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Mock draft

Posted: January 19, 2020 in Football, New entries, NFL

Cincinnati –  Joe Burrow

Washington – Chase Young

Detroit – CB Jeffrey Okudah. Quinn could also go with Auburn’s Derrick Brown or Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons.

NY Giants – OT Jedrick Willis. Joe Judge, Giants new head coach, told Dave Gettleman he wanted to run the ball and stop the run. LT Nate Solder has an out in his contract and has not played up to expectations. Willis was an excellent run blocker while also thriving in pass pro at Alabama.

Miami – QB Tua Tagovailoa. No reason not to move forward with Tagovailoa here. The Dolphins have plenty of holes, and an opportunity to draft a true franchise Quarterback in Tua.

LA Chargers – OL Andrew Thomas. Thomas represents a true upgrade for one of the league’s lowest performing offensive lines. Isaiah Simmons could go here, the Chargers need linebacker help.

Carolina – LB Isaiah Simmons. Simmons can help the Panthers replace the recently retired Luke Kuechly. Cam Newton still has one season left on his contract, the Panthers would be wise to keep him on until they know they have a suitable successor to the crown. Simmons is known as a jack of all trades, rushing the passing, dropping deep into coverage, stopping the run. His services will be appreciated in Charlotte.

Arizona – WR Jerry Jeudy. The top wide receiver prospect in the class, Larry Fitzgerald can mentor Jeudy to become Kyler’s new number one receiver.

Jacksonville – CB Kristian Fulton. Jacksonville’s defense struggled in 2019, they also traded away disgruntled starter Jalen Ramsey. Fulton should compete at CB1 right away. Fulton was an important part of a Tigers defense that controlled, Alabama, OU, and Clemson this season.

Cleveland – DE A.J. Epenesa. The Browns don’t currently have a GM. Epenesa’s a damn fine pass rusher.

NY Jets – WR Ceedee Lamb. Lamb is a burner and the Jets need weapons for Darnold.

Las Vegas – DE Curtis Weaver. Gruden is known for his hope-obliterating defense from his time in Tampa Bay. The 49ers did not shy away from overstuffing their pass-rusher cabinet and it worked out well for them. This feels like a Gruden pick to me.

Indianapolis – QB Justin Herbert. Herbert’s posted a top career at Oregon. He has a lot of measurables teams like; height, strong arm, mobility.

Tampa Bay – DL Derrick Brown. Brown played in a 3 man front at Auburn, and he’s the top interior defensive lineman in the class.

Denver – DB Grant Delpit. A top coverage safety, Delpit should help Denver adjust to an aging Kareem Jackson and Chris Harris.

Atlanta – OL Tristan Wirfs. Their third offensive linemen in two first rounds, Wirfs could move to guard or play tackle at the next level.

Dallas – WR Henry Ruggs. Amari Cooper may be on his way out. Ruggs showed rare speed at Alabama.

Miami (through Pitt) OL Alex Leatherwood. Tua’s blindside protector at Alabama. Leatherwood has franchise tackle potential.

Las Vegas (through Chi) WR Tee Higgins. Gruden and Mayock drafted a lot from the title game in ’18. Higgins is ultra efficient when he’s on the field and brings a huge wingspan. He can take over WR1 responsibilities from Tyrell Williams who’s more suited to be a WR2.

Jacksonville (through LA Rams) – OL Netane Muti. Doug Marrone remains the head coach at Jacksonville. They will rebuild their defense and recommit to running the ball.

Philadelphia – CB CJ Henderson – Henderson dominated in the few targets he received in 2019. The Eagles have absolutely no defensive backs it seems.

Buffalo – WR Laviska Shenault – Shenault moves the ball forward like Deebo Samuel. His skillset matches well with Josh Allen’s limitations as a passer.

New England – DT Javon Kinlaw – A true pocket disruptor, Belichick will find ways to use Javon Kinlaw in New England.

New Orleans – TE Jared Pinkney – The Saints need real weapons for Brees outside of Michael Thomas. Pinkney is a ‘Big WR’ tight end that Brees will appreciate having.

Minnesota – CB Bryce Hall – The Vikings still need help at defensive back. Hall has been a top cover corner, he just needs to stay healthy.

Miami (through Houston) – CB Trevon Diggs – Flores will want to flesh out the back end of his defense. Diggs handled bigger receivers well starting at Alabama.

Seattle – S Ashtyn Davis – Davis is a rangy safety at Cal who can help mend a hole-filled defense in Seattle. The folks at PFF compared him to Darnell Savage, who had a strong rookie season.

