NYJ (5-Eight) @ BAL (11-2) | THU Eight:20 PM ET | FOX/NFL Community/Prime
Winners of 9 video games in a row since a 2-2 begin, the Ravens are simply the most well liked staff in soccer, however they have to be cautious of an upset on Thursday night time, because the Jets—at the least defensively—are a bodily opponent that will embrace a possible slugfest. That stated, Lamar Jackson has proven he can beat groups together with his arm, so if Gregg Williams needs to constantly stack the field, rookie receiver Marquise Brown ought to have the ability to get behind the protection in one-on-one protection. Plus, the larger situation for New York will likely be transferring the ball on the street towards a stingy defensive unit that’s allowed simply 12.Zero factors per recreation within the second half of the season, and Sam Darnold has actually struggled in primetime to start out his profession (2:7 touchdown-interception ratio in three video games). Assuming Baltimore defends Robby Anderson and the deep ball higher after permitting some Buffalo wideouts to get behind them in Week 14, it may very well be a really lengthy night time for Darnold and the Jets. Maybe Le’Veon Bell and Adam Gase can put any disagreements within the gutter to present the previous Steeler a featured workload towards a Baltimore protection he’s stung for seven whole touchdowns previously three conferences, however I wouldn’t get my hopes up.
Winner: Baltimore Ravens
NE (10-Three) @ CIN (1-12) | SUN 1:00 PM ET | CBS
Tom Brady and the Patriots are “on to Cincinnati” after back-to-back losses, and that might imply dangerous information for the Bengals. Within the unique “on to Cincinnati” recreation, New England dominated with over 200 speeding yards and 185 mixed yards from their tight ends in a 43-17 victory, and if a flip goes to be switched earlier than January, I believe that is the time for the offense to get rolling. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels stated this week that first-round choose N’Keal Harry could get extra alternatives after he confirmed what he can do with the ball in his palms on final week’s should-have-been landing, and I truly thought the distinctive run-after-catch means for the Arizona State product was maybe his finest trait getting into the league. Harry turning into a big issue whereas rotating with Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett might be the most effective likelihood the Pats need to unlock the total potential of their passing assault. On the whole, although, Sony Michel must be fed all recreation (he didn’t even obtain a contact after the primary quarter in final week’s loss), which might put much less stress on Brady and the younger weapons. Even one other valiant effort by Joe Mixon is unlikely to be sufficient for the Bengals to tug off an upset.
Winner: New England Patriots
TB (6-7) @ DET (Three-9-1) | SUN 1:00 PM ET | FOX
Tampa Bay was capable of overcome three Jameis Winston interceptions final week (together with a pick-six) to beat the Colts in a shootout, nevertheless it got here at a value, as Mike Evans (hamstring) is reportedly performed for the 12 months, and Winston himself is coping with a thumb damage that might pressure him to overlook Week 15. Irrespective of who’s beneath middle for the Buccaneers (now and sooner or later), Evans lacking the ultimate three weeks might find yourself being a great factor for the long run if it means O.J. Howard lastly will get featured for an prolonged stretch, because the 2020 offense can be actually tough to cease with the trio of Evans, Howard, and Chris Godwin all being weekly components. For this week, 2015 first-round choose Breshad Perriman getting a chance to showcase his expertise will likely be good to see, and it’s price noting that he has the prototypical skillset for a downfield function in Bruce Arians’ system. The Lions could have a great shot to snap their dropping streak by forcing turnovers at residence, however David Blough isn’t in a simple spot versus an aggressive Tampa Bay protection, particularly since Detroit is now lacking their prime operating again (Kerryon Johnson), beginning receiver (Marvin Jones), and standout rookie tight finish (T.J. Hockenson).
