Washington Redskins (4–3) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3–4) (London)
This should be the best game of the three London matchups. Washington has looked good on offense recently and the Bengals are looking to build off of a win last week against Cleveland. The key for the Redskins is for them to stop AJ Green. If they get into a fire fight with the Bengals, then they should take out the Bengals best weapon. The key to for a Cincinnati win is for them to get to Kirk Cousins. If they can beat up on him a little bit, then he will be more prone to mistakes and might give the Bengals good field positioning. The Bengals should win this one in London.
WAS 17 – 21 CIN
Kansas City Chiefs (4–2) @ Indianapolis Colts (3–4)
The Chiefs are going to Indianapolis this week to face off with Andrew Luck and the Colts. Kansas City has looked like a better team since their loss to the Steelers in week four and Luck has been the only hope for the Colts so far this season. The key for the Chiefs is to get to Andrew Luck as often as possible. If Luck is unable to get the ball out, then there is no chance for the Colts to win. This might be challenging as the Chiefs only have eight sacks this season, but Andrew Luck has been sacked more than any other quarterback in the league with 25 sacks. The key for the Colts is to protect Andrew Luck. Despite being sacked more than any other quarterback, Luck has still thrown for 296 yards per game, 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions. If he is given a little bit of time, he would be able to beat the Chiefs. Unfortunately for the Colts, they probably won’t be able to beat the Chiefs this week.
KC 25 – 19 IND
Arizona Cardinals (3–3–1) @ Carolina Panthers (1–5)
Arizona needs to redeem themselves after their tie with the Seahawks last week and should be able to offensively as they travel to Carolina. Carolina’s defense is giving up 29.3 points per game and it seems that Arizona needs every point that they can get. The key for the Cardinals is for Carson Palmer to throw the ball efficiently. The Panthers have a bad secondary and it is the perfect game for Palmer to fix some of his passing problems. The key for the Panthers is to run the ball effectively. The Cardinals are giving up an average of 96.6 yards per game and if the Panthers can capitalize on the run game then they can force Palmer to make some issues. The Cardinals should be able to take care the Panthers this week.
ARI 24 – 20 CAR
Oakland Raiders (5–2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3–3)
Oakland is travelling to Tampa to face the Buccaneers in a good matchup. The Raiders have been efficient on offense, but have had trouble on defense. Tampa Bay is on a two game winning streak and had a big win against the 49ers last week. The key for the Raiders is to throw the ball efficiently. If the Raiders can move the ball through the air then it can open up the running game for their running backs. The key for the Buccaneers is to run the ball with Jacquizz Rodgers again. He did a really good job against the 49ers last week and the Oakland rush defense isn’t much better than San Francisco. The Buccaneers should be able to control the ball and win the game.
OAK 24 – 30 TB
Seattle Seahawks (4–1–1) @ New Orleans Saints (2–4)
The Seahawks are travelling to New Orleans for a big game against the Saints. Seattle is coming off of their tie with the Cardinals and the Saints are coming off of an ugly loss to the Chiefs. The key for Seattle is to get the ball to Jimmy Graham. They are facing New Orleans for the first time since Graham was traded and he should be extra motivated to beat his old team, especially since the game is in New Orleans. The key for the Saints is for Drew Brees to distribute the ball evenly to all of his receivers. If Drew Brees focuses on one part of the Seattle secondary, then he is more prone to throw an interception. Seattle should be able to walk away with the win this week.
SEA 27 – 21 NO
Detroit Lions (4–3) @ Houston Texans (4–3)
Detroit is riding a three game winning streak into Houston where they will face a team that has lost two of their last three. Detroit has been one of the most efficient offenses in the league and Houston has been one of the worst. The key for the Lions is to run the ball effectively. The Texans have given up an average of 135.4 yards per game this season and if Detroit can run the ball then it will open up the passing game for Matthew Stafford. The key for the Texans is to get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins. He has only averaged five catches per game and hasn’t been getting the looks that he did last year. Detroit’s passing defense is not good, giving up 273 passing yards per game and Osweiler needs to play better to take advantage of that. Detroit should come away with the win this week.
DET 23 – 18 HOU
New England Patriots (6–1) @ Buffalo Bills (4–3)
The last time that these two teams met, the Bills took advantage of the fact that Tom Brady was out. The Bills only scored 16 points in their last game and that might not be enough against the Tom Brady led Patriots. The key for a Patriots win will be for them to stop Buffalo’s rushing attack. They have only allowed 92.3 yards per game on the ground. McCoy only rushed for 70 yards in their last meeting, but rushed for 290 yards and three touchdowns in their two wins since then. Last week, the Dolphins held him to eleven yards and the Bills couldn’t overcome that. If the Patriots can duplicate what Miami did, they should be able to win. The key for the Bills to win is for them to take out the passing game. The Bills had success last time because New England could only run the ball and Buffalo was able to take advantage of that. The Patriots should come out on fire and redeem their only loss to this point in the season.
