From late game collapses to botched Field Goals, the Chargers have been an absolute disaster when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter. Coming off their first loss, the Broncos should get a boost as Trevor Siemian returns after missing a game with a sprained shoulder. The Broncos defense despite last week’s loss remains one of the strongest in the NFL. The Chargers meanwhile have lost two key offensive weapons and are prone to the big mistake which does not setup good when going against Von Miller.
Ever since the Bills fired their offensive coordinator Greg Roman they have been red hot winning three in a row. The 49ers meanwhile are a genuine mess, losing four straight since their impressive opening week win. With Blane Gabbert struggling, the Niners are giving the reigns back to Colin Kaepernick. However, it does not matter who starts for the 49ers at this point their run defense can’t stop anybody and with Tyrod Taylor able to create havoc with his legs and LaSean McCoy carrying the ball the Bills should be able to stay on a roll.
The Bears should send one big thank you letter to the Chicago Cubs, who are in the NLCS for the second straight year and have their best chance in a century to win the World Series. The Bears are just a bad football team that struggles at home even worse than they do on the road. If not for the Cubs, the Bears would be facing on the slings and arrows that come from losing in the Windy City. At home against an equally bad Jaguars team you should expect them to get the win, as Brian Hoyer has not been atrocious at quarterback.
After three straight wins the Rams delivered a lackluster loss at home against the Bills. This has been the way things have gone for the Rams under Coach Jeff Fisher, whether they play in St. Louis or Los Angeles, the team always seeps down into mediocrity. The Lions have played better than their 2-3 record indicates as they delivered a solid effort in handing the Eagles their first loss. The only problem in Detroit is the Lions seem to not put in 60 minute efforts as they have a habit of blowing leads in the fourth quarter
The Dolphins secondary is soft; their pass rush is mush on offense they are rudderless and confused as Ryan Tanneyhill gets battered and bruised. In come the Steelers who seem to do everything right. If you have Antonio Brown on your fantasy team this week is surely to be a delight. Meanwhile fans in Miami just continue to watch with fright. Tanneyhill go he must, there is no doubt about it he is a total bust.
After winning his first game on the road, Tom Brady makes his first start in Foxboro. The Bengals have yet to get anything going as they are muddling along at 2-3. The two wins for the Bengals have come against the Jets and Dolphins not exactly world beaters. So far their defense has not been able to get pressure on the quarterback, while their offense has been unable to finish drives. Two combinations that spell disaster when facing the Patriots. With the home crowd behind him look for Brady to have a big day as the Patriots deliver another easy win.
At 1-4 the Panthers have reached a crisis point as they already lost two straight within the division. A loss on Sunday will all but end Carolina’s playoff hopes and they are too talented to come apart this fast. Reigning MVP Cam Newton has had a nightmarish start to the season, as he has been beat up in the first four games, missing the Panthers Monday Night loss with a concussion. If Carolina is going to get anything going the Saints could be the right team to face as their defense has been terrible.
Both teams come into this game in a major funk, with the Ravens losing two straight heartbreakers at home, while the Giants have been sloppy and lost their last three. The Ravens are taking a page out of the Bills playbook, firing Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman after last week’s game. The problem with the Ravens though has more to do with everyone looking like they are going in slow motion as they even struggled when they won their first three games. The Giants is just about getting focused and stopping the foolish mistakes. With this one at home and pressure building, I see Eli Manning having his best game of the season as the Giants get back on track.
Last week Charlie Whitehurst came and went as he took over after Cody Kessler suffered an injury against the Patriots. Of course Whitehurst himself hurt his knee and was later released. The Browns hope to have Kessler available for Tennessee, as Luke McCown could even be close to returning, but if either go down than the Browns may be forced to go to with Kevin Hogan. At this point the Browns will begin pulling fans out of the stands to play quarterback, can LeBron throw a football? The Titans meanwhile are playing strong football with Marcus Mariota coming off an impressive win over the Dolphins.
Last week Carson Wentz learned that life in the NFL is not easy as he suffered his first loss and threw his first interception. The Redskins meanwhile have won their last three games after starting 0-2. Defense has been a key for the Redskins as they have done a good job getting pressure on the quarterback, while Kirk Cousins has done enough to get the Redskins into the endzone. Look for Wentz to suffer another setback as he faces a hostile crowd in his first divisional road game.
It’s been a Raiders resurgence as the silver and black have started the season with a 4-1 record. The Chiefs meanwhile have been up and down, posting a record of 2-2. The Chiefs are coming off a blowout and a bye and looking to get back on track. The Raiders have actually played better on the road, where they won three straight. At home the Raiders split their first two games, and were fortunate to hold on as the Chargers botched a game tying Field Goal. The Chiefs secondary is strong and will hold Derek Carr in check.
Last week was a big game for the Packers, as they appeared to finally get thing all firing on the right cylinders as they beat the Giants on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys have been solid winning four straight as rookie Dak Prescott has been flawless at quarterback. However, Prescott has yet to face a team the quality of the Packers. The Cowboys defense also is vulnerable to big throwers. The Cowboys may keep the game close for three quarters, but in the end it will be too much Lambeau Field and too much Aaron Rodgers for the young offensive stars of Dallas to overcome.
What more can be said about the Falcons who have been getting more impressive every week after losing the season opener at home to the Buccaneers. The last two weeks have seen the Falcons beat both teams that played in the Super Bowl last year, including a win over the Broncos on the road. The task gets even tougher as they face the 12th man and the Seahawks in a third long Western road trip. The Seahawks are coming off a bye and should be rested. The Seahawks defense has also been solid so far and should be able to slow Matt Ryan down. A week rest should allow Russell Wilson to heal his injuries and win this game.
This game will go a long way in determining where either team goes this season. The Colts got a much needed win last week at home against the Bears, but needed to make a big play in the end after falling behind in the fourth quarter. The Texans last week were crushed on the road by the Vikings as the loss of J.J. Watt is just starting to be felt. So far Brock Osweiler has been a big disappointment in Houston, but a win Sunday Night could get him on the right track. The Colts secondary has struggled all year and they don’t get enough pressure on the quarterback, while their offensive line does not protect Andrew Luck well enough.
The Cardinals got a much needed win last week on Thursday beating the 49ers on the road with a strong game by David Johnson. The Cardinals coming home for a Monday Night game against the Jets should get an extra boost as Carson Palmer returns after missing a game with a concussion. The Jets meanwhile have been way off target as Ryan Fitzpatrick has created more turnovers than Pillsbury. The Cardinals secondary is good at creating interceptions. This one has blowout written all over it.