Hey everyone this is Sam and we need to breakdown the NFL Football games and get some predictions going for you. First up is the 1:00pm game we are breaking down and picking Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team. Then for the 4:25pm game we are choosing Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints. The 8:20pm Sunday Night game is Cleveland Browns at New York Giants. Some of my co-workers got together to give you their takes on the games and make NFL predictions.
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team (1:00pm Sunday, FOX)
Well here comes the poor Seattle Seahawks (9-4) back to the East Coast to FedEx Field to take on the Washington Football Team (6-7). They are going to take on the leaders of the NFC East. Seattle can secure a playoff spot with a win after beating the Jets last week. Hopefully, the Seahawks got totally on track with all three phases of the game. They show a lot of energy putting the Jets’ game away quickly in the first half.
Washington picked up its fourth straight win over the San Francisco 49ers last week. Their defense bent a little by giving up 15 points. It will need to do the same with Russell Wilson running the Seahawks. The Comeback Player of the Year front-runner QB Alex Smith left the game in the first half with a calf strain. He has already been ruled out of Sunday’s game. This means that QB Dwayne Haskins will get the start for Washington. He has played in five games so far this season.
TOM: The Seahawks roll into Washington on a roll after laying a beating on the Jets last week 40-3. WFT is no pushover on defense, but I still see Russell Wilson having a good day through the air. Dwayne Haskins gets the nod for Washington and will face a Seattle defense that has steadily improved throughout the year. Vegas over/under is 43.5 and I think we will see right around that number as well.
Winner: Seattle 31-13
KEITH: Seattle is coming off their biggest win of the season against the Jets. The Washington Football Team has won four in a row and is primed to win the East. The WFT is supported by a vicious defensive front and I see the Washington giving Russell Wilson problems. With Alex Smith and Antonio Gibson, I would have said the WFT would win outright at home, but it looks like neither of those two guys play. With Dwayne Hopkins, I think the Seahawks are able to edge the WFT, but Washington covers this game.
Winner: Seattle 23-20
CAEMERON: I know The Washington Football Team is going to have to start Dwayne Haskins on Sunday, but I also still believe in Haskins. Call me crazy. If Antonio Gibson doesn’t suit up that’s a bigger problem. Regardless I am going to predict that Haskins burns the Seahawks with down field passes to Terry McLaurin, who gets right this week. Seattle’s secondary has looked very vulnerable this season, even if they have improved recently. Add to that pressure on Russell Wilson when the roles are reversed. I think Washington proves to the world this week that they deserve to make the playoffs.
Winner: Washington 31-16
Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints (4:25pm Sunday, CBS)
I’m excited that future Hall of Famer QB Drew Brees is back from a punctured lung and eleven fractured ribs. I can’t help it, but like him. However, this isn’t what this game is all about. It is about both teams trying to win first-round byes in their conferences. Fans are getting a real treat with this game.
The New Orleans Saints haven’t looked real great without Drew Brees. Their scoring has been down from 30.1 ppg to 24.3 ppg. However, they did win three out of four games with QB Taysom Hill. The Saints have been riding their dominating defense to wins, but it crashed last week in Philadelphia. So they fell behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC standings due to tiebreakers.
Kansas City looked like they might lose in the first quarter, but then they scored 30 unanswered points. Eventually the Dolphins made a game of it in the final quarter. Kansas City ended up winning their eighth consecutive win and obtained the AFC’s top seed. The Chiefs lead this series played in New Orleans 4-2. This is the first meeting for Patrick Mahomes against Drew Brees.
TOM: Patrick Mahomes hits the Bayou this week. This fulfils his wish to face off against one of his childhood heroes in Drew Brees. 11 broken ribs and a punctured lung heal but how much will lingering pain effect his delivery? The Saints are also without star wideout Michael Thomas this week. Sadly, I don’t think it will be close.
Winner: Kansas City 38-17
KEITH: The Saints are coming off a tough loss to the Eagles on Sunday and the Chiefs are coming off a closer than expected win against the ‘Fins. Even when Patrick Mahomes plays poorly he is still the best QBs in the game (Rodgers is a close 2nd).
With the Saints getting Drew Brees back I like the Saints at home bouncing back with a signature win. I think this becomes an Alvin Kamara game for the Saints. He takes advantage of a below average Chiefs run defense. I like the Saints to pull off the last second Field Goal in a whoever has the ball last shootout.
Winner: Saints 37-34
CAEMERON: The Saints lost to the Eagles last week. Was it because they were looking past them and towards their match-up with KC? Probably. Does that mean they will win on Sunday? Maybe, but I’m picking the Chiefs to edge them out in a more defensive game than one might expect.
Winner: Chiefs 27-21
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants (8:20pm Sunday, NBC)
The Baltimore Ravens came in and handed the Cleveland Browns (9-4) a tough loss 47-42. Now they travel to play the Giants (5-8) who have won six out of the last seven games. A bright spot last week was Baker Mayfield. He had one of his best games by throwing for 343 yards and two touchdowns while he ran for another one. The biggest problem they had though was their defense. They gave up too many big plays.
The New York Giants gave up their four-game winning streak last week by losing to Arizona. Even though QB Daniel Jones returned from a hamstring injury, he didn’t look that good. He threw for 127 yards. So Head Coach Joe Judge is turning back to QB Colt McCoy who got the Giants the win against Seattle.
TOM: The Browns travel to Jersey on Sunday afternoon to play the Giants. After a heartbreaking last second loss to Justin Tucker’s trusty right boot, the Browns will be hungry to seal the victory. Daniel Jones may or may not play, but that won’t matter.
Winner: Cleveland 27-13
KEITH: Who would have ever thunk the Browns and the Giants would have been flexed to the Sunday Night Game? Not I, but here we are. The Browns are a real team. The Giants are building something and taking advantage of the pathetic NFC East for their last gasp of playoff hopes.
I like the Browns but it’s gonna be close. I don’t think either of these teams can pass the ball all that effectively, but this is a Browns defense that can be exploited through the air. Nick Chubb will have a big game and so will Wayne Gallman. The Browns are coming off of an emotional loss. I don’t trust Cody Parkey if it comes down to a late field goal. I think the Browns dominate the line of scrimmage.
Winner: Cleveland 24-20
CAEMERON: I said last week that my Browns would lose to the Jets, but that was before they lost to the Ravens against my prediction. Now I think they will proceed to roll both teams from New Jersey, starting with the New York Giants this week. The Browns have shown that they can score, the Giants….not so much. Cleveland’s D will force multiple turnovers and their will be much gnashing of teeth in Jersey. (They play in New Jersey, get it?)
Winner: Cleveland 41-13
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