Welcome to another exciting week in the NFL. Let’s start with previewing the Sunday Night game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans.
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How Indianapolis Wins: Andrew Luck needs to get protection. Especially against a Texans defense missing J.J. Watt, his offensive line needs to buy him enough time to get the ball to playmakers such as T.Y. Hilton. Luck may be on the ground more often than not, but having a proven bell cow such as Frank Gore helps greatly.
How Houston Wins: Don’t turn the ball over. Brock Osweiler needs to cut down on the interceptions and get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins. Having a strong rusher such as Lamar Miller definitely helps too. As stated earlier, do not let Andrew Luck make the big play or else you will live to regret it.
The Bottom Line: I had high hopes for the Texans to start the year, those hopes have faded with blowout losses to the Patriots and Vikings. Indianapolis gets back in the AFC South race, and Luck starts to build confidence in his team once again.
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How New York Wins: Get Carson Palmer to make mistakes. Don’t turn the ball over, and get the ball to big play wide receivers such as Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. As long as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t throw INT’s (like the six he threw against the Chiefs), than the Jets will have more than a chance in this one.
How Arizona Wins: Balanced attack. If the passing game isn’t working, run the ball with David Johnson. There’s a reason he has 457 yards and 5 touchdowns on the year. This should be a gimme for this squad, so the goal here should be for Palmer to rebuild trust with his receivers and get back to the 2015 Cardinals we know and love (unless you’re a Seahawks fan).
The Bottom Line: Arizona wins. I have seen nothing from the Jets to suggest they have a chance in this one. The Cardinals will even their record, and get their squad back to Super Bowl aspirations.
I am 52-38 so far on the year. I also went 2-1 in my college football picks this week to put me at 14-9 on the year. Here’s to being at .500