Bro-Picks: NFL Week 15 Predictions

The play clock is winding down.

The start of the final four games of the NFL’s regular season brought plenty of surprises to the league’s best, ranging from devastating injuries to head-scratching losses. There’s little time for teams to feel sorry for themselves, as week 15 of the NFL season brings us another sizzling slate of games that will decide team’s playoff fates.

Last Week: 9-7

Overall: 131-77

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts (Thursday Night Football)

Oh the humanity of Thursday Night Football.

Winner: Colts

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Saturday Afternoon)

Both of these teams are coming off of wins in week 13, something that seemed improbable just weeks ago. Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has shown flashes of competency, but the Lions need this one to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Winner: Lions

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (Saturday Night)

Kansas City suspended their best defensive player in CB Marcus Peters last week and somehow it paid dividends, as the Chiefs demolished the Raiders. The Chargers have won 7 of 9 after starting the season 0-4. In a battle for first place in the AFC West, it’s the home field advantage Arrowhead Stadium provides that will make the difference.

Winner: Chiefs

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

Dolphins QB Jay Cutler looked like a competent QB against the Patriots and outplayed Tom Brady. Can he outplay any of the QBs Buffalo may trot out in unfavorable conditions?

Winner: Bills

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been medically cleared to play, which should give Green Bay a boost in time for a potential playoff run. The Panthers, who are coming off a statement win against the Vikings, could be the team to benefit most from the recent slew of injuries in the NFC.

Winner: Panthers

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

The Browns were up by 14 last week against the Packers heading into the 4th quarter. The lost 27-21 in overtime. Even by Cleveland’s standards, that’s and ungodly choke job.

Winner: Ravens

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars boast a championship level defense and a stout running game led by offensive rookie of the year candidate Leonard Fournette. If QB Blake Bortles can avoid turning the ball over, Jacksonville could be a team no one wants to face this postseason.

Winner: Jaguars

Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings

Vikings coach Mike Zimmerman was once on Marvin Lewis’s coaching staff in Cincinnati. Come next year, the reverse may be the case.

Winner: Vikings

New York Jets at New Orleans Saints

The Saints are now a run first team, as they’re 9-0 when they run the ball 22 times or more. The loss to Atlanta last week is somewhat startling, but it’s not like the Jets are a force to be reckoned with.

Winner: Saints

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Eagles QB Carson Wentz suffered an ACL tear and is out for the season. Backup Nick Foles is good enough to keep the Eagles afloat, but their Super Bowl chances are now slim to none.

Winner: Eagles

Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins

Believe it or not, this used to be a classic NFC East tilt. The interesting story here is Redskins QB Kirk (*or Kurt?*) Cousins, who may be playing himself out of a long term contract after what has been a down year for him.

Winner: Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks

If you had said at the start if the season a week 15 match-up between the Rams and the Seahawks would decide the NFC West, most would call you insane. The Rams are averaging 30 points per game this season, and head coach Sean McVay is in the running for coach of the year. The Seahawks are coming off a crushing loss to the Jaguars, and won’t be willing to give up their hold of the NFC West just yet.

Winner: Seahawks

Tennessee Titans at San Francisco 49ers

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo became the 2nd QB in the franchises’ history to win his first two road starts. There’s definitely some intrigue in the Bay Area now that he appears to be the QB of the future. The Titans are coming off a bad loss to an average Cardinals team, and need a win to keep pace with the Jaguars in the AFC South.

Winner: Titans

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

A game that will decide the top seed in the AFC comes at a time when both teams have major questions. The Steelers are missing LB Ryan Shazier badly, as the Ravens hung 38 points on them last week. The Patriots looked vulnerable in their AFC East tilt against the Dolphins, but do you really think the hoodie will allow the Pats to drop an important game such as this one?

Winner: Patriots

Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders (Sunday Night Football)

What was thought to be a potential Super Bowl 52 preview at the start of the season is now a battle between two teams on the outside looking in as it pertains to the playoff picture. The Raiders came out flat and got demolished against the Chiefs no thanks to  struggling QB Derek Carr, while Cowboys QB Dak Prescott may have finally figured out how to play without RB Ezekiel Elliott.

