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NFL Preview Week 15

The hunt for the Lombardi Trophy is in full force. December games are always ones that can make or break a franchise’s playoff hopes, and there are still 23 teams eligible to make it into the playoffs. There are a number of games this week that could be critical to a teams playoff chances. Let’s take a look at week 15’s top 5 match-ups.

Sunday 1:00

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Philadelphia Eagles @ Baltimore Ravens

After settling with a tough loss last Monday night to the New England Patriots, tempers flared this week at Ravens practice as veteran WR Steve Smith slammed his helmet in frustration and walked off the practice field. It will be interesting to see if the many veterans on the team can settle the squad and move to this week’s matchup with the Eagles. Philly looks to rebound from their four game losing streak and douse Baltimore’s hope at sneaking into the playoff picture. This game will definitely have a playoff atmosphere at M&T Bank Stadium tomorrow. Ravens will use some of that old magic and Coach John Harbaugh will have his troops ready, Ravens win.

Ravens 28-Eagles 17

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Detroit Lions @ New York Giants

The Giants are coming off  a huge win last week against the division leading Dallas Cowboys. Their defense seems to be firing on all cylinders and offseason acquisitions Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon seem to be worth every penny. Detroit currently has a two game lead in their division, but Aaron Rodgers seems to be getting back into his old self and the Packers are rolling . And trust me, Detroit does not want to let them back into the picture. This is a must win for both teams. Although Detroit is in better position to make the playoffs, my senses tell me that when Giants are in the playoff hunt, they’re probably going to win.

Giants 24- Lions 17

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New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

Mile High has never been a friendly place for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots as it is one of the only places they have a losing record in the Belichick era. However, this is a much different Broncos team than what we saw in January of last year. No Peyton Manning and no CJ Anderson means that it is a whole new ball game and the advantage goes to the Patriots. Brady seems to have found comfort in rookie Malcolm Mitchell and newcomer Chris Hogan. The Pats also have Dion Lewis and Legarette Blount in the backfield this time and Denver can’t stop the run. Advantage Patriots. Although you can never predict what will happen in Mile High, I still think it’s pretty clear. Pats win

Patriots 31- Denver 14

8:30

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys

At the beginning of the season, no one would have guessed that the Bucs would be in the playoff hunt and the Cowboys would be at the top of the NFC. But they are and this is going to be a FANTASTIC football game. Dak Prescott vs. Jameis Winston. Two future star NFL QB’s squaring up for their first real December football game with playoff implications. If you look at the standings, this game on paper is needed more by the Bucs to keep their playoff hopes alive as they sit 6th in the NFC.

As we have heard from Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, he loves his quarterback situation and he sees both as potential Super Bowl winning players. This might give pause to Dak Prescott, making him feel as if he is on the hot seat after losing to the Giants in New York. If he loses again, Tony Romo might get the nod to go for the rest of the season. It will be very interesting to watch. I love Dak Prescott and I think his future in the NFL is bight, but the Bucs are on a roll and I think they keep it going Sunday Night in Jerry’s World. Bucs win.

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Monday Night 8:30

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Carolina Panthers @ Washington Redskins

Another good Monday Night match up will leave NFL fans happy as the Washington Redskins look to keep their playoff hopes alive with a big win at home against the reigning NFC champions Carolina Panthers. This game has A LOT more implication than that. Former Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman will be suiting up with the Redskins in his first game against his old team. He has shown a lot of animosity towards them due to this past offseason when they chose to part ways instead of making Norman the highest paid CB in the NFL. This would be a great way for him to show his old team what he’s worth. With a big victory as well as kicking the Panthers while they’re down after their abysmal season. Redskins get the W.YOU LIKE THAT!

Redskins 34- Panthers 24

 

 

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Week 14 Preview

College Football can finally take a backseat to the NFL this week as we only have the Army-Navy game to “enjoy”, and the selection of the Heiman trophy winner, should be Deshaun Watson, but I digress. The Kansas City Chiefs flexed a fat muscle on the Oakland Raiders Thursday night and are now in a first place tie with those said Raiders. The AFC West is by far the best AFC conference as they have a chance of getting three teams into the playoffs.

What teams and games should we be watching this week around the NFL? Buckle up amigos, we are going on a drive.

