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Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants

The reigning Super Bowl champions hardly have the look of a contender, much less one of the teams to beat through the first five weeks of the season. Coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles look to put an end to their mini-slide when they visit the New York Giants on Thursday night in an NFC East matchup.

After dropping a 23-21 decision to Minnesota on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game, Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz said a short work week might be the best thing for his team to snap out of its funk. "The beautiful thing for us right now is that it's a fast turnaround," Wentz said. "We get to get the bad taste in our mouths out fast and go on the road to New York. Thursday night will be here before we know it. ... We don't have to dwell on it too long." The abrupt turnaround could also help the reeling Giants, who are dealing with drama off the field courtesy of comments by star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. while trying to erase the memory of Sunday's crushing 33-31 loss at Carolina on a 63-yard field goal. New York coach Pat Shurmur said he addressed Beckham's criticisms of both quarterback Eli Manning and the team's play-calling and said there was no reason to belabor the issue "because the locker room took care of it. And that's all I'm saying on it. Finito. Done."

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX, NFL Network. LINE: Eagles -3. O/U: 44

ABOUT THE EAGLES (2-3): Philadelphia's offense, which already has been struggled and has yet to put up more than 23 points in a game, received a jarring blow Monday when starting running back Jay Ajayi was lost for the season due to a torn ACL. While trade reports swirl in Philly, the Eagles will likely use the tandem of Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement against a New York defense that ranks 27th against the run. Philadelphia could also go the aerial route with Wentz targeting Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and tight end Zach Ertz, who has a team-leading 41 receptions. Philadelphia has the league's No. 2-ranked rushing defense, surrendering 66.4 yards per game.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (1-4): Beckham had his best game Sunday, finding the end zone for the first time while hauling in eight receptions for 131 yards -- his third 100-yard effort of the season. He also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Saquon Barkley, who can become the second player in league history to account for at least 100 yards from scrimmage in the first six games of his career. Manning threw for a season-high 326 yards at Carolina last week and also had a season high with 434 yards passing in a 34-29 loss to Philadelphia in December. Linebacker Olivier Vernon could make his season debut Thursday for a defense that has a league-low 6.0 sacks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Philadelphia has won three straight and four of five in the series but each game was decided by five points or fewer.

2. New York placed starting RT Ereck Flowers on waivers Tuesday.

3. Wentz has 11 touchdown passes and two interceptions in his past five division matchups.

PREDICTION: Eagles 24, Giants 23
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Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings made a statement by avenging their NFC Championship Game loss last week and are bidding for their first winning streak of the season on Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings, however, would be wise not to overlook the Cardinals after being upended earlier this season by Buffalo, which also entered that contest as a double-digit underdog.

Minnesota's Kirk Cousins continues to ingratiate himself to his new team's fan base by completing at least 30 passes in his fourth straight game during last Sunday's 23-21 victory over Philadelphia. "I think that's fun for everybody on the outside, for people who follow this league to talk about, to discuss around the water cooler. But for me, I just want to do whatever it takes to win," the 30-year-old Cousins told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Cousins completed a season-high 40 passes in a shocking 27-6 loss to the Bills on Sept. 23, a result that had many questioning if the Vikings had overlooked a foe that has struggled on offense this season. With that in mind, the Cardinals enter Sunday's game at U.S. Bank Stadium with the NFL's league-worst offense and rushing attack despite posting their first win of 2018 with a 28-18 triumph over San Francisco last week.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Vikings -10. O/U: 43

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (1-4): Josh Rosen recorded his first career win last week despite completing just 10 of 25 passes for 170 yards, with fellow rookie Christian Kirk reeling in his lone touchdown pass from 75 yards out. David Johnson posted his eighth career two-touchdown performance for Arizona, which nearly doubled its season scoring output despite being limited to just 220 total yards, 10 first downs and 49 offensive plays. Budda Baker had 16 tackles last week to increase his team-leading total to 36 while fellow safety Tre Boston notched his second interception in three weeks.

