Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterbackPeyton Manning
(18) is hurried by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackerTamba Hali
(91) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Rams 23 Raiders 7
The Raiders are coming off their first win of the year against a very good Chiefs team. But in typical Raiders fashion, I think they’ll lay an egg this week in St. Louis. Derek Carr is going to get his clock cleaned multiple times by that Rams defensive front, and their offense will be stuck in first gear all game long.
Steelers 34 Saints 24
New Orleans can’t win at home anymore. So what can they do, exactly? The Steelers are far from a perfect team, but they are more than capable of beating a Saints team that just doesn’t have it this season. Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell will have a field day against Rob Ryan’s defense.
Vikings 27 Panthers 21
The Vikings gave the red-hot Green Bay Packers one hell of a game last week, and I think that momentum will carry over to a solid win over the Panthers in week 13. Cam Newton and that offense are really struggling this year, and things aren’t going to get any easier against a surprisingly decent Minnesota defense.
Cardinals 38 Falcons 16
Without Carson Palmer, I don’t know how Arizona is going to fare each week, but I could drop 30 points on the Falcons defense, so Drew Stanton will have no trouble getting this offense back on track. Matt Ryan tosses four picks, and the Cardinals stay one step ahead of the surging Seahawks in the NFC West.
Chiefs 31 Broncos 30
Primetime television. Arrowhead stadium rocking. A team looking to prove it is elite.
Patriots fans know how this story goes.
Peyton Manning will struggle in cold in that environment, and Jamaal Charles will go off against a mediocre Denver defense to push the Chiefs by the division-leading Broncos. The key in this one will be red zone defense, and the Chiefs excel in that area, as they rank second in the league in that department. Manning will settle for field goals, and the Chiefs score touchdowns. Ballgame.
Dolphins 34 Jets 3