Giants 23-19 Eagles
I originally predicted that the Eagles would join the long list of Super Bowl champions who missed the playoffs next year, and while the season is still young, they look to be headed in that direction. Odell’s interview with ESPN in which dismantled his team seems to have actually unified the G men in a way, as they are just 1.5 games behind in their division despite their 1-4 start. As pathetic as the Giants offense has looked this year, they are bizarrely the top scoring team in the NFC East. Seemingly every running back on the Eagles roster is injured, and Carson Wentz has been pretty mediocre in his return, in part due to a surprisingly lackluster offensive line and lack of a star receiver.
Seahawks 29-24 Raiders
London games always seem to be unpredictable, so I could easily whiff on this pick. Russell Wilson has won some ugly games this year, and I think he’ll do just that this week. The Seahawks offensive line isn’t really a thing, and the Raiders pass rush is not any better. But I’ll take the Seahawks offense over the Raiders offense, so I say the Hawks pull this one out, somehow.
Steelers 23-27 Bengals
I bet you forgot that the Bengals are 4-1. Last year when these teams met, Ryan Shazier suffered a potential career ending injury and Juju Smith-Schuster knocked Vontaze Burfict unconscious, so you know what this rivalry is all about. I still doubt the Bengals as a serious contender, and the Steelers have actually won the last 6 meetings between these two teams. But I simply don’t trust the Steelers defense to stop the likes of Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd and AJ Green.
Falcons 41-30 Buccaneers
I also bet you forgot that the Falcons are 1-4. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are going off this year, so why are the Falcons so bad? Well, the fact that they’ve given up 121 points over just the last 3 games might have something to do with it. The Bucs face a similar problem, as they heave had an entire extra week to figure out how the heck Mitchell Trubisky threw 6 touchdowns against them. In fact, the Bucs have allowed a league worst 130.5 passer rating this year. Julio Jones having 300 yards and 3 touchdowns seems like it seriously has a great chance of happening.
Chargers 26-20 Browns
The Browns are now apparently America’s team. After years of failure, the Browns actually look like an NFL team this year. Baker Mayfield may not be Deshaun Watson, but he looks like the best quarterback from this years draft. I’m predicting a close loss for Cleveland. I simply can’t see Mayfield scoring more points than the likes of Phillip Rivers, Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen.
Colts 20-17 Jets
Both of these teams have been mediocre at best this year, and this game will probably give the winner the momentum needed to turn their season. The Colts had the same record at this point last season, but unlike last year, they have a healthy Andrew Luck. Give me the Colts by 3, simply due to the fact that I don’t trust Sam Darnold in any way or form.
Bears 24-21 Dolphins
Surprisingly, both of these teams have the best record in their divisions. The Dolphins defense has been stiff this year, so I’m expecting Mitchell Trubisky to come back down to Earth after his 6 touchdown, 48-10 win over the Bucs two weeks ago. Fresh off a bye, I think the Bears take this one.
Cardinals 12-31 Vikings
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Kirk Cousins is a top 5 quarterback in the league, if not top 3. Adam Thielen has recorded 100 receiving yards in each of his first 5 games, the first player in NFL history to do so. While he’s been doing this, Stefon Diggs has had 10 catches in back-to-back weeks. I’m not giving Josh Rosen a chance to win this one, sadly.
Texans 20-16 Bills
As much as I think an upset is possible, I just can’t trust Josh Allen. Deshaun Watson and the Texans have won two straight after a disappointing 0-3 start, and I think the pure star power of the Texans gets them a needed win.
Panthers 27-24 Redskins
Cam Newton may not have anyone to throw the ball to, but that hasn’t stopped the Panthers from jumping out of the gates 3-1. Christian McCaffrey needs to be respected as a top back, especially against a Redskins defense that just gave up 43 points to the Saints.
Rams 30-23 Broncos
I trust Case Keenum in his revenge quest. Ok, not really. The Broncos gave the only other undefeated team, the Chiefs, a real test, and I think they will do the same with the Rams. Jared Goff has actually averaged 345 yards through his first five games, which puts him on pace to break the single season passing yardage record. Unless Keenum turns into 2013 Peyton Manning overnight, I say Todd Gurley and the Rams take this one, even without Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp.
Jaguars 16-10 Cowboys
Terrible, terrible offense. That’s what both of these teams have brought so far this season and what you will probably see this week.
Ravens 17-21 Titans
Like the Jaguars-Cowboys, I’m predicting a low scoring game, but for a much different reason. These two defenses featured are top 3 this year in points allowed. I don’t think either offenses will do much, as they have both been mediocre throughout the year.
Chiefs 38-34 Patriots
This should be a fun game with a lot of points. Featuring two of the worst defenses in the league, I’m predicting points all night. After making the Jaguars defense look like a breeze, MVP canidiate Patrick Mahomes has another big test in New England, but more with the atmosphere than the actual Patriots defense. With the return of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon getting used to the offense, and Sony Michel adding balance to the offense, I think Tom Brady also has a big night, but the Chiefs should outlast the Pats in prime time and move to 6-0.
49ers 20-27 Packers
The 49ers are literally the football equivalent of the Portland Trail Blazers this year. Seemingly every great player they have has been lost to injury. Aaron Rodgers should have no problems leading his team to an important win on Monday, despite whatever spooked them in Detroit last week.