NE 32 – 23 BUF
New York Jets (2–5) @ Cleveland Browns (0–7)
The Jets are travelling to Cleveland to face off with the Browns this week. The Jets won their second game of the season last week and the Browns played their worst game of the season last week and lost their seventh straight game. The key for the Jets this week is to stop Terrelle Pryor. Pryor has been the one bright spot for the Browns and has been the only reason that they have been competitive through this point in the game and if the Jets let him burn them then the Browns could win. The key for a Browns win is for them to run the ball well against the Jets defense to open up some of their receivers. If Isaiah Crowell can run efficiently, the Pryor will be more open to make some big plays. The Jets should be able to get their second straight win and force the Browns to their eighth straight loss of the season.
NYJ 24 – 16 CLE
San Diego Chargers (3–4) @ Denver Broncos (5–2)
The Chargers are travelling to Denver to face the Broncos for the second time in three weeks. Neither team had a big offensive game in their last meeting and there were only two touchdowns between the two teams during the game. The key for a Chargers win this week is for the offensive line to protect Melvin Gordon and Philip Rivers and let them make plays against the defense. The key for the Broncos is to protect the football. They can’t afford to give the Chargers any good field position or they might come out of this game with a loss. This should be one of the better games of the week and the Chargers should be able to continue their hot streak.
SD 20 – 14 DEN
Green Bay Packers (4–2) @ Atlanta Falcons (4–3)
The Packers are travelling to Atlanta to face off with the Falcons in one of the better matchups this weekend. Green Bay got an important win against the Bears last week, but it didn’t look all that good. The Falcons have lost two in a row and need a win to stay in control of the NFC South. The key for the Packers is to slow down Julio Jones. The Packers are one of the best teams against the run and should be able to contain Devonta Freeman, but if they let Julio Jones go crazy, there is no chance for them to win. The key for the Falcons is to contain the Packers passing attack. The Green Bay running backs aren’t very reliable and if the Falcons can force them to run, the Falcons could win. This should be a close game, but the Falcons should come out on top.
GB 27 – 31 ATL
Philadelphia Eagles (4–2) @ Dallas Cowboys (5–1)
The Eagles and Cowboys are meeting in Dallas for a huge NFC East battle. The Cowboys have looked better each and every week, but there has to be concern that the bye week has cooled them off a bit or if they are actually better because of the return of Dez Bryant. The Eagles are coming off of their biggest win of the season against the last unbeaten team in the league. The key for the Eagles is to stop Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys base everything that they do off the run and if the Eagles can make Dak Prescott beat them through the air, then that would be the best chance for an Eagles win. The key for the Cowboys is for them to not turn the ball over. One of the biggest reasons that the Eagles beat the Vikings last week was because of how many turnovers the Eagles defense caused. The Cowboys can’t give Carson Wentz good field position or they could walk away with a loss. Ezekiel Elliott should have a big game and lead the Cowboys to their sixth straight victory.
PHI 17 – 24 DAL
Minnesota Vikings (5–1) @ Chicago Bears (1–6)
The Vikings and Bears are playing each other in an NFC North matchup. The Vikings are coming off of an ugly loss to the Eagles and the Bears are going back to Jay Cutler after Brian Hoyer broke his arm last week. The key for the Vikings is to get some production from the running back position. If Matt Asiata or Jerrick McKinnon can run the ball effectively, then they can open up Stephon Diggs and the passing game. The key for the Bears is to not turn the ball over. The Vikings defense tends to score off of turnovers and Jay Cutler is prone to giving them up. If Cutler gets down early then this team is doomed in this game. The Vikings should return to their winning ways this week and dominate the Bears on Monday night.
MIN 27 – 10 CHI
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This was one of the most intriguing weeks of the season so far. There was a tie in one of the worst games played in recent memory. There are no more undefeated teams in the league, but there is still a winless team. Most of the games were lopsided, but there were a few comebacks and failed comebacks. There doesn’t seem to be a team that is clearly the best in the league and the power is shifting week to week. The Lions made a giant leap after winning their second straight game and seem like a real contender. The Titans and Steelers both dropped five spots after not looking good this past week.
1. New England Patriots (6-1; Prev. 2)
The Patriots were able to get a big win against a weakened Steelers team. Defensively, they had some troubles in the first half, but the second half, they held the Steelers to only two field goals. Antonio Brown was able to catch seven passes for 106 yards, but they kept him out of the endzone. Offensively, they relied on the running game more than they had in the previous two games. LaGarrette Blount was able to rush for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and looked really good at various points of the game. They have a big challenge this week as they have a rematch with the Bills in Buffalo.
2. Dallas Cowboys (5-1; Prev. 3)
The Cowboys had a good week in the sense that it looks like Dez Bryant will be back next week. It looks like Romo will still be out for at least another week, as he hasn’t been fully cleared for practice yet. Hopefully, Prescott used his bye to reflect and figure out ways to improve going forward instead of dropping off. They are facing another rookie quarterback sensation this week as they welcome their rival Eagles to town.
3. Minnesota Vikings (5-1; Prev. 1)
The Vikings are no longer unbeaten and they looked bad offensively against the Eagles. They scored one touchdown towards at the end of the game, but had four turnovers throughout the game and gave up a 98 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Their defense did another good job as they only allowed one offensive touchdown and got four turnovers themselves. They need to figure everything out quickly as they travel to Chicago next Monday night.