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (2-2-1): Adam Thielen leads the league in receptions (47) and third-down catches (14) while serving as the third player in NFL history with five 100-yard performances to start the season. Fellow wideout Stefon Diggs has done quite well in his own right, reeling in double-digit receptions in back-to-back contests. While the passing game is potent, Minnesota's 31st-ranked rushing attack has yet to get off the ground as Dalvin Cook has missed two of the last three contests with a hamstring injury. Latavius Murray matched season highs in attempts (11) and yards (42) last week and faces a Cardinals rush defense that has yielded an NFL-high eight touchdowns and second-worst 142.4 yards per game on the ground.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald did not score a touchdown in his previous five road games against his hometown team.

2. Minnesota DE Danielle Hunter has collected a sack in each of first five contests of the season.

3. Cardinals DE Chandler Jones earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording a sack, forced fumble and recovery versus San Francisco.

PREDICTION: Vikings 31, Cardinals 13
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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns won one game during a two-season span, and it came against the then-San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve 2016. Fast forward to 2018 and the Browns are looking to record their third victory in six games when they host the now-Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Cleveland recorded a 12-9 overtime triumph over Baltimore last week and is looking to win consecutive contests for the first time since a three-game winning streak midway through the 2014 campaign. "Oh, absolutely. That is why we are playing," Browns coach Hue Jackson said during a press conference. "Every game we play in, we are trying to win. The next step for us is to start winning back-to-back games, regardless of who the opponent is." The Chargers are looking for their third consecutive victory, but Philip Rivers sees the Browns as a tough test. "They're a few plays away from having won them all this year," the quarterback told reporters. "They probably feel they should have. Certainly had the opportunity to win them all, so it will be a heck of a challenge for us."

TV: 11 a.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Chargers -1. O/U: 44.5

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (3-2): Rivers is off to a strong start with 1,495 yards and 13 touchdown passes against two interceptions, and was a stellar 22-of-27 for 339 yards and two scores in last week's 26-10 win over Oakland. Running back Melvin Gordon has scored six touchdowns (three rushing, three receiving) and ranks fourth in the NFL with 595 yards from scrimmage (334 rushing, 261 receiving). Defensive end Melvin Ingram recorded one sack and his first career interception in the win over the Raiders, and the defense is allowing an average of 26 points while playing without star defensive end Joey Bosa (foot).

ABOUT THE BROWNS (2-2-1): Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has energized the offense as the franchise is coming off a season-high 342-yard performance against the Ravens. "I have known that the Browns were not bad since the second I stepped foot into this franchise," Mayfield told reporters. "We had a special team from the get-go. Whoever we are playing has nothing to do with this team. We believe in this team that we have. Management has put together a great group of guys." Cleveland leads the NFL with 15 takeaways and has some impressive young pieces on defense in pass rusher Myles Garrett (five sacks) and cornerback Denzel Ward (league high-tying three interceptions).

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Chargers own a 16-9-1 lead in the all-time series, including a 19-10 home win in December.

2. Cleveland WR Rashard Higgins (knee) will be sidelined at least two weeks after being injured against the Ravens.

3. Los Angeles WR Keenan Allen (32 receptions) caught 10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in last season's meeting with the Browns.

PREDICTION: Chargers 27, Browns 24
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Chicago Bears vs. Miami Dolphins

The Chicago Bears find themselves atop the NFC North on the strength of their first three-game winning streak in five years, this after mustering a total of 14 victories to finish in the division's basement in each of the last three seasons. Fresh off a bye, the Bears look to dominate their second straight Sunshine State foe on Sunday when they visit the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Mitchell Trubisky and Tarik Cohen enjoyed sterling performances in Chicago's 48-10 romp of Tampa Bay on Sept. 30, with the former throwing for a career-high six touchdowns and 354 yards while the latter had personal bests in receiving yards (121) and scrimmage yards (174). "When you have a good game, it naturally gives you confidence," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "What you have to make sure you prevent is making sure that you (don't) get complacent with that and think it's just going to happen every week because it's not." Miami knows that all too well, as it has followed a three-game winning streak to start the season with back-to-back losses -- including a 27-17 setback to Cincinnati on Sunday. The Dolphins, who were outscored 24-0 in the fourth quarter and allowed two defensive touchdowns to the Bengals, carry an injury-riddled offensive line into their tilt against 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack and the Bears.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Bears -3.5. O/U: 41.5

ABOUT THE BEARS (3-1): While Cohen had a career day in Chicago's last outing, Nagy noted that Jordan Howard will also get his fair share of carries. "Jordan understands what we're trying to do as a team," Nagy said. "And he also understands -- and we've talked -- that he has a major part of this offense. He has a big-time role. But if it's an advantage to us to go a different direction for that game or for that play or that series, we're going to do that." Mack has recorded at least a sack and forced fumble in each game this season while fellow linebacker Danny Trevathan has two sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery as well as an interception in his last three contests.

