The Playoff Push Prediction League returns after a one week hiatus, with new standings. Find those here:
Owen Riley, After the Whistle—40
Joel Deering, Fourth Quarter Sports—34
Baron Carter, After the Whistle—31
On to the picks!
Vikings over Lions (lock)
Adam Thielen is probably going to be the first Vikings receiver over 1000 yards in a season since Sidney Rice. The Minnesota State alum highlights a star-studded receiving corps for MVP candidate Case Keenum(!) to shred the Lions with.
Chargers over Cowboys (upset)
Two fringe playoff teams meet, and Joey Bosa is primed for a breakout. The Defensive Player of the Year candidate will get after Dak Prescott, and star left tackle Tyron Smith is hobbled up. Give this one to LA.
Redskins over Giants
The McAdoo supporters won traction in New York’s surprising upset win over Kansas City last week. It won’t continue, as Kirk Cousins has been the NFC’s third-best quarterback of late. D.J. Swearinger has emerged as a terrific corner opposite Josh Norman.
Bengals over Browns
Are we debating this?
Panthers over Jets
As much as I would love to see Carolina fall out of first round bye contention, the Panthers are just stacked across the board in comparison to Josh McCown, Bilal Powell, and Robby Anderson.
Titans over Colts
Falcons over Bucs
Patriots over Dolphins
Eagles over Bears
Seahawks over 49ers
Cool! Free points!
Chiefs over Bills
Buffalo’s quarterback situation is. . . unfortunate, to say the least. Tyrod Taylor was benched for rookie Nathan Peterman, who then threw five interceptions in the first half. Anybody have the Chiefs defense in fantasy?
Raiders over Broncos
Neither of these teams is trying to win the wide-open AFC West, but Oakland is slightly less dysfunctional than their elevated counterparts.
Saints over Rams (marquee matchup)
New Orleans’ run offense and passing defense are the keys to defeating a rattled Rams team. Alvin Kamara’s contributions to the air attack will prove key for the Saints.
Jaguars over Cardinals
Blaine Gabbert will not put up many points on the #1 scoring defense in the league. It won’t happen.
Steelers over Packers
Brett Hundley’s inexperience is evident, as the Packers have lost four of five including last week’s 23-0 shutout against the Ravens. The 8-2 Steelers should be more concerned with a looming matchup in New England.
Ravens over Texans
Baltimore will expand its playoff hopes with an easy win over the Tom Savage-led Texans, a unit appearing lifeless since Deshaun Watson went down.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to leave a like and let me know where I picked wrong in the comments below.