The New Orleans Saints are a dangerous team again. The defense is beginning to step up and they have rediscovered the running game.
They have rushed for well over 100 yards in their last two games, and though they weren't a dominant defense against the Atlanta Falcons, they made the necessary plays to grab a must-win. The fourth-quarter defensive stand inside the five-yard line was the type of moment that can turn a season around.
The confidence level for this team has to be high heading into Oakland to take on the Raiders.
I haven't liked what I've seen from the Black and Silver this season. They aren't running the ball effectively (ranked 31st in the NFL), and even though Carson Palmer is putting up big numbers (2723 yards passing), he's thrown nine interceptions.
If you watch the Raiders' games you know that number could be much higher. He's been very fortunate in several instances, and his total could be closer to 14 or 15.
The Saints are just a 4.5 point favorite, per OddsShark.com, but I think they win this game by at least 10 points.
Washington Will Roll The Eagles
The Washington Redskins are coming off a bye week, and they are at home against a Philadelphia Eagles team that is slammed by injury and possible transition in the organization.
Mike Vick has been ruled out for the game, per ESPN, so that means Nick Foles will get his first professional start.
Which team has the best shot at covering?
Foles wasn't horrible in relief of Vick vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday (22-of-32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception), but he didn't show enough to make me think he'll lead a struggling team into FedEx Field for a win. This Eagles team is in trouble, and the ship will only sink lower from here.
The Washington Post writes: "The Eagles are a mess and Andy Reid's job is on the line." How will the team respond in this situation. I'm guessing we'll see more of the same. If they haven't awaken to this point, why would this week be any different?
The Redskins are 3.5 point favorites, per OddsShark.com, but they will win this game by at least a touchdown.
Peyton Manning's MVP Credentials Will Grow vs. Chargers
If you haven't noticed, the Denver Broncos are rolling. Peyton Manning's name is being mentioned in MVP conversations (Kevin Seifert of ESPN article), and the team has won four games in a row.
The San Diego Chargers have been inconsistent all season. They are a respectable 4-5, but they have lost four of their last five games. The only win they have in that span is a victory over the pitiful Kansas City Chiefs at home,
In fact, were it not for the Chiefs, who knows what the Chargers' record would be. Two of their four wins have come over Kansas City.
Traveling to Invesco Field to take on a hot Broncos team is bad news for the Chargers. The Broncos are eight-point favorites, per OddsShark.com, but they will win this one by at least two touchdowns.
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