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Week 12: St. Louis Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Recap

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Dre Kirkpatrick celebrates from 11/29/15

Final: Cincinnati 31, St. Louis 7

It was a dominant performance by the home team on Sunday as the Bengals crush the Rams on a cloudy Sunday afternoon.  Andy Dalton was just fine in this game throwing three touchdowns, two to A.J. Green and the other to Tyler Eifert who now leads the league with twelve such catches.

As easy as the Bengals made this game look, the outcome may have more to do with the ineptitude of St. Louis than anything else.  It would be easy to blame Nick Foles for the loss, as he threw three interceptions, including one pick-six in the third quarter.  However, it was not entirely his fault.  The offensive line was awful in the game.  Geno Atkins embarrassed the interior linemen, beating them across their face on several occasions.  Foles did not have a lot of time to stand in the pocket and deliver an accurate throw down the field.  Todd Gurley was a no-factor for the most part as well since the Rams trailed for virtually the whole game.  St. Louis is a team that needs to play with the lead.  They need to lean on their

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Nick Foles in action from the Week 12 affair.

running game and defense in order to have a chance.  They are not very good at coming from behind.

Jeremy Hill had a bit of a revival, although he was banged up a bit for Cincy.  He ran with great power and patience, which was something that had not been seen out of him much this season.  Giovanni Bernard out-shined him once again, though, with a couple of big receptions and some elusive runs.  The Bengals’ offensive line was great in the contest, and it allowed Andy Dalton to scan the field.  Janoris Jenkins was victimized a couple of times by A.J. Green, but for the most part he held up well in coverage.  The St. Louis defense couldn’t do much towards the middle of the game simply because they were too tired.  The Bengal offense was on the field a lot since the Rams’ offense could not piece together any solid drives.

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The Rams fall to the Bengals 31-7.

The only good thing for the visitors in this game was one Tavon Austin.  He accounted for 99 yards of total offense and took off on a 60 yard run, setting up a touchdown in the second quarter which he scored himself.  He and Todd Gurley are the two play-makers on offense, but other than them, there is a serious lack of talent out there on the field.

So, the Bengals snap their two-game skid in convincing fashion and now gear up for a road date with the Browns who will be having to prepare on a shorter week.  The Rams will play another two-loss team for the second week in a row when the Cardinals come to town.  They really need to fix their issues with the O-line if the team is going to have any success.  Nick Foles was bad in this game, but it was not entirely his fault.  Just keep that in mind.

The Skinny:

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Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes on Sunday against the Rams.
  • Tyler Eifert scores his league-leading twelfth touchdown (eleven coming within the red zone)
  • Todd Gurley was held out of the end zone for the first time in five games and he posted his lowest total yardage since becoming the starter (19)
  • A.J. Green notched his fifth career multi-TD game
  • Tavon Austin accounted for 99 total yards of offense and a touchdown for the Rams as he was the only threat on the field Sunday
  • The St. Louis offensive line was in shambles and the team committed bad penalties in a sloppy effort
  • Andy Dalton now has a career record of 22-9-1 in home starts at 1:00 e.t.
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2015 Season: Week 12 Predictions

Last Week: 11-3

Season: 95-65

Thursday, November 26th, 12:30 e.t.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) @ Detroit Lions (3-7)

Philadelphia 21, Detroit 19

Thursday, November 26th, 4:30 e.t.

Carolina Panthers (10-0) @ Dallas Cowboys (3-7)

Dallas 24, Carolina 21

Thursday, November 26th, 8:30 e.t.

Chicago Bears (4-6) @ Green Bay Packers (7-3)

Green Bay 38, Chicago 19

Sunday, November 29th, 1:00 e.t.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

Tampa Bay 26, Indianapolis 24

San Diego Chargers (2-8) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)

Jacksonville 31, San Diego 17

New Orleans Saints (4-6) @ Houston Texans (5-5)

Houston 35, New Orleans 27

St. Louis Rams (4-6) @ Cincinnati Bengals (8-2)

Cincinnati 27, St. Louis 13

New York Giants (5-5) @ Washington Redskins (4-6)

New York 27, Washington 19

Minnesota Vikings (7-3) @ Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

Atlanta 19, Minnesota 17

Miami Dolphins (4-6) @ New York Jets (5-5)

Miami 20, New York 17

Oakland Raiders (4-6) @ Tennessee Titans (2-8)

Oakland 16, Tennessee 10

Buffalo Bills (5-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (5-5)

Kansas City 21, Buffalo 16

Sunday, November 29th, 4:05 e.t.

