Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars (Wembley Stadium in London)
The Colts and Jaguars are facing off this week in London and both teams need the win. Jacksonville has looked worse and worse with each passing week. Blake Bortles has regressed this season and is still throwing a large number of interceptions that is hampering this team. TJ Yeldon has rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown this season and needs to get more involved in their game plan. If they are able to establish the run then Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Julius Thomas will be more open and Bortles won’t have to take as many chances and won’t hurt his team. The Colts were improved last week against the Chargers. Andrew Luck has thrown for 913 yards, six touchdowns, and only two interceptions. A three to one ratio will almost always keep a team in a game. Frank Gore has looked good so far as well as he has rushed for 185 yards and a touchdown to help Andrew Luck as he is transition back. The Colts defense has been poor so far giving up 401 yards per game and nearly 32 points per game. They need to start playing better than that if they want to get back into the playoff picture. Ultimately, Andrew Luck should be able to lead his team to a victory in London.
IND 28 – 25 JAX
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
The Tennessee Titans have been more competitive than a lot of people thought that they would be, but Marcus Mariota hasn’t made a big jump from year one to year two. He has thrown for 723 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions. Tennessee has been able to run the ball effectively and DeMarco Murray had looked good with 245 yards and a touchdown this season. Derrick Henry has run for an additional 88 yards, but is able to watch and learn from a good veteran. The Texans have had troubles as well offensively and the investment in Brock Osweiler hasn’t really paid off for Houston yet. He has only thrown for 695 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions through three games. Lamar Miller, however, is showing what he can do by rushing for 269 yards so far, but hasn’t had a touchdown yet. Luckily, they aren’t facing a top defense this week and the extra days should be able to help them out a little bit. Houston should be able to win this game and get back on track.
TEN 17 – 20 HOU
Cleveland Browns @ Washington Redskins
Cleveland and Washington have both looked bad this year, but looked better this past week. Cleveland has had troubles getting their offense going with injuries to Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor had his best game as a pro last week and was the reason that this team was competitive and even make it to overtime. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson have combined for a good running back tandem as they have combined for 377 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. They are probably going to alternate between Pryor and Kessler again this week, but that will eventually run thin when they face a decent defense. Kirk Cousins looked a lot better this past week and was able to lead the Redskins to their first win of the season. He hasn’t been able to connect with Jordan Reed as much as he should have. Reed was a major redzone threat last season, but has a total of 190 yards and no touchdowns through the first three games of this season. They should also look to focus more on the run and not put everything on Cousins. Matt Jones only has 150 yards and one touchdown for the year, but has looked good at times. This is a winnable game for the Browns, but they will probably lose to the Redskins.
CLE 21 – 24 WAS
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Jets
The Seahawks and the Jets are two teams that have underperformed this season. Seattle should be scared about Russell Wilson and his ankle injury. He missed some action last week and has only been able to throw for 755 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. Their offense has only averaged 17.3 points per game and fortunately their defense has been as good as advertised. Their defense has only had one takeaway this season, but they have been able to restrict those offenses. They have held opposing offenses to only 12.3 points and 250 yards per game. The Jets have had trouble on both sides of the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick had the worst game of his career last week and threw six interceptions. They have averaged 20.7 points per game and their defense is currently allowing 26 points per game. The Jets have had two interceptions this year and need to be more aggressive to help their offense out. Seattle should be able to win this game in a fairly close game in New York.
SEA 22 – 17 NYJ
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
Buffalo got their first win of the year last week and the Patriots were able to win their third straight game in a unique fashion. Tyrod Taylor has not been all that good and seems to be holding this team back and has averaged a mere 175 passing yards per game. He has turned the ball over four times so far and has only thrown for three touchdowns. He doesn’t have any really big targets now that Sammy Watkins is out with his foot injury. LeSean McCoy just showed back up last week and needs to continue to play well if this team wants to succeed. The Patriots have been the most consistent team so far this year and has averaged 27 points per game and 15 points allowed per game. There is uncertainty regarding who is going to play quarterback for them this week. Jimmy Garoppolo is still recovering his shoulder and Jacoby Brissett has a thumb issue. There is currently no other quarterback on the roster and that means that Julian Edelman is the next man up. No matter who the quarterback is, they will have the leading rusher in the NFL with LaGarrette Blount. Blount has rushed for 298 yards, four touchdowns, and has kept this team in all three games so far this season. The Patriots should win this game fairly easily, despite the quarterback situation.
BUF 18 – 24 NE
Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
The Panthers and the Falcons have been complete opposites so far this season. The Falcons weren’t expected to be that good, but have been one of the top offenses in the league to this point. Matt Ryan has thrown for 907 yards, seven touchdowns and only one interception. The strength of their offense has been their two headed monster running the football. That should be the matchup to watch because the strength of the Panthers is their run defense. The team that wins that battle could end up winning the game. The Panthers have underperformed to their talent and needs to turn things around quickly. Cam Newton hasn’t played his best football and needs to turn it around. Fozzy Whittaker has been a good compliment to Jonathan Stewart and created a good tandem of their own. The Carolina defense should be able to slow down the Falcons offense enough to let the offense win the game.
CAR 27 – 24 ATL
Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are undefeated so far this season and the Raiders have underperformed so far this season despite their two wins. Derek Carr hasn’t been bad this season and has only thrown one interception to his five touchdowns. Their running situation has been unique as Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, and Jalen Richard split 22 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. The problem has been the defense and have been prone to opposing passing attacks. Joe Flacco hasn’t done a very good job throwing the ball so this matchup should be interesting. Flacco has thrown three touchdowns to four interceptions and the Ravens have only scored 19 points per game. The reason that they have won all of their games so far has been their defense. They have only given up 14.7 points per game and restricted opponents to 254.3 total yards per game. This should be a pretty good game with some an intriguing matchups, but the Raiders should be able to hand the Ravens their first loss of the season.
