Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys
The loss of Ezekiel Elliott had a dramatic effect on the Cowboys offense. The Cowboys only managed 233 net yards and scored only seven points. This week looks to be more of the same against a very stout Eagles defense. The Eagles boast the leagues best run defense and will shut down the Cowboys poor running game. Without any threat of a run, the Eagles will pin their ears back and rush Prescott. Expect the Eagles to apply a lot of pressure. I do not expect many turnovers but there is a real potential for a shutout this week.
Detroit Lions at the Chicago Bears
I mentioned last week that the Lions were a good team to stash for a playoff run and that starts this week. The Lions schedule gets very easy the rest of the way. The Bears play a very conservative offensive scheme and rely almost completely on the run game. Detroit has a Top-10 rush defense and should be able to contain Jordan Howard this week. If they can score on the Lions, it may force Mitchell Trubisky to throw the ball and that will lead to turnovers. This is a great week to stream the Lions and hold on to them because it is an easier schedule for them the rest of the way.
New England Patriots in Mexico City against Oakland Raiders
Starting with the Week 5 game against the Buccaneers, the Patriots defense has improved each week. Anyone who has watched the Patriots over the years knows that this a very typical pattern for them. It took a few weeks for the team to adjust to injuries and new personnel but it is happening and will continue this week. Oakland has not been the team they thought they were going to be and they won’t be fixing things against one of the best teams in the league.