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.
|Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Thursday 8:25pm|
This game has already been played as I write this. I expected a higher scoring game but the outcome was the same as the Cowboys won and the Vikings covered. Check.
Favorite: Dallas Cowboys by 3.5
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 27 – Minnesota Vikings 24
|Los Angeles Rams at New England Patriots – Sunday 1:00pm|
The loss of Rob Gronkowski hurts not only the Patriots but many in fantasy. In a way, thankfully, fantasy owners haven’t had to rely too much on Gronk this season but ultimately, it will go down as one of the many wasted early draft picks made this year. The Patriots will still play well here, they will just get other players involved. I would list all the potential weapons the Patriots have on offense but I just don’t have the time, they are as deep offensively as anyone in the league, perhaps deeper than anyone. Tom Brady is about to break the most wins ever for a quarterback and he will want to do it at home. Steer clear of your Rams this week as the Patriots can score in bunches and it will force the Rams offense into a lot of uncomfortable sets that offer low percentages of success.
Favorite: New England Patriots by 13.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 30 – Los Angeles Rams 17
|Philadelphia Eagles at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday 1:00pm|
The Bengals have been dinged pretty hard by the injury bug as you don’t replace players like A.J. Green or Gio Bernard very easily. They will struggle the rest of the way because of their lack of depth on offense. They tried to spend a little extra on defense and now it’s biting them. They won’t be horrible, they are not one of the worst teams in football, but they have gone from an above average group to a below average group. The Eagles can run the ball effectively with so many different looks. All they really need is Ryan Mathews back but he continues to be held out of practice. When you combine Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood effectively, you get a very powerful run game. They will be fine while they wait for Mathews to return and it will show here.
Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 1.5
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 24 – Cincinnati Bengals 20
|Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday 1:00pm|
What a miserable game of ineptitude this will turn into. The Broncos are on the road with a running game that is average at best and a passing game that will be firing right into the teeth of a sneaky talented Jacksonville Jaguars secondary. In fact, the Jaguars secondary is the most talented group on their team. The Jaguars offense will struggle against the tough Denver defense and will have a difficult time doing much of anything on offense. Expect a day of turnovers and dumb mistakes in a game that both teams will want to forget.
Favorite: Denver Broncos by 5
Prediction: Denver Broncos 24 – Jacksonville Jaguars 23
|San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears – Sunday 1:00pm|
The Bears are a train wreck but they do have a couple of nice pieces; their secondary is very good and they can run the ball against certain teams. Expect a big day for Jordan Howard. Many are selling Carlos Hyde a little short this week but he will perform very well here both running and receiving the ball. Hyde will be the cog that keeps the 49’ers in striking distance and this week, Kaepernick doesn’t get tackled at the 2 yard line. I realize Colin Kaepernick had a huge game last week but his passing numbers will be down here so realize, you are gambling on his legs more than his arm this week if you do start him.
Favorite: Chicago Bears by 2.5
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 24 – Chicago Bears 23