Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans
Friday 17th November, 1:25am (UK time)
|Steelers vs. Titans||
The Steelers have been underwhelming this season, but they’ve gotten the job done so far. Their 7-2 record has catapulted them to first place in the AFC North, but their losses were to less-than-impressive opposition in the Bears and the Jaguars. Not only that, but three of their last four wins were by six points or less.
Despite their tendency to keep it close, Pittsburgh is primed for a playoff run. Wide receivers Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster have proven to be nearly unstoppable on the outside, and LeVeon Bell has cemented himself as one of the league’s top rushers once again. New additions like rookie linebacker T.J. Watt and veteran corner Joe Haden have added depth and explosiveness to the Steeler’s defence.
The Titans have enjoyed their best season in a while, climbing to 6-3 and a first place spot in the AFC South on the back of Marcus Mariota, DeMarco Murray, and others. They’ll enter this game against the Steelers riding a four-game win streak, through only one of those four games came on the road. Not much has changed with the team’s offence this season, as Tennessee continues to line up Rashard Matthews and tight end Delanie Walker on the outside. However, their defence has improved tremendously due to new additions like Logan Ryan and old faces like Brain Orakpo.
Both of these squads are hot, but the Steelers have performed much better at home this season and they boast a much more explosive offence. LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown should have no problem dismantling the Titans and leading Pittsburgh to its eight victory.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Monday 20th November, 1:30am (UK time)
|Cowboys vs. Eagles||
This Dallas Cowboys team is all of a sudden looking very different from the one that started the season. They were blown out by the Atlanta Falcons 27-7 in their first game without Ezekiel Elliot, dropping their record to 5-4. They’ll have to lean on Dak Prescott moving forward while their backup runningbacks find their footing. Star receiver Dez Bryant has had a mediocre year thus far, accruing just 478 yards and four touchdowns through nine games. In addition, Jason Witten just looks older by the day, and veteran linebacker Sean Lee was likely lost to a serious injury in Week 10.
The Eagles are arguably the best team in the NFL right now, and they’re certainly playing like it. Philly’s 8-1 record is the best in the league, meaning they are bossing the middling NFC East. Their lone loss came to the Chiefs on the road in Week 2 and this incredible jump can mostly be attributed to the improvement of quarterback Carson Wentz and new additions like Alshon Jeffery and LeGarrett Blount. On top of that, their defence has become one of the elite, led by players like Fletcher Cox and Malcom Jenkins.
Though the Cowboys aren’t going to lay down for anybody, the Eagles have been simply unstoppable. Their defence should flourish against a pass-heavy Dallas offence, and Carson Wentz will likely decimate the Cowboy’s defence with his big arm and weapons like Jeffrey and Nelson Agholor. Expect the Eagles to win this divisional rivalry with ease.