Winner: Cowboys

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Monday Night Football)

Just when you think the Falcons are DOA, they find a way to make you believe they can make a deep playoff run. Atlanta won despite Matt Ryan throwing 3 interceptions last week, something the Buccaneers can’t overcome with Jameis Winston under center.

Winner: Falcons

 

 

 

 

 

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Bro-Picks: NFL Week 14 Predictions

The 4th quarter has begun.

Week 14 marks the start of the 4th quarter in the NFL season. While some teams have already started making vacation plans for January, other teams are either thriving or barely hanging on to their playoff hopes. One thing is for certain, the intensity of the NFL’s playoff races will only grow larger in these last 4 weeks.

Last Week: 12-4

Overall: 122-70

 

News Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (Thursday Night Football)

The Saints revival seems unstoppable due to the RB combo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and they still have a future hall of fame QB in Drew Brees. The Falcons playoff hopes took a damaging blow last week by losing to the Vikings, and a loss Thursday night would be the final nail in the coffin.

Winner: Saints

 

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills

The Bills suffered a major blow last week with the injury to QB Tyrod Taylor. Back-up QB Nathan Peterman may get the chance to start again, but we all remember what happened the last time he started.

Winner: Colts

 

Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

The Vikings are on a roll with a 10 game winning streak, and could be the first team to ever play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. The Panthers are clinging on to the 6th seed in the NFC, and need a bounce back win if they want to remain on the inside of the playoff picture.

Winner: Panthers

 

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are licking their wounds after another prime time game meltdown, while the Bears keep finding more ways to shoot themselves in the foot and lose. It may be time for a house cleaning in Chicago.

Winner: Bengals

 

Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is practice again in the hopes his collar bone will heal in time to play in the Packers’ final three playoff implicating games. If QB Brett Hundley can get past the Browns, the Packers could be primed for a playoff run.

Winner: Packers

San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo made the inept 49ers offense look functional last Sunday despite red-zone struggles. He’ll need to be sharper against Jadeveon Clowney and the Texans vaunted defense.

Winner: Texans

 

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

With a three way tie atop the AFC West, this one could be an elimination game. The Raiders have been fortunate enough to have faced backup QBs the last 2 weeks, and the Chiefs appear to be falling apart. But Andy Reid can solve the Chiefs’ woes in time to win the division, right?

Winner: Chiefs

 

Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers QB James Winston looked good in his return, but had another careless turnover that cost his team the game last week. You would think he’d be more careful with the ball after considering he’s in his third NFL season. The Lions got smacked by the Ravens last week, and QB Matt Stafford will be playing through pain with a badly injured hand.

Winner: Lions

 

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell signed a 5 year, $200 million contract extension, thus making Jerry Jones look like a dope for threatening to sue him and the league. After cleaning house by firing GM Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo, the Giants have reinserted Eli Manning as their starting QB. Years from now, we’ll ask what was the point of benching the two time Super Bowl champion, and we won’t have a good answer.

Winner: Cowboys

 

Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals

The Titans have a minus 16 point differential despite being in first place in the AFC South. The Cardinals are a shell of their former 2015 NFC Championship Game selves, but it’s mediocre teams like them the Titans have trouble beating handily.

Winner: Cardinals

 

New York Jets at Denver Broncos

In what was supposed to be a year in which they were tanking, the New York Jets have somehow already matched their win total in 2017 and still mathematically alive in the AFC playoff hunt. The Denver Broncos have three QBs on their roster, meaning they have no QBs. GM and Mr. Bronco himself John Elway called the Broncos season “embarrassing”, might we see first year head coach Vance Joseph gone after just one season?

Winner: Jets

 

Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers

The Washington Redskins have injuries piling up and are on their way to a below .500 record. The Chargers have now won 6 of their last 8 games after starting 0-4 behind a ferocious pass rush and borderline hall of fame QB Philip Rivers. Go Chargers, Go ! (*Arnold Schwarzenegger voice*)

Winner: Chargers

 

Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars

If you had told someone at the start of the season a wee 14 game between the Seahawks and the Jaguars would have major playoff implications for both squads, you’d had been labeled insane. A win for the Jaguars would implicate the Jaguars are the real deal, while a win for the Seahawks would be business as usual.

