Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Buffalo Bills are going to Cincinnati for a game that could eliminate one of these teams from the AFC playoff picture. The Bills are coming off of a bye, but lost three straight for the break. The Bengals are coming off of a tough loss against the Giants. The key for the Bills is to force turnovers against the Bengals. If they can give Tyrod Taylor and the Bills running game some good field position, then they have a good chance to win. The key for the Bengals is to get the ball to AJ Green and Tyler Eifert. If they are able to get the ball to those two, then the running game will open up and the Bengals will win. This should be a close game, but the Bengals should win.
BUF 23 – 25 CIN
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a four game losing streak and are facing the best team to get them to turn everything around, the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers are better in nearly every statistical category and finally seem to have a healthy Ben Roethlisberger. The Browns made an interesting switch to Josh McCown last week and it did not pay off for them. The key for the Steelers is to run the ball as much as they can. The Browns are allowing 143.7 yards per game on the ground so it should be pretty easy for one of the best running backs in the league to take advantage of that. The key for the Browns is to attack the Steelers secondary. The Steelers secondary is their weak point and Terrell Pryor and Corey Coleman should be able to beat them a couple of times. The Browns have a chance in this game, but it is unlikely and the Steelers should be able to win.
PIT 35 – 20 CLE
Baltimore Ravens @ Dallas Cowboys
This should be one of the better matchups of the weekend with the Ravens and their defense visiting the Cowboys and their offense. The Ravens have one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL and have only given up 71.3 rushing yards per game. The Dallas Cowboys have the best rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 161 rushing yards per game. The key to this game is who is going to win the running battle. The Cowboys have been able to run on every team this season and the more that Ezekiel Elliott plays, the harder it is to stop him. Ultimately, the Dallas offensive line and Ezekiel Elliot will be too much for the Ravens and will lead them to their ninth straight victory.
BAL 19 – 23 DAL
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Detroit Lions
The Jaguars are going to Detroit for a big game against the Lions. The Jaguars season is pretty much over, but there is still a chance if they are able to win the rest of their games. The Lions are coming off of a bye and are now in first place for the NFC North. The key for the Jaguars is to attack the Detroit secondary. The Lions are allowing 260 yards through the air per game and Jacksonville has a good receiving corps to take advantage of that defense. The key for the Lions is to run the ball effectively. The Jaguars have one of the worst rushing defenses in the league and Theo Riddick should be able to have a pretty good game. The Lions are the better team and should win this one.
JAX 22 – 27 DET
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
The Titans are travelling to Indianapolis this week for a huge AFC South game. The winner of this game has the best chance to overtake the Texans for the division. The Titans are coming off of their best win of the season and need to continue their momentum. The Colts are coming off of a bye week and were hopefully able to get Andrew Luck healthy and figure out a way to get him some protection. The key for the Titans is to continue to give the ball to DeMarco Murray. They are averaging 145 yards on the ground per game and that is what has got them five wins so far and that is the strength of their team. The key for the Colts is to keep Luck protected. They need Luck to play his best game to keep up with the Titans offense. It is hard to imagine the Colts doing that and should lead to a Titans victory.
TEN 33 – 27 IND
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Buccaneers are going to Kansas City this week. The Buccaneers are a game and a half behind the Falcons and they need to win this game with Atlanta on a bye. The Kansas City Chiefs are on a five game winning streak and are tied with the Raiders for the division lead. The key for the Buccaneers is to run the ball effectively with Doug Martin. The Chiefs have a good defense, but they are giving up 121.7 rushing yards per game and should be what allows the Buccaneers to gain an advantage. The key for the Chiefs is to get to Jameis Winston and force a few turnovers. If he has to play for behind, then there is a good chance that he will give the ball up to the Chiefs. The Chiefs defense should be able to beat the Buccaneers offense and lead the Chiefs to a win.
TB 21 – 24 KC
Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings
The Cardinals and Vikings are facing off in Minnesota in a game that could have huge NFC implications. The Cardinals won a close game last week and are two games behind the Seahawks. The Vikings are on a four game losing streak and are tied for first in the NFC North with the Lions, but Detroit has the tiebreaker right now. The key for the Cardinals is to run the ball with David Johnson. The Vikings have had a decent run defense, but the less that the Cardinals turn the ball over, the less chance for them to lose. The key for the Vikings is to get as many turnovers as possible. Their defense is the main reason that they have won five games and that is the only thing that is going to cause them to win again. The Vikings will eventually win another game, but it won’t be this one and the Cardinals will win.
