing 126.7 rushing yards per game, 24th in the league. The Dolphins need to feed Ajayi if they want to win this game. Drew Brees and the Saints dominated the Panthers last week, beating them 34-13 in Carolina. Brees and Michael Thomas finally seemed to click, as Thomas hauled in 7 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. I think this is going to be a very tight game, but the Saints build off of last week’s win.

Score: Saints 28, Dolphins 24

Joe Toscano

London games are hard to predict. It’s almost like the bizarro world. Who saw Jacksonville scoring 44 on Baltimore? Miami looked awful against the Jets, so look for a bounce back game.

Score: Dolphins 27, Saints 26

Ismael Diaz

The Saints only allowed 13 points against the Panthers last week on the road, but I think that’s mostly in part to Cam Newton‘s piss-poor QB play. I think Jay Cutler will bounce back this week against a still terrible Saints d, but I think Brees has an even better game especially with Willie Snead returning from suspension. Anything can happen in London, but Saints come away with a win.

Score: Saints 33, Dolphins 28

Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots

Nick LoPrinzi

Plain and simple. The New Orleans Saints shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense last week, while Drew Brees dominated their defense. What do you think Tom Brady and the Patriots’ defense is going to do to this Panthers team in Foxboro? I am giving the Panthers no chance in this game

Score: Patriots 33, Panthers 14

Joe Toscano

If Cam Newton can’t get going at home against New Orleans at home, do you think he’ll do it against the Patriots in Foxboro?

Score: Patriots 30, Panthers 20

Ismael Diaz

Led by Tom Brady, the Pats were all over a fairly tough Texans defense, but needed to win with a TD with 23 seconds left in the game. Think the Panthers D is a bit worse than the Texans D, so I think Brady will have another big game. Cam Newton on the other hand isn’t playing well to really any standards, so there’s not much direction with their offense. Pats win big at home.

Score: Patriots 34, Panthers 20

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets

Nick LoPrinzi

Matt Forte is reportedly out for the Jets this weekend, not like it makes much of a difference anyway. However, I think the Jets will go back to being the Jets this weekend, while Blake Bortles will go back to being well, Blake Bortles. The Jets always play the Dolphins well, but they will struggle against the Jags. Saying that just sounds weird.

Score: Jaguars 24, Jets 10

Joe Toscano

Call me crazy, but I think Jacksonville is going to win a lot of games this year. The defense is good and the offense has to be just good enough.

Score: Jaguars 20, Jets 12

Ismael Diaz

Jags pulled off a huge win last week against the Ravens in London, even forcing Joe Flacco to be pulled from the game. They now face-off against the Jets who beat the Dolphins last week and their offense looks better than expected. I see the Jags completely stifling the Jets this week, even getting a safety, and winning by double digits.

Score: Jaguars 25, Jets 14

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

Nick LoPrinzi

The Titans have looked very good so far this season. Marcus Mariota is leading a dynamic offense that contains DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Delanie Walker and many more weapons. The defense needs to improve a bit if they want to truly contend, but I do not think they will have a problem against the Texans this week. It will be a tight game as Deshaun Watson proved he is capable of keeping his team in games. However, I think the Titans’ offense is too much to handle.

Score: Titans 28, Texans 20

Joe Toscano

A great matchup against 2 evenly-matched teams. The difference is Deshaun Watson’s inexperience.

Score: Titans 21, Texans 17

Ismael Diaz

Titans picked up the win last week against Seattle, so they’re riding high into Houston for their Week 4 match-up against the Texans. I think in terms of both sides of the football, the Titans are trending upwards led by Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray. Deshaun Watson had a pretty good showing last week against the Pats, but I don’t think he has that much success this week. I believe these two teams will be fighting to win this division till the very end, but I think the Titans take game 1.

