Nick Foles made his first start for the Chicago Bears and struggled as the tough Colts defense. Now he has four days to prepare for a showdown with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady has had his issues with interceptions, as Mike Evans has become one of his go-to receivers. The Bears defense can keep Brady under wraps, as playing twice in four days is hard on a 43-year-old body. Look for the Bears to win as a home dog, with Foles making the big play when it is needed.
The good news for the Atlanta Falcons is that they did not blow another big lead on Monday. The Bad News is they were never in front and fell to 0-4. The Carolina Panthers come in with two straight wins as Teddy Bridgewater is finding his grove in Carolina. Neither team has a great defense, which opens the door for the Falcons as Todd Gurley will carry time to victory.
After a lackluster Monday Night loss, the Baltimore Ravens toyed with the WTF’s last week. The Cincinnati Bengals, meanwhile, earned their first win of the season. Joe Burrow has played well for Cincinnati as the Bengals have had a knack for covering even when they lose. The Ravens will win the game, but take the foot off the gas in the fourth quarter, allowing for a backdoor cover.
It has come crashing down, as the Houston Texans have fired coach Bill O’Brien after an 0-4 start. The players’ reaction is telling as J.J. Watt posted a picture of the roof open and the sun shining. It has been reported that Watt had a screaming match with the former coach, who has made some questionable deals as GM. The Texans have had some bad luck and will come out guns blazing with Romeo Crennel now leading the team. The Jacksonville Jaguars are settling into what could be a long season as they have lost three straight after their win in Week 1.
The Kansas Chiefs are 4-0 for the fourth straight season, the first time any team has done that in the NFL. The Las Vegas Raiders have played lackluster football in their past two games, falling to 2-2. Both teams may have COVID concerns as the Chiefs faced the Patriots on Monday while the Raiders broke protocol at a banquet. The Chiefs have won nine of their last ten games with the Raiders and have been especially dominant at Arrowhead. This one has the potential to be ugly.
The only thing worse than going 0-5 will be the New York Jets winning with Joe Flacco. This could make Adam Gase trade Sam Darnold and get an extension and keep the team with generic helmets in the dumps forever. In other words, even if the Jets win, they lose. The Arizona Cardinals have slumped in the past two weeks, but if Brett Rypien can rip the Jets in the Meadowlands, so can Kyler Murray.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were collateral damage in the Titans COVID outbreak as they got an unexpected bye week. The Steelers have a bad history off bye weeks in normal circumstances. The Philadelphia Eagles meanwhile got off the snide with a win in San Francisco. The Eagles crushed the Steelers in their most recent meeting in 2016. This game will be close, but the Steelers will find a way to get the win as their defense will overwhelm the banged-up Eagles line.
The Tennesse Titans are the first NFL team that has been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic as the team has had several players test positive, leading to last week’s game in Pittsburgh being postponed. The Titans have not been able to practice as they face a 4-0 Buffalo Bills team that is flying high. Fans in Buffalo have ordered some new Zubaz sweats as they feel that early 90s groove. Look for the Bills to stay perfect as the hurdles the Titans have to overcome are too high for even the best teams.
The Dwayne Haskins era in Washington is over, as Ron Rivera has seen enough and benched the second-year quarterback. Kyle Allen, who was with Rivera in Carolina, will get the start for the WTFs as they host the Los Angeles Rams. At this point, it won’t matter who starts for Washington, as they are in play for Trevor Lawrence and likely going to be in tank mode any was as the Rams, a legitimate contender comes in and wins easily.
Jimmy Garoppolo returned to practice on Wednesday, meaning he could return on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers host the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have competed, but are a player away from winning games like this. Look for the game to be close, but with the likely return of Jimmy G, the Niners will get the win.
With three straight games over 30 points and a 3-1 record, long-suffering fans of the Cleveland Browns have playoff dreams dancing in their heads. If they can do it again this week, the NFL will begin to take notice. However, the Indianapolis Colts come in with the best defense in the NFL and will have solutions that the Bengals, WTFs, and Cowboys could not find.
Dak Prescott is showing that he can put up big numbers and lead the Dallas Cowboys back into football games. True, the Cowboys are one fluky play from 0-4, but that is on the defense, which has been so bad they are taking the D away from the team name. The Allas Cowboys will be facing a team that they have beaten up regularly as of late in the New York Giants who actually are 0-4. This will be another loss for the Giants, but the test will be on quarterback Daniel Jones, who must show signs of life against this awful Allas defense. If Jones can’t do well it may be time to start thinking Trevor Lawrence.
COVID has reared its ugly head in Foxboro. Last week the New England Patriots lost quarterback Cam Newton. Now they lost reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore. The Denver Broncos meanwhile got their first win against the hapless Jets. Brett Rypien played well in his first start but now faces a team with a legitimate defense and a coach with a brain. The Patriots have their issues, but with Bill Belichick in charge, COVID has met its match.
The Minnesota Vikings earned their first win last week, beating the Texans in a battle of 0-3 teams. The Vikings have had a rough start as their three losses have come against teams that are a combined 10-1. The Seattle Seahawks are 4-0, and Russell Wilson is looking like a man determined to win an MVP. Look for Wilson and the Seahawks to shine brightly in primetime again.
In 2001 the San Diego Chargers picked a quarterback with the first pick in the second round. That quarterback was Drew Brees who is playing in what could be his final season with the New Orleans Saints. The Chargers have a rookie quarterback that was picked with the sixth pick in the 2020 draft that they hope can match Brees in his Hall of Fame credentials. Justin Herbert has lost his first three starts but has played well. Now he gets his first primetime start. Brees loves playing on Monday night and after a good game in Detroit will show the kid a thing or two.