Arizona Cardinals (8-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (3-7)

Arizona 34, San Francisco 13

Sunday, November 29th, 4:25 e.t.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (5-5)

Seattle 28, Pittsburgh 17

Sunday, November 29th, 8:30 e.t.

New England Patriots (10-0) @ Denver Broncos (8-2)

New England 33, Denver 23

Monday, November 30th, 8:30 e.t.

Baltimore Ravens (3-7) @ Cleveland Browns (2-8)

Cleveland 19, Baltimore 14

Week 12 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week: Atlanta over Minnesota

Sure Bet of the Week (9-2): Cincinnati over St. Louis

Rookie of the Week: Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders

Offensive Player of the Week: Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

Defensive Player of the Week: Ndomukong Suh, DE, Dolphins

Best Overall Offense: Houston Texans

Best Overall Defense: Arizona Cardinals

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!

2015 Season: Week 11 Predictions

Last Week: 7-7

Season: 84-62

Thursday, November 18th, 8:30 e.t.

Tennessee Titans (2-7) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

Jaguars 24, Titans 13

Sunday, November 22nd, 1:00

Indianapolis Colts (4-5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (6-3)

Atlanta 27, Indianapolis 19

New York Jets (5-4) @ Houston Texans (4-5)

New York 22, Houston 17

Oakland Raiders (4-5) @ Detroit Lions (2-7)

Detroit 37, Oakland 34

St. Louis Rams (4-5) @ Baltimore Ravens (2-7)

Baltimore 28, St. Louis 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)

Philadelphia 31, Tampa Bay 21

Dallas Cowboys (2-7) @ Miami Dolphins (4-5)

Dallas 26, Miami 23

Washington Redskins (4-5) @ Carolina Panthers (9-0)

Carolina 24, Washington 23

Denver Broncos (7-2) @ Chicago Bears (4-5)

Denver 26, Chicago 13

Sunday, November 22nd, 4:05 e.t.

Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) @ San Diego Chargers  (2-7)

Kansas City 27, San Diego 12

Sunday, November 22nd, 4:25 e.t.

San Francisco 49ers (3-6) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-5)

Seattle 31, San Francisco 6

Green Bay Packers (6-3) @ Minnesota Vikings (7-2)

Green Bay 30, Minnesota 27

 

Sunday, November 15th, 8:30 e.t.

Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (7-2)

Arizona 41, Cincinnati 24

Monday, October 16th, 8:30 e.t.

Buffalo Bills (5-4) @ New England Patriots (9-0)

New England 36, Buffalo 23

Week 11 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week: Green Bay over Minnesota

Sure Bet of the Week (8-2): Seattle over San Francisco

Rookie of the Week: Leonard Williams, DE, Jets

Offensive Player of the Week: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

Defensive Player of the Week: Malcolm Butler, CB, Patriots

Best Overall Offense: Arizona Cardinals

Best Overall Defense: Seattle Seahawks

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!

2015 Season: Week 10 Predictions

Last Week: 8-5

Season: 77-55

Thursday, November 12th, 8:30 e.t.

Buffalo Bills (4-4) @ New York Jets (5-3)

Buffalo 27, New York 21

Sunday, November 15th, 1:00

Carolina Panthers (8-0) vs. Tennessee Titans (2-6)

Carolina 17, Tennessee 14

Miami Dolphins (3-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)

Philadelphia 35, Miami 24

Cleveland Browns (2-7) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4)

Pittsburgh 23, Cleveland 19

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) @ Baltimore Ravens (2-6)

Baltimore 24, Jacksonville 22

Dallas Cowboys (2-6) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)

Tampa Bay 26, Dallas 20

Chicago Bears (3-5) @ St. Louis Rams (4-4)

Chicago 23, St. Louis 17

New Orleans Saints (4-5) @ Washington Redskins (3-5)

New Orleans 33, Washington 31

Detroit Lions (1-7) @ Green Bay Packers  (6-2)

Green Bay 35, Detroit 18

Sunday, November 15th, 4:05 e.t.

