On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons suffered the most Falconish loss of the season as Todd Gurley scored a touchdown by accident. Despite it giving Atlanta a six-point lead, it gave the Lions a chance to win the game with one minute left, and they did. It was the third time the Falcons have lost a game in which they had a 95% win probability in the fourth quarter this season. The legacy of 28-3 lives on. The Carolina Panthers were competitive in a loss to the Saints on Sunday and should get back to .500 with a win at home against the star-crossed Falcons.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the NFL’s last unbeaten team at 6-0. This week they will face their biggest test in the 5-1 Baltimore Ravens. Over the last 20 years, the Ravens have become the Steelers’ biggest rival as the two teams often battler for first in the AFC North. Many of the games these two teams play are decided by a field goal. Over the last two decades, the teams have been evenly matched, splitting 44 games, including four showdowns in the postseason. The Ravens and Steelers tend to split most seasons, expect Baltimore to win in their nest.
This could be the game that buries the New England Patriots. Last week they suffered a third straight loss at Cam Newton was benched. Newton will get the start in Week 8 but could be in for a quick hook. The Buffalo Bills became the first team not to score a touchdown and not punt in a game in nearly 80 years. The Patriots have dominated the Bills over the last 20 years, but that was the Brady Patriots. These are not the Brady Patriots.
The Tennessee Titans suffered their first loss last week, losing the showdown of unbeaten teams against the Steelers. The Titans nearly had a terrific comeback as Stephen Gostkowski missed a late field goal that would have tied the game. The Cincinnati Bengals are improved but continue to fall short of their goals as they have lost several close games. This will be another moral victory for Cincinnati as the Titans win, but the Bengals have a good showing.
Fans in Northern Ohio are having playoff dreams dancing in their heads, as the Cleveland Browns sit at 5-2. Last week they showed the ability to come back as they beat the Bengals in a back and forth thriller. The Las Vegas Raiders have had their ups and downs as they were torched last week by the Buccaneers. The Raiders can keep it close, but Baker Mayfield manages to cook up another Cleveland victory.
The Detroit Lions at 3-3 are the team you never can predict. They have blown leads and have big comebacks. The Indianapolis Colts are a solid team but most definitely a bubble team like the Lions. Both of these teams rarely get all aspects of the game working at the same time; they usually falter. The Lions are coming off a miracle win in Atlanta, while the Colts are coming off a bye.
A rematch from Week 1, the Green Bay Packers won that game 43-34 on the road. It seems to have been the jumping-off point for both teams. The Green Bay Packers at 5-1 have one of the league’s best offenses, while the Minnesota Vikings have been one of the most disappointing teams at 1-5. The Vikings at 1-5 have struggled on defense while Kirk Cousins has six interceptions on the season, often putting his team in a bind. That will continue at Lambeau Field.
This one of the largest point spread in NFL history. The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have played well on their way to a 6-1 start. The New York Jets at 0-7 are the lowest-scoring team in the NFL. The second-worst team has 30 more points and has had their bye. The 2020 Jets could be one of the ten worst teams in NFL history that have begun trading players, meaning the worst is yet to come.
At 3-3, the Miami Dolphins are at a crossroads. They can make a run at the AFC East and play Ryan Fitzpatrick, or they can begin the Tua Tagovailoa era with an eye towards the future. Tua’s first game will be a tough one as the Rams defense is strong and playing well. Aaron Donald is one of the top pass rushers, while Jalen Ramsey creates problems in the secondary. The Dolphins will have a difficult time winning this game, Tua Tagovailoa will have his growing pains, but this will only help him develop into an NFL star.
Last week Justin Herbert won his first game, leading the Los Angeles Chargers to win over the Jaguars. Herbert has played well and the Chargers have played better than their 2-4 record would indicate. The Denver Broncos have yet to win at home this season, they lost last week in the snow to the Chiefs. The Chargers are the logical choice, but I have a gut feeling that the Broncos will have a strong game and get the win.
On Monday night, the Chicago Bears were thoroughly exposed by the Rams. Their offense faltered as there appeared to be problems between Nick Foles and the Bears coaches. The New Orleans Saints earned a hard-fought win against the Panthers. The Bears were 5-1 before last week’s loss, but many indications show they are a paper tiger. The Saints will find a way to win this game, as the Bears issues could indicate they are in for a poor second half.
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off their first loss, as Russell Wilson had a rare bad game, throwing three interceptions. The San Francisco 49ers meanwhile went to Foxboro and drummed the Patriots. This game could go a long way in boosting the Niners back to the Super Bowl. These teams played two of the best games in the NFL last season and have become one of the best rivalries. The Seahawks will bounce back as Wilson will lead the way to victory.
The only thing uglier than the NFC East is the Dallas Cowboys. Their defense is horrendous, they have lost Dak Prescott to a gruesome injury, and Andy Dalton is in concussion protocol. Add in the fact that Ezekiel Elliott has played poorly and continues to have trouble holding on to the ball. Despite these issues, a win Sunday night could bring them back into first place. The Philadelphia Eagles have underachieved all season but are in first place. There is a good chance Ben DiNucci will start for Dallas. Yup, nobody will be waiting all day for Sunday Night this week.
Fair warning to the rest of the NFL, Tom Brady is finding his groove, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look ready to set sail for the upper echelon of the NFC South. At 1-6, the New York Giants are far from being a part of the upper class, but they are hardly stuck in steerage. The Giants have competed in most games this season, just falling short of making the winning plays. The Giants will compete again, but Brady and the Bucs will sail away with a win.