JAGUARS (2-4) AT TITANS (3-4)
The Jaguars have looked better over the last two weeks, but Blake Bortles has not. On the other side, of the football the Titans have looked even better than the Jaguars. Demarco Murray put up another big week, and should find some running room again Thursday Night. Mariota makes enough plays to win this one.
FINAL: Titans 24- Jaguars 17
REDSKINS (4-3) AT BENGALS (3-4)
The Bengals just seem better than a typical 3-4 team. Andy Dalton has played well, he has AJ Green, a solid two in Brandon Lafell, and a good running back duo. But the Redskins just keep finding ways to win. Kirk Cousins is the master of the play-action, and the Bengals linebackers aren’t good enough to slow him down.
FINAL: Redskins 31- Bengals 24
JETS (2-5) VS. BROWNS (0-7)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m on the Browns bandwagon. If they’re going to win a game soon, it needs to be now. Ryan Fitzpatrick throws this one away again for the Jets.
FINAL: Browns 17- Jets 14
SEAHAWKS (4-1-1) AT SAINTS (2-4)
The Seahawks are all D and no O. The Saints are all O and no D. The difference between the two is that the Seahawks offense doesn’t commit turnovers, while the Saints can be fairly careless with the football. My gut? This is your upset of the week. Drew Brees has too many weapons, and Russell Wilson only has Jimmy Graham, and sort of Doug Baldwin.
FINAL: Saints 24- Seahawks 20
CARDINALS (3-3-1) AT PANTHERS (1-5)
If the Panthers are going to make a move back into the playoff conversation, it needs to be this week. They can’t wait anymore. The Cardinals should have won last week and didn’t that cost them playoff positioning as well. Both teams are desperate, but only one is at home.
FINAL: Panthers 34- Cardinals 24
PATRIOTS (6-1) AT BILLS (4-3)
The Bills are good. The Patriots are better. Without Shady at full health, the Bills don’t have enough weapons in this one. Brady can pick apart the Bills however he wants.
FINAL: Patriots 28- Bills 16
LIONS (4-3) AT TEXANS (4-3)
A tale of two quarterbacks in this one. Matthew Stafford is playing the best ball of his career. Even at his worst though, he’d still be better than Brock Osweiler. The Texans D can at least slow Stafford, but that won’t matter when they’re too gassed to move in the second half.
FINAL: Lions 31- Texans 13
RAIDERS (5-2) AT BUCCANEERS (3-3)
This is the offensive match-up of the week. The Raiders are still building up their reputation, but their offense is for real. Shut down one option, and two more take its place. The Buccaneers can’t match up to the Raiders with so many guys hurt, but Jameis Winston and Mike Evans will give it their best shot.
FINAL: Raiders 45- Buccaneers 31
CHIEFS (4-2) AT COLTS (3-4)
The Chiefs are criminally underrated again this year. They started slowly and people forgot about them. But the defense is scary, Alex Smith has weapons everywhere, and the Chiefs are back to destroying people. The Colts are only good on one side of the ball. Andrew Luck can’t do it all himself. Chiefs in a blowout that seems worse than the score.
FINAL: Chiefs 31- Colts 20
CHARGERS (3-4) AT BRONCOS (5-2)
The Chargers are the best 3-4 team in football. Since Joey Bosa started playing, the defense can actually play defense! Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perriman look great too. Oh, and Phillip Rivers is throwing it back to his MVP candidate days. The Broncos defense is good, and Devontae Booker is breaking out in a hurry for the offense. But the Chargers are too scary right now.
FINAL: Chargers 21- Broncos 17
PACKERS (4-2) AT FALCONS (4-3)
The hardest pick of the week for me. Aaron Rodgers showed last week that he’s still Aaron Freaking Rodgers. The Packers stuck a receiver in the backfield and he ran for 60 yards. The defense still looks awesome. But I can’t shake the feeling that this is the week the Falcons turn it back around. They’ve been on and off lately, but this is a momentum changer for them at home.
FINAL: Falcons 27- Packers 24
EAGLES (4-2) AT COWBOYS (5-1)
A good primetime football game? Gasp! Two stellar rookie quarterbacks. Two good defenses. The difference is in the run game. The Dallas offensive line is the best in football bar none. The Eagles ground game is just decent. Carson Wentz just doesn’t get the help he needs in this one. Dak keeps the pressure on Jerry Jones.
FINAL: Cowboys 23- Eagles 18
VIKINGS (5-1) AT BEARS (1-6)
For such a terrible team, the Bears have an inordinate amount of nationally televised prime time games. Even with Jay Cutler back, the team is just bad. The Vikings got out Vikinged last week, but they’re still the best defense in football. Bad news for the Bears offense.
FINAL: Vikings 21- Bears 6