Each week, the Steelers Now staff is picking each NFL game.
Alan Saunders: 57-32
Parker Hurley: 52-37
Mike Asti: 49-40
Ron Lippock: 49-40
Mike Asti: 6-7
Parker Hurley: 5-8
Ron Lippock: 6-7
Alan Saunders: 9-4
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Asti: Chiefs. The real Kansas City has to stand up eventually and Denver just isn’t that good.
Hurley: Broncos, Chiefs are banged and traveling on a short week
Lippock: Chiefs. Standard good offense versus good defense matchup – and Denver is tough at home. I just think Denver’s offense is too poor to keep up with what the Chiefs can muster on offense.
Saunders: Chiefs, with the usual Thursday night caveats.
Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons
Lippock: Rams. Poor Falcons defense is the perfect remedy for the Rams. Rams will bounce back.
Saunders: Rams in a perfect bounce-back game.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Asti: Bills. I just can’t ever pick Miami.
Lippock: Dolphins. I’m going on the ledge with my upset special here. I’m not a believer in the Bills — especially with such a poor offense. They keep too many teams close and some Fitzmagic does them in.
Saunders: Bills continue to pile up weak wins.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals
Lippock: Bengals. 2nd upset special. Bengals have played teams close and the Jaguars offense is bad enough to stay close and eek out a win at home.
Saunders: Jaguars. Remember what the Steelers running game did to the Bengals? Now imagine Leonard Fournette.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Asti: Vikings. Detroit needs this game more. It’s very evenly matched and could go either way.
Lippock: Vikings. Two nearly identical teams here but give the Vikings the slight edge with a better defense.
Saunders: Vikings. Torn by this pick. I like both teams.
Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers
Lippock: Packers. Two teams going different directions.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
Lippock: Texans. Two different teams – Colts rely on defense and low scoring offense and the Texans are somewhat of a mirror image. Watson is the difference maker here.
Saunders: Texans. I can’t figure out how the Colts keep winning
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
Lippock: Cardinals. Two awful defenses but a better offense in Arizona is the difference.
San Francisco 49ers at Washignton Redskins
Asti: 49ers. There’s no way the Redskins can deal with the San Francisco defense. Washington will be lucky to score at all.
Lippock: 49ers. Easiest call of the week.
Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans
Hurley: Titans, we learn that beating the Chargers and Bengals may not be all that impressive.
Lippock: Chargers. Titans offense is just too poor to keep up on the road.
Saunders: Chargers. Titans are a mess.
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears
Hurley: Bears, their defense shows up off of a bye
Lippock: Saints. Two very good defenses but Saints offense is marginally better.
Saunders: Saints, but this will be a tough test for Teddy Bridgewater.
Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks
Lippock: Seahawks. Home field advantage and suspect defense in Baltimore gives Seattle the edge.
Saunders: Seahawks, though the loss of Will Dissly could be a big blow.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Lippock: Cowboys. Second-best offense in Dallas versus middle of road defense in Philly.
Saunders: Eagles, because no one should have to pick a team coming off a loss to the Jets.
New England Patriots at New York Jets
Asti: Patriots. Death, taxes and the Patriots beating the Jets.
Lippock: Patriots. Number one defense versus worst-ranked offense.
NFL to Hold Draft Virtually
The 2020 NFL Draft will be conducted in a “fully virtual format,” Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a memo to teams on Monday.
The Draft will still take place as scheduled from April 23-25th, but NFL teams will have to conduct it “entirely outside of their team facilities” with “club personnel in separate locations.” Personnel will be permitted to communicate with each other throughout the process by phone or Internet.
Now official: NFL now has informed teams it will do a virtual draft this year. GMs and HCs now will be drafting from their homes. pic.twitter.com/t2mbdjWvVZ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 6, 2020
The league says that the decision to make the draft entirely virtual comes as it attempts to “comply with government directives and to model safe and appropriate health practices.”
The choice to hold the draft in an entirely virtual format comes as the league tries to balance the competitive integrity of the process with ensuring the health and safety of all those involved.
Goodell also acknowledged that some teams may be more advanced than others in having the resources to conduct the Draft in this way, but that the league is “confident that all clubs can take the necessary steps” to make it a success.
The NFL is still planning to televise the 2020, just in a simpler, studio format.
Antonio Brown Hires Agent
As part of his continued pursuit of returning to play in the NFL, Antonio Brown has hired veteran agent Ed Wasielewski of EMG Sports to represent him, the agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.
This news comes only days after it was announced Brown will face charges from a January incident with a moving company in Broward County, Florida. Brown is also being investigated for sexual assault and rape.
The former NFL wide receiver had previously been represented by Drew Rosenhaus, before the famous agent decided to step away from representing Brown, even going as far as to say his client needed to seek mental help.
In other Antonio Brown news, and keeping with the polarizing tone to his career, Brown was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team.
Antonio Brown Facing Charges from January Incident
Antonio Brown’s road to redemption just got even more complicated. The former NFL receiver is reportedly facing charges that stem from a January incident.
Brown, who is already being investigated by the NFL for sexual assault and rape, has officially been charged with felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief by authorities in Broward County, Florida.
Previously, Brown had been charged with felony burglary and battery after allegedly refusing to pay the driver for moving expenses and then physically confronting and assaulting the driver. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, that charge was not included in the official list of counts Brown now faces.