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (3-2): Miami received some good news on the injury front as defensive end Cameron Wake appears on track to return to action after missing last Sunday's game with a knee injury. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil was able to participate in some individual drills while still in concussion protocol for an offensive line that has shuffled center Daniel Kilgore (triceps) and top free-agent guard (Josh Sitton) to injured reserve. Running back Kenyan Drake rebounded from a pair of three-yard rushing performances to amass 115 from scrimmage (46 rushing, 69 receiving) and a touchdown against the Bengals, although he'll face the Bears' top-ranked rush defense on Sunday.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Miami leads the NFL with 10 interceptions, with CB Xavien Howard sharing the league lead with three.

2. Chicago, which has eight picks, owns an NFL second-best plus-6 turnover ratio.

3. Dolphins WR Kenny Stills leads the team with 241 receiving yards and three touchdowns, although he has just five catches for 57 yards in his last two games.

PREDICTION: Bears 23, Dolphins 20
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Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins

The Carolina Panthers will try to continue more than a decade of domination over the Washington Redskins when they visit the nation's capital for a showdown on Sunday. The Panthers have won five straight meetings dating to 2006, including a 26-15 victory at Washington in the most recent clash in 2016.


The Panthers are seeking a third straight overall win after Graham Gano's 63-yard field goal lifted them to a 33-31 victory over the New York Giants last week. Washington entered the week atop the NFC East standings despite an uneven start. After being carved up by Drew Brees in last week's 43-19 loss to New Orleans, Washington's defense faces another tough test against Carolina's talented offense. "It will be a great challenge for our guys," Washington coach Jay Gruden told reporters. "Our eyes have got to be in the right place and we've got to fly to the football without a doubt."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Redskins -1. O/U: 44.5


ABOUT THE PANTHERS (3-1): The Panthers possess the league's top rushing attack, averaging 154 yards per game, and running back Christian McCaffrey leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage (130.3 per game). Cam Newton and the passing game could get a boost this week from the potential return of Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, who re-injured his foot in Week 1. The defense will get back Thomas Davis from his four-game suspension to bolster a unit that has been tough against the run but has struggled a bit versus the pass.

ABOUT THE REDSKINS (2-2): Washington ranks fifth in the league in total defense and 10th in scoring defense, but things are trending in the wrong direction. After holding their first two opponents under 300 total yards, the Redskins have allowed 340 and 447 in their last two games. The offense faltered against the Saints as well, registering a season-low 283 total yards, and the passing game has not gotten going under Alex Smith, who has recorded four touchdown passes and two interceptions in his first season with the team.


EXTRA POINTS

1. Newton has registered nine passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and no interceptions in four career games against Washington.

2. Washington has forced a turnover in eight consecutive contests dating to last season, the third-longest current streak in the league.

3. Gano has made a franchise-record 24 consecutive field goals, the longest active streak in the NFL.


PREDICTION: Panthers 27, Redskins 20
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Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets

Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is a member of the New York Jets thanks to a trade that allowed the franchise to move up three slots in this year's draft. The team that made that trade with the Jets -- the Indianapolis Colts -- will get their first look at Darnold on Sunday at MetLife Stadium as his Jets bid for back-to-back home wins.

The 21-year-old Darnold threw for three touchdowns in an impressive 34-16 victory over the Denver Broncos last Sunday to help New York snap a three-game slide and his steady -- if not spectacular -- start has garnered some positive attention. "One of the first observations is it looks like the real deal," Colts head coach Frank Reich told reporters of Darnold. "Love his body language. I like the energy I see from him on the field. Just looks like he belongs in that regard and all those little intangibles. It's funny. You see certain quarterbacks, they have a look and feel to them on the field. You see that in Sam." Reich also sees it in his quarterback, Andrew Luck, who has completed 78 passes for 829 yards and seven TDs over the last two weeks alone. Both efforts came in defeat, however, and Indianapolis enters Sunday hoping to avoid a four-game losing streak.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Jets -2.5. O/U: 45

