Let’s look at this week’s slate of NFL games.
Broncos (3-3) vs. Browns (3-3)
Thursday Night Football this week will feature the Broncos going into Cleveland for a primetime matchup. The Browns injury list is longer than the New Testament, and it’s filled with big names like Baker Mayfield, Myles Garrett, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, and Odell Beckham Jr. Case Keenum will get the start for the Browns in what will be his first start since the 2019 season. Keenum led the Vikings to the playoffs in 2017, and he really has been a solid backup in the past. The Browns really aren’t as good as I thought they were going to be this year. I think the Teddy and the Broncos will pull this one off in a fun Thursday night game.
Broncos 23, Browns 17
Bengals (4-2) vs. Ravens (5-1)
This is a huge game for Joe Burrow and the Bengals as they march into Baltimore to take on Lamar and the Ravens. The Bengal’s defense has been solid this year so far, and they will be tested against an electric Ravens offense. Baltimore has struggled with passing defense this season, and Joe Burrow and his weapons are going to have to attack the Raven’s secondary in this game and make big plays downfield. This is the biggest game for the Bengals in years, and I think they will upset the Ravens in Baltimore.
Bengals 34, Ravens 27
Washington (2-4) vs. Packers (5-1)
Green Bay is coming off a divisional win in Chicago and is looking to take their 6th consecutive win against Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Football Team. Aaron Rodgers told Chicago last week, “I own you”. Heis facing a Washington team who is trending downhill, while the Packers have won 5 straight. This won’t be a blowout, but also won’t be a nailbiter by any means.
Packers 38, Washington 20
Falcons (2-3) vs. Dolphins (1-5)
This game really can go either way this week. Both teams’ defenses are absolutely horrendous, so whichever team’s offense can perform better will take this one. The Falcons have more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, and I think they will prevail in Miami this week.
Falcons 24, Falcons 13
Jets (1-4) vs. Patriots (2-4)
If Zach Wilson plays like he did last time against the Pats, this game will be a blowout. But he really has improved as the season has gone on, and I think he will play well this week against New England. Mac Jones and the Pats have been playing well on offense, so the Jets will have to slow down their attack and minimize the mistakes. The Jets could compete in this game, but ultimately will fall short against New England.
Patriots 23, Jets 14
Panthers (3-3) vs. Giants (1-5)
What looked like one of the hottest teams early on is now riding a 3 game losing streak. Sam Darnold and the Panthers are looking to bounce back this week against a bad Giants team. The Giants defense has more holes than swiss cheese, and Sam Darnold and Chuba Hubbard are going to give the Giants a hard time this week. Daniel Jones and the offense have played weak, and they are going to have to improve if they want to be competitive this season. The Panthers will break the losing streak and take a win over the Giants.
Panthers 27, Giants 19
Chiefs (3-3) vs. Titans (4-2)
Kansas City has started off pretty rough compared to what we are used to seeing. They are coming off their strongest performance last week against Washington, and are looking to take on a team who took down Josh Allen and Buffalo on Monday Night Football. Kansas City will ultimately have to stop Derrick Henry and make sure he doesn’t break off for big runs downfield. If Patrick Mahomes leads his troops this week, the Chiefs have too many weapons and are going to start turning their season around in a big way.
Chiefs 34, Titans 20
Lions (0-6) vs. Rams (5-1)
Jarred Goff is going back to LA to take on his former team. Stafford is also taking on his former Detroit team, and he is going to look to terrorize them on Sunday. The Lions have had a horrible start to the year, and are the only team without a win in the league now. The Rams are just too good, and the Lions are just too bad. That’s what this game comes down to for me, and The Rams are going to light up the Lions defense this week.
Rams 38, Lions 17
Eagles (2-4) vs. Raiders (4-2)
Last week, the Raiders defense forced four turnovers in their win against the Broncos. The Eagles were competitive against Tom Brady and the Bucs last week, and they are looking to fight against this Raiders team. Carr has been playing at an MVP level, and the Eagles defense could struggle against the Raiders offensive attack. Las Vegas will be able to take this game away from Philly.
Raiders 28, Eagles 17
Texans (1-5) vs. Cardinals (6-0)
It is safe to say that the Texans are very, very bad. The Cardinals are the only unbeaten team in the NFL, and they will remain that after this week. Davis Mills has been inconsistent but decent so far, and the Texans really don’t have the best offensive attack. The defense has their shares of trouble, and Kyler Murray and the Cardinals will hurt them this week in Arizona.
Cardinals 43, Texans 13
Bears (3-3) vs. Bucs (5-1)
The Bears have had one of the best pass rushes so far early this season, and they are going to try to give pressure to Tom Brady all game long. Justin Fields is still trying to find his groove, as he’s been inconsistent in his starts so far. The Bears offensive line hasn’t protected him well, and will need to give him more time to make some big-boy throws. If Fields can find a way to make big plays and drive down the field, they could play Tampa close. The Bucs just have so many weapons on offense, and the Bears could struggle to slow the attack down.
Bucs 27, Bears 16
Colts (2-4) vs. 49ers (2-3)
We have a Sunday Night Showdown this week with the Colts taking on the 49ers on primetime. As the Titans are starting to run away with the AFC South, this is a huge game for the Colts as they take on Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers in San Fran. Carson Wentz has been playing well the last few weeks, and he is going to have to play tough against the 49ers defense. Jimmy G is likely to start in week 7. He has been up and down so far, so we will have to see how he will perform against Indy on the big stage. This is a big game that both teams are going to fight hard for, and this game could be a big test for both teams. If Carson Wentz can play like he has in recent weeks, the Colts will walk away from the Bay Area with a win.
Colts 23, 49ers 17
Saints (3-2) vs Seahawks (2-4)
The Saints are coming off a BYE week and are taking on the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football in week 7. Geno Smith is under center as Russell Wilson is out with an injury. The Saints are still trying to get things tightened up, and Jameis Winston is still trying to get comfortable in the offense. Geno Smith has played decent, but obviously isn’t producing as Wilson would. If the Saints can shut him down, and Jameis can run the offense well, New Orleans will pull this game off on Monday Night Football.
Saints 26, Seahawks 20