Ravens Will Take Over 1st in AFC North; Chiefs Will Remain Undefeated
Fikkle Fame’s NFL Predictions for October 12th-16th, 2017
The New York Giants season continues to get worse and worse. Last Sunday, the winless Giants lost to the previously winless Los Angeles Chargers. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. broke his ankle and is out for the year. Wide receiver Dwayne Harris got hurt as well and was placed on injured reserve, and a third WR, Brandon Marshall, is also injured and may be done for the season as well. Off the field, Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle passed away at age 90. It won’t get any better this week, as the Giants will play at Denver. The well rested Broncos are coming off their bye week.
Game of Thursday October 12th
Philadelphia (4-1) at Carolina (4-1). Panthers favored by 3. O/U: 45.5. Week 6 begins with a good matchup of first place teams. The Eagles have been an early season surprise, but we’ll go with Carolina at home. Panthers 27 Eagles 24.
Games of Sunday October 15th
Miami (2-2) at Atlanta (3-1). Falcons favored by 11. O/U: 46.5 Dolphins have scored just 41 points in four games and Jay Cutler has not been impressive at QB. The Falcons are coming off their bye week after losing to Buffalo, and will get back on the winning track. Falcons 34 Dolphins 17.
Green Bay (4-1) at Minnesota (3-2). Packers favored by 3 1/2. O/U: 46.5. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to another late game come from behind victory in the Packers 35-34 win over Dallas. Minnesota QB Sam Bradford is day to day. The Packers and Vikings played the first regular season NFL game at new U.S. Bank Stadium last year with the Vikings winning 17-14. Green Bay will win this one. Packers 28 Vikings 23.
Detroit (3-2) at New Orleans (2-2). Saints favored by 5 ½. O/U: 49.5 Lions QB Matthew Stafford is listed as questionable, and if he’s at less than 100%, that could be enough for the Saints to pull this one out. Saints 27 Lions 20.
New England (3-2) at New York Jets (3-2). Patriots favored by 9 1/2. O/U: 47.5. With Buffalo on it bye week, the winner of this one takes over first place in the AFC East. New England has been beatable and the Jets have won three straight, but the Patriots will prevail in a closer game than the spread indicates. Patriots 24 Jets 21.
San Francisco (0-5) at Washington (2-2). Redskins favored by 10. O/U: 46.5. The 49ers last four losses have been by a combined 11 points. This loss won’t be as close. Redskins 23 49ers 14.
Chicago (1-4) at Baltimore (3-2). Ravens favored by 6 1/2. O.U: 39.5. After losing badly to the Jaguars and Steelers, the Ravens bounced back with a 30-17 win at Oakland. Baltimore will move into first place in the AFC North with a win and a Steelers loss. Ravens 26 Bears 17.
Cleveland (0-5) at Houston (2-3). Texans favored by 10. O/U: 47. Houston ‘s J.J. Watt suffered a season ending injury for the second year in a row. On a brighter note, rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has been sensational, with 12 touchdown passes already, nine of which occurred in the last two games. He should get a bunch more against the Browns. Texans 35 Browns 20.
Tampa Bay (2-2) at Arizona (2-3). Buccaneers favored by 2. O/U: 45. This week the Cardinals made a trade with New Orleans for Adrian Peterson to bolster their rushing game, which is averaging only 51.8 yards per game, last in the league. While Peterson should provide some help (he certainly couldn’t hurt) it will probably take a week or two for him to adjust to his new team and Tampa Bay should scratch out a victory. Buccaneers 23 Cardinals 20.
Los Angeles Rams (3-2) at Jacksonville (3-2). Jaguars favored by 2 ½. O/U: 42.5. Who figured this to be one of the more important games of Week 6 back at the beginning of the season? The Rams are tied for first in the NFC West while the Jaguars lead the AFC South. Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday’s win over the Steelers. Jaguars 31 Rams 28.
Pittsburgh (3-2) at Kansas City (5-0). Chiefs favored by 4 1/2. O/U: 46. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions last week in the Steelers 30-9 loss to Jacksonville. Pittsburgh has been inconsistent this season, and while we think they’ll get it together as we move along, they will drop this one in Kansas City to the still unbeaten Chiefs. Chiefs 31 Steelers 27.
Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) at Oakland (2-3). No line. The Raiders have dropped three straight and struggled with QB Derek Carr out with an injury, but will end their losing streak this week. Raiders 20 Chargers 16.
New York Giants (0-5) at Denver (3-1). Broncos favored by 11 1/2. O.U: 40. The Giants season will continue its death spiral in Colorado. Broncos 37 Giants 21.
Game of Monday October 16th
Indianapolis (2-3) at Tennessee (2-3). No line. The Colts two wins came against opponents with a combined 0-10 record–the 49ers and Browns. Tennessee has lost two straight, and it was uncertain if injured QB Marcus Mariota would be ready, but the Titans should win this one anyway. Titans 23 Colts 20.
Bye Week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle