Last week: 8-8
Miami Dolphins 20 Cincinnati Bengals 27
The Fins needed overtime to beat the Browns last week at home, which leads me to believe that they might struggle against a playoff team on the road. At least fans can look forward to what might be the ugliest non-color rush uniform match up of the season. #getexcited
Indianapolis Colts 38 Jacksonville Jaguars 28
Neither of these defenses have been able to stop opposing teams’ passing game at all. The Allen Brothers finally get cooking, but the Colts and their stable of receivers get more cooking. This is a tight one until Luck hits TY Hilton for a 63-yard touchdown late to put this barnburner on ice.
Tennessee Titans 27 Houston Texans 23
Tennessee uses Belichick’s blueprint on how to beat Houston by running the ball, then running the ball, then running it some more. DeAndre Hopkins still goes off for 143 yards and a score in a losing effort.
Cleveland Browns 16 Washington 27
The story line for this was set up to be a great revenge game. But as exactly 0 people predicted, RGIII got hurt and how can’t play against the team that drafted him. Oh well. The big rushing holes Shane Vereen had last week against Washington do concern me a tad, as Cleveland does field the league’s second leading rusher, Isaiah Crowell. However, I have faith that Cousins will get it done.
Seattle Seahawks 20 New York Jets 12
Last week it looked like Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham finally got on the same page. That doesn’t bode well for the Jets who just finished letting Travis Kelce do whatever he wanted against them. On the bright side for Jets fans, Fitzpatrick doesn’t throw 6 interceptions, because Todd Bowles benches him after his fourth.
Buffalo Bills 20 New England Patriots 33
New England does what little thought was possible and go 4-0 in Tom Brady’s absence. The Patriots’ underrated defense shuts down the suddenly surging Bills to maintain their stronghold on the AFC East.
Carolina Panthers 34 Atlanta Falcons 28
I’m tempted to pick Atlanta here but I think their rise to the top of the NFC South was aided too much by the poor defenses they’ve faced so far. Cam and company BBQ the birds, but a late Falcons TD makes this one seem closer than it really was.
Oakland Raiders 35 Baltimore Ravens 24
The Ravens drop their first game of the season after they finally play against a quality team. In what’s almost becoming the norm, Seth Roberts, not Amari Cooper or Michael Crabtree, is the one who comes up with the big plays when Oakland needs them. The Raiders cruise to a W in this one.
Detroit Lions 37 Chicago Bears 21
Hoyer didn’t look THAT bad against Dallas last week, but he will look that bad against Detroit this week when he throws two picks. Marvin Jones continues to have a career year proving that he can be a number one wideout.
Denver Broncos 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13
This one doesn’t stray too far from the script. The Bronco’s defense holds the opposing offense to a few scores while creating turnovers while their offense makes a few plays here and there but isn’t doing anything too flashy. Like almost every other quarterback, Jameis Winston struggles against the #noflyzone.
Los Angeles Rams 12 Arizona Cardinals 30
In this NFC West matchup, the Rams fall back to earth after winning their last two games. Carson Palmer and the Cards take out a week’s worth of frustration on the poor Rams after last week’s loss to the Bills. Case Keenum’s performance against Arizona is likely going to be his last of the season, as after this stinker the coaching staff finally decide to start rookie Jared Goff.
New Orleans 28 San Diego Chargers 35
Despite their 1-2 record, the Chargers have looked good in every game this season. This week they collect win number two, thanks in large part to Philip Rivers playing like it’s 2009. The Saints on the other hand drop to 0-4 as their historically bad defense once again costs them a critical win.
Dallas Cowboys 28 San Francisco 49ers 27
With the 9er’s leading by six with just over a minute left and Dallas in the red zone, Dak Prescott rolls to his right and pumps once. Then, with DeForest Buckner leaping high to bat the pass down, Prescott delivers a touchdown strike off his back foot to Cole Beasley who leaps about four feet into the air to bring it in. You get the picture– the Cowboys get the walk off win and somewhere out there Danny White is smiling.
Kansas City Chiefs 31 Pittsburgh Steelers 24
Alex Smith does a lot more than manage the game in this one by scoring all four of KC’s touchdowns, including the go ahead TD rush off the read option. The lack of playmakers behind Antonio Brown at wide receiver comes back to haunt Pitt for the second time in two weeks.
New York Giants 13 Minnesota Vikings 36
The Giants can’t get anything going against the ferocious Vikings D. Minnesota scores in all three phases of the game with a Bradford to Diggs TD, a pick six, and a muffed punt returned for a touchdown.