4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1-1; Prev. 4)
The Seahawks played in one of the ugliest games in recent memory and tied the Cardinals with only six points. Offensively, they looked really poor against Arizona’s defense. They had 257 combined yards and gave up 90 of those yards through penalties. That means they had a net total of 167 yards, that doesn’t win a lot of football games. Luckily for them, their defense played really good and held the Cardinals to six points as well. They had a blocked punt and a blocked kick and were only able to convert those into three points. The offense has a bit of an easier game next week as they travel to New Orleans to face off against the Saints.
5. Denver Broncos (5-2; Prev. 6)
The Broncos had a big game on Monday night against their former quarterback. They held him to 131 yards and no touchdowns and were able to force two fumbles. Offensively, they didn’t have their best game of the season, but they didn’t give the ball away to Houston at any point. Trevor Siemian only threw for 157 yards and a touchdown. CJ Anderson and Devonta Booker were able to combine for 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead their team to the victory. They have the Chargers coming to Denver for a big division matchup.
6. Green Bay Packers (4-2; Prev. 8)
The Packers finally put together a complete game when they faced off against the Bears. The Packers only ran the ball 23 times, but they didn’t need a running game because Aaron Rodgers put together his best game of the season. He threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns as he lead the Packers to their fourth victory of the season. Their defense was able to hold the Bears to only ten points, but the Bears were using Matt Barkley for the majority of the game. They need to keep up their good play next week as they face off with the Falcons in Atlanta.
7. Oakland Raiders (5-2; Prev. 9)
The Raiders won a big game on Sunday in Jacksonville against the Jaguars. Derek Carr threw for 200 yards and a touchdown, but kept them in the game. Latavius Murray had his biggest game of the year as he rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns. They were able to cause three turnovers to keep the Jaguars at bay. Khalil Mack had a good game as he got to Blake Bortles for Oakland’s only sack of the game. They are travelling to Tampa Bay this week to face a good Buccaneers team.
8. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2; Prev. 11)
Kansas City played one of their most complete games of the season, offensively and defensively. Spencer Ware deserves the game ball for this one as he rushed for 77 yards and had 54 yards and a touchdown through the air. Alex Smith was able to get the ball to all of his weapons and had a very efficient game. Their defense had a little bit of trouble against Drew Brees, but they were still able to cause two turnovers. It looks like the Chiefs should get a shot in the arm soon as Justin Houston looks like he is really close to returning to the team. They are traveling to Indianapolis this week to face off against the Colts.
9. Atlanta Falcons (4-3; Prev. 5)
The Atlanta Falcons should have won on Sunday, but their defense let them down in the end. They had a ten-point lead going into halftime, but Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon were able to make a comeback and win in overtime. Their defense was able to sack Rivers four times and cause two turnovers, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Offensively, they weren’t as dynamic as they had been up to this point in the season. Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and a touchdown and the running backs were able to combine for 122 yards and a touchdown, but those aren’t as big as they had produced prior to this game. Next, they welcome the Packers to Atlanta for a big NFC game.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2; Prev. 13)
The Philadelphia Eagles had the biggest win of their season so far when they beat the last undefeated team. Carson Wentz had the worst game of his young career as he only threw for 138 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, but he didn’t need to play great thanks to his defense. They were able to cause four turnovers throughout the game, one of which was a touchdown. They were also able to sack Sam Bradford six times for a total of 35 yards When a defense is that dominant, it is hard to lose. They need to keep it up this week because they are going to Dallas for a big NFC East showdown.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3; Prev. 7)
The Pittsburgh Steelers played a good game on Sunday against the New England Patriots. The score was lopsided in New England’s favor, but it was only a one point differential in the third quarter. Landry Jones was able to throw for 281 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but didn’t look uncomfortable going up against one of the best teams in the NFL. Le’Veon Bell had a total of 149 yards combined for the day, but was unable to score any touchdowns. The problem with the Steelers was that there was no way Landry Jones was going to beat Tom Brady in a gunfight. The Steelers are on their bye week this upcoming week and there are already rumors the Roethlisberger should be back after the week off.
13. Houston Texans (4-3; Prev. 10)
Brock Osweiler’s return to Denver was a terrible game for him. He can’t throw the ball more than 15 yards and only threw for 131 yards on 41 attempts. They were able to rush for 140 yards, but were unable to get any offensive touchdowns. They also fumbled the ball twice and their defense couldn’t get any turnovers themselves. They gave up 347 yards and 27 points to a subpar offense. They have the Lions coming to town this week and they need a win to stay on top of their division.
13. New York Giants (4-3; Prev. 16)
The Giants were able to leave London with a big win against the Rams. They didn’t have the biggest game offensively as Eli Manning threw for 196 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The team combined for 36 yards and one touchdown. All of this was thanks to the defense being able to cause four interceptions from Case Keenum. Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each had two interceptions and although Janoris Jenkins wasn’t able to get a pick, he looked really good. They have a bye week this week before they have a big division game in two weeks against the Eagles.
