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NYJ @ MIA
This is a time for the Jets to actually get back in the playoff picture. Their next two weeks are not too tough, at Miami and then home against the Rams, and they should win both games. The Jets are not a terrible team, but not a good team. As for Sunday’s matchup, they need to stop Jay Ajayi. The Jets have the number one rush defense and should be able to limit him. With Ajayi limited, Ryan Tannehill will struggle without a running game and the Jets defense should hold Miami under 20 points. As long as Fitzpatrick doesn’t turn the ball over they should win. I see him doing that and winning 24-17 thanks to a big day from Brandon Marshall.
IND @ GB
I thought Indianapolis would be better than they are. This is a game if I was picking before last week that I think the Colts would play Green Bay close and maybe pull it out late. However, they let Nick Foles and the Chiefs do whatever they wanted against them (what will Aaron Rodgers do to them?). This shows how atrocious the rest of the team is except for Andrew Luck. Luck will not be able to make up for it on the road and I see the Packers winning 31-24. I don’t see it being a blowout because Aaron Rodgers and the Packers just haven’t been explosive offensively, so I think the game will be just out of reach for the Colts with Andrew Luck scoring some late TD’s to make the scoreline look close in the end.
PHI @ NYG
I don’t think the Giants are that good in general. They have an average defense and have had a pretty poor offense so far this season. They are in the middle of the league in yards and near the bottom in scoring. I can see the Eagles defense making it tough on the Giants and can see Eli throwing a few picks. Wentz should be fine on the road because the Giant’s defense isn’t too good. If Wentz doesn’t turn the ball over, which he has done so far this season, then solid play is enough to win the game easily. I see the Eagles winning 27-20.
DEN @ OAK
The first Sunday Night Football game in Oakland in a decade and it should be a great one. The exact type of game the NFL needs to help get their ratings back on track. The Raiders are good again and are competing for a division championship for the fist time since 2003. In addition, the game itself should be exciting and very close, probably coming down to a few plays. I am going to give the edge to the Raiders. I think the crowd will be very tough on Siemian and could cause some issues. Derek Carr has looked incredible as of late and should be able to play pretty well against the great Denver defense. Also, Denver not having Aquib Talib could create some major matchup issues against Crabtree and Cooper. The one area that is questionable for the Raiders is defensively, but they have played better and better each week and Khalil Mack is coming into form. It could be a dominant day for him and Sean Smith is slated to play, which is a major boost for the secondary. I think Denver is the overall better team, but the difference at QB will decide the game. Oakland wins a tight game on a Sebastian Janikowski game-winning field goal. 20-17 Oakland.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.