Winner: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
HOU (Eight-5) @ TEN (Eight-5) | SUN 1:00 PM ET | CBS
Houston and Tennessee will sq. off two occasions over the ultimate three weeks to doubtlessly resolve the AFC South, however neither staff can afford to return in sluggish just like the Texans did final week towards Denver. I might hope that getting blown out at residence can have humbled Invoice O’Brien’s squad following their large win over New England, but when they permit Derrick Henry to return out and punch them within the mouth, it may very well be a protracted recreation primarily based on how environment friendly Ryan Tannehill has been at throwing big-play “haymakers” to A.J. Brown and others. The Titans principally have a superhuman at operating again with Henry—who’s taking part in by a hamstring damage and has stated his “leg must be midway off” for him to sit out—and an undersized secondary for Houston may very well be in hassle if Tennessee is ready to spring the previous Heisman winner to the second stage. Alternatively, there isn’t any means Brown ought to shock Romeo Crennel’s protection after all of the spotlight performs he has made in current weeks, and it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how they stability shading protection within the rookie’s route with throwing assets at stopping Henry. Offensively, Deshaun Watson has shredded the Titans on the bottom with 7.7 yards per carry and two touchdowns in three conferences, so Mike Vrabel wants to verify his guys hold him contained. It is a toss-up, however I’m going with the house staff.
Winner: Tennessee Titans
DEN (5-Eight) @ KC (9-Four) | SUN 1:00 PM ET | CBS
The Broncos haven’t been shy about letting Drew Lock throw to start out his profession, and instilling confidence within the rookie passer has been a giant purpose for his 2-Zero begin (towards two groups that made the playoffs final 12 months, no much less). Simply as importantly, Denver’s go safety has improved this month by permitting Lock to be sacked simply as soon as, and his mobility helps open up an offense that desires to get the quarterback on the transfer. Nevertheless, the largest check of Lock’s younger profession will come this week towards an enhancing Kansas Metropolis protection, and Steve Spagnuolo’s unit will certainly wish to make a powerful first impression on a quarterback they could see twice per 12 months over the following decade. Within the first matchup this season, the Chiefs had been capable of sack Joe Flacco 9 occasions, so this weekend may very well be telling with regards to the strides made by the Broncos since then. Patrick Mahomes has been given some battles versus Denver, however Tyreek Hill has been quiet for too lengthy, and the offense may very well be in for an explosion if Damien Williams (rib) can return to lastly get everybody on the sphere collectively for an prolonged time period earlier than January.
Winner: Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
MIA (Three-10) @ NYG (2-11) | SUN 1:00 PM ET | CBS
Anybody saying the Dolphins “gained” by dropping final week on a last-second area objective as a result of it provides them a greater draft choose is clueless, and Brian Flores’ response to the go interference reversal that value his staff the sport is extra proof of him being the right coach to get probably the most out of a roster missing expertise/depth. Franchises all the time have the power to maneuver up within the draft by way of commerce, however groups won’t ever have the ability to get again losses they’ve compiled on account of “tanking”—which might create a dropping tradition that’s robust to interrupt (simply take a look at the Browns). Even when Flores finally ends up ending Three-13 in his first 12 months, gamers have already introduced in and can proceed to struggle. This week, a visit to New York looks like a spot the place Miami can choose up one other victory, however the Giants merely have extra expertise, and Saquon Barkley is certain to have a monster recreation at the least as soon as over the ultimate three weeks. Whereas the loss to the Eagles on Monday night time was a serious disappointment, New York must be decided to get Eli Manning again to .500 as a starter (at the moment 116-117) earlier than Daniel Jones (ankle) returns to the lineup; Evan Engram (foot) returning would give Manning the firepower wanted to exit with a bang.
