Each week, I like to give you guys my predictions for some of my key games that will be taking place over the weekend. After a couple big upsets and major injuries, as well as four teams coming off the first bye week of the season, this week should prove to be just as exciting.
Philadelphia 35 @ Carolina 24– I see this as a potential game of the week candidate as we see two of the top teams in the NFC face off on Thursday Night Football. Coming off of a career best 4 TD against a struggling Arizona Cardinals football team, Carson Wentz is looking to cement himself as a superstar quarterback in this league. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton is also following one of the best performances of his career against Detroit. While I have no doubt that this will be an offensive battle between two teams on fire, I’m not quite sure that Cam can continue this performance after struggling earlier in the season.
New York Giants 3 @ Denver 27– This game is virtually a no brainer. Not only are the Giants winless through 5 games this season, things continue to get worse. Injuries to the Giants top 4 receivers (as well as a season ending fractured ankle for Odell) will almost definitely show this week against a dominant Broncos defense. While I still have questions about Denver’s offensive potential, this game will come down to the Giants offense vs. the Broncos defense, an easy choice.
Miami 10 @ Atlanta 24– This game has the possibility of being very close. Both defenses have had some bright spots up to this point, but I just can’t see Jay Cutler and Devante Parker being able to outgun Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.
Chicago 17 @ Baltimore 10– Chicago may have found the face of their franchise last week against Minnesota on Monday night. It may only be one game, but Mitch Trubisky was a bright spot for “da Bears”. The Ravens are coming off a win against an E.J. Manuel led Raiders team. Though they played relatively well in that game, I think that with the first game jitters gone, Mitch will lead his Bears to a big win on the road.
Green Bay 31 @ Minnesota 20– With Green Bay’s miraculous comeback last week against a Cowboy team that looks absolutely lost. Nonetheless, the Packers looked nearly flawless in the 4th quarter scoring 20 points. Case Keenum had a surprisingly good game for the Vikings, but with neither team having a strong defense, I’m going to have to take the former MVP in this one.
Pittsburgh 7 @ Kansas City 42- I know what you’re thinking, and no, I’m not out of my mind. This is a Kansas City team that looks like they’re on a mission. The Alex Smith led offense is potent as ever and I can’t see anyone stopping rookie Kareem Hunt anytime in the near future. The Steelers however have looked somewhat lost as a unit, getting blown out by Jacksonville at home last week. I just don’t see a solution to their problems coming against this Chiefs team the way they are playing right now.
New England 20 @ New York Jets 17 (OT)- As i’ve watched New England throughout the first five games, they have appeared beatable in four. While the Patriots are currently sitting at 3-2 in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East, this is not the same team as we have seen in the past few years. With star receiver Julian Edelman out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, quarterback Tom Brady has had to work on his chemistry with free agent signing Brandin Cooks. The Jets are on a three game win streak as they have won a series of close games over the last few weeks. Quarterback Josh McCown has had early success, but I’m not sure it will be quite enough to tip the game in his team’s favor. Patriots in OT, 20-17.