Movers and shakers meet on Thursday Night, as the Oakland Raiders play what is likely the final primetime game in Oakland as they are set to play in Las Vegas next season. The Los Angeles Chargers will move into a new stadium in 2020 as well, though that stadium could be elsewhere as rumors say they are considering a move to London. Both teams are coming off wins on Sunday. The Chargers defense came up big against the Packers, look for that to be the case again as they beat their division rival.
No team has been more frustrating than the Chicago Bears, as a solid defense has seen their efforts wasted by the awful play of quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The Detroit Lions have also frustrated their fans, but it has been the defense that has faltered. The Bears are due for a win, Trubisky cannot throw away another home game. Look for Khalil Mack to smother Matt Stafford and give the Bears the luxury of running on every play.
The NFL can be a funny game; sometimes, it will often humble you when you get to high. The Baltimore Ravens could not be on a bigger high, after handing the Patriots their first loss last week. The Cincinnati Bengals come into this game winless and are starting rookie Ryan Finley at quarterback. Call this a gut pick, but the Ravens taking pictures like they won the Super Bowl last week are due to be humbled and stub their toe in Cincy.
The Cleveland Browns have been the NFL’s biggest flop, as the team expected to win the AFC North has instead reminded everyone, they are still the Browns. Baker Mayfield has been terrible, while Odell Beckham Jr. has added nothing. The Buffalo Bills have gotten to 6-2 on a strong defense but have yet to impress on offense. This could be a game the Browns can breakthrough with as they are due to get a home win after losing their first three at First Energy Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints have played without Drew Brees and have beaten top-level teams in NFC. They have even played without Alvin Kamara and not missed a beat as their defense has been solid all season. The Atlanta Falcons meanwhile have been a disaster; their defense has been awful, and now with Matt Ryan hurt, it looks like a season of change is coming. The Falcons always bring their best in their games against New Orleans, but right now, their best will make no difference as the Falcons are hopelessly broken.
Get your boogie shoes and your leisure suits as the Meadowlands football teams are throwing it back to the days of Disco. Not since the 70s have the New York Jets and New York Giants been this bad at the same time. That was the decade in which neither team made the playoffs; both teams come in with seven losses and coaches that appear lost. Sam Darnold sees ghosts, Adam Gase is wearing Hi Karate, and the Jets are tripping their own two feet. This is all the Giants need to get the win as Daniel Jones, and Saquon Barkley each have a big game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have dropped their last four games and five of their previous six games. Last week they took the Seahawks to overtime in Seattle a week earlier they lost because of a blown call by the officials. They are due for a win more than anyone as they have played better than their 2-6 record suggests. The Arizona Cardinals at 3-5-1 have also had some hard-luck losses. Playing in the early window always hurts the team coming East, look for the Bucs to get another solid effort all around as they get their first home win.
The Kansas City Chiefs got a big win last week with Matt Moore at quarterback. The hope is that Patrick Mahomes could be ready to go as they travel down to Music City. The Tennessee Titans have had their ups and downs and sit at 4-5. They have played better with Ryan Tannehill but have not beaten a team the caliber of Kansas City. Look for Mahomes to get back into action and have a big day as the Chiefs begin to look like a Super Bowl contender again.
Last week the Miami Dolphins beat the inept Jets to get their first win of the season. The Indianapolis Colts meanwhile suffered a heartbreaking loss in Pittsburgh, as Jacoby Brissett sustained an injury. Brissett’s status for Sunday is up in their air, but at home, against Miami, it should not matter even if Brian Hoyer starts at quarterback. Look for Marlon Mack to lead the attack as the Colts defense will be able to stop the Dolphins.
Last week, the Green Bay Packers laid an egg as they lost to the Chargers in what was their worst performance of the season. The Carolina Panthers meanwhile gave one of their best efforts beating up on the Titans. The Panthers off that win have shut down Cam Newton for the season, turning their quarterback reins to Kyle Allen The Packers should bounce back at Lambeau, don’t expect this one to be a cakewalk.
With three straight wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers have clawed their way back to 4-4. Defense has been a key to their turning things around as Minkah Fitzpatrick as justified the draft picks that they parted with. The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a bye at 5-3 and have yet to hit their stride as their offense at times has struggled. The Rams are the stronger team and should find a way to win, nonetheless.
It has been the same Kirk Cousins and the same Minnesota Vikings. A bully team that fattens up against mediocre teams but comes up flat and fails against good teams. Last I looked the Dallas Cowboys are leading the NFC East at 5-3 are a good team. The Dallas Cowboys are beginning to hit their stride as Dak Prescott, and Ezekiel Elliott are both coming off strong games. Dallas likes the primetime spotlight, while Cousins wilts under the lights that trend will continue as the Cowboys win easily.
This may be the best Monday Night Game of the season as the San Francisco 49ers, the last of the unbeaten host the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle at 7-2 has played better on the road than they have at home, as they are 4-0 away from Century Link Field. A big reason behind the success of the Seahawks is Russell Wilson, who through the first half of the season has been the NFL’s MVP, passing for 2,505 yards with 22 touchdowns and just one interception. Look for Seattle to had San Francisco their first loss.