THERE is only one unbeaten team left: Step forward anyone who predicted last month that the Cardinals would have the sole perfect record in the NFL…
We have another five picks below, including four favourites and an underdog for this week's action.
Broncos @ Steelers (1.0) – 18:00
The Steelers are in a tailspin but could have a nice bounceback on home turf against a Broncos team that has nine starters out, including starting QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Drew Lock rides again for Denver but fans won’t be confident, especially with the way he played in last Sunday’s defeat.
The playbook has been altered to Bridgewater’s sensible tendencies; something that Lock doesn’t have.
Pittsburgh haven’t lost back to back home games since the start of 2018; they won’t this weekend.
Prediction: Broncos 20 Steelers 23 (Steelers -1)
Packers (-3) @ Bengals – 18:00
Green Bay got a statement win against the 49ers and followed it up by beating the Steelers.
Suddenly all is right at Lambeau after the week 1 debacle against the Saints, and they’ll take care of a spirited Bengals who finally have a leader in Joe Burrow.
Aaron Rodgers and co look in sync and although the Bengals defense are ranked top 10, they haven’t faced an offense the calibre of Green Bay yet.
It could well be close up till the final few minutes but I see the Packers winning by a score.
Prediction: Packers 31 Bengals 24 (Packers -3)
Patriots (-9) @ Texans – 18:00
I’ll put my hands up: Last week I misread just how bad the Texans offense is with Davis Mills under center.
He is not ready yet for the NFL and the franchise as a whole deserved 0 points against the Bills.
It doesn’t get much easier with the Patriots D, fresh off of giving the Bucs an almighty scare on Sunday Night Football.
Bill Belichick will have New England ready to avenge that loss and while Mac Jones hasn’t been explosive, he has more than enough to cover 9 points.
Houston may very well go touchdown-less again.
Prediction: Patriots 21 Texans 6 (Patriots -9)
Titans (-4.5) @ Jaguars – 18:00
At the time of writing, Urban Meyer is still the coach of the Jags.
He may just keep his job after Sunday evening’s barroom shenanigans, but the only way the vultures will stop circling is with wins.
Jacksonville couldn’t have gotten closer to a W against Cincinnati, but with the off-field distractions not going away I can’t see a win here.
It’s a big divisional game with no franchise in the AFC South having a winning record – Tennessee still has Derek Henry, which is enough for them to cover this spread.
Prediction: Titans 28 Jaguars 19 (Titans -4.5)
Bills @ Chiefs (-2.5) – 01:20
A rematch of the AFC Championship game from last year has all the makings of a classic.
It also has the makings of a shootout, with 56.5 the total points over/under.
Kansas City’s defense has been horrendous; they were unable to force the Eagles to a single punt on Sunday.
But with that offense, they can fire their way out of almost any hole, even if Patrick Mahomes still looks slightly hampered with his foot injury from the end of last season.
The Bills have looked the best team in Football since the end of week 1, and with Arrowhead not being the fortress (on paper) it has been in the past, there could well be a mild upset.
Prediction: Bills 36 Chiefs 33 (Bills +2.5)
(2021 Predictions: 8/20: 40%)
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