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The Prognosticator – Week 9

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it make a mole hill out of a mountain. In a world where the few ruin it for the many, it’s nice to just have football back and be able to enjoy the game for what it is. Free of deflategate, union strife and dictator like sweeping judgements, it’s just nice to get back to the game. Let’s enjoy it while we can before the next soap opera begins.
Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
ATL 282 ATL 130
SD 266 TB 120
DEN 253 CIN 120
TB 250 CAR 115
NO 249 DEN 109
CIN 249 DAL 106
CLE 247 STL 105
OAK 247 CHI 105
NE 237 GB 103
NYG 237 NO 103
TEN 227 NYJ 102
CHI 226 TEN 101
SF 220 PIT 101
NYJ 217 BUF 99
WAS 209 PHI 99
JAX 208 NE 96
PIT 203 SD 94
MIA 203 MIN 93
PHI 203 CLE 92
BUF 200 OAK 91
IND 200 NYG 89
CAR 195 IND 88
DAL 189 MIA 88
MIN 188 SF 85
GB 180 WAS 75
STL 169 JAX 71

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.

All times are Eastern

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals – Thursday 8:25pm

This game was played Thursday night.

Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 10
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 34 – Cleveland Browns 24
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Sunday 1:00pm

Even with Tyrod Taylor back, the Bills will struggle trying to move the ball in the air. Rex Ryan likes diversions and while everyone talks about the return of Tyrod Taylor this week, Karlos Williams is scheduled to also retake the field. The best fantasy play in this game from either team will be LeSean McCoy as the Bills will prefer to keep this one on the ground and win by dominating the time of possession.

The Dolphins were on a high until they ran headlong into the Patriots. The Bills defense is no cup of tea and the Dolphins will struggle trying to crack it.

Favorite: Buffalo Bills by 3
Prediction: Buffalo Bills 27 – Miami Dolphins 23
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Washington Redskins at New England Patriots – Sunday 1:00pm

Washington will have their moments in the air, making Kirk Cousins a viable start in a tough bye week. What Washington sorely needs though is a running game and so far, that just hasn’t happened. Here against the Patriots, in a game that Washington will be playing from behind in, there just isn’t much hope that the Redskins running game will suddenly blossom.

From the Patriots’ perspective, the game plan will be more centered around Tom Brady than their running game and the stats will reflect it. A nice day is on tap for the Patriots.

Favorite: New England Patriots by 14
Prediction: New England Patriots 34 –  Washington Redskins 23
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets – Sunday 1:00pm

The Jets are angry and ready to play the Jaguars tough and the Jaguars will have their hands full with the Jets quality defense. No matter how you slice it, it’s the Jets that are more motivated and better prepared to win this game at home in New Jersey.

Favorite: New York Jets by 2.5
Prediction: New York Jets 27 – Jacksonville Jaguars 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday 1:00pm

The Steelers most certainly are going to miss Le’Veon Bell but DeAngelo Williams will make a quality replacement. The Steelers are a better team with Ben Roethlisberger back (and that will show) but this goes so terribly wrong for the Steelers due to the shellacking that Derek Carr and his receiving team are about to lay down.

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Oakland WR Amari Cooper.

Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree will be near uncoverable as the Raiders make it known to the rest of the world that their passing game is absolutely for real.

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 5
Prediction: Oakland Raiders 27 – Pittsburgh Steelers 24
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Saint Louis Rams at Minnesota Vikings – Sunday 1:00pm

What makes the Rams such a dangerous team are how well they are running the ball right now and how well they are playing defensively. Behind the Broncos, it’s the Rams that have given up the least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. This is Nick Foles‘ team this season come heck or high water primarily because the next guy up is Case Keenum and under no circumstances can the Rams afford that to happen. The irony to all of this is that in actuality, when the Rams and Eagles traded Bradford for Foles, the Rams really should have taken Mark Sanchez, a couple of draft picks and a stick of gum instead.

This will be a tougher game for the Vikings to play on offense just due to how well the Rams have been playing on defense — but Adrian Peterson will still get his. You’d be wise to not get greedy with Stefon Diggs as this game will be a tough one for Teddy Bridgewater.

Favorite: Minnesota Vikings by 2.5
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 24 – Saint Louis Rams 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

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