It’s been a busy week, with lots of travelling and visiting family and work, with little time for much else. So, here’s a quick run-down of what I expect for this week’s games.
Winners in Bold:
New England at Cincinnati
Cincy’s resurgent defensive front will provide a good challenge for the Pats’ perpetually-adjusting OL, but the visitors will prevail.
Tampa at Detroit
Tampa’s hot, Detroit’s not.
Houston at Tennessee
Surging Tennessee seizes control of the AFC South with another workmanlike effort.
Denver at KC
If KC comes out flat, they could be in trouble, and they can’t rely on the zebras to bail them out like they did last week.
Miami at NYG
Young Elisha Manning gets another start in place of injured Daniel Jones, but Miami is the better-coached squad. New York could make history this week by firing Pat Shurmur DURING the game.
Philadelphia at Washington
With Dallas hosting the LA McVays, Philly should be properly motivated for this golden opportunity.
Seattle at Carolina
With the dismissal of Ron Rivera, Carolina players are just phoning it in.
Chicago at Green Bay
Trubisky still sucks.
Minnesota at LAC
Some people might say that the Bolts have run out of ways to lose, but those people have run out of no faith (or something).
Jacksonville at Oakland
Jacksonville could make history this week by firing Doug Marrone DURING the game (unless Big Blue does it first).
Cleveland at Arizona
Arizona would be the interesting pick, but I think that Cleveland’s running game is the difference here.
LAR at Dallas
LA is on a roll, and are still in play for a playoff berth, with some help. Dallas could make history this week by firing Jason Garrett DURING pre-game warm-ups (by balloon-o-gram, if necessary).
Atlanta at San Francisco
San Fran is getting a suddenly offensively competent Atlanta team at a bad time, with Dee Ford, Richard Sherman, and some other key defenders Out. The home team will have to win a shootout, but fortunately for them, they’re capable.
Buffalo at Pittsburgh
This is a big chance for Buffalo to prove themselves, and I believe they’re up to it.
Indianapolis at New Orleans
It’s been a long, drama-and-injury-filled season for Indy. New Orleans has had some ups and downs as well, but they’re simply the better team here right now.