Baltimore – CB A.J. Terrell – The Ravens dominating offense made up for their uncharacteristically underwhelming defensive play this season. Peters had a great slate of games in 2019, but he’s been very up and down his whole career. Terrell started for Clemson and has great size.

Wild Card Weekend reactions

Posted: January 5, 2020 in Football, New entries, NFL

The Houston/Buffalo game was much closer than I anticipated. Buffalo pressured Houston well and did a great job forcing over time. Brian Daboll does a great job of minimizing Allen’s weaknesses letting him throw the ball deep when John Brown and Co. got open. I think of Mike McCoy crafting an offense for Tim Tebow in Denver back in ’11 when watching Allen play. Josh Allen is having the season I kind of expected Lamar Jackson to have. Houston saw DeShaun Watson pull some absolute rabbits out of his hat against the second best (points allowed) defense in football. Watson was sacked SIX times, three by Jerry Hughes. The Texans go on the road to Arrowhead stadium and face the Chiefs next week.

Derrick Henry ran New England into the ground.

The New England Patriots only scored 13 points in a home game. The following names were on the Patriots roster in 2019: five time pro bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, seven time pro bowler Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon (with an average yards per reception of over 17), tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (one of the top tight ends in free agency). The Patriots finished the season with Julian Edelman, Philip Dorsett, and a pair of struggling rookies at wide receiver. The Nashville side of the story for this game revolved around Derrick Henry inflicting his will upon the New England defense. Henry accounted for over 200 yards from scrimmage for Tennessee. Tennessee travels to M&T Bank Stadium to challenge John Harbaugh, Lamar Jackson and the NFL-best Baltimore Ravens.

Vikings/Saints

The Vikings WON a football game against a winning team oh_well

The Vikings defense performed well at containing the Saints throughout the whole game. Vikings running back Dalvin Cook got going with 130 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. The Saints lack of receiving weapons bit them in the butt. Alvin Kamara, who was heavily used in 2018, hasn’t been featured in the gameplan with either the same success, or to the same extent. The game boiled down to an overtime play where “anti”-clutch Kirk Cousins tossed a 3rd down ball to Kyle Rudolph who reached over his man and kept Minnesota alive past wild card weekend. Minnesota travels to Levi’s Stadium to play the number one seed 49ers (NFC). This Vikings team looked UNIMPRESSIVE during the regular season, a playoff win against a heavyweight like the Saints is a statement win for Zimmer’s program. Cousins didn’t play amazing, but he didn’t turn the ball over and literally threw the game winning touchdown.

Seahawks/Eagles

These two teams played earlier this year. The Eagles QB was healthy the whole game, and the score ended 17-9, Seahawks with the W. Today, Carson Wentz went down with injury, and the Seahawks won, 17-9. Seattle will now travel to Green Bay and face a relatively healthy roster with a MEAN defense.

UNSUNG HERO OF THE PLAYOFFS: BYU’s number 5 all time rusher, Taysom Hill threw a 50 yard pass, ran for 50 yards on 4 touches, and caught two passes for 25 yards including one for a touchdown. It took Drew Brees over seven completions to match Hill’s 50 yards passing.

Song of the day: Sugar, we’re going down swinging (’80s version) Fall Out Boy

I defend John Dorsey

The Chiefs moved on from Dorsey because Brett Veach, current Chiefs GM did all the dirty work on “finding” Patrick Mahomes and his work seems to have paid off. Promoting a guy like that is reasonable enough. Moving on from Dorsey after two getting more wins in 2 years (13) than the previous 4 (11) for Cleveland is a wrong move. Few other general managers would have had the balls to draft Baker Mayfield after Cleveland taking Johnny Manziel ending in disaster. Most other GMs would have drafted Saquon Barkley or Sam Darnold. Baker at least has a chance as future NFL starter. The analytics crowd sang for Baker, but many viewed his as a system passer who was too short for the NFL game, and Dorsey ultimately gambled on him. The Browns would still be a 4-12 joke without Dorsey, Certainly I can appreciate Cleveland’s been a disappointment this season, and Dorsey deserves criticism for this. But they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to stumble without getting as far as Dorsey took them. This Browns team competed for a wild card spot well into Q3 of the season and handed Baltimore a rare defeat. OBJ, Jarvis, and David Njoku give Baker a reasonable offense to work with in 2020 and beyond. I’m willing to be Freezingtake’d if the next browns GM brings them consistent success, but Dorsey made Cleveland football exciting for the first time in several years.

