Thoughts from Hispandrix
CIN@MIA: All thoughts for this game are null & void, but what a win by the Dolphins. Andy Dalton’s kryptonite is Halloween.
KC@BUF: Believe it or not, I think this may be a very tough game for the Chiefs here. Sure, they’re undefeated, but over the past couple games, they have played in close games. They’ve relied on their defense a good bit, and hopefully they took some mental notes from the Saints defense last week. The Bills are a little bit of a mess, and of course, they are struck with the injury plague. All of that being said? There’s a virtual unknown they face in Buffalo. I think they get the win here, but they’ll have another squeaker.
ATL@CAR: Before the start of the season, I would have told you that Atlanta would roll over Carolina here. However, the Panthers have been red-hot. Make of that what you will, as they rolled over the Vikings-Rams-Bucs. In their wins, they have scored over 30 points in each game. Suddenly, this is a top 10 defense, and the thoughts of firing Ron Rivera have been squelched. Forget the fact that the Falcons own the all-time series 16-8, and that they’ve won 5 out of their last 6 games against the Panthers. The Falcons are playing horrible, much to the delight of the football world. Panthers will win.
MIN@DAL: Oh Dallas, familiar territory of having the division handed to you on a silver platter, and all they do is, choke? Considering their wins have been against NFC East foes, and the Rams, is this team actually viable as a contender? Let’s see how they handle the Vikings, who might get the real Josh Freeman back, or at least the real Adrian Peterson. The Vikings are a reeling ball club, as their 1-6 record reflects. Sadly, there’s not much hope for them to march into Jerry World, and emerge victorious.
NO@NYJ: As always, look for the Keys to the Game!
TEN@STL: ‘Random Generic Jeff Fisher comment’. Now that that’s over, will the real Titans please stand up? Or, at least show up to play? They’ve had a week to think about things, and get a little healthier. The Rams defense did just about everything to win against the Seahawks last week, but sadly, Kellen Clemens. I’ll take the Titans.
SD@WAS: RGIII shouldn’t be playing, and the pressure in Washington to return is more evident than ever. The Redskins have seriously looked terrible. They can’t stop anyone on defense (that whole Matt Flynn thing was an anomaly), and their offense doesn’t move the ball consistently. The Lightning Bolts are quiet owners of the final playoff spot as of right now. I know it’s hard to get excited about their defense stopping the Jaguars in their last outing, but the week before that, they held the Colts to only 9 points. Philip Rivers is looking like a rock star, with his 15 touchdowns & 5 interceptions. Hell, even Ryan Mathews has stayed healthy and is contributing. Aliens. San Diego, Super Chargers!
PHI@OAK: Just when you think Oakland is Oakland, they churn out a performance like they did against the Steelers. Again, it’s hard to make anything of the Eagles, as their victories, like the Cowboys have been against the Redskins, Giants, and Bucs. It’s the 3-1 Eagles (on the road) vs. the 3-1 Raiders (at home). Chip Kelly is no stranger to Terrelle Pryor, but talk is cheap, you have to be able to back it up. I think the Raiders roll once again.
TB@SEA: Let’s see. Perfect Russell Wilson at home plays the winless Bucs. That’s all I have to say about that.
BAL@CLE: See what happens when you lose Brian Hoyer? 3 straight losses. Luckily, they play a Ravens team who has lost back to back games. The last meeting between these two earlier this season was a very dismal 14-6 Ravens victory. Maybe the Ravens will remember they have that guy named Ray Rice, and help their 28th ranked rushing game. Or, they could just continue to let Joe Flacco throw, and throw, and throw. I’m going with the Ravens here, but Jason Campbell actually looked decent against the Chiefs defense. Could he play upset here?
PIT@NE: Just when you think the Steelers are about to flip the ship, they lose to the Raiders on the road. Now they are tasked with facing the Patriots in their backyard. Tom Brady is looking really, off? I think this is a game he is gonna fire on all cylinders.
IND@HOU: For the moment, it looks as though the Colts have regained their title as ‘the dominant force in the AFC South’. All Houston has done is drop 5 in a row, and are in jeopardy of not even making the playoffs this season, after winning two titles in a row. Since 2010, these matchups have gone back and forth, and I mean that literally. Houston wins, Indy wins, and the cycle repeats itself. If you go by that, it’s Houston’s turn to win, but again, was Case Keenum just a flash? Matt Schaub is perfectly healthy, and he’s benched. The Texans have had a long while to prepare for this primetime matchup, but I think Luck & company get out with a win.
CHI@GB: We did say Josh McCown right? Just checking. Packers.