Joe Flacco – This is a name that might not come to mind when it comes to the elite quarterbacks but hear me out. The quarterback options became a little scarce with Rodgers, Roethlisberger, and Wilson out all on byes this week. Flacco has taken advantages of weak secondaries so far this year, having thrown for over 200 yards and multiple touchdowns against the Bengals, Steelers and Bills. He has the Saints secondary to pick apart this Sunday, as they come to Baltimore giving up the third most passing yards per game and second best passer rating this season.
My Prediction: 250 passing yards, 2 TDs
Baker Mayfield- The Browns will be looking to get to a fast start this week after only being able to score 3 points against the Chargers last week. Mayfield couldn’t ask for an easier defense as he goes up against the Buccaneers’ league-worst defense. The Buccaneers’ secondary is giving up an average of 356 yards per game. Mayfield has been building chemistry with his receivers and I believe this is the week he puts everything together.
My Prediction: 275 passing yards, 2 TDs
Frank Gore – The Dolphins’ running back just ran for 100 yards last week against the vaunted Bears’ defense and now gets an easier test against the Lions’ defense. The Lions are giving up the third most rushing yards per game. With starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill out for another game look for the Dolphins to try to keep the ball on the ground.
My Prediction: 60 rushing yards, 1 TD
Phillip Lindsay – The Broncos’ running back is in a committee but is the most talented out of the two. With fans booing quarterback Case Keenum because of his poor play and head coach Vance Joseph coaching for his job, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos took the ball out of Keenum’s hands. The Cardinals have the second worst rush defense in the league as well, making this an enticing matchup.
My Prediction: 70 rush yards , 20 receiving yards
Damion Ratley- Go back to my quarterback picks and you’ll see why I like this reciever. The Browns only had two active wide recievers to finish their game last week against the Chargers which will keep Ratley in the lineup. Ratley had eight targets last game and caught six of those for 82 yards. Ratley should have a decent day against the Bucs’ porous defense.
My Prediction : 5 receptions, 70 yards
Jermaine Kearse – The Jets’ wide receiver has been quiet so far this year but an injury to fellow receiver Quincy Enunwa resulted in getting more involved in the passing game. Kearse had nine receptions and 94 yards against the Colts last week. This week he goes up against the Vikings, but this isn’t the same defense we seen last year. The Vikings should have their way with the Jets which will force the Jets to throw the ball more to keep up and Kearse should be the prime target.
My Prediction: 4 receptions, 50 yards
C.J Uzomah- This game against the Chiefs should be a shootout as the Chiefs have shown they are the most explosive offense in the league . With that being said, the Bengals will need all the weapons that they have and that’s where Uzomah comes in. The tight end had six catches last game for 54 yards and will look to carry on that success against this suspect Chiefs’ secondary.
My Prediction: 4 receptions, 45 yards
Ricky-Seals Jones – The Cardinals’ offense has been terrible this year and they are facing a blitz happy defense in the Broncos. Cardinals’ quarterback Josh Rosen hasn’t been interested in taking too many chances deep and will check down to the tight end to avoid the rush. The tight end position this year has been terrible so just a touchdown will suffice at this point.
My Prediction: 5 catches, 43 yards
Defense/ Special Teams
Cowboys D – The Cowboys defense has been underrated this year but has quietly worked itself into a top ten defense. Alex Smith hasn’t looked himself this year and may still be adjusting to his new team. The Cowboys with 18 sacks are tied for fifth in the league and will look to get after Smith and his lack of weapons.
My Prediction: 3 sacks, 13 points allowed
Bills D – The Bills have been absolutely terrible on offense and great on defense this year. This week they face Andrew Luck who has shown that he is turnover prone. The Bills are third in the league with 19 sacks and are tied at sixth for takeaways with 12. The Bills should be all over Luck due to him not having a running game and lack of weapons.
My Prediction: 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 17 points allowed