Weather remains mild throughout the National Football League venues for Eighth Week regular season play. Two stadiums have rain in the forecast; Buffalo, where the Bills host the Philadelphia Eagles, and Foxboro, where the New England Patriots entertain the Cleveland Browns.
Backup quarterbacks continue to make news in the NFL. The Carolina Panthers carry a four-game winning streak into Levi’s Stadium today, all four victories gained with Cam Newton’s replacement, Kyle Allen, running Ron Rivera’s offense. In Jacksonville, the replacement for Nik Foles, Gardner Minshew, led the Jaguars to back-to-back victories in his second and third starts, and beat the Cincinnati Bengals on the road last week.
Today, two veteran quarterbacks with a combined 28 years of NFL experience will fill in for a pair of injured field generals. Two signal callers that may someday have a bust in the Hall of Fame are out of action today, Matt Ryan of the Falcons and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is missing his first start since taking over as the Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback on the final day of the 2017 season. He has limped off the field in each of his last three starts, games against the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos, and didn’t return to the field in Denver after dislocating his kneecap.
He is expected to be sidelined two more weeks, and 12-year veteran Matt Moore will direct the Chiefs offense. The loss of Ryan in Atlanta brings on 16-year veteran Matt Schaub, who is nearly a decade away from his two Pro Bowl seasons, 2009 and 2012.
In Indianapolis, the Colts host the Denver Broncos, a team still looking to gain a winning formula with first-year head coach Vic Fangio and newly acquired veteran quarterback Joe Flacco. General Manager John Elway has been in search of solid quarterback play since the retirement of Peyton Manning on the heels of winning Super Bowl 50.
Fangio orchestrated the dominant Chicago Bears defense before taking the Broncos job, and the Denver community is hoping Fangio isn’t one of those coaches who excels as a coordinator and wilts as a head coach. The Broncos have a chance to dramatically improve as the season progresses and Flacco develops a rhythm with his offensive weapons.
They won a pair of games before getting crushed a week-ago-Thursday at home by the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-6. Ten days to prepare off a thumping like that can generate crisp play in their next game, and the Colts, off back-to-back wins, are likely not a match for the Broncos focus.
Denver is our Top Pick of the week, and all four of our money rated selections are now posted on this site. The public doesn’t agree with our Denver choice, their most bet game of the week is the Colts (-5) over Denver. The next two most wagered games by the public are the Green Bay Packers (-5) over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Sunday night game, and the New England Patriots (-10½) over the Cleveland Browns.
In addition to the games currently posted, if a Bullet Play develops in the last hour leading up to the day’s first kickoff, it will be added to the list of recommendations at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.