Coming off a surprisingly lackluster performance at home the Seattle Seahawks head to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals team that has always given them fits. With the Rams resurgence, the Seahawks can’t afford another hiccup, especially in a divisional game. The Cardinals are banged up at quarterback and despite his win in San Francisco, it’s hard to see Drew Stanton beating a quality team like the Seahawks in the primetime spotlight.
Despite their ugly loss last week to the dancing Jets, the Buffalo Bills Mafia has had plenty to cheer about in 2017. At 5-3 they are in the thick of the playoff race and have played especially well at home, going 4-0 at New Era Field. The New Orleans Saints come in on a six-game winning streak, thanks to a vastly improved defense. However, even when the Saints were at their best they tended to struggle away from the Superdome, especially in tough road games in northern cities like Buffalo.
The Green Bay Packers without Aaron Rodgers are like Thanksgiving without a nice juicy turkey. It’s like a birthday, without a cake. It’s like Star Wars with Jar Jar Binks playing every role. It sucks, it’s depressing and it’s impossible to watch. They will not get any sympathy from the Chicago Bears, who have been playing solid defense all season. Look for the Bears to roll all over the Packers who continue to struggle under the lackluster play of Brett Hundley, who is clearly not a capable NFL quarterback.
Three scores ago, the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns were the premiere matchup in the NFL, playing in the NFL Championship Game four times in six years, culminating in the 1957 Championship won by the Lions in Detroit. The Lions have won just one playoff game ever since, while the Browns have become the NFL’s comedy troupe providing weekly laughs even when they don’t play as they can’t even complete a trade. Late the GM’s wife was heard shouting “You Block Head”.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Indianapolis Colts its usually means a big game for Ben Roethlisberger who has feasted on the Colts secondary. The Colts learned before last week’s game that Andrew Luck will miss the entire season, now there is word that Owner Jim Irsay thinks it is all in Luck’s head. This has the potential to get ugly, as those the score of this game, look for the Steelers to burn up the field at Lucas Oil Field, as the Colts hope it is not a trip to the glue factory.
There is a buzz in Northern Florida for the first time in years, as the Jacksonville Jaguars are a genuine playoff contender. While Blake Bortles is still not the answer at quarterback, he has not had to do much heavy lifting thanks to one of the league’s best defense and the top rushing offense in the NFL. The Los Angeles Chargers have had their ups and downs, after starting 0-4. The Chargers have traditionally struggled going east for the early kickoff, which means the Jaguars defense should have a field day picking up off Phillip Rivers, who will throw at least three interceptions and two tantrums.
Two teams that have had seasons that have veered far off expectations. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were expected to be Super Bowl contenders, but after eight games have sunk to the bottom of the NFC South at 2-6. The New York Jets were expected to be the worst team in the NFL, instead, have danced their way to mediocrity. The Buccaneers are shutting down Jameis Winston who has a shoulder injury, leading Ryan Fitzpatrick to start against his former team, this is when Fitzpatrick is at his best his first start against a former team which there are many.
It may not always be pretty, but the Tennessee Titans are 5-3 and looking to make noise in the AFC South. Most weeks Marcus Mariota does just enough to get a win, while the Titans defense plays does not yield too many points. The Cincinnati Bengals have been the exact opposite always doing just enough to lose. Making matters worse their continued lack of discipline as continued to be a total embarrassment as it seems every week a different player is getting ejected for fighting or a dirty play. Hard to see a reversal in either trend as the two teams going in opposite direction intersect in Nashville.
Last week the Washington Redskins stunned the Seahawks in Seattle thanks to a stellar defensive effort, while Kirk Cousins led the perfect drive in the two-minute drill. The Minnesota Vikings coming off a bye week, are 6-2 and could be getting back Teddy Bridgewater soon. With a strong defense, the Vikings will give Cousins fits as the Redskins despite their win last week still have plenty of problems dealing with a banged-up offensive line. Look for the Vikings to escape Washington with a close win in a defensive struggle.
The Houston Astros claimed their first World Series trophy, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a thrilling seven-game series. The Los Angeles Rams at 6-2 have been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL, while the Houston Texans have been ravaged by injuries. Look for the Rams with the best offense in the NFL to get some revenge for the Dodgers by taking the Texans, whose defense is a shell of their former self to the woodshed at the Memorial Coliseum. Meanwhile, Tom Savage reminds fans once again why he was benched for DeShaun Watson.
The Dallas Cowboys season can be summed up in the Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go”, as the Ezekiel Elliott saga as different beyond the absurd into utter ridiculous. Each week things get more ludicrous as Roger Goodell’s commissionership sinks like the Titanic. The Atlanta Falcons at 4-4 are clearly suffering a Super Bowl hangover, as their offense has lacked the spark from last season. Look for another disappointing day for the dirty birds, as Elliott plays and filets the Falcons.
At some point, the San Francisco 49ers have to win a game this year. They have come close several times, and most weeks give a genuine effort. Jimmy Garppollo will not get the start this week as the 49ers get ready for their bye week, but don’t be shocked if he gets a few snaps in this game. The New York Giants meanwhile are going to the post office and looking for more stamps to mail this one in, as it is clear they are quit on their coach Ben McAdoo who is clearly in over his slicked-back hair.
A typical New England Patriots practice resembles a class at the Cobra Kai Karate School. As Coach Bill Belichick steps to the front of the team, he shouts out “Mercy is for the Weak” the team shouts “Yes Coach Belichick”. “There will be no mercy in this locker” “Yes Coach Belichick” they shout back again and again. That is what this Sunday Night Game will be no mercy as they beat up the Denver Broncos a former rival who beat them twice in the AFC Championship game but is now just a patsy getting ready to be slaughtered in primetime.
Last week Cam Newton had one of his best games of the season, as the Carolina Panthers allowed him to run free out of the pocket. Looking to regain that 2015 magic, Newton again roams free and has a field day on Monday Night Football as the Miami Dolphins defense exhausted from being on the field for 50 minutes due to the holding offensive line trying to protect the atrociously awful incompetent horrendous pathetic putrid offense led by the terrible Jay Cutler all coming together to make my Birthday Suck.