The Detroit Lions have won two of the last three games against the Minnesota Vikings, but that won’t matter on Sunday.
The Vikings are coming off a 16-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs this past Sunday, relying heavily on its defense. The difference maker for the Vikings was wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who finished with seven catches for 129 yards. Expect to hear more from him. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is still less than impressive with two more interceptions on Sunday and just three touchdown passes for the season. But as we have stated before, it seems to be enough.
Detroit, meanwhile, continues to sit alone at the bottom of the NFC North, despite the 37-34 overtime win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Lions hardly roared, but a win is a win. Quarterback Matt Stafford was benched the previous week and came out with something to prove, throwing for 405 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Lance Moore looked sharp as well, with five catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. It won’t happen again. Vikings win in Detroit.
We normally don’t care about any games involving these teams, but this one is special. First of all, it will be played at Wembley Stadium as part of the International Series. Second, this is the first time an NFL game has been accessible for free across all Yahoo apps. So, just for a moment, let’s act like we care.
The Bills are currently a distant third in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor is 96 of 137 on the year with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. His favorite target has been Charles Clay, whose 31 receptions have garnered 324 yards and two touchdowns. Expect more from this combination.
The Jaguars are at the bottom of the AFC South, a division without an impressive team. At only 18.8 points per game, the team is ranked 30th in the league. Offense is clearly a problem. Quarterback Blake Bortles is now 138 of 242 with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Jaguars need to find a way to finish games, and that won’t happen at Wembley. Bills win.
Games between these two teams have traditionally been close, with each of the last three decided by eight points or less.
Pittsburgh is in second place in the AFC North division behind the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. Reserve quarterback Landry Jones led the team in a 25-13 come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but Steeler fans eagerly await the return of Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered an MCL sprain and bone bruise in week three. His return against the Chiefs on Sunday is possible, but unlikely.
Kansas City’s woes continue. After a loss to the Vikings on Sunday, the Chiefs continue to be mired at the bottom of the AFC West. Fortunately for them, the only team in the division that is hot is the Denver Broncos, and they certainly seem susceptible. Head Coach Andy Reid has had his hands full in trying to find a replacement for Jamaal Charles, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. More woes ensue. Steelers win in a landslide. CV