Denver @ Arizona – These are two teams that are more similar than people may realize. Both Case Keenum and Josh Rosen have thrown some nice balls, only to have them drop harmlessly to the ground. While each could locate their passes better, their receivers need to do a better job of holding onto the football. Each has a talented running back, Lindsay in Denver and Johnson in Arizona, that can break the game open. Defensively, each team has the ability to play with fire and intensity, but don’t do it regularly. Watch for defense to be the difference in this one. I think Denver is a little further along in that department, particularly with Bradley Chubb emerging as a pass rusher alongside Von Miller.
Denver wins, 27-21.
New England @ Chicago – Is the reign of the Patriots over? No. But the Bears are coming off a tough loss to Miami after being gashed in the run game by Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake. I think the defense comes out angry, particularly Khalil Mack, who was kept quiet last week. Brady will be facing a lot of pressure in this one, which will put his team at a disadvantage against Mitch Trubisky, who is looking better each and every week.
Chicago wins, 35-31.
Detroit @ Miami – Brock Osweiler will take the helm once again for the Dolphins, and if this game depended on that alone, I’d choose the Lions and Matthew Stafford in a heartbeat. But like I said above, Miami manhandled the best run defense in the league last week. The Lions are one of the worst. ESPN is calling this one a coin flip, and I think it will be a shootout, but the run defense is going to be the difference in this one, especially in Miami.
Miami wins, 38-35.
Carolina @ Philadelphia – The Eagles have struggled a little bit this year, but the Panthers have yet to win a game on the road. I think these are two very quality teams, despite what the records may be. Until I see otherwise them win a game in a hostile environment, when it comes to the Panthers I have to go with the home team.
Philadelphia wins, 31-24.
New Orleans @ Baltimore – The Ravens have been kind of a crack shoot so far this year, losing to the Browns and Bengals, but shutting out Tennessee and winning big in Pittsburg. The Saints have, as always, an elite offense, but their defense still leaves a lot to be desired. They looked a lot better last year, but this year they don’t look as sharp. Still, it is tough to go against Drew Brees. I think he simply outscores Baltimore.
New Orleans wins, 42-38.
Dallas @ Washington – This one is interesting. The Redskins look to be improving, winning against the Panthers and Packers, even with the loss to the Colts. Dak Prescott has been struggling with the Cowboys, probably because they lack a true number one receiver. Elliot is a prolific runner, but he can’t do it alone.
Washington wins, 24-17.
New York Giants @ Atlanta – These are two struggling teams with only three wins between them. The Falcons are the favorite coming into this matchup, but watch for the upset. The Giants have been one of the most talked-about teams in the league. They have had as much drama as Pittsburg and face as much scrutiny as the Patriots. They, and Eli Manning in particular, are hungry for a win and desperate to prove themselves.
New York wins, 24-21.