The AFC South cut up its Week 13 slate of video games because the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts got here out on the successful finish whereas the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans every misplaced their video games in time beyond regulation. Listed below are predictions for Week 14’s slate of video games:
Houston Texans (7-5) vs. New York Jets (4-8): We now know that Zach Wilson shall be again at quarterback for the Jets, nevertheless it’s not more likely to matter a lot. New York has scored simply two offensive touchdowns within the final 20 quarters, and Wilson has mustered simply two landing passes because the second week of October.
Conversely, C.J. Stroud may be the most popular quarterback within the NFL having thrown for 1,740 yards, 11 touchdowns and 4 interceptions over the past 5 video games, 4 of which had been wins.
The Texans have the higher quarterback, offense and particular groups, and they need to haven’t any downside cruising previous the Jets, who’ve little left to play for.
PREDICTION: Texans 26, Jets 14
Indianapolis Colts (7-5) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (6-6): With Joe Burrow out for the yr, many (myself included) wrote off the Bengals and backup QB Jake Browning. However after his masterful efficiency in final week’s 34-31 time beyond regulation win over the AFC South-leading Jacksonville Jaguars, during which he accomplished 32 of 37 passes for 354 yards and a landing, the Bengals are nonetheless a risk to any staff, particularly ones which may be overlooking them.
The Colts squeaked out an time beyond regulation win final week over the Tennessee Titans, but when not for a number of particular groups gaffes and a season-ending damage to punter Ryan Stonehouse, Indy might have very properly misplaced that sport.
Certain, the Colts are using a four-game win streak however these wins have come towards the Titans, Buccaneers, Patriots and Panthers. The Bengals shall be a a lot more durable take a look at — one which I don’t see Indianapolis passing.
PREDICTION: Bengals 24, Colts 20
Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) vs. Cleveland Browns (7-5): It’s going to be awfully troublesome for the Jaguars to enter Cleveland with out beginning QB Trevor Lawrence and main receiver Christian Kirk and knock off the scrappy Browns and their high protection.
In his first begin in almost a yr, Joe Flacco threw for 254 yards (the second-most of any Browns QB this yr) and two touchdowns final week, and he current a way more formidable choice than both P.J. Walker or rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
The Jags had been taking part in with fireplace the final two weeks, permitting the Texans to come back again from a 10-point deficit earlier than closing out the win within the fourth quarter and letting Browning decide aside their secondary, and with Cleveland’s protection, they will’t afford to do the identical this week.
C.J. Beathard is a strong backup QB, however I don’t like his probabilities towards the Browns, who permit a league-low 153.4 yards passing per sport.
PREDICTION: Browns 21, Jaguars 16
Tennessee Titans (4-7) vs. Miami Dolphins (9-3): This one shall be a blood tub for a couple of causes. The Dolphins have the No. 1 offense and No. 2 scoring offense within the NFL, and Tennessee is among the league’s worst at stopping the cross.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and receiver Tyreek Hill may have their finest video games of the yr towards a reeling Titans secondary that permits the Tenth-most passing yards per sport.
On the flip aspect, issues don’t look fairly for QB Will Levis. The Dolphins are tied for the third-most sacks (41) and the Titans offensive line is among the worst at defending the QB (they’ve surrendered 183 pressures, 111 hurries and 41 QB hits this season).
Even when Levis is stored upright, Tennessee simply doesn’t have the firepower to maintain tempo with Miami.
PREDICTION: Dolphins 48, Titans 17