There’s a lot to be excited about this week in the NFL. The main storyline is that of Tom Brady, who will finally be back for the New England Patriots this week against the winless Cleveland Browns.
Patriots @ Browns:
There’s no way around it, the Patriots game is a must-watch this week. With Tom Brady back on the field, the Patriots might just get more pep in their step (it’s hard to be more confident than starting 3-1 between two backup quarterbacks, but it may just happen). For Cleveland, there’s just not much to be excited about this weekend. Maybe Isaiah Crowell will have a solid week? Other than that, it’ll be the same old Cleveland.
Prediction: Patriots win
Texans @ Vikings:
The 3-1 Texans will play the 4-0 Vikings at 1 this week. There’s a lot of similarities between these two; both teams are doing pretty well record-wise, both have a pretty solid defense and some questions on offense, and both are considered a step away from being a major contender. This game could be one of the more entertaining games to watch this week. By reading between the lines, it’s easy to make a guess as to which team walks away the winner. The Texans are 3 – 1 with wins against the Bears, Titans, and Chiefs – none of which are outstanding teams. Their only loss was a dismantling by the Jacoby Brissett-led Patriots. The Vikings have wins against the Giants, Panthers, and Packers (3 top teams) as well as the Titans. The Vikings are my team for this matchup.
Prediction: Vikings win
Falcons @ Broncos:
The #1 Offense faces the #1 Defense in the NFL this week at 4pm. Both teams have been outstanding on their strongest side of the ball, as the reigning champion Broncos have gained a step without last years starting quarterbacks. I don’t know how much longer the Falcons can keep rolling offensively, as they have a history of waning out after a strong start (as does offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan). In fact, if they were to face a certain steamroller this week, perhaps the offensive juggernaut would tucker out like predicted. Still, I like an underdog story.
Prediction: Falcons win
Sunday Night – Giants @ Packers:
The Giants had an unlucky game Monday night and Odell Beckham Jr. had a rather embarrassing outing on the center stage. The Packers are coming off a bye-week, so they’ve had plenty of time to prepare for this game. For now, the Giants will repeat the same trend as last week.
Prediction: Packers win