Stud of the Week: Blake Bortles at New Orleans Saints
Nothing really changes here. Bortles will win you a championship.
Kirk Cousins at Philadelphia Eagles
The same as the above here. The Eagles secondary is the most injured unit in the league and their starters weren’t very good to begin with.
Alex Smith vs. Cleveland Browns
Smith is another guy that will win you a championship. With the division title in sight, Smith gets to torch a terrible Browns defense.
Dud of the Week: Matt Ryan vs. Carolina Panthers
Ryan put up 4.9 points against the Panthers in their last game — nothing changes here, Ryan will do better but not by much.
A.J. McCarron at Denver Broncos
McCarron is not Big Ben. He’s not even Derek Carr, who was used and abused by the Broncos defense two weeks ago.
Johnny Manziel at Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have been taking the ball away consistently during their win streak and their pass rush is going to give Manziel a tough time.
Stud of the Week: Denard Robinson at New Orleans Saints
The Saints give up the most points in the league to running backs. With T.J. Yeldon in a brace, Robinson is in line for another start.
Latavius Murray vs. San Diego Chargers
The Raiders may be playing their final game in the Coliseum this weekend, so I expect Murray to put on a show against a Charger defense that is allowing 21.5 ppg to running backs.
Frank Gore at Miami Dolphins
Gore is set to wake up against a defense that is allowing the third most points in the league to opposing running backs. Gore hasn’t carried the ball more than 20 times since the win against the Broncos.
Dud of the Week: Matt Forte at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers defense is great against the run, and with Forte locked in a time share with Jeremy Langford, I expect Forte to struggle this week.
Todd Gurley at Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are back to looking like the best team in the league.
Javorius Allen vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are fresh off a performance where they gave up 4.8 points to Bronco running backs. With the Ravens likely set to play from behind most of the game, the run game should be abandoned early.
Stud of the Week: Jeremy Maclin vs. Cleveland Browns
Maclin has been a great addition for the Chiefs this year. The Browns defense has been a huge disappointment and missing Joe Haden opens up even more opportunity.
DeSean Jackson at Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson is extremely motivated whenever he plays the Eagles and for good reason. With the Eagles depleted secondary, Jackson’s matchup looks all the better.
Allen Robinson at New Orleans Saints
Robinson was just snubbed from the Pro Bowl. I expect him to take out his anger on the Saints defense.
Dud of the Week: A.J. Green at Denver Broncos
Aqib Talib will erase Green, who is catching passes from a huge downgrade at QB.
Doug Baldwin at St. Louis Rams
Baldwin’s ridiculous streak is bound to come to an end, likely against the Rams this week.
Emmanuel Sanders vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati defense is stacked. I don’t see Sanders doing well against a very solid secondary, who is giving up the fourth -east points to wide outs this season.
Stud of the Week: Julius Thomas at New Orleans Saints
Thomas has scored four touchdowns in his past five games. On the inverse, the Saints have given up six touchdowns in their past six games.
Antonio Gates at Oakland Raiders
The Raiders have given up 11 touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season. Gates missed the Raiders earlier matchup, so he should be motivated to play a good game in the last game at the Coliseum.
Richard Rodgers at Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have given up 14 points or more in four of their past five games, including four touchdowns.
Dud of the Week: Jordan Reed at Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have held opposing tight ends under seven points in all but two games this season.
Gary Barnidge vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends this season, allowing one pass catcher to gain more than 100 yards in a game.
Travis Kelce at Cleveland Browns
The Browns have allowed 175 yards… over the past five games combined to opposing tight ends, with 53 yards being the best outing.
Stud of the Week: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
The Texans are fighting for the AFC South division and their defense gets to play against the inconsistent Zach Mettenberger this week.
Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Had Andy Dalton been healthy for this matchup, I would have advocated against starting the Broncos, but with McCaron starting and Jeremy Hill fumbling consistently, I’m much more excited about the Broncos.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
With the Ravens quarterback situation being as it is, I would start any defense against them, especially the Steelers.
Dud of the Week: Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers
The Cardinals defense is specials but I don’t like betting against Aaron Rodgers.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers offense became the first to score 30 points against the league’s top defense last week. The Ravens never stood a chance.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
I keep saying it, and I guess I can say it one last time. I see the Panthers having a letdown on the road against an offense that has underperformed. This could be the week.
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