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Honkytonk Heroes (Denver Broncos @ Tennessee Titans):

Marcus Mariota is sneaky balling out for the Tennessee Titans this season, and he has the Titans at a very respectable 6-6 considering his team’s history. Also, 6-6 is also good enough to get into the playoffs in the AFC South, and this will be a huge test for the Titans this week. I like the Titans in this game for no reason other than I want them to win, and I like my chances of being right. DeMarco Murray is going to run the ball down the Broncos throats and have himself a 100 plus yard rushing day with two touchdowns. Titans are on a collision course to host a Wild Card game and get absolutely manhandled in that game by either Oakland or Kansa City, and I cannot wait. Titans 24-16.

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Philly Cheese-miSteak (Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles):

Remember when the Eagles were 5-0 and everyone was like wow the Eagles are nasty, well I was never convinced, and they have proved me correct. The Eagles are struggling but still have a chance, but not this week against the Washington *Racist Name*. Kirk Cousins is a bad man who really likes winning. Washington is going to get this win 31-17 and they are going to find themselves in a Wild Card game come playoff time.

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1-15 (Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns):

The Cleveland Browns would lose to Alabama in a game, no disrespect, but this week they are going to beat the Bengals and avoid the winless season. Robert Griffin III is back and he’s going to throw for like 450 and 4 touchdowns, and the Browns are going to shock the world big time in this one. I feel like Cleveland needs this, or their fans are just going to lose it even more. Browns suck, Bengals sucks, go Browns, 35-28.

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Foxboro Foe (Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots):

The Baltimore Ravens love beating the Patriots in big games, but don’t the Pats love beating the Ravens too? We have had some great playoff battles with the Ravens over the years, and nothing feels better than beating a team full of scums like Baltimore. I say “we” because my roots technically lie with the Patriots, but like I don’t really care anymore. I like Baltimore in this one, I feel like the Pats have been playing boring uninspired football, and maybe a loss to the Ravens will wake them up. Joe Flacco is an elite, someday to be Hall of Famer, Ravens 27-24.

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Giant Redemption (Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants):

This has potential to be the game of the year in the NFL. The Cowboys have one loss this season, and opening day loss at home to the Giants. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot are not going to let that happen again. I this game will go score for score and pound for pound but I think the difference is the Cowboys offensive line which will allow Zeke to run wild and Dak to find the boys downfield. I am all in on the Cowboys winning the Super Bowl this season so I like Dallas 38-31 in this game.

What to Watch: NFL Week 11

We’re actually into the NFL season! It feels weird. Once you’re deep into the season, you forget about the early season woes. On a sidenote, the NFL should take notes from last week. Do you want good ratings? Make the good teams play eachother on primetime. That doesn’t mean make the NFC East teams battle off, it means make the quality teams go head-to-head. Last week’s primetime game was easily the best of the year. Let’s look at Week 11…

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1:00 Games:

Ravens @ Cowboys –  It seems as if the Cowboys starting Quarterback has been decided, even though I was supporting the other guy. Either way, you really can’t lose. Dak has shown he’s capable of starting and succeeding in the NFL, there’s no denying that. He gets to show off yet again against the Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off of a strong win last Thursday against the Cleveland Browns. I have this down as a game to watch because we all know Baltimore is exactly the type of team to win this game. They are always capable of beating a top team, and I’m not sure why or how but there’s a possibility it happens this week. There’s also a possibility they fold, either way it’ll be fun to watch. 
Prediction: Cowboys win

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Cardinals @ Vikings – This game could be very enjoyable or it could be very ugly. Both of these teams have shown flashes of both great play and atrocious play this year, so we will have to wait until kickoff to see which kind of game we’re going to get. Both teams are in a position where they are losing the division they once held the title for, so this is a must-win game for both parties.
Prediction: Cardinals win

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4:00 Games:

Dolphins @ Rams – Why do I have this game down as a game to watch? Because Miami is kind of hot right now and the Rams defense is actually enjoyable to watch. That, and, I don’t know, the #1 pick in the draft will finally get time on the field this week. That’s right, Jared Goff is apparently ready to play ball after being benched until he showed enough progress to play in the league. For the dumpster fire that the Rams prove to be, they’re really not so bad. A talent at Quarterback could prove to be a game changer for them, that is, if he actually is talented. He will have a solid test against the Dolphins, who refuse to slow down. 
Prediction: Dolphins win

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Eagles @ Seahawks – This could be the game of the week in my opinion. It could also be a blowout, but hey, I’m more of a glass half-full type of guy. The Seahawks are coming off of a solid statement win, and they could easily feast on a struggling rookie Quarterback in one of the toughest arenas to play in. Send out a prayer, Wentz, you’re going to need it this week. On the other hand the Eagles are still good and very interesting; they have a solid defense and spectacular special teams along with a well-rounded run game. Don’t count them out, they can compete. If Russell Wilson is on fire like the past few weeks, the chances of the Eagles winning are slim, but it could still be a good game.
Prediction: Seahawks win

