Buccaneers @ Bills
Jake: The 2-3 Buccaneers are headed to upstate New York to face off against the 3-2 Bills in what looks like a season defining game for both teams. With Jameis coming in with a bum shoulder and the Bucs coming in with a bum defense, Vegas likes the Bills as 3 point favorites. However, we are talking about Tyrod Taylor and the Bills who have been the definition of overachievers so far in 2017.
Jacobs: Hopes were extremely high in Tampa coming into this season, but the Hard Knocks curse is undefeated. With a banged up defense, the Bucs are now dealing a banged up QB as well. Whether it is Jameis or Fitzmagic throwing on Sunday, Bills Mafia and Shady McCoy are going to have big days.
Ravens @ Vikings
Jake: Speaking of shitty quarterbacks, even at home, how much longer can the Vikings rely on Case Keenum? Is Teddy Bridgewater going to come back and play for this 2017 Vikings? Lord knows. But lord also knows one of these teams may have a elite quarterback in Joe Flacco who is going to help the Ravens pull away late.
Jacobs: The Ravens and Vikings square off in a game to decide the most dominant purple team in the NFL. Sam Bradford appears less and less likely to ever show his sleeves off in a Vikings uni ever again, but that has not all been bad news for Vikes fans. Case Keenum has filled in admirably, and with a defense that should pick off Joe Flacco 3-4 times, I like Minnesota to 5-2 and take control of the NFC North.
Vikings 24 Ravens 10
Jets @ Dolphins
Jake: Yawn. Living in the greater New York area, if this game is on CBS which it probably will be I will stick my head through a glass door. No need for a write up here.
Jacobs: Yuck. These bottom of the barrel AFC east teams square off for the 2nd time this season, with the Jets having dominated their first matchup in New Jersey. This week has the Fins coming off a surprising win in ATL and the Jets coming off a tough Loss against New England. It is impossible to know if Jay Cutler will even bother to roll out of bed Sunday morning, but if he does, I expect the Dolphins to be able to get the job done here. The Fins will run the ball and play good defense, and somehow get to 4-2 on the year.
Dolphins 24 Jets 20
Cardinals @ Rams
Jake: After a game in which Ryan Fitzpatrick put up nearly 40 points against the Cardinals defense, look for Jared Goff to do the same. I doubt Adrian Peterson runs wild for a second straight week especially not against Aaron Donald and the Ram’s front seven. These Rams under young coach Sean Mcvay are absolutely rolling. Rams move to 5-2 and the Cardinals move to under .500
Jacobs: The Cardinals are one of the more confusing teams in the NFL with their ability to get blown out one week and look halfway decent the next. Each week that passes has the Rams looking more legit, and I think that will continue this week. The Cardinals are a different team away from home and it doesn’t get any further away then Twickenham Stadium in London. Adrian Peterson is not doing what he did last week because that was beginners luck against a sorry Bucs Defense. Gimme the Rams and the 3.5!
Rams 27 Cardinals 20
Jaguars @ Colts
Jake: An offense that hasn’t done much under Jacoby Brissett is facing off against what many are considering to be the top defense in the league. Look for the Jaguars to continue to surprise while going one game closer to separating themselves in the mediocre AFC South.
Jacobs: Speaking of London, the Jaguars are in Indy this weekend to take on the Luckless Colts. Jacksonville continues to win 1, lose 1, and this would be their week to win one which shouldn’t be too difficult with the way Chuck Pagano coaches. Jacksonville giving points on the road is as rare as it gets, but they will ride their defense to another W.
Jaguars 20 Colts 13
Saints @ Packers
Jake: The Saints are coming off a game in which they dropped over 50 points. In Lambeau, with Brett Hundley under center, even with the weapons the Packers have I don’t expect the the, to score more than 20. A broken collarbone to the second most talented quarterback in the league can take life out of the entire team, not just the offense.
Jacobs: The first game of the Brett Hundley era sees Drew Brees and the red hot Saints in town. Fortunately for Hundley, the Saints defense isn’t too far above Pac 12 level. Unfortunately for Packers fans, that still wont be bad enough for Green Bay to outscore New Orleans. Really like the what the Saints are doing, and the Packers built their team to heavily reliant on one guy who won’t be there the rest of the way.
Saints 27 Packers 14
Panthers @ Bears
Jake: In Soldier Field the Panthers look to improve to 5-2 and the Bears look to get one step closer to .500. Yes, Mitch Trubisky looked a bit better than alright last week in the Bears’ overtime win against the Ravens but the Panthers are starting to regain the respect of the 2015 Panthers instead not the 2016 version.
