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Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it crush the will of your opponent! Kirk Cousins did not fare well vs. the Giants on Thursday night. We expected a lot more.

Passing        Rushing
Team Score Team Score
GB228HOU117
SD213KC115
IND213NYJ115
NO212PIT111
NYG201OAK104
NE198NYG100
PHI190TEN98
DET189NE98
DAL184PHI97
KC184MIA96
BUF184CHI95
CHI183MIN94
TB182SD92
HOU181DAL92
NYJ180JAX91
PIT178BAL90
BAL176CAR89
WAS176SF87
ATL173ATL87
MIN171IND82
SF167GB82
TEN164BUF81
OAK164WAS79
MIA155DET79
JAX144NO76
CAR143TB76


How to read the table: The table shows how a team will do Passing and Rushing in the upcoming week of the NFL. Red is HOT, Yellow is WARM, White is NORMAL, Light Blue is COLD and Dark Blue is FREEZING COLD. Play players from teams that are Red and Yellow, avoid players from teams that are Light or Dark Blue and expect average days from teams that are White.

All times are Eastern

New York Giants at Washington Redskins - Thursday 8:25pm

Here's the thing...I have Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins in one of my leagues and I think I'm going to play Cousins. It's a tremendous matchup for a hot quarterback as the Giants do a great job at padding opposing quarterbacks stats. The Giants apparently are fine when they're in a position to run the ball and suck time off the clock. In a catch up game like this will be, it will be a tough road for the entire Giants offense. Fire up your Redskins as they'll rock and roll on Thursday night, especially their passing game but rest your Giants, as this is a bad spot for them.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: Washington Redskins by 3.5
Prediction: New York Giants 23 - Washington Redskins 21

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 1:00pm

Don't be afraid to play your Titans this week as the Colts defense is a poor one and anyone who plays them, will be in line for a fantasy stat windfall. The bet to win at the bar this week is that Jake Locker (although he's now questionable) will pass for more yards than Andrew Luck this week. Toss that one out on Sunday and reap the rewards but if it's Charlie Whitehurst at the helm, keep that one to yourself. Both offenses will hum, though the Colts will find room to run on the ground where they'll stay, reducing the numbers overall from the Colts passing game. If Trent Richardson does nothing with this cupcake matchup, it's officially time to completely give up on him and pull the rip cord.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 7.5
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 27 - Tennessee Titans 23

Detroit Lions at New York Jets - Sunday 1:00pm

A lot of folks are going to sleep on this one and too easily chalk this one up to the Lions. Don't look now but the 1-2 Jets are a lot better than they're getting credit for. They lost to the Bears 27-19 last week but if you peel back the onion, you'll find that the Jets dominated in every category except for the score. Fantasy wise the Lions make the better play but primarily because they'll be forced to the air as they won't be able to run the ball worth a stitch. The Jets are big up front on both sides of the ball. They're enormous and that's how they win games, they're built from their lines out and they're very physical up front. The Lions will learn very quickly that their only opportunity is trying to pass over that brick wall instead of trying to run through it. Chris Ivory makes a better every down back, always has, and Chris Johnson makes a better 3rd and passing down complement. Ivory has earned more touches and he'll do a lot with them eventually. The Lions have been quietly tough up front in their own way and they'll limit the Jets offense too. There won't be a lot of fantasy points to be had in this one, with the Lions passing game the only play, so steer around it if you can.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: Detroit Lions by 1.5
Prediction: New York Jets 27 - Detroit Lions 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday 1:00pm

Yeeeaahhhh.. well see.. The Bucs are struggling something awful and the Steelers are playing some pretty good football. In Pittsburgh, like this game is, it'll be a tough slog for the Bucs as the Steelers roll. Play anything that even matches black and gold and you'll be fine. Tampa Bay will be OK on the ground but carries will likely be watered down between Martin and Rainey, rendering them both ineffective as fantasy options. If you touch anything in the Tampa passing game, you're a braver man than I Gunga Din.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 7.5
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders - Sunday 1:00pm

Hats off to the Raiders as they really did leave it all out on the field last Sunday against the Patriots. The Raiders struggle with a quality issue as the product they put on the field is inferior, but they sure do try hard. For the Dolphins it's Lamar Miller time. The Raiders have been giving it up on the ground and the Dolphins have a lot more faith in their running game than their passing game right now. Expect Miller to make some noise as a viable week-to-week fantasy starter right here in week 4. His value is still low, if you can package something up for him, without paying a lot, his value will not be lower this year.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: Miami Dolphins by 4.5
Prediction: Oakland Raiders 24 - Miami Dolphins 14

