#3: Philadelphia at NY Jets
(9-3: buf, TB, AZ, GB, MN, PIT, LAR, KC, no, DAL, LAC, ind)
The Eagles play their second game in two weeks at MetLife Stadium
in Jersey, this time against the NY Jets. These Jets aren’t
an easy out, as demonstrated by their victories over the Titans
and Bengals by 3 points each earlier this season, both at home.
But the Eagles have an outside chance of making the playoffs and
need to bounce back after last week’s loss to the Giants.
In looking at these teams, the Jets are weaker in every category
except for passing yards, they have a total of nine takeaways
in 11 games, turned the ball over 24 times, which is most in the
league, and Zach Wilson will be back under center leading Gang
Green. Can you say formula for disaster?
So why is this my 3rd choice this week? Well, based upon the games
that I have chosen, Minnesota seems like the better choice even
though it is against a divisional opponent. And if you are still
in your pool, it’s dicey leaving a big week to an Eagles
team that is tearing itself apart internally and the fans are
calling for Nick Sirianni’s head.
Eagles-O / Jets-D Comparison
T OVERS / T AWAYS
Eagles-D / Jets-O Comparison
T OVERS / T AWAYS
#2: Indianapolis over Houston
(9-3: TB, GB, DEN, no, NE, LAR, bal, cin, MIA, BUF, CLE, DAL)
Here we are again with the Colts having an “easy”
matchup in comparison to last week’s game against Tom Brady
and the Bucs (which this writer chose – and lost). Frank
Reich has found a gem in Jonathan Taylor, the current NFL rushing
leader, and will rely heavily on him in this divisional game.
Will he score four touchdowns like two weeks ago? Probably not,
but Carson Wentz now has T.Y. Hilton back to take some pressure
off Michael Pittman Jr. and both should open the running lanes
Tyrod Taylor, no relation, will be back under center but a number
of players including Brandin Cooks and David Johnson did not practice
Wednesday because of an illness running through the squad. Combine
that with number one defense in generating turnovers against a
team that gives up the 7th most turnovers, and you can safely
take your skill players for Indy as well as their defense this
week in the second game of the season between these division foes.
#1: Minnesota over Detroit
(10-2: SF, CLE, CAR, BUF, TB, KC, AZ, LAR, dal, IND, ten, BAL)
Another week, another divisional game that will have you biting
your nails off in the final minutes – like last week’s
Monday night game. This week the Vikings visit Ford Field and
the Lie Downs where they should easily win. No, they won’t
have Dalvin Cook, but Alexander Mattison, the super backup, should
have a 100-yard day with at least one score in place of Cook.
It is rumored that Kirk Cousins is going to be given free rein
to throw the ball. The question is why, when the Lions defense
is ranked 29th against the run?
Meanwhile, management in Detroit definitely has hurt this team.
They consistently blow their first rounds picks, and are now left
with Jared Goff
leading a team that hasn’t won a game all season. D'Andre
Swift (game-time decision) isn’t likely to play and newly
Reynolds is their No.1 wideout. Yikes.
These teams are going in opposite directions and the Vikings are
playing better football than they were in the early part of the
season. They will make the playoffs and this game will be another
NFC Conference notch in their belt.