Heading into week 10 and the question is whether or not Le’Veon Bell will sign and play for the remainder of the season. In my opinion, he is hurting himself holding out THIS long. Maybe he will have signed by the time of this posting. It will be interesting to see what happens there in Pittsburgh. On a bye week this week are Baltimore, Denver, Houston, and Minnesota. Read on to see how I am calling each game.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS vs CINCINNATI BENGALS:
The New Orleans Saints are having no problems putting in work. Did they not just hand the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season last week? With the way Drew Brees is playing, the Cincinnati Bengals do not stand a chance. That is not to say that the Bengals have been pushovers. The Bengals have been playing well above what was expected this season. There is no way that anyone can believe that Andy Dalton could win against Brees in a shoot out. Let’s just call it for what it is.
New Orleans Saints
ATLANTA FALCONS vs CLEVELAND BROWNS:
Atlanta has not been exactly a team taking it to the next level. With their win over the Washington Redskins last week and an easy match up this week, the Falcons should get back on track to make a playoff push. The Falcon offense is showing more signs of life the past couple of weeks. Julio Jones got his first touchdown pass from Matt Ryan last week. Of course, Baker Mayfield will not make it easy for Matt Ryan and company. Mayfield will try to keep with Ryan, but he will not be able to do that.
DETROIT LIONS vs CHICAGO BEARS:
Normally, this is a game where the Lions would show up and play the game of a lifetime. Picking them this week could be a wise choice. Unfortunately, Chicago is going to have something to say about that. Chicago is at the top of the division and not looking back. Mitchell Trubisky, Jordan Howard, and Tre Burton on offense are getting it right. Defense is also making the right moves. Detroit completely collapsed under the pressure generated by the Minnesota Vikings defense last week. Matthew Stafford got sacked at least 10 times. If the Bears defense can do that, they should have no problem keeping their seat at the top of the division.
ARIZONA CARDINALS vs KANSAS CITY CHIEFS:
There is not much to say about this contest. The Cardinals are not competing here. This is just another stepping stone on the Chiefs way to the playoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS vs TENNESSEE TITANS:
Coming off of a game that put two of the elite quarterbacks in the league head to head, Tom Brady should have no problem at all with rollercoaster ride of a team in Tennessee. The Titans did show some life in that game against the Cowboys on Monday night, but that will hardly be enough going up against the mighty Patriots. The Pats will not run all over the Titans, but it will be a routing.
New England Patriots
WASHINGTON REDSKINS vs TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS:
Tampa Bay is still riding with Ryan Fitzpatrick behind center. Is this an upgrade coming up against a Washington Redskins defense that is now sprinkled with injuries? Clearly, the Bucs could take advantage. Will they? It is hard to tell when their own defense is porous. Alex Smith may very well find a way to exploit the Bucs defense and make some noise of his own…finally. The Redskins seem so convincing over the past few weeks. One could take the loss to Atlanta as a wake up call. The Bucs do not have enough to weather Adrian Peterson and company.
BUFFALO BILLS vs NEW YORK JETS:
It has been musical quarterbacks for the Buffalo Bills. It has been a stressful time for the rookie quarterback for the New York Jets. Which team comes out of this? At the very least, the Jets have been consistent with the rookie starting for them all season. Consistent does not equal wins obviously, but they are sticking with him. The Bills are not great on either side of the ball. The Jets have a better defense than the Bills. Both teams are mediocre at best on offense. Going with the home team.
New York Jets
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS vs INDIANAPOLIS COLTS:
Andrew Luck is back in form. Granted, he does not have the weapons around him to help the Colts with a better record. They will come though. Even with what he does have, there is a strong possibility that the Colts can get another one. The reason they can is because Blake Bortles does not have the defense to hide behind like last season. Bortles is missing Leonard Fournette…BIG TIME! The offense has been in shambles since he has been hurt. Defensively the Jags are not that force to be reckoned with like before. If Indianapolis plays their cards right, they can get this win.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS vs OAKLAND RAIDERS:
Really?! This game?! Chargers are hot. Raiders are not.
Los Angeles Chargers
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS vs LOS ANGELES RAMS:
So the Rams got their first loss of the season. It was at the hands of an elite quarterback in Drew Brees. Where does that leave the Seattle Seahawks in the grand scheme of the season? Russell Wilson will give it all he has, but it will not be enough for the high-powered offense of the Los Angeles Rams? No, sir. As much as Wilson has carried the team this year, he cannot keep up the act without some help. The Rams will have no problem handling the Hawks.
Los Angeles Rams
MIAMI DOLPHINS vs GREEN BAY PACKERS:
Despite their record, the Dolphins are who we thought they were. The Packers have been up against it this season. This will not be a walk in the park for Green Bay though. Miami will put up a fight. In the end, Dolphins QB Brock Osweiler cannot compete.
Green Bay Packers
DALLAS COWBOYS vs PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:
The Philadelphia Eagles know how to use the weapons they have. Fortunately for them, the Dallas Cowboys do not. Dallas tried to effectively use Amari Cooper last week. It looked more like Dak Prescott forcing the ball to him. If the Eagles play their brand of football, there should be no issues. The Eagles defense need only get to Dak and get him off balance to turn things to their favor. Unless the Cowboys coaching staff can get some better calls into the huddle and Dak Prescott can execute better, they won’t be able to compete.
There you go. That is how I see each game playing out this week. What are your insights? I cannot wait to see the winners and losers. Good luck to your teams and picks!
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