By Jeremy Sneed
Thursday Night Football
7:25 Bills (4-4) @ Jets (5-3)
Rex Ryan is making his return to New Jersey and he is already taking shots at the Jets by making IK Enemkpali one of his captains. For those who don’t know, IK was the guy who broke Geno Smith’s jaw. As much as I like the Jets team this year, the Bills offense was almost unstoppable last week with Tyrod Taylor posting a 98.0 QBR. I think Rex and the Bills defeat the Jets in a close 18-14 contest.
12:00 Jaguars (2-6) @ Ravens (2-6)
The Ravens are coming off their bye and I think they are going to look a lot of smoother offensively despite not having Steve Smith. The Jaguars have a lot of weapons on offense but I think the Ravens will win this game in a shootout. Final score: 37-28
12:00 Browns (2-7) @ Steelers (5-4)
Mike Pettine said that Josh McCown will start if he is healthy enough. I don’t understand the move because I thought Manziel played pretty well against a tough Cincinnati defense. With that being said, Big Ben is set to miss this game with a mid-foot sprain but I think the Steelers will still have enough weapons to win this game pretty easily. Final score: 29-17
12:00 Panthers (8-0) @ Titans (2-6)
The Panthers and Titans are both coming off of impressive wins against the Packers and Saints. But Marcus Mariota and the Titans are going to be no match for the Panthers and their strong defense. I think the panthers win this game easily 35-12.
12:00 Bears (3-5) @ Rams (4-4)
This is an interesting matchup and a tough game to pick for me. As much as I would love to pick the Bears this week, I just think the Rams offense is going to run all over the Bears weak defense. Gurley and Austin in particular are players to watch in this game for the Rams. With all that being said I think the rams win this game with a final score of 24-16.
12:00 Cowboys (2-6) @ Buccaneers (3-5)
With Tony Romo still sidelined, the Cowboys nearly pulled out a win Sunday night against the Eagles. Considering that they have yet to win a game this season without Romo, I think that trend will continue this week against Tampa. I think Jameis Winston will lead his team to their 4th win of the season with a final score of 31-18.
12:00 Lions (1-7) @ Packers (6-2)
The Packers are on a two game losing streak after losing to the Broncos and the Panthers. The Lions do not have a chance though against the Packers and the Packers will be able to end their losing streak with an easy win against Detroit. Final score: 45-10
12:00 Dolphins (3-5) @ Eagles (4-4)
This is another interesting matchup in which it is hard to choice a winner. I do think the Eagles will win this game because of the momentum from their overtime win Sunday night. Final score: 27-20
12:00 Saints (4-5) @ Redskins (3-5)
Despite an overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans last week, I think Drew Brees will lead his team to their 4th win of the season against Kirk Cousins and the Redskins. Drew Brees has been on fire the past few weeks and I think that will continue this week. I think the Saints will win this game with a final score of 34-26.
3:05 Vikings (6-2) @ Raiders (4-4)
I really like the Raiders this week because they are 2-2 at home, while both of the Vikings loses have been on the road. Teddy Bridgewater is also dealing with a concussion, even though he did pass his first concussion test. I think Derek Carr and Amari Cooper lead the Raiders to victory with a final score of 23-16.
3:25 Chiefs (3-5) @ Broncos (7-1)
The Broncos are coming off of their first loss of the season against the Colts last week. But, I think the Broncos will bounce back nicely against the Chiefs. The Chiefs are just too inconsistent on both sides of the ball to contend with the Broncos. I think the Broncos easily win this game with a final score of 31-14.
3:25 Patriots (8-0) @ Giants (5-4)
In my upset of the week and maybe of the season, I think the New York Giants will defeat the Patriots this week. I make this prediction based on the fact that the Patriots haven’t beaten the Giants in seven years and they are playing in the Meadowlands this week. Tom Coughlin obviously knows how to beat New England and I think he pulls it off again this week. Final score: 23-20
Sunday Night Football
7:30 Cardinals (6-2) @ Seahawks (4-4)
Both of these teams are coming off of their bye weeks, but I think the Seahawks are going to win this game. I am hoping that they were able to figure their offensive struggles out during the bye week. I think this will be a low-scoring affair and it will come down to who has a better defense. Final score: 17-10 Seahawks
Monday Night Football
7:30 Texans (3-5) @ Bengals (8-0)
The Bengals have had an extremely easy schedule thus far and have gotten ridiculed for it. But, what the critics don’t understand is that you still have to win games. This is another easy matchup for Cincy and I think they win again to improve to 9-0. I think they win this game easily with a final score of 44-7.