Bears and Jets Woes Will Continue; Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs Will Keep Winning
Fikkle Fame’s NFL Predictions for September 21st-25th, 2017
If the first two weeks of the 2017 NFL season are any indication, the AFC West could again send three teams to the playoffs. After finishing 9-7 last year, the Denver Broncos failed to make it to the postseason. They opened the 2017 campaign with two victories, including an impressive 42-17 win over the Cowboys in Denver. The Chiefs and Raiders also opened with two straight victories, including Kansas City’s big win at New England. The Chiefs and Raiders both made the playoffs last year with 12-4 records and have picked up where they left off. They could be joined by the Broncos this year.
Game of Thursday September 21st
L.A. Rams (1-1) at San Francisco (0-2). Rams favored by 2 ½. O/U: 40. Rams clobbered the Colts in Week 1 before losing to Washington last week. The 49ers were beaten by the Panthers, but followed that with a 12-9 loss at Seattle, a tough venue for a road team especially one in a big rebuilding mode. The 49ers have beaten the Rams three times in a row, so we’ll pick them in an upset at home. 49ers 21 Rams 17.
Games of Sunday September 24th
Baltimore (2-0) vs. Jacksonville (1-1) in London. Ravens favored by 3 ½. O/U: 39 ½. After an encouraging 29-7 win at Houston, the Jaguars went back to being themselves last week, losing to Tennessee 37-16. The Ravens defense has allowed just 10 points in their first two games. Ravens 31 Jaguars 7.
Cleveland (0-2) at Indianapolis (0-2). Browns favored by 1. O/U: 40 When was the last time the Cleveland Browns were favored, even if only by a point, and especially when they are on the road? The Browns two losses haven’t been close, and although the Colts were completely trashed by the Rams in their opener, they took the Cardinals to overtime before losing last week. Colts will pick up their 1st win at home. Colts 27 Browns 23.
Pittsburgh (2-0) at Chicago (0-2). Steelers favored by 7. O/U: 45 ½. Pittsburgh is playing well and will remain undefeated with a win over the injury and quarterback controversy ravaged Bears. Steelers 34 Bears 17.
Miami (1-0) at New York Jets (0-2). Dolphins favored by 5 ½. O/U: 41 ½. Miami made the playoffs last season and should be regarded as a team that will give those AFC West contenders some competition for a Wild Card berth again this season, even with the unretired Jay Cutler at quarterback. The Jets are still the Jets. Dolphins 27 Jets 10.
Denver (2-0) at Buffalo (1-1). Broncos favored by 3. O/U: 40. Denver is coming off a huge 42-17 win over the Cowboys, and the momentum will carry over into this matchup against the Bills. Broncos 24 Bills 20.
Houston (1-1) at New England (1-1). Patriots favored by 13. O/U: 44. Patriots got back on track with a win at New Orleans after losing their opener. Houston barely got by Cincinnati, and will struggle to make the playoffs if the early going is any indication. Patriots 34 Texans 20.
New Orleans (0-2) at Carolina (2-0). Panthers favored by 6. O/U: 47 ½. Carolina struggled against Buffalo last week before managing a 9-3 win. The Panthers have allowed just six points in their first two games, while the Saints have allowed 61 in their two losses. Panthers 24 Saints 16.
Tampa Bay (1-0) at Minnesota (1-1) . No line. Minnesota struggled with QB Sam Bradford out, and he’s out again this week. Buccaneers had an easy win against the Bears after having their opener at Miami postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Buccaneers 23 Vikings 20.
Atlanta (2-0) at Detroit (2-0). Falcons favored by 3. O/U: 50.5. Here’s one of the better matchups of the week, both teams designed for play on artificial surfaces. This will neutralize most of Detroit’s home field advantage (though not the fan noise of course) so we’ll give the edge to the defending NFC champs. Falcons 34 Lions 30.
New York Giants (0-2) at Philadelphia (1-1). Eagles favored by 6. O/U: 43. The Giants can’t get anything going on offense this season. Philadelphia beat Washington and made a good game out of it in a seven point loss to Kansas City. Are the Giants that bad or simply underperforming and off to a slow start? Whatever it is, the Eagles will win this one. Eagles 28 Giants 20.
Seattle (1-1) at Tennessee (1-1). Titans favored by 3. O/U: 43. The Seahawks are another team that has had a hard time scoring this season, with one touchdown and five field goals in two games. Their defense remains sound, but they’ll need to get the offense in gear, even in the relatively weak NFC West. Titans 20 Seahawks 16.
Kansas City (2-0) at L.A. Chargers (0-2). Chiefs favored by 3. O/U: 46 ½. The Chargers lost to the Broncos and Dolphins by a total of just five points so their 0-2 record may be misleading. However, the schedule again is unkind to them, with a third tough opponent in as many weeks. Chiefs 28 Chargers 21.
Cincinnati (0-2) at Green Bay (1-1). Packers favored by 9. O/U: 45. Though plagued by injuries already, the Packers will bounce back from last Sunday’s loss at Atlanta with a win over the Bengals, who have yet to score a touchdown this season. Packers 34 Bengals 10.
Oakland (2-0) at Washington (1-1). Raiders favored by 3. O/U: 54. The Redskins showed improvement in their win over the Rams last week after looking bad against the Eagles in their opener. The Raiders are off to an excellent start and should be able to pick up a road victory this week. Raiders 28 Redskins 17.
Game of Monday September 25th
Dallas (1-1) at Arizona (1-1). Cowboys favored by 3. O/U: 47. Even though the Cowboys were soundly defeated at Denver, the Cardinals haven’t shown much yet this year. Dallas should be motivated to show they are better than the team that showed up last week, and if they can’t do that, they could be in trouble. Cowboys 23 Cardinals 21.