14. Washington Redskins (4-3; Prev. 12)
The Washington Redskins had a good 55 minutes of the game against the Lions, but gave it up at the end to an 18-yard touchdown pass. Josh Norman went down in the third quarter with a concussion and that hurt them. Kirk Cousins didn’t have a bad game and threw for 301 yards, a touchdown, and was able to rush for another touchdown, but lost a costly fumble. Matt Jones had a bad game by averaging 2.7 yards per carry and had a fumble as well. The Redskins are going to London this week for a tough game against the Bengals.
15. Buffalo Bills (4-3; Prev. 14)
Tyrod Taylor had a big game as he was able to throw for 221 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 35 yards and a touchdown. They weren’t able to get the running backs going in this game and they only rushed for 32 yards and one last minute touchdown. They had a really bad game on defense as they allowed 454 total yards and three touchdowns. They have another tough game this coming week as they have a rematch against the Patriots in Buffalo, but this time they are going against Tom Brady, not Jacoby Brissett.
16. Detroit Lions (4-3; Prev. 25)
The Lions won a close game against the Redskins. Matthew Stafford was able to throw for 266 yards and a last minute touchdown to get the win. They only had a combined 94 yards between Justin Forsett, Zach Zenner and Stafford. Their defense did a pretty good job against the Redskins as they forced two turnovers and held Washington to seventeen points. They need to keep that up as they are going to Houston this week to face off against the Texans.
17. Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1; Prev. 15)
The Cardinals were one half of possibly the worst primetime game in recent memory. Carson Palmer was able to throw for 342 yards and David Johnson was able to rush for 113, but they only scored one field goal in regulation and one field goal in overtime. Their defense did a good job and held the Seahawks to only six points as well, but this team still has a long way to go to compete for a playoff spot. They are visiting Carolina this up coming week and need the win to stay in the AFC West race.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3; Prev. 19)
The Buccaneers got a much-needed victory over a poor 49ers team. Jameis Winston was able to throw for 269 yards and three touchdowns, but he did throw an interception. Jacquizz Rodgers was able to rush for 154 yards on 26 carries and take advantage of the 49ers defense. Their defense was able to beat up on the 49ers offense as well. They were able to hold San Francisco to 273 yards and force three turnovers. They need to keep playing at that level as the Raiders are coming to town this week.
19. San Diego Chargers (3-4; Prev. 24)
The Chargers won another big game on Sunday, as they were able to contain Atlanta’s high-powered offense and make a big comeback. They were then able to force the game into overtime where San Diego would make a key stop and then get the field goal for the win. Melvin Gordon had a big game and was able to rush for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Philip Rivers is quickly becoming an MVP candidate as he was able to facilitate the comeback for the Chargers and was able to throw for 371 yards and a touchdown. Joey Bosa got his third and fourth sacks of the season and has made a big impact on this defense despite only playing in three games to this point. The Chargers have a big game this week, as they travel to Denver to play the Broncos for the second time in three weeks.
20. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4; Prev. 21)
The Bengals got a needed win against the Browns this past week. Andy Dalton had his biggest game of the season as he threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns. It helped that he had AJ Green catch eight passes for 169 yards and a touchdown and their running game had their biggest week of the season. Jeremy Hill rushed for169 yards and a touchdown and Giovanni Bernard rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown as well. They did have trouble against the run, but they were able to get two interceptions off of the Browns fifth quarterback of the season. They are going to London this week to face off against the Redskins.
21. Baltimore Ravens (3-4; Prev. 17)
The Ravens had a poor game on Sunday against the Jets. They couldn’t get the ball moving on the ground and Joe Flacco had troubles throwing the ball as well. The Ravens averaged half a yard per carry on twelve carries throughout the game. Flacco threw for 248 yards, but he didn’t have any touchdowns and had two interceptions. The best player for the Flacco on Sunday was their kicker, Justin Tucker. He ended up kicking three field goals and one extra point. Defensively, they couldn’t do all that much against the Jets offense and couldn’t stop them through the air or the ground. They have a needed bye week this week and can try to figure out a way to stop their four game skid.
22. Indianapolis Colts (3-4; Prev. 26)
The Colts got a big win against the Titans this past week as Andrew Luck was able to have one of his best games of the season. He was able to throw for 353 yards and three touchdowns against the Titans defense. Their defense had more troubles this week as they allowed DeMarco Murray to rush for 107 yards and a touchdown. They also let Marcus Mariota throw for two touchdowns and 232 yards. They were able to cause one fumble for a touchdown when they needed it the most to close out the game. They are going to welcome the Chiefs to town this week in a big AFC matchup.
23. Tennessee Titans (3-4; Prev. 18)
The Tennessee Titans had a big game against the Colts, but ended up giving the game away at the end. Marcus Mariota was able to throw for 232 yards and two touchdowns, but had a costly fumble at the end of the game that the Colts were able to take back for a touchdown. DeMarco Murray was able to rush for 107 yards and a touchdown as he kept up his big season. Their defense had a lot of trouble with Andrew Luck and was unable to keep up for the entire game. they have another divisional game this week as the Jaguars come to town.