Winner: Seahawks

 

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Ram

A battle between the number 1 and number 2 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft could potentially be a preview of the NFC Championship game. The Eagles are coming off a rough loss to the Seahawks, while the Rams throttled the Cardinals in an impressive road win. The winner of this one is in the driver seat for a playoff bye, and maybe even the number one seed in the NFC.

Winner: Eagles

 

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday Night Football)

AFC North football in December. Nothing is greater than a good ole’ fashioned showdown between two blood rivals who can’t stand each other. The Steelers look to keep rolling and remain the top seed in the AFC, while a win for the Ravens would make them a team no one would want to face should they make it to the postseason.

Winner: Steelers

 

New Englan Patriots at Miami Dolphins (Monday Night Football)

If there’s one place the Patriots have struggled to play over the last few seasons, it’s in South Beach. The Patriots have lost 3 of their last 4 games in Miami, and stumbling against them could cost them a number 1 seed in the playoffs. Luckily, the Dolphins are quarterbacked by Jay Cutler, meaning their chances of winning in Miami are considerably higher than previous seasons.

Winner: Patriots

 

Bro-Picks: NFL Week 13 Predictions

Winter is coming.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, signifying the end of Fall and the first 12 weeks of the NFL season. With the calendar turning to the month of December, winter is upon us. But while most of the U.S. gets colder, the NFL season begins to heat-up, especially with a Week 13 slate of NFL games that will heavily alter the playoff picture.

Last Week: 12-4

Overall: 110-66

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (Thursday Night Football)

The Cowboys look so lost without RB Ezekiel Elliott to the point many are questioning whether or not QB Dak Prescott can competently play the position without him. The Redskins are still alive in the playoff race, and the winner of this NFC EAST smackdown will live to fight another day for a spot in the playoffs.

Winner: Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons

Don’t look now, but suddenly the Atlanta Falcons seem to be regaining their Super Bowl form. Their schedule the rest of the season includes “prove it” games such as this one, but it’ll be Vikings QB Case Keenum who will prove he deserves to be under center for the NFC North leading Vikings.

Winner: Vikings

Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens seem to be reverting back to their classic form: a putrid offense combined with a pulverizing defense. The Lions need this game in order to stay in the playoff hunt, but their dreams of winning the NFC North may have sailed away last week by losing to the Vikings.

Winner: Lions

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

After proving head coach Sean McDermott wrong for benching him, Bills QB Tyrod Taylor led the charge in an upset win over the Chiefs. It’s wishful thinking to believe he can do the same against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Winner: Patriots

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo makes his much anticipated starting debut after leading a garbage time scoring drive last week. Only time will tell if he’s the franchise’s savior, but we know Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky definitely isn’t the answer for the Bears.

Winner: 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers

Don’t let last week fool you, QB Brett Hundley can’t keep the Packers afloat in the NFC playoff picture until Aaron Rodgers comes back. Buccaneers QB James Winston finally returns after missing a couple of games due to a shoulder injury, but one must wonder how focused he’ll be with the recent allegation against him claiming he sexually assaulted an Uber driver.

Winner: Buccaneers

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars fell victim to the Blaine Gabbert revenge game against the Cardinals last week. It’s time to start envisioning Eli Manning in a Jags uniform if they have any hope of competing for a Super Bowl.

Winner: Jaguars

Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins

QB Paxton Lynch made the Raiders awful defense look ferocious last week and cried about it. Trevor Siemian gets the start for the impotent Broncos against the Dolphins, who are still convinced Jay Cutler is a competent QB.

Winner: Dolphins

Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets

The once invincible Chiefs have hit a wall, losing 5 of their last 6 games. They’re lucky to be playing the self imploding Jets, who can’t get out of their own way.

Winner: Chiefs

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

It’s hard to take the Titans seriously when they barely beat hapless teams like the Colts. If only the Texans had Deshaun Watson to expose the Titans even more than he did in their Week 4 meeting.

Winner: Titans

Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers look like the best team in the AFC West right now. They face the STILL winless Browns, whose only win last year came against the Chargers last December. Coincidence?

Winner: Chargers

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

The Saints fell back to earth last week in their loss to the Rams, while Panthers QB Cam Newton struggled against the Jets. The winner of this game more than likely rides that momentum all the way to an NFC South title.

