Unless one is a fan of either the Broncos or the Cardinals, Thursday’s nights game really wasn’t popular to begin with. After the first quarter, only Broncos fans remained. A 45-10 thrashing was what occurred in Glendale, Arizona, that had the Cardinals fans, who were in attendance, soon regret that decision. A pair of Josh Rosen pick sixes and horrid play calling by Mike McCoy, led to the termination of the latter as he was informed, for the second consecutive season, he would be relieved of his duties. On the Broncos side, a huge win sends them to 3-4 and if not for a couple of close losses to the Chiefs and Rams, could be sitting pretty. If nothing else, Vance Joseph should live to see out another week.
New England Patriots (4-2) vs. Chicago Bears (3-2) 1 p.m.
After what may be the game of the year Sunday night, the Patriots must refocus against a tough Bears team who just came off a devastating loss to the Miami Dolphins. In Chicago against a stingy Bears defense, could provide some real struggles for Tom Brady and company. The key to the game is who has the better rushing attack and so far the Patriots offense line has served well to provide gaps for Sony Michel and James White. If Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen can find gaps and seams against the Patriots run defense, it could be awfully interesting. In the end, Tom Brady and the offense attack will break through. Patriots 27, Bears 21.
Carolina Panthers (3-2) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) 1 p.m.
The Eagles have had some time to relax after suffocating the Giants in East Rutherford. The Panthers, however, are coming off a poor display against the NFC East leading, Washington Redskins. The Panthers made some uncharacteristic mistakes in that game including costly turnovers. In reality, the Panthers have had a string of uninspiring performances. They lost to the Falcons, to the Redskins, and should’ve lost at home to the Giants if not for one of the greatest kicks in NFL history. The Eagles have home field advantage and will look to stake their dominance in the weak NFC East. Eagles 30, Panthers 17.
Houston Texans (3-3) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) 1 p.m.
The Jaguars were humiliated by Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. It’s now back to back weeks where not only has the defense not played up to scruff, but Blake Bortles has been simply holding back his team. The Texans come into Jacksonville on a three game winning streak and with two dominate edge rushers. In what should be a defensive battle, given the Jaguars defense shows up, this could be a real sign in whether Jacksonville are true contenders in the AFC. Texans 21, Jaguars 13.
New Orleans Saints (4-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (4-2) 4:05 p.m.
The Ravens defense is for real and should have some success in slowing down the Saints high powered offense. After sacking Marcus Mariota 11 times last Sunday, they face a much tougher offensive line, however. However, if Ingram and Kamara can get going on the ground, it makes the Saints offense too dynamic, even for the Ravens to handle. Not even Joe Flacco can muster enough points against this Saints defense to outgun Drew Brees. Saints 27, Ravens 17.
Dallas Cowboys (3-3) vs. Washington Redskins (3-2) 4:25 p.m.
Dak Prescott has never lost to the Washington Redskins. Additionally, after tearing the Jaguars defense alive last week, the Cowboys offense should feel good about itself. However, the Redskins, at home, come alive and quietly have a very solid defense. Both teams match up really well and this game should come down to a kicker, which in that case, favors Washington. Redskins 24, Cowboys 23.
Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) 8:20 p.m.
Both teams, coming off of heart breakers in their previous contests, will try to pick up the pieces and rebound to stay atop in the AFC. The Bengals have one of the most balanced offenses and a very good defense which creates a ton of turnovers. The Chiefs however, have the most explosive offense this league may have ever been exposed to, and a bad defense (which will improve). Expect another shootout involving Kansas City with two dynamic offenses. When the Chiefs started out 5-0 last season they only finished at 10-6 and exited the playoffs via the Titans in the Wild Card Round. These aren’t those same Chiefs so Kansas City should win at Arrowhead Stadium. Chiefs 35, Bengals 30.
Titans 15, Chargers 33
Vikings 20, Jets 27
Bills 24, Colts 30
Browns 17, Buccaneers 16
Lions 23, Dolphins 17
Rams 40, 49ers 24
Giants 28, Falcons 37