When you are on top of the mountain every time there is a sign of weakness, everyone tries to jump up and say the king is dead. However, we have been down this road with the New England Patriots before, as three years ago they were 2-2 and coming off an ugly loss in Kansas City and went to the Super Bowl. These Patriots, however, are like Freddy Krueger when you think they are dead they rise again, strong and nastier.
After wins over the Broncos and Falcons, the Buffalo Bills have their fans walking on sunshine as they sit atop the AFC East at 3-1. Over the last two decades, this is when the Bills suffer a letdown. The Cincinnati Bengals coming off their first win of the year, are returning home where they scored just nine points in their first two games and will be looking to get fans off their back with a solid home win, which is the pattern the Bengals always follow.
The New York Jets came into the season expecting to be the worst teams in the NFL as their fans actually wanted them to tank the season for a good quarterback, well they can’t even do that right as they sit 2-2. So better luck with the next franchise quarterback. This week they look to go above .500 as they face the master tankers in the Cleveland Browns who are winless once again, with more losses than the Indians since August 24th. The Jets learn from the master and get back on the losing track.
Both teams come into this game at 3-1 off impressive road wins in Week 4, the Carolina Panthers shocked the Patriots in Foxboro, while the Detroit Lions doubled up the Vikings in the Twin Cities. The Lions defense has suddenly become a strength as Darius Slay is developed into one of the top defensive backs in the NFL. The Panthers last week took advantage of a struggling Patriots defense, that opportunity won’t present itself this week, as the Lions get the win at home forcing Cam Newton into turnovers. To confuse Cam even more they will have their defenders speak in a female voice.
The Indianapolis Colts, despite a bad final 20 minutes in Seattle, last Sunday gave the Seahawks a run for their money and had some positives to build off as Jacoby Brissett has been good in spots. The San Francisco 49ers, meanwhile appear to be on the path for a historically bad season as they have found a way to lose all four games. Going on the road, that trend will continue as the Colts slip by to keep their playoff hopes alive.
It does not matter who starts at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans he is better than Jay Cutler, who is atrociously horrendous, terribly pathetic and does not even care how badly he truly awfully sucks. In the last two games, the only points the Miami Dolphins have scored was in the last second of Week 3, against two mediocre defenses, while Miami has had trouble even getting past the 50. Unless they wake up and put Matt Moore in for the love of God, there will be nothing but misery for Miami, as Cutler is putrid again.
In a battle of 0-4 teams, the New York Giants will be looking to hold off the fans from storming the Meadowlands with pitchforks and torches, while the Los Angeles Chargers will be happy just to see some fans after playing the last three games in front of friends and family at the StubHub Center. The Giants have had two straight bad luck losses, with each game being decided by a last second Field Goal. That is good news for big blue as the Chargers kicker is none other than Younghoe Koo, who has missed two clutch kicks already this year.
The Philadelphia Eagles are flying high at 3-1 as they have gotten solid play on both sides of the ball. Carson Wentz has been solid in his second season, while the Eagles finally got their run game going last week. The Arizona Cardinals, meanwhile are fortunate to be 2-2, with two overtime wins, as Carson Palmer looks like he needs to be heading for the retirement home. Expect those trends to continue as the Eagles get an easy win at home.
The Jacksonville Jaguars clearly have some talent on defense, with young players like Myles Jack and Calais Campbell lead the way. Leonard Fournette has shown positive signs at running back, but until Blake Bortles improves or replaced, they will be just running in place. The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a strong defensive performance against the rival Ravens, look for them to pounce on Bortles to improve to 4-1.
The Los Angeles Rams have had the Seattle Seahawks number over the last three seasons. Despite being on opposite ends of the standings with the Rams, at the bottom of the NFC and the Seahawks among the elite, the Rams have had the better of the Seahawks, winning four of their last six meetings, including a 9-3 win in their game back in Los Angeles. Expect that trend to continue as the Rams prove they are for real and take control of the NFC West.
As the Oakland Raiders showed last year, they are going nowhere without their Carr. The bad news for Oakland is that Derek Carr will miss at least two weeks, with a fractured back, leading to rumors they may approach Colin Kaepernick. E.J. Manuel won’t be the answer, as the Baltimore Ravens coming off two terrible losses get their season back on track with a solid win on the road.
In a rematch of the Divisional Playoff round, the Dallas Cowboys almost face a must win at home against the Green Bay Packers. Sitting at 2-2 the Cowboys have been a little too inconsistent for a team that has high championship expectations. The Packers have played well but come in with several key players facing nagging injuries. Green Bay should get healthier down the line, and Aaron Rodgers could carry them to another win. However, this time it’s Dak Prescott making the big play, as the last team with the ball will win the game.
Look at world here comes Deshaun Watson. The last two weeks, the Houston Texans rookie quarterback has been magical, nearly outdueling Tom Brady in Foxboro, before taking the Titans out to the woodshed. This week could bring a real test for Watson as he faces the unbeaten Kansas Chiefs on Sunday Night. However, big games under the lights are nothing new for Deshaun Watson as he led Clemson to a National Championship in 2016. Kareem Hunt has also been dynamic for Kansas City. Look for Watson to impress as champagne is uncorked in Miami.
It’s a new era at Soldier Field, as Mitch Trubisky makes his first NFL start on Monday Night Football. It’s a tough assignment for Trubisky as the Minnesota Vikings have a strong defense that can take advantage of an inexperienced quarterback. The only problem for Minnesota is they have no idea who will play quarterback for them as Sam Bradford is continuing to feel pain in his knee, while Rookie Running Back Dalvin Cook was lost with an ACL. This has defensive struggle written all over it as the Vikings slip by with a win.