ABOUT THE COLTS (1-4): Indianapolis has been off since a 38-24 loss at New England on Oct. 4, a much-needed break for a quarterback who threw the ball 121 times in a five-day span between Week 4 and Week 5, the result of slow starts that forced Luck to play catch-up. "Let's not get behind, let's play good, sound football, let's not beat ourselves in all three phases," Reich told reporters. "Let's stay in the game, don't get behind, stay patient with the runs and then have some success early with the run game that gives you the confidence to keep going back to it." Whenever Luck does go to the air Sunday, he likely won't have top receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) for the second straight week while tight end Jack Doyle (hip) is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game.

ABOUT THE JETS (2-3): Isaiah Crowell ran for a franchise-record 219 yards and Robby Anderson had 123 receiving yards against the Broncos, with the latter enjoying the breakout game after a slow start that followed a tumultuous offseason. "Robby is a worker," head coach Todd Bowles told reporters of Anderson, who was targeted a career high-tying 12 times against the Colts two years ago. "He just kept his head down. He knew his time was coming. He just worked and kept his head down and tried to do all of the little things to help the team win. I was proud of him about that." Crowell missed practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury but is expected to play, while cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson (quadriceps) and Buster Skrine (concussion) are question marks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers is dealing with a "serious" illness and may miss his second straight game.

2. Luck was 22-of-28 for 278 yards and four TDs in a 41-10 rout of the Jets in the previous meeting in 2016.

3. Indianapolis leads the NFL in third-down conversion rate at 50.6 percent. New York ranks 25th at 36.9 percent.

PREDICTION: Colts 24, Jets 23
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are off to a hot start and sit in first place in the AFC North, but they are not taking that position for granted. The Bengals will try to make a statement and push aside one of their biggest rivals when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The Steelers were the easy pick to repeat as AFC North champions, but it was Cincinnati that exploded out of the gate by winning four of the first five games while scoring an average of 30.6 points - fourth in the NFL. "We handle things by blocking out all of the noise and continuing to grind," Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green told reporters. "Nobody gave us a chance when the season started. Why do they believe in us now? We're going to continue to keep playing and keep playing for each other." Pittsburgh is finally starting to build some positive momentum and thrashed Atlanta 41-17 in Week 5 while leaning on running back James Conner, who is stepping out of Le'Veon Bell's shadow while his more famous teammate is away from the team. "He is staying focused and working on his craft," offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert told reporters of Conner. "The way he handles himself, even before he was drafted, he carried himself as a professional. He earned a lot of respect from guys around here. We love him. We love his presence. We love him as a player. We hope he keeps building and gets the opportunity to showcase his talents."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Bengals -2. O/U: 52.5.

ABOUT THE STEELERS (2-2-1): A big issue during the team's 1-2-1 start was the play of the defense, but the victory over Atlanta marked a big step in the right direction for the unit. The Steelers held the Falcons to 62 yards rushing and sacked Matt Ryan six times, with linebacker T.J. Watt leading the way at three sacks and a forced fumble. "Everything we do is a team stat," Watt told reporters while heaping praise on the rest of the defense. "We realize that as a team, if we want to be great, we all have to do our job and accept whoever gets the play and be happy for everybody. ... I think it will be a great boost for us."

ABOUT THE BENGALS (4-1): Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been in the middle of several controversial plays in games against the Steelers over the years, and his presence in the middle of the Cincinnati defense makes it a more dangerous unit. Burfict returned from a four-game suspension last week and recorded seven tackles while helping a defense that scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in the 27-17 triumph over Miami. Burfict logged 34 snaps in the win and could see his playing time increase on Sunday despite his history against the Steelers, which includes past hits that injured Bell and star receiver Antonio Brown.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) missed practice on Thursday while WR John Ross (groin) was limited.

2. Steelers S Morgan Burnett (groin) sat out the last three games and is unlikely to return on Sunday.

3. Pittsburgh is enjoying a six-game winning streak in the series, including four straight at Cincinnati.

PREDICTION: Steelers 35, Bengals 31
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Jameis Winston will return to his starting role when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Atlanta Falcons for an NFC South showdown on Sunday. The Falcons have won three straight against their division rivals and need to make it four in a row to have any chance of salvaging their season.