Primetime Game:

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Texans @ Raiders – Laugh all you want at Brock Osweiler, but the Texans are still finding a way to win. Sure, they have one road win, and sure, the rest of their road losses have been blowouts. Still, why not watch for the entertaining Raiders squad as they face a Texans defense that knows how to compete. The flip-side of the field (Raiders D vs. Texans Offense) might be a snooze, but the fun part will be fun enough to watch the whole thing.
Prediction: Raiders win

What to Watch: NFL Week 10

1:00 Games:

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Broncos @ Saints – The Broncos will be tested this week against one of the top offenses in the league. Will New Orleans’ passing attack challenge the Broncos to a shootout, or will they fold this week against the tough Denver defense? I think it’s clear if New Orleans can get the offense going, they’ll probably win the game. I just don’t see Denver’s offense able to keep up if the Saints fire on all cylinders. Von Miller and company has an interesting game on their hands this Sunday.
Prediction: Saints win

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Falcons @ Eagles – This game feels similar to the one mentioned above, where a team capable of an upset at any moment can turn the tides for a top NFL team. The Falcons are riding high, and they have a potential MVP candidate with Quarterback Matt Ryan. While Eagles QB Carson Wentz has had his rookie struggles, there’s no denying the talent is there. Plus, this Eagles team has a roster that could upset just about anybody. I wouldn’t be shocked if they snuck away with a win here, but then again I wouldn’t be shocked if they lost.
Prediction: Falcons win

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Packers @ Titans – This game might not seem huge, but I think it could be. On one hand, you could see the Packers handle this game like many would normally expect. But there’s another hand here folks, and it’s Marcus Mariota’s right palm. How do I envision Mariota’s hands? They’re probably golden tan, they’re soft but they’ve got some wear and tear. Just enough wear and tear. Jokes aside, this Titans roster is sneaky talented, with a running back that has proven himself to be as elite as everyone thought just a few years ago, a solid young QB and a surging set of wide-receivers. The Titans could sneak away with their division, and a nice place to start would be at home against the Packers.
Prediction: Packers win

4:00 Games:

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Dolphins @ Chargers – A joke game last year, both these teams are on the rise midway through the season. The Dolphins have found their guy in Jay Ajayi, and the Chargers team is looking all-around solid for the first time in a long time. This could be one of the better games this week, get a chance to catch some minutes if you can.
Prediction: Chargers win

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Cowboys @ Steelers – What’s up with the Steelers? Their defense has the ability to play well any given Sunday, but we haven’t seen too much of that so far. Steelers’ offense has been banged up all season, but they’re not performing with their essential players on the field. On the flip side of the field the Cowboys are red hot, but maybe this is the week the Dak train stops rolling. On a side note, YOU PLAY ROMO WHEN HE’S HEALTHY! Dak is clearly the future of the team, but let’s get some points across right now. 1. Romo hasn’t played with a Cowboys roster this well ever. The only contender would be from Murray’s historic year, and even then I’m not sure. Still, they were able to make some playoff noise that year. Reason #2 is that Romo has the veteran intangibles that Dak doesn’t. Before you make a Romo sucks joke, let it go. He’s been the scapegoat in a stagnant Dallas team for too long. You play the veteran; you trade him in the offseason and let Dak Dynasty lift off. But for the playoffs, whom do you trust more? Against top defenses (which Dak has played 0 games against), whom do you trust more? You go with the veteran. Don’t make a Brady reference, this is different. The Cowboys team is reliant on their offense, Brady’s breakout year they were very much reliant on defense. There’s a big difference here, and everybody just likes drinking the rookie story Kool-Aid. I like Dak a lot, but I’m using reason here. Jerry Jones should try it out sometime.
Prediction: Cowboys win

Primetime Game:

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Seahawks @ Patriots – In a failing NFL season financially; we might have our game of the year right here. Amidst deflategate, we have a Superbowl rematch of one of the greatest football games to ever be played. Brady hasn’t really been tested yet, and the Seahawks defense is still as elite as ever. Meanwhile, the Seahawks offense finally broke out the passing attack last week, which means this game isn’t a surefire win for Brady like everyone thinks. One thing’s for certain, it’ll be a hell of a game.
Prediction: Patriots win

NFL: Watch to Watch in Week 9

The NFL season is in full swing and the New England Patriots seem to be on their way to the AFC Championship game, while Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have asserted themselves as the favorites in the NFC. Thursday night we saw the Atlanta Falcons take down the super good Tampa Bay Buccaneers…HA! Matty Ice and them Dirty Birds are on their way to an NFC South championship, but can they win the NFC? We’ll have to see what happens throughout the rest of the season.

