Chiefs and Falcons Will Stay Perfect; Bengals Will Break Into Win Column
Fikkle Fame’s NFL Predictions for September 28th- October 2nd, 2017
There were some upsets in last week’s NFL games, and while that’s not news in any given week, some of the margins of victory were surprising. Jacksonville crushed Baltimore 44-7, the Jets beat Miami 20-6, and Washington hammered Oakland 27-10. The fact that Chicago beat Pittsburgh by any score (in this case, 23-17) was a bit shocking. Just three weeks into the 2017 season, we have only two undefeated teams, those being the Chiefs and Falcons. This type of thing makes for an interesting, if unpredictable, season.
Game of Thursday September 28th
Chicago (1-2) and Green Bay (2-1). Packers favored by 7. O/U: 45 ½. This is the 195th time these two teams have met, and the series stands at 94-94-6. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers is 15-4 all time vs. the Bears, and he’ll win #16 to break the series tie in favor of the Packers. Packers 34 Bears 24.
Games of Sunday October 1st
New Orleans (1-2) vs. Miami (1-1) in London. Saints favored by 3. O/U: 49 ½. Coming off a solid 34-16 win at Carolina, the Saints will beat the Dolphins, who showed nothing in their loss to the Jets last Sunday. Saints 37 Dolphins 27.
Tennessee (2-1) at Houston (1-2). Titans favored by 2. O/U: 44. The Texans nearly pulled off a big upset at New England before losing 36-33. Those 33 points came after scoring just 16 in the team’s first two games. The Titans scored three touchdowns in the third quarter of their come from behind win over Seattle, and have won two in a row after losing to the Raiders in their season opener. We’re not sure if Houston’s offensive output was an aberration or if the offense is on track, but the Titans have been solid the last two weeks and will win again this week. Titans 24 Texans 20.
Carolina (2-1) at New England (2-1). Patriots favored by 8. O/U: 48. The Patriots have been scoring a lot of points, but they have to be concerned about how many they are giving up, too, a total of 80 in three games. Nonetheless, they should beat a Panthers team that scored just nine points two weeks ago against the Bills and 13 in a loss to New Orleans last week. Patriots 27 Panthers 17.
Los Angeles Rams (2-1) at Dallas (2-1). Cowboys favored by 8 ½. O/U: 46 ½. The Rams are off to a better than expected start, but will fall to the Cowboys in Arlington. Cowboys 34 Rams 21.
Detroit (2-1) at Minnesota (2-1). No line. Yes, this game is a tossup. The Vikings are home, but will have to again go with backup QB Case Keesum. On the other hand, he threw three touchdown passes in last week’s 37-17 win over Tampa Bay. The Lions lost by four points to Atlanta, but have had good offensive production in all three games. These teams may split their two games with each other, so we will go with the home team. Vikings 31 Lions 28
Jacksonville (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2). Jaguars favored by 4. O/U: 39 ½. We can’t figure out the Jaguars. A big 39-7 win at Houston, followed by a 37-16 loss at home to Tennessee, followed by a resounding 44-7 win over Baltimore in London. The best we can come up with until we have a larger sample size is that they are, at least, competitive with anyone on any given week. The Jets bounced back from two losses with a 20-6 victory over the Dolphins. We’ll give the Jaguars the nod due to their strong showing on offense this season. Jaguars 31 Jets 24.
Cincinnati (0-3) at Cleveland (0-3). Bengals favored by 3. O/U: 40. The Bengals blew a lead late at Green Bay and lost in overtime. But they played well for much of the game, and they should get their first victory of the season this week. Bengals 28 Browns 24.
Pittsburgh (2-1) at Baltimore (2-1). Steelers favored by 2 ½. O/U: 44 ½. Both these teams were upset last week, but we think the Steelers offense will carry them to a narrow victory over the Ravens. Steelers 20 Ravens 17.
Buffalo (2-1) at Atlanta (3-0). Falcons favored by 7 ½. O/U: 48 ½. The Bills are coming off a nice win at home against the Broncos, but the Falcons are on a mission to get back to the Super Bowl and will win at home. Falcons 31 Bills 20.
New York Giants (0-3) at Tampa Bay (1-1). Buccaneers favored by 3. O/U: 43 ½. The Giants rough start will continue. Buccaneers 28 Giants 21.
Philadelphia (2-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-3). Pick ‘em. O/U: 47. The Eagles pulled out a win over the Giants on a 61 yard field goal last week and have played a little better than expected up to this point. The Chargers probably are better than their 0-3 record indicates, but the results haven’t been there. Both teams have lost to the Chiefs this season, but Philadelphia played better against them and will keep the Chargers winless for at least another week. Eagles 23 Chargers 17.
San Francisco (0-3) at Arizona (1-2). Cardinals favored by 7. O/U: 45. The 49ers opened the season with a 23-3 loss to Carolina, then lost 12-9 at Seattle, then lost 41-39 in a wild game with the Rams. The Cardinals, on paper, should win, but they haven’t shown much yet this season, and their offensive line play has not been good, allowing six sacks in Arizona’s loss to the Cowboys Monday. San Francisco in an upset win. Cardinals 28 49ers 30
Oakland (2-1) at Denver (2-1). Broncos favored by 2 ½. O/U: 47. Though these are two of the better teams in the AFC, both are coming off of lackluster losses on the road last week. Denver will benefit from playing at home, and will edge the Raiders. Broncos 27 Raiders 24.
Indianapolis (1-2) at Seattle (1-2). Seahawks favored by 13. O/U: 41. Seattle finally put some points on the board last week against Tennessee, but the Titans scored more and won 33-27. The Colts have struggled this season, and this game is just what the Seahawks need to regain some confidence. Seahawks 34 Colts 17.
Game of Monday October 2nd
Washington (2-1) at Kansas City (3-0). Chiefs favored by 7. O/U: 49 ½. The Redskins are coming off an impressive 27-10 win over the Raiders, but the Chiefs have played very well and lead the league in rushing yards per game and are averaging 31 points per game. They’ll pick up win #4 at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night. Chiefs 28 Redskins 20.