24. Los Angeles Rams (3-4; Prev. 20)
The Los Angeles Rams lost an ugly game in London against the Giants on Sunday. Case Keenum had a really ugly game, he was able to throw for 291 and a touchdown, but he ended up throwing four interceptions in the game. Todd Gurley seems to be going through a bit of a sophomore slump this season. He is currently on pace to rush for 921 yards this season, 200 yards less than last season when he only appeared in thirteen games. Their defense did a really good job against the Giants, but the mistakes on offense were the downfall of this team. They have a bye week this week and need to comeback healthy entering the second half of their season.
25. New Orleans Saints (2-4; Prev. 22)
The Saints were down by fourteen points going into the half and did not look all that good. Drew Brees was able to throw for 367 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. They were able to rush for 104 yards between three backs, but couldn’t get into the endzone. Their defense was the biggest problem of the game, especially against the run. Spencer Ware was able to burn them for a total of 131 yards and one receiving touchdown. They were unable to cause any turnovers and didn’t do their offense any favors. They are going up against a good defense this week as the Seahawks come to New Orleans.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4; Prev. 23)
The Jaguars lost another game this week, this time against the Raiders. Blake Bortles threw a touchdown, but ended up throwing two interceptions. They were able to rush 105 yards between their two running backs and Bortles. They were only able to score one offensive touchdown against a defense that had been rather poor before that. Bortles seems like he hasn’t improved at all this season and needs to figure out how to fix some of his problems. They are travelling to Tennessee this week in a must win game for the Jaguars.
27. Miami Dolphins (3-4; Prev. 29)
The Dolphins had their second straight big win, this time against the Buffalo Bills. Jay Ajayi had his second straight 200-yard game and joins an elite group of running backs as the fourth player to accomplish that feat. The score of this game didn’t show how the Dolphins really dominated this game. They held LeSean McCoy to only eleven yards after he beat up the rest of the league for the last couple of weeks. They were able to get to Tyrod Taylor four times and set the tone for this game. The Dolphins have a bye this week and it seems to be a bad time as they are just now warming up.
28. Carolina Panthers (1-5; Prev. 27)
The Panthers had a much needed bye week. Hopefully, they were able to heal up and get ready for the second half of their season. They have a tough matchup this week as the Cardinals come to town for a big NFC matchup.
29. New York Jets (2-5; Prev. 28)
Last week, the New York Jets got a huge win against the Ravens. Ryan Fitzpatrick had his best game of the year as he completed nine of his fourteen passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Before he left the game, Geno Smith, threw for 95 yards and a touchdown of his own. Matt Forte carried the ball 30 times for 100 yards and a touchdown and had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Their defense was able to hold the Ravens to a total of six yards rushing for the entire game. The Jets are travelling to Cleveland next week for another game that they should be able to win.
30. Chicago Bears (1-6; Prev. 30)
The Bears lost another quarterback in the Green Bay game and now have to resort to starting Matt Barkley. Hoyer and Barkley combined for 130 yards, no touchdowns and Barkley threw two interceptions. They combined for 69 yards rushing as a team and just couldn’t do anything offensively. Their only touchdown came on a fumble recovery in the endzone by the Chicago defense. It doesn’t look like it is going to get any easier for Chicago this week as they welcome the Vikings into town on Monday night.
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-6; Prev. 31)
The 49ers had another rough week this past week. Colin Kaepernick had a poor game as he only threw for 143 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He was able to rush for 84 yards on nine carries and the 49ers seemed to desperately miss Carlos Hyde. Their running backs combined for 76 yards on 19 carries and obviously need help on offense. Defensively, they were able to cause an interception, but they still could not stop the Buccaneers running game as they allowed 249 rushing yards. They have a much needed bye week to figure out their problems and try to fix them in the last eleven games.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-7; Prev. 32)
The Cleveland Browns lost their seventh straight game and it wasn’t even close. Cody Kessler didn’t look bad before he left with an injury, but Kevin Hogan did not look good as a passer as he completed half of his passes for 100 yards and two interceptions. Hogan did a really good job with his legs as he ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on only seven carries. Isaiah Crowell also looked good as he rushed for 63 yards and touchdown on only twelve carries. Defensively, they couldn’t stop the Bengals offense on the ground or in the air. They gave up four touchdowns and 559 combined yards. They have the Jets coming to town this week, but with all of the questions surrounding it could be tough for them to get their first win.
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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This season has been certainly interesting to this point in the season and there are only about six top tier teams and six bottom tier teams and the rest are somewhere in between. Dallas made the biggest jump as they travelled to Green Bay and beat the Packers convincingly and the Bengals had the biggest drop as they have lost three of their last four and haven’t had much go their way. Week seven should bring some interesting matchups and could shake up the league a little bit in the end.
1. Minnesota Vikings (5-0; Prev. 1)
The Vikings retain their spot in the rankings coming off of their bye week. Despite impressive wins from the Patriots, Cowboys, and Seahawks, they still don’t look as complete as the Vikings do. They should be good coming off of a bye and have a tough match against the Eagles in Philadelphia this week.