Minnesota Vikings (6-2) @ Oakland Raiders (4-4)

Oakland 30, Minnesota 24

Sunday, November 15th, 4:25 e.t.

New England Patriots (8-0) @ New York Giants (5-4)

New England 27, New York 20

Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) @ Denver Broncos (7-1)

Denver 21, Kansas City 14

Sunday, November 15th, 8:30 e.t.

Arizona Cardinals (5-2) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-4)

Seattle 29, Arizona 24

Monday, October 16th, 8:30 e.t.

Houston Texans (3-5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (8-0)

Cincinnati 40, Houston 20

Week 10 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week: Chicago over St. Louis

Sure Bet of the Week (8-1): Cincinnati over Houston

Rookie of the Week: Todd Gurley, RB, Rams

Offensive Player of the Week: Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals

Defensive Player of the Week: Kiko Alonso, LB, Eagles

Best Overall Offense: Cincinnati Bengals

Best Overall Defense: Carolina Panthers

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!

2015 Season: Week 8 Predictions

We are about halfway through the 2015 season already and there are still five undefeated teams.  That will change for sure as two of them face off in a colossal Sunday night game.  As for the other three, they play teams hungry for a win and could find themselves in some hairy contests.  Who is going to emerge triumphant in Week 8?  Find out with my picks.

Last Week: 6-8

Season: 59-46

Thursday, October 29th, 8:30 e.t.

Miami Dolphins (3-3) @ New England Patriots(6-0)

The Patriots have been on some kind of roll lately, as have the Dolphins.  That said, nobody from the AFC East has been able to come into Foxboro and defeat the Pats in a meaningful game.  As good as the Dolphins have been lately, they won’t be able to ride that momentum to a win.

New England 34, Miami 20

Sunday, November 1st, 9:30 e.t. (London)

Detroit Lions (1-6) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5)

As bad as the Lions have been this year, I keep picking them.  That doesn’t stop here.  I still think they are a much more talented team than their record says they are.  They just need to stop shooting themselves in the foot.  As for the Chiefs, their injuries will loom large in this game.

Detroit 26, Kansas City 16

Sunday, November 1st, 1:00 e.t.

Tennessee Titans (1-5) @ Houston Texans (2-5)

The Titans have been a mess since Week 1 and the Texans defense has been horrible all year.  However, their offense hasn’t been that bad under Brian Hoyer and with Ryan Mallet out of the picture, that could really help his confidence.  He will probably force a few more throws.  It won’t cost him in this game, but it might in the future.

Houston 24, Tennessee 12

 Minnesota Vikings (4-2) @ Chicago Bears (2-4)

The Vikings have quietly put together a nice season, as has Jay Cutler.  I wanted to pick the Bears for this game, but something tells me that their defense won’t simply shut down Adrian Peterson.  Stefon Diggs has really come on too for Minnesota.  Their key offensive players coupled with a rugged defense will be enough to earn their team the “W”.

Minnesota 27, Chicago 22

New York Giants (4-3) @ New Orleans Saints (3-4)

Even though their 4-3, the Giants haven’t looked super impressive for the most part this season.  The Saints have been on the upswing since Week 5, and playing at home will help them win this contest as well.  New York does not tend to fare so well when it travels to New Orleans.

New Orleans 38, New York 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) @ Atlanta Falcons (6-1)

The Buccaneers relinquished a 24 point lead to the Redskins and lost the game last week.  If that doesn’t spell trouble for them, I’m not sure what does.  For the Falcons, ever since their destruction of Houston, they haven’t looked that good.  But if Kirk Cousins can rip apart Tampa’s defense, I have full confidence that Matt Ryan and Julio Jones can do the same.

Atlanta 33, Tampa Bay 21

Cincinnati Bengals (6-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)

Ben Roethlisberger is back, and I think that when he is healthy, the Steelers are the best competition the Patriots have in the AFC.  Will he be able to shake the rust though?  Coming back from injury isn’t always easy for him, but playing host to the rival Bengals in an important AFC North contest, I say he gets it done.  Cincy drops their first contest of the year.

Pittsburgh 27, Cincinnati 23

Arizona Cardinals (5-2) @ Cleveland Browns (2-5)

Arizona eeked one out against the Ravens (as have a number of teams this year, including these very Browns), and have to travel across the country on a short week.  Cleveland doesn’t know who their quarterback is going to be for this game, but even still I am picking them for the upset, just because I can.  Nobody likes a prognosticator that picks all favorites after all!

