The last time the Browns played the Bengals with Johnny Manziel at quarterback, the Bengals won 30-0, with Johnny Football having one of the worst games in NFL history. Manziel passed for just 80 yards with two touchdowns and showed just how unprepared he was to start in the NFL. The Bengals come into this game 7-0 and their defense has been strong all year. This game has blowout written all over it, by 9pm Pawn Stars will have more drama.
The Bills and Dolphins come into this game at a crossroads at 3-4. The Dolphins suffered their first loss under Dan Campbell, but the biggest sting may have been the season ending injury to Cameron Wake. The Bills meanwhile come in off a bye just need to get healthy. Things are looking up with Tyrod Taylor returning. The Bills crushed the Dolphins in Miami in Week 3, his one should be closer, but the result in the end will be the same.
The Packers come into Carolina after suffering their first loss of the season last week in a battle of unbeaten in Denver. The Panthers meanwhile survived a late charge by the Colts on Monday Night to win in overtime. By the end of the game, the Panthers defense was sucking wind. The Packers coming off one of Aaron Rodgers worst games will look to get back on track. This one will be close and may need overtime, as the Panthers will be unbeaten no more.
Both teams come in playing well and are in playoff contention. The Vikings are 5-2 and playing at home, but the Rams may be even stronger at 4-3 with Todd Gurley running up and down the field. The Rams defense has also been playing well putting pressure on the quarterback. Despite the Vikings success Teddy Bridgewater has had his up and downs. With the Rams defensive pressure and Gurley running wild, this smells like an upset.
Theoretically the Redskins have a chance to win the game, the Patriots bus can get a flat tire on the way to the stadium. It is all possible that it will snow on the 4th of July that a gold fish could survive meeting a shark, and a gazelle could beat a lion. All are theoretically possible. The Redskins at least will be give the listening pleasure of the Boston Pops over their headsets during the game in Foxboro.
Last week Drew Brees proved rumors of his career being in decline were greatly exaggerated as he had a NFL record tying seven touchdowns against the Giants. The Titans meanwhile have not won since Week 1, have a hobbled Marcus Mariota and a new coach, with Ken Whisenhut being shown the door on Tuesday. The Titans could be drafting in the top five again, as Mike Mularkey takes over. Hard to see them being able to stop the suddenly red hot Saints and score enough to even keep this one a little close.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has a torn thumb ligament and Geno Smith had a severe shoulder bruise. It is unknown who will get the start and if either can even play on Sunday, the Jets may be forced to give the ball to Bryce Petty. The Jaguars have not won two straight games since 2013 and coming off a bye week could be in the right position as the Jets quarterback injuries certainly have them in peril. No matter how strong Gang Green’s defense is, if they can’t score they can’t win. This game will be used later a sleep aid.
The Steelers season took on a heavy blow last week, as they lost a key divisional match to the Bengals at home, and saw LeVeon Bell suffer a season ending knee injury. The Raiders meanwhile off two straight could almost fly to Pittsburgh without a plane as they sit at 4-3 with the playoffs in reach. The game though is one of those early starts that Western teams struggle with. The Steelers also have a strong back up with DeAngelo Williams running the ball for Bell. The Steelers get their season back on track with Ben Roethlisberger out gunning Derek Carr at Heinz Field.
The 49ers have become a stage four disaster, with Colin Kaepernick getting benched for Blaine Gabbert. They are so desperate and Kaepernick has played so poorly that the 49ers think that Gabbert gives them a better chance to win. Meanwhile scouts in San Francisco are looking at Connor Cook and the rest of the NCAA because with a high draft pick they will certainly be in the market for a new QB as Colin Kaepernick is likely elsewhere next season. The Falcons meanwhile need to win this game to stop the bleeding as a home loss to Tampa suddenly has them careening towards earth faster than Colin Keapernick’s stock has plummeted.
This one could be another shootout as Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers have been impressive in the past few weeks. Tampa has won two of their last three, with the lone blemish being a one-point loss in Washington, in a game they led most of the way. The Giants last week lost a record breaking showdown against the Saints, despite Eli Manning throwing six touchdown passes. The Bucs don’t have the defense to hold the Giants in check and don’t have the experience to outgun them look for the Giants to win this high scoring affair.
Chuck Pagano could be a dead man walking into Sunday’s game with the Broncos. Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton was shown the door on Tuesday and Pagano could be next if the Colts don’t turn things around pronto. The Broncos come in unbeaten and are winning on defense, so much that Peyton Manning playing in Indianapolis has become a side story. The problem is his replacement Andrew Luck has been off all season, there is speculation of injuries and other ailments, but either way the Colts at 3-5 look to be going the wrong way in this horse race.
Until Tony Romo is back on the field it is too hard to pick the Cowboys to win. Their last win came against these same Eagles in Philadelphia, with Romo suffering a broken collar bone on a hard tackle. There has to be a revenge factor in mind, but with Matt Cassel making Brandon Weeden look like Troy Aikman it is hard to imagine the Cowboys getting back on track. The Eagles offense is playing better their defense has been sharp and they are coming in well prepared off a bye. In addition, the Cowboys are not a very good home team. The Eagles win on Sunday Night and all but seal the Cowboys fate.
Two teams who have GO at the end of their city’s name meet in a Monday Night affair with each team going in the wrong direction. The Bears are going to get a high draft pick in next May’s drafted hosted once again in the Windy City, while the Chargers are likely going to LA. At 2-6 the Chargers are starting to resemble a lame duck, but the Bears defense remains might soft. A loss at home here and things can really get ugly in San Diego. Hard to see the Bears with their lack of talent winning on the road on Monday Night no matter who they play.