by Ray Kuhn

Now that there is no tomorrow it’s all about this week’s match-up. No more looking ahead or planning for next week, just maximize your production and hopefully claim a victory. At the same time we do have to balance risk against reward depending on the situation you may find yourself in. With that in mind let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Chicago Bears – at San Francisco
  2. Los Angeles Rams – at Arizona
  3. New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  4. Tennessee Titans – vs. Washington
  5. Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  6. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
  7. Miami Dolphins – vs. Jacksonville
  8. Kansas City Chiefs – at Seattle
  9. Houston Texans – at Philadelphia
  10. Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
  11. Washington Redskins – at Tennessee
  12. Indianapolis Colts – vs. NY Giants
  13. New Orleans Saints  – vs. Pittsburgh
  14. Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
  15. New York Jets – vs. Green Bay

Notes:

  • For those that looked to find a defense and latched on this season, it certainly has worked in the case of the Bears. This week they will finish the season on a high note as the number one ranked defense gets to face the 49ers, who have allowed the fourth most points to opposing defenses. At this point,they are match-up proof, and San Francisco will have an uphill battle with Nick Mullins under center. So far, in six starts, Mullins has six interceptions and 13 sacks. That lines up perfectly with Chicago’s strengths.
  • The Falcons’ defense has left a lot to be desired, they are a bottom five option, and with Cam Newton now sidelined they are becoming the popular choice for the week. It shouldn’t really be surprising since Taylor Heincke will be under center for the Panthers, so Atlanta’s track record doesn’t really count for all that much. We also saw what Atlanta can do against sub-standard quarterback play last week as they feasted against the Cardinals. There’s no reason why they can’t repeat their two interception, one fumble and seven sack performance, but it’s hard to count on a touchdown each week.
  • Another popular defense for this week, based partly on their match-up, is Tennessee. The Redskins are now on their fourth quarterback in Josh Johnson, and they really haven’t shown that they are a force to be reckoned with. In their last three games the Titans have allowed just a combined 23 points, including a shutout against the Giants last week, so they are entering this week in a position of strength. There isn’t much to concern you from an offense perspective on Washington, so the it’s hard not to like the Titans at home.

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