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.
|Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans – Thursday 8:20pm|
Don’t look now but Houston is on a four game win streak and sit atop the AFC South with a 4-3 record. Perhaps surprisingly, Miami too has a 4-3 record but their tide seems to be turning from in to out. Even though the records match, it’s a tale of two teams going in two different directions and Houston will handle this one fairly easily with some good power running and all sorts of throws to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. It is hard to recommend a Dolphin in this game with Houston’s defense playing a lot better.
Favorite: Houston Texans by 7.5
Prediction: Houston Texans 24 – Miami Dolphins 20
|Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday 9:30am|
Jacksonville and Philadelphia fly across the pond to play a game that both teams need as a “get right” game. Both teams are struggling on offense with the same being said for their defenses. There are two advantages to exploit in this game. The first is the Jacksonville passing game as Philadelphia has struggled to contain the pass this year. However, putting your faith in Blake Bortles gets a bit dicey because sometimes, good performances don’t always match up with good opportunities. So play Donte Moncrief for example, if you’re stuck between two flex slot players as you mitigate your risk that way. Philadelphia can run the ball well in this if they put their minds to it as Jacksonville has been surprisingly poor defending the run. Both teams have an advantage, yet both teams are struggling to find their identity and it’s that identity crisis that may bite one or even both of these teams in London.
Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 3
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 21 – Jacksonville Jaguars 20
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday 1:00pm|
This game is a coin-flip, just because either team can score when needed in a 2-minute drill. Expect some lavish passing numbers and for both Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton to excel in this contest. Play both passing games and enjoy the rewards. Joe Mixon makes for a better play in PPR leagues this week as he’ll need the extra action to push his total over the top.
Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 4.5
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 33 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
|Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday 1:00pm|
Cleveland can put up a fight — and will — but in the end, the fact that this is a home game for Pittsburgh and the precision passing of Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and even Vance McDonald will be just too much talent for Cleveland to stop. Nick Chubb works in a pinch, as does Jarvis Landry and David Njoku but their numbers will pale in comparison to what the Steelers put up.
Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 8
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 33 – Cleveland Browns 21