Here we are, with just two weeks remaining in the regular season. Read below as we highlight the best matchups of the week.
Ravens (8-6) @ Chargers (11-3) LAC -4.5
The Ravens come off a win over Tampa Bay and are now 4-1 with Lamar Jackson as a starter, the one loss coming against the only team with a winning record they have faced. To end their playoff drought of a few years, there is no doubt that this game has to be treated as a must-win. The run game has been historically dominant for them in the past five weeks, and if you combine that with the defense, watch out.
The Chargers offense has been on a tear, and they may be getting Melvin Gordon back tomorrow to rejuvenate their offense. They beat the Chiefs without so many of their top guys, and it shows that they can really do anything. They have a terrific pass-rush, and led by the recently healthy Joey Bosa, is one of the best.
Prediction: BAL +4.5. It’s going to be close.
Texans (10-4) @ Eagles (7-7) PHI -2
Winners of 10 out of their last 11 games, Houston can clinch their division with a win this week on the road. Deshaun Watson has been playing some great football, while the pass-rush has been on another level. They handled the Jets pretty handily last week thanks to a late-game comeback drive, while JJ Watt was a sack machine. While he is healthy, the team is at their best.
Philly picked up a big primetime road upset against the Rams last week to keep their playoff hopes alive and well. They are tied with the Redskins (who they play next week) and are a half-game behind the Vikings. Nick Foles looked very comfortable last week, and we should expect that to continue. The defense made big plays, and they ended up with a tight W. They are in this thing.
Prediction: PHI -2. They have so much to lose, so they will win.
Steelers (8-5-1) @ Saints (12-2) NO -5.5
They ended their three-game losing streak against the Pats at home last week, with a big thanks to Jaylen Samuels, who went off on NE. They should have James Conner back this week, and now seeing what Samuels is capable of, they could be running the ball more with a two-headed monster. Ben has struggled to connect with Antonio Brown in late-game situations in past weeks, and we’ll see if that finally changes.
New Orleans is trying to win at least 13 games for the for the first time since 2011, and for the third time in the Sean Payton era. They have had an underrated running game, which has been getting it done this year, along with the defense. Their pass-rush has been on another level. This is a team wanting more than to be 12-4, so watch for them to try and hurt Pittsburgh’s playoff odds.
Prediction: New Orleans -5.5 They ain’t getting stomped on at home.