The Broncos lost for the fourth straight time last week in convincing fashion, a defeat at the hands of 8-1 Philadelphia. Now, first-year head coach Vance Joseph has to take on the defending Super Bowl champs at a time when the Patriots are red hot. The Saints enter this week’s game coming off a tough loss to the Rams.
Safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Record Keeping In Sports Betting Thomas both missed significant portions of the season with injuries. Seattle added DT Sheldon Richardson in a recent trade with the New York Jets. Head coach Pete Carroll’s defense should be back to its normal self. Atlanta will have to slow down Rodgers as the Packers offense is loaded with talent. In addition to Montgomery and Nelson, who had seven catches for 79 yards against Seattle, Green Bay has last year’s breakout star WR Davante Adams, WR Randall Cobb , and TE Martellus Bennett.
Running back Alvin Kamara has over 700 total yards and 14 touchdowns. New Orleans also has RB Mark Ingram back in the lineup after a four-game suspension to start the season. The Lions (3-5) had won three of four and appeared ready to make a move in the NFC North. That was until a loss to Seattle and then a 24-9 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings last week. Detroit allowed a Minnesota franchise record 10 sacks and managed just 66 yards rushing.
If that isn’t enough, Oakland is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (127.8). The Lions are coming off a big win late in the fourth quarter over the Vikings last week on Thanksgiving where an interception inside of two minutes setup Matt Prater for the game winning field goal. Detroit has been playing complete ball of late but clearly their strength is the offense and led by quarterback Matthew Stafford.
That defense will have to control one of the better offensive units in the NFL on Thursday. The Lions, winners of their last three straight, are averaging 27.1 points a game . Quarterback Matthew Stafford leads a very good passing attack with 2,760 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Star pass rusher Terrell Suggs is out, and top corner Jimmy Smith suffered a concussion. The Jets will score, and Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh is smart enough to attack this Jets defense through the air, where they’re weakest. The second London game of the year features a couple of pretty poor offenses that got things going last week — the Rams scored 28 against the Lions while the Giants put up 27 against the Ravens.
In the Colts’ wild-card win over Houston, Luck was not sacked. Coming off a huge win in Miami last week to open the season, the Baltimore Ravens look like one of the early dominant teams of the 2019 NFL Season. Baltimore is coming off an impressive win on the road in Pittsburgh against a hungry and desperate Steelers team. They only won by 3 points and Pittsburgh was down to it’s 3rd string quarterback by halftime during the game, but it was still an impressive hard fought win against a bitter AFC North rival team. Lamar Jackson and the fast paced Ravens offense have been a bit of a surprise this season as they currently lead the league in yards and are second in scoring through the first five weeks. The Bengals are a bit of a surprise team this season as they’ve opened the 2019 regular season with a winless 0-5 record through the first five weeks.