Winner: Panthers

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals

The Rams showed they’re for real by knocking off the Saints, and are close to completing one of the most stunning turnarounds in modern NFL history. But even against a team down to their back-up QBs, the Cardinals won’t go away quietly.

Winner: Rams

New York Giants at Oakland Raiders

The New York Giants have benched QB Eli Manning for Geno Smith. GENO SMITH. THEY CHOSE NOT TO FIRE BEN MCADOO BUT CHOSE TO BENCH ELI MANNING. Let that sink in.

Winner: Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks (Sunday Night Football)

The Eagles are the NFL’s best team, as they electric slid their way to a victory over the dreadful Bears. In what could be a potential NFC Championship game preview, they’ll need to overcome the NFL’s best home field advantage against Seattle’s 12th man in order to solidify themselves as the team to beat in the NFL.

Winner: Seahawks

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (Monday Night Football)

At 5-6, the Bengals still have a shot at the postseason. The Steelers made Packers back-up QB Brett Hundley look like Aaron Rodgers last week, and tend to play down to their competition. If they want to certify themselves as the class of the AFC, the need to take care of business against a desperate Bengals squad.

Winner: Steelers

 

Bro-Picks: NFL Week 11 Predictions

Another week, another slate of telling games.

Week 10 of the NFL taught us a lot about the contenders and pretenders for the Super Bowl this year. Just when we think we know everything there is to know about the league’s best teams, glaring flaws arise that make us question whether we should take those teams seriously. Week 11 of the NFL promises a plethora of telling games, and may be the final nail in the coffin for teams barely hanging on to their playoff chances.

Last Week: 10-4

Overall: 87-59

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (Thursday Night Football)

The Titans could easily be 3-6 this year considering their uninspired wins against the Browns, Ravens, and Bengals were close contests throughout. They end their stretch against the AFC North against the Steelers, who probably should have lost to the Colts last week considering their dreadful performance.

Winner: Steelers

 

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

Bears coach John Fox challenged a play on Sunday against the Packers thinking they scored a touchdown. The call was changed to a touchback. If that isn’t a perfect encapsulation of the Bears season, then maybe a loss to the Lions will be.

Winner: Lions

 

Baltimore Ravens at Green Bay Packers

The Packers seemed dead a couple of weeks ago, but they have a stretch of winnable games starting this week against the Ravens that could keep them in the playoff picture. Ravens QB Joe Flacco may no longer be elite, but his elite defense will stifle Packers QB Brett Humdley.

Winner: Ravens

 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns

The Browns browned by trying a QB sneak at the end of the first half last week, only to have time expire and without points before halftime. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles Bortled by throwing 2 interceptions late in the game, and somehow the Jaguars won. Imagine if the Jags had an actual QB.

Winner: Jaguars

 

Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans

Both teams have had to resort to playing their back-up QBs this season due to their starters being injured. The Cardinals may have to start 3rd string QB Blaine Gabbert if Drew Stanton can’t go, but the Texans have to start QB Tom Savage, who can’t move to save his life.

Winner: Cardinals

 

Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings

This is the first of a four out of five game stretch that will tell us if the Rams are true contenders. Going on the road against a vaunted Vikings defense will be tough for the league’s top offense to overcome, and the Vikings may eventually have to re-insert QB Teddy Bridgewater into the lineup should QB Case Keenum revert back to his Jeff Fischer coached Rams days.

Winner: Vikings

 

Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints

The Saints are winning the good ‘ole fashioned way: running the ball effectively and playing stellar defense. It’s a luxury for them to also have future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees, who finally does not have to carry the team on his back.

Winner: Saints

 

Kansas City Chiefs at New York Giants

The Giants have given up on coach Ben McAdoo after their embarrassing loss to the winless 49ers. Why the Giants haven’t fired him yet remains the most questionable coaching decision this year.

Winner: Chiefs

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins

Playing on what was supposed the bye week for both of these teams, both teams have failed to match pre-season expectations. This battle of Florida will come down to which turnover-prone QB, Jay Cutler of the Dolphins and Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buccaneers, commits the least amount of turnovers.

Winner: Buccaneers

 

Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers

The Bills have benched QB Tyron Taylor for rookie 5th round pick Nathan Peterman, and are officially pretenders. The Chargers keep finding ways to lose, so this one is anyone’s guess.

