Philadelphia Eagles @ Cincinnati Bengals: Out of the Bengals seven losses and one tie, four of them have been one score games, four of them they have lead in the second half, and one game has been lost due to a missed PAT. There aren’t many things that coaches can avoid, but blown leads, and not finishing out close games are things they can avoid. Even though the Eagles have lost six of their last eight, they should be able to beat the injured Bengals. Prediction: Eagles 24-20.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Atlanta Falcons: From a sheer football perspective this is a really exciting match up. The Chiefs own one of the most explosive defenses in the NFL against the Falcons exciting heavy passing offense. The last time these two teams met, Matt Ryan threw for three touchdowns, ran for another, en route to a 40-24 blowout of the Chiefs. Interestingly enough Matt Ryan also got off to a hot start that season and would end up leading the Falcons to a 13-3 record. Even though it would be impossible for the Falcons to reach 13-3 (they are 7-4 right now) another playoff birth is possible. Prediction: Falcons 27-20.
Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens: The last time these two teams met was in week 13 last season and their combined record was 8-14. This season in week 13 these two teams have a combined record of 13-9. Ryan Tannehill has really matured from last season. It doesn’t hurt that he has one of the best running backs in the league, but he has been a lot more accurate and he is more willing to just throw the ball away rather than forcing it into coverage. The Dolphins are finally starting to play like a team and use some of their tremendous talent to their advantage. The Ravens have been on and off this season, but one thing that they have maintained this season is a solid home record. Prediction: Ravens 23-16.
San Francisco 49ers @ Chicago Bears: This is actually an interesting match up because of how bad theses two teams are. The game comes down to this: who can run the football better. In the Bears two wins, rookie Jordan Howard has ran for a combined 264 yards and he faces the worst run defense in the NFL. Prediction: Bears 24-23.
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints: The last time these two teams met the Lions outlasted the Saints 35-27 on Monday Night Football. Both teams struggled that season, but two things that remained good were quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees who combined for six touchdowns and nearly 600 yards in that game. I don’t think the results are going to be much different today then it was last year. Prediction: Lions 35-27.
St. Louis Rams @ New England Patriots: I kinda feel bad for Jared Goff. He comes into New England who haven’t lost a home game with Brady under center since week 13 of 2015 and before that it goes back to week 2 of 2012. I don’t like the Goff’s chances as he makes only his second career start on the road. Prediction: Patriots 31-14.
Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars: In what would normally be a routine win for Denver, but starting quarterback Trevor Siemian sprained his left foot, leaving the highly touted first round rookie out of Memphis to take over. Paxton Lynch, a twenty-two-year-old rookie is prepared to make his first start on the road against a very good Jacksonville defense. Sure the Jaguars have lost 9 games, but how many games because Jaguars Blake Bortles could not score. The Jaguars have only scored an average of 19 points per game and face a defense that only allows twenty points. Prediction: Broncos 26-13.