2. New England Patriots (5-1; Prev. 3)
The Patriots keep getting better and better as Tom Brady looks to be getting back into his groove. He was able to incorporate Rob Gronkowski more this week as Gronk was able to score his first touchdown of the season while receiving for 162 yards. The more that Brady and Gronkowski get into the games, the harder it is going to be for any team to stop them. They travel to Pittsburgh this week and should be able to win, especially if Ben Roethlisberger is out.
3. Dallas Cowboys (5-1; Prev. 7)
When Tony Romo broke his back in Seattle during the preseason, no one thought the Cowboys would be as good as they are, but they have exceeded expectations and there are questions surrounding the team if Romo will even comeback after their bye week. Ezekiel Elliott just ran over the best rushing defense in the league last week and if he continues his pace, he will rush for 1,875 yards, breaking Eric Dickerson’s rookie record of 1,808 yards. The Cowboys have their bye week this week and should be able to heal up and come back even better for their second part of the season.
4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1; Prev. 6)
The Seahawks were able to squeeze past the Falcons and their devastating offense last week. It was close in Seattle and they were able to hold on close. The impressive thing is that they are really starting to incorporate Jimmy Graham into their scheme. He has averaged just over 100 yards per game in his last three games and just under 17 yards per catch. If he can get in the endzone more, then this team could be even better. They have a tough challenge this week as they travel to Arizona to take on their NFC West rivals.
5. Atlanta Falcons (4-2; Prev. 8)
The Falcons lost a close game on the road against one of the better teams in the NFL. Matt Ryan was able to throw for 335 yards and three touchdowns with an interception against one of the best secondary units in the league. Julio Jones was able to have another good week as he was able to catch seven passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. They were unable to really get the ball moving on the ground and were only able to average below three yards per carry throughout the game. They have another tough matchup this week as the Chargers are coming into Atlanta.
6. Denver Broncos (4-2; Prev. 4)
The Broncos have lost their second straight game and look like a team with two inexperienced quarterbacks. The Broncos only gave up one touchdown, but the fact that their offense couldn’t generate anything until the fourth quarter really stifled this team. They decided to rely on Trevor Siemian as he threw the ball 50 times in the game as opposed to the 16 carries between Devonta Booker, CJ Anderson, and Siemian. The fact that they were so imbalanced spells one of the major problems for a team that is generally considered a run first team. They have a big matchup this week as Brock Osweiler returns for a big AFC matchup.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2; Prev. 2)
The Steelers did not look good against a poor Miami team last week, especially after Ben Roethlisberger went down. Their defense let Jay Ajayi to rush for 204 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Tannehill was able to complete 75 percent of his passes for 252 yards, that is unacceptable from an above average defense. Offensively, they were unable to get the ball to Antonio Brown and their leading receiver was Le’Veon Bell. Roethlisberger has already been ruled out this week, so Landry Jones has a tough test this week as the Patriots are coming into town.
8. Green Bay Packers (3-2; Prev. 5)
The Green Bay Packers did not look good against the Cowboys last week. Aaron Rodgers does not look intimidating and has looked like a shell of himself to this point in the season. They have problems at running back, James Starks was unable to play and Eddie Lacy was having ankle issues throughout the game and looks like he could miss some time in the near future. They did trade for Knile Davis from the Chiefs and that should help, but he needs to learn their system. Their defense took a hit this week too as they had to put Sam Shields on IR, causing a big hole in their secondary. They need to take the game against Chicago this week to fix some things and get Aaron Rodgers to look like himself again.
9. Oakland Raiders (4-2; Prev. 9)
The Oakland Raiders got blown out on Sunday by their division rivals, the Chiefs. They were unable to get much done offensively and gave up three touchdowns to the Chiefs running game. This team’s defense is really troubling outside of Khalil Mack. He accounted for their only sack of the game and was the only player that could do anything. They need to play better going forward and they are travelling to Jacksonville for a tough matchup with the Jaguars.
10. Houston Texans (4-2; Prev. 11)
The Texans were able to squeak out an overtime victory against the Colts on Monday night. Brock Osweiler still looks lackluster and missed some key opportunities to get DeAndre Hopkins the ball to blow this game out. He played well when it mattered, but there was no reason for this game to be as close as it was. Lamar Miller had his biggest game so far this season as he was able to rush for 149 yards and a touchdown. The other thing that was impressive was their defense. They were able to stop Andrew Luck and his offense in overtime when they really needed the stop. They have a tough matchup this Sunday as they will visit Osweiler’s old team, the Denver Broncos.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2; Prev. 12)
The Chiefs got beat up in week four in Pittsburgh and then had a much needed bye and easily took care of the Raiders this past week. Their running game looked really good as they were able to rush for 183 yards and three touchdowns against a poor Oakland defense. their defense was able to disrupt Derek Carr and the Oakland offense. If they keep this up they can get back in the AFC playoff picture. They have New Orleans coming in and will have a tough battle against Drew Brees.
