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.
|New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – Thursday 8:25pm|
This game has been played as I write this. It was hard to not take the Eagles at home as a divisional spoiler team against the NY Giants.
Favorite: New York Giants by 2.5
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 27 – New York Giants 20
|Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Saturday 1:00pm|
It looks like the Dolphins are going to make the playoffs though the Bills still have a remote outside chance and it all starts with the Bills taking care of their own business first. Expect this game to play itself out on the ground as both teams pound it relentlessly. In what amounts to their Superbowl, the Bills with LeSean McCoy at home are just too much for the Dolphins to handle.
Favorite: Buffalo Bills by 4
Prediction: Buffalo Bills 27 – Miami Dolphins 23
|New York Jets at New England Patriots – Saturday 1:00pm|
Do the Jets have a prayer in this? Well.. no. No they don’t. This one is in New England and the Patriots want to be running hot going into the playoffs. The Patriots will have a first round bye so they will want to continue to play hard, knowing that they already have a week off coming up. They can’t rest yet as it is imperative they continue to do what they do and not alter a thing. If the Jets have any sort of hope, it’s that they would like nothing more than to upset the Patriots at home in a division game to help validate the direction they are trying to head in. But that still sounds like an awfully big task.
Favorite: New England Patriots by 16.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 30 – New York Jets 17
|San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns – Saturday 1:00pm|
Cleveland is bad — like, really bad. It somehow doesn’t seem possible that an organization could shoot itself in the foot time and time again but there you have it, I present to you your Cleveland Browns. Play all that you own from the San Diego side and reap the rewards. A very nice day on tap for all of your Chargers. The question mark of course will be the playing status of Melvin Gordon but as of this writing, it sounds highly doubtful that he will play.
Favorite: San Diego Chargers by 6
Prediction: San Diego Chargers 30 – Cleveland Browns 21
|Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Saturday 1:00pm|
It is a must win game for Tennessee as they are neck-and-neck with Houston for the division crown and a subsequent playoff berth — so they will be playing this game to win. The Jaguars are playing out the string with a replacement head coach in Doug Marrone but here is where things get interesting. After a messy firing of Gus Bradley where the team found out through social media (that should never happen) it should be a challenge for the Jaguars to get up for this game but Marrone is saying all the right things. He’s putting the “pity party” behind them, he is changing the story into giving guys chances to see if they can become a starter. The Jaguars are not going to be set in their ways going forward, in fact, they are going to roll in the healthy and effective bodies and roll out the ineffective ones. The story in Jacksonville is all about giving players chances and he’s changing the tone from negative to positive. Marrone was the offensive line coach and is one of the tough guys in this league — now watch the Jaguars respond to his style. They still have a lot of holes and problems but he is going to put hungry guys in no matter their position on the depth chart or the size of their contract and that will have an effect on everyone around them. Fantasy wise you stick with DeMarco Murray as he will be the fantasy star in this but the Jaguars will get to Marcus Mariota and that will slow the Titans down in a shockingly tough loss for the franchise.
Favorite: Tennessee Titans by 4.5
Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars 24 – Tennessee Titans 23