Dallas Cowboys @ Carolina Panthers (1 p.m. est. on Fox)
The 6-3 Dallas Cowboys are headed to Charlotte to try and improve their record against a struggling 1-8 Panthers team. Dallas was hot last week scoring 49 while beating the Giants for the second time this season and with that momentum, it should have them ready to take on an inferior opponent like Carolina. The Panthers have had a tough past two weeks, getting outscored by their opponents 84-45. I do not believe they have the talent to make a turnaround in the second half of the season and go on a run, my prediction is the Cowboys are going to run away with this one early. Dallas absolutely needs to dominate to remain among the best in the NFC.
My hot pick: Dallas -10.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers (4:05 p.m. est. on FOX)
Tampa Bay had an optimistic start to the season, but have lost 4 in a row. It doesn’t look very likely it will turn around this week as San Francisco got back into form last week against Jacksonville, winning 34-3 after dropping 3 straight. It’s the second week back since the Niners’ stars are all back from injury and after last week, it seems like they are a juggernaut again. They even got better at the trade deadline in acquiring Chase Young, they are near perfection at all three phases of the game. With their dominant stars all over the field they will roll over the Buccaneers this Sunday and continue to improve their performance.
Hot pick: Cincinnati: Over 41.5
Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs (Mon. 8:15 p.m. est. on ABC/ESPN)
This just might be the most anticipated Monday night game of the season, a Super Bowl rematch! Two teams who sit at the top of their respective conferences. This is going to be a struggle to predict, it will almost certainly be a close one. Vegas likes Kansas City by 2.5, most likely because they are playing at home with one of the best home field advantages in the NFL. The Eagles past two games have been wins, but very close ones as it seems like the rest of the league might be figuring out how to play them better. If this was the previous couple years, I would take Kansas City in a heartbeat. They have a great record with two inexplicable losses, I’ve started to notice little inconsistencies in the offensive performance when they can’t rely on Travis Kelce to be a safety blanket. Their scheme is still impeccable; while Mahomes is the greatest football player in the world right now , that will always give them an advantage to win any game. I do believe Philadelphia is a more complete team, with better talent at most positions than most. The Eagles have a shot to take revenge for the Super Bowl loss and prove they are championship worthy in a preview of a potential rematch of last year’s big game!