With the Indianapolis Colts winning the first meeting, this game is a must-win of the Houston Texans, as both teams come into the game at 6-4. The Texans are coming off their worst game of the season as they were lit up by the Ravens. The Colts meanwhile ended a two-game losing streak as they got a lift from the return of Jacoby Bissett. The Texans will need Deshaun Watson to be at his best as the Colts should be able to move the ball. Look for Watson to make the big plays as Houston gets the win.
Like turning a switch, the Atlanta Falcons have gone from pushovers to monsters since their bye week. Written off for dead, the Falcons have come crushed the Saints and Panthers in their last two games on the road. Coming home, they face another division foe in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Looking for the Falcons resurgence to continue as they sink the Buccaneers.
The Buffalo Bills are coming off their best offensive game of the season as they ran up and down the field on the Dolphins, while the Denver Broncos are still smarting after blowing a 20-0 lead. The Broncos may be the most frustrating 3-7 team in NFL history as four losses have come in the fourth quarter. The Bills defense should be able to keep Brandon Allen off balance, as they inch closer to a Wild Card spot
The Chicago Bears quarterback situation is in flux, as Mitch Trubisky has struggled, and backup Chase Daniel is clearly not suited for starting. The New York Giants defense has been awful and has been the big slump buster, as Sam Darnold got back on track against them two weeks ago. The Giants offense also has issues holding on to the ball, which is unfortunate as the Bears defense is good at creating turnovers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have owned the Cincinnati Bengals over the last decade, winning 17 of their previous 20 meetings, including nine straight dating back to 2015. The Steelers at 5-5 are at a crossroads, coming off their controversial loss in Cleveland. The Bengals are 0-10, and just hoping for a win. The Bengals played well in their loss in Oakland last week and are due for a win; the Steelers meanwhile will be without Maurkice Pouncey, who was suspended as part of the Garrett fracas. This sets up perfectly for the Bengals to breakthrough.
Even when the Cleveland Browns win, they manage to muck things up. Getting back to 4-6, the talk should be about their slight playoff hopes, instead Myles Garrett, by striking Mason Rudolph with his own helmet, sucked the air out of the balloon. The suspension of Garrett will not have any effect on this game, as the Miami Dolphins have reloaded the tank train after their two-game win streak. Look for the Browns to put up big numbers against the Dolphins porous defense.
The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers can commiserate after each got roughed up by the Falcons in the last two weeks. While that truck is ready to take aim at New Orleans again on Thanksgiving, the Panthers have more significant concerns as they have not played well three of their last four games. The Saints appeared to have gotten back on track last week and should win this one easily at home.
At 6-4, the Oakland Raiders are a legitimate playoff contender. With a win this week and next, they could even move atop the AFC West. However, this is where the Raiders always seem to stub their toe. The New York Jets have feasted the last two weeks on the Giants and Redskins and appear to at least be playing a somewhat better brand of football. The Raiders never play well in those early starts, get caught looking ahead, and are prime for an upset as Sam Darnold makes Jon Gruden see ghosts.
The Seattle Seahawks have been better off without their famed 12th man, as they have been unbeaten on the road in 2019. This game was initially set to be played in primetime but was flexed out. That is to Seattle’s disadvantage, but it may not matter as they are coming off a much needed by week. The Philadelphia Eagles meanwhile feel they need a bye after getting beaten up by the Patriots last week. This one will come down to the end, which means Russell Wilson will again show why he is the MVP as the Seahawks win another close one.
Jeff Driskel played well for the Detroit Lions last week in their loss to the Cowboys. The same cannot be said for the Washington Redskins, who have been a national embarrassment. Not only has Dwayne Haskins struggled, but his team has no respect for him with the offensive line laughing it off as he pleaded for help. The Redskins stink on every level and have quit even trying. Look for another ugly day at FedEx Field for the home team.
Two teams whose season is on the brink meet in what could be a game of survival. The Jacksonville Jaguars won the first meeting in Week 3, thanks to mustache mania. Gardner Minshew has been sat down as Nick Foles struggled in his return last week. For the Tennessee Titans, it appears that they are all set to ride with Ryan Tannehill, which will only get them so far. This week it should help, as the Jaguars never play well in Nashville.
The Dallas Cowboys are your preverbal paper tiger, only being able to take advantage of the weaker teams of the NFL. In case you have been under a rock, the New England Patriots are not one of the weaker teams. The Patriots bounced back from their first loss last week by smothering the Eagles in Philadelphia. Look for the Pats stout defense to have another big game as they shut down Dak Prescott completely.
This one should be a good one, as NBC chose to flex this game, with the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers each in first place. After suffering their first loss two weeks ago, the Niners got off to a slow start last week against the Cardinals but had a strong second half to get to 9-1. The Green Bay Packers will not fold the way the young Cardinals did, as Aaron Rodgers still has a chip on his shoulder after the Niners passed on him in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Lamar Jackson is ready to go Hollywood as the Baltimore Ravens go on the road to face the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. The Rams come in at 6-4 but have not played well in recent weeks as Jared Goff has been in a funk since the Super Bowl. The Ravens meanwhile have been on fire, rolling over everyone the past three weeks as Jackson tries to show he should be the NFL’s MVP. Look for LA to have no answers as the Ravens win again.