The once explosive Oakland offense has been nothing like what it was a year ago. The running game is awful averaging just 93.7 yards a game, 24th in the NFL. The lack of consistency running the football has affected the passing game too which is 26th (184.7 yards per game) in the league.
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The Patriots’ defense is good but also vulnerable to big plays, and the Jets match up pretty well, despite what we saw last time these teams played. I’m not backing the public in this matchup, and I like the Jets to keep this game surprisingly close. The Patriots hosted Brady in Week 4 and were an upright away from winning outright as 6.5-point underdogs. Meanwhile, the Jets have given up 880 yards the last two weeks and haven’t put up more than 355 yards of total offense in a game all season.
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They spent a ton of money on the defense and it looks like it is paying off. Baltimore’s strength of schedule is a bit better than Cincinnati’s but their opponents were all offensive based or bad in general minus the Broncos. Finally, Cincinnati has the better defense ranking 7th in opponent EPA Margin to Baltimore’s 12th. The Bengals have a .4 yards per play advantage over the Ravens. I’ll grab the points here and go with Cincinnati to keep it close.
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Winning in Baltimore, and just beating the Ravens for that matter, has been very difficult for Pittsburgh lately. The Steelers haven’t won in M&T Bank Stadium since 2012 and have lost the last three games in the series. Baltimore swept Pittsburgh last season and, remember, the Ravens finished 5-11.
He will need to refocus his efforts and help the Dallas offense produce points. The Colts chances of winning the AFC South and gaining a berth to the playoffs were all but extinguished last week even after an impressive win over Minnesota. At 7-7, the Colts sit behind both Houston and Tennessee in the division.
Winston completed 22-of-38 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots cannot allow him to have too much success on Thursday if they plan on coming home with a win. One of the biggest surprises of the young 2017 NFL season is the demise of the New England Patriots defense. After a season in which defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s defense led the league in points allowed per game, the Patriots are 31stthrough four weeks.
While both teams have losing records, the Colts have been competitive and will look to get their second win on Sunday. They’ll be going against a NY Jets team that has struggled much of the season under first year head coach and quarterback. Expect more potential struggles this Sunday as the Jets will be without starting QB Zack Wilson. Instead, rookie QB Mike White will take his first NFL snaps under center.
Mack has also forced four fumbles and intercepted a pass that he returned 27 yards for a touchdown. The Mack-led defense yields just 19.1 points per game, fourth-best in the NFL. In Chicago’s last two games, the Bears have given up nine to the Bills and ten to the Jets. The postseason hangs in the balance for Sunday night’s NFC East showdown winner. Dallas travels to Philadelphia to face the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles.