In the NFL, the difference between good and bad isn’t hard to spot – because only certain organizations make certain decisions.
Good teams pride themselves on stability. The Patriots have had the same coach all century. The Giants are on only their third coach since 1997. The Steelers have had only three coaches in the last almost 50 years.
On the flip side, bad teams change coaches like socks. The Browns are on their ninth since 2000. So are the Dolphins. The Rams are only on their sixth, but they just made one of those decisions only the truly bad teams make.
Rather than wait until the end of the already wasted year, the Rams fired the expertly mediocre Jeff Fisher in the middle of the season. During a short week. Before a Thursday night game. Against the Seahawks. In Seattle. With their rookie quarterback making only his fifth career start.
Dolphins at Jets: The Jets may have been marginally more stable than the Dolphins of late, but they’re the team that appears to have quit. Dolphins
Buccaneers at Cowboys: Dallas’ offense is regressing, and things won’t get easier for them against this up-and-coming Buccaneer squad. Bucs
Lions at Giants: Until you know more about Matthew Stafford’s injured thumb, you can’t trust the Lions at all – especially against that New York defense. Giants
Eagles at Ravens: The Eagles nearly beat the Redskins last week, but they won’t see Washington’s D on Sunday. Ravens
Packers at Bears: In this last four games, Aaron Rodgers has 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. Packers
Colts at Vikings: It’s strength against strength and weakness against weakness between these offensive and defensive units, and I’ll take the better defense. Vikings
Browns at Bills: Don’t pick the Browns. Ever. Bills
Jaguars at Texans: See above, insert ‘Jaguars’ for ‘Browns’. Texans
49ers at Falcons: See above, insert ’49ers’ for ‘Jaguars’. Falcons
Titans at Chiefs: You don’t associate Alex Smith with dynamic offense, but your’e starting to, ever since the emergence of Tyreek Hill. Chiefs
Saints at Cardinals: Drew Brees’ offense has stalled of late, and this week, they get one of the top statistical defenses in the league. Cardinals
Patriots at Broncos: Historically, the Patriots have struggled in Denver, but the Broncos’ offense has struggled all season, and can’t be trusted. Patriots
Raiders at Chargers: Coming in off a loss, look for the Derek Carr and the Raiders to have a big game and get right against a bad, injured defense. Raiders
Steelers at Bengals: This is a lost year for the Bengals, while Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are helping the Steelers evolve into, in my opinion, the AFC’s best. Steelers
Panthers at Redskins: I’m not a huge Kirk Cousins fan, but you can’t argue against the numbers he’s put up this year, and the numbers he should put up against the Panthers at home. Redskins
Author: Joe Bianchino
Joe Bianchino is a writer, producer, and radio host located in upstate New York. He is a life-long New York sport fan, Chelsea supporter, and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter @JoeBNTS. Email him at Joe@noticketsports.com.