Packers vs Seahawks (Thursday)
Throwback: Packers have won three in a row against Seattle. Read more about the recent history of these two teams.
Analysis: This game is very important to to both teams, with the Packers and Seahawks both fighting for a Wild Card spot. I like the Packers offense over the Seahawks defense and I believe Rodgers will deliver tonight.
Cowboys vs Falcons
Throwback: Falcons have won 3 in a row against the Cowboys – Dallas last win was in 2009.
Analysis: I went against my ‘Boys last week and they actually looked like a respectable football team. Now they had to Hotlanta to take on a Falcons teams that looked horrific last week. For the Thanksgiving game against the Skins to mean anything, the Cowboys must win on Sunday.
Steelers vs Jaguars
Throwback: Jaguars beat the Steelers twice in 2017 – 30-9 in the regular season in a game where Ben Roethlisberger threw 5 INT and again in the AFC Divisional Playoff round, 45-42, to advance to the AFC title game.
Analysis: Pittsburgh has looked like one of the best teams over the last few weeks. The Jaguars have looked like one of the worst even on defense and going against a high powered offense. Give me the Steelers to “steal” this one on the road.
Giants vs Buccaneers
Throwback: Bucs beat Giants 25-23 in 2017, and before that Giants had won 5 in a row against TB. One of those wins was in the NFC Wild Card playoff round in 2008, Giants won 24-14 in a game Jeff Garcia started for the Bucs. Giants would win en route to the Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.
Analysis: It’s simple, whoever wins the turnover battle in this game will win this game. I think the Bucs will be able to get to Eli this week and make him look more confused than he usually does.
Texans vs Redskins
Throwback: This is the 5th meeting all-time – Redskins won the first two in 2002 and 2006 and Texans have won the two most recent meetings in 2010 and 2014.
Analysis: The Texans have been on fire of late. The Redskins seem to be stumbling and hosting the Texans this week will be no simple task. Texans have been playing great on both sides of the ball and the Skins are just too banged up on the O-line and Wide Receiver. Give me the Texans.
Colts vs Titans
Throwback: Titans won both games aganst the Colts in 2017. Before that (from 2011-2016) they lost 11 in a row and 17 of 18 overall dating back to 2008. The Colts don’t lose to the Titans when their starting QB is injured – Andrew Luck missed all of 2017 and is unbeaten vs Tennessee. Peyton Manning missed the 2011 season, when Curtis Painter started the lone Titans win. In week 15 of that same season, the Colts won their first game led by Dan Orlovsky against the Titans.
Analysis: Both teams have been playing well. Tennessee just beat down the Patriots. The Colts are at home and I am going to side with the home team in this one.
Bengals vs Ravens
Throwback: Bengals have won 9 of the last 12 against the Ravens including (most notably) the last two) meetings. They won in Baltimore during week 17 last season, to knock the Ravens out of the playoffs. And won 34-23 in Cincinnati in week 2 of this season.
Analysis: This is a must win for the Ravens. We don’t know who will be at QB this week, but I imagine they give Flacco one more shot. The Bengals are with Aj Green again and that will hurt them against the Ravens.
Lions vs Panthers
Throwback: Panthers are 6-2 all-time against the Lions. The most recent Detroit win came in 2011 and they also won the first first meeting between the two in 1999.
Analysis: Lions suck. They haven’t been doing many things right as of late and don’t have enough weapons or a strong enough defense to compete in this one.
Chargers vs Broncos
Throwback: Broncos have won 11 of the last 14 games against the Chargers.
Analysis: The Chargers have lost 2 games on the season. 1 to the Chiefs, 1 to the Rams. The Broncos are neither. Give me Rivers and crew to win this one at home.
Cardinals vs Raiders
Throwback: Raiders won the first 5 of 7 meetings, but Cardinals have won the last two in 2010 and 2014. The last time the Raiders beat the Cardinals (2006), Andrew Walter started at QB against the Cardinals’ Matt Leinart.
Saints vs Eagles
Throwback: Saints have won 5 of the last 7 meetings, dating back to 2006. Prior to that (1992-2003), Eagles had won 6 in a row. Most notably, Saints beat the Eagles 26-24 in the 2014 playoffs.
Analysis: Can anyone stop the Saints. Seems that only the Bucs can since the only Saints loss came at home in Week 1. The Eagles will be over powered in this one as they try to find their groove once again.
Vikings vs Bears
Throwback: Vikings have won 6 of 7 and 4 in a row against the Bears. 2016, when Jay Cutler beat Sam Bradford, is the Bears only win in that span.
Analysis: The Bears are atop of the NFC North and playing well. The Vikings are 1 game behind. I do believe the Vikings will be able to slow down the Bears offense and also put up a bunch of points. Give me Cousins to out-duel Trubisky in this one.
Rams vs Chiefs
Throwback: Chiefs have won 6 in a row against the Rams. Rams last victory was all the way back in 1994. Joe Montana threw 3 interceptions for the Chiefs.
Analysis: This will be a high scoring event. Rams lost Kupp but still have a lot of weapons at their disposal. This will come down to which defense can get a stop late in the game. I will side with the home team even with swiss cheese Peters at corner.