With just six weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, the playoff races are starting to heat up. The Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns, the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, and the San Francisco 49ers will be on a bye this week. My record last week was 10-4. My record so far this season is 88-58-2.
Green Bay Packers 21 Seattle Seahawks 27: The Seahawks will pose a problem offensively for the Packers. They love to run the ball and Green Bay will have a tough time stopping it. The Green Bay Packers traveling to Seattle on a short week is a tough task. Aaron Rodgers will be ready to play, but Aaron Jones won't have the same success running the ball this week against a tough Seattle Seahawks front.
Dallas Cowboys 17 Atlanta Falcons 23: The Cowboys picked up a big win on the road on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Falcons flopped on the road on Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Browns. Dallas has a better defense than Atlanta does. However, the Dallas Cowboys could be in for a let down after last week's big win. On paper, the Atlanta Falcons offense should perform much better than the Dallas Cowboys offense.
Cincinnati Bengals 26 Baltimore Ravens 13: This game could be the start of the Lamar Jackson era for the Ravens and it could be an ugly one. Joe Flacco is dealing with a hip injury and Baltimore is unsure if he will play on Sunday. The Bengals don't have a good defense, but Jackson is inaccurate a lot. Andy Dalton might have the ball in his hands often on Sunday. This is a big game for both teams.
Carolina Panthers 38 Detroit Lions 21: The Panthers will not allow another embarrassment on the road. Carolina is too good of a football team to let that happen. Christian McCaffrey and Cam Newton continues to engine this offense. It will be vital for the Carolina Panthers to win the line of scrimmage early and often.
Tennessee Titans 24 Indianapolis Colts 21: This is another big game for both teams. Both of these teams are in the thick of the AFC Wild Card race for the number six seed. The Titans can't afford to fall flat after beating the New England Patriots at home last week. This match up will be a matter of winning the line of scrimmage. Both teams have good offensive and defensive fronts. Andrew Luck owns Tennessee in his career, but Mike Vrabel will dial up a game plan to slow him down.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 New York Giants 28: This game could be either really boring or really entertaining. It's a battle of the veteran quarterbacks between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Eli Manning. Jameis Winston will have to wait another day to play and so will Kyle Lauletta. The difference in this game will be that the Giants have a better defense and running game.
Houston Texans 19 Washington Redskins 24: The Texans will becoming off a bye and it is possible the offense will be rusty against a very good Redskins defense. Washington doesn't turn the ball over often. Lamar Miller and Adrian Peterson will be an interesting running back battle. Houston's defense could force the Washington Redskins offense into making mistakes, but it won't happen.
Pittsburgh Steelers 22 Jacksonville Jaguars 30: The Jaguars got inside the Steelers heads last season and they will again this week. Leonard Fournette will have a big game and so will Blake Bortles. Pittsburgh usually plays down to their competition. They will look rusty early and then they will get going, but the slow start will cost them.
Oakland Raiders 14 Arizona Cardinals 24: This is one of the games that has the potential to be a snooze fest. Josh Rosen is getting better week by week. David Johnson has played better as well ever since switching to Byron Leftwich as the offensive coordinator. Oakland is struggling on both sides of the ball right now and no one wants to buy into Gruden's system.
Denver Broncos 23 Los Angeles Chargers 26: The Broncos will give the Chargers everything they can handle, but Los Angeles will stand tall at the end of the day. Case Keenum hasn't played bad for Denver this season. Philip Rivers has played at a high level all season long. Melvin Gordon will be a problem to deal with for the Denver Broncos defense.
Philadelphia Eagles 32 New Orleans Saints 36: Carson Wentz and Drew Brees will be trading touchdowns in this game. The Saints have a much better running game than the Eagles do. New Orleans has a really good rushing defense. Philadelphia's defense is also a problem in a bad way right now. It will be panic time for the Philadelphia Eagles after this game.
Minnesota Vikings 28 Chicago Bears 27: Mitchell Trubisky will be tested big time in prime time against the Vikings at home. Chicago leads the NFC North at the moment, but Minnesota is looking to take the lead back. Kirk Cousins will be asked to do a lot. The running game is still mediocre at best. The Bears running game is better. The difference might be in this game whoever has the ball last will win the game.
Kansas City Chiefs 42 Los Angeles Rams 38: There is no doubt that this game will feature a bunch of scoring. This game was supposed to be played in Mexico City on Monday night, but it had to be moved to Los Angeles because of field issues. Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff will shine. Kareem Hunt and Todd Gurley will shine. The difference in the game will be the Kansas City Chiefs defense because they have been better lately and the Los Angeles Rams defense is starting to crack.
Bold Predictions: 1. The Eagles won't rush for 20 yards against the Saints.
2. Aaron Jones will not get past 30 yards rushing for the Packers against the Seahawks.
3. This will be Eli Manning's final start for the Giants against the Buccaneers.
4. Blake Bortles completes 72 percent of his passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers.
5. Neither the Chiefs and the Rams reach 350 yards of total offense.