Wild Card Weekend predictions

Buffalo at Houston – Houston. Houston wins UGLY, but they win. They have quality W’s over New England, Kansas City, and Tennessee. Buffalo is 1-4 against teams that qualified for the playoffs (New England 2x, Baltimore, Philadelphia all L’s, one win over Tennessee). Buffalo’s defense has performed very well this season, Deshaun Watson will be able to find someone open with Hopkins, Fuller, and Stills all healthy. J.J. Watt should be healthy enough to go for this game as well.

Tennessee at New England – Tennessee. Tennessee has been more competitive than New England in the last 6 weeks. New England, with all of their starters, still lost to Miami AT HOME in week 17. Tannehill and Derrick Henry have formed a POWERFUL combination in Nashville. The Patriots defense isn’t strong enough to save them every single week. The Titans are built to handle New England. They have a high performing pass defense and punishing ground game. They don’t turn over the ball. They even have a budding receiving group with Corey Davis, A.J. Brown, and Jonnu Smith (850 yards and 8 TDs!). Vrabel’s Titans beat the Patriots in 2018, and this team is measurably better with Tannehill syncing with the offense so well.

Minnesota at New Orleans – New Orleans. Case Keenum might have a better chance at beating New Orleans here. The Saints are so tough to beat at home. This team was unstoppable with Teddy Bridgewater, QB2, in. The Vikings have flashed impressive performances this season, but are 1-4 against teams with winning records (1 win against Philadelphia). Sean Payton’s a tough coach to beat anywhere, never mind at home.

Seattle at Philadelphia – Seattle. The Eagles are so banged up they don’t stand a chance. The Eagles lost an albeit close game at home to Seattle. Pederson’s a hell of a coach and won’t just roll over, Seattle’s healthy and productive on both sides of the ball.

Song of the day is Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Acoustic) played with Joker (2019) in the backdrop. “All I have are negative thoughts.”

Week 17 picks

Posted: December 27, 2019 in Football, New entries, NFL

TB at ATL – Tampa Bay. Both the Falcons and the Bucs are 5-2 over their last seven games, an impressive turnaround for two dumpster-tier teams in the first half of the season. Tampa won game 1 in Atlanta and will be motivated to show they’re improving after a 7-9 2018 season. Tampa has home field advantage, they won game 1, and they have more reason to “win” this game than the Falcons. I also like Bruce Arians as an in game play-caller more than Quinn.

Miami at New England – New England. If Tom starts, the Patriots win at home.

Chicago at Minnesota – Minnesota

LAC at Kansas City – Kansas City

Green Bay at Detroit – Green Bay. Detroit actually got robbed by some bad refereeing in their first matchup, so this might actually be an interesting game. The Packers are just a much more stable team than Detroit.

Cleveland at Cincinnati – Cleveland. The browns have the best running back going up against the worst run defense in football.

New Orleans at Carolina – New Orleans. Another Will Grier game.

Jets at Buffalo – Buffalo. Neither of these teams “NEED” this win. Buffalo’s still more talented and playing better defense. At home.

Arizona at Rams – Rams. The Rams now have to ensure their first round picks remain low to justify their Jalen Ramsey trade. Sean McVay is a top coach and wins more than he loses, even after a rough missed playoffs season.

Oakland at Denver – Oakland. Drew Lock has posted one crazy strong performance against Houston and three bad or worse performances against the Chargers, Chiefs, and Lions. The Raiders have an outside chance to be a six seed if they win this game. I’m betting Denver won’t be able to get Drew Lock going this week, and Oakland will 2-0 Denver this year.

Philadelphia at Giants – Philadelphia. The Giants have zero defense. Doug Pederson just has to beat the Giants for the NFC East crown.

IND at JAX – Indianapolis. The Jaguars have a bottom five rushing defense, the Colts bread and butter. Gardner Minshew has played very unbalanced football since his benching for Nick Foles.

Tennessee at Houston. Houston. The king of ugly wins, Bill O’Brien beat a competitive Titans team in Nashville earlier this year. The Titans look a little better on paper but have lost two more games than Houston.

Washington at Dallas – Dallas. The Cowboys tend to play their worst on the road. Washington is also VERY BAD at football this year.

Pittsburgh at Baltimore – Pittsburgh. Lamar Jackson will not be playing. But Steelers HC Mike Tomlin will still be coaching week 17.

