By: Elias McMillan
Last Week: 6-8
Texans over Lions – Detroit will be missing many of their key players right on time for their national display to America of how bad they are.
Cowboys over Washington – Okay. I can explain. This Cowboys team is not the same team from the earlier debacles against Cleveland and Arizona. Dallas needed to do two things: stop the bleeding somewhat on defense and find a way to operate the offense without their all-Pro Tackles. With the win last week in Minnesota, the Cowboys at least appear capable to compete in the woefully bad NFC East. The next step is a Washington team that embarrassed them earlier this year. I expect this to be a competitive game where the losers still might find themselves in position to make the post season. The Cowboys have turned in some stinkers on Thanksgiving recently. But they appear to have the momentum entering this one though Washington is also coming off a victory over Cincinnati.
Steelers over Ravens – I have no sympathy for the undefeated kings of the 2020 regular season. But really, it’s crazy that this Steelers team won’t have a bye week unless they can clinch the top seed in the AFC. No one knows why Tennessee and now, Baltimore are having such problems with the virus. I’m starting to realize that no one knows anything about the virus. But, oh, lets acknowledge how unfair this must be for the Stillers. Its like the league is attacking them with teams that don’t know the protocols. Now, the Steelers won’t be able to go on a quick getaway with their families in the middle of a pandemic. Boo-freakin-Hoo. Man, I wish this Baltimore Ravens team could just punch the smugness right off the Steelers this Sunday afternoon. The Ravens are in a crisis right now with their offense and they desperately need to figure it out. I don’t understand why they can’t pass the ball. Maybe it’s because their receiving core consist of Marquis Brown and a bunch of no names. They gotta try something with Dez Bryant. Jumpballs. Slant-N-Gos. Anything. It just seems that Pittsburgh is going to be able to roll easily on Sunday but strange things can happen in these rivalry games. It would take a great effort from the Ravens defense. The Steelers have their weaknesses but one of the great things that they are currently doing is that they are not letting their opponents expose them.
Raiders over Falcons – Las Vegas lost last week but in return, the national media gave them a ton of roses this week. Usually, I would hate that but I do feel like Derek Carr has been slept on. You know what doesn’t help? Actively looking for his replacement in the offseason. Anyways, Atlanta lost to Taysom Hill so either New Orleans has a pretty good defense or the Falcons just suck.
Bills over Chargers – Buffalo gotta be careful here. The Chargers can score a lot of points but their defense will keep you in it. The media is gonna go crazy watching this back and forth between Josh Allen and rookie Justin Herbert.
Giants over Bengals – Well, everyone else, except Philly, were able to gain ground in the NFC East. I guess, it is New York’s turn. The Bengals lost Joe Burrow for the season last week so its time for them to pack it up. If they are able to rally and beat this Giants team, I would be shocked. But not too shocked.
Colts over Titans – I know that Phillip Rivers will doom this Colts team later on but look at them now. They are playing some really good football on both sides of the ball. Tennessee needs this one to stay alive for the division.
Panthers over Vikings – I can’t get a read on Carolina. But lets get on the PJ Walker train. This is a matchup of two teams that are going nowhere.
Cardinals over Patriots – I’ve watched enough of New England this year to say that the problem is not Cam Newton. Though, Newton has fallen short in some big spots, it is the once great Patriots defense that is dooming New England this year. If Arizona avoids mistakes, they will win in a rout.
Dolphins over Jets – The Jets are terrible but they have been putting up admirable efforts recently. Miami cannot sleep them if they plan to stay in the playoff race.
Jaguars over Browns – Jacksonville is starting Mike Glennon at QB. Wow. But Cleveland will be without its two best defensive players. I smell an upset.
Broncos over Saints – Denver is another team that I can’t get a good read on. I do know when that defense comes to play, they are hard to beat. This could be a defensive battle. The Saints have enough offensive weapons to stand apart but weird things can happen in that Mile High air. Here’s another upset in favor of the Broncos.
Rams over 49ers – LA is starting to build a decent resume and honestly, I’m a little surprised. Their defense is playing well right now.
Chiefs over Buccaneers – Kansas City should be able to completely outclass this Tampa team. The Bucs will have a chance if they can get stops on defense in the second half. The Chiefs showed last week that they know how to close.
Packers over Bears – We don’t even know who Chicago is starting at QB this week. Great rivalry but this weekend’s edition could be one of the worst in the series. Packers. Big.
Seahawks over Eagles – I can’t explain how bad this Eagles team is. And people think they are at least good enough to win the woeful NFC Least. They might be the worst team in that division.