12. Washington Redskins (4-2; Prev. 14)
The Washington Redskins are on a four game winning streak and are now second in the NFC East after they took care of the Eagles. Matt Jones had one of his best games of his career as he was able to rush for 135 yards and a touchdown against what was supposed to be a good defense. Kirk Cousins threw a pick six to Malcolm Jenkins and their special teams gave up kickoff return for a touchdown to Wendell Smallwood. The Washington defense was very impressive as they didn’t allow an offensive touchdown at any point this game. Their defense needs to keep that up as they are travelling to Detroit to face a high-power Lions offense.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2; Prev. 10)
The Eagles are falling fast as they lost a division game against the Redskins. Carson Wentz had his most underwhelming performance to this point in the season as he completed half of his passes for only 172 yards and no touchdowns. They rushed for 94 yards as a team and were unable to get really anything going against an average Washington defense. Their defense also did a poor job outside of the pick six by Malcolm Jenkins. They allowed Matt Jones to run all over them and Kirk Cousins to throw two touchdowns. They need to turn everything around quickly as they welcome a rested Vikings team into Philadelphia this week.
14. Buffalo Bills (4-2; Prev. 16)
The Bills did what good teams do last week when they beat up a team that they are supposed to beat up. LeSean McCoy was able to impose his will on the 49ers last week as he was able to rush for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Tyrod Taylor was able to feed off of that as he was able to throw for two touchdowns. Their defense was able to hold the 49ers to just one offensive touchdown and wouldn’t let them get back into the game. This week, the Bills are going to Miami to face their division rivals and should be able to have a game similar to this past week.
15. Arizona Cardinals (3-3; Prev. 18)
The Cardinals are looking like the Cardinals that everyone expected before the season began. In the last two weeks, David Johnson was able to rush for 268 yards and five touchdowns and has looked like one of the best runners in the league. Their defense was able to have two interceptions in both of the games and has been able to limit both offenses. The problem with all of that is that the teams that they have faced have a combined two wins and ten losses this season. This week, they have a real test as the Seahawks come to town for a big matchup on Sunday night.
16. New York Giants (3-3; Prev. 19)
The Giants won a close game against the Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Odell Beckham had his best game of the season as he had eight receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns for the win. His celebration in the fourth quarter almost lost the game for them. Their defense let Terrance West to rush for 87 yards and two touchdowns. They need to be better against the run if they want to continue to compete in the NFC East. They are travelling to London this week to face off against the Rams in a decent matchup with two .500 teams.
17. Baltimore Ravens (3-3; Prev. 17)
The Ravens lost a tough game against the Giants last week. They had the game won, but then let Eli Manning connect with Odell Beckham for a 66-yard touchdown. Then when Beckham handed the Ravens 15 yards on a bad penalty, the Ravens were unable to make the comeback. Joe Flacco was able to throw for 307 yards and Terrance West was able to rush for 87 yards and two touchdowns, but that wasn’t enough to win the game. This week, they are travelling back to MetLife, but this time they are facing the Jets in a game that they should be able to win.
18. Tennessee Titans (3-3; Prev. 21)
The Titans had a big win against Cleveland thanks to Marcus Mariota. Mariota was able to throw for 284 yards and three touchdowns. He was also able to rush for 64 yards on seven carries to take care of a poor Browns team. Defensively, they certainly have room for improvement. They allowed Cody Kessler to throw for 336 yards and two touchdowns. They allowed the Browns to stick around too long and will have trouble if they play that way against almost any other team in the NFL. They have a big game this week as the Colts come to Tennessee.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3; Prev. 20)
The Buccaneers had a really good bye week this past week. The Saints won, but it was at the Panthers expense and the Falcons lost to the Seahawks. They are still a game and a half behind the Falcons, but they are in a good spot coming off of their bye. They are also facing a team that is one of the worst in the league in the 49ers and should be able to get back to .500 after this week.
20. Los Angeles Rams (3-3; Prev. 15)
The Los Angeles Rams lost a close game against the Lions. Case Keenum had one of his best games of the season so far when he threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns, but had one interception. The most troubling part about this team is the way that they are using Todd Gurley. He is only averaging 2.9 yards per carry and only has three touchdowns so far this season. They need to incorporate him more and provide better blocking for him to be able to take over games like he can. He needs to have a big game this week as they travel to London to face off with the Giants.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4; Prev. 13)
The Bengals have looked poor in three of the last four games. Those three teams are three of the best in the NFL, but they weren’t really competitive in any of those games. In those three games, they have allowed an average of 31 points per game while only scoring 16 points per game. The loss of Tyler Eifert has really effected this offense and it seems that the loss of Hue Jackson to the Browns has impacted Andy Dalton greatly. They are in a bad position going forward, but they get to face their former coach this week as the Browns come to Cincinnati for a match against their cross state rivals.
22. New Orleans Saints (2-3; Prev. 25)
The New Orleans Saints won a big division game on the road against the Panthers. Drew Brees looked like himself again and was able to throw for 465 yards and four touchdowns. Brandin Cooks was able to burn Carolina’s poor secondary for 173 yards. The biggest concern for this team was when they almost blew their 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. If their defense could step up and play better, then this could be one of the better teams in the league. They have a tough matchup this week as they travel to Kansas City to face a tough Chiefs team.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3; Prev. 26)
The Jaguars barely beat the Chicago Bears in Chicago. Nothing was going right for this team in the first three quarters of the game, but they were able to fix everything in the fourth quarter. Blake Bortles had an interception and a fumble, but was able to throw for 271 yards and a touchdown. Chris Ivory was also able rush for a touchdown, but was only able to go for 32 yards. The impressive thing about this team was the defense holding the Bears to only 16 points despite everything going wrong offensively. They are welcoming the Raiders to town this week in a good matchup.