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears - Sunday 1:00pm

I realize that Aaron Rodgers knows how to spell R-E-L-A-X but here's the problem, it's actually time to P-A-N-I-C as things are not right in Packer land. The Packers do still make the better fantasy offense but the Bears make a better NFL offense.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: Green Bay Packers by 1
Prediction: Green Bay Packers 27 - Chicago Bears 24

Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 1:00pm

This one is fairly cut and dry. As the Ravens will want to keep it on the ground and the Panthers will be satisfied throwing the ball to Kelvin Benjamin. Since the Ravens are spreading around the touches among their runners and rotating a trio of tight ends to replace the loss of Dennis Pitta, the Ravens have become a fantasy wasteland. With the Ravens secondary struggling to boot, the Panthers will find opportunity in the air and will exploit it. Expect however, for the Ravens to rule the day on their field, with some smash mouth, hard nose football with very little flash.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: Baltimore Ravens by 3
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 24 - Carolina Panthers 13

Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans - Sunday 1:00pm

The Bills can run the football and will run it well. They trust Fred Jackson in big moments and he makes an interesting flex play here. The Bills will score and they'll like to do it on the ground. The Texans will answer with a fully rounded effort. There'll be little flash and no big numbers to be had, as the Texans will spread the ball around, but they'll keep the chains moving and will score with relative ease. If you're looking for lineup fill, the Texans will provide some "good'ish" numbers for you.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: Houston Texans by 3
Prediction: Houston Texans 27 - Buffalo Bills 20

Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers - Sunday 4:05pm

This will be as lopsided a game as there'll be on Sunday. The Chargers will throw the ball all over the field at will and the Jaguars will stumble into their own guys. Advantage Chargers.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: San Diego Chargers by 13
Prediction: San Diego Chargers 27 - Jacksonville Jaguars 17

Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings - Sunday 4:25pm

The Vikings will surprisingly compete in this given that they've shifted to Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson is still removed from all football activity and Kyle Rudolph won't sniff the field for at least six weeks. They've had to absorb a lot of blows but will show some mettle by continuing to play hard which will speak to the character of their locker room. As much as we'll respect the effort, the Falcons have been the hottest aerial show in town and present a unique challenge for the Vikings defense to try and crack. Expect a big day for your Falcons, Matt Ryan and anyone who has hands that can catch.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: Atlanta Falcons by 3
Prediction: Atlanta Falcons 23 - Minnesota Vikings 20

Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers - Sunday 4:25pm

It's in San Francisco, the 49'ers are favored but the Eagles passing game is about to unlock the 49'ers secondary. Expect Nick Foles to pick apart the 49'ers. The 49'ers will be able to throw on the Eagles secondary with relative ease in return, but it's Foles and his variety of receivers that will push the underdog Eagles passed the 49'ers.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 5
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 24 - San Francisco 49ers 20

New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday 8:30pm

A Sunday night game in Dallas on national television is just what Jerry Jones ordered. Expect one thing from both teams -- a lot of offense. The Saints will run and throw through, around and over the Cowboys but DeMarco Murray will rumble and keep the Cowboys star a-shining. Enjoy this late game dumping of fantasy stats onto your roster as it will be the last game of the week with any opportunity for some truly big numbers.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: New Orleans Saints by 3
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 24 - New Orleans Saints 20

New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs - Monday 8:30pm

I hope you won't need this one to decide the outcome in your match this week. Expect a grind it out, old fashioned, run first and pass on third down kind of game. There won't be many surprises as both teams get back to basics. Trying to establish the run, which both teams will partly succeed in, and finishing it off with some timely short passing. Arrowhead has always been a very tough place to play, the Chiefs are coming off a 34-15 shellacking of the Dolphins and the Patriots are a reeling 2-1 team that has acknowledged major issues in their offensive line. Somehow in the NFL, that translates to advantage Patriots! It will be an entertaining game of football for the purists, you won't want to miss it, but expect Boston sports radio to be livid Tuesday morning with everyone and their cousin claiming the sky is falling on the 3-1 Patriots.

CategoryAdvantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers
Favorite: New England Patriots by 3.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 30 - Kansas City Chiefs 24

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