Winner: Chargers

 

Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos

The Broncos’ offense has officially reached rock bottom, with their lone highlight last week being QB Brock Osweiler plunking some guy on the sideline with an incompletion. Remember when this team trounced the Dallas Cowboys?

Winner: Bengals

 

New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders (Game in Mexico City, Mexico)

Raiders owner Mar Davis yuked it up this week at the ground breaking ceremony for the team’s new Las Vegas stadium, playing a shovel like an air guitar and looking like s fool in the process. Patriots QB may have the Raiders secondary looking foolish this week, as they have yet to record an interception this season.

Winner: Patriots

 

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Sunday Night Football)

While all of us focused on the loss of RB Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys missed T Tyron Smith and LB Sean Lee even more against the Falcons last week. It’s too much of an ask for them to beat a scary good Eagles team coming off their bye week.

Winner: Eagles

 

Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks (Monday Night Football)

The Falcons toyed with the Cowboys last week, proving they’re the most inconsistent team in the NFL on a weekly basis. They should be able to move the ball on a Richard Sherman-less Seattle secondary, but given their aforementioned title, Seattle could sneak away with an important home game to keep pace with the NFC West leading Rams.

Winner: Seahawks

 

Bro-Picks: NFL Week 10 Predictions

This is where the men separate themselves from the boys.

Week 10 of the NFL is coming at us fast, and at this point in the season, most teams know what direction they are heading in. That means there are opportunities for teams to separate themselves from others as true contenders, but there’s also just enough time left for teams who got off to slow starts to recover and make a push for the playoffs.

Last Week: 9-4

Overall: 77-55

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (Thursday Night Football)

The Seahawks defense embarrassed themselves last week allowing the Redskins to drive all the way down the field for the game winning touchdown with under two minutes remaining in the game. They’ll have a bounce back performance against the Drew Stanton led Cardinals.

Winner: Seahawks

Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans

The Titans were a popular pick to win the AFC South this year, but they haven’t lived up to expectations as a team taking the next step towards contention. Meanwhile, the Bengals are too busy having MMA matches involving star WR A.J. Green to focus on winning.

Winner: Titans

 

Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions

Even with the 6-2 Vikings in their division, this is the perfect season for QB Matt Stafford to lead the Lions to an NFC North title considering Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is sidelined with a collar bone injury. They have to take care of business against the Browns, who recently reinstated former All-Pro WR Josh Gordon, who apparently was intoxicated in one form or another every game of his NFL career. That’s what playing for the Browns will do to someone.

Winner: Lions

 

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars won without stud rookie RB Leonard Fournette last week, who was suspended by the team for missing the Jaguar’s team photo. That didn’t matter much, as the Jaguars defense held the Bengals to 7 points. While the Chargers have somewhat rebounded from their 0-4 start, it’s a tall order for them to travel across the country and beat a team that boasts one of the best defenses in the league.

Winner: Jaguars

 

New York Jets at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston won’t be tasting any “W’s” any time soon, as he’s out for a couple of weeks with a sprained shoulder. The Buccaneers will start Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB, who will want to enact revenge against his former team. This is the type of game the Jets need to win if they want to continue to avoid tanking,

Winner: Jets

 

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is going to be desposed in former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick’s case in which he is accusing the league of collusion. Kaepernick may not have documentation of this, but anyone looking at how terrible the Packers are starting QB Brett Hundley in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers has to start to wonder if Kaepernick’s kneeling during the National Anthem last year is the reason as to why he remains unsigned.

Winner: Bears

 

New Orleans Saints at Buffalo Bills

The Bills had a chance last week to show they’re for real, and then they laid an egg on Thursday Night Football against the Jets. The Bills have had a record of .500 or better after playing eight games eight times since 1999. They failed to reach the playoffs each of those times. That trend seems like it could continue with a rough second half schedule, starting with a revived Saints team this week.

Winner: Saints

 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts

In immortal words of Nelly and Tim McGraw, “cause it’s all in my head.” That lyric best describes Colts QB Andrew Luck if you’re listening to Colts owner Jim Irsay and former Colts coach Tony Dungy. Do you think Luck wants to play for Irsay?

