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1. The Falcons are good at the moment, plus the Saints are hit and miss on both offense and defense.
2. Two teams that need the rushing game face good defensive fronts. The two QBs can also implode at any minute, so it's hard to say who is going to come away with a win.
3. Assuming that Roethlisberger doesn't return, this is a rather easy pick. But Big Ben might be ready this Sunday. We'll see.
4. The Chiefs lost Charles for the season, so I don't see how they could win against a surging Vikings team.
5. This is a game that the Bengals could lose, but the Bills tend to make life hard for themselves. They will want to drop back to .500.
6. Cutler has played solid so far, but Detroit has to win a game eventually. This is one of their best chances to do just that.
7. Expecting that the Denver defense will save the day yet again.
8. Bortles suffered a slight injury, but he should be good to go. Although anything can happen in a divisional game between two bad teams, the Jaguars have at least continuity at the QB position.
9. The Dolphins are coming off a bye week, but they also fired their head coach. I haven't heard of a case where such a move made a team turn their season around. That only works in real football. Meanwhile, the Titans have been promising enough this year to beat a struggling opponent.
10. Time for the Panthers to lose their first game. Otherwise the Seahawks will drop to 2-4.
11. A favorable matchup for the Packers on both offense and defense. Remember the last time these two teams met? When Rodgers came onto the field for his second series, the Packers led already 21-0. Yes, the game ended 45-38 because Rivers recovered from his early pick-sixes and the Packers defense was among the worst in the league, but this time it isn't going to be a 7-point-game.
12. This is the biggest question mark of the week for me. Two 1-4 teams and both clearly suck. But the 49ers have the more competent defense, so I'll go with them.
13. These Colts aren't going to stop those Patriots, because Tom Brady isn't an AFC South QB.
14. Probably one of the very few Monday Night games that are interesting. Giants vs. Eagles is usually close, so this is a hard pick.