Overall: 36 - 26
After taking last week off, I look to continue the momentum from two 10+ win weeks. There aren't a lot of big match-ups, but there are still six undefeated teams in action. I predict there won't be that many left come Monday morning.
Atlanta (5 - 0) 31 @ New Orleans (1 - 4) 34: This is an interesting game. The surprising Falcons head to the arch rival Saints on a short week after squeaking by the Redskins in overtime on Sunday. New Orleans can't seem to generate any kind of running game, while their defense is giving up the fourth most points in the league. Not exactly a recipe for success, as indicated by their lousy record. Conventional wisdom would be to go with the Falcons to continue their unexpected roll. But it's Thursday night, the Saints fans should be fired up and Drew Brees might still have a big game or two in that arm. He's going to have to put up a lot of points if Atlanta's Devonta Freeman runs wild on the Saints' defense, and I think he will.
1:00 EDT Games:
Washington (2 - 3) 23 @ New York Jets (3 - 1) 20: I have to make a homer pick here as I think the 'Skins are making some improvements.
Arizona (4 - 1) 24 @ Pittsburgh (3 - 2) 27: The Cardinals looked like the best team in the league until last week's loss. Michael Vick seems to be settling into the Steelers' offense.
Kansas City (1 - 4) 23 @ Minnesota (2 - 2) 27: The Chiefs just aren't finding ways to win. The Vikes are getting Adrian Peterson back in the flow of the offense.
Cincinnati (5 - 0) 20 @ Buffalo (3 - 2) 17: The Bengals will head into Buffalo, most likely against backup QB Manuel for the Bills. I like how Cincy is playing.
Chicago (2 - 3) 28 @ Detroit (0 - 5) 24: The Bears found a way to get past the Chiefs last week, as the old Jay Cutler emerged. The Lions are a mess.
Denver (5 - 0) 20 @ Cleveland (2 - 3) 17: Can the Broncos continue to win in ugly fashion? The Browns are improving, but the Denver defense is playing at a very high level.
Houston (1 - 4) 30 @ Jacksonville (1 - 4) 24: JJ Watt is questionable for this game, but I still like the Texans to finally get up to speed.
Miami (1 - 3) 27 @ Tennessee (1 - 3) 28: Can the Dolphins improve under an interim coach? They'll need to pressure rookie QB Marcus Mariotta.
Carolina (4 - 0) 20 @ Seattle (2 - 3) 27: The Seahawks are a very good team for their record. They get to play this game at home after a brutal road schedule to start the season. As good as Carolina has looked, Seattle's desperate.
San Diego (2 - 3) 21 @ Green Bay (5 - 0) 30: I don't see the Packers losing at home, at least not the way way they're playing at this point.
Baltimore (1 - 4) 23 @ San Francisco (1 - 4) 20: The Ravens head west, four games behind the Bengals in the AFC North. The 'Niners have looked pretty bad. The loser will probably be playing out the string, even this early in the season.
New England (4 - 0) 34 @ Indianapolis (3 - 2) 27: Andrew Luck is back for the Colts and they'll need all the help they can get. After a bye week, we'll see if the Pats can continue with the offensive rhythm they had the first four games.
New York Giants (3 - 2) 24 @ Philadelphia (2 - 3) 31:Chip Kelly got the Eagles' offense rolling last week and they'll be looking to get in a first place tie in the NFC East. The Giants have been quietly impressive.