Winner: Steelers

 

Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins

The Redskins pulled off an impressive victory over the Seahawks in Seattle last week, and they could still make some noise in the NFC East. The Vikings will have a decision to make between QBs Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Bradford in regards to who their starter will be, but with a defense that allows 282 yards per game, it might not matter much.

Winner: Vikings

 

Houston Texans at Los Angeles Rams

Say it loud: THE RAMS ARE FOR REAL. They’ve scored 30 or more points 5 times this year, and they’re 5-0 in those games. It’s a shame Texans rookie sensation QB Deshaun Watson is out for the season with a torn ACL, as this could’ve been a match-up featuring two young and now promising QBs in him and Jared Goff.

Winner: Rams

 

Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal, meaning he will be suspended for at least this game against the Falcons. The Cowboys have a ferocious defensive line that will cause problems for the sputtering Falcons offense, and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is more than capable without his troubled star RB.

Winner: Cowboys

 

New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers

The Giants are awful, and coach Ben McAdoo has supposedly lost the locker room with his constant player fines, throwing players under the bus, and tough practices. This is one of the few games remaining on the 49ers schedule they could win, but the 49ers are 0-9 for a reason, and 0-16 remains a real possibility.

Winner: Giants

 

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos (Sunday Night Football)

Including the postseason, Patriots QB Tom Brady is 7-9 in his career against the Broncos. Fortunately for him, the Broncos offense can’t function to save their lives this season. They will trot out QB Brock Osweiler for the second straight week, and if you take Broncos head coach Vance Joseph’s word for it, Osweiler gives the Broncos confidence. Did he watch the beating his team took in Philadelphia last week?

Winner: Patriots

 

Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers (Monday Night Football)

People keep doubting the Panthers this season for some odd reason. It could be because Panthers QB Cam Newton compared his team to the Titanic when asked about the team trading away WR Kelvin Benjamin. If he wanted to use the Titanic metaphor correctly, he would’ve used it to describe the Dolphins’ playoff chances, as it’s a miracle this team is 4-4 despite being one of the worst ranked offenses in the league. QB Jay Cutler probably should’ve stayed retired.

Winner: Panthers

 

Bro-Picks: NFL Week 9 Predictions

The second half has begun.

We have now entered the second half of the NFL season with the arrival of Week 9, and it’s safe to say teams and their fans are starting to realize their team is either a Super Bowl contender or a pretender. Teams that have realized they have a legitimate shot at winning it all made trades at the NFL’s trade deadline that made the NBA’s trade deadline look boring by comparison. The pretenders stood pat at the trade deadline, while even some of the worst teams in the NFL made moves to at least get their off-seasons started early. Will these moves pay off this season or in the future, or will the bust and prevent a team from winning the Super Bowl or slow down rebuilding efforts?

Last Week:  10-3

Overall: 68-51

 

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (Thursday Night Football)

The Bills acquired Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin at the trade deadline, a move shows the Bills believe they are contenders and one that will help their 30th ranked passing offense in the NFL. The Jets traded for 49ers CB Rashard Robinson, otherwise known as the human embodiment of pass interference. Maybe they’ll finally start tanking like we thought they would.

Winner: Bills

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Neither of these teams made notable moves at the trade deadline, and both teams are heading in directions opposite their expectations coming into the season. The Saints have experienced a revival after an 0-2 start, and the Buccaneers haven’t taken the next step towards contention like many believed they would.

Winner: Saints

 

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

In a move that surprised many, the Panthers traded away their number one WR, Kelvin Benjamin, to the Bills. Panthers QB Cam Newton won an MVP award without him in 2015 when Benjamin was out for the season, so Newton is used to life without Benjamin. The Falcons were a punt return touchdown away from losing to the Jets, and QB Matt Ryan has yet to regain his MVP form from last season.

Winner: Panthers

 

Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants

Maybe it’s time to admit the Rams are for real, as head coach Sean McVay has turned QB Jared Goff from an all-time bust into a capable starting QB. The Giants seem to enjoy suspending their once vaunted secondary, as CB Janoris Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely for failing to report to the team after their bye week. Coach Ben McAdoo may have lost the locker room in a season that somehow had Super Bowl expectations.

