Jacksonville Jaguars v. Houston Texans
Jacksonville has clawed their way back into the picture in the AFC South by improving their record to 4-4. Houston continues to roll, but will be without out defensive star JJ Watt for the rest of the season after he tore his pectoral muscle last week. Houston will need to rely heavily on their offensive firepower this week if they look to beat the Jaguars. However, the Jags have a tough defense and will put a lot of pressure on Deshaun Watson. Jacksonville will need a good game from Gardner Minshew as he goes up against a struggling pass defense. If Minshew can take advantage of that matchup, he should be able to guide the Jags to an upset win over the Texans.
- Last Meeting – 2019 Week 2 (13-12 Texans Win)
Straight Up Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars
Against the Spread: Jacksonville Jaguars +2
Over/Under: UNDER 46.5
Buffalo Bills v. Washington Redskins
Washington’s hope in this game rides on the shoulders of Case Keenum. Keenum is still in concussion protocol, so he may or may not play this game. The Redskins have looked lost regardless of whether Keenum or Haskins starts, but have looked more formidable with Keenum taking snaps. The Bills should have a fun time on Sunday controlling the Redskins mess of an offense. The only thing that holds me back on calling a blowout, is the fact that the Bills simply don’t do that. Their calling card all year has been winning close games and a 9.5 point spread will be tough for the Bills to cover.
- Last Meeting – 2015 Week 15 (35-25 Redskins Win)
Straight Up Pick: Buffalo Bills
Against the Spread: Washington Redskins +9.5
Over/Under: OVER 36.5
Kansas City Chiefs v. Minnesota Vikings
The lines for this game have been blank most of the week likely because of the questions surrounding Patrick Mahomes. Most people think Mahomes should sit out another week, but with the Chiefs going up against one of the hottest teams in football, he doesn’t want to see his team absorb another loss before he returns. Regardless of Mahomes, I think the Vikings continue to roll and take this game. They are an all-around monster and have progressed each and ever week. The Vikings are my pick to track down the Packers and win the NFC North at this point, so they need a win here to do just that.
- Last Meeting – 2015 Week 6 (16-10 Vikings Win)
Straight Up Pick: Minnesota Vikings
Against the Spread: Minnesota Vikings -2
Over/Under: OVER 48.5
Miami Dolphins v. New York Jets
Miami might actually have a chance to win a game this year, and it comes in this matchup with the struggling New York Jets. Sam Darnold looked good in his first game back against the Cowboys, but since has looked very below average. He got completely lit up against the Patriots, and then dropped another game to the Jags last week. Though Miami will have a chance to get a win here, I don’t see it happening. The Dolphins front office seems intent on losing as many games as possible, and this one should be another loss as Sam Darnold figures things out gets the Jets back on track.
- Last Meeting – 2018 Week 9 (13-6 Dolphins Win)
Straight Up Pick: New York Jets
Against the Spread: New York Jets -3
Over/Under: OVER 42.5
Philadelphia Eagles v. Chicago Bears
The Bears are reaching a desperation point in their season. The defense has carried them about as much as they can, and they have dropped below .500 for the first time this season. Chicago needs to see something better on offense, but Mitch Trubisky has not shown many signs of improvement. Philadelphia is another very talented team that simply hasn’t played up to their potential. The Eagles need this win just as much as the Bears do. I think Philly pulls this one out in the end, but it will be a dogfight to the finish. Chicago’s defense will keep them in this game enough to cover the 4.5 points.
- Last Meeting – 2018 Wildcard Game (16-15 Eagles Win)
Straight Up Pick: Philadelphia Eagles
Against the Spread: Chicago Bears +4.5 ★★★★
Over/Under: UNDER 41.5
Pittsburgh Steelers v. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts continue to roll, but they are doing so in a fairly unimpressive fashion. All of their wins have been within 1 score, and they needed a last second field goal to beat the struggling Broncos last week at home. Pittsburgh struggled last week on Monday night against the even worse Dolphins. They did, however pull things together and score the final 27 points in that game. The Steelers defense will need to continue to generate turnovers against their opponents to beat the Colts. I think they do so, and come away with the upset win against the AFC South leaders.
- Last Meeting – 2017 Week 10 (20-17 Steelers Win)
Straight Up Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
Against the Spread: Pittsburgh Steelers +1 ★★★
Over/Under: UNDER 41
Carolina Panthers v. Tennessee Titans
Tennessee continues to figure out ways to win, despite being extremely inconsistent in 2019. The Panthers got rocked last week when they faced off against the undefeated 49ers. I anticipate this game will be a close one, as neither team is extremely dominant on either side of the ball. I am expecting the Panthers to come away with the W, but the Titans can keep it close enough to conver the 3.5 point spread, though I am not confident enough in these picks to wager a significant amount of money on this game.
- Last Meeting – 2015 Week 10 (27-10 Panthers Win)
Straight Up Pick: Carolina Panthers
Against the Spread: Tennessee Titans +3.5
Over/Under: OVER 42