Final week: 14-2, an amazing week for an amazing weekend of soccer. The season forecast is now 54-26.
The bye weeks start this week. Be sure you monitor your fantasy lineups and pay nearer consideration on the survival swimming pools … if you happen to’re nonetheless in some way alive.
– Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens (-3): Each groups are 4-1, however the path to that lofty file has been rather a lot much less treacherous for Los Angeles. The Ravens like to stay dangerously. John Harbaugh’s crew is 2 snaps away from being 2-3, and people would-be losses could be in opposition to winless Detroit and 1-4 Indianapolis. “Johnny Dangerously” is an amazingly underrated Michael Keaton flick from the Eighties, however it’s not precisely a path to greatness in opposition to a really spectacular all-around crew just like the Chargers.
Chargers 26, Ravens 24
– Inexperienced Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (+4): One of many NFL’s greatest and oldest rivalries returns in Chicago, the place the 3-2 Bears look to even up the highest of the NFC North. For those who learn that in Brent Musburger’s voice, you get the gravitas of this sport.
Bears QB Justin Fields isn’t 100% after his knee damage, and that’s an issue for Chicago. They’ll want each first down, each level they’ll get. The Packers’ patchwork secondary, minus prime CB Jaire Alexander (amongst others) is weak, however a hobbled rookie with a hit-and-miss receiving corps? Powerful to belief. It may occur however the forecast is just too cloudy to ditch the Packers umbrella.
Packers 25, Bears 21
– Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns (-3): The Cardinals are the final unbeaten crew, however they get the Rodney Dangerfield remedy from the bookies. The sport is on the highway, exterior in what’s projected to be a humid, sunless day on the shores of Lake Erie. The Browns are 3-2 and licking their wounds after scoring solely 42 factors final week.
You’d by no means know from Cleveland media that the Browns protection gave up 47 factors final week. The laser focus is on how badly Baker Mayfield carried out. Taking part in with a non-throwing shoulder damage and a backup left sort out, Mayfield was solely capable of handle to attain 42 within the loss to the Chargers on 23-of-32 passing, 305 yards, 2 TDs, 0 turnovers and three drops from his receivers. I do suppose the Cardinals are due for a loss, however I additionally suppose Cleveland is toying with some critical damaging karma for a way they blame Mayfield for all the things. Have we not forgotten the soccer sins of Charlie Frye, Jeff Garcia, DeShone Kizer et al? Plus, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is ready to overlook this sport after he examined constructive for COVID.
Browns 30, Cardinals 28
– Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at Washington Soccer Staff (+6.5): Not many good issues have come from the WFT currently, however they’re getting one thing proper on Sunday. At halftime, the WFT will formally retire the late Sean Taylor’s No. 21 jersey. I don’t anticipate it to assist them hold tempo with the Chiefs, however it’s nonetheless a category gesture from a corporation that sometimes lacks it. Lipstick on a pig from an proprietor who can kiss everybody’s…
Chiefs 37, Soccer Staff 28
– Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers (+1): Dalvin Prepare dinner is prone to play, whereas Christian McCaffrey has been positioned on IR. The Vikings have the higher backup plan in Alexander Mattison and the higher receiving corps, too. We would look again at Carolina’s 3-0 begin with this offensive line and provides Sam Darnold an additional couple of million, or at the least a heat “attaboy” and an oatmeal raisin cookie for his success.
Vikings 29, Panthers 18
– Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos (-3.5): It’s anybody’s greatest guess how the Raiders come out this week after the abrupt resignation of head coach Jon Gruden amid the disclosing of emails that confirmed Gruden saying unrepeatable issues about nearly everybody. Only a hunch right here — I consider the Raiders gamers rally round one another and discover success this week, however then the underside falls out. Denver won’t be a simple setting to tug it off.
Raiders 20, Broncos 17
– Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants (+9.5): The scheduling gods blessed the Rams with one of many best three-game stretches potential, beginning with this sport in New York. Los Angeles attracts the one-win Giants, a crew the place each participant you’ve probably heard of is in some state of damage, adopted by the winless Lions and the one-win Texans. That is the least probably of the three to journey up Sean McVay’s squad.
Rams 33, Giants 9
– Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5) in England: This sport from England deserves a preview courtesy of the wonderful prog-metal band, Periphery, and their music, “The Manner the Information Goes”:
As I stumble right into a blinding mild
Deeper breaths sufficient to kill the best highs
Take one good look and I am on the lowest low once more
They may must play it on the airplane journey residence for the losers right here.
Jaguars 20, Dolphins 17
– Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (-10): I don’t consider the Texans are crew, however I actually don’t consider the Colts are deserving of being 10-point favorites over anybody. Particularly not a crew with the identical 1-4 file. Take the Colts straight up, take the Texans with the factors.
Colts 24, Texans 17
– Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions (+3.5): Give my younger, injury-ravaged Lions credit score for taking part in arduous and discovering methods to maintain video games shut and fascinating. The pass defense is playing better than expected, however it might want to take it to a different stage to decelerate Joe Burrow, Offensive Rookie of the Yr front-runner Ja’marr Chase and the visiting Bengals. Jared Goff operating Anthony Lynn’s offense with Detroit’s restricted weaponry isn’t conserving tempo until the protection pitches a near-shutout. Nice alternative to make use of the Bengals in survivor fantasy swimming pools.
Bengals 27, Lions 12
– Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots (+3.5): Jerry Jones, meet Mac Jones. The Pats rookie is enjoying decently, however he’ll want extra assist to take down Jerry’s Cowboys. Exhausting to see New England’s gradual protection slowing down Dallas’ high-octane assault.
Cowboys 30, Patriots 16
– Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4): Seattle has the NFL’s worst protection. The Seahawks now will attempt to win video games with that leaky unit with out Russell Wilson at QB. The Steelers are flawed however not that flawed. And if they’re certainly that flawed, it’s time for the fats girl to take the stage in Pittsburgh and sing her coronary heart out.
Steelers 26, Seahawks 17
Monday Night time
– Buffalo Payments at Tennessee Titans (+6): The Payments may be the perfect crew within the NFL proper now. They’re definitely outstanding within the dialog with a dynamic offense, a well-coordinated protection and a coach in Sean McDermott who has an amazing really feel for his crew. I like what I noticed from the inconsistent Titans final week, however I can’t belief them to do what they did to Jacksonville to the Payments. Watch out in overconfidence in Buffalo on the highway right here, however they’re the higher crew and will anticipate to win.
Payments 31, Titans 28