Each week, we break down all the games this weekend and who our predicted winner will be. Through 5 weeks, we are 49-30-1.
Washington Commanders at Chicago Bears
The streak of garbage Thursday night games continue as the 1-4 Commanders visit the 2-3 Bears. Things can only go up from here after the disastrous showing from the Colts and Broncos last week. We don’t expect this game to be very entertaining but there should at least be some touchdowns scored. Ron Rivera is frustrated with the play of Carson Wentz and we expect a redemption game out of him with his starting spot being put on the hot seat. Rivera might ease his frustration after watching an hour of Justin Fields playing and realize his QB isn’t that bad.
Winner: Washington Commanders
Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins
With Tua sidelined and Teddy Bridgewater still in concussion protocol, the Dolphins will be giving Skylar Thompson his first career start a week after making his NFL debut. His debut did not go well as the Dolphins lost by 3 touchdowns go the Jets. Things are going to be uglier against an offense that has both Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson.
Winner: Minnesota Vikings
San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons
Without Cordarelle Patterson, the Falcons offense looks lost. He was their entire offense and we don’t know how much longer the Falcons are going to Keep Marcus Mariota in. Much like the Steelers, Atlanta should look to bench the veteran placeholder for the rookie they drafted. Desmond Ridder isn’t as talented as Kenny Pickett is, but if the Falcons get out of playoff contention soon, it might be time to put him in. The Falcons are one game closer to being out of contention as they get hammered by the Jimmy G led 49ers.
Winner: San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns
Jacoby Brissett starts against his former team and the Patriots probably wished he was starting for them now as Bailey Zappe is set to get his 2nd start with Mac Jones questionable and Brian Hoyer still out. The Patriots relied heavily on the ground game with Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson until Harris went down and will be out for a few weeks now. Rhamondre is going to be the center of the Patriots offense this game unless somehow Mac Jones plays. The Browns have a lot of their offense intact right now and we expect solid showings from Amari Cooper, David Njoku and the run game to take down New England.
Winner: Cleveland Browns
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers
The Packers were the final team to play in London as part of the international series and they probably wished they didn’t. They come back to the states 0-1 in overseas games as they collapsed against the Giants. The Packers play on their home turf which is one of the toughest atmospheres to play in the NFL. The Jets are the lucky winners to be the ones facing an Aaron Rodgers who is frustrated after the loss last week. This isn’t going to be a pretty one as the Packers steamroll over the Jets.
Winner: Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
Playing for the 2nd time this season already, Jacksonville and Indianapolis square off in a game with a lot of playoff implications in their division. The first game in Jacksonville was all Jacksonville as they shut out the Colts. The Colts have never been able to play well in Jacksonville which was especially noted at the end of last season as they were upset and missed the playoffs with their loss. The Colts do usually win on their home turf, but with the way both of these teams are playing, it is anyone’s game. If Jonathan Taylor is healthy, we think the Colts will pull this one out in a game that will be heavily focused on the run game as neither QB can get anything done through the air.
Winner: Indianapolis Colts
Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints
Two teams who we had high hopes for this season have both disappointed. There’s a chance that Saints QB Andy Dalton gets to face his former team if Jameis is unable to play. Regardless of who is in at QB, the Saints are dealing with injuries to Chris Olave and Michael Thomas which they look like a completely different team without the two. The Bengals are the benefactor of the injuries and climb back to .500.
Winner: Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants
If you asked us which of these teams would have the better record entering this game, nobody would have thought it would be the New York Giants. The Ravens have played well despite 2 late game collapses against the Bills and Dolphins. The Giants have matched their entire 2021 win total through only 5 weeks in a very surprising turn of events. The Giants are not going to break their win total from last season and will need at least one more week to get there as they face the better team of the Ravens. Lamar Jackson is going to be too dangerous for the Giants defense to stop and the offense isn’t going to be able to give Barkley as many opportunities when they’re down.
Winner: Baltimore Ravens
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Kenny Pickett’s first career start against the Buffalo Bills was promising from a statistical standpoint. From a scoreboard standpoint, it was a rough go. Things don’t get easier as he now has to go against a couple years removed Super Bowl Champion squad. Pickett isn’t going to get his first win yet but the Steelers are making the correct decision with giving him the exposure now.
Winner: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams
The Panthers enter this game without Matt Rhule and without Baker Mayfield as Rhule was fired after their 1-4 start and Baker is out for several weeks. Former XFL player PJ Walker will get the nod and the Rams should be very grateful as they climb back to .500.
Winner: Los Angeles Rams
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
This is the last game that Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for and Kyler Murray can’t wait until he’s back. The Cardinals offense has been a bit sluggish without him. They won’t have him in this one as they face the Seahawks for the first time without Russell Wilson. Without Wilson, the Seahawks offense has been hit or miss. If DK and Lockett can get the targets like they had last week, the Seahawks actually are a threat. But with the inconsistency we’ve seen from Geno Smith, were not expecting a repeat of last week. The Cardinals offense has the better day this weekend to give them the victory.
Winner: Arizona Cardinals
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
The potential AFC Championship game is this week and it’s the game of the week. Josh Allen vs. Patrick Mahomes, two of the most talented quarterbacks in the league are hoping to pull off some more magic. These two teams squared off in an electric playoff game last year where the Chiefs barely escaped Josh Allen and Gabriel Davis career performances. The defense in that game was what cost them, but the Bills invested in their defense this off-season via the draft and signing of Von Miller who has significantly helped them out. This game is still going to be a shootout, but the Bills defense comes up clutch to stop Patrick Mahomes in the 4th in this thriller.
Winner: Buffalo Bills
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
The Sunday night showdown of two of the top teams in the NFL are both in the same division. The Eagles remain undefeated and the visiting Cowboys are riding a 4 game winning streak led by backup QB Cooper Rush who is undefeated in each of his starts. This is surprisingly going to be an exciting game with two fun offenses to watch. Rush has exceeded all expectations and has formed a solid connection with CeeDee Lamb. Rush has also been without Gallup and Schultz as they both were out for a few games early. Both are healthier and provide the backup QB more opportunities to win. Philly is going to keep it close with incredible play from Jalen Hurts but Dallas wins on a late field goal.
Winner: Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers
The Broncos and Chargers both have had slow starts to the season. The Chargers defense finally showed up last week and the Broncos are their own worst enemy with questionable play calling being costly. The Chargers are in a better place right now and are more put together as a whole which is why they’re getting the nod in this one.