Coming off a 3-2 Week #12, there is still time to right the ship. The most exciting contest this week appears to be the Broncos vs the Chiefs (the Game of the Week) while the Jaguars vs the Browns could very well be in the classification of ‘Most Boring’ unless, of course, you’re a Jags or Browns fan…
*Home team in CAPS
JETS over the Dolphins- For the Dolphins they will be without RB Daniel Thomas while going up against the league’s number 1 rushing defense. Conversely, Miami is 26th in the league in stopping the run, a bonus for the Jets who are due for a well played game and cannot afford another loss if they have any intentions of playing in the post-season. Allowing the Jets to run will take some pressure off the much beleaguered rookie Geno Smith who needs to keep his turnovers from taking over the game. Jets by a field goal.
PANTHERS over the Buccaneers- The Bucs lost to the Panthers in week #8 by 18 points and could be without Darrelle Revis on Sunday. Even though Tampa Bay has gone 3-1 since that loss, there haven’t been teams quite as hot as Carolina over the last several weeks. The ‘Cats just escaped defeat in Miami last week but will have an easier time of it vs the Bucs. Could be a long day for rookie QB Mike Glennon if his O-line cannot protect him.
Cardinals over the EAGLES- We like Nick Foles and the offense looks like it’s beginning to come together under his leadership, but the fact remains that the Eagles have won just one game in their last 11 at home. The Cardinals are coming off a four-game winning streak and Carson Palmer looks like the quarterback of a decade ago. This should be a high-scoring affair given these two offenses but we think that the underdog Cardinals will make it five straight.
49ERS over the Rams- The Rams have been coming on of late and look better now than they have all season. However, they lost to these same 49ers by 24 points back in Week 5 in their building. San Francisco has won their last six games by double-digits and have too much offense with just the right the right amount of defense to lock this one up early.
Broncos over the CHIEFS- Toughest Game of the Week to call. Here’s our take…The Chiefs lost to the Broncos in week 11 by 10 points. Relying much on their usual staunch defense, the Chiefs not only have given up 55 points over their last two games, but have posted only one sack in that span. Denver, coming off their embarrassing debacle in New England last week, clearly are looking to avenge that awful defeat and collapse. If Tamba Hali and/or Justin Houston are out or even not at full strength on Sunday, then the Chief’s defense will be even more compromised. Edge here to the Broncos.