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.
|Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers – Thursday 8:20pm|
With C.J. Beathard not expected, you want to ignore the San Francisco passing game and if it’s possible, the ground game too. If it weren’t for the fact that Oakland has a full scale mutiny on their hands, it should be an open and shut case that Oakland should win this. Oakland has been so bad defending the run that San Francisco will have a big night of pounding the ball down low with or without C.J. Beathard. The one area where San Francisco is weakest is in their secondary and this will be a good spot to use your Oakland receivers and Derek Carr. Seth Roberts is starting to bubble up, especially if Jordy Nelson can’t get anything going in a matchup he should win.
Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 3
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 27 – Oakland Raiders 23
|Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills – Sunday 1:00pm|
Nathan Peterman. Ugh. Wouldn’t it be great if Peterman shut everyone up and led the Bills to victory? The Bills defense played the Patriots tough last week until they ran out of gas in the 4th quarter, expect a similar result with Chicago. The Bears will want to run the ball and run they will.
Favorite: Chicago Bears by 9
Prediction: Chicago Bears 27 – Buffalo Bills 11
|New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 1:00pm|
It’s an interesting matchup because it will mostly go ignored but there will be some wild and crazy fantasy statistics that come out of this game. In particular, Isaiah Crowell should rumble. Elijah McGuire should be back but I don’t think he steps right in and dominates. Expect the Jets to get back to some ole’ fashioned football in this one by pounding the rock. Miami will be fine in this one too, it’s hard to pinpoint where the big bang will come from as the Dolphins are a mess but it will likely come from their passing game where DeVante Parker could repeat with another fine week.
Favorite: Miami Dolphins by 3
Prediction: New York Jets 30 – Miami Dolphins 24
|Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns – Sunday 1:00pm|
It is really hard to come up with a scenario where Cleveland wins this. They are at home, their defense can be opportunistic, and they’ll run the ball well with Nick Chubb but the positives end there. Kansas City will do what they want, when they want; it won’t be pretty for the Browns.
Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 8.5
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 37 – Cleveland Browns 24
|Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins – Sunday 1:00pm|
I think when some folks look at this game, maybe the casual fan, they think it’s a misprint that Washington is favored. If we look a little deeper, Washington is first in the NFC East with a 5-2 record and are 3-1 at home. Atlanta is 3-4 and 0-2 on the road though.. Atlanta was 1-4 after five games and have won their last two games but on their home field. It will make for a good game that has a surprisingly high total as Matt Ryan will get the ball out to a variety of receivers as Atlanta will have no luck trying to run the ball. Washington will operate with balance, short passing along with high percentage plays and as a result, will dominate Time of Possession. It all makes for a fun game that has the home team finding a way to continue their winning ways.
Favorite: Washington Redskins by 1.5
Prediction: Washington Redskins 27 – Atlanta Falcons 24