But what about this week? What games should we focus on? And what teams are going to get those critical wins in such a short season?

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Minnesota Downfall (Detroit @ Minnesota):

Am I the only one that knew the Vikings weren’t for real? I can’t be. The Vikings have an amazing defense, but we all knew Sam Bradford couldn’t continue this charade for the duration of the season. On the other hand, the Detroit Lions are rolling. Matt Stafford is proving that he doesn’t need Megatron to be effective and get his team victories. I look for the Lions to win this game in a close one, and this will further reassure that the Vikings aren’t for real and that the NFC North still goes through Green Bay.

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Crab Cake Catastrophe (Pittsburgh @ Baltimore):

We all remember when Baltimore was 3-0, but we all knew that wouldn’t last either. Something about teams in purple starting off hot and falling off isn’t really too surprising anymore, unless it’s Clemson. Anyways, Ben Roethlisberger is still hurt, but I find Landry Jones to be a more than a capable backup considering he has Antonio Brown to throw too. Pittsburgh doesn’t have too much of a defense, but their offense is the only one that I think can challenge the almighty Patriots for the AFC crown. Steelers by 14 this weekend folks.

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Meadowland Meltdown (Eagles @ Giants):

Maybe there’s a little bit of bias in this one, but I’ll clear the air and say right now that I hate the New York Football Giants. Carson Wentz has been incredible thus far in his rookie season, and truthfully, I can’t say I’m surprised. He led North Dakota State to years of supremacy in the FCS and now he’s doing it against the big boys, good for you Mr. Wentz. I am a sneaky Eagles fan and I root for them often. But I do believe the Eags will get a huge division win this Sunday in New Jersey. Watch for Odell to have a huge game, but for Wentz to outmatch him.

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Optimistic Oakland (Broncos @ Raiders):

Oakland is going to win the AFC West, and that’s a guarantee. Derek Carr is having a standout year, and Amari Cooper is the best receiver in the NFL. Khalil Mack is a superstar, and Latavius Murray is a top 3 running back in the league. Raiders by 35 tomorrow night ladies and gents. Bet the house on that. Thanks for reading, happy football Sunday.

What to Watch: Week 6

1:00 Games

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Bengals @ Patriots
Tom Brady still hasn’t played a full game this year in the NFL season, but he didn’t disappoint his fans last week when he threw for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bengals are a bit more of a challenge than the Browns were last week, it will be one of the only very exciting games this week in the NFL. Although the Bengals sit at 2-3 on the season, they are still a threat with a solid defense and a sometimes high-powered offense. The Patriots; however, will look to continue performing well and I expect nothing less this week.

Prediction: Patriots win

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Eagles @ Redskins
The Eagles got their first loss last week and also Carson Wentz had his first career interception. Maybe this week against the Redskins they can redeem themselves, but the Skins have been playing teams well so far this year. Wentz and crew are somehow still struggling to prove to the masses that they’re legit this year (although I think they deserve the attention), so a strong comeback win this week is crucial.

Prediction: Eagles win

4:00 Games

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Chiefs @ Raiders
The Chiefs have a chance to revive their season against one of the worst defenses in the league but the overall best team in the AFC West this week. The Raiders have a chance to keep the high rolling, and maybe they can finally prove to people that they’re a legit force to be reckoned with this year. Overall, this could be a very interesting game as the Raiders offensive attack refuses to slow down against a traditionally strong defense. Similarly, the Raiders defense could gain the attention they were expected to have this season against a slower-paced offense.

Prediction: Raiders win

Primetime Games

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Jets @ Cardinals
The Monday Night game this week looks to be a good one, as Arizona Cardinals face off against the New York Jets in what could be a great game in Todd Bowles returning back to Arizona. The Cardinals are playing without Carson Palmer but still look to be one of the best teams in the NFL after beating the 49ers last week in a high scoring affair. The Jets only have 1 win under their belt, but still have a roster that could turn out to scare teams later on in the season. If they want to make the season worthwhile, they need to start winning soon.

