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Miami at Buffalo
I'd expect Miami, fresh off its big victory over the Pats, to falter in Buffalo. That would be the Miami thing to do. But what if they didn't?
Green Bay at Carolina
Aaron Rodgers. He's cleared. He's ready. He's not completely healed. I don't know. I have a hard time believing that it matters at this point.
Baltimore at Cleveland
Make no mistake, Baltimore allowing Pittsburgh's comeback last week was one of the most embarrassing things that's happened in the league this year. John Harbaugh looking like a complete idiot was at least some consolation.
Houston at Jacksonville
Jacksonville might be my favourite contender this season. The AFC South is theirs for the taking now.
Cincinnati at Minnesota
Cincy embarrassed themselves last week, too, but only a die-hard fan would even care at this point. They're completely irrelevant. It's time to blow the whole thing up.
NYJ at New Orleans
This is a fairly soft matchup for the Saints as they fight to stay atop an extremely competitive NFC South.
Philadelphia at NYG
That sound you would have heard last week was of thousands of Philly fans' hearts breaking, if they had hearts. I actually like Nick Foles, so all is not lost.
Arizona at Washington
LAR at Seattle
With a chance to lock down the division, I'd expect the Rams to falter in noisy Seattle, like Wentz and the Eagles did a few weeks back. However, Aaron Donald and the Rams' fearsome defensive front might have something to say about that.
New England at Pittsburgh
Is that this week? I hadn't heard. This one's pretty simple. Pittsburgh wins by getting pressure on Brady with the least amount of personnel possible, or with creative, well-disguised blitzes, because the Pats' trio of versatile RBs will give the Steelers defense fits. New England wins if they can take away what Pittsburgh does best on offence (big plays in the passing game, particularly to Antonio Brown), which is a hallmark of Belichick defences. I wonder if the Pats will have enough healthy bodies on defence to do what they need to do. Should be interesting. (Note: Everyone seems to be talking about this game as though it was a preview of an inevitable rematch in the playoffs, but I have a hunch that healthy Jags team would kill either of them.)
Tennessee at San Francisco
I'd love a 'niners upset here, and it could happen.
Dallas at Oakland
In a season filled with disappointing underachievers, Oakland stands out. With so many key injuries, the best result Raiders' fans can hope for here is that Derek Carr gets out in one piece.
Atlanta at Tampa
The Falcons are coming on strong. They might not win the NFC South, but they also might be its best team right now. They also might not make the playoffs. Such is life in the ultra-competitive, top-heavy NFC playoff race.