By Andrew Nason
I’ll be honest, after two straight losing weeks, I thought about giving up. This NFL season has been as unpredictable as ever. Good teams are under performing and bad teams are shattering their preseason expectations. But I told myself I would predict every game this season, and I intend to do just that. Now that I have 6 weeks of games to reference, hopefully the picks get a lot easier from here on.
Last Week’s Record: 6-8
Season Record: 50-41
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
I’m calling it now, with their first loss coming last week at home to Pittsburgh, Kansas City’s decline is about to begin. Oakland, a team that has severely under performed this season, will be looking to get back on track with a huge, home upset over a division rival. Look for Derek Carr to look like an MVP.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo Bills
The Bills return from their bye week with their top defense going against a struggling Bucs offense, who’s quarterback, Jameis Winston, hurting after that week’s loss to Arizona. Look for the Bills to stay hot.
Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
Again, I am still not convinced the Panthers are a real contender or even a legitimate playoff team, and that was further proven last Thursday, as Cam Newton threw 3 picks against the Eagles. Despite all that, they are still a much more talented team than the Chicago Bears.
Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns
It's the Browns. Enough said.
New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers
No Aaron Rodgers, no win for the Packers. Brett Hundley should be able to keep them competitive, but won’t provide enough fire power to match the Saints offense, which has made serious strides in its running game. Look for Drew Brees to light up the Green Bay secondary.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts
I may have gotten ahead of myself last week, picking the Jags to beat the Rams. The defense is still one of the elite in the league, and will have a much easier day against Jacoby Brissett than they did against Todd Gurley and Jared Goff. Leonard Fournette should be healthy this week after an ankle scare, and that’s bad news for Indy’s defense.
Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Rams
The addition of Adrian Peterson makes may not make the Cardinals Super Bowl contenders, but, and this is only if his outburst last weak wasn't a fluke, they now look like a serious contender in the NFC West with the Rams and Seahawks. The Rams offense has been more consistent, and its front seven will pose a much bigger challenge to the Cardinals than the Buccaneers did.
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins
The Jets have 3 wins and the Dolphins just came back to beat the Falcons. Nothing about that sentence makes any sense. The Jets won the first match up, but I’ll take the home team in this toss up game.
Baltimore Ravens @ Minnesota Vikings
Joe Flacco elite? No, he’s not. 24-41 and 2 picks against the Bears last week, and the Ravens defense let Jordan Howard and the Bears run all over them. I’m not sold on the Vikings as a playoff team with Case Keenum, but they’re certainly good enough to beat Baltimore.
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers
Ezekiel Elliot is free to play, for at least another 2 weeks, and the Cowboys get an easy trip to California to face the still winless 49ers. Expect it to be competitive, but that’s it.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh just did what no one else had done this season, beat Kansas City. The defense is playing better, and Le’Veon Bell is making defenders look silly. AJ Green will be a major challenge for the Steelers corners, but Cincy doesn’t possess enough offensive weapons to hang with Pitt.
Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers
I took the Chargers in their first match up with Denver, and they lost a close one. Now, riding a 2-game winning streak, and the Broncos coming off a loss to the then winless Giants, I feel even more comfortable taking Los Angeles.
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants
The Giants finally got a win against Denver this week, but will face a much tougher Seahawk defense with a receiving core that is still badly injured. The Giants defense is still good, but their struggles come from the fact that their offense can’t stay on the field, an issue that will likely continue this week.
Atlanta Falcons @ New England Patriots
The Patriots have struggled at times this season, and some people will be looking to take the Falcons in a revenge game this week. To that, all I can say is, 28-3. The Pats win a thriller.
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles
The hottest team in the NFL right now, I don’t see the Redskins coming in and topping Carson Wentz, who is playing at an MVP level, and the Eagles. I’m not starting Terrelle Pryor on my fantasy team this week, so expect him to go off, just to spite me.