There’s another week in the books for the NFL 2016 season. This week, set your alarms as the first game is located in the U.K. and begins at 9:30 in the morning back in the U.S.A. Let’s take a look…
London Game: Colts @ Jaguars – Although this game doesn’t seem too exciting, it will be on first thing Saturday morning, so we’re able to watch football all day long. While both teams have struggled this season where perhaps the stakes during preseason indicated a better result early on, this game is still important because it is a divisional game. Can the Jaguars finally grab a win with their revamped roster? The rumor is coach Gus Bradley is on the outs, especially in his 4th year as head coach for the Jaguars. Owner Shahid Khan hired Bradley with an agreement of a 5 year-rebuild, but starting at 0-4 gives bad warning for the rest of the season. After all, the yearly London games have resulted in the losing coaches’ termination (Raiders coach Dennis Allen in 2014 and Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in 2015). Maybe Khan is willing to keep the tradition going this week?
Jaguars over Colts
Bills @ Patriots – Can the Patriots do the ultimate “screw you” to the NFL by winning out without Tom Brady? With only rumors as to who will be starting at Quarterback for the New England Patriots, they remain favorites to win this game. Rex Ryan is surely licking his chops to get a chance to end the Patriots’ good fortune; I’d expect a solid and close game out of this matchup. Speaking of hot seats, things could get ugly for Rex Ryan if he were to loose to a Jacoby Brissett or Julian Edelman-led Patriots team. Perhaps the Bills fire another coach this season?
Patriots over Bills
Panthers @ Falcons – What many would scoff at this being a key matchup may actually be one of the better games to watch this week. Somehow, the Panthers have had their early struggle so far in the season and the Falcons offensive has come off one of the best games of Matt Ryan’s career. Although both teams are on the opposite ends of the defensive-talent spectrum, there is potential for a Sunday Shootout here.
Falcons over Panthers
Broncos @ Buccaneers – Truthfully, the 4:00 games don’t interest me too much as great matchups, so I just had to pick one. The Denver defense is still the premiere force of the league, and the Bucs offense has potential to be explosive at any moment. There’s potential for a good game, but I’m not so sure it’ll come to fruition.
Broncos over Buccaneers
Chiefs @ Steelers – Although the Steelers struggled last week, they’ll be back at home against the Chiefs. Leveon Bell will be back in the lineup, and should have a decent opening game against a struggling Chiefs defense.
Steelers over Chiefs
Giants @ Vikings – This is the first Monday night game of the season that I’m actually excited for. Like, really excited. Not only are the shockingly good Minnesota Vikings on primetime for the first time this season, but also they play the formidable Giants roster. Can OBJ, Eli and the crew sneak away with another win against the tough Vikings defense? Or will Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs and company keep surprising the masses?
Vikings over Giants