OAK 23 – 21 BAL
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears
The Lions and Bears are facing off in a divisional matchup that should be a fairly one-sided affair. The Lions have lost two games this season, but they have been able to score 27 points per game through this point of the season. Matthew Stafford has been able to throw 985 yards and seven touchdowns through three games and Marvin Jones has become a top target in the league. They had trouble running the ball last week, but they were playing from behind the entire game and shouldn’t have that situation this week. The Bears are still dealing with a plethora of injuries and they are hampering this team’s chances to win a game. Jay Cutler, Danny Trevathan, and Jeremy Langford will all be out among others. Alshon Jeffrey was able to play last week and should play against Detroit, but has still been limited in practice. The injuries to this Chicago team will be the downfall again this week and the Lions should walk away with this one.
DET 27 – 17 CHI
Denver Broncos @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Broncos have been one of the best teams in the league so far this season and the Buccaneers haven’t lived up to their potential so far. The Broncos defense is still one of the best and their offense seems to be clicking as well. CJ Anderson has been able to run for 203 yards and three touchdowns so far this season, and he should be able to have another good game this week against a subpar Tampa Bay defense. Trevor Siemian played the game of his life last week and people shouldn’t expect that to be a regular thing. If Tampa Bay wants to win this game, they are going to have to do it on the ground. Denver has an excellent defense again this season, but their one weakness has been against the run. They have allowed 127 rushing yards per game and they are averaging just below fifty percent when it comes to third down conversions. That gives the Buccaneers a chance if Charles Sims can run effectively and put Jameis Winston in a good spot to make some key throws. Ultimately, Denver is still really good and should come out of this game with a win.
DEN 30 – 24 TB
Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
The Rams have been a team that has over performed so far this season and the Cardinals are a team that has underperformed. Case Keenum and Todd Gurley were able to both have good games last week that helped them get their second win and it is hard to believe that Keenum would be able to do that two weeks in a row. Gurley might be able to have a pretty good game, but it is hard for him to be the only real offensive threat. If Arizona is smart then they will stack eight in the box and make Keenum beat them through the air. The one matchup that should be interesting in this game will be David Johnson against the Los Angeles defensive front. Johnson has been one of the best backs in the league and if he can take over the game on Sunday then the Cardinals should be able to win this game pretty easily.
LA 10 – 21 ARI
New Orleans Saints @ San Diego Chargers
Drew Brees is heading back San Diego for the first time since they let him walk after the 2005 season. He has looked really good on a bad team so far this season. One of his top targets, Willie Snead, missed the last game with a toe injury, but looks like he should be a go for this week. Mark Ingram has been efficient, but hasn’t blown anyone away and probably won’t this week either. The Saints defense hasn’t been very good either and have allowed 32 points per game and been able to run on fairly easily. That is a good sign for Melvin Gordon fans. He is becoming the running back that people were expecting when he came into the league last season. He should be able to have a big game and take the pressure off Philip Rivers. The Chargers should be able to pull this game away and get their second win of the season.
NO 24 – 31 SD
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers
The Cowboys have been able to rely on two rookies to run their offense and win two of their three games and they are facing a familiar coach this week as they take on Chip Kelly and the 49ers. Dak Prescott has been one of the better quarterbacks in the league so far even though he is a rookie. He has been able to throw for 767 yards and a touchdown without any turnovers. His running back, Ezekiel Elliott, is the second leading rusher in the league with 274 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys also have the fortune of having a quality veteran backup in Alfred Morris that has been able to compliment Elliott really well. The Cowboys running game should be able to take advantage of San Francisco’s run defense that is allowing 123 rushing yards per game. The 49ers are going to need Carlos Hyde to take advantage of the average Dallas defense. Blaine Gabbert might get a few looks, but they probably won’t beat the Cowboys that way. Dallas should be able to win this game pretty easily.
DAL 27 – 17 SF
Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Chiefs and Steelers matchup could very well be an AFC playoff preview. Kansas City has been efficient offensively and hasn’t made a lot of mistakes. Alex Smith has thrown three touchdowns to one interception. They are averaging 332 total yards and 23 points per game so far. Jamaal Charles is still limited at practice, but Spencer Ware has been able to make up for that loss. Their defense has been able to hold opponents to 16.3 points per game, but they haven’t faced an offense as dynamic as the Steelers. The Steelers had a hiccup last week, but they have their main back, Le’Veon Bell, coming back from his suspension this week. DeAngelo Williams has done a really good job in Bell’s absence and should provide a good dynamic for this offense and open up Antonio Brown for a couple big plays. The Steelers should come out on fire and return to their winning ways.
KC 21 – 23 PIT
New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings
The Giants and the Vikings should have a pretty good defensive battle on Sunday. The Giants fell in a tough division game, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t get some key stops. They have held other teams to 20 points per game and has kept their team in all three games so far this season. They need to figure out ways to get turnovers, they only have one for the entire season and need to set up their offense better. Now that both of their running backs are injured, someone needs to step up this week to relieve Eli Manning and the rest of the offense. The Vikings have had one of the best defenses in the entire league so far this season. Their nine turnovers and three touchdowns should scare most offenses in the league. Sam Bradford looks rejuvenated and has played some of the best football of his career so far. Ultimately, the Vikings should be able to take win this game and rely on their defense again.
NYG 13 – 20 MIN
Bye Week – Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles
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