Baltimore is on a roll and Cincinnatti sure won’t be the team to slow them down. Perhaps the Bengals’ defense could be promising having allowed 25 points or fewer in each game this season, however, Lamar Jackson is something no defense can plan for. The former league MVP has racked up a 67.5 comp pct along with 346.3 pass + rush YPG. On top of that, he remains undefeated in the month of October along with a 5-0 record against the Bengals. Pair that up with Joe Burrow who remains winless against fellow Heisman trophy winners (0-4) this game has Baltimore written all over it.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense have got to be loving this matchup, ready to exploit a vulnerable defense. Washington has allowed 30+ points in 4 straight games and since the Packers’ Week 1 loss to the Saints, they have averaged 28.2 PPG. Apart from Green Bay’s offense, the defense should also see a favorable matchup against Taylor Heinicke
On top of that Heinicke has tossed only one score and three interceptions over the last two weeks. It’s going to be an uphill battle for Washington who looks to snap their two-game losing streak against a Packer team that has won five straight.
Atlanta is coming off a bye after picking up a win in London as Miami is coming off an ugly loss to the Jaguars in the same stadium in the United Kingdom. This week things don’t get any easier for the Dolphins as they take on Matt Ryan who has looked flawless since Week 3 tossing 289.3 pass YPG, 8 TD, 0 INT, with a 110.8 passer rating. He sees a favorable matchup against a Miami team that ranks bottom-5 in scoring offense (16.5 PPG) and scoring defense (29.5 PPG allowed) this season. The Falcons should take this one on the road.
Sam Darnold makes his return to MetLife Stadium, but not against his former Jets squad that he already got revenge on with a win in Week 1. This week Carolina heads up north to take on the Giants in what looks like a much-needed bounce-back game after losing their last three. Fortunately, New York will be without a handful of talent on offense and the team has lost 26 of their last 35 home games since 2017. It almost seems inexcusable for the Panthers to lose this one.
New York is coming off a bye week which could look promising against a Patriot team that remains winless at home this season. However, Bill Belichick remains undefeated at home against rookie starting QBs in New England (12-0). It’s worth being reminded of Zach Wilson’s atrocious Week 2 performance against this defense turning the ball over four times. Expect another rookie QB in Mac Jones to pick up his first home win in Gillette Stadium.
A rematch of the 2020 AFC championship game is upon us in Nashville as both the Titans and Chiefs are coming off wins and clash in what looks like a pivotal matchup. After the Bills beat the Chiefs in week 5, the Titans upset them last week at home. This week the Chiefs and Titans find themselves in a game that will in fact have huge playoff implications.
It’s tough to not expect a high-scoring affair given how abysmal both defensive groups have played this season. Both teams have each allowed 26+ PPG and 375+ total YPG this season and Kansas City is 1 of 2 teams in the last 30 seasons with 30+ PPG and 14+ giveaways in their first 6 games (2014 Eagles). Tennessee will need to win the turnover battle and capitalize with points in order to win this game.
Fortunately, they have RB Derrick Henry who has averaged 130.5 rush YPG this season (most in NFL) and takes on a Chiefs defense that has allowed 133.2 rush YPG this season (6th-most in NFL). With an established run game, the Titans should have their way on offense with WRs A.J. Brown and Julio Jones at Ryan Tannehill’s disposal. On top of that, it’s worth noting all three of Kansas City’s losses this season are against teams with a combined 13-5 record (all three are division leaders: Ravens, Chargers, Bills). Spoiler alert… Tennesse is currently in sole possession of the top spot in the AFC South. If there should be a bold pick this week, it’s going to be this game. The Titans stole a win against the Bills and getting another win against the Chiefs this week could put them in the front-runner for the AFC’s top seed.