The Giants drafted QB Daniel Jones as the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, which shocked many people who expected him to go much later in the first round. Regardless, Eli has to be feeling some pressure from the high draft pick waiting in the wings to take his spot. Like Allen, informative post Sam Darnold was also taken in the first round of the 2018 draft. Darnold played his college ball at USC, and had an overall solid first season under center for the Jets last year. With the new addition of Le’veon Bell in the backfield, Sam Darnold will look to take this new Jets offense to another level. Within the last few weeks alone Miami has been surrounded by numerous trade rumors and also traded their shutdown left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Texans.
Miami’s home field advantage has been non-existent for over a decade now, but the heat itself can be a factor for some visiting teams. Look for the Ravens offense to be clicking early and putting up big numbers on a questionable Dolphins secondary. Miami’s offense will be lead by Ryan Fitzpatrick, the journeyman QB with some stints of success along the way. Behind him is newly acquired Josh Rosen who the Dolphins traded for from the Arizona Cardinals who just drafted Rosen in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.
The Vikings have won four of their last five with a strong defense and an offense built around quarterback Kirk Cousins. With Dalvin Cook hampered by nagging injuries, the run game is 28th in the league. Cousins has made up for that with 2,685 yards and 17 touchdowns.
As just alluded to, Houston is in especially dire straits on one side of the ball. That holds true even with one of the most respected defensive minds in recent NFL history, Romeo Crennel, at the helm. The Texans not only allowed 212 rushing yards and two TDs to Derrick Henry on Sunday, but they also managed to give up four touchdown passes to Ryan Tannehill. That’s about the worst possible way to tune up for a matchup against Rodgers and his teammates, especially on the faster track of NRG Stadium. The Sunday night game features the Buccaneers, who are just 2-4 against the spread this season, but 5-1 straight up. The line moved too, from Bucs -12.5 on Sunday night to 13.5 on Monday.
He might struggle against the Giants, though, as they’re allowing just 22.2 points per game, the NFL’s ninth-fewest. New York is allowing just 101.8 this hyperlink rushing yards per game, the sixth-fewest in football, and they’re going to provide a challenge for what’s been the best rushing offense in the NFL over the past month. The Giants’ offense has been terrible lately, though, and they scored just 6 points against the Browns.
QB Carson Wentz and Indy started 0-3 but have won two of its last three. The loss was a overtime setback in Week 5 on the road against the 5-1 Baltimore Ravens. A game that will catch a few eyes in the late slate of games Sunday will be the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams. Like any ex who has moved on to better things, Stafford will show the Lions he’s happy now and will send Detroit home thinking he was the one that got away. The Football Team from Washington has a tall task ahead of them this week with the Green Bay Packers. Swaggy Aaron Rodgers showed up last week in Chicago to remind Bears fans that he owns them.
The NFL’s last winless team, Detroit, might be a bunch of scrappy underdogs, but that really does not help them much when they have to head to Los Angeles and take on one of the Super Bowl favourites. Washington’s defence continues to struggle and will be in for a very long afternoon unless the Packers treat this one like a de facto bye week. Take New England to get the job done for their first win at home all season.
Against the Raiders, Chicago’s defense could have its hands full. The Bears do an excellent job of stopping the run, except Vegas has the league’s top passing attack, and Chicago hasn’t been as effective against the pass. Chicago also hasn’t fared well as an underdog, previously failing to cover spreads of 7.5 and 8.5 points. Not only did the Jets snap a two-game skid without a touchdown, but they also won their first game of the season.
Even the defense, primarily against the run, has improved under Dan Quinn. The Cowboys open as 7.5-point favorites ahead of a rivalry game with the Giants. Justin Fields made his second start, throwing for 209 yards and an interception on an afternoon where the run game was the priority. David Montgomery had 106 yards and two scores before getting injured, though Damien Williams managed with 55 yards and a touchdown in his absence.
It is also helped that the Denver offense was not the typical head coach Gary Kubiak offense. The Broncos haven’t been running the football effectively as of late. That changed last week as RB C.J. Anderson ran 16 times for 107 yards and a touchdown in a very impressive 27-9 win over Houston. The Giants defense, which finished second in the NFL in points allowed last season, could not stop the Cowboys last week. The Detroit running game isn’t nearly as good as Dallas, but the passing is better. The Giants did beat the Lions last December, 17-6, in a game played at MetLife Stadium.