Ok, lets just get right to it shall we!
Last Week (and Packers-Seahawks game): 10-5
Season Record: 60-36
Raiders at Cardinals (Sunday @ 4:05PMET)
If the Raiders were healthy, I would actually pick them to win this game. I mean the Raiders are a really bad team even when they are healthy, but now they’re really bad AND not healthy which makes this a DEFCON 1-Bad Raiders team.
Meanwhile,Josh Rosen is holding his own, but still looks to me like a college version of Eli Manning. He doesn’t get the ball down the field…GET THE BALL DOWN THE FIELD!You’re not Eli Manning, and you’re 16 years younger than him.
But I still think Cardinals do just enough to win a close one against Oakland. Cardinals win 23-20.
Broncos at Chargers (Sunday @ 4:05PM ET)
I’d say so far the Broncos are in the running for the Most Disappointing Team award for me this season.
I thought Case Keenum would do at least half as well as he performed last season.
I also thought Royce Freeman was going to be big time.
Then I thought Jake Butt would be one of the better rookie tight ends in the league.
And nope again.
But to be fair, Butt and Freeman have both been dealing with injuries. Also, to be fair,the Broncos’ schedule has not been easy this season; and they still have the Chargers and Steelers in the next two weeks.
Cortland Sutton has shown some flashes of promise, but even still, Denver can’t seem to get things going on offense; and trading Demaryius Thomas was probably the beginning of the end.
Chargers have an offense that has been getting A LOT of things going, and as for their defense…Joey Bosa has returned to practice. He’s coming…the rest of the AFC has been warned. Chargers win 28-14.
Eagles at Saints (Sunday @ 4:25PM ET)
The Eagles have a hangover that’s so bad that it would make even a college frat boy uncomfortable.It’s the Super Bowl hangover…and it’s a real thing.
The Eagles are banged up, they have no running game, their secondary has been underwhelming, and their receivers seem to have been struggling getting open lately.
Meanwhile,the New Orleans Saints are a train on fire right now, and its conductor is Drew Brees, who is having an MVP-caliber season.
The Eagles are 4-5, and it is probably the absolute worst time for them to be a game below .500 – going on the road to take on arguably the best team in the NFL. This could get ugly and perhaps even put the Eagles’ season in serious jeopardy. Saints win 37-17.
Vikings at Bears (Sunday Night @8:20PM ET)
Probably one of the worst preseason predictions I made was picking the Bears to finish last in the NFC North. I just did not see this coming.
Chicago’s defense and Mitch Trubisky have been integral to the Bears’ success. Trubisky has been playing well and seems to be getting better and better. The Matt Nagy hire seems to be paying off as well.
Here’s the thing about the Bears: They have a good defense, good coach, good running back duo, talented receivers, a solid up-and-coming tight end, and oh yeah, KHALIL MACK.
But I’m still not sold on the Bears, and I think it’s because I’m still not quite completely sold on Mitch Trubisky.
For whatever reason – I don’t quite know why – but I am not on the Mitch Trubisky train yet.He’s 17th in the league in completion percentage, 18th in passing yards, 11th in yds/attempt, 21st in yards/game, 11thin passer rating, and has 19 TDs to 7 INTs. In summary, he’s been good; he’s serviceable…but not great. He could be great, but he’s not quite there yet.
Trubisky and the Bears have also had a light schedule so far this season. They’re 6-3, but they’ve also played the Cardinals, Buccaneers, Dolphins, Jets, Bills, and Lions. There’s five of their six wins right there. Let’s just say the competition hasn’t been quite fierce for the Bears lately.
How I feel about Mitch Trubisky is actually how I feel about Jimmy Garoppolo. I’m at the train tracks, but I’m not on the train. Not yet. I still need to see more out of both of them.
Perhaps if Trubisky can lead the Bears to a Sunday Night victory over the Vikings, and create separation as leader of the NFC North, then maybe – just maybe – I will start warming up to Mitch Trubisky. But for now, he is pretty middle of the line for me. I want to see him take a Bears team into the playoffs and do well.
For this game, however, I think I have to take Minnesota in this one. This could actually be the best defense Trubisky faces yet, and Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs will both be back for this game. Bears will put up a good fight, but I like Minnesota a little more right now.
Oh, and by the way…the Vikings were my preseason pick to win the NFC and head to the Super Bowl. So, if they’re going to do that, I feel like they need to win this one. Here’s to me, sticking with my gut. Vikings win 27-24.
Chiefs at Rams (Monday Night @ 8:15PMET)
This…this will be the game of the week. It’s Monday Night games like these that make John Madden giddy; with a drumstick in one hand and a cold Schlitz in the other.
Two very good teams, with quarterbacks who are having very good years. I swear these two teams could combine for over 100 points this game, because I frankly am not too high on either of the defenses.
I’m certainly glad that the game got moved to Los Angeles. Nothing against Mexico City, but I mean, did you see the condition of that stadium? The field looked like the aftermath of a Fenerbahçe soccer game. The conditions of that field were probably not quite safe for the players.
With there location, however, what was supposed to be a neutral site has now become home field for the Rams. But honestly…I think I still like the Chiefs in this one.
Losing Cooper Kupp is a huge blow for the Rams, and I think there are some knots to untie in their secondary. That could be a problem going up against a quarterback as hot as Mahomes. I think Mahomes will also be playing with a little bit more heart and motivation for this one, following the tragic passing of his girlfriend’s stepfather last week.
This will be a battle, but give me Kansas City in this one. Chiefs win 42-40.
Since I will be traveling for Thanksgiving, I may not be able to deliver my picks to you in full, so here is who I got:
Bears over Lions 17-14
Cowboys over Redskins 24-20
Falcons over Saints 34-33 (UPSET!)
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