This game will go a long way into deciding who wins the AFC South. The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans play each other twice in the next three weeks. The first meeting will be on Thursday night in Nashville. The Colts stumbled last week against the Ravens, while the Titans took a one-game lead with a win over the Bears. The deciding factor could be who runs the ball better, and with Derrick Henry leading the way, the win will go to Tennessee.
Tom Brady is coming off the worst performance of his career as the Saints crushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Carolina Panthers played valiantly but lost to the Chiefs. Christian McCaffery was inured again; while the Panthers have played well without CMC, their chances are diminished without him. The Buccaneers should bounce back as Brady did not become the GOAT by letting one bad game affect him.
Coming off a bye week, the Cleveland Browns face an important game as they sit at 5-3 on the AFC Playoff bubble. Following a loss to the Raiders, a second straight loss to the Houston Texans could be a bad sign. The Browns have played well this year but have yet to find a consistent winning formula. Against poor teams like the Texans, they need to fatten up.
The Detroit Lions’ season sits on the brink as they hold a record of 3-5. Following a loss to the Vikings, they need to get back on track to make a run at the postseason. Washington at 2-6 has a better shot at the postseason by playing in the NFC East. The division has a combined nine wins among four teams. Of those wins, only two have come outside the division. This should bode well for Detroit as Washington will also be down to its third quarterback.
At 1-7, the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the running to land Trevor Lawrence. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers are among the top contenders for the Super Bowl in the NFC. Jake Luton played well in his first game last week, but he faces a tougher task against the Packers in Lambeau Field. Look for Aaron Rodgers to riddle the Jaguars’ porous defense and win this one easily.
At 3-4-1, the Philadelphia Eagles lead the NFC East. Coming off a bye week, the Eagles can take a stranglehold on the division by reaching .500. The Eagles continue to dominate the New York Giants, beating them 22-21 in Philadelphia last month. Since 2008, the Eagles are 21-4 against the Giants, including seven straight wins and 13 of the last 14. The Giants have had their ups and downs and should have won the game in Philadelphia. This time the Giants will get the win as the NFC East is thrown into greater chaos.
The Buffalo Bills are coming off a statement win against the Seahawks. The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a frustrating loss to the Dolphins. Both teams are in playoff position and looking to take a step forward. It is hard to see the Bills being able to deliver the performance from last week on the road, as Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are more capable of keeping blitzing defenses honest with his mobility. This will help Arizona get the win as they keep the pressure on Seattle in the NFC West.
The Las Vegas Raiders have had their ups and downs but sit at 5-3. They have won several games by the skin of their teeth. The Denver Broncos are 3-5 and have lost their share of close games. Expect this game to be close, which bodes well for the Raiders. Look for this game to continue the pattern for both teams as the Raiders get the win at home with a late field goal.
It is a battle of rookie quarterbacks, as the Miami Dolphins host the Los Angeles Chargers. Tua Tagovailoa played well in his second start as the Dolphins beat the Cardinals. Justin Herbert meanwhile suffered another heartbreaking loss. The Dolphins come into this game at 5-3 in playoff position with four straight wins. They have been playing at a high level in all facets of the game. The Chargers have faltered on defense and have had trouble finishing games. This will continue in Miami.
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a shocking loss in Buffalo. The past few weeks have not been kind to Seattle, as their lack of a running game has Russell Wilson under assault, while their lack of a pass rush has opposing teams’ quarterbacks in an easy chair. The Los Angeles Rams have had their own issues, as Jared Goff had a rough game in Miami two weeks ago. This could be a high scoring game, and it will be close, with Wilson finding a way to win it for the Seahawks.
Last season, the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers battled in one of the regular season’s most exciting games. The teams that play this weekend at the Superdome are in different places this season. The Saints coming off a win over the Buccaneers, are right on track, while injuries have derailed the Niners’ season. This one will be a laugher as the Saints win easily.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have dominated the Cincinnati Bengals over the last decade. At 8-0 they are halfway to a perfect season. However, they are coming off their worst game in Dallas and have several players in COVID protocol. Among them is Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers quarterback should be able to play as he has yet to test positive. The Steelers have been winning, but most of their wins have been tight. The Bengals, meanwhile, have been in nearly every game this season. The Steelers will win, but it will be tight once again.
Last season the New England Patriots entered a Sunday Night game with the Baltimore Ravens holding a record of 8-0. The Ravens won that game, and the Patriots have struggled since. The Patriots ended a four-game losing streak with a win over the Jets. The game was hardly impressive for New England as New York dropped to 0-9. The Patriots are not that good. Cam Newton cannot throw the ball down the field, which spells doom against good teams. The Ravens coming off a win over the Colts and would qualify as a good team.
The Chicago Bears hold a record of 5-4 but come into this game reeling on the back of a three-game losing streak. The Minnesota Vikings, meanwhile, appear to be turning things around at 3-5 with back-to-back division wins. Looking to complete a turkey shoot over their NFC North Division rivals, the Vikings are road favorites in this Monday Night clash. The Vikings are a funky team, as are the Bears, and this is the perfect scenario for Chicago to get back on track.