1. Cleveland Browns
Daniel Jones returned to the field last weekend and was back to his old ways; more of the same should be in store when the Giants face the Browns this Sunday. Cleveland has the horses to pressure the quarterback, and should do so very effectively against Jones. Expect the Browns to contain the Giants running game, forcing Jones into too many passing situations. This opens the door for turnovers, of which Jones can commit several.
2. Buffalo Bills
Buffalo’s defense may not be as elite in years gone by, but they are still a tough unit. A game against the Denver Broncos is a positive matchup for them to perform at a high level. Buffalo will have to focus on stopping the Broncos ground and pound, which is Denver’s preferred means to move the football. If they can do that, it puts them in a great position defensively. Drew Lock is wildly inconsistent, and turns the ball over from time to time. Denver’s O-line is pretty poor in pass protection as well, meaning the Bills should pressure effectively. Buffalo has a high ceiling in this matchup with a nice floor.
3. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals return to Arizona to host the Jalen Hurts led Eagles this Sunday. Hurts performed better than expected against the Saints last weekend, but wasn’t great by any means. For all their flaws, the Cardinals can rush the passer well. In 14 games, they’ve recorded more than one sack in 10 of them. This spells trouble for the Eagles haggard offensive line, who’ve given up the most sacks in the league. Hurts will escape pressure from time to time, but can’t do it every play. His inexperience could cause him to turn the football over as well. Arizona makes for a high upside play this weekend.
4. New England Patriots
New England will travel down south to battle the Dolphins for the second time this season. In their first meeting, the Patriots allowed only 11 points and secured 3 turnovers. A similar performance could be in store, considering Miami is dealing with some injuries on offense. Both DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki sustained injuries last Sunday, putting their status in doubt this weekend. Without these top weapons, Tua Tagovailoa will struggle to move the chains. Plus, it’s Bill Belichick against a rookie quarterback, giving this unit the highest upside of the weekend.