By: David Dzienis
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Denver Broncos will actually have a QB this week when they face Patrick Mahomes and his mighty Chiefs. Will that actually matter is the question. This Broncos attack, despite adding a slew of weapons in the off-season, has been very disappointing for a Broncos fan base who hasn’t had much to cheer for since the Peyton Manning years. The rushing duo of Philip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon hasn’t lived up to expectations, yet they are still the lone bright spot for this Broncos attack. On the defensive side of the ball Denver has been much more solid, ranking in the top ten in sacks and pass defense. Whether or not they can handle the Kansas City passing behemoth will determine the outcome of this game. The Chiefs defense has been a solid bend but don’t break unit all season. As usual for this squad, they do quite well against the pass but leave running teams an opportunity to hang around with their mighty offense longer than they should. Mahomes is on track for another crazy Madden-like season with absolutely ridiculous numbers. Last week’s historic, and for my fantasy squads aggravating, performance by Tyreek Hill was astonishing to watch. The rushing attack for the Chiefs has more been overshadowed than underperformed. Divisional matches are usually tough but it’s hard to see this one staying close.
DEN 13-K.C. 35
Washington Football Team @ Pittsburgh Steelers
This has all the makings of a low scoring game. Both of these teams are top 5 in sacks and defense. Washington is coming off of a long break after demolishing the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin are looking like stars in this conservative offense led by comeback player of the year candidate Alex Smith. The Steelers have their own COPY candidate in QB Ben Roethlisberger. Leading the undefeated Pittsburgh team through eleven games, Big Ben hasn’t been prolific, but he has been proficient. With a host of talented receivers, the black and gold have benefited from one of the leagues easiest schedules. Losing Bud Dupree will hurt this defense, but will it be enough for the WFT to get the win and stay in the playoff race in the NFC East?
WAS 17-PIT 24
Buffalo Bills @ San Francisco 49ers
The Arizona 49ers are getting healthy just in time to make a playoff push. That’s right, for the next several weeks, this San Fran team has to practice and play in Arizona due to covid restrictions in the Bay area. They also welcomed back Deebo Samuel and Raheem Mostert last week in a huge win over the division rival Rams. Despite having the most injuries in the league San Fran has a chance to get into the playoffs. The entire NFC West could end up in the postseason, that’s how crazy good this division is. Buffalo will have to handle business as they continue trying to hold off the pesky Dolphins in their own division race, with the Patriots still alive as well. Josh Allen had a much quieter game last week against the Chargers but the defense stepped up and played closer to what was expected of them heading into the season. Trick plays have also been a more frequent sight for the Bills. Will they be able to fool the stout niners defense?
BUF 27-S.F. 21
Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Ravens
More Tuesday night football in 2020. With a surprisingly stout attempt at pulling an upset last Wednesday, the Ravens will be getting back most of the covid affected players they lost last week. They get a juicy matchup against the league's worst scoring defense in the Cowboys. Dallas is still in contention for their division despite all their injury woes. The biggest advantage Dallas will have is that Lamar Jackson and the rest of these Ravens have much less rest and practice over the last several weeks than the Cowboys do. Andy Dalton and his WR trio of Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, and Amari Cooper will have to come out of the gates hot. Normally reliable RB Ezekiel Elliott has had fumbling issues this year behind a decimated offensive line. While the Ravens defense hasn’t been as dominant as last year’s squad, they have still been a top 10 unit. Their offense however has been abysmal. Jackson has taken a step back from his MVP season and the passing game for Baltimore has been almost non-existent, making the rushing game more predictable and easier to slow down.
DAL 17-BAL 21
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