Welcome back to another preview of the NFL’s top games. The Sunday Night contest will feature the Kansas City Chiefs playing at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following that we’ll see the Monday Night one between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. Let’s begin.
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How Kansas City Wins: Do what you do best, run the ball with Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware. Alex Smith needs to play mistake-free football and throw to his tight end Travis Kelce. Their defense also needs to create turnovers much like they did against the Jets last week. That should be more than enough to slow this high powered Steelers offense down.
How Pittsburgh Wins: That game against Philadelphia was a mulligan. Forget it ever happened and come back with a renewed ground game. Le’Veon Bell is returning from his three game suspension and that should make for a great run combo with DeAngelo Williams. Ben Roethlisberger also needs to throw the ball deep to Antonio Brown and make big plays tonight.
The Bottom Line: I’m riding high on Kansas City. They don’t seem to get a lot of credit. The Chiefs are going to find a way to slow down this high powered Steelers offense and play mistake-free football in the process.
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How New York Wins: Eli Manning needs to play like the good Eli Manning. He has 925 passing yards and 4 touchdowns on the year, so as long as he has a good game his team will have a puncher’s chance in this one. Odell Beckham Jr. also needs to behave as well. We don’t want for Beckham-Norman II to carry over to Sunday’s game.
How Minnesota Wins: Play good defense. There’s a reason you were able to beat the Panthers in Carolina, keep pressuring the quarterback, and manage the offense so that there are no turnovers. For a club not known for a strong offense (especially with Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater out), they need to capitalize on any big plays their defense makes.
The Bottom Line: Minnesota has surprised me as a heavyweight early in the season. They have beaten both Green Bay, and Carolina two strong NFC contenders. The Giants have yet to impress me so far this year, so I’m going to go with the Vikings based off of their stronger resume this season thus far.
I am 35-26 so far this season. Have a safe week everyone!