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Colts (1-6) Texans (1-6)
A really tough one to call in the battle of the strong finishing AFC South teams. The teams split the games this season with both away teams winning by a field goal. This game is likely to be just as tight and possibly another high scoring affair like the early season match up in Indy. Both QBs are playing well enough to lead their team on a last minute drive to win the game. Texans have the bigger names on defense but the Colts defense is the tenth best in the league in points allowed. It’ll probably come down to a last minute field goal. Also bear in mind that Deshaun Watson has not lost an NFL game he started by more than one score!
Seahawks (1-6, 7-12), Cowboys (1-6)
There probably hasn’t been a team as Jekyll and Hyde this year quite like the Cowboys. At their clock controlling, defense stuffing best versus the Saints or getting run over and dominated at their worst by the Colts. The Seahawks meanwhile have surprised most with their winning season behind the highest run play ratio in the league. Both teams will look to dominate through the ground game with some sprinkling of passing through Lockett for the ‘hawks and Cooper for the ‘boys. Dallas has the better defense but Seattle the better quarterback. Slight edge for this game to Seattle who have Wilson to keep the game close even if they don’t manage to win it.
Chargers (1-6, 7-12) Ravens (1-6, 7-12)
LAC were unlucky the best team in the AFC was also in their division which means they have to go on the road this Sunday against a Ravens team that is playing the read option and run game behind Lamar Jackson like it’s 2012. Baltimore beat LA in LA 22-10 a few weeks ago but this should be closer now the Charger defense knows what it is facing. Philip Rivers needs to make sure he doesn’t turn the ball over against one of the best defenses in the NFL. They need to get their running game going behind Melvin Gordon to give their own defense a test against the grinding Ravens. Bosa and Ingram need to set the edges to prevent Jackson making plays after taking off running. The Baltimore QB does have the propensity to be loose with the ball and fumble. It really could go either way and will probably come down to one score either way. Whichever QB turns the ball over least wins.
Eagles (7-12) Bears (7-12, 13-18).
Replay of the famous Fog Bowl. Philly have been resurgent with Nick Foles under Center and have the Bears to thank for being in the postseason at all. Should Chicago have let the weaker Vikings win last week? There’ll be a lot of people looking back in retrospect if the Eagles pull this one out. Pederson and Nagy have coached together before and Groh and Fangio coaches together at the Bears under John Fox so there will be familiarity on both sidelines. The Bears should have too much on defense to keep if the Eagles at arms length of Trubisky can manage the game and make enough plays to put points on the board. A banged up receiver corps buts more pressure on the excellent Tarik Cohen to deliver. Should be a great one, the Bears could win comfortably with the home crowd behind them and their turnover machine defense but don’t count out the Super Bowl champions.
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