1. Denver Broncos
The Broncos face off against their divisional foe, the Raiders on Sunday. Both teams had extremely disappointing seasons, and Las Vegas appears to be falling apart as the year winds down. Denver has gotten healthy on defense, and will disrupt the Raiders offensive plans. Derek Carr will return from injury to face a unit with a decent pass rush that is good in coverage. This is not a good matchup for the Raiders, and I expect the Broncos to not allow many points on the board.
2. Dallas Cowboys
After opening the season with atrocious play from their defense, the Cowboys have been running hot. They’ve taken away the football 10 times in their past two games, and have a good shot of keeping that streak going. Dallas will face the Giants, lead by living turnover Daniel Jones. The Giants are completely flat offensively, as Jones appears to be playing hurt and cannot make things happen on the field. Dallas could easily force some interceptions or fumbles, and won’t allow many points to be scored.
3. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay battles Chicago this weekend in a must win game for the Bears. Chicago has been rolling offensively, but that can stop at any time. Mitchell Trubisky can commit multiple turnovers and take a few sacks any given day. The Bears will love to keep the ball on the ground and milk this game away. There probably won’t be many scoring chances, giving the Packers D/ST a decent floor.
4. New York Jets
The Jets have had an awful season, but don’t tell them that. They’ve won their past two games, and have played better defensively in both contests. Look for that to carry over when they battle the hapless Patriots this weekend. New England’s offense has been horrible, as Cam Newton appears washed up and they have no talent in the receiving core. The Jets should play hard, and could force Newton into some bad plays. High risk, high reward is the name of the game with this D/ST.