Pittsburgh has allowed just 193.3 passing yards per game, the second-fewest, and a 74.9 passer rating, the lowest, so Philip Rivers has his work cut out for him in this matchup. However, the Colts have a +12 turnover differential, the 2nd-best in the NFL, so I’m not expecting turnovers to be a struggle this week. I’ll take the Colts to win in a grind-it-out, low-scoring matchup between two playoff-bound teams. Lamar Jackson has been on fire lately with four rushing touchdowns and six passing touchdowns to two interceptions over his past three games.
- Like Cincinnati, the Chiefs are not very good against the pass.
- Williams picked up 62 rushing yards and a couple of touchdowns on 21 carries against Washington.
- Aaron Donald, last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, recorded four of those sacks himself, had six tackles for loss, and five hits on Beathard.
- That defense will have to control one of the better offensive units in the NFL on Thursday.
- In the loss to the Chargers on Thanksgiving Day, Dallas surrendered 434 passing yards to QB Philip Rivers.
The Steelers are informative post fourth in the league in points allowed per game (17.5) and are third in the NFL in total defense giving opponents just 289.4 yards per game. The Raiders dropped to 6-7 with a loss to Kansas City last week, a defeat that all but ruined their chances at the postseason. Quarterback Derek Carr placed most of the blame squarely on his shoulders. He threw two costly interceptions, but the Raiders’ problems run much deeper than Carr.
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Thursday, Oct 21
The Ravens were perfect in the red zone through four games scoring on all of their drives in the red zone. Against Cleveland last week, the failure to score a touchdown marked just the 10th time that has happened in the past 11 years. Two of the NFL’s Top 10 defenses square off against each other when Baltimore travels to Tennessee next Sunday. The Ravens check in at No. 2 in scoring defense (15.4 points per game) while the Titans are fourth at 17.2. Baltimore dropped a 12-9 decision to Cleveland in overtime and the Titans lost to Buffalo.
New York is 5-1 at home this season, which may or may not be an advantage considering Dallas is unbeaten on the road. The Ravens travel to Foxborough on Monday night looking for their first-ever regular season win in New England. The Patriots have won nine of those games and seem to have the upper hand in the series.
Now, head coach Mike Tomlin and company will face an equally formidable opponent in the Panthers, winners over Tampa Bay last week. The Chiefs are No. 2 in scoring behind New Orleans averaging 35.3 points a game. Second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been unstoppable and leads the NFL with 3,150 passing yards and 31 touchdowns. His top targets include RB Kareem Hunt, WR Tyreek Hill, and TE Travis Kelce. It’s been a while since the Vikings played at Soldier Field against the first-place Chicago Bears. New head coach Matt Nagy has the Bears at 6-3 after their third straight win a week ago.
Their offense was pitiful behind starting quarterback Casee Keenum, and second year running back Todd Gurley couldn’t get things going on the ground either against the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams showed no potential at all against a 49er defense that isn’t expected to be great this year. It was as bad of a start to the LA Rams era as one could imagine. The Seahawks opened up at home against the Miami Dolphins last week and had to fight off a pesky Dolphins team that fell short by 2 points to the Seahawks. Personally I’d look at that as the Dolphins coming prepared and motivated for this coming season, instead of suggesting that Seattle has turn the slope and is starting to decline. It’ll be interesting if the Rams can even keep this game from getting away from them early.