Winner: New York Giants
PHI (6-7) @ WAS (Three-10) | SUN 1:00 PM ET | FOX
In the event that they find yourself lacking the playoffs, flaws within the development of Philadelphia’s roster would be the largest factor to level to, as normal supervisor Howie Roseman has constructed an outdated, injury-prone staff—and there doesn’t appear to be a simple repair for 2020 and past. Other than Roseman proving to be an ineffective expertise evaluator with regards to the draft (crucial a part of a GM’s job), the Eagles are caught with soon-to-be 30-year-old Alshon Jeffery (foot) for 2 extra seasons, are led by ageing defensive stars, and don’t have the identical cap quantity or “spark” from Carson Wentz that they did in 2017. Now, a four-game profitable streak heading into January will surely have Philly primed for one more run, however primarily based on how Washington has performed in current weeks, the Birds higher not be waiting for Week 16. Count on to see a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson as he nears his second 1,00Zero-yard season in a row (282 yards away with three video games to go), however the Eagles ought to have the ability to include the Redskins’ offense if the Ohio State connection between Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin doesn’t join on a deep ball.
Winner: Philadelphia Eagles
SEA (10-Three) @ CAR (5-Eight) | SUN 1:00 PM ET | FOX
Whereas the common season finale towards the 49ers could resolve the NFC West (and home-field benefit all through the playoffs), Seattle went from a first-round bye to No. 5 seed following a 28-12 loss to the Rams final week, and they are going to be ready for a rebound efficiency in Carolina on Sunday. Russell Wilson has surprisingly tossed an interception in every of the previous 4 video games, however go safety hasn’t been nice (18 sacks over that span), and I doubt the turnover streak continues towards the Panthers, who could not have the ability to generate a lot stress if prime go rusher Mario Addison (chest) is dominated out. Additionally, not like final 12 months’s assembly when Carolina misplaced, 30-27, on a last-second area objective, the Seahawks ought to have extra eyes on Christian McCaffrey (28 touches for 237 yards and two touchdowns in 2018) to verify he isn’t capable of single-handedly beat them. Ideally, the Panthers will get Greg Olsen (concussion) again within the lineup to pair with promising teenager Ian Thomas and probably replicate a few of the success Los Angeles had utilizing 12 personnel, however Kyle Allen must care for ball versus an opportunistic protection. Search for Seattle to experience Chris Carson to a win.
Winner: Seattle Seahawks
CHI (7-6) @ GB (10-Three) | SUN 1:00 PM ET | FOX
Folks complained that it was “boring,” however Chicago and Inexperienced Bay had a uncommon defensive battle again in Week 1 to kick off the league’s 100th season, and I wouldn’t thoughts one other throwback recreation with temperatures within the teenagers at Lambeau Area this weekend. The Bears have figured issues out offensively by lastly that includes Allen Robinson in quite a lot of methods (together with in scoring territory), so whereas everybody ought to clearly hope Taylor Gabriel (concussion) can get cleared after a two-week absence, it shouldn’t actually change a lot about how the passing assault has functioned not too long ago. Within the opener, Robinson had a 100-yard recreation, nevertheless it might have been a a lot larger night time if Mitchell Trubisky didn’t miss him for 2 potential lengthy touchdowns, so we’ll see what sort of changes had been made on either side. For Inexperienced Bay’s offense, Davante Adams confronted fixed double groups earlier this 12 months, however guys like Allen Lazard stepping up and the operating backs doing injury within the passing recreation ought to liberate the No. 1 wideout, who had double-digit targets in five-straight video games earlier than final week and will line up everywhere in the formation. If Khalil Mack (Three.Zero sacks since Week 5) doesn’t come alive, I just like the Packers to get one step nearer to clinching the NFC North.