San Francisco at Seattle – SAN FRANCISCO. I am too biased and cannot be trusted. F*** THEM BIRDS

Last week I was 11-5 on predictions. A few misses of mine were the Patriots losing at home to the Chiefs, the Saints losing at home to the 49ers, and Denver? Winning?? (What a time to be alive) I WAS right about the Falcons beating the Panthers. Dan Quinn may save his job if the Falcons win enough games this final stretch.

THURSDAY GAME:

NY Jets at Baltimore. Baltimore. This is a matchup of the number one rushing attack (Baltimore) against the number one rushing defense (Jets). I expect this to be a low scoring game, Gregg Williams is a respectable defensive coordinator and should force Lamar to throw more than he is used to. The Jets bottled up Josh Allen and Daniel Jones fairly well this year (the only dual threat QBs they faced this season). Not that they have the offensive firepower or ground game to make it matter. Ravens win.

SUNDAY GAMES:

New England at Cincinnati. New England. The Patriots offense is dysfunctional enough this might be a one score game. Hopefully they got enough gametape of the Bengals sideline to figure it out.

Tampa Bay at Detroit. Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last five games. Lions 3rd string QB David Blough has been up and down in his time with Detroit, looking impressive against Dallas and really not impressive against Minnesota. Jameis won’t have to really deal with the cold Michigan weather as Detroit has a dome stadium.

Houston at Tennessee. Tennessee. I spent a lot of time on this one. It’s tough to ignore the Texans win over New England. Tennessee is playing better defense, and Ryan Tannehill has performed like an elite QB since taking over in Nashville. The Titans own the turnover ratio (+5 Titans vs -1 Texans) and have home field advantage. If the Texans win I believe it will be because Vrabel can’t defend against Watson as a dual threat. FUN FACT: Both these teams beat the 9-4 Chiefs and lost to the 5-8 Broncos.

Denver at Kansas City Kansas City. I’m excited for this game, I believe Denver has a real chance to win with Drew Lock coming off a strong performance against Houston. Kansas City owns the turnover differential, has homefield advantage, and dropped 30 points on Denver’s defense last time they played, and that was with 19 passes thrown by backup Matt Moore at QB. Watch for Drew Lock to post another strong performance as his on field chemistry with Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant and the rest of the offense develops. We haven’t seen enough of Drew Lock and Rich Schangarello to definitively say what the offense will look like week in and week out.

Miami at New York Giants Giants. I’m going with Eli and the Giants kind of good receiving corps can be more productive than Fitzpatrick and Parker, Gesicki, etc.

Philadelphia at Washington Eagles. What a trainwreck. I guess pick the Eagles. Derrius Guice just got hurt.

Seattle at Carolina Seattle. Carolina couldn’t beat a drum right now.

Chicago at Green Bay Green Bay. The first game between Packers/Bears was actually close. Trubisky’s been too inconsistent to rely on. The Packers are the more balanced team and have home field advantage.

Minnesota at LA Chargers Minnesota. The Chargers had a feel good win against the apparently hapless Jaguars. This may be Doug Marrone’s last season in Jacksonville after failing to capitalize on a pretty open AFC south. Kirk Cousins is getting Adam Thielen back. The Vikings have a pretty easy win here.

Jacksonville at Oakland Oakland The Jags will use these remaining games to really see what they have in Minshew. Jacksonville’s defense really hasn’t performed up to the usual standard. The Jaguars 2nd to last run defense should be easy pickin’s for a strong Oakland run blocking group even if they don’t have Josh Jacobs in the lineup.

Cleveland at Arizona Cleveland This should be a close game. Baker gets a confidence booster against the last ranked Cardinals passing defense. The Browns defense is actually respectable and will keep Murray on his toes this game.

LA Rams at Dallas Dallas I see the Cowboys early and often challenging Wade Phillips defense. Cooper, Gallup, and Cobb should challenge the Rams deep secondary. The Rams have struggled most with very capable offenses. Dallas is admittedly unstable but can score against middle of the pack defenses. I think the Rams will struggle to contain Lawrence and the Cowboys finally win a game.

Atlanta at San Francisco San Francisco I’m not entirely convinced the Falcons WANT to win this game. Potential trap game for San Francisco if they don’t take Atlanta seriously. Falcons beat the Panthers twice and the Saints in New Orleans. The more talented team should safely win here.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh Buffalo This might be my game of the week. The Steelers are surprisingly competitive winning games on defense and a dominant turnover ratio (+12). They will have to defend a dual threat QB in Allen and play an equally tough defense with the Bills still healthy. I see the main difference in this contest the Steelers inability to consistently run the ball or even pass at a high level. The Bills can run and Allen is respectable at finding the open man. The Bills by one possession.

