Chiefs Will Stay Undefeated; Giants will Win Their First of the Season
Fikkle Fame’s NFL Predictions for October 5th to 9th, 2017
After the first month of the 2017 NFL season, there is just no undefeated team left. The Kansas City Chiefs are 4-0, which may not be all that surprising, but plenty of other team’s records are, such as the AFC East. Buffalo leads at 3-1, the Jets are 2-2, and the Patriots are also 2-2, and have allowed 128 points in four games. Miami’s surprising 1-2 is also in the mix. There’s plenty of time for this to change, but New England will have to get its defense together or it could be anyone’s division to win. The Rams and Eagles are also off to better than expected starts at 3-1, while the Cowboys have struggled to a 2-2 record.
Game of Thursday October 5th
New England (2-2) at Tampa Bay (2-1). Patriots favored by 5 1/2. O/U: 55. Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston, who has long admired Tom Brady, will finally face him on the field. If he’s not too star struck, we, think he can lead the Buccaneers past the Patriots and their surprisingly porous defense. Buccaneers 34 Patriots 28.
Games of Sunday October 8th
Buffalo (3-1) at Cincinnati (1-3). Bengals favored by 3. O/U: 38.5. Cincinnati broke into the win column with a victory over winless Cleveland, while the Bills beat defending NFC champ Atlanta. Buffalo is playing well, and will end the Bengals winning streak at 1. Bills 24 Bengals 20.
New York Jets (2-2) at Cleveland (0-4). Browns favored by 1. O/U: 39. The Browns took a step back last week, losing big to the Bengals 31-7. The Jets will need to win some games on the road if they hope to make the postseason, and this is a perfect opportunity. Jets 23 Browns 21.
Carolina (3-1) at Detroit (3-1). Lions favored by 3. O/U: 44. Good match up here, with the Panthers coming off a big win at New England, but we like how the Lions are playing so far, and they’ll advance to 4-1. Lions 28 Panthers 24.
San Francisco (0-4) at Indianapolis (1-3). Colts favored by 1 ½. O/U: 44. 0-4 vs. 1-3. Well, OK, Colts at home. Colts 27 49ers 20.
Tennessee (2-2) at Miami (1-2). No Line. Titans QB Marcus Mariota is listed as Questionable, and Tennessee added veteran backup Brandon Weedon for some depth if Mariota is a no go. Tennessee’s defense was mauled by the Texans last week, but then the Dolphins offense has scored six points in the last two games under QB Jay Cutler. The Titans run the ball well, averaging 138.8 yards per game, sixth best in the league, so if they can establish their rushing offense, they should be able to overcome the unsettled quarterback situation. Titans 24 Dolphins 17.
Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) at New York Giants (0-4). Giants favored by 3 ½. O/U: 44.5. Well someone is going to win their first of the season (unless they tie of course). Giants at home. Giants 28 Chargers 24.
Arizona (2-2) at Philadelphia (3-1). Eagles favored by 6 ½. O/U: 45. The Cardinals struggled in wins over the Colts and 49ers, while losing to the better Lions and Cowboys. The Eagles only loss was by a touchdown to the Chiefs. The Eagles will win this Battle of the Birds. Eagles 31 Cardinals 27.
Jacksonville (2-2) at Pittsburgh (3-1). Steelers favored by 8 ½. O/U: 44. The Jaguars have been competitive but inconsistent, while the Steelers have been playing well overall, the loss to the Bears two weeks ago on the road notwithstanding. Steelers 31 Jaguars 20.
Baltimore (2-2) at Oakland (2-2). Raiders favored by 2 ½. O/U: 40. With Derek Carr out two to six weeks, the Raiders turn to 2013 first round draft choice E.J. Manuel at QB. Oakland lost two in a row on the road, but they return home to face a Ravens team that has scored just 26 points in four games. Raiders 24 Ravens 12.
Seattle (2-2) at Los Angeles Rams (3-1). Rams favored by 1 ½. O/U: 47. The Seahawks are starting to score some points after a poor start to the season on offense. The Rams beat the Cowboys in Dallas, so their 3-1 start may not be an aberration. Seattle is 0-2 on the road. Rams 27 Seahawks 24.
Green Bay (3-1) at Dallas (2-2). Cowboys favored by 2. O/U: 52.5. The Packers have had a lot of injuries in the early going, but have managed to overcome them enough to be 3-1. The Rams scored 35 points on the way to their 35-30 upset of the Cowboys in Dallas last week, and with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense in town, it doesn’t get easier. Packers 38 Cowboys 31.
Kansas City (4-0) at Houston (2-2). Chiefs favored by 1 ½. O/U: 47. Houston put up 57 points in last Sunday’s blowout over the Titans, with rookie QB DeShaun Watson throwing 4 touchdown passes and running for another score. The Chiefs have a better defense than the Titans, so it will be interesting to see how Watson does against Kansas City. We’ll still go with undefeated Kansas City in what should be an entertaining Sunday night game. Chiefs 31 Texans 28.
Game of Monday October 9th.
Minnesota (2-2) at Chicago (1-3). No line. The Bears will start 1st round draft choice Mitch Trubisky at quarterback, replacing Mike Glennon. The Vikings will be without running back Dalvin Cook, whose promising rookie season ended with a torn ACL. The Bears upset the Steelers at home, so if their defense can keep Stefon Diggs under control, they can win this one, too. Bears 26 Vikings 24.
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington.