Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
The Vikings are visiting the Lions in a tie breaking game for first place in the NFC North. The Vikings won their first game in five weeks last week and need to continue their roll, especially against the Lions. The Lions have won their last two games, including a game in Minnesota. The key for the Vikings is to give Sam Bradford time to find his receivers. If Bradford is given a little bit of time, then he might be able to find Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph for a couple of touchdowns. The key for the Lions is to not turn the ball over. All of the Vikings wins have happened because they were able to get interceptions and fumbles recovered for touchdowns. If the Vikings don’t get any turnovers, then it is hard to imagine them scoring over 20 points. The Lions should win this close game.
MIN 17 – 21 DET
Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys
The Redskins are going to Dallas for Thanksgiving in a huge NFC East game. Both of these teams look really different compared to when they faced off in week two. Kirk Cousins is starting to look really good, much better than he did when they faced last time. The Cowboys keep getting better and better, each week throughout this winning streak that started against the Washington Redskins. The key for the Washington Redskins is to throw the ball as often as possible. The Cowboys secondary has been overachieving a little bit and if the Redskins can force the Cowboys to pass as well, then the Redskins have a chance to win. The key for the Cowboys is to keep feeding the ball to Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott has really become a game changer since the last time these two teams faced off and could have the same effect that he had last week against the Ravens. This should be a high scoring game that the Cowboys should win in the end.
WAS 27 – 31 DAL
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts
The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to Indianapolis for a big AFC game. The Steelers were able to get a big win against the Browns, but they haven’t beat a team with a record of .500 or better since week four. The Colts were able to get a big win against the Titans, but have been inconsistent and it doesn’t look like they will have Andrew Luck for this game. The key for the Steelers is to stop Frank Gore and the Colts rushing game. They need to make Scott Tolzien uncomfortable and make him try to beat them. The key for the Colts is to run with Frank Gore. They need to make it easier for Scott Tolzien and make the Steelers to sell out to stop the run. If there are more open receivers, then Tolzien might be able to make a few plays. Pittsburgh will win this game because of the Colts loss of Luck.
PIT 27 – 13 IND
Tennessee Titans @ Chicago Bears
The Tennessee Titans are going to Chicago for a game that they need to win so they can keep up with the rest of their division. The Titans are only a game and a half behind the Texans and still have plenty of time to catch up. The Bears postseason dreams are almost over as they are four games behind the Vikings and Lions and if they don’t win this one then they will definitely be five games back with five games left. The key for the Titans is to control the football with DeMarco Murray. He didn’t have a huge game last week and they lost and should be changed if they want to win. The key for the Bears is to give the ball to Jordan Howard. He has been the only bright spot on this Chicago team and by giving the ball to him, it is harder for Jay Cutler to make mistakes. This should be a close game, but the Titans should win.
TEN 24 – 22 CHI
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo Bills
The Jaguars are going to Buffalo for a game that the Bills need. The Jaguars are not very good and have lost TJ Yeldon because of an ankle injury. The Bills still don’t have any weapons on the outside and continue to win with a good running game and defense. The key for the Jaguars is to give the ball to Chris Ivory. They need to keep their defense off of the field so they can keep up with the Bills running game. The key for the Bills is to attack Blake Bortles. He is prone to mistakes and if the Bills can increase those chances to giving Tyrod Taylor a short field to play on. The Bills should be able to win this game fairly easily.
JAX 14 – 24 BUF
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
The Cincinnati Bengals are going to Baltimore for a big AFC North game. The Bengals can’t lose this game or it is very unlikely that they will be able to get into the playoffs. The Ravens need this win as well so they can stay in first place and be in the driver’s seat for this division. The key for the Bengals is to shut down the Ravens receivers. The Ravens seem afraid to run the ball despite having some success so if the Bengals can force the run, then they might be able to win. The key for the Ravens is to shut down Tyler Eifert. They don’t have to worry about AJ Green, so the biggest target for Andy Dalton is Eifert and if he is shutout then it is hard for the Bengals to score enough to win. The injuries of the Bengals will be the reason that they lose this game.
CIN 13 – 20 BAL
Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons
The Cardinals are going to Atlanta for an important NFC matchup. The Cardinals haven’t looked really good at any point this season and need to win to keep their season alive. The Falcons are coming off of a needed bye week and they need to win with the Buccaneers starting to look good. The key for the Cardinals is to continue to give the ball David Johnson. He has been the only thing to give this team hope and if they want to win, they are going to have to give him the ball. The key for the Falcons is to get to Carson Palmer. Palmer hasn’t been good this season and if they can fluster him, then the Falcons should be able to win. The Falcons should be able to win this game and maintain their control of the NFC South.
ARI 23 – 31 ATL
New York Giants @ Cleveland Browns
The Giants are going to Cleveland and need to play better against the Browns than they did against the Bears last week. The Giants are in control of the first wildcard spot and are only two games behind the Cowboys. The Browns are the only team in the league to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but they need a win to avoid becoming the second winless team in the history of the league. The key for the Giants is to get to the quarterback, no matter who it is. The only real strength of the Browns is their receiving corps and if they are shut down, then it is nearly impossible for them to win this game. The key for the Browns is to run the ball effectively with Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell. If they can take the pressure off of their quarterback, then they might have a chance, but it is highly unlikely and the Giants should win.
