Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
In a game that turned into the biggest spoiler of the 2015 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons are looking to replicate their success from the last divisional matchup between these two in the Georgia Dome. Spoiler alert: not gonna happen. The defense can’t stop Carolina’s offense and the Panthers’ defense hits Ryan early and often, keeping him uncomfortable the entire game. It’s a cake walk for the defending South champs.
Panthers 30 Falcons 13
Denver Broncos at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Y’know, when the schedule was released, this game seemed like a loss. No, Mark Sanchez is no Peyton Manning – or even Brock Osweiler – but he is competent enough to not screw the offense up so much that the defense can’t win games. Now, with Sanchez gone, the Broncos are looking at a rebuilding season as Paxton Lynch gets ready. It’s not going to be pretty, but the Buccaneers find a way to squeak out a win. I don’t expect Siemian to lead the Broncos on any touchdown drives, but won’t be the least bit surprised to see Denver get the ball from Winston, who has turnover problems when trying to force big plays.
Buccaneers 17 Broncos 13
New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers
Going east to west is no easy task, but it is a little easier than west to east. San Diego might be one of the few teams in the NFL worse than the Atlanta Falcons. It won’t matter that they’re home, the Chargers’ defense is atrocious. Brees is going to take it up an extra notch – as he tends to do against San Diego – and make them remember how big of a mistake they made.
Saints 37 Chargers 17
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