The Kansas City Chiefs are broken and playing two games in four days is not helping matters. Patrick Mahomes’ ankle is gimpy, the Chiefs’offensive line is having trouble protecting, and the Chiefs defense is on the field 40 minutes a game because they cannot stop the run. Look for the Chiefs to have more problems as they lose on the road to the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night.
Two recent Super Bowl losers in a death spiral meet in a Week 7 game of survival. For the Atlanta Falcons, every game has been the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI, as they sit 1-5 while playing terrible both sides of the ball. The Los Angeles Rams meanwhile come in at 3-3 with three straight losses, as the Jared Goff’s Super Bowl LIII struggles have continued. The Falcons problems are more engrained, while the Rams have played a hard schedule over their losing streak. The Rams should be able to exploit the Falcons awful secondary to get back on the winning track.
The Miami Dolphins nearly pulled out a comeback win as they kept the inside track at the #1 pick by botching a two-point try against the Redskins in the Toilet Tank Bowl last week. The Dolphins now believe Ryan Fitzpatrick should start, but he will not have the element of surprise as he faces a talented Buffalo Bills defense. The Bills were playing great defense before the bye. I see no reason that will not continue as they play the worst team in the NFL.
Mustache mania has come and gone as the league is beginning to figure out Gardner Minshew. The Jacksonville Jaguars finally traded away Jalen Ramsey and can now focus on football, though there are still problems that lie in wait of a team that for one briefing shining moment looked ready to become a contender two years ago. The Cincinnati Bengals come into this game winless, but they have to win one eventually, don’t they?
Oh, the luck of the Detroit Lions, a 2-2-1 team that could easily be 5-0. There was the tie a Week 1 collapse in the fourth quarter; the first loss came in the last minute against the Chiefs, the recent loss a walk-off field goal against the Packers on Monday Night. The Minnesota Vikings have played well the previous two weeks, but a have always had their problems at Ford Field. The Lions have played close games all season win, lose or draw; this time, they will get the last-second field goal in their favor.
Don’t look now, but the Oakland Raiders are playing well at 3-2. The Raiders have won the last two games of this extended road trip before the bye week, beating the Colts in Indianapolis and the Bears in London. The Raiders have played well on defense, while Josh Jacobs has been a revelation at running back. The Green Bay Packers are coming or a walk-off win on Monday night and have the home field edge. Look for Aaron Rodgers to make the big plays when it matters, as Green Bay continues to rule the North.
Deshaun Watson is playing at a higher level as he has had big games against the Falcons and Colts. Now with the AFC South on the line, he was to show he can get a big road win inside the division. The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a bye week and hoping to get some of their top players on defense healthy. The key for the Colts now centers around Marlon Mack and the rushing attack. If Mack can control the clock, the Colts can win. In not, it will become the Texans division to lose.
It’s a battle of rookie quarterbacks as Kyler Murray looks to get a third straight win for the Arizona Cardinals by taking on Daniel Jones and the New York Giants at the Meadowlands. New York should get a big boost from Saquon Barkley, who is expected to play for the first time in a month after spraining his ankle in Week 3. Murray has been vulnerable for the sack, and that is where this one will be decided as he spends too much time on his back, with Barkley leading the Big Blue attack.
The Washington Redskins beat the Dolphins in the Toilet Tank last week, hanging on as Miami’s fourth-quarter comeback fell short after a half-hearted two-point try. The San Francisco 49ers, meanwhile, at 5-0, proved they are the best team in the NFC as they dominated the Rams on the road. This one should be easy peasy for the Niners, as the Redskins are the worst team in the NFC.
It is a battle of underwhelming teams as the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans are both 2-4. The Titans have decided to make a change at quarterback, benching Marcus Mariota in favor of Ryan Tannehill. The Chargers can’t make that switch, as Philip Rivers is the only option. Both teams should be better, and will again struggle, but the Titans are playing at home, and the Chargers problems run deep.
Teddy Bridgewater has done just enough to keep the New Orleans Saints on track. Truth be told it is, the Saints defense that has been largely responsible. The Chicago Bears could get Mitch Trubisky back at quarterback, which should help coming off the bye. However, Trubisky has his own problems and will fall short as the Saints get just enough from Bridgewater in Soldier Field.
Lamar Jackson has played well all season for the Baltimore Ravens, as he has become a real dual threat at running the ball and throwing. Ryan Wilson meanwhile is putting MVP type numbers for the Seattle Seahawks. Winning in Seattle has been difficult for even the best veteran quarterbacks. Jackson should be able to put up good fantasy numbers, but Wilson will take his team to school as the Seahawks win again.
The sun is about 10,000 degrees, the only thing hotter is the seat that Dallas Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett currently occupies. A decade of disappointment has fans in Dallas seeing red as the Cowboys have lost three straight games, with fans calling for Garrett’s job. The Philadelphia Eagles are also 3-3 and have had their ups and downs. Last year the Cowboys saved their season with a Sunday Night win over Philadelphia. This will happen again, as Cowboys get some of the pressure of their head coach.
Easy street is the address that the New England Patriots live on. Not saying that they are not the best team in the NFL, they are. However, their 6-0 start has been courtesy of a cupcake schedule. The Bills are the only team with a winning record they played, and Buffalo lost their quarterback in that game. The New York Jets are coming off their first win as the return of Sam Darnold was boost against the Cowboys. Facing the Patriots on Monday Night, the Jets will again show why they lost their first four games.