NYG 31 – 12 CLE
Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans Saints
The Los Angeles Rams are going to New Orleans in a good battle of the Rams defense against the Saints offense. Jared Goff lost his debut game, but he was also facing one of the best pass rushes in the game and should be a little more comfortable against the Saints. The Saints lost a divisional game against the Panthers, but had an extra three days to rest and should come out firing. The key for the Rams is to give the ball to Todd Gurley. He had a few good runs early, but they didn’t give him the ball to make a difference against the Dolphins. If they can get him going, then Goff’s job becomes a lot easier. The key for the Saints is to attack the Rams secondary and get an early lead. If they can get a healthy lead early, then that makes Goff have to play from behind and gives him more opportunity to make mistakes. This should be a close game that the Saints end up winning,
LA 17 – 21 NO
San Francisco 49ers @ Miami Dolphins
The 49ers are going to Miami in a tough game for them. The 49ers are on the second longest losing streak in the league. The Dolphins have been really good in the last couple of weeks and this should be a favorable matchup for them. The key for the 49ers is to move the ball with Colin Kaeprnick and Carlos Hyde. The 49ers need to control the ball and prevent the Dolphins from getting the ball too often. The key for the Dolphins is to run the ball with Jay Ajayi as often as possible. The 49ers have the worst rushing defense in all of football and the Dolphins have been able to dominate when he has a really good game. The Dolphins should win this game pretty easily.
SF 10 – 28 MIA
San Diego Chargers @ Houston Texans
The San Diego Chargers are visiting the Houston Texans in a good AFC game. The Chargers are coming off of a bye and have shown flashes of being a good team this season, despite their record. The Texans are coming home from a loss to the Raiders in Mexico City and need to play better, especially with the Colts breathing down their necks. The key for the Chargers is to stop Lamar Miller. Brock Osweiler had a decent game against the Raiders, but he is still capable of making a lot of mistakes and the Chargers should make him beat them. The key for the Texans is to play mistake free football. Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon are both really good and if the Texans give the Chargers good field position, then it will be hard for the Texans to win. This will be a close game, but the Chargers should win.
SD 24 – 21 HOU
Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Seattle Seahawks are going to Tampa Bay for a big NFC game. The Seahawks are one of the best teams in the league and have beat two of the other best teams in the league. The Buccaneers are also coming off of a big win against the Chiefs and are looking to build some more momentum to take over the division. The key for the Seahawks is to shut down Mike Evans. If Jameis Winston doesn’t have his favorite target, then there is less of a chance for the Buccaneers to win. The key for Tampa Bay is to give the ball to Doug Martin. He looked good last week against the Kansas City defense and he is the key to opening up the Buccaneers offense. This will be a good game, but the Seahawks should win.
SEA 24 – 20 TB
New England Patriots @ New York Jets
The New England Patriots are visiting their old rival, the New York Jets. The Patriots are coming off of a big win against the 49ers and the Jets are coming off of a bye, but if they lose this game, then it is impossible for them to win their division and pretty much impossible to grab a wildcard spot. The key for the Patriots is for Tom Brady to have another big game. The Jets strength is their defensive line and if Brady is able to take care of the Jets secondary, then they should be able to win. The key for the Jets is to run the ball with Matt Forte. The Patriots front seven is the weakest part of their team and a really good running back could take advantage of that and sneak a victory for the Jets. The Patriots should win this game, but it might be closer than New England fans would hope for.
NE 28 – 24 NYJ
Carolina Panthers @ Oakland Raiders
The Carolina Panthers are going to Oakland to face off with one of the best teams in the NFL. The Panthers have been playing a lot better lately, but they lost Luke Kuechly last week. The Raiders were able to have another comeback last week and Derek Carr is still an MVP candidate this season. The key for the Panthers is to get to Derek Carr. He has been really good and if they are able to get to him a little bit, then he might make a mistake or to in Carolina’s favor. The key for the Raiders is to get the ball to their receivers. The Carolina secondary is not very good and Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree should be able to take advantage of them and score at least three touchdowns. Oakland should be able to win this game as long as they don’t make a lot of mistakes.
CAR 21 – 31 OAK
Kansa City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos are facing off in a big AFC West matchup. Both teams are centered around their defense and both teams need this win if they want to catch the Oakland Raiders. The key for the Chiefs is to run the ball and control the clock. That could force Trevor Siemian and force him to beat them. The key for the Broncos is to hit Alex Smith. Smith doesn’t take a lot of risks so he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, but if the Broncos can make him get the ball out quicker, then the Broncos could win this game. This should be a really close and physical battle that the Broncos should come out of with the win.
KC 17 – 23 DEN OT
Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles
The Packers are stumbling as they travel to Philadelphia. Green Bay has given up 89 points in the last two games and have only been able to score 46. The Eagles lost against a team that has a really good defense and need to win this game to keep up with the rest of their division. The key for the Packers is to stop the Philadelphia running game. There is uncertainty if Darren Sproles or Ryan Matthews will play and Carson Wentz hasn’t been good in the last couple of weeks. The key for the Eagles is to attack the Green Bay secondary. The Packers are still beat up on defense and it should benefit Carson Wentz. He needs to throw the ball deep and open up the offense. This will be a close game of two beat up teams, but the Eagles should win.
GB 24 – 28 PHI
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