With four straight losses, the Oakland Raiders are in desperate need of a win as they host the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. The Raiders were happy to get quarterback Derek Carr back on the field last week, but the offense continued to struggle against the Chargers. The Chiefs meanwhile are coming off their first loss of the season and have excelled in primetime so far, but on the debut episode of Barstool Van Talk on ESPN2 a rat picked the Raiders, who am I to argue with my record.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into this game a little banged up as Jameis Winston suffered a sprained shoulder in a loss to the Cardinals last week. The Buffalo Bills meanwhile are coming off a bye week and are well rested and looking forward to a home game where they have played well all season. Even though the Bucs nearly came back with Ryan Fitzpatrick last week, the Bills defense is better than Arizona and can create the same noise on the ground with LeSean McCoy.
There is a certain level of excitement in the Windy City as Mitchell Trubisky is coming off his first career win. While the Bears running game led by Jordan Howard, had more to do with the Bears success in Baltimore, the play of Trubisky has some positives signs. The Carolina Panthers meanwhile are coming off a hard-fought loss at home but played better on the road. Look for that trend to continue as Cam Newton has a big game at Soldier Field.
After one week on the bench, the Cleveland Browns are giving DeShone Kizer another shot at starting, as Kevin Hogan did not do any better in a loss to the Texans. Like Charlie Brown running up to kick the football it does not matter, he will miss as the Browns start looking seriously at Sam Darnold. The Tennessee Titans meanwhile, have their franchise quarterback as Marcus Mariota when healthy is developing into a fine quarterback.
The Green Bay Packers have overcome their share of injuries over the last few seasons but remained among the top contenders in the NFC. The one player who was the stalwart through it all was Quarterback Aaron Rodgers who single handily pulled a number of games out of the fire, just ask Dallas. Now with Rodgers gone, it’s up to Brett Hundley. Good luck Green Bay you are going to need it. The New Orleans Saints meanwhile are getting good stars from Drew Brees who again is among the leading passers in the NFL. This is where missing Rodgers really hurt as the Packers go into a shootout without their main weapon.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the most unpredictable teams in the NFL, alternating wins and losses over the first six weeks. Coming off a disappointing loss to the Rams at home the Jaguars are hoping the alternating trend continues as they go to face the Indianapolis Colts on the road. The Colts are coming off a hard-fought Monday Night loss and have shown the ability to get worn down as they have been outscored in the fourth quarter 85-22 in six games. With Leonard Fournette leading the way look for that trend to continue as they win for the first time in Indianapolis since 2012.
The Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals are a long way from home as they play in London. Luckily the NFL is not giving them a late kickoff locally, so fans back home don’t have to wake up before the sun comes up. The Cardinals got a big boost with the acquisition of Adrian Peterson last week and beat the Buccaneers, while the Rams bounced back from a disappointing loss to beat the Jaguars. Look for a big game from Todd Gurley as the Rams get the international win to give them a leg up on a division rival.
When last the Miami Dolphins played the New York Jets, Jay Cutler played what may have been one of the worst games in history of the NFL. He moved looked Frankenstein, he could not even hand the ball off right and he was so off target on his passes that it appeared he had never played a game at quarterback in the past. Even bobo the football chimp could throw more accurate. Cutler may have won last week in Atlanta but the Falcons love to choke. He still is horrendous, and just when you think he is doing better he lays a grand stinky egg and cause the Dolphins to get swept by the Damn Jets.
If he was still alive, Prince would love this game as the NFL’s two teams clad in purple meet in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Vikings are grinding it out at 4-2 with third-string quarterback Case Keenum. The Baltimore Ravens meanwhile have really struggled in recent weeks as Joe Flacco has an awful 66.1 quarterback rating through the first six weeks. The Ravens line has not helped as Flacco coming off a back injury does not look 100%. The Vikings defense will continue these negative trends for Baltimore who will have trouble finding the end zone.
With five straight losses by three points or less, the San Francisco 49ers are either the best 0-6 team in the NFL or the unluckiest team in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys have had their own ups and downs and need a win desperately, coming off their bye week. The Cowboys have gone back and forth on Ezekiel Elliott as one minute he is suspended and the next its under appeal as Roger Goodell’s inconsistent discipline policy continues to cause headaches for the NFL. Elliott plays, Dallas wins and the 49ers wonder what do they have to do, bribe a judge?
The Denver Broncos were badly exposed in their humiliating paper eating loss to the Giants on Sunday Night last week. The Chargers who have struggled in Los Angeles so far return home where their dozens of fans are waiting with baited breath. This week those fans get rewarded with the Los Angeles Chargers record their first home win. The Chargers are going to be so happy they are inviting all their fans over for a party, if they can get enough to fill the minimum required to rent a nightclub in L.A.
I don’t know what it was last week pride, or the Broncos playing like dung in the Denver, but the New York Giants got off the schneid in a big way. Coming home they hope to carry the momentum for a miracle turnaround. However, with all their receiver injuries it is hard to see them beating a quality team like the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks offense has their own problems protecting Russell Wilson, but they find a way to score just enough in most games to get the win and that trend will continue.
Coming off a terrible home loss to the Jaguars, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed they can always find a way to beat the Chiefs. Another team the Steelers beat routinely like a drum is the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals often are the own worst enemy when it comes to the Steelers as they have blown several games with bad penalties. With the Steelers having more weapons and the Bengals shooting themselves in the foot, it’s easy to see who will win this game.
The New England Patriots defense has been one of the worst in the NFL as they have been shredded every week, allowing more than 3000 yards passing every game. The Atlanta Falcons can move the ball against New England they showed it in the Super Bowl, but there is one thing they can’t do and that holds a lead. Look for dejavu to be on hand in Foxboro, as Tom Brady rallies the Patriots in the fourth quarter and wins another one in overtime with a familiar looking score.
Somebody in the NFL offices must hate the Washington Redskins because they keep making them play on Monday Night Football. In their last 19 games on Monday Night, the Redskins are 1-18, even the Mets had more success on Sundays in the 2017 baseball season. The Philadelphia Eagles are soaring in the meantime as Carson Wentz has garnered serious MVP talk. Look for Philadelphia to be a madhouse as the Eagles complete a sweep of their divisional rivals as the “Hail to the Redskins” is replaced by the Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” as the official team song.