Winner: Inexperienced Bay Packers
MIN (9-Four) @ LAC (5-Eight) | SUN Four:05 PM ET | CBS
The Vikings took care of enterprise final week with a 20-7 win over the Lions, however they need to be on upset alert for a west coast journey forward of their large Monday Night time Soccer matchup towards Inexperienced Bay in Week 16. The Packers (on the street) and Bears (at residence) have each been upset by the Chargers already this 12 months, and we’d possible be viewing them as a reliable contender if not for being cursed with an unbelievable mixture of accidents and late-game heartbreak. You might be what your report says you’re, however Los Angeles has misplaced each recreation this season by seven or fewer factors, and Philip Rivers looks like he would like to play spoiler over the ultimate three weeks. As most know by now, the secondary for Minnesota isn’t what it was, and there are many ways in which the Chargers can assault them—from soar balls for Mike Williams to display screen passes for Austin Ekeler. On protection, LA has considerably improved towards the run over the previous 5 video games (Three.Four yards per carry), and stopping Dalvin Cook dinner must be the precedence whether or not or not Adam Thielen (hamstring) returns alongside Stefon Diggs. The Vikings have overcome doubters thus far, however Sunday looks like a entice ready to occur.
Winner: Los Angeles Chargers
JAX (Four-9) @ OAK (6-7) | SUN Four:05 PM ET | CBS
There have been a number of cases of Jon Gruden celebrating with The Black Gap following a victory over the previous two years (together with final Christmas Eve for what was believed to be the ultimate recreation there), however Sunday will definitively be the ultimate look for the Raiders in Oakland, which is certain to be emotional for Gruden, the gamers, and the followers. Nothing would beat a last-second nail-bitter, however the subsequent finest end result can be full domination—and I believe we might get simply that primarily based on how Jacksonville has performed throughout their five-game dropping streak (-117 level differential and each loss by 17+ factors). Josh Jacobs (shoulder) returning units the tone for the complete roster to return out decided, however to take full benefit of a struggling protection, Derek Carr must be extra aggressive and pull the set off when there are holes in intermediate/deep areas of the sphere; particularly, tight finish Darren Waller ought to have the ability to acquire chunk yardage down the seams. The protection must play higher, however I count on the power on the Coliseum will present a lift to everybody, and Sunday night must be a memorable sendoff earlier than the franchise strikes to Las Vegas.
Winner: Oakland Raiders
CLE (6-7) @ ARI (Three-9-1) | SUN Four:05 PM ET | CBS
A matchup between the final two Heisman Trophy winners might flip right into a shootout this weekend, as former Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray will attempt to outduel each other of their first profession assembly. The opposite layer to this recreation—though they’re now on good phrases—is that Mayfield will wish to show Kliff Kingsbury (who coached him at Texas A&M) made a mistake in principally overlooking again a couple of years in the past. Now, there gained’t be any staredowns like we noticed with Hue Jackson final 12 months or anything that can draw headlines (partly as a result of Baker has matured), however there may be undoubtedly nonetheless a chip on the shoulder of Cleveland’s quarterback, and he ought to have added motivation following a sub-par displaying in Week 14. Should you advised me Nick Chubb was assured 20-25 carries, I’d actually like the possibilities for the Browns, however he had simply three carries on the half final week, and the play-calling for Freddie Kitchens has been extremely questionable all 12 months. As a substitute, the Cardinals might be able to snap their dropping streak if the connection between Murray and Christian Kirk continues together with elevated utilization for David Johnson. I’m going with Arizona in a detailed one.
Winner: Arizona Cardinals
LAR (Eight-5) @ DAL (6-7) | SUN Four:25 PM ET | FOX
The Cowboys had been already featured on Amazon’s All or Nothing sequence (Philadelphia is the topic for this season), however how attention-grabbing would it not be to see their 2019 season unfold? Jason Garrett is claimed to be a coach that takes issues daily, however primarily based on how flat the Cowboys have been in back-to-back losses, it’s truthful to surprise if the gamers have been wanting ahead to subsequent week towards the Eagles as a substitute of specializing in the duty at hand. If that’s the case, Sunday may very well be one other ugly displaying towards a Rams staff that has their eyes on January soccer however their minds on beating Dallas, and the Massive D protection—which has allowed 32.5 factors per recreation in two matchups versus Sean McVay—actually doesn’t know the way they’ll be attacked. Final week, it was Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee main the best way, however nobody must be stunned if Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks are all of the sudden featured with Todd Gurley because the centerpiece both means. There are too many good gamers on the roster for Dallas to be a below-.500 staff, and like Troy Aikman stated final week in the course of the TNF broadcast, nobody on the teaching employees would actually need to take over on an interim foundation if Jerry Jones had a change of coronary heart about letting Garrett end the 12 months. Personally, I’ve by no means gotten the Kris Richard hype as a result of even relationship again to final season when the protection was lauded, it nonetheless gave the impression to be an underachieving unit in comparison with their expertise stage; I doubt this week is usually a turning level, and Dak Prescott could wrestle towards a protection that’s restricted Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson over the previous two weeks.