ARI 23 – 17 MIN
Chicago Bears @ New York Giants
The Chicago Bears are visiting the New York Giants this Sunday. The Bears have lost four of their last five games and just lost their best player, Alshon Jeffrey, for the next four games. The Giants have won four straight and are in good position for the first wildcard spot in the NFC. They key for the Bears it to get to Eli Manning as often as possible. The Giants running game has been really poor and if they are forced to do so, then it is going to be hard for them to win. The key for the Giants is to distribute the ball evenly to all of their receivers. It would be very difficult Chicago’s secondary to contain all of the Giants weapons through the air and will be the reason that the Giants win their fifth straight game.
CHI 14 – 20 NYG
Miami Dolphins @ Los Angeles Rams
The Dolphins are traveling to Los Angeles for the debut of Jared Goff. The Dolphins have been one of the better teams in the NFL recently because of their running game and their defensive front. The Rams are finally making the shift to Goff, but it is probably too little too late for this team. The key for the Dolphins is to get to Goff as much as possible. There is a reason he hasn't started to this point and the Dolphins defense should be able to shake him up and force him to make mistakes. The key for the Rams is to give the ball to Gurley. He hasn't been utilized as much as he was last season, but with a rookie quarterback that everyone has questions about, it might be easier to focus on the run. The Dolphins should win this game in what should be a good defensive battle.
MIA 17 – 10 LA
Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks
The Philadelphia Eagles are going to Seattle for a big NFC defensive matchup. The Eagles are currently fourth in their division, but they are good enough on defense to fight for one of the playoff spots. The Seahawks are coming off of their biggest win of the season. The key for the Eagles is to get to Russell Wilson early. The Eagles defensive line is probably the best one that the Seahawks will face all season and their offensive line is really bad. If they don’t protect Wilson in this game, then they could lose their season. The key for the Seahawks is to stop the run and make Carson Wentz beat them. The Eagles have a poor receiving squad and the Seahawks have the best secondary so it is hard to imagine the Eagles being able to throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns. This is a bad matchup for the Seahawks and the Eagles should win this one.
PHI 23 – 19 SEA
New England Patriots @ San Francisco 49ers
The New England Patriots are going to San Francisco for a game with the 49ers. The Patriots are coming off of a loss to a really good Seattle team and the 49ers haven’t won a game since week one, but played hard against the Cardinals last week. The key for the Patriots is to run the ball. The 49ers have the worst rushing defense in the NFL and it is easy to take advantage of them. The key for the 49ers is to keep the New England defensive front on their toes with a lot of read option plays. In the Patriot s first loss, the Bills were able to do that and made it hard for the Patriots to stop. If the 49ers can duplicate that with Colin Kaepernick and Carlos Hyde, there might be a chance for them to pull the upset. It is hard to imagine the Patriots having a two game losing streak so they should win this game rather easily.
NE 35 – 17 SF
Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins
Washington is welcoming the Packers this week in a game that could shape up the playoff picture a little bit more. The Packers are in third place in their division and have lost three straight games. The Redskins were able to win last week against the Vikings and are now slotted in the second wildcard spot. Both teams need this win for the sake of their season and should be interesting to watch. The key for the Packers is for Aaron Rodgers to not miss as many big throws. Their defense is going to have a hard time keeping up with the Redskins and Rodgers needs to be on top of their game if they want to win. The key for the Redskins is to force the Packers to run the football. Green Bay has had troubling running the ball and it probably won’t change anytime soon, even with the addition of Christine Michael. It is hard to think of the Packers winning right now, given how they have played recently, so the Redskins should win.
GB 24 – 27 WAS
Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders (Mexico City)
The Texans and Raiders are meeting in Mexico City for a game between two of the better AFC teams. The Texans have won three of their last four games, but all of their wins have been fairly close games. Oakland has won their last three games and has looked rather impressive in all of the games. The key for the Texans is to run the ball and control the football. Brock Osweiler hasn’t looked good and if they get into a shootout with the Raiders, it is unlikely that they will win. The key for the Raiders is to get to Osweiler as often as possible. If they are able to shake him up a bit, then he might make a few mistakes and make it easier on Derek Carr and the Raiders offense. The Raiders offense might be too good for the Texans and they should return to Oakland with the win.
HOU 20 – 31 OAK
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