Texans vs Jets, 4:30 PM ET, NFL Network
The Jets started off the season as well as they could have when they demolished the Lions on Monday Night Football to open the season and basically since that point their season has been completely downhill. Sam Darnold has been beat up most of the second half of the season and has missed some games, but he is expected to be able to give it a go in this game and I think at this point, It would just be best for the Jets to be able to have him out there to see more of what they have going forward.
On paper, this one doesn’t appear to be close and the only thing that could really give the Jets a chance is that this one is at MetLife Stadium, but I don’t think that will make much of a difference. The Texans are coming off of a rough loss to the Colts and they will need to keep winning to help with playoff seeding and making sure they can win the AFC South. They simply have more to play for than the Jets and Deshaun Watson and co. will come out and take care of business for their 10th win of the season.
Browns vs Broncos, 8:20 PM ET, NFL Network
In the Broncos first game since the season-ending injury of Emmanuel Sanders, they looked terrible in their loss against the 49ers and I’m not expecting much different the rest of the year from them. The Browns on the other hand, have been playing much better since they moved on from Hue Jackson.
Denver does have some aspects that can give the Browns problems and the main thing that sticks out to me is the strong running game of the Broncos behind breakout rookie Phillip Lindsay and his backfield mate, Royce Freeman. Defensively, the Browns rank 28th in the league in stopping the run, while that Broncos offense ranks 7th in rushing the ball. I think with the lack of weapons the Broncos have available it’ll make it easier for the Browns to put an extra man in the box to try and stop the run.
Defensively, the Broncos can rush the passer with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, and that’s something that can give Baker Mayfield some issues because they could put pressure on him, but with Chris Harris out, I think Mayfield will be able to throw the ball against the secondary.