Minnesota just keeps stacking wins.
By: Elias McMillan
Last Week: 8-6
Vikings over Lions – Detroit usually puts out a great effort on Thanksgiving but Minnesota is playing as well as anyone right now.
Cowboys over Chargers – This is a must win for Dallas. Actually, the Cowboys must approach each game from here on out as a must win game. I could see them dropping this one at home in disappointing fashion after how they looked in the second half against Philadelphia and the Chargers are starting to gain some late season momentum. But the Cowboys are getting some guys back from injuries in this game and they will play desperate on offense. Dak Prescott needs a strong bounce back on Turkey day.
Washington over Giants – I like the effort Washington is showing each week. They’ve struggled through penalty of injuries this season but they seem to be in a lot of close games this season. New York has been over achieving lately but Washington should crush them.
Falcons over Buccaneers – Atlanta is 6-4 despite under achieving for most of the season. They need a strong finish if they hope to return to the post season.
Browns over Bengals – How about a Cleveland upset for a pre-Christmas miracle? Maybe this one will seal Marvin Lewis’ fate.
Colts over Titans – Another upset here. Marcus Mariota did not impress me last week in Pittsburgh. He made some big plays but those interceptions he threw were on some really bad throws. If the Indy defense can press the QB, they’ll be able to score the upset.
Chiefs over Bills – Kansas City has issues. Buffalo has more issues.
Patriots over Dolphins – New England is playing as well as anyone right now.
Panthers over Jets – Carolina needs to show focus on the road this week after playing its best game of the year last week.
Eagles over Bears – Philadelphia might win out.
Seahawks over 49ers – Seattle is in danger of falling out of playoff contention. A lost at San Francisco would probably end their season.
Raiders over Broncos – Both teams are going through a tough stretch right now. I’ll give the advantage to Oakland because they should be able to put up more points.
Saints over Rams – New Orleans’ improved defense should be in full display against a Rams team is starting to struggle to put up points.
Jaguars over Cardinals – Trap game for Jacksonville as they are on the road against a bad Arizona squad.
Steelers over Packers – If Aaron Rodgers was healthy, this would probably be a scoring fest. It might still be but for only one side.
Ravens over Texans – This game will be the opposite of Packers/Steelers. Points will be at a premium. Eventually, the Baltimore defense will make the plays to wrap this one up for the home team on Monday night.
Fantasy Football Picks of the Week
QB: Matt Ryan (Falcons) – Matt Ryan and the Atlanta passing attack will face the second worst pass defense in the league in Tampa Bay.
RB: Mark Ingram (Saints) – Ingram has been on a tear lately. He’ll impress this week against a weak Rams run defense.
WR: T.Y. Hilton (Colts) – The Colts could be able to upset the Titans if they attack them through the air. Hilton will be a key part of their game plan on Sunday.
TE: Zach Ertz (Eagles) – The Eagles should be able to find big plays down field against the Bears secondary.
DEF: New England – I didn’t expect the Patriots defense to look so good last week against the Raiders. They should be able to look strong again at home against Miami.