Winner: Los Angeles Rams
ATL (Four-9) @ SF (11-2) | SUN Four:25 PM ET | FOX
I didn’t know till seeing he was a Walter Payton Man of the Yr nominee, however Allen looks like one of the underrated leaders within the NFL.
Over the past 12 months, Ricardo Allen has overcome adversity on the sphere. However one side of his life that has remained fixed: his ardour to enhance his teammates and neighborhood. #WPMOYChallenge + @Ricardo37Allen pic.twitter.com/D8Hd1krnyN
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 12, 2019
Winner: San Francisco 49ers
BUF (9-Four) @ PIT (Eight-5) | SUN Eight:20 PM ET | NBC
Payments-Steelers is a vital AFC matchup on Sunday night time, and as groups across the league lock up playoff positions and division crowns this time of the 12 months, the state of affairs is easy for Buffalo: win any of the ultimate three video games and so they’re in. Whereas most appear to miss the Payments as a reliable menace within the convention, I might say the down-to-the-wire loss final week to the Ravens feeling like a real defeat and never a “ethical victory” is proof of them being a contender, and the offense must be prepared for the problem at Heinz Area after saying they let the protection down in Week 14. There are undoubtedly flaws in his recreation, however Josh Allen has confirmed up in large moments as a rule to start out his profession (Thanksgiving being the newest instance), and it’s flat-out disrespectful for an allegedly unbiased analytics web site to matter-of-factly state Pittsburgh has the “higher quarterback” in Sunday night time’s matchup just because that they had a low grade on Allen popping out of Wyoming. Making a giant throw or run late (which Devlin Hodges can be able to doing) may very well be the distinction, and Buffalo must be on alert for a well timed blitz/disguised protection mixture that creates a turnover. The Steelers getting their offensive star energy again with James Conner (shoulder) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) ought to make Sunday night time a recreation of the 12 months candidate, and I’m going with the Payments to win of their first SNF look since 2007.
Winner: Buffalo Payments
IND (6-7) @ NO (10-Three) | MON Eight:15 PM ET | ESPN
Sean Payton performing like a 90s film villain has been an annoying transformation in recent times, so it was admittedly humorous to me when his choice to try a two-point conversion early within the recreation (resulting in a innocent confrontation with a butcher) ended up costing New Orleans final week of their 48-46 loss to San Francisco—and it may very well be the distinction between the No. 1 seed and having to play on wild-card weekend. The Colts will attempt to be extra bodily than the Saints on Monday night time to maintain their very own playoff hopes alive, and losses on the line of defense for New Orleans (Sheldon Rankins and Marcus Davenport) will possible be a big weak spot not solely this week, but in addition into January when opponents wish to hold the ball on the bottom. I anticipate Marlon Mack and Indy’s offensive line having success if the rating stays shut, however sooner or later, Drew Brees—who has owned Monday Night time Soccer—may catch hearth for a possible record-breaking night time (he wants three scores to go Peyton Manning’s all-time mark of 539 touchdowns). With Tom Brady (536) proper on Brees’ heels, it may very well be a enjoyable back-and-forth over the ultimate three weeks of the common season.
Winner: New Orleans Saints