To illustrate just how bad the NFC East is, the winner of this game will have a claim on first place. The New York Giants got their first win of the season last week but on held on due to Washington’s decision to go for two. The Philadelphia Eagles were a failed two-point try from tying the Ravens in an epic comeback. The Eagles have dominated the Giants since 2008, going 16-4 in the 2010s, including 12-1 in the last 13 games, with six straight wins. The Eagles are banged up and will continue to beat Big Blue, but it will be a field goal game.
The Atlanta Falcons have a reputation for blow leads, but the Detroit Lions have their own habit of watching big leads disappear as they lost three times when having a two-touchdown lead in 2020. The Falcons earned their first win for interim coach Raheem Morris, while the Lions fattened up on the Jaguars. The Falcons played a strong game in Minnesota again, a complete game as Morris makes his case to become Atlanta’s permanent coach.
When the Cleveland Browns were crushed in the season opener by the Ravens, they bounced back with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals, starting a four-game winning streak. The Browns were crushed by the Steelers and once again face the Bengals. The Bengals have gotten solid play from Joe Burrow, but the Browns are better poised to make a run for the playoffs and again bounce back with a win over their interstate rivals from the south.
Last week Aaron Rodgers had one of the worst games of his career, as the Green Bay Packers suffered their first loss of the season, while the Houston Texans lost an overtime heartbreaker. The Texans defense has struggled all season. Look for Rodgers to rip up the Houston secondary and put up a big game as the Packers bounce back with a win in the Lone Star State.
Last year Teddy Bridgewater resurrected his career as a backup to Drew Brees. While he is coming off a loss, the Carolina Panthers have played well at 3-3. The New Orleans Saints had a chance to get healthy with a bye last week. The Saints will win this game, but it should be close as Bridgewater will have a good game in his return to the Superdome, with Taysom Hill making the big play to win the game.
The Buffalo Bills have been exposed in the last weeks, losing two games as the Titans and Chiefs ran the ball down their throat. The New York Jets are not capable of running the ball down the throat of a Pop Warner team let alone the Buffalo Bills. The Jets are not just 0-6, they have the worst point differential through six games in the modern NFL. The Jets have hope that Sam Darnold can return as Joe Flacco is little more than a paperweight on the field, but with a team with XFL talent its hard to see this one being close.
It is a battle of unbeaten teams in Nashville, as the Pittsburgh Steelers coming off a beat down of the Browns face the Tennessee Titans, who have beaten all five teams they played and COVID, including an overtime win over the Texans last week. Derrick Henry has had monster games in the past two weeks and will be the difference make this week as the Titans stay perfect on the season.
Another matchup of teams from the NFC Least with the winner having a claim on first place. The Dallas Cowboys defense has been atrocious, while their offense has been prone to the turnover. Washington has been building a strong defense but has an offense that is a mess. Dwayne Haskins is a certified bust, Kyle Allen is Kyle Allen, and Alex Smith is inspirational but no longer functional. Smith may serve as inspiration for Dak Prescott in his recovery, but he won’t get a win as the Cowboys ride Ezekiel Elliott to a 3-4.
The Arizona Cardinals are coming home after winning two of three on the road. This game will go a long way in determining if they can contend for the playoffs as they face the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks coming off a bye could be ripe for the taking. However, Kyler Murray can only inspire to one day play Russell Wilson’s level. The Seahawks quarterback will add to his growing MVP resume with another big game.
Last week the Kansas City Chiefs showed they can win games in different ways as Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a big game in the rain against the Bills. The Denver Broncos meanwhile won in Foxboro in the ugliest game of the year. The Chiefs will now add Le’Veon Bell with the extra dimension of a running attack, the Chiefs are more dangerous than ever.
Both teams have struggled, winning just one game this season. The Jacksonville Jaguars won their first game and steadily played worse. The Los Angeles Chargers have been in most games, as Justin Herbert has played well despite not winning a game at quarterback. Herbert will breakthrough this week as the Chargers coming off a bye week, have a home game against a team with one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
With COVID troubles, the New England Patriots have lost their last two games, including a terrible performance at home last week. The Patriots are 2-3 for the first time since 2001. Over the last 20 years, there is one thing you never see under Bill Belichick, and that is a Patriots team that loses three straight and does not bounce back from a bad game. The San Francisco 49ers bounced back to beat the Rams last week but making their third trip East will catch up to them, as Patriots win this one rather easily.
It’s Vegas Brady, as the Las Vegas Raiders host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football. The Raiders upset the Chiefs two weeks ago and hope to continue the momentum after their bye week. The Buccaneers, meanwhile, had their best game of the season, crushing the Packers at home. Look for Tom Brady to shine as bright as the neon lights as they help ease Tampa’s pain from the Rays getting destroyed in the World Series.
The Chicago Bears have done just enough to win five games and start 5-1. Each of their wins was by one score, with three fourth-quarter comebacks throw-in. A team can walk that high wire for only so long before a stinker is delivered. The Los Angeles Rams had a stinker last week on Sunday Night and are hoping to have a better showing on Monday Night. Expect the Rams get the win as Aaron Donald forces Nick Foles into making the critical error.