New York Giants (3–3) vs Los Angeles Rams (3–3) in London
The Giants and Rams are meeting in an interesting matchup in London. Both of these teams have three wins and losses and both try to focus on the defense. The Giants have scored one more point than the Rams per game and the Rams have allowed one more point than the Giants this season. Eli Manning has thrown for 300 more yards, but only one more touchdown and the same amount of interceptions as Case Keenum. These two defenses have given up an average of 360 yards per game and have allowed opposing offenses to convert on 43 percent of third downs. All of these stats point out that this should be a pretty even matchup and should go down to who has the ball last. Ultimately, the Giants should get a big stop against the Rams towards the end and kick a game winning field goal.
NYG 24 – 21 LA OT
New Orleans Saints (2–3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (3–2)
The Saints are going to Kansas City to face a team that is the complete opposite team. The Saints have pretty much done whatever they wanted on offense, but they haven’t been able to do anything on defense. They have averaged 31 points per game, but they have given up 33.6 points per game and if they want to beat the Chiefs then they need to make some key stops. The Chiefs are the complete opposite as they have only scored 21.8 points per game, but have only given up 20.4 points per game. If the Chiefs want to win then they need to run and control the ball to keep it out of Drew Brees’ hands as much as possible. It is more likely that the Chiefs will achieve their key than the Saints and they should be able to win.
NO 20 – 27 KC
Indianapolis Colts (2–4) @ Tennessee Titans (3–3)
The Colts are travelling to Tennessee this week to face off in a big division game. The Colts need this win to stay in contention for this division and the Titans need the win if they want to catch up to Houston. They key for an Indianapolis win is for them to contain the Tennessee offense and let Andrew Luck make some plays to win the game. Tennessee is averaging 20 points per game and if the Colts can hold them to that then they have a good chance to win. The key for a Tennessee win is to let DeMarco Murray control the ball and run all over a poor Indianapolis run defense. The Titans have averaged just under 150 yards on the ground per game and the Colts have allowed an average of nearly 120 yards per game. The Titans should be able to capitalize on the Colts and win a close one at home.
IND 21 – 26 TEN
Minnesota Vikings (5–0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3–2)
This should be one of the better matchups this weekend. Minnesota is undefeated and coming off of their bye week and Philadelphia has lost two straight and Carson Wentz has started to look more like a rookie. Both teams have been really effective defensively, and they have also over performed offensively given each situation. The Vikings are only giving up 12.6 points per game and the Eagles are giving up 15.6. As for points scored per game, the Vikings are averaging 23.8 and the Eagles have scored 27. So there is a differential of three points per game for each statistic between both teams. The key for the Vikings will be to take advantage of Carson Wentz and get some key turnovers. The key for the Eagles is that they must be able to get going against this defense and not turn the ball over. It seems more likely that the Vikings will have another good defensive game and win.
MIN 21 – 18 PHI
Cleveland Browns (0–6) @ Cincinnati Bengals (2–4)
The battle for Ohio is going to Cincinnati this week as the Browns come to town. Neither of these teams are really scoring a lot of points as they are both averaging 18 points per game and roughly 350 yards per game, but the biggest difference is between the defenses. Cincinnati has allowed 24.2 points per game and 355 yards per game, but the Browns have given up 29.3 points and 403.3 yards per game. The key for Cincinnati is to take advantage of Cleveland’s poor defense and let their running backs, Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard, control the clock. The key for Cleveland is to get the ball in Terrelle Pryor’s hands early. If he is able to beat up on the defense early then they can open up the rest of their offense and allows them to make plays. Cincinnati should be able to win this at home in a close matchup.
CLE 17 – 20 CIN
Washington Redskins (4–2) @ Detroit Lions (3–3)
The Redskins are visiting the Lions this week in a big offensive battle. The Redskins have scored and allowed 23.7 points per game and the Lions have scored 25 points per game and allowed 25.5 points per game. Both of these teams are evenly matched up and should have a good game. The key for Washington is to be able to incorporate all of their weapons, especially without Jordan Reed for the second straight game. The key for the Lions is for them to incorporate Justin Forsett more so they can control the game more and allow their defense to capitalize on a Kirk Cousins mistake. Detroit should win this close game.
WAS 24 – 31 DET
Oakland Raiders (4–2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (2–3)
The Raiders are travelling across the country to face the Jaguars in a big AFC battle. The Raiders need this win to keep their lead in the AFC West and the Jaguars need this win so they can get back into the AFC South race. Neither of these defenses have been good, but the Raiders have been a little bit worse. The Raiders have allowed 444.8 yards per game and 27.2 points per game. The Jaguars have allowed 321.4 yards per game and 25.4 points per game. The key for a Raiders win will be their defense to make some big stops and cause Blake Bortles to make some big mistakes. The key for the Jaguars is the opposite, Bortles needs to have a big game and not give the Raiders good position offensively. This should be a big offensive battle that the Jags come out on top in Jacksonville.
OAK 34 – 38 JAX
Buffalo Bills (4–2) @ Miami Dolphins (2–4)
The Dolphins and Bills are facing off in a big AFC East matchup in Miami. The Bills need this win so they can stay in the playoff picture and Miami needs another win before they completely fall off for the season. The key for the Bills is to just keep feeding the ball to LeSean McCoy. They have been able to rush for an average of 166.5 yards per game and the Dolphins have given up 147 rushing yards per game, so McCoy should have a really nice day. The key for the Dolphins is run the ball with Jay Ajayi like they did last week. If they have to rely on Ryan Tannehill, then this team could be in trouble as the Bills have allowed 242 passing yards per game and the Dolphins are averaging 234.8 yards through the air. McCoy should have another good game and cause Buffalo to get the win.