Winner: Rams

 

Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans

Just when you think the Ravens are yesterday’s news, they find a way to creep back into the playiff picture. In their dominant 40-0 win over the Dolphins, QB Joe Flacco experienced one of the most vicious hits you ever see, yet somehow he is starting this week. The Titans remain in the playoff picture as well, yet for a team that was expected to win the lowly AFC South, it was a curious decision as to why they stood pat at the trade deadline and were thinking about trading RB DeMarco Murray to the Cowboys.

Winner: Titans

 

Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Bengals nearly traded away back-up QB A. McCarron to the Browns at the trade deadline. Luckily that trade fell through due to the Browns failing to notify the league office before the trade deadline, thus further showcasing the Browns’ utter incompetence. McCarron could be inserted into this game should the Jaguars live up to their Sacksonville name and terrorize starting QB Andy Dalton. And just as a reminder, the Jaguars are winning with Blake Bortles as their starting QB. It helps when you have a stud rookie RB in Leonard Fournette lining up behind him.

Winner: Jaguars

 

Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles added to their already potent rushing attack (*4th in the NFL with 129.3 yards per game*) by trading for Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi at the trade deadline. The Broncos have benched QB Trevor Siemian  for QB Brock Osweiler, who couldn’t even make the Browns 53 man roster.

Winner: Eagles

 

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

The Texans traded away LT Duane Brown after he denounced Texans’ owner Bob McNair’s “inmates running the prison” comments. That won’t matter much, as Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson is the clear favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year after throwing 19 TDs through his first 7 games, surpassing the mark set by Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner back in 1999. The Colts have a stud QB as well in Andrew Luck, but he’s not on the field, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be returning any time soon.

Winner: Texans

*UPDATE 11/3/17*

Texans Rookie QB Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice, surely ending the Texans’ playoff hopes. They’ll still get the win against a bad Colts team, who placed QB Andrew Luck on IR, but this is a devastating blow to a team primed for a run at the playoffs.

 

Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins got burned at the trade deadline, as it does not appear like he’ll be heading to the 49ers after they acquired Patriots back-up QB Jimmy Garoppolo. The Seahawks meanwhile look like Super Bowl contenders, with a top 10 ranking offense led by QB Russell Wilson and a defense that still has the legion of boom.

Winner: Seahawks

 

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

The Cardinals are going nowhere, especially with back-up QB Drew Stanton having to start for an injured Carson Palmer. The 49ers indicated they are clearly building towards the future by trading a second round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft for Patriots back-up QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He may not be playing this week, but it’s the type of move that at least gives 49ers fans hope for the future.

Winner: Cardinals

 

Kansas City Chiefs at Dallas Cowboys

The ongoing suspension saga featuring Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has seemingly no end in sight. Had he just sat out the first six games of the season, he’d be back by now and the Cowboys would’ve gone 4-3 without him, i.e. their record right now with him through seven games. Now they’ll be without him against a Chiefs team that wants to prove they are the team to beat in the AFC.

Winner: Chiefs

*UPDATE 11/3/17* 

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will play Sunday against the Chiefs after being granted a request for an administrative stay by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This on-going saga has no end in sight, and while Elliott will definitely be a help for the Cowboys Sunday, he won’t be enough for the Cowboys to beat the Chiefs.

 

Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins (Sunday Night Football)

The hope that the Raiders finally turned their season around last about 9 days, as they were physically dominated by the Bills last week. They stood pat at the trade deadline despite the fact that they need secondary help. The Miami Dolphins seem to be in disarray after trading away their best offensive player in RB Jay Ajayi, and head coach Adam Gase seems to be pointing fingers at everyone but himself for the Dolphins inept offense.

Winner: Raiders

 

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Monday Night Football)

The Lions have faltered after looking like one of the best teams in the NFL early on in the season, and made no moves at the trade deadline to help improve their roster. The Packers are a one man roster: QB Aaron Rodgers. They’ll be lucky to make it to 6 wins this season without him.

Winner: Lions

Bro-Picks: NFL Week 7 Predictions

Time for the 2-minute drill at the end of the first half of the NFL season.

We’ve reached the 2-minute warning of the first half of the NFL season. So far, one would be hard-pressed to say their is a clear favorite to win the Super Bowl.

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles may sit atop of the NFL, but have yet to establish themselves as powerhouses. Teams like the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills have been pleasant surprises, but their early season success might not last heading into the second half of the season.