Cleveland 23, Arizona 17

San Diego Chargers (2-5) @ Baltimore Ravens (1-6)

Playing close games is par for the course if you are Baltimore.  The Chargers have been involved in some close ones themselves.  Nothing changes here.  San Diego really hasn’t been that good this year with their two wins coming against bad teams.  The Ravens could be 4-3 right now if a few plays went in their favor.  They are the better team and they do host here, so I say that they pick up their second win of the season

Baltimore 24, San Diego 21

San Francisco 49ers (2-5) @ St. Louis Rams (3-3)

The Niners were embarrassed at home by the Seahawks a week ago and have not fared well at all on the road this season.  This gives the Rams a big advantage who have really looked solid against the NFC West.  St. Louis rides Todd Gurley yet again to a nice win.

St. Louis 27, San Francisco 17

Sunday, November 1st, 4:05 e.t.

New York Jets (4-2) @ Oakland Raiders (3-3)

This is a sneaky good match-up.  The Raiders are coming off of (probably) their best game in years while the Jets can be proud of the effort they put up in Foxboro.  Travelling across the country to the West Coast is not something that has fared well in the past for the Jets, however, and that trend should continue Sunday.

Oakland 31, New York 24

Sunday, October 25th, 4:25 e.t.

Seattle Seahawks (3-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (2-4)

Maybe, just maybe, the Seahawks have gotten back on track.  The defense has not been bad this year, but the offense hasn’t been super consistent.  Luckily, the Romo/Dez-less Cowboys have been pretty awful and that will help the ‘Hawks cause at rising to .500 once again this year.

Seattle 31, Dallas 10

Sunday, October 25th, 8:30 e.t.

Green Bay Packers (6-0) @ Denver Broncos (6-0)

It’s funny, because I think that the Packers are the much better team out of these two, but the Broncos will win this game.  Their defense has been so good this year and the Green Bay offense hasn’t been as sharp as you would think.  Playing at home and coming off of a BYE will help Denver out.  I’m still predicting that Peyton Manning goes off in a random game this year.  Maybe this is the one.

Denver 23, Green Bay 20

Monday, October 12th, 8:30 e.t.

Indianapolis Colts (3-4) @ Carolina Panthers (6-0)

The Panthers just refuse to lose this season.  And after being able to run the ball against a solid run defense last week in Philly, I don’t see them having much trouble in doing so this week against a defense that allowed the Saints to run for 182 yards at home.  Andrew Luck still doesn’t look right and that will not bode well for the Colts on the road.  Panthers go to 7-0.

Carolina 30, Indianapolis 21

Week 8 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week (1-6): Cleveland over Arizona

Sure Bet of the Week (6-1): Seattle over Dallas

Rookie of the Week: Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota

Offensive Player of the Week: Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Harris Jr., CB, Broncos

Best Overall Offense: New England Patriots

Best Overall Defense: Seattle Seahawks

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!

2015 Season: Week 7 Predictions

The 2015 Season keeps chugging along here, and we have arrived at Week 7 with five undefeated teams.  There are a number of surprise teams such as the Bengals, Panthers, Jets, (and on the opposite spectrum) the Ravens, Lions, and Chiefs.  It is getting close to the time to start talking about the playoff picture as we are already almost halfway through the season.  Who will win this week?  Find out in my abbreviated Week 7 picks!

Last Week: 10-4

Season: 53-38

Thursday, October 22nd, 8:30 e.t.

Seattle Seahawks (2-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (2-4)

The 49ers defense has been pretty good at home this year, but I still think the Seahawks have the superior team.  They should win the game, but don’t completely rule out an upset here.

Seattle 25, San Francisco 13

Sunday, October 25th, 9:30 e.t. (London)

Buffalo Bills (3-3) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

Over in London the Jaguars take on the Bills in Week 7.  Much like in 2013, Rex Ryan’s team has a win every other week pattern going on.  This is one of the weeks his team should win.  They have the defense to frustrate the still mistake prone Blake Bortles.

Buffalo 29, Jacksonville 21

Sunday, October 25th, 1:00 e.t.

