Monday Night Football Picks and Predictions
Monday Night Football is upon us again after another whirlwind week in the NFL. There are two games tonight and both have the potential to be entertaining shootouts, but which two teams will come out on top when the dust settled?
Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) @ Buffalo Bills (4-1)
In a battle of gunslingers and franchise cornerstones, Patrick Mahomes takes his Chiefs side into Buffalo on the back of a disappointing defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders. This however could be a ‘good’ loss for Kansas, if such a thing exists, and will ensure that complacency does not set in as this writer predicts a 38-27 Chiefs victory.
Connor Brosnan agrees: "Two of the most fun sides to watch and two QBs capable of some incredible things. The issue is that Josh Allen will make a lot more mistakes than Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs will be smarting after that defeat to the Raiders and will take it out on the Bills here. A good game, but the Chiefs will have too much. 35-26"
Matt Milano misses the game for Buffalo and that could mean a big day for Travis Kelce across the middle. Furthermore, Tre’Davious White is banged up and his health could be a deciding factor as to whether or not the Bills can contain the Chiefs array of explosive weapons.
The Bills will be able to get to get after Patrick Mahomes due to injury issues along his offensive line, but will not be able to keep up with the scoring of the Chiefs, who will also experience a rebound on defense.
Our other writers concur with this generally, as five of seven overall believe that the Chiefs are in line for the W. Tom Chappell and Max Saito are the dissenting voices, predicting scorelines of 51-49 in what would become an instant classic and 34-31 to the Bills, respectively.
Saito: Bills 34-31
Matthews: Chiefs 38-27
C Brosnan: Chiefs 35-26
Wilkins: Chiefs 49-35
Bishop: Chiefs 38-27
M Brosnan: Chiefs 37-30
Arizona Cardinals (3-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
The scribes here at GridironXtra are somewhat split on the outcome of this one, with a narrow majority of four to three predicting a Cardinals team to head out of Dallas with a win. Two voices in particular believe in the Andy Dalton-led Cowboys, however.
Matthews: “I’m going for the Cowboys to dig in and come up with a result here. The emotional response to Dak’s injury could be tangible and a wake-up call to the entire franchise. The Red Rifle is a more than competent backup and has shown that he can be an effective quarterback when he has weapons at his disposal. They will ensure a more conservative game plan in order to eliminate forced throws and turnovers and lean on Zeke, but I think the defense will step up to the Cardinals and force Kyler to try and win it alone. Cowboys squeeze it by 3 points on a fourth quarter field goal, 27-24.”
Brosnan: "Hype around the Cardinals has disappeared and they just look like a middle of the road team. Even without Prescott, the Cowboys still have so many incredible offensive weapons and will rely even more on Ezekiel Elliott, which will be far too much for the Cardinals to handle. Cowboys take it, 28-21."
Matthews: Cowboys 27-24
C Brosnan: Cowboys 28-21
Saito: Cowboys 24-20
Bishop: Cardinals 35-20
Wilkins: Cardinals 31-28
Chappell: Cardinals 19-19
M Brosnan: Cardinals 33-23