After a thrilling Thursday Night game that brought us a major comeback win by Philip Rivers and the Chargers, we have a couple very meh games ahead for us on Saturday!
Texans at Jets (Saturday @ 4:30PM ET)
Yes…yes I do think the takeaway train could keep rolling against the Jets.
The Texans are pretty good at stopping the run (5th in the league) so if the Jets want to throw points on the board, I feel like Sam Darnold is going to have to throw…a lot. Darnold needs a big day through the air, but I just simply don’t see that happening.
Also, the Jets have nothing to play for, except maybe Todd Bowles’ job as head coach, but other than that…yeah that’s just about it.
Meanwhile the Texans are going to be in the playoffs, but they especially have a chance at getting at least a bye in the AFC playoff picture. If things in the AFC got really weird, maybe even the top seed. Could you imagine?
Houston had their winning streak end last week at 9 games when they lost a close one to Andrew Luck and the Colts. The Texans defense struggled a bit in the red zone against the Colts. But this week is a different story, because the Jets are quite awful in the red zone on offense.
I’m not calling for a blowout here, but I think Houston will have no problems against the Jets this week. Texans win 25-14.
Browns at Broncos (Saturday @ 8:20PM ET)
Once upon a time, a matchup like this would be a no-brainer to predict. But this is a much-improved Browns squad.
The Browns did some nice things defensively last week against the Panthers, and the Broncos were embarrassed by Nick Mullens and the 49ers. But here’s the thing about the Broncos and Browns: The Browns are horrendous on the road (1-5), and the Broncos are a much better team at home. That might be the difference-maker right there.
Cleveland gives up 22.6 points per game when they’re home, but 29 points per game when they go on the road. And while Denver’s home and away records this season aren’t really indicative of how much better they are at home, consider what the Broncos have done each time they played at Mile High Stadium:
1). Defeated the Seahawks by 3
2). Defeated the Raiders by 1
2). Lost to the Chiefs by 4
3). Lost to the Rams by 3
4). Lost to the Texans by 2
5). Defeated the Steelers by 7
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that the Broncos will play you tough at their place EVERY TIME.
Their three losses were all against quality teams who will be in the playoffs, and they lost to them by an average of 3 points. And besides their win against Oakland, Denver has taken down the Steelers and Seahawks at home. Two quality wins right there.
But if you look at what Denver has done on the road, it includes two blowout losses to the Ravens and Jets, and a loss to the pitiful 49ers.
So yeah, you better believe the Broncos are a much different beast at home. In Denver, they can play with anybody.
Can the Browns Steal One on the Road?
I think Baker Mayfield will make some nice plays, and remind us all that the Browns may finally have found their quarterback of the future. But a lot of great quarterbacks have traveled to Mile High Stadium throughout history and have come away with a loss. It’s not an easy place to play, and I think Mayfield is going to quickly figure that out on his rookie journey.
I like the Browns to at least put up a fight, but the Broncos will pull away and make enough plays on defense to remain alive in the playoff picture. Broncos win 30-20.
Enjoy the games!
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