Jacobs: Mitchell Trubisky got his team an OT win over Baltimore last week, but that Win had more to do with the Ravens sucking then anything the Rookie QB did. I don’t think he stands much of a chance against a stout Panthers D, even without All-Pro Luke Kuechly, who is dealing with his 8th concussion in the last two years. Road favorites is never the move, but I think Cam has a nice day and the Panthers win big in Chicago.
Panthers 27 Bears 13
Titans @ Browns
Jake: Even with a Sunday consisting of a Dolphins Jets game, this is going to be THE dog shit game of the day. In Cleveland I believeland the Browns will get their 1st win of the season. The Titans, at 3-3 and 6 point favorites in the game, haven’t shown me enough to convince me they are going to easily win a game they should easily win.
Jacobs: More home dogs here in Cleveland, where the visiting team is always favored. Could have been a tough one for the Titans coming off a short week with a banged up Marriota, but not with the Browns on tap! Kevin Hogan will try again to get the Browns in the Win column, but there is not much he will be able to do because he sucks and so does the rest of his team. Titans make it two in a row.
Titans 28 Browns 17
Cowboys @ 49ers
Jake: Speaking of winless teams, is this the week the 49ers snap their winless streak? Against an underperforming Cowboys team at 2-3 you never know. I just don’t see rookie quarterback C.J Beathard delivering the first win for 49er nation. Cowboys win easy in a statement game to .500
Jacobs: Could this finally be the week for the 49ers to break through? The niners almost have you feeling bad for them after losing 5 straight games by 3 points or less. With Dallas in town coming off a bye, they will certainly not be losing a 6th straight by 3 or less. I like Dallas in this one. Large.
Cowboys 31 49ers 14
Bengals @ Steelers
Jake: At Heinz Field we have a slugfest brewing, as it always is when these two teams face off. As long as Mike Tomlin doesn’t allow himself to be the dumbass he is, look for Leveon Bell to get 25 plus carries in a Steelers victory.
Jacobs: Always ugly, hard hitting, and plenty of cheap shots when these two teams get together. Pitt is coming off a big win against KC, so will need to avoid a letdown against their division rival. Big Ben sort of came back to life last week and Leveon Bell looks to have regained his stride. I like Pittsburgh to turn the proverbial corner here, and make it two in a row, gunning for the top spot in the AFC.
Seahawks @ Giants
Jake: After a good win in Denver against the Broncos the question of the week on WFAN was whether or not the Giants could get themselves back into the NFC East mix. What a freaking joke. Giants fans will be leaving the MetLife Stadium ticked off after Russell Wilson and the Seahawks deliver a show.
Jacobs: The G-Men finally got one with an impressive win in Denver the other week. Now they are rewarded with a home date against the Seahawks, in a matchup of the two worst offensive lines in football. The difference is, Russel Wilson can make plays outside the pocket, and Eli cant. This is about the time of year for Seattle to turn it on, and I think it is going to be a long day for Eli.
Seahawks 24 Giants 13
Falcons @ Patriots
Jake: I don’t think Dan Quinn and his staff and players alike will ever be able to get over blowing a 25 point deficit so late in a game. The Patriots defense will continue to improve each week, and tonight with a little bit of added theatrics given the circumstances, look for them to shine.
Jacobs: The Super Bowl rematch that the Falcons have been waiting for. They have been looking forward to this game so much, that they forgot to show up against Buffalo or Miami. I think they are going to come out and play well in this one, especially with the Pats already bad secondary being banged up. Should be a big night for Matt Ryan, but an even bigger one for TB12. Can not remember the last time the Patriots lost 3 home games in a season, and with 2 already down, I think they find a way to get a W.
Patriots 31 Falcons 28
Redskins @ Eagles
Jake: I am going to admit it, early last year I referred to him as Carson Bench. This year I have been referring to him as an elite quarterback. In this NFC East primetime showdown, look for Wentz to continue to prove his worth.
Jacobs: This could be the best game of the week. An NFC East showdown between two teams that are playing really well and two quarterbacks who have brought it every week so far. Philly is looking to establish themselves as the best team in the NFC, but Washington always plays them tough and Kirky is a primetime player. If this game were in Washington I would feel otherwise, but I like Wentz to have a big day and beat the Skins in a close one.
Eagles 28 Redskins 24