Happy Halloween everyone I am starting to get frighteningly good at predicting these games with an overall record of 76- 43. This week the teams with a bye are Broncos, Lions, Giants, Cardinals, 49ers, and Jaguars.
Thursday Oct. 31st
Bengals vs Dolphins 7pm – These two teams are heading in completely different directions. The Bengals started off the year a little shaky with mediocre offensive play and a loss against the Browns in a game they really should have won. The Dolphins started 3-0 but have quickly dropped 4 straight games and are on the outside looking in on the AFC East race. I expect the trends for both of these teams to continue and the Bengals to win in south Florida.
Sunday Nov. 3rd
Chiefs at Bills – The Chiefs take their perfect record on the road as they travel to Buffalo to take on a injury ridden Bills team. Historically the Chiefs have struggled against the Bills but this Chiefs team is different. They are having the best turnaround of any North American sports team ever. Let that sink in. I think Andy Reid will have his bunch ready to go against the Bills as the Chiefs must now realize every game is a must win if they want the number 1 seed in the AFC. Bills have stuck close in all of their games but the Chiefs defense will be too much on Sunday.
Falcons at Panthers – The Falcons are one of the most disappointing teams of the year and the Panthers are above .500 for the first time since 2008. I think the Panthers are fighting for an NFC wild card spot and will show it at home on Sunday. The Falcons are having too many injury issues on the offensive side of the ball and the defense has not been their strong point in the last couple years let alone this year.
Vikings at Cowboys – The Vikings continue to plummet into obscurity and the Cowboys are still in first in the NFC East after a heartbreaking loss at Detroit. I expect the fire Dez Bryant showed on the sideline last week to inspire his team to a win at home in week 9 and further cement Dallas as the NFC East leader.
Saints at Jets – The Saints are showing they are the best team in the NFC. Their offense is unstoppable and Drew Brees is to the NFC as Peyton Manning is to the AFC. The defense in New Orleans is much improved from last year and Rob Ryan has his bunch playing great football. The Jets are a Jekyll and Hyde type of team, one week you praise them the next they fall on their face. I think the Saints will be too much for the Jets to handle.
Titans at Rams – The Rams defense looks legit as their young pass rushers Robert Quinn and Chris Long showed up big on Monday Night Football last week. The Titans are coming off a bye week and it will be hard to gauge what they will look like. Jake Locker is making his second start after coming back from injury and he will lead his team to a tough road win.
Chargers at Redskins – Washington has looked confused in most of their games and their offense made Denver’s defense look elite last week. The Chargers offense under Mike McCoy has looked a lot more consistent than they have in recent memory and I expect Phillip Rivers to have a big day.
Eagles at Raiders – The Raiders are another team that is hard to put my finger on and the Eagles are having a QB merry-go-round as it seems someone new is starting every week. I think the Raiders will win because they have been more consistent.
Bucs at Seahawks – The Seahawks are very good when they are at home. The Bucs are just plain bad. Greg Schiano is surely going to be canned soon.
Ravens at Browns – The Ravens are an on again off again type of team and the Browns will have some confidence at home after taking the Chiefs to the wire last week at Arrowhead. I think the Browns defense is good enough to carry them to a win and the Ravens are still yet to find any sort of cohesiveness on offense.
Steelers at Patriots – A few years ago this would have been the matchup of the week but now it is sadly just another game. The Patriots are still getting used to having Rob Gronkowski back and I think we will see him have a big game in the red zone as the Patriots take care of business at home.
Sunday Night Football
Colts at Texans – Case Keenum has officially been named the starter for Houston and Matt Schaub is riding the bench like so many fans asked for. The Colts are coming off of a bye week but just lost Reggie Wayne for the season. I think the Colts defense will be the key in this game. If they can pressure Keenum early and often they will win otherwise the Texans will find a way to creep back into the game.
Monday Nov. 4
Monday Night Football
Bears at Packers – The Bears are going to have a rough time while Jay Cutler is injured. Aaron Rodgers is spreading the ball around nicely and Eddie Lacy has taken some pressure off the QB to carry the offense. I like the Packers in this one.