Denver @ Arizona
After two wins to start the season, the Denver Broncos have lost four straight. Quarterback Case Keenum is taking the brunt of criticism, but the Broncos run defense is awful. Arizona isn’t much better. The 1-5 Cardinals average just 235 yards of total offense per game. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen is in for a long season. Arizona’s run defense – 64 yards a game – might not be able to take advantage of Denver’s run defense… Denver 24, Arizona 17.
L.A. Chargers @ Tennessee
The Chargers are off to a 4-2 start with the losses coming to Kansas City and the Rams. Now, they are off to London to take on the Titans (3-3). Melvin Ingram leads a solid run game and the Joey Bosa-less defense is still getting after the quarterback. Tennessee only averages 14.5 points per game. They were shutout last week by Baltimore… L.A. Chargers 24, Tennessee 13.
New England @ Chicago
The Patriots-Bears matchup lost some of its luster when Chicago lost to Miami last week in overtime. The Bears (3-2) still lead the AFC North with a defense that is fourth in scoring defense (19.2) and a ground game that averages 130 yards a game. Doesn’t matter. The Patriots have won three straight and scored at least 38 points in all three wins… New England 38, Chicago 24.
Indianapolis @ Buffalo
The Colts defense can’t stop anybody. Indianapolis has lost four straight and has given up at least 37 points in the last three straight. The only hope for the Colts is that Buffalo is dead last in the NFL averaging 12.7 points per game. And, starting quarterback Josh Allen might be out. While both teams have their issues, give the advantage to the one that doesn’t have to travel… Indianapolis 20, Buffalo 3.
Miami @ Detroit
After an off week, the Detroit Lions travel to Miami where they will face the surprising 4-2 Dolphins. With Ryan Tannehill out last week, Brock Osweiler took over and led Miami to an overtime win over the Bears. Miami is 3-0 at home this season. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase is hoping it heats up in Miami again. The Dolphins are 6-1 under Gase at home when the kickoff temperature is at least 85 degrees. Heat wins… Miami 33, Detroit 28.
Minnesota @ NY Jets
Adam Thielen leads NFL receivers and has six straight 100-yards-plus receiving games. The Vikings defense has started to come back after some early season troubles. The Jets are streaky but don’t have a win over a team with a winning record. They beat the Colts (1-5) last week. Rookie Sam Darnold at quarterback against Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins. Take the veteran… Minnesota 31, NY Jets 14.
Carolina @ Philadelphia
One of Week 7’s best games pits Carolina (3-2) at Philadelphia (3-3). The Eagles destroyed the Giants last Thursday, but struggled in losses to Minnesota and Tennessee. The defense is still strong limiting teams to just 19.5 points per game, but the offense is not scoring like it did a year ago. Philly did lose RB Jay Ajayi to injury which has hurt the running game. The Panthers lost a close one to Washington last week. Carolina has the third-best rush offense in the league (139.4 yards per game). That will get them a win on the road… Carolina 24, Philadelphia 20.
Tampa Bay @ Cleveland
The Bucs are one of the best against the run in the NFL. Cleveland leads the NFL in sacks, yet both teams are just 2-3. Tampa Bay can’t run the football and Cleveland has issues in the red zone. The Browns have yet to win a game on the road… Tampa Bay 29, Cleveland 22.
Jacksonville @ Houston
If the Jags don’t wake up from their two-week siesta, the postseason is going to start to slip away. Jacksonville has given up over 800 yards of total offense and 70 points in the past two weeks. Houston has won three straight. The Jags won both games against the Texans last year and are 2-1 at home this year. They can’t lose three straight… Jacksonville 33, Houston 28.
Baltimore @ New Orleans
One of the best offenses in the NFL challenges one of the best defenses as the Saints travel to Baltimore. New Orleans leads the NFL in points per game (36.0) and they are also pretty good at stopping the run. Ravens QB Joe Flacco is throwing for over 300 yards per game. Defense usually prevails in a game like this, plus the Saints have only beaten the Ravens once ever… Baltimore 28, New Orleans 27.
L.A. Rams @ San Francisco
The Rams have lost four of their past five games against the 49ers. Doesn’t matter. The Rams (6-0) are the NFL’s best. They lead the league in total offense (464.3 yards per game) and they are in the Top 10 in scoring defense giving up just 19.7 points per game. San Francisco is playing with a backup quarterback… L.A. Rams 38, San Francisco 17.
Washington @ Dallas
Does anyone want to win the NFC East? The Cowboys erupted for 40 points last week in a rout of Jacksonville. Can they do it again against a Redskins defense that ranks sixth in the league in total defense? The Redskins beat a pretty good Carolina team last week and they happen to be playing at home in a rivalry game… Washington 27, Dallas 17.
Kansas City @ Cincinnati
The Chiefs and Bengals are both coming off tough last-minute losses last week. Kansas City dropped to 5-1 after losing to New England. Cincinnati gave up a touchdown pass in the final seconds of their loss to Pittsburgh. Both pass defenses are awful. Head coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs have the better offense… Kansas City 36, Cincinnati 30.
Atlanta @ NY Giants
What’s more surprising: the New York Giants at 1-5 or the Atlanta Falcons at 2-4? The Giants are simply horrible and will likely tank the 2018 season so they can draft a quarterback to replace Eli Manning, who should retire. The Falcons are playing at home and are on a one-game winning streak after a win over Tampa Bay last week. Make it two games… Atlanta 38, NY Giants 17.
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