Minnesota Vikings (4-2) @ Detroit Lions (1-5)

Even though the Lions barely escaped at home against the Bears last week, I’m still not completely sold that this is a horrible team.  I see them playing a complete game for the first time this season and stealing one from Minnesota in Detroit.

Detroit 26, Minnesota 22

 Atlanta Falcons (5-1) @ Tennessee Titans (1-4)

Atlanta is coming off of a shocking loss on the road to the Saints to take on a banged up Titans team that was embarrassed against the Dolphins at home last week.  Tennessee had trouble defending the run, so Devonte Freeman could be in for another multi-touchdown game.  Falcons get back on track riding a solid offense.

Atlanta 35, Tennessee 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) @ Washington Redskins (2-4)

This one is a hard game to pick only because you never know which Kirk Cousins you are gonna get.  This week I trust that the Buccaneers can salvage a victory.  Their offense hasn’t been atrocious lately while Washington’s is a hit or miss.

Tampa Bay 27, Washington 19

New York Jets (4-1) @ New England Patriots (5-0)

In what could be the best match-up of the week, the Pats play host to the Dolphins.  Give New England the edge in front of a home crowd and with Tom Brady, who is playing lights out at the moment.  Watch out for Chris Ivory though, he’s been running with a purpose.

New England 24, New York 16

Cleveland Browns (2-4) @ St. Louis Rams (2-3)

Cleveland almost pulled off the upset against the Broncos last week, but the offense couldn’t get it done in crunch time.  On the road against a Rams defense that has stood tall against the likes of the Steelers and the Packers this year, I don’t like their odds.

St. Louis 20, Cleveland 10

New Orleans Saints (2-4) @ Indianapolis Colts (3-3)

The Colts made a miserable decision on the fake punt last week and it really turned the tide of the game.  Until then, they were hanging tough with the best team in pro football.  If they can play almost as good as they did last Sunday, they should have no trouble clipping the Saints at home.

Indianapolis 37, New Orleans 22

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)

Will Ben Roethlisberger play in this game?  Unsure as of right now, but either way, the outcome should not be affected all that much.  The Steelers are not doomed if Landry Jones is the man while the Chiefs offense looked lost without Jamaal Charles.  I like Pittsburgh here.

Pittsburgh 28, Kansas City 13

Houston Texans (2-4) @ Miami Dolphins (2-3)

Houston was in a dogfight with Jacksonville last week until their defense created a slew of turnovers.  The Dolphins won’t give them the chance to build such momentum this week.  They really got in rhythm against the Titans last week and should continue on here.

Miami 31, Houston 20

Sunday, October 25th, 4:05 e.t.

Oakland Raiders (2-3) @ San Diego Chargers (2-4)

A week ago I might have picked the Raiders as an upset of the week, but it would feel like a sin if I chose a team with a quarterback who just threw for 500+ yards to lose at home the following week.  Philip Rivers has quietly put together a nice year.

San Diego 27, Oakland 24

Sunday, October 25th, 4:25 e.t.

Dallas Cowboys (2-3) @ New York Giants(3-3)

For all of the marbles (or at least some of them) in the NFC East, the Giants host the Romo-less Cowboys.  Dallas has chosen to go with Matt Cassel, and that could prove effective.  After getting steamrolled by the Eagles on Monday, it’s hard to see the Giants rebounding that quickly.  Dallas grabs the “W”.

Dallas 33, New York 23

Sunday, October 25th, 8:30 e.t.

Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) @ Carolina Panthers (5-0)

I haven’t picked many upsets this week, so let’s change that here.  As bad as the Philly offense was last week, their defense was good.  They’ve been good this year and could give Cam Newton some trouble.  If they protect the football on offense, they can win this.

Philadelphia 27, Carolina 24

Monday, October 12th, 8:30 e.t.

Baltimore Ravens (1-5) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-2)

The Ravens have been bad this season.  They’ve been hampered by injuries and have struggled to run the ball.  They won’t be running it much against this Arizona defense this week.  The Cardinals bounce back with a strong showing from their defense.

Arizona 24, Baltimore 10

Week 7 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week (1-5): Philadelphia over Carolina

Sure Bet of the Week (5-1): St. Louis over Cleveland

Rookie of the Week: Todd Gurley, RB, Rams

Offensive Player of the Week: Matt Cassel, QB, Cowboys (I said it!!!)