MONDAY NIGHT:

Indianapolis at New Orleans New Orleans The Saints boast an impressive +11 turnover ratio, a top five run defense, and homefield advantage. The Colts have become a running team. Sean Payton doesn’t lose too many of these.

 

THE LOVE TRAIN HAS ARRIVED

Utah State Aggie Jordan Love had a terrific 2018 season and returned to school with a pretty NOT GREAT year in ’19. While it’s not too late to change his mind, Love has declared he will enter the NFL draft. I’m not convinced he is ready to step in and change a franchise in the next 12 months. All of this being considered, NFL teams tend to buy on a prospects highs and ignore their lows. Former Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg was a second round pick for the Jets. Hackenberg famously never became anything in the NFL after having a strong sophomore year before two bad college seasons. The QB class after Tua gets murky, and that is exactly where Love stands to gain the most. NFL voices have mixed feelings on potential draftees like Jake Fromm, Justin Herbert, and K.J. Costello. A team in need of finding an heir apparent at QB bit missing a first round pick, like, Chicago, could talk themselves into drafting Love in the second round if they get a bad case of FOMO. Love’s been described as a raw prospect with high upside but needing some fine tuning. Generally QB prospects described as raw can’t transition to the next level. Mahomes was one of the ‘raw’ prospects who was able to put it all together. I expect Love will end up in a situation similar to Rosen’s, passers not taken in the first round rarely get a fair shot at proving their worth in the NFL.

Song of the blog is Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken (Acoustic) played to clips of Todd Phillips Joker. It’s the best thing I’ve seen for a long time. Joker, while an uncomfortable watch, was the best film of 2019.

 

Week 14 predictions: Big OOF

Posted: December 5, 2019 in Football, New entries, NFL

I went 8-8 with my predictions last week. Big whiffs for me on the Patriots/Texans, Falcons/Saints and others.

Cowboys at Bears. Bears. Chicago has a plus four turnover differential, Dallas is minus three in that category. The Bears are an ugly team, but they have a top defense which Dallas has struggled with. Dallas SHOULD (on paper) win this game, like so many other games they have lost. I’m going with Chicago’s defense being too much for Moore and Prescott.

Indy at Tampa. Tampa Bay. The Bucs have shut down the run game on defense well. In a shootout between Jameis with Godwin and Evans and Brissett with the Colts receivers, I’ll trust Winston, even with his interceptions.

Miami at NY Jets Miami. It seems the Dolphins coaches and players don’t actually WANT to lose games. Losing to the Bengals reveals a substantial level of disorganization within the Jets.

San Francisco at New Orleans. New Orleans. The Saints rock a +11 turnover ratio and homefield advantage. I hate picking against the 49ers in back to back weeks. Sean Payton is a “been there, done that” head coach. Saints win at home.

Detroit at Minnesota. Minnesota. The Vikings tend to win games they SHOULD win. Detroit’s David Blough surprised me with his deep ball willingness with an early toss to Kenny Golladay. Minnesota should be able to control the game with Cook and Mattison, and Cousins is throwing well since the end of Q1 2019.

Denver at Houston Houston. Houston won in an impressive way against New England. Handling rookie QB Drew Lock should be enough for DC Romeo Crennel to handle.

Washington at Green Bay Green Bay. I’m 60% confident of this outcome after watching the Panthers lose to Washington last week.

Cincinnati at Cleveland Cleveland. The Browns front four should be able to handle Cincy’s ground game and offensive line play. With Chubb, Hunt, and David Njoku now coming back, the Browns should be able to muster enough of an offense to beat the Bengals at home.

Baltimore at Buffalo  Baltimore. Both of these teams lost to Cleveland (seriously). Buffalo has a lot of wins against teams drafting in the top ten. Baltimore has big boy wins against New England and San Francisco. Buffalo’s defense should keep this close, but Harbaugh should close this one out.

Carolina at Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers defense hasn’t been able to hold up as of late, allowing 30 points in the last 3 games. The Falcons are also apparently the league’s best team at onside kicks? TE Jaeden Graham stepped up in a big way in Austin Hooper’s absence. The Panthers just fired a damn good coach. And they lost at home to Atlanta.