BUF 24 – 17 MIA
Baltimore Ravens (3–3) @ New York Jets (1–5)
The Ravens are travelling back to MetLife Stadium to face the Jets. This seems to be a fairly lopsided battle in favor of the Ravens. Baltimore has scored four more points per game than the Jets and they have allowed eight points less. The Jets are giving up 375.5 yards per game whereas the Ravens have only given up 295 yards per game. The key for the Ravens is for their defense to eliminate the New York running game and make Geno Smith beat them through the air. The key for the Jets is to get to Joe Flacco and cause some key turnovers. The Ravens should be able to win this matchup and jump back into the playoff picture.
BAL 22 – 17 NYJ
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2–3) @ San Francisco 49ers (1–5)
The Buccaneers are travelling to San Francisco to take on the 49ers. The 49ers are having troubles on both sides of the ball. They have only averaged 20 points scored and 37 points allowed per game since they beat the Rams back in week one. The Buccaneers haven’t had a good year so far with 18.8 points scored per game and 28.4 points allowed per game, but they have a little more talent than the 49ers. The key for the Buccaneers is for them to run the ball on the bad 49er run defense. San Francisco has allowed 175 rushing yards per game, including their week one victory. It looks like Doug Martin will miss this game for Tampa Bay, but Jacquizz Rodgers should be able to capitalize. The key for the 49ers is to get as much production as they can out of Carlos Hyde. Colin Kaepernick didn’t look like he was back to form and might need some time to get right and relying on the run isn’t a bad way to do that. The Buccaneers should be able to win this game pretty easily.
TB 31 – 14 SF
San Diego Chargers (2–4) @ Atlanta Falcons (4–2)
The Chargers are going to Atlanta to face the Falcons really good offense. Atlanta has been able to average 441.5 yards per game and 33.2 points per game. Their defense has been the problem with this team as they have allowed 379.5 yards per game and 27.7 points per game. The Chargers have been pretty good offensively as well. They have been able to average 28.8 points per game and have been a little better than the Falcons, but they haven’t stopped the world either. The key for the Chargers is to do whatever they can to get to Matt Ryan and slow down their offense. If they can do that and take advantage of Atlanta’s poor defense and maybe squeeze out a win. The key for the Falcons is to keep giving the ball to Julio Jones. The Chargers have given up 279.7 yards per game through the air and if Atlanta can torch them through the air then they should win. The Falcons offense should be a little bit too much for the Chargers and should come away with the win.
SD 27 – 33 ATL
New England Patriots (5–1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4–2)
This should be the game to watch of the weekend, despite the Ben Roethlisberger injury. Tom Brady has been on fire since coming back from his suspension throwing for 782 yards and six touchdowns and has been able to dismantle the state of Ohio. Their defense has been rather impressive only allowing 15.2 points per game and they gave the Bengals chances, but Cincinnati was unable to capitalize. The Steelers won’t make that mistake with players like Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown. The key for the Patriots is to get to Landry Jones as much as possible so the Steelers can’t get the rest of their offense going. The key for the Steelers is to get the running game going as much as possible. The Patriots haven’t allowed a big running game, but they haven’t faced a back as good as Bell. If they can’t establish the run game, then they will have a lot of problems on Sunday. Landry Jones will be the downfall of this team because of how good the Patriots are and New England should come out on top.
NE 35 – 30 PIT
Seattle Seahawks (4–1) @ Arizona Cardinals (3–3)
The Seahawks are travelling to Arizona for a big NFC East matchup. These two teams have been fairly similar defensively, but Seattle has been a little bit better. The Seahawks have had some trouble offensively and have only averaged 21 points per game and 350 yards per game. The Cardinals have been a little better as they have averaged 25.5 points per game, but have been inconsistent to this point in the season. The key for the Seahawks is going to be for them to be able to get the ball to Jimmy Graham and let him beat the tough Cardinals secondary. The Cardinals key is for them to keep giving the ball to David Johnson. The Seahawks have only given up 74.6 yards per game and are going to be hard to run on, but Johnson is the best part of the Cardinal’s offense and should be the focal point. The Cardinals will win this really close one in Arizona.
SEA 21 – 27 ARI OT
Houston Texans (4–2) @ Denver Broncos (4–2)
The narrative of this game is Brock Osweiler going back to Denver to face his former team. Both of these teams have four wins and two losses and they have looked very similar. Neither quarterback has been consistently good at any point this season and it has effected both of these teams. The Texans have averaged 18 points per game and 327.7 yards per game and the Broncos have averaged 23.3 points per game and 323.3 yards per game. The key for the Texans is to give the ball to Lamar Miller. The Broncos have given up 112.7 yards per game and the less that Osweiler has the ball, the better. The key for the Broncos is to get to Osweiler as often as possible. If they can do that effectively, there is no reason that they shouldn’t win this game. Osweiler will win one last game for the Broncos as he throws a late interception and he falls short in his return.
HOU 18 – 22 DEN
Bye Week – Dallas Cowboys (5–1), Carolina Panthers (1–5)
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