Defensive Player of the Week: Fletcher Cox, DL, Eagles

Best Overall Offense: Detroit Lions

Best Overall Defense: St. Louis Rams

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!

2015 Season: Week 6 Predictions

It is Week 6 and we still have six undefeated teams.  We certainly will not be saying the same thing at the start of next week.  In fact, my bold prediction of the week is that at least three of those six teams (Bengals, Broncos, Falcons, Packers, Panthers, and Patriots) will fall for the first time this season over the weekend.  Find out who they are and much more below in my Week 6 predictions!

Last Week: 10-4

Season: 43-34

Thursday, October 15th, 8:30 e.t.

Atlanta Falcons (5-0) @ New Orleans Saints (1-4)

The Falcons barely escaped an upset at home against the Redskins and now they will move on to face the New Orleans Saints, a team they swept last season.  The Saints looked awful on the road against the Eagles, but there was a ray of hope when Willie Snead got going for the black and gold.  At home in front of a loud crowd on a Thursday night, I say the Saints grab the “W”.  As long as they can protect Drew Brees better than they did against Philly, New Orleans is primed for the upset.

New Orleans 23, Atlanta 21

Sunday, October 18th, 1:30 e.t.

Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) vs. Buffalo Bills (3-2)

Joining the Falcons in the loss column will be the Bengals this week.  How will that happen?  I say the defense of Buffalo makes things really tough on Andy Dalton and company in Orchard Park.  I see the unit forcing three turnovers (two of them being picks, and one a pick-six) and completely smothering the run game.  Meanwhile, the Bills do just enough on offense to get by.  It will be a defensive battle in this one with Buffalo coming out triumphant.

Buffalo 19, Cincinnati 13

Washington Redskins (2-3) @ New York Jets (3-1)

Fresh off of a BYE, the Jets are going to be well-rested, and that spells bad news for the ‘Skins.  Kirk Cousins (outside of a stinker against the Giants) honestly hasn’t been that bad this year, but the New York defense is something to marvel at.  They have made all quarterbacks they’ve faced this year look average at best, and since Cousins already is an average quarterback, they have the capability of making him look really bad.  Not to mention, the Redskins have struggled to run the ball since Week 2, something that does not bode well for them entering this contest against a stingy defense.

New York 23, Washington 10

 Chicago Bears (2-3) @ Detroit Lions (0-5)

The Lions were flat out embarrassed at home against the Cardinals last week and really need a win to give themselves some positive momentum.  I see it coming this week against the Bears.  Chicago has played relatively well with Jay Cutler under center (believe it or not), but he’s due to have a bad game, isn’t he?  I’ve been burned before by saying this, but the Lions just have too much talent to lose yet another game.  They have to win now.

Detroit 29, Chicago 22

Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (2-2)

If only Jamaal Charles were healthy for this game, then we’d see two of the NFL’s best runningbacks going at it.  Instead, we are going to be treated to a Knile Davis versus Adrian Peterson showdown.  Peterson wins that one all day, and so too do the Vikings.  At home coming off of a BYE, they should handle the Chiefs who have little to offer on offense outside of Jeremy Maclin and the occasional outburst from tight end Travis Kelce.

Minnesota 32, Kansas City 19

Denver Broncos (5-0) @ Cleveland Browns (2-3)

Nobody has passed for more yardage over the last three weeks than Josh McCown (betch’a didn’t see that one coming).  He has taken it to some fairly average defenses.  However, the Broncos don’t have an average defense.  They have a great one.  In fact, these guys remind me of the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers “D” with the way they are taking the ball away and carrying the team for a few of their games.  Even though Peyton Manning has been fading fast, I still trust that he can have a better day than McCown can.  Denver remains perfect.

Denver 20, Cleveland 8

Miami Dolphins (1-3) @ Tennessee Titans (1-3)

The Dolphins have had an extra week to hang their heads over a loss to the Jets in London.  A lot has changed since then.  They have fired Joe Philbin and replaced him with Dan Campbell.  Also, gone is defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and in comes DB coach Lou Anarumo to fill the vacancy.  I think this somehow gives Miami a second wind and they take the fresh changes to Nashville and ride them to a victory.  I’m feeling a bit of a shootout here.

