This is starting to get good.
Ever-closer do we inch toward the halfway point of the season. Two winless teams remain, no undefeateds are left. The Chiefs remain atop the AFC while the Eagles rule the NFC. Last year’s AFC champs, the Patriots, have looked shaky at times but continue to play winning football. The reigning NFC champions, the Falcons, have played one solid game all season, and that was in week two. Aaron Rodgers is out with a broken collarbone, Adrian Peterson is pretty psyched to be out of New Orleans, and the Browns are on pace to let us all down one last time. Let’s do this thing.
Caveat: because we started this after the season began, I hadn’t gotten around to a team-by-team preview. Please indulge me in rectifying that now. Since I’ve discussed some teams more than others, I’ll spare you 32 previews on top of all the other content. We’ll limit it to twelve teams.
Kansas City 30 @ Oakland 31 (F – 10/19)
Denver @ LA Chargers – Broncos rebound from embarrassment
Maybe the most interesting outcome this week would be wins by Oakland and the Chargers. In that scenario, KC will be in a two-game losing streak at 5-2, followed by Denver, the Raiders and Chargers at 3-4. Two weeks ago, would anyone have foreseen such a close AFC West?
TEAM PREVIEW: OAKLAND
The two Running Backs, “LYNCH” and “RICHARD” are the core of the team and they display incredible strength as their running plays unfold. Their defense is tough.
TEAM PREVIEW: DENVER
“SIEMIAN” is a popular Quarterback and is almost a one-man team offense. But the defense has its ups and downs.
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh – Cincy crawls back to respectability
Tennessee @ Cleveland – Mariota is gimpy and Cleveland’s not going winless
Baltimore @ Minnesota – Only because they’re at home
TEAM PREVIEW: CLEVELAND
The powerful Running Back “CROWELL” and Quarterback “KIZER” are the center of the offense. This team has real offensive power.
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis – The Jags bounce back
Tennessee @ Cleveland
One more reminder: Deshaun Watson is still in the 100 club in Passer Rating. With an arm like his, maybe he could shore up the Astros bullpen.
TEAM PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS
This team has great defensive power. Their weak passing attack is made up for by their great running ability.
NY Jets @ Miami – Two in a row for the Fish
Tampa Bay @ Buffalo – Winston’s hurting and they’re on the road
Atlanta @ New England – Falcons right the ship in a big win
Big Rematch time…one team from the South, one from the Northeast. The winning team came back after falling behind early. They are one of a very few franchises to win consecutive Super Bowls in their history…of course I’m talking about this game from last season.
Oh, and there’s another rematch on this week’s schedule; we’ll discuss it in the NFC South section.
TEAM PREVIEW: MIAMI
With “CUTLER” as your Quarterback, his incredible passing ability will be the center of your offense, this offense tops the league in scoring, but their defense is weak.
Seattle @ NY Giants – Giants come back to Earth
Dallas @ San Francisco – Frisco loses in convincing fashion for once
Arizona @ LA Rams – Cardinals in a shootout
TEAM PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO
There are several stars on this team, including Quarterback “HOYER”, Wide Receiver “GARCON”, and Free Safety “WARD”. They were said to be the most powerful team last season.
TEAM PREVIEW: SEATTLE
Seattle is a team with a lot of talent. They are coming off a strong season, but can they win the championship?
New Orleans @ Green Bay – The No-Rodgers Collapse gathers momentum
Carolina @ Chicago – Panthers, narrowly
Baltimore @ Minnesota
Bye – Detroit
TEAM PREVIEW: CHICAGO
Chicago was the top in defense last year. On offense, Chicago’s Rusher, “HOWARD”, has been running circles around the defenses.
TEAM PREVIEW: MINNESOTA
Quarterback “KEENUM”, Wide Receiver “THIELEN”, and Running Back “COOK” are the heart of the team, performing well-executed plays.
Tampa Bay @ Buffalo
New Orleans @ Green Bay
Carolina @ Chicago
Atlanta @ New England
When Matt Ryan won the NFL MVP last year, he won it deservedly. This year he’s not even one of the top ten QBs in passer rating. The Falcons’ point differential in the four games besides their Green Bay win is +1. You read that right – not one touchdown, one point. They’ve been embarrassingly mediocre. This week has the potential to either revitalize or sink their season; my guess is that they win in a strong performance and get some of their mojo back. As PieInTheSky is quick to remind us every week, I’ve been wrong before.
Dallas @ San Francisco
Seattle @ NY Giants
Washington @ Philadelphia – should be a real dogfight
Last but not least, to round out our Team Previews:
TEAM PREVIEW: DALLAS
Although a traditionally strong team, last year they seemed to weaken. But never count them out. This year with Running Back “ELLIOTT”, they aim to make a comeback.
TEAM PREVIEW: NEW YORK
Superstar team leader “PIERRE-PAUL” holds the defense together which is out to destroy any offense. Quarterback “MANNING” is the key to their offense and is counted on heavily.
TEAM PREVIEW: WASHINGTON
This is an extremely well balanced and powerful team. They are aiming for the championship with a consistent game.
Week 6 – 5-8
Total – 27-29