Things are heating up in the NFL with two-match weekends to go to the end of the 2019/2020 NFL regular season. Here is a look at some of the games happening this weekend.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS. Houston Texans
The Buccaneers and the Texans take on each other for the first time this season in an encounter between two teams from both the NFC South Division and AFC South Division. The Buccaneers recorded an impressive 38-17 win at Detroit Lions last weekend to stretch their current winning run to 4 games. They are currently 2nd and 10th in the NFC South Division and the National Football Conference with a win percentage of .500. They have also gained 416 points so far this season. Despite their recent winning streak, their home record has not been that good. They have won only 2 out of their six games at home this season with their last home win coming against the Indianapolis Colts (38-35) earlier this month. They will be looking to improve their home form this weekend. They could, however, be without Place Kicker Matt Gay, Quarterback Jameis Winston, Wide Receiver Chris Godwin, Defensive Tackler Beau Allen, Tight End Tanner Hudson, and Offensive Tackler Donovan Smith who are all reportedly questionable with injuries.
The Texans also won 24-21 at Tennessee Titans last weekend to bounce back from their 38-24 loss to Denver Broncos earlier. Last weekend’s win was their third in their previous five games. They are currently 1st and 5th in the AFC South Division and American Football Conference, respectively, with a 9-5 record and a win percentage of .643. This weekend’s game is their second consecutive game on the road. They have a decent record on the road with four wins from 7 games this season. They also have injuries concerns of their own as Tight End Darren Fells, Running Back Carlos Hyde, and Wide Receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V are all reportedly questionable with injuries.
Prediction: Buccaneers VS. Texans: 21-37
New England Patriots VS. Buffalo Bills
This game sees the Patriots and the Bills lock horns for the second time this season in a match between the top two teams in the AFC East Division. The Patriots won the first encounter 16-10 at Buffalo Bills earlier in the season.
The Patriots have already clinched a playoff place with two games remaining. They won 34-13 at Cincinnati Bengals last weekend to recover from two consecutive losses against the Texans (28-22) and Kansas City Chiefs (23-16). Their defeat against the Chiefs has been their only loss from 6 games at home all season.
They are currently first in the AFC East Division and second in the American Football Conference with an 11-3 record and a win percentage of .786. They have also amassed 372 points this season. They could, however, go into this game without the services of Linebackers Jamie Collins Sr. and Ja’Whaun Bentley, Wide Receiver Julian Edelman, Cornerbacks Jonathan Jones, and Jason McCourty and Defensive Tackler Danny Shelton who are all reportedly questionable with injuries.
The Bills also returned to winning ways last weekend by winning 17-10 at Pittsburgh Steelers. The win secured a playoff spot as well. They are also 2nd and 4th in the AFC East Division and American Football Conference respectively with a 10-4 record and a win percentage of .714. They have only lost one game in their last five games with that loss coming against the Ravens (24-17) two weeks ago. They also have a decent record on the road with six wins and one loss. They will be looking to stretch that run. The only injury concerns ahead of the game are Offensive Tackler Ty Nsekhe and Defensive Tackler Corey Liuget, who are both questionable with injuries.
Prediction: Patriots VS. Bills: 19-21
Cleveland Browns VS. Baltimore Ravens
The Browns host the Ravens in their second meeting this season, with the first encounter ending 40-25 in favor of the Ravens. This game will also be the Browns’ final home game of the regular season.
The Browns lost 38-24 at Arizona Cardinals last weekend, their second defeat in their previous three games. They are 3rd and 8th in the AFC North and American Football Conference respectively with a 6-8 record and a win percentage of .429. They are also unbeaten at home since October. Defensive Tackler Sheldon Richardson and Wide Receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are among 11 players who are reportedly questionable for this game.
The Ravens have also won the AFC North Division. They won 42-21 against the Jets last weekend to maintain an unbeaten run of 10 games. They are still top of both the American Football Conference with a 12-2 record and a win percentage of .857. They have only lost one game on the road this season, which was way back in September against the Chiefs. The only injury concern ahead of this game is Ronnie Stanley, who is reportedly questionable with an injury.
Prediction: Browns VS. Ravens: 15-40
San Francisco 49ers VS. Los Angeles Rams
The 49ers host the Rams for their second encounter this season with the first game-ending 20-7 in favor of the 49ers.
The 49ers have also claimed a playoff spot and are second in the NFC West Division. They are also 4th in the National Football Conference with an 11-3 record and a win percentage of .786. They lost 29-22 to the Falcons last weekend. The defeat was their second in their previous three games. They have also won 5 of their seven games at home this season.
The Rams also lost 44-21 at Dallas Cowboys last weekend, thus ending a 2-game winning run. They are 3rd and 6th in the NFC West Division and NFC, respectively, with an 8-6 record and .571 win percentage.
This weekend’s game will be their second consecutive game on the road.
Prediction: 49ers VS. Rams: 20-25