At 1-5, the Jets season is all but lost and so will many jobs once the season is complete. Rex Ryan can finally get his dream job, selling women’s shoes with Al Bundy. Geno Smith can review movies, he recently saw the new film the Judge and hated it, but he gave Gone Girl two interceptions and a fumble. The Patriots are going to win this game big as we have another Primetime blowout.
The Ravens look rejuvenated this season, especially off a beat down of the Buccaneers. The Falcons also delivered a beat down to the Bucs, but in the three games since it has all been downhill, as they have been ravaged by injuries. Even when healthy the Falcons struggle away from home. The Ravens should be able to continue the momentum and win their third game against NFC South opponents.
Making his second career start last week, Teddy Bridgewater experienced a season worth of growing pains against the Lions, the Bills defense could create some of those same problems. Bridgewater may have a bright future, but the Vikings are a mess without a reliable running game. The Bills have had flashes here and there, while splitting their first three games. The Bills have won twice against the NFC North on the road; this one in Buffalo will also be in the win column.
Another dead coach walking is Joe Philbin in Miami. The Dolphins continue to wallow in endless mediocrity. Ryan Tannehill is not improving, Mike Wallace is overpaid, and Knowshon Moreno one game after returning from an elbow injury blew out his knee. Add to this mass confusion and a heart breaking loss to the Packers last week and the players losing confidence in Philbin. The Bears looked good in Atlanta and deliver their first home win of the year this week by adding to Miami’s woes.
The Saints have yet to hit their stride this season, even struggling in two home wins, while losing all three on the road. The Lions despite injuries to their offense have been solid thanks to the best defense in the NFL in the first six weeks. The Saints also have a key injury as they will likely be without Tight End Jimmy Graham for a few weeks. Look for the Lions to continue their solid work on defense as the Saints will sorely miss Graham against the Lions front seven.
Last week’s win in Miami is the type of win that can launch the Packers, as Aaron Rodgers led them to a win in the final seconds. Returning home they face a Panthers team, whose defense has been struggling since the excommunication of Greg Hardy. They have especially struggled against the run, and this could be the breakout game that Eddie Lacy has been waiting for especially at the friendly confines of Lambeau Field.
Put a little pressure on the Bengals and watch them fold. The hype of their 3-0 start is all but gone after a blowout loss in Foxboro and a tie at home. The Bengals defense has been chewed up by Tom Brady and Cam Newton, now enters Andrew Luck and there will be more pain. In addition Andy Dalton still seems to make careless turnovers. The Bengals are just not for real, the Colts are for real and will continue to make their case as one of the teams to beat in the AFC with an easy win at home.
A tale of two rookie quarterbacks; one is already established himself as the team’s future, while another who had the hype and commercial endorsements is forced to watch and wait. One team has only the future to look toward, while the other is winning now behind Brian Hoyer. The better Hoyer plays the more Johnny Football turns into Johnny Bench and may be best used as trade bait, the Jags meanwhile just want to find a win, this week will not be the answer as Hoyer and the Browns continue their strong play and improve to 4-2.
As often is the case, the Super Bowl champion has trouble in the following season as they face 16 teams that are attempting to bring their A game to knock off the champs. Through five games the Seahawks are just 3-2 and have had a tough time in nearly every game. They will face another tough game this week against the Rams in St. Louis a place they struggled last season. The Seahawks need to get Marshawn Lynch back in beast mode quickly otherwise they could find themselves in a hole fast. The Rams will not win the game but will push Seattle for a full 60 minutes.
A week after blowing a 25 point lead at home to the Browns, the Titans nearly blew a nine point lead in the final minute against the winless Jaguars. The Redskins also lost their last two games, but looked much better in challenging the Seahawks at home and the Cardinals on the road. Coming home the Redskins are due for a win and will get it against a Titans team that at times just does not look like it even as a pulse.
Don’t look now but the Chargers may finally be putting the pieces together for a big run at the Lombardi Trophy. Winners of five straight since the season opener, the Chargers are getting a career season from Phillip Rivers who through the first six weeks is the NFL’s MVP. The true test will come next week against the Broncos. The battle this week is not to be caught looking ahead. The Chargers though this year look too focused to let that happen as Rivers has another big day against the Chiefs.
DeMarco Murray is on record pace, joining Jim Brown as the only player in NFL history to rush for 100 yards in each of his team’s first six games. The running of Murray has been spurred by a Cowboys offensive line that has been like a wall of granite. The line has also helped Tony Romo and together they have dominated the game clock and helped their defense. This is the formula to win a Super Bowl. The Cowboys in past years after a big win would suffer a letdown. The Giants coming in will inspire them to not let that happen, as Big Blue off a disastrous loss in Philly shows right away how big of loss Victor Cruz is.
Last week Derek Carr had a breakout game, with four touchdown passes. However, the Raiders still managed to lose their first game under Coach Tony Sparano. Carr will have a much tougher time this week against the secondary of the Cardinals. The game also marks the return of Carson Palmer to Oakland. Palmer was the Raiders quarterback for two seasons, but never lived up to expectations. Thanks largely to Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald he has been much better in Arizona. Look for a motivated Palmer to have a big game as the Raiders continue to sink in the black hole.
The setup is perfect; Peyton Manning in primetime just needs three more touchdown passes, to become the NFL’s most prolific touchdown passer. Expect Manning to have the record by halftime. The 49ers have begun to look like a contender after starting the season slowly, but going into Denver is a nearly impossible task these days, especially when you are still without Aldon Smith who has three games left in his suspension.
Two teams that are 3-3 and whose seasons can go either way meet on Monday Night Football. The Steelers have struggled on defense, allowing the Buccaneers a last minute touchdown and get torched by the Ravens and Browns. The Texans meanwhile, have gotten great defense from J.J. Watt who has almost won games by himself. The only problem is the Texans have gotten nearly nothing from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and to win in Heinz Field you need a quarterback that has at least some ability to win a game and Fitzpatrick is not the answer.