Miami 37, Tennessee 29

Arizona Cardinals (4-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)

The Cardinals outscored the Lions in Detroit 42-10 from the second quarter on last week and both the offense and defense looked very good in doing so.  Now they will take on the Steelers who were able to win on the road in San Diego on the last play of the game.  With Michael Vick running the offense, we have seen a slight uptick in the play of Le’Veon Bell and a huge falloff for Antonio Brown.  That is not a good combo when going against an Arizona defense that has been hard to run the ball against this season.  I think they shut down Bell and force Vick to beat him with his arm.  That simply won’t happen.

Arizona 31, Pittsburgh 15

Houston Texans (1-4) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

This is probably the hardest game to pick on the week.  Blake Bortles has actually been pretty solid after looking pretty bad against Carolina in Week 1.  The similar statement can be said for Brian Hoyer, although he did throw a costly pick at the end of the game on Thursday night against Indy.  What will happen down in Jacksonville this week?  A whole lotta craziness that’s for sure.  Who’s in for another shootout?  Maybe not so much of a shootout as an entertaining game.  Bortles pulls the victory out at the last second when he unloads a deep pass to Allen Hurns for the win.  Houston’s defense has been bad this year.

Jacksonville 28, Houston 24

Sunday, October 18th, 4:05 e.t.

Carolina Panthers (4-0) @ Seattle Seahawks (2-3)

The Panthers will be heading up to Seattle to take on the Seahawks coming off of a BYE.  Carolina has been known to play the ‘Hawks pretty tough and when these teams meet you can be sure that a slugfest is going to follow.  The Seahawks choked away a game in Cincinnati and will now have to prove that they are a Super Bowl contender once again at home against an undefeated team.  Seattle is 2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road.  They should go to 3-0 at home behind a valiant effort from their defense.

Seattle 26, Carolina 10

Sunday, October 18th, 4:25 e.t.

San Diego Chargers (2-3) @ Green Bay Packers (5-0)

Aaron Rodgers finally threw a pick at home last week against the Rams.  In fact, he threw two.  Green Bay still won the game though.  The Packers’ defense has been surprisingly solid this year while the offense hasn’t completely taken off yet.  This week that should change.  This is a San Diego defense that got torched on the road in Minnesota a few weeks back and one that was picked apart by Josh McCown.  Aaron Rodgers will play master surgeon this week and lay a big hurting on the Bolts.

Green Bay 37, San Diego 20

Baltimore Ravens (1-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-4)

Remember when these two teams met in the Super Bowl a few years back and played a classic game?  Now look at them.  The squads are a combined 2-8 and are fighting for their lives in the sixth week of the season.  I wanted to take the Ravens here, but I don’t think I will for two reasons.  #1: Baltimore is too banged up and Joe Flacco is just not good enough to do it all himself.  #2: The 49ers actually have been pretty solid at home defensively.  Put those two together and I think the Niners notch the “W”.

San Francisco 21, Baltimore 13

Sunday, October 11th, 8:30 e.t.

New England Patriots (4-0) @ Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

The Patriots have been too good to pick against this season, so I feel like it’d be silly for me to do it here.  I almost pulled the trigger, but then I remembered how New England could just run it down the Colts’ throat.  They did it twice last season and dominated the game both times.  Andrew Luck will definitely be a go for this game, but it won’t matter.  LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis will each get a number of carries and the Pats dominate the clock en route to a satisfying win.

New England 34, Indianapolis 14

Monday, October 12th, 8:30 e.t.

New York Giants (3-2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)

The Giants and Eagles each picked up over 500 yards of offense last week in home wins against inferior teams.  Now, with first place on the line in an Monday night showdown, it will come down to who can win the battle at the line of scrimmage.  One might think the Giants have the edge in that department, but Philly really got it going with their offensive line last week.  If they do it again, a win is certainly in the forecast.  If not, the Giants will take it and nab a nice two-game lead in the division.  Chip Kelly is 3-1 against the G-Men though and nobody ever runs away with the NFC East.  That’s why the Eagles should find a way to win this one.

Philadelphia 28, New York 23

Week 5 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week (0-5): New Orleans over Atlanta

Sure Bet of the Week (4-1): Green Bay over San Diego

Rookie of the Week: Ty Montgomery, WR, Packers

Offensive Player of the Week: Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

Defensive Player of the Week: Mario Williams, DE, Bills

Best Overall Offense: Green Bay Packers

Best Overall Defense: Denver Broncos

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!