Welcome to The Truda Report everybody. I'll be giving my picks for this weekend's NFL games today. Expect a NBA post either this weekend or early next week because I have a lot to say about the start of this season. Also, make sure to share this article as it helps TTR grow.
Jets @ Buccaneers:
I'm taking the Bucs in this game. I like their ability to run the football, and against the 29th ranked team in run defense Doug Martin should have a good game. Also, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting for Tampa Bay which could either be a colossal failure, or a success, which is the side I'm leaning on. New York may have looked like the better team so far this year, but I like Tampa in a close game.
Saints @ Bills:
At the beginning of the year this game was marked as one that we could ignore. Right now though, that is the opposite of the reality. If the playoffs were to start today both the Saints and Bills would be in. Both teams defenses have outperformed their expectations this season (especially the Saints) but it is the offenses of these teams that are the deciding factor in this weeks game. I like the Saints to win, but with Kelvin Benjamin most likely getting his first start as a Buffalo Bill the AFC squad has a chance.
Browns @ Lions:
Lions win...obviously. The Browns literally can't make a decision as a front office, since the coaches have accused the general manager of purposely sabotaging a trade for the Bengals A.J. McCarron. I expect this to be a blowout, and it should boost Matthew Stafford's MVP case.
Bengals @ Titans:
I like the Titans in this game. It should be close, but I feel like Tennessee has more to gain, and to lose, this week. The AFC South is up for grabs currently and the Titans have a chance to capitalize. I think Marcus Mariota should have a good day despite the Bengals number four pass defense. A successful rushing attack, which the Titans possess, always leads to big plays in the passing attack late in games.
Packers @ Bears:
My gut says to take the Bears in an upset since the game is in Chicago. I'm gonna go with my brain this time though, since I know that despite the Packers recent struggles, they aren't as terrible as to lose to the Bears. I do think, though, that this would be a great game for Chicago to get an upset. Either way, I'm taking Green Bay in what I see as at least a ten point game.
Chargers @ Jaguars:
All I've seen lately is that the Chargers are going to upset the Jags this week. I say NO. The Jaguars have been exceptional on defense this season, and running back Leonard Fournette is my pick for Rookie of the Year. As a Dolphins fan I understand what Jags fans are feeling right now--and that is disrespect. When you have a good season the media always is against the up and coming teams, so I'm not going to take that route. Jacksonville deserves to be favored this week, so I'm taking them to win.
Vikings @ Redskins:
I like Minnesota this week. The Redskins won by the skin of their teeth last week against Seattle, and I don't see them doing that two weeks in a row. They have to face arguably an even tougher defense in Minnesota now, so I don't see the offense doing enough to win. Minnesota on the other hand, has been good with Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray splitting carries. I like them to win.
Steelers @ Colts:
Just like the Lions and Browns game, this is an easy game to pick. On one side you have the Steelers, a playoff contender with a solid team on both sides of the ball. On the other side you have a dumpster fire. For the Colts fans out there saying "we can win because we beat Houston last week"--I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Pittsburgh is on a whole different level. Their pass defense is second in the league, and their offense is in the top half of the league. Steelers in a blowout.
Texans @ Rams:
I'm taking L.A. in this one. The Rams are one of the best teams is the NFC this year, while the Texans went from a powerhouse to a mess with the season ending injury to Deshaun Watson. Seeing the Colts offense have success against the Texans defense means that the Rams, the second best scoring team in the NFL, should have no worries. I think the game will be close, but I like L.A.
Giants @ 49ers:
For the better of the Giants future, I want Ben McAdoo gone. For that to happen, the Giants need to lose to one of the worst teams in the NFL, and they have that chance this weekend. The Niners have an underrated defense, especially in the front seven. I think that this will take away the Giants ability to run the football and wreck havoc on Eli Manning in the passing game. Also, multiple reports have come out that McAdoo has lost the Giants locker room, and it shows in their defensive performances. The Niners are going to get what could be their only win of the second half of this season.
Cowboys @ Falcons:
I am a Dallas Cowboys hater. I'm happy to admit that, but I'm not letting that affect my pick for this game. Dallas is going to win, and it's because Atlanta is dysfunctional this year. The offense isn't what is was last year now that their offensive coordinator is coaching San Francisco, and the defense is on the field too long to be effective. Despite the loss of Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas will be fine and I like them to win.
Patriots @ Broncos:
I like New England in this one. I think it'll be close is Denver can successfully take away the short routes from the Pats, which they usually do, but if not this could be a blowout. Denver's offense is so bad they have to start Brock Osweiler, and that is not a recipe for success even against the worst defense in the league in New England.
Dolphins @ Panthers:
This is going to be Miami's third straight prime time game. This will also be their third straight prime time loss. They are facing the best defense in the NFL, and their offense is the worst in the NFL. The Dolphins defense also won't be able to contain Carolina because the time of possession will be so far skewed in favor of the Panthers that Miami's defense is going to be gassed.
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