Score: Titans 27, Texans 24

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens

Nick LoPrinzi

This game might be the hardest to predict. The Steelers are not playing anywhere near what people were expecting. Le’Veon Bell has yet to get going, while Ben Roethlisberger has looked mediocre. Their pass defense has been the bright spot of the game so far as they rank second in the league in passing yards allowed per game (259.3 yards). However, this game is going to come down to if the Steelers can stop the Ravens rushing attack. The Ravens are currently 4th in the league with 142.3 rushing yards per game, while the Steelers are 22nd in the league in rushing yards allowed per game with 122.7 yards. I do not think the Steelers will be able to slow down the three-headed monster of Terrance West, Javorius Allen and Alex Collins.

Score: Ravens 20, Steelers 17

Joe Toscano

Both teams looked awful last week and are major bounce-back candidates. Steelers always do poorly in Baltimore, but this will be a great game.

Score: Ravens 24, Steelers 22

Ismael Diaz

Both the Steelers and the Ravens had bad games last week, but they now look to Week 4 to move to 3-1 while also achieve bragging rights in what has been one of the most interesting rivalries for quite some time. Roethlisberger isn’t all that great on the road, as evidenced by his performance last year, but probably isn’t nearly as inconsistent as Joe Flacco can sometimes be. I see this being low-scoring with the Steelers winning late in the 4th quarter.

Score: Steelers 23, Ravens 20

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

Nick LoPrinzi

A game between two winless teams. Someone has to get their first win, right? Both Andy Dalton and DeShone Kizer have turned the ball over like crazy, while neither team can find a way to run the ball successfully. The Bengals pass defense is top 5 in the league right now and I think this gives them the advantage.

Score: Bengals 24, Browns 13

Joe Toscano

Oh Cleveland. I thought you’d be good this year considering you played the Steelers tough. Maybe next year Browns.

Score: Bengals 35, Browns 20

Ismael Diaz

The Bengals finally, sort of, showed up last week when they took the Packers to overtime last week. The Browns took it to the Colts last week, but also ended up losing by just 3 points. Each team is looking for their first win, but the Bengals are simply just the better team. Joe Mixon seems to be getting a bigger role and is doing well in it, and A.J. Green just keeps doing his “thang”. Kizer will eventually get it all together, but he’ll need time and the Bengals won’t be an easy task for him to overcome. Game ends with the Bengals winning in a low-scoring game.

Score: Bengals 21, Browns 16

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

Nick LoPrinzi

The Vikings shocked a lot of people last week when Case Keenum lead the Vikings to victory over the Buccaneers. However, if Sam Bradford is out again and Keenum is forced to start, I do not think we see a repeat of last week. The Lions are a very good team and are not given enough credit. Matthew Stafford has a lot of receivers to throw to and their defense is much improved.

Score: Lions 24, Vikings 17

Joe Toscano

Minnesota might also be following the Jaguars plan – great defense and hope the offense scores enough. Problem is, if Case Keenum is the quarterback, the offense won’t be good enough.

Score: Lions 18, Vikings 15

Ismael Diaz

Two different endings came about with these two teams last week, the Lions losing in controversial fashion against the Falcons and the Vikings who had their way with the Buccaneers. Case Keenum had a really good game, airing it out to Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, which I think he’ll do again this week against the Lions. Matt Stafford loves to play in dome arenas, but something about play on the road against the Vikings in a dome doesn’t sit well with him, causing him to not play all too well. I expect this to be a great game with a close finish, with the Vikings getting the W.

Score: Vikings 28, Lions 27

Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys

Nick LoPrinzi

I am still not sold on the Rams being a good team. They beat two bad teams and lost to a mediocre team. They have not proven enough to me just yet. However, they are much improved. Jared Goff seems as if he has taken a step in the right direction, while Todd Gurley is looking like the running back that everyone expected him to be. However, the Rams defense has been bad. They let up way too many points to an awful 49ers team last week. I think Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and company are going to have a field day on that defense.

