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.
|Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions – Thursday 12:30pm|
This game can go one of two ways with the linchpin being Detroit quarterback Jeff Driskel. Driskel is dealing with a hamstring issue and it’s quite possible that David Blough could be starting his first NFL game in front of a national audience. If Driskel plays and is effective, Detroit wins this. Marvin Jones will play well and Bo Scarbrough won’t be awful. If Blough gets the start, then it will be the Chicago defense tee’ing him up for sacks, fumbles and interceptions returned for multiple touchdowns. Either way, the Chicago offense has struggled and this game will be no exception for that unit. For most, their winning fantasy teams and DFS lineups won’t be coming from this game. It’s the next two that have the most promise. Note that this score prediction is if Driskel plays. Swap it if he doesn’t.
Favorite: Chicago Bears by 3
Prediction: Detroit Lions 23 – Chicago Bears 17
|Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys – Thursday 4:30pm|
Two things will become evident from this game. First, that Dak Prescott deserves every penny he gets. Second, that Buffalo can run the ball really, really well.
Favorite: Dallas Cowboys by 7
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 23 – Buffalo Bills 17
|New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Thursday 8:20pm|
New Orleans favored by seven points against a hot Atlanta team that are at home, against a division foe, is just too many points. Atlanta just beat New Orleans in New Orleans three weeks ago 26-9. Julio Jones is questionable and that certainly is a blow if he is unable to go, so far, we don’t really know. Either way, expect an outpouring of passing, you want to play every stitch of these two passing games. Even if Devonta Freeman returns this week, New Orleans has an advantage in the run game which cancels out Atlanta’s home field advantage. What it leaves, is an even-Steven game between two division rivals that really, really want to win. The difference though, will come down to Alvin Kamara and Wil Lutz and it is why New Orleans is able to sneak by Atlanta.
Favorite: New Orleans Saints by 7
Prediction: New Orleans Saints 24 – Atlanta Falcons 23
|Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00pm|
What a great game this one will turn into; don’t let it slip by you. Indianapolis is a home favorite but I think we all know that Tennessee has been playing a better brand of football lately. Indianapolis will most definitely compete though and if T.Y. Hilton can go full speed and doesn’t play decoy again, then things start to even out for the Colts. Fantasy wise you want to actually lean on your Colts as Jacoby Brissett will be better than Ryan Tannehill and Jonathan Williams will perhaps surprisingly make for a better play that Derrick Henry (though you still play Henry) but it’s Tennessee that has all the intangibles and will force a few extra turnovers because of it.
Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 2.5
Prediction: Tennessee Titans 27 – Indianapolis Colts 24
|Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 1:00pm|
Sometimes in the NFL, goofy just happens and Philadelphia is ripe for the plucking in this one. I realize they are a 9 point favorite but here me out. Miami has been playing plucky football as they transition into a team that are playing for jobs. Many also know that if they are not going to make it in Miami, then they are auditioning for their next team, whoever that may be, and they’re all trying to look their pearly best. This is a home game for Miami too, with all the pressure on Philadelphia to have to go on the road and win in a place that isn’t all that easy to get a win in in the first place. This “Miami Sucks” talk was accurate earlier in the season but they are starting to find some rhythm with Fitzpatrick at the helm and the label no longer really fits. Carson Wentz is dinged up to the point that he’s questionable for this game, the rest of his offense like last week, are still in slings, walking boots and casts. To ask the Philadelphia offense to go out and win by 10 points on the road in its current state, seems like a foolish folly.
Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 9
Prediction: Miami Dolphins 21 – Philadelphia Eagles 17