Chicago Bears (2-7) @ New York Giants (6-3) - MetLife Stadium
The Giants look to continue their momentum when they host the hapless Bears at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Giants have won four straight games by 7 points or less to breath life into their season. With the Giants being 4-1 on Sunday, they have the opportunity to further cement themselves as the leading candidate for an NFC Wild Card spot, with the Cowboys currently running away with the NFC East. The Bears are in free fall after a terrible performance saw them wiped out 36-10 in Tampa Bay last week. The Bears are yet to record a road win this season.
Verdict - Giants 38 Bears 7
I think the Bears have packed it in for the year after last week's inept display. The Giants are starting to roll and get confidence and they are a dangerous side with plenty of talent. I think they make this a very one-sided contest here with Eli Manning and the offense dominating.
Miami Dolphins (5-4) @ Los Angles Rams (4-5) @ Los Angeles Coliseum
The Dolphins are one of the surprise packets of the season, and they get the chance for a fifth straight win when they head to Los Angeles to take on the Rams. Ryan Tannehill is starting to play some of the best football of his pro-career, and with running back Jay Ajayi making explosive plays, the Dolphins' offense is finally starting to click into gear somewhat. The Rams finally give a start to the Number 1 pick in the NFL draft in quarterback Jared Goff. After last week's ugly 9-6 victory over the Jets, Jeff Fisher's patience with Case Keenum finally ran out, and all eyes will be on Goff as he makes his debut on Sunday.
Verdict - Dolphins 20 Rams 10
Miami have had some really tough wins of late and appear to be a team playing with some real momentum. Hard to trust the Rams, and Jared Goff is likely to be under a lot pf pressure in his home debut. Expect the Dolphins to win a low scoring game.
New England Patriots (7-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-8) - Levi Stadium
The Patriots are coming off a rare home loss as they head to San Francisco to take on the woeful 49ers. New England gave up the outright lead in the AFC with a 31-24 loss to Seattle in an explosive Monday night football game last week. They head to the Bay area without tight end Rob Gronkowski. The 49ers put in one of their better performances of the season last week, with a tight 23-20 loss at divisional rivals, the Cardinals.
Verdict - Patriots 34 49ers 20
I think The Pats will win this comfortably, although the loss of Gronkowski is a big one for their offense. The 49ers have started to get a few things going offensively lately, however they remain the worst team in the NFL with little chance of picking up a victory here.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1) - Century Link Field
The Eagles head to Seattle in another big test of their playoff credentials on Sunday. Carson Wentz is putting together an impressive rookie year with over 200 yards of passing and 9 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. His poise saw them gain a crucial 24-15 home victory over the Falcons at home, to keep them in the playoff race. The Seahawks put down a statement to the rest of the NFL with a highly impressive 31-24 victory at New England last week. Russell Wilson has started to heat up in the past couple of weeks, as he starts to break free from the injuries that plagued him earlier in the season.
Verdict - Seattle 24 Eagles 20
I expect the Eagles to be right in this contest with Seattle coming off a short turnaround. However, with the business end of the season just around the corner, Seattle are starting to hit their straps and i think they can win another close one here.
Green Bay Packers (4-5) @ Washington Redskins (5-3-1)
The Packers have an acid test at Washington after back-to-back demoralising performances against the Colts and Titans dropped them below .500. The Packers have a losing record for the first time since 2008, which was the last year in which Mike McCarthy's men missed the playoffs. After back-to-back home losses to start the season, Washington has lost just 1 of their past 7 games, and will fancy their chances against the Green Bay defence that looks to be falling apart.
Verdict - Redskins 34 Packers 20
I don't like the way Green Bay are playing at all right now. They appear to be a team that has quit on defence and quarterback Aaron Rodgers' body language looks well below his usual swagger. The Skins have played good football at home of late, and I thinkthey will be far too strong here.