Score: Cowboys 30, Rams 24

Joe Toscano

The Rams have been better than I thought they’d be and Jared Goff might be the real deal. However, it’s hard to win in Dallas.

Score: Cowboys 26, Rams 23

Ismael Diaz

Both teams last week won, but neither really displayed much defense, don’t think this game will be much different. Gurley ran circles around the niners like I predicted, Zeke had a better game on Monday night against the cardinals. This just goes to the QB play, clearly Prescott is the better guy and will expose some of the weak points that the Rams defense has. I think Goff will have a decent game, but he’ll be outplayed by Dak. The Cowboys should be able to win this game.

Score: Cowboys 30, Rams 24

Buffalo Bills vs. Atlanta Falcons

Nick LoPrinzi

The Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the NFC and may be the best team in football. The scary part is that Matt Ryan has yet to hit his stride. Once he gets going, this team is going to be hard to stop. The Bills just do not have the firepower to keep up with the Falcons’ offense. They played well against Denver last week, but the Falcons are on a whole other level.

Score: Falcons 27, Bills 17

Joe Toscano

The Bills’ defense has been good, but they face the best offense in the league at home. This won’t be close.

Score: Falcons 37, Bills 21

Ismael Diaz

The Bills pulled off an upset at the hands of the Broncos, who crushed the Cowboys at home the week before. Tyrod Taylor is probably one of the most underrated QBs in football and his connection with Charles Clay right now is something cool to see. I think the Bills give the Falcons a run for their money, but in the end Matt Ryan is just too much for the Bills secondary to handle and they escape with a victory.

Score: Falcons 28, Bills 24

San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Nick LoPrinzi

David Johnson might be my MVP this year just because of how valuable he has proven to be to the Cardinals, while he has been sidelined. The Cardinals look lost without him. Larry Fitzgerald is still a monster, but that is all they have going for them on the offensive side of things. Carlos Hyde has been running the ball very well for the 49ers, so their game plan must be to stop him. If they do, and I think they will, the Cardinals will win this game.

Score: Cardinals 23, 49ers 13

Joe Toscano

The Cardinals are hurt and still trying to cope with David Johnson’s absense, but they are at home and that should put them over the top.

Score: Cardinals 28, 49ers 22

Ismael Diaz

Similar to the Rams/Cowboys, who these two teams faced last week, the Niners and Cards displayed little defense in their losses, which brought them both down to 0-3. I’ll give the edge here to Arizona since they’re at home and have more key defensive play-makers than the Niners have. Wouldn’t be surprised if this game turns into a slug-fest or even a very low-scoring game, who knows.

Score: Cardinals 27, 49ers 23

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Nick LoPrinzi

I just cannot see Philip Rivers and the Chargers falling to 0-4. The loss of Darren Sproles for the year will have a bigger impact than people realize. The Chargers have been very good against the pass this year, as they are currently ranked 5th in the league in passing yards allowed per game with 176 yards allowed per game. That is the key to slowing down Carson Wentz and the rest of the Eagles offense. I think Rivers turns back the clock this week and leads the Chargers to their first win.

Score: Chargers 27, Eagles 24

Joe Toscano

The Chargers haven’t looked good so far, so they should bounce back. Maybe it’s a myth, but teams traveling from one coast to another don’t seem to do well.

Score: Chargers 31, Eagles 19

Ismael Diaz

Another week, another pretty good game from Carson Wentz. He had a solid game in a win last week against a depleted, yet still tough, Giants defense. Now he goes on to face the Chargers, who also have a depleted defense at the moment. Chargers underwhelmed on offense last week, they should get some points up on the board, but I don’t think Rivers will do much in this game. Eagles move to 3-1 on the season.