What to Watch in Week 3

As Week 3 of the football season approaches, we start to see some trend shaping form for teams. The Vikings appear to be able to survive without their leaders on offense from last year, Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. The Chargers seem to finally have an offense that works for Phillip Rivers. Matt Stafford has an offense built around him for the first time in his career. The Broncos defense is still winning them games, literally. Lastly, the Patriots seem to be able to walk away without their starting quarterback week after week. Lets break down what to watch for in week 3.

1:00 Games

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Lions @ Packers – This game is an interesting one for the realization that the Packers might not be the best team in the NFC North, and they might not be the 2nd best team either. The Lions, as I mentioned above, have some real magic going for them in Detroit. For once, Stafford has an offense of his own, and although they lost in the crunch time last week to an underrated and growing Titans squad, they might be able to spook the Pack and perhaps squeeze away with a win in Green Bay. Regardless of who wins, look out for a close game.

Prediction: Lions over Packers

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Vikings @ Panthers – In between the time of preseason to now, the Vikings went from division favorite to lottery pick favorite. After trading for Sam Bradford, the hype was suddenly and 8-8 or “brink-of-the-Wild Card” team, and after last week the hype turned into Super Bowl favorites. I’m joking about the last part, of course, but there’s a lot to applaud from Sam Bradford, who seemed to look like a king after only having 2 weeks to learn the playbook with a shaky offensive line and an injured star running back. Well if the hype is real, we will find out this week against the Carolina Panthers, who unsurprisingly smashed the 49ers last week. A note about losing Peterson; I think the Vikings will be fine. Although the injury timetable is uncertain, I think McKinnon is a solid option at RB. When Peterson was banned from the league a few years back for his whooping-room fiasco, the Vikings actually had statistically one of the best run games in the league in a committee of McKinnon and Asiata (ending up 4th in rushing Defensive-adjusted value over average – an efficiency stat that compares a teams every single play to the league average against said defense based on situation and opponent). Truthfully, the end of the Peterson era is coming to a close in Minnesota, and that’s not a bad thing. Still, I don’t think that means a thing this week against the Panthers.

Prediction: Panthers over Vikings

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Broncos @ Bengals – The Bengals are apparently the team to watch at 1:00 on a Sunday, as it’s my 3rd time in as many weeks mentioning them as a game to watch. Both defenses are solid (although one defense is likely to be historical) and both offenses can find ways to create plays. This will be a fun game. Simple & plain.

Prediction: Broncos over Bengals

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4:00 Games

Steelers @ Eagles – A.K.A. the Pennsylvania bowl. Carson Wentz looks like he’s establishing himself in this league, being the first rookie QB to start 2-0 without any turnovers. It rarely happens, but it seems it’s a good time to be an Eagles fan. Naturally, this also means the Wentz era will end in disappointment. Jokes aside, there’s not much disappointment to look for this coming week, as I believe this will be a solid matchup. The story, clearly, will be the Pitt high-powered offense against what I believe is an underrated and solid Philadelphia defense. The issue, as you readers could imagine, is the Pittsburgh wideouts against a shady Philly secondary. Last week Antonio Brown was held to under 50 yards receiving with Big Ben at QB for the first time since 2012, so I’d expect him to be ready to torch a set of cornerbacks known for blowing coverage. Good luck Nolan Carroll.

Prediction: Eagles over Steelers

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Jets @ Chiefs – The Jets are looking like a team to face in the AFC. After winning last week against the Bills, Rex Ryan got so mad he fired his offensive coordinator. Maybe Andy Reid will do the same this week. The Chiefs are a solid team, and I’ve been rooting for Reid-Smith era since it began because of the underdog story, a coach and a playoff QB down on their luck joining forces on a 2-14 team that ended with a player committing suicide. So it pains me to see the team struggle, but I think a tough road is ahead for the Chiefs. Time will tell, but this week is an easy prediction for me. Don’t expect Revis to get burnt this week, not because he lost a step but because I don’t think any of the Kansas City receivers are that speedy.

Prediction: Jets over Chiefs

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Primetime Games: Bears @ Cowboys – Honestly I had no idea who to choose between the Sunday night game and the Monday night game, both sound pretty boring. The Bears are a solid team, but they don’t have enough there to really blow people out of the water or make a splash in the NFC North. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have enough where they should be able to stay afloat without their starting quarterback. Perhaps this week Dak Prescott can throw a touchdown and Terrance Williams can learn about stepping out of bounds.

Prediction: Cowboys over Bears