Winston was suspended for the first three games of the season and came on in relief of Ryan Fitzpatrick in a 48-10 loss at Chicago in Week 4. After a bye week, he is ready to take the helm of an offense that put up huge passing numbers in the first three games. "I just think my mentality is just to go out there and win for this team," Winston told reporters. "If that's taking three-yard completions for the remainder of the game, if that's having to hit a deep shot down the field, my main focus is just winning, not really stressing about anything. I just want to put my team in a good position to win." The Falcons were in a position to win each of their first four games but have posted just one victory after being trounced 41-17 at Pittsburgh last week.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Falcons -3. O/U: 57.5


ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (2-2): Tampa Bay's hot start on offense overshadowed serious concerns on defense, which have come to light in consecutive losses. The Buccaneers have given up at least 412 total yards in each of their four games and rank last in the NFL against the pass, which is problematic as they prepare to face Atlanta's dangerous receiving corps. The contest easily could turn into a shootout in which Winston will need to team up with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson to outscore Matt Ryan and company.

ABOUT THE FALCONS (1-4): Atlanta's defense has been decimated by injuries since the preseason, and with the exception of a solid showing in Week 1, the team has struggled on that side of the ball. The offense still is quite capable, although running back Devonta Freeman's nagging foot injury has limited the rushing attack. Ryan has put up big numbers, however, and rookie Calvin Ridley has emerged to help form one of the league's most dynamic trios of receivers with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.


EXTRA POINTS

1. Ridley leads the league with six touchdown receptions.

2. Evans and Jackson are among four NFL receivers with an average of at least 100 yards and a minimum of three TD catches this season.

3. Ryan has passed for 793 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions in his last two home games.


PREDICTION: Falcons 31, Buccaneers 30
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Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders


The Oakland Raiders make their second visit to Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday and hope for a better result when they take the field as the home team against an old rival in the Seattle Seahawks. Oakland, which is off to a disappointing start in coach Jon Gruden's return to the sideline, dropped a 38-14 decision to Miami at Wembley in 2014.

The Raiders hoped to follow their first victory of the season - an overtime triumph over Cleveland - with another but were defeated 26-10 by the Chargers in Los Angeles last week. Seattle, which was one of Oakland's AFC West rivals from 1977-2001, came close to handing the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the year last Sunday as it carried a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter before falling 33-31. The Seahawks, who were seeking a third consecutive victory, trail the Rams by three games in the NFL West. Seattle will be lining up against a former teammate in Marshawn Lynch, who retired from the team after the 2015 campaign but sat out just one year before returning to the NFL with the Raiders last season.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Seahawks -2.5. O/U: 48

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (2-3): Seattle's ground game had plenty of success against the Rams, gaining 190 yards - including a career-high 116 by Chris Carson. That created opportunities for Russell Wilson, who threw three touchdown passes after being blanked in the Seahawks' 20-17 triumph at Arizona a week earlier. Wilson, who has gone three games without an interception, is tied with Tom Brady for the most TD tosses since the start of last season with 44 - including 10 this year.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (1-4): Derek Carr's disappointing season continued last week as he threw his league-high eighth interception - three of which have occurred in the end zone. The 27-year-old has made only seven touchdown passes but ranks fifth in the NFL with 1,641 yards and first in the AFC with a 71.3 completion percentage. Defensive end Bruce Irvin, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Seahawks, leads Oakland with three sacks - including one in each of his last two games - while wide receiver Jordy Nelson tops the club with three TD catches.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Seahawks veteran WR Brandon Marshall did not catch a pass last week and has just 10 receptions for 125 yards this season but has made 20 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown in his last three games against the Raiders.

2. Lynch has been limited in practice this week due to a hip injury after gaining a season-low 31 yards on nine carries versus the Chargers.

3. The teams have split four meetings since Seattle moved to the NFC West, with the Seahawks posting a 30-24 home victory in the most recent matchup on Nov. 2, 2014.

PREDICTION: Seahawks 34, Raiders 24
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Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans

The Houston Texans have found themselves in close games in each of their first five contests, and they've won the last two in overtime. They'll try to make it three victories in a row when they host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.


