So far this season, we have witnessed some match ups that prove numbers mean squat. My favorite upset: the 0-5 Giants defeating the Broncos. Oh, and how can I forget that exciting game in Oakland that literally came down to the last play… five times with the clock reading 0:00. Needless to say, predictions this year have been tough, but here are mine heading into Sunday (sticking to the numbers though):
Falcons @ Panthers
Falcons win: this team is coming off of a win against the Jets, and I expect their momentum to keep rolling. Meanwhile, Cam Newton and the Panthers are coming off of a bye week, but not before recording two straight losses. Newton handed the Bears a win week 7 from the 2 INTs he threw. Plus, Cam has a 55.6 QBR at home, so yeah.
Colts @ Texans
Colts win: Texans may falter trying to recover from loss of Watson and the Colts will try to take advantage. The two Texans back-ups (Yates and Savage) have minimal experience and a disappointing track record. Colts QB Brissett was able to get his team’s offense going last week, so hopefully that’ll carry into this week; with minimal mistakes, they can win this game.
Bengals @ Jaguars
Jaguars win: Sacksonville is coming for Andy Dalton. This defense leads the league in sacks, and Campbell leads the team in that category. Plus, Dalton has already been sacked over 20 times this season, so I predict Sacksonville will have a field day. Jags also get Fournette back this week, which helps their run game (team leads the league in rushing). This is bad news for the Bengals, who give up over 100 yards rushing per game.
Buccaneers @ Saints
Saints win: the Bucs have just been so disappointing this year and really, it seems they just fall short every game. The Saints have won every game since dropping their first two, and the defense is finally catching up to Drew Brees and the offense (ranked 2 overall). The Saints D is moving up and sits at #20, while Bucs D sits at #29. Saints D will beat Winston and the Bucs offense come Sunday.
Rams @ Giants
Rams win: This is a no brainer. It seems all hope is lost in NY; that win against Denver wasn’t enough to get them going and Eli is not looking like the elite QB everyone thought he was. The Rams are one of the more complete teams in the league, with an emerging defense (15th overall) and explosive offense (30.3 pts/g). NY is ranked 27th in defense AND offense: gives up too many points/yards AND they can’t score. Rams blow them out
Broncos @ Eagles
Eagles win: this was tough, but I think the losing streak for the Broncos continues. This Wentz kid is absolutely unbelievable. I could go on about his stats… but I won’t because anyone who’s been paying attention already knows. I know this Broncos D is still holding up, but I believe Wentz and the offense (w/ new addition Ajayi form the Dolphins) will still be able to put points on the board, whereas Siemian and the Broncos offense has been struggling.
Ravens @ Titans
Titans win: this could happen right? Flacco is out with a concussion but it’s not like he made much of a difference anyway *(correction, Flacco will play. Still have same opinion though). And I know the Ravens defense is strong but I think the Titans can deal. Mariota has to be perfect and not get rattled by this defense. As long as the Titans put points on the board (from both sides if necessary) they can win, because the Ravens only hope is to score some defensive points.
Cardinals @ 49ers
49ers win: THEY ARE DUE A WIN!! I know, it’s stupid, but they are. Plus Stanton’s track record isn’t good, so the Cards will struggle; you can’t win with just a run game, you need balance. Both teams will struggle, but I’m hoping the 49ers pull out the win (anything to avoid going in the same direction as the Browns).
Redskins @ Seahawks
Seahawks win: Not even a question. Seattle’s D knows how to rattle QBs, and Cousins and the Redskins never bounced back (it seemed) from that blocked field goal in the Dallas game. Russell Wilson will keep the Seattle offense rolling at home. Also: 12th man. One of the loudest stadiums in the league. Need I say more?
Chiefs @ Cowboys
Chiefs win (barely): Chiefs have been great all year, despite that loss to the Steelers (and I’m not counting the loss in Oakland because it was by 1 and their defense failed like 5x in a row. I mean, you score 30 points, you’re supposed to win right?). Alex Smith is having the season of his career and Kareem Hunt is explosive in the run game. I know Zeke is eligible to play, but I just think the Chiefs will pull out the win. I expect a close game though.
Raiders @ Dolphins
Raiders win: Raiders should be able to find their footing again in Miami. Both teams are coming off of losses (the Dolphins were blown out by the Ravens 40-0). Matt Moore threw 2 INTs and less than 200 yds after taking over for Cutler the week before and leading the Fins to an explosive comeback win over the Jets. Raiders look to get back on track after a loss to the Bills. Maybe playing in a warm climate will help. Both teams get back on track, but the Raiders are the better team.
Lions @ Packers
Lions win: Packers don’t have Aaron Rodgers. Hundley tried but it’s just too overwhelming. Rodgers IS the Green Bay Packers and without him I don’t know who they are. Tough-as-nails Matthew Stafford and the Lions pull out the win. No need to bring in any stats.