LA Chargers at Jacksonville Chargers. I’m seeing the Chargers deep secondary outplaying Gardner Minshew. Minshew has talent, but the Chargers can play strong enough defense here.

Tennessee at Oakland Tennessee. The Titans are a different team with Tannehill quarterbacking that offense. It’s the time of year Derrick Henry turns green and runs for 80 yards in one play every week.

Kansas City at New England. New England. The Patriots defensive backs should be able to hold up against Hill and whoever else is catching passes from Mahomes. They just need to get a kicker for this game.

Pittsburgh at Arizona. Steelers. Kyler Murray is looking really strong so far this year, zero lost fumbles and only six interceptions. Unfortunately the Cardinals defense is AWFUL. Pittsburgh’s defense has been creating turnovers this season, Murray is talented but still a rookie with a bad offensive line. He’ll get sacked a lot this game.

Seattle at LA Rams. Seattle. The Seahawks play just good enough defense to keep them in games time and time again. Russell Wilson is having his best year and the Rams don’t have the defensive talent to contain him and cover his receivers.

NY Giants at Philadelphia. Eagles. The Eagles have the stronger front seven, and Saquon Barkley for one reason or another hasn’t been the same force this season as he was in 2018. Eli Manning will be playing quarterback for the Giants.

I’m going to be wrong on a ton of these. I don’t know how to reliably predict Tampa vs. Indy or Tennessee vs. Oakland.

Song of the Post is After Dark by Mr. Kitty

Be Safe

Week 13 predictions

Posted: November 27, 2019 in Football, New entries, NFL

Thursday:

Bears at Lions. Bears. David Blough, 3rd string QB will be starting at QB for the Lions.

Bills at Cowboys Bills. The Cowboys can’t beat a good defense. Even at home. Their wins have come only against teams that have bad defenses (Dolphins, Giants, Eagles, Redskins).

Saints at Falcons Falcons. Everyone else on planet earth is picking the Saints. The Saints are an overall better team, with a great coach. I don’t see how they fixed whatever happened from last game when they lost to Atlanta. Additionally, this game will be in Atlanta. Saints left tackle Terron Armstead will be out for this game.

Sunday:

Browns at Steelers Browns. The Browns have turned a corner, they are playing better football than they were. Devlin Hodges will be more competitive than Rudolph, it should be a close game.

Packers at Giants Packers

Eagles at Dolphins Eagles

Buccaneers at Jaguars Jaguars. Nick Foles should have no trouble trading scores with Winston against the Bucs very generous defense. Jacksonville can still capably run the ball against elite run defenses as we saw in their win against the Jets. The Jacksonville defense will be eager to create some turnovers against an interception friendly Winston. Jacksonville wins a close one at home. Tampa Bay puts up a lot of points but they turn the all over so much and can’t play any defense. Jags HC Doug Marrone’s going to really have to mess it up to lose here.

Titans at Colts Titans. I really like Frank Reich and want to pick the Colts here. I like Reich better than Vrabel as a playcaller. Their last game in Tennessee Indy won by two points. Since that time, the Titans got Ryan Tannehill at quarterback who is performing at a surprisingly efficient level (much more so than Mariota). The Titans also got Jeffrey Simmons at defensive tackle who was on injured/reserve for that game who is playing at a high level since coming into the NFL.

Jets at Bengals Jets. Andy Dalton is back in at QB to try and get a win for Cincinnati. The Jets are on a three game win streak and have to beat the worst team in football.

Redskins at Panthers Panthers.

49ers at Ravens Ravens. I am a 49ers fan and want the 9ers to win. 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh seems to struggle most against dual threat QBs (loss to Russell Wilson and close wins to Kyler Murray). The path to victory for San Francisco is grinding out the run (Kansas City and Cleveland both dominated Baltimore in the ground game in the Ravens two losses). San Francisco still has a competitive front four even with Dee Ford out, so they CAN win this game, Baltimore is playing prettier football right now.

Rams at Cardinals Rams

Chargers at Broncos Chargers. Derwin James is back. Rivers is still a top shelf passer, Brandon Allen has a limited toolkit to compete with defensive talent like Joey Bosa and the Chargers secondary.

Raiders at Chiefs Chiefs. Pat Mahomes can still dice up the Raiders defense.

Patriots at Texans Patriots. Belichick has never lost to Bill O’Brien. The Texans don’t have a secondary and still have an underperforming offensive line.

Monday:

Vikings at Seahawks Seahawks. Russell Wilson is having the best season of his career.