24. San Diego Chargers (2-4; Prev. 27)
The Chargers had a huge win last week against the Broncos. They only scored one touchdown on a pass from Philip Rivers to Hunter Henry. The rest of their points came from four field goals and a safety thanks to a costly penalty by Russell Okung. Melvin Gordon was able to rush for 94 yards against Denver’s fierce defense and continues to look much improved from his rookie season. Their defense was able to hold the Denver running attack to 84 yards as a team and needs to continue that if they want to sneak into the playoffs this season. They have another tough challenge this week as they travel to Atlanta to face their powerful offense.
25. Detroit Lions (3-3; Prev. 29)
The Lions won a close game against the Rams in Detroit this past week. Matthew Stafford was able to throw four touchdowns to four different receivers. Golden Tate was able to get eight catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. The problem with their offense is that they cannot run the ball effectively and they need to get Justin Forsett more involved soon so they can be a more balanced team. The other problem with this team is that they allowed Case Keenum to throw for three touchdowns and run for another. If they had problems against a poor offense like Los Angeles, then they are going to have troubles when they start facing good offensive teams. They have the Redskins coming to town this week for an offensive battle.
26. Indianapolis Colts (2-4; Prev. 24)
The Colts lost a big overtime matchup against the Texans. Andrew Luck had another good game and was able to throw for 252 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception and Frank Gore was able to rush for 106 yards. The interesting thing about this game was that the Colt have generally been the team to make a fourth quarter comeback, but they were the ones to give up 14 points and let the game go to overtime. Their offensive line failed Luck when it mattered most and gave up a key sack on third and three in overtime and caused them to give the ball to the Texans and would be the reason that they lost. The Colts are trending downward quickly and have another tough division matchup this week when they travel to Tennessee.
27. Carolina Panthers (1-5; Prev. 22)
Carolina sure has fallen off since their incredible 2015 campaign. They made a big comeback in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t finish the job against the Saints. Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart both played really good games, but they weren’t enough to get the win. Their defense looks like a shell of themselves and their secondary can’t really stop anyone. They let Drew Brees throw for 465 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers. They have a much needed bye week this week and they need to fix their team or the playoffs will slip out of their grasp.
28. New York Jets (1-5; Prev. 23)
The Jets looked really bad on Monday against a better team. They allowed David Johnson to rush all over them and were unable to get anything going offensively. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith each threw an interception and it looks like they are making the switch to Smith for the foreseeable future. Matt Forte was only rushed for 19 yards on nine carries and Brandon Marshall was the leading receiver for them with only 70 yards. If they can’t score any touchdowns, then they are going to lose a lot more games this season. The Jets have the Ravens coming to town this week for another tough matchup.
29. Miami Dolphins (2-4; Prev. 31)
The Dolphins won a big game this past week against a good Steelers team. Jay Ajayi had the biggest game of his career as he was able to rush for 204 yards and two touchdowns. The impressive thing that this team did was holding Antonio Brown to 39 yards on four catches. The fact that they only gave up two touchdowns to Pittsburgh’s high octane offense shows that this defense is truly the strength of this team. They have another challenge this week as the Bills come into town.
30. Chicago Bears (1-5; Prev. 30)
The Chicago Bears just keep losing. They had a chance to beat the Jaguars, but gave the game up at the end. They were up 13 – 0 entering the fourth quarter, but gave up 17 points to lose the game. Brian Hoyer was able to throw for 302 yards, but no touchdowns. Jordan Howard was able to rush Chicago’s only touchdown, but only rushed for 34 yards. The fact that they can’t score touchdowns is hindering this team. Chicago’s defense was able to get two turnovers, but they couldn’t make the stop that this team desperately needed. They have another tough matchup this week as the travel to Green Bay to the Packers.
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-5; Prev. 28)
The switch to Colin Kaepernick did not help this team against a better team, but that was because of the San Francisco defense more than anything. They couldn’t stop the run at all last week, especially LeSean McCoy. The loss of NaVorro Bowman seems to seriously be impacting this team in the worst way possible. Since he went down Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson and LeSean McCoy have each rushed for at least 135 yards in their respective matchups. Kaepernick wasn’t terrible and threw for a touchdown, but nothing else really worked for the 49ers on Sunday. They have the Buccaneers coming to town this week and it doesn’t look like they will turn this season around anytime soon.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-6; Prev. 32)
Cleveland is still winless, but they have come close in the previous weeks and are bound for a win soon. They allowed Marcus Mariota to throw for three touchdowns, but were able to force an interception. They gave up 137 yards on the ground, but only 72 to Tennessee’s running backs. Offensively, Cody Kessler had the best game of his career. He was able to throw for 336 yards and two touchdowns; both went to their best player, Terrelle Pryor. They are travelling to Cincinnati this week in a winnable game for the Browns.
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