After dropping their first three games by a total of 15 points, the Texans followed a 37-34 overtime triumph at Indianapolis with a 19-16 victory over Dallas last week. "Sometimes, just like these last two weeks, overtime wins, it went our way. The first three weeks, it didn't go our way," Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson told reporters. "So we just have to keep believing, keep pushing forward. That was just a situation where things just were not going our way, but now it is and we've got to keep it going." The Bills also eked out a win last week as Stephen Hauschka's 46-yard field goal gave them a 13-12 victory over Tennessee - their second triumph in three contests. Buffalo is 2-3 despite possessing the lowest-scoring offense in the NFL, which has yet to crack 300 total yards in a game.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Texans -10. O/U: 41


ABOUT THE BILLS (2-3): Buffalo's offense hasn't gotten off the ground, as LeSean McCoy has struggled to find running room and the passing game has not flourished under rookie quarterback Josh Allen. Allen has been effective running the ball but has thrown five interceptions and just two touchdown passes while being sacked a league-high 19 times. The defense has played inconsistently but was dominant in both of the team's wins, holding Minnesota to 292 total yards and limiting Tennessee to 221.

ABOUT THE TEXANS (2-3): Houston has moved the ball efficiently, ranking fourth in total offense, but is just 18th in scoring. Watson has topped 375 passing yards in each of the last three games and has gone over 300 in four straight, while DeAndre Hopkins leads the league with 594 yards on 39 catches. Houston's defense had a hiccup against the Colts, allowing a season-high 478 total yards, but returned to form last week to limit the Cowboys to 292.


EXTRA POINTS

1. Watson is the first player in NFL history with more than 1,500 yards passing and 200 rushing in the first five games of a season.

2. Houston ranks 31st in red-zone touchdown percentage (36.4) with only eight touchdowns in 22 trips inside the 20-yard line.

3. Buffalo has eight recorded takeaways in its last three games.


PREDICTION: Texans 24, Bills 13
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Los Angeles Rams vs. Denver Broncos

The Los Angeles Rams look to maintain their unbeaten record when they visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Los Angeles has been soaring behind a unit that leads the NFL in total offense (468.4 yards per game) and ranks third in scoring (34.6 points) as it faces a Denver squad that has lost three straight games.

The disappointing Broncos are struggling on defense - allowing 26.2 points and 395.8 yards per contest - and star linebacker Von Miller (four sacks) is pointing the finger at himself as a main cause of the unit's issues. "I've got to get sacks," Miller told reporters. "That's what I do. I've got to get sacks. I've got 87.5 of them (in my career). I've played in games where I've gotten a lot of sacks and I've played in games where I haven't got any sacks. I'm going to have a little bit of both going forward." Denver allowed an astounding 512 yards in last week's 34-16 loss to the New York Jets and figures to have trouble slowing down the ferocious Rams, who have yet to score fewer than 33 points. Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff has completed 72.3 percent of his passes for an NFL-leading 1,727 yards to go with 12 touchdown passes against four interceptions.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Rams -7. O/U: 52

ABOUT THE RAMS (5-0): Goff is seeking his fifth consecutive 300-yard performance as he has completed 76.7 percent of his passes during the four-game stretch. Running back Todd Gurley has rushed for an NFL-leading seven touchdowns and ranks second in the league with 645 yards from scrimmage (415 rushing, 230 receiving). Defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh have registered three sacks apiece while linebacker Cory Littleton has recorded a team-high 43 tackles for a unit that ranks sixth in scoring defense at 19.6 points per game.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (2-3): Coach Vance Joseph insists his team isn't going to panic as the Rams arrive while his club is mired in a tailspin. "We're not going to fall for the noise," Joseph told reporters. "We can't surrender to this. That's what the public thinks. We have no excuses. We've got to bounce back. We've got plenty of time, we've got a big game on Sunday, and I feel good about it." New quarterback Case Keenum (1,365 yards) has thrown more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (five) while the Miller-led defense ranks 30th against the run (139.6 yards).

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Rams have won each of the last three meetings.

2. Denver CB Adam Jones (hamstring) is looking like he will miss his second straight game after Joseph vowed on Thursday that he will play it safe in terms of the 35-year-old's health.

3. Los Angeles WRs Brandin Cooks (452 yards) and Cooper Kupp (438) are both in concussion protocol but progressing to where they likely will be available on Sunday.