Meanwhile, teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders were believed to be primed to take the next step towards title contention, but have stumbled through the first half of the season. Then there are the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers, who are in a race for the number 1 pick in the NFL Draft and might not win a game this year.

There’s enough time left in the first half of the NFL season for these teams to score and get themselves on the track towards Minneapolis for Super Bowl 52, but they’ll need to execute the two minute drill to perfection in order to do so.

Last Week: 5-9

Overall: 47-44

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (Thursday Night Football)

The Raiders have fallen well short of their Super Bowl expectations, and the once dynamic offense has struggled under the guidance of first year offensive coordinator Todd Downing. This is a must win game for the silver and black, but with the Chiefs coming to town off an embarrassing home loss, it may be time for the Raiders to make off-season plans starting in early January.

Winner: Chiefs

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills

Tampa Bay QB James Winston is ailing, and the Buccaneers haven’t taken the next step as many thought they would. It might be time to start taking the Bills seriously.

Winner: Bills

 

Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears

Bears RB Jordan Howard gave us a blast from the past with his 36 carries for 167 yards performance against the Ravens. But the Bears seem to only be beating AFC North teams this year, with their only other win coming against the Steelers. Last time I checked, the Panther play in the NFC South.

Winner: Panthers

 

Lock of the Week: Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns

Well Cleveland, you still have LeBron.

Lock of the Week Winner: Titans

 

New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers

The Packers season is all but finished with QB Aaron Rodgers out for most of if not the rest of the season due to a broken collarbone. The once putrid Saints defense seems to be finding their grove, and that’s without QB Drew Bree’s playing exceptionally well.

Winner: Saints

 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

The AFC South is a battle of ineptitude at this point, and it doesn’t look like Colts AB Andrew Luck is coming back this season due to a shoulder injury. Jacoby Brissett has done a fine job fillinf in for Luck, and the Jaguars should strongly consider making a play for Brissett if they want to be considered true contenders.

Winner: Jaguars

 

Upset of the Week: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams

Saints head coach Sean Payton owes RB Adrian Peterson an apology. He still has plenty in the tank, running for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns on 26 carries last week in a win over the Bucs. The more of the load Peterson can take off of QB Carson Palmer’s shoulders, the better off the Cardinals will be.

Upset of the Week Winner: Cardinals

 

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Somehow, both of these teams are still in the race for the AFC East division title heading into Week 7. In a division that’s currently wide open, both of these teams need to win in order to keep pace for the division crown.

Winner: Dolphins

 

Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings

A golden opportunity has arisen for the Vikings now that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is out. And the Ravens lost to Mitchell Trubisky at home last week. Yikes.

Winner: Vikings

 

Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers

The C. J. Beathard era is officially underway in San Francisco (* Santa Clara, because Jed York*). It doesn’t matter who plays at QB for the 49ers, they stink. The Cowboys may be going through more twists and turns than The Young and the Restless with the Ezekiel Elliott soap opera, but they will to thrive off of dysfunction this week against a team that could be staring at an 0-11 record before their first winnable game.

Winner: Cowboys

 

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

You can’t quite get a grip on the Steelers. One week they look like Super Bowl contenders, the next week they look like pretenders. Bet on the former this week in a heated divisional match-up at home.

Winner: Steelers

 

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers are on a winning streak, and the Broncos laid an egg last week on Sunday Night Football. Which of these teams show up is as unpredictable as to what President Donald Trump will tweet next.

Winner: Broncos

 

Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants

The Giants finally got their first win of the season sans WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall against a good Broncos defense. They won’t have the same luck this week against the legion of boom.

Winner: Seahawks

 

Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots (Sunday Night Football)

Just in case a Patriots fan or Mark Wahlberg  hasn’t reminded you, the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl 51 against the Patriots. Last week, just ahead of their Super Bowl 51 re-match, the Falcons blew a 17-0 lead against the Dolphins. If that isn’t an ominous sign of what’s to come, then what is?

Winner: Patriots

 

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

The NFC East is always a brutal division, and this week features a key match-up that will put the winner in good playoff standing. The Redskins need this game more to avoid being 0-2 in the division, QB Carson Wentz has the Eagles flying high, and they’re going to be tough to ground.

Winner: Eagles