Rain could be a factor on Thursday Night as Nor Easter is expected the hit Foxboro. The New York Giants took a step back Sunday as they were picked apart by Kurt Cousins, while Daniel Jones struggled while playing from behind. The New England Patriots defense has been hard to score on all season, but the rain could slow down Tom Brady. This one will be an easy win for New England that the Giants could get a late backdoor cover on.
In the Carolina Panthers win over the Jaguars, Christian McCaffrey carried a bulk of the workload as he rushed for 176 yards. At the end of the game, McCaffrey appeared to be hurting and has missed practice. The Panthers now have to go across the pond for a divisional game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their vastly improved defense. This is the Panthers’ first experience in London, while Tampa knows the routine well. Look for the Bucs to use this to their advantage of the win.
Who would have thunk it? It turns out that Marv Lewis was holding shit together with the Cincinnati Bengals, as they have become one of the worst teams in the NFL as they were before he arrived in 2002. Andy Dalton is getting killed behind a terrible line, and the Bengals defense can’t stop anyone. This one has all the makings of a Baltimore Ravens laugher.
The Cleveland Browns have had a Helter-Skelter type season so far. Good one week and bad the next as they have started 2-3, alternating wins. After losing to the 49ers 31-3 on Monday Night, the Browns are due for a good game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are coming off a solid home win against the Rams, having extra rest by playing on Thursday.
Since losing Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints have been all about being just good enough. This is because Teddy Bridgewater has been effective, while Alvin Kamara has been outstanding. The Saints have also had a strong defense, and the Saints have again looked like one of the best teams in the NFC. The Jacksonville Jaguars meanwhile have come up just short, as they just fell short last week in Carolina. Watch for both trends to continue.
There is no rest for the weary, as the Kansas City Chiefs coming off their first loss of the season have another tough battle upcoming against the Houston Texans. In that Sunday Night loss to the Colts, the Chiefs were beaten up on both sides of the ball, especially Patrick Mahomes, who was dealing with a gimpy ankle. The Texans can get after the quarterback, especially with JJ Watt, though their secondary had struggled. This one could be close as Deshaun Watson has also shown the ability to light up the scoreboard.
This one has all the makings of the game of the year. The toilet bowl, a matchup so bad that it should be on Comedy Central. Both teams are winless and look incapable of getting a win anytime soon. Both sides look like they prefer to lose, as they hope to “Tank for Tua.” The Washington Redskins have fired Coach Jay Gruden, who took the news by leaving and yelling, “I’m Free” as he walked out the door. The Miami Dolphins, though, have yet to score in the second half in four games, and that will be the difference as the Dolphins road to 0-16 continues.
The Philadelphia Eagles have found their groove coming off solid wins against the Packers and Jets. The Minnesota Vikings meanwhile continue to confound, as Kirk Cousins has been inconsistent again. Against bad teams, Cousins excels while against teams with the ability to play defense and win games, it has been a struggle. The Eagles have the ability to win games, they have a decent defense and are hitting their stride, all things that spell doom for the Vikings.
The Arizona Cardinals got their first win last week, beating the Bengals on a last-second field goal. Looking to making winning a habit, the Cardinals host the Atlanta Falcons. At 1-4, the Falcons look lost in the sauce, as Matt Ryan has been awful, and the defense has been putrid. Something is wrong on a higher level in Atlanta as that Super Bowl LI collapse continues to linger in their minds. The Cardinals feeling more hopeful get the win again as the Falcons fly home on the wings of despair.
Super Bowl dreams are dancing in the heads of fans of the San Francisco 49ers as they sit 4-0 after a Monday Night laugher. The Los Angeles Rams meanwhile are scrambling after losing two games in five days last week. The loss in Seattle was not that bad as it was a back and forth game that went to the home team in a divisional matchup. Look for the same thing to happen this week, only for it to land in their favor as the Rams win an exciting game at home.
The Denver Broncos got a much-needed win last week as their defense went on the road and shut down the Chargers. With a little luck, the Broncos could be 3-2 as they have lost twice at home on last-second field goals. The Tennessee Titans meanwhile blew a tire in an ugly home loss to the Bills. The Titans are another of those schizophrenic teams that have become hard to read. With the Broncos playing well last week, I expect another reasonable effort at home this week, as the Titans offense will have its problems in the Mile High air.
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground. That lyric from James Taylor’s song best sums up the 2019 New York Jets. With new uniforms, significant free-agent acquisitions, and a new coach, they entered the season with high hopes. In the first game, they blew a 16-0 lead and have not led since. They hope to get a boost as Sam Darnold returns from Mono but expect to see some rust. The Jets offensive line has been a significant issue. The Dallas Cowboys come in off two straight hard losses and will look to take out their frustration on a weaker opponent.
After the hit he took last week, it is hard to imagine there is any chance that Mason Rudolph will be playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially going on a long flight to Los Angeles. Devlin Hodges is not winning this game. The Los Angeles Chargers have been disappointing at 2-3, but it is hard to see them losing to Devlin Hodges. This is the game the Chargers need to get their season back on track.
The Green Bay Packers are starting to put together a special season as they sit 4-1 as the clear frontrunner in the NFC North. Last week they showed the ability to bounce back as they beat the Cowboys on the road following their Thursday Night home loss to the Eagles. The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, are coming off a bye week and don’t have a great history coming off bye weeks. The Lions have always had their problems in Lambeau, and that trend continues a Rodgers shines on Monday Night Football.