Thoughts from Hispandrix
IND@TEN: After last week’s grueling loss at home to the Rams, look for a huge rebound this week from the Colts. I’d imagine that the Colts will come out firing on all cylinders, but then again this is a divisional matchup. The division is the Colts to lose, as they have a firm grip on the AFC South. Stranger things have happened, but I’d suspect the real Colts team shows up this week.
NYJ@BUF: A week removed from the bye, and we haven’t forgotten the Jets last outing. Who would have thought the Jets would be challenging the Patriots for the AFC West? The Jets have had their struggles on the road (1-3), and their track history shows the alternating win/loss/win/loss pattern. So, they’re really supposed to lose to the Bills, but I just can’t see it happening being that they were well rested.
BAL@CHI: The Bears need this game, period. After their loss to the Lions, they’re now on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. Baltimore, well what do you say? They almost let the Bengals come back to win on them at home, but escaped with a victory. The crazy part is the Browns are ahead of them in the division. The Ravens are just about to become ‘another Super Bowl hangover team’. I don’t expect them to hang in there.
CLE@CIN: Bengals will rebound this week, but victory won’t come as easily as everyone will think. However, should they lose to the Browns, it sure makes the AFC North a hell of a lot more interesting.
OAK@HOU: Surely the Texans won’t lose their 8th straight game of the season at home to the Raiders? Get your draft boards ready.
ARI@JAC: Jacksonville’s victory will be very short-lived, as the Cardinals, who are one game outside of the playoff race (let that sink in shortly), should handle them easily.
WAS@PHI: Nick Foles is on fire, and a win by the Eagles will propel them at the head of the NFC East. However, there’s that whole 9 straight home losses thing. This should be the week they break that awful streak. At least, that’s what one would think.
DET@PIT: Few teams are looking as good as the Lions, and after the season started, I don’t think anyone would see them leading the division over the Packers & Bears. Aliens indeed. Big Ben and company got a win last week, but perhaps the disturbing news of them wanting him to be traded out of the Steelers may mean more problem games coming. This would be one of them.
ATL@TB: No telling what team shows up for either of these teams. Out of sheer history, I’m thinking the Falcons will beat the Bucs. But then again, Matt Ryan has been who we thought he was all along. The Falcons are hot garbage, and so are the Bucs. I’ll just side with the better team on paper?
SD@MIA: See Miami’s lack of an offensive line to protect Ryan Tannehill. The Chargers had such a decent start, but losers of the last 2. I’ll take Philip Rivers.
GB@NYG: Wow, Aaron Rodgers missing in action reminds everyone in the NFL what happens when an elite quarterback goes down. The Giants are on a 3-game winning streak after starting 0-6, and they’re quietly looking to keep their streak going. I like them to keep things going.
SF@NO: Look for that Keys to the Game article that always comes out by Friday.
MIN@SEA: Seattle at home. Vikings won’t be the first team to make them lose.
KC@DEN: The Chiefs have had a long time to prep for this game, but while this defense may be up to the challenge of stopping Peyton Manning, the Chiefs have only put up 30+ points once this season, and that was against the Giants. Andy Reid better hope he has a monster game plan to compete with the Broncos, who just came off their lowest scoring game of the season, 28 points. The ’72 Dolphins should pop their champagne after this game.
NE@CAR: This one was hard to pick, as the Panthers have been one of the league’s hottest teams with a 5-game winning streak. Their defense has been something fierce. However, I choose the Patriots. Why? Fresh off a bye, last game their offense found their groove scoring 55 points on the Steelers, and Tom Brady has a knack for making good defenses look bad, or at least besting them.