PREDICTION: Rams 37, Broncos 23
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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Jacksonville Jaguars came up well short in a battle for AFC supremacy last weekend, getting wiped out by the high-powered and undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Jacksonville will look to shake off the lopsided defeat when it plays its second inter-conference game of the season with a visit to the struggling Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

Although the Jaguars were unable to slow down the Chiefs, they figure to have an easier time against a Dallas offense that centers around running back Ezekiel Elliott. "We know the offense flows through the running back," Jacksonville linebacker Telvin Smith said. "They're going to try to get him going. We've just got to go out and execute and play." The Cowboys dropped a 19-16 decision in overtime at Houston last week to fall to 0-3 on the road and frustration has been building in the locker room. "We just got to play better on offense, we have to coach better, play better on the offensive line, better at all spots," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. "Everyone has a piece of it, it's not just one area."

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Jaguars -3. O/U: 40.5

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (3-2): Jacksonville owns the league's top-ranked defense, permitting an average of 292.2 yards per game, but the unit was sliced up for 424 yards by Kansas City. Quarterback Blake Bortles was forced to go to the air 61 times and wound up throwing for a career-high 430 yards, but he also committed five turnovers and was sacked five times. "It's a trend that I talked about with the team today," Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said of the team's minus-7 turnover differential. "If we don't change that, we're going to be in trouble. We have to change that." T.J. Yeldon will again have to carry the ground game with running back Leonard Fournette set to miss his fourth game of the season.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (2-3): Dallas ranks fifth in the league in rushing (135.8 yards) thanks to Elliott, but its offense is No. 28 overall and the passing game is a lowly 30th with 172.0 yards per game. Elliott was limited to a season-low 54 yards on 20 carries by Houston last week, but he still leads the NFL in rushing with 480 yards and had a team-high 22 receptions. Dak Prescott lost his two favorite targets in the offseason with the departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten and his No. 1 wideout is Cole Beasley, who is averaging 38.6 yards per game on 17 receptions. The Cowboys are tied for sixth in the league with 15.0 sacks, paced by defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who has posted a team-leading 5.5.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Yeldon is one of four players in the AFC with at least 450 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

2. Prescott has a 104.7 passer rating and has accounted for six TDs in his last four at home versus AFC foes.

3. The Jaguars signed RB Jamaal Charles this week.

PREDICTION: Jaguars 20, Cowboys 16
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Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans are used to playing close games but wouldn't mind running it up a bit on the scoreboard. The Titans will try to reach 30 points for the first time this season and earn a key AFC win when they host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Each of Tennessee's first five games was within a touchdown at the finish - the last four within a field goal - due in large part to an offense that struggles to score and is ranked 29th in the league at an average of 17.4 points. "We've just got to make more plays," running back Dion Lewis told reporters. "Just got to bounce back man. That's what it's all about. Come ready to work, take the criticism, learn from the coaching, and try to be better to get ready for the Ravens." Baltimore is not the defense a struggling offense wants to see as it comes into the week first in the NFL in points allowed at an average of 15.4 after holding the opposition to 14 points or fewer in four of its five contests. "We have some good things that we're doing right now on defense," Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale told reporters. "We're doing very well. And we're still just ... (head coach) John (Harbaugh) always talks about chasing perfection, and that's where we're at. We're trying to ... We take nothing for granted, and we're going to keep just plugging away, plugging away, plugging away as a defense."

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Ravens - 2.5. O/U: 41.5

ABOUT THE RAVENS (3-2): Baltimore saw its offense slip in a 12-9 overtime loss at Cleveland last week and attention to detail is what offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg would like to see improve. "There are some things that you have to do to win a game, and then there are some things that you just have to stay away from or you give the game away, and we did several of those things," Mornhinweg told reporters. "Just big picture, the thing, we talked about it as a team. If you look at it, the last two ball games, we've fumbled down there on the goal line and thrown an interception on the goal line. These are things that good teams just stay away from." Quarterback Joe Flacco is averaging 45.4 pass attempts but is up to three interceptions and three fumbles on the season.

