Previewing Sunday’s Games

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My record entering Sunday’s games, including the Titans 30-9 win on Thursday against the Jaguars, is 120-71-2.

Early games

Saints vs Buccaneers

The Saints are coming off of a rough Thursday Night performance, that saw them go into Dallas and have by far their worst offensive performance of the season. That, combined with the Saints wanting to get pay back on the Buccaneers for the way the game between these two teams went in week one, makes me think the Saints will come out with something to prove, plus they can’t afford to lose with them now being one game behind the Rams in the race for home-field advantage in the NFC.

Pick: Saints

Jets vs Bills

This definitely isn’t the most intriguing game of the early slate of games. The Bills have been playing better as of late and are playing this game at home.

Pick: Bills

Giants vs Redskins

Washington is definitely the better overall team in this one, but with them now having two quarterbacks go down for the season with broken legs, makes this game a lot more of a toss up. What stops me from picking the Giants however is that Odell Beckham isn’t going to be playing and the Redskins are at home. I’m not expecting much from Mark Sanchez, but I think he can be serviceable enough for the Redskins to be able to get the win at home.

Pick: Redskins

Patriots vs Dolphins

The Dolphins have had a way of playing the Patriots tough over the years when people haven’t been expecting it. While going on the road in the NFL is never easy, I think the Patriots will be dialed in for this one because they trail the Chiefs by one game for home-field advantage in the AFC and if they can keep winning they’ll keep applying pressure to Kansas City. I also just don’t believe in the Dolphins even though they’ve found a way to be at 6-6.

Pick: Patriots

Ravens vs Chiefs

A classic matchup here of elite offense against elite defense. Normally in games like this the defense is able to make things really difficult on the offense and while this Ravens front might be able to get after Patrick Mahomes a bit, I think the Chiefs will find a way to still put up 30+ points and I don’t think this Ravens offense is going to be able to do much of anything, even against this bad Chiefs defense.

Pick: Chiefs

Colts vs Texans

Houston has just found ways to keep winning and each week they’re moving closer and closer to wrapping up an AFC South title. The Colts are coming off of a horrendous 6-0 loss on the road to Jacksonville and now they’re going to be playing a much better team. The Colts should be able to find more offense in this one than they did last week, but with Houston being at home and playing the way they’re playing, there’s no reason for Houston to not pick up their 10th straight win.

Pick: Texans

Panthers vs Browns

If the Panthers are going to attempt to make the postseason, they will have to win this game. Cleveland is certainly an improved team, but the Panthers are the better team, at least on paper and should be able to win this game, especially with the way Christian McCaffrey has been playing. With that being said, something doesn’t seem right in Carolina and Cam Newton doesn’t look like himself at all, dealing with his shoulder injury. I think Cleveland gets the win here.

Pick: Cleveland

Falcons vs Packers

Who would’ve thought this game wouldn’t mean anything for the playoff race at this point in the season? Well that’s the case and the Packers will be playing their first game since the firing of head coach Mike McCarthy. Teams going into their first couple of games with an interim coach seem to play with some extra fire, plus this is going to be a cold weather game for a dome team.

Pick: Packers

Late games

Broncos vs 49ers

With the injury this week to Emmanuel Sanders, it’s fair to ask, who will the Broncos be throwing the ball to? And I think the answer to that one is they’ll run, run, run and run some more with Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Even though Denver likely won’t have much of a passing game, the 49ers are really bad and I still think the Broncos can manage to get a win here.

Pick: Broncos

Bengals vs Chargers

The Chargers made a real statement last week after they went into Pittsburgh and won in a Sunday Night Football matchup. Now if they want to be a real title contender, it’s important for them to go into a home game (by location at least) and beat a team that is reeling and has Jeff Driskel playing quarterback. As long as the Chargers show up, this one won’t have too much drama.

Pick: Chargers

Eagles vs Cowboys

This game could very well determine who wins the NFC East. It’s a little surprising that Philadelphia would be in first place with a win given the way they’ve looked this season, but they are still a talented team more than capable of winning this game. I see this one being pretty low-scoring and coming down to who can win the field position battle and who can be better on special teams. With the Cowboys being at home and playing the way they are on defense right now, I think they’ll get this win and sweep the season series from their division rivals.

Pick: Cowboys

Lions vs Cardinals

Brutal game.

Pick: Lions

Steelers vs Raiders

Oakland is of course having a terrible season and I think them not having James Conner won’t matter much because Ben Roethlisberger will have all day to throw and will be able to do whatever he wants with the ball to his plethora of targets.

Pick: Steelers

Sunday Night Football

Rams vs Bears

This game is a great contrast of styles. The Rams are as explosive as it comes and the Bears are a team lead by their defense and running game. It’ll be huge for Chicago that Mitchell Trubisky will be back in the lineup, but now they’re dealing with some banged up players on defense, most notably, Eddie Jackson, although he’s supposed to play. This game will be interesting because the Lions gave the Rams some problems for some of the game last week and the Bears have a better defense than the Lions, plus it’ll be a cold weather game. I fully expect this game to come down to the wire, but for Todd Gurley to be able to do enough on the ground for the Rams to be able to get the win.

Pick: Rams


Author: Jared Woodcock

I am the founder and owner of Sports Daily Gameday Insight. I am also currently a business student at the University of Oregon


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