Thursday night did not go at all as I expected. The Dallas Cowboys look like they might actually be on to something. Let’s see if the rest of the NFC East will catch up. The story of the week is the Kareem Hunt situation. There are quite a few factors to the incident, but nonetheless, he is a no go for the rest of the season. Hope you have a great backup for him on your fantasy football bench. This is going to be a no frills week of picks for me. Here I go…
BALTIMORE RAVENS vs ATLANTA FALCONS:
This is one of those games that seems pretty clear cut on the victor, but ends up going the other way…drastically. The Ravens are rejuvenated with Lamar Jackson starting. The Falcons can fight the good fight, but cannot win the battle.
CAROLINA PANTHERS vs TAMPA BY BUCCANEERS:
HA!! Who else go burned by the Panthers the last few weeks? This is the last week for Carolina to get picked before changes have to be made. It is possible for the Bucs to get it together enough to get one over on the Panthers, but the Tampa Bay defense does not have anything Christian McCaffery.
CHICAGO BEARS vs NEW YORK GIANTS:
This is not going to be a flukey Giants win.
BUFFALO BILLS vs MIAMI DOLPHINS:
This is a tough one. Buffalo is not as bad as everyone thinks. Miami does have Ryan Tannehill back. They looked pretty convincing against Indianapolis last week. Going out on a limb with this one.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS vs JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS:
Indianapolis is quietly moving up the ranks. Jacksonville is noisily falling out of the ranks. Not sure what else to say about that.
CLEVELAND BROWNS vs HOUSTON TEXANS:
Cleveland will keep it close as usual. Their win streak will stop here today at two wins in a row. Baker Mayfield is changing the culture for the Browns. They will be a team to keep an eye on in the future.
DENVER BRONCOS vs CINCINNATI BENGALS:
If there was an upset pick for the week, this one would be it. Which team would be upset though? Since Denver has the two game win streak, it would be Cincinnati with the upset.
LOS ANGELES RAMS vs DETROIT LIONS:
Detroit is not going to fool anyone this week.
Los Angeles Rams
ARIZONA CARDINALS vs GREEN BAY PACKERS:
The Packers are not playing the best ball by any means. They are definitely trying to ease their way back into the playoff picture. A win here helps. Arizona is not the team folks thought they would be starting the season. Now, they just trying to get through the season.
Green Bay Packers
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs OAKLAND RAIDERS:
Even with the recent release of Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs will have no problems getting this win.
Kansas City Chiefs
NEW YORK JETS vs TENNESSEE TITANS:
These two teams! The edge goes to the home team right? Both have performed well at times when they were not expected to win. Tennessee has it put together better than New York.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS vs SEATTLE SEAHAWKS:
San Francisco is playing better with Nick Mullens, but that is not going to be enough with the loudest 12th man up in Seattle. Russell Wilson and company are making a run for the post season. There is no way that the 49ers are going to stop them.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS vs NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:
The Vikes are keeping up appearances with the last couple of weeks. New England is coming off of a mediocre win. This should be the game of the week. Tom Brady finds a way to win against quality competition.
New England Patriots
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS vs PITTSBURGH STEELERS:
If the Chargers can get pressure on Ben Roethlisberger, they can get the win on the road. It has been proven that it works. Steelers luck ran out last week with the close comeback. If Los Angeles gets ahead early, Pittsburgh will not be able to recover.
Los Angeles Chargers
Hopefully, my picks pan out. The late games will be good football watching. Good luck to your teams and picks!
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