Score: Eagles 28, Chargers 17

New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nick LoPrinzi

The Giants are in the same boat as the Chargers. I cannot see them falling to 0-4. The Buccaneers were torn about by Case Keenum and the Vikings offense last week, while Jameis Winston and the Bucs’ offense looked horrible. Eli Manning and the Giants offense seemed to have found their stride in the final quarter against the Eagles last week. I think they build off of last week and get their first win here this week. Hopefully, we do not see Odell Beckham make himself look like a fool again.

Score: Giants 28, Buccaneers 24

Joe Toscano

The battle of 2 teams not playing well. Bucs win because they’re at home.

Score: Buccaneers 20, Giants 13

Ismael Diaz

The mess gets messier with this Giants offense, even though OBJ had a huge game last week. Eli Manning has just been awful this season and is getting no help from his offensive line and running game. Jameis Winston also hasn’t really had a great season, but I think he’ll find it soon. Manning might show how bad the Bucs secondary truly is, like the Vikings did last week, but the Bucs will find a way to win whether on the ground or through the air. It’s hard to imagine a team who went to the playoffs last year in the Giants to go 0-4, but I don’t see them picking up their first win on the road here.

Score: Buccaneers 27, Giants 21

Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

Nick LoPrinzi

The Raiders look downright awful on Sunday Night Football against the Redskins. Derek Carr and the rest of the offense did not move the ball at all. They are once again on the road, but against a much better defense. However, the Broncos did not look much better as they dropped a game against the Bills. Trevor Siemian came back down to Earth, while C.J. Anderson did not get anything going either. One team will bounce back and I think that team will be the Raiders due to quarterback play.

Score: Raiders 27, Broncos 23

Joe Toscano

If Steelers-Ravens isn’t game of the week, then this one is. This is always a great game so expect it to come down to the wire.

Score: Broncos 33, Raiders 31

Ismael Diaz

Upset alert! Well maybe, not really, but I think most people go with the Raiders here, but not me after last week. Kirk Cousins had his way with the Raiders D and their offense didn’t have the “firepower” that it usually does. Now they go to Denver to play the Broncos and their renowned defense. The Broncos’ secondary shuts down the pass game of the Raiders and Siemian plays well again at home to bring their fans a W.

Score: Broncos 27, Raiders 24

Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks

Nick LoPrinzi

Seattle has been playing horrible football, but at home against a Colts team still without Andrew Luck looks like an easy win for the Seahawks. Russell Wilson had a great game last week, but the Seahawks’ defense just could not stop the Titans. I think an easy win at home will be just what they need for their confidence.

Score: Seahawks 30, Colts 13

Joe Toscano

Does it seem like the Seahawks always start the season poorly, then go on a tear? This might be the start of that.

Score: Seahawks 44, Colts 14

Ismael Diaz

Now this might turn out like the 49ers/Rams game on Thursday Night where people, including myself, thought it wouldn’t be a good game, but ended up being a high-scoring affair and went down to the wire. I’m going to go with my gut and say Seattle dominates the Andrew Luck-less Colts. Look for Chris Carson to have a big game, should be a guy in a bunch of DFS lineups.

Score: Seahawks 31, Colts 13

Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Nick LoPrinzi

The Redskins beat up on an AFC West opponent at home last week, but this week they will be the team traveling from coast to coast. I do no think they have a repeat performance this week. Kansas City has been the best team in the AFC up to this point in the season. Their defense looks dominant, even with the loss of Eric Berry, and Kareem Hunt is an emerging star for their offense.

Score: Chiefs 35, Redskins 20

Joe Toscano

The Chiefs are undefeated, look great and are playing at home. The Redskins don’t stand a chance.

Score: Chiefs 27, Redskins 20

Ismael Diaz

Redskins are coming off a Sunday night upset over the Raiders and now they go to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs. I’m just too infatuated with Kareem Hunt right now, he’s playing at a real high level and until he shows any sign of slowing down, it’ll be hard for opposing teams to stop him. I see a shootout here, but with the Chiefs on top, joining the Falcons as the only remaining undefeated teams in the NFL.

Score: Chiefs 31, Redskins 28