Nov 15, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chiefs won 29-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) at San Diego Chargers (2-7)
Sunday 11/22 at 4:05PM EST
Another bold prediction: Cairo Santos goes five-for-five on field goals, helping the Kansas City Chiefs pull off a comeback victory over the Chargers in San Diego’s own home. While this prediction is far from serious or realistic, it’s worth noting that Santos has been huge for his team this season. If it weren’t for him, the Chiefs wouldn’t be in half the games they’ve played.
San Francisco 49ers (3-6) at Seattle Seahawks (4-5)
Sunday 11/22 at 4:25PM EST
Remember when 49ers-Seahawks games were exciting? It’s been a while. And how crazy is it that the Seahawks only have one more win than the lowly 49ers? 2015 has been a long year for the Seahawks. It’s officially safe to say that the Jimmy Graham trade did not pan out for Seattle. Even if the ‘Hawks go on a rampage and make a playoff run, in which Graham plays like an All-Pro, taking on the tight end’s lucrative contract for less than half a season’s worth of production is a loss in itself. I see Seattle winning this game, but the Seahawks don’t look like that much better of a team than their division rivals.
Green Bay Packers (6-3) at Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
Sunday 11/22 at 4:25PM EST
Who would’ve ever thought that the Minnesota Vikings would lead the Packers in the NFC North standings after ten weeks of football? This game is easily one of the week’s most exciting matchups. And while the Packers have lost three straight, I just can’t envision Aaron Rodgers losing four games in a row. I wouldn’t be surprised if this three-game skid has been the longest losing streak of his career. The greatest quarterback is going to make a statement this Sunday, quieting all of the doubters like he always seems to do at the perfect time.
Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) at Arizona Cardinals (7-2)
Sunday 11/22 at 8:30PM EST
I’m going bold and predicting a statement win for the Cincinnati Bengals. Monday night’s loss to the Texans was brutal but necessary. It’s hard to have a chip-on-the-shoulder mentality when you win eight straight games; I think that losing to a team that’s been a thorn in Cincinnati’s back for four years is the perfect motivation to go out on Sunday night and torch the Cardinals. Andy Dalton is going to go on a rampage and pick apart the Cardinals’ stout defense, showing Bengals fans why he is the better of the most two recent Bengals quarterbacks and silencing critics.
Somewhat-related note: I’ll be at this game, and I’m incredibly excited! I bought tickets as soon as they went on sale; I’ll be sitting in the front row, middle of the end zone. Go Bengals.(Statement win, I’m going in prediction)
Buffalo Bills (5-4) at New England Patriots (9-0)
Monday 11/23 at 8:30PM EST
Well, it sucks to be the Bills. The Patriots never lose at home, and even though Rex Ryan always plays the Patriots well, it’s incredibly hard to see his team winning this game. Tyrod Taylor may be a nice wild card-type quarterback, and the Bills’ power running game is legit, but the Patriots’ defense is actually a great unit. And Tom Brady is still Tom Brady. I don’t think he’s human. Patriots are winning this one.