ABOUT THE TITANS (3-2): Tennessee has a secret weapon against Baltimore in the form of defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who spent the previous six seasons in the same position with the Ravens. "I know guys always say it's another game. It's not another game (to me)," Pees told reporters. "First of all, it is a game we have to (win) to be 4-2 to keep a lead in our division, that's the most important thing. And second of all, any time you play somebody that you know and know well and respect, it is always an emotional game." Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is hoping another week practicing against Pees' defensive will give him an extra edge and help overcome a 14-of-26 performance for 129 yards and an interception in last week's 13-12 loss at Buffalo.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Titans LT Taylor Lewan (foot) was a full participant in practice on Thursday and is expected to play Sunday.

2. The Ravens have gone over 123 minutes of game time without scoring a touchdown.

3. Mariota threw for 218 yards and a pair of TDs in Tennessee's 23-20 home win over Baltimore last season.

PREDICTION: Titans 24, Ravens 17
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Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots

Five Super Bowl championships and three NFL Most Valuable Player awards has Tom Brady in the conversation of greatest quarterback of all time, but he may be taking a back seat in his upcoming matchup. Patrick Mahomes is off to a sizzling start to the season and will look to keep the Kansas City Chiefs perfect when they visit the Patriots on Sunday night.

Mahomes leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes in his first season as a starter and is the talk of the league after guiding Kansas City to a 5-0 start for the second year in a row. "Pretty much everything," New England coach Bill Belichick said when asked what impresses him about Mahomes. "He gets the ball to all of his receivers quick, quick release, sees things quickly, can extend plays, got a great arm, got a fabulous arm, can throw the ball out of the stadium. He makes good decisions, accurate, gets the ball out on time." The Patriots have won two straight following a slow start as Brady threw for a season-high 341 yards and three touchdowns in last week's win over Indianapolis to become the third quarterback to reach 500 career scoring passes. "I was a Cowboys fan when I was younger, so being from Texas, I wasn't necessarily a fan of him winning all the time," Mahomes said of Brady. "But you definitely respected his game and how he played. When you have that much success, it takes a bunch of hard work, so you respect that."

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Patriots -3.5. O/U: 59.5

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (5-0): Mahomes failed to throw a scoring pass for the first time and tossed his first two interceptions of the season in last week's 30-14 win over Jacksonville, but he still threw for over 300 yards for the fourth straight game. Tight end Travis Kelce has a team-high 28 catches and three touchdowns while speedster Tyreek Hill is next with 27 receptions and three scores. Kareem Hunt has come alive with four rushing touchdowns in the last three games and burned New England for 148 yards and a score to lead the Chiefs to a 42-27 win at Gillette Stadium in his NFL debut in 2017. Kansas City forced five turnovers and had five sacks last week, but it allows an NFL-worst 461.8 yards per game.

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (3-2): After a pair of double-digit defeats at Jacksonville and Detroit, New England has found its offensive stride by scoring 38 points in wins over Miami and Indianapolis. The passing game got a lift last week as Julian Edelman (seven catches, 57 yards) returned from a four-game suspension and recent acquisition Josh Gordon made his Patriots debut with two receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. That opens up more room for tight end Rob Gronkowski and rookie running back Sony Michel, who has scored in each of the past two games while rushing for 210 yards. New England's defense is middle of the pack against the run and pass and ranks 30th in the league with only 7.0 sacks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Brady can become the first quarterback in history to notch 200 career regular-season wins.

2. Mahomes is bidding to become the sixth QB since 1970 to win each of his first seven career starts.

3. Gronkowski needs three catches to become the fourth tight end with 500 receptions in fewer than 110 games.

PREDICTION: Chiefs 33, Patriots 30
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San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers have stumbled badly in both of their road games, but they will be hoping the home crowd will help provide an offensive spark when they host the struggling San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Slow starts continue to plague the Packers, who fell into a 24-point hole on the road against NFC North rival Detroit last week en route to a 31-23 defeat.

Green Bay also trailed by 18 points at halftime in a loss at Washington in Week 3 and was down 17 points at the break versus Chicago in the season opener before Aaron Rodgers led a stirring comeback in the fourth quarter. "I feel like if we can get off to a better start on offense, it makes the entire squad play with a different type of confidence," Rodgers told reporters. "We need to lead from the front as an offense and as a team, and give our defense an opportunity to pin their ears back and get after the quarterback and make them a little more one-dimensional." That could happen against San Francisco, which already has lost starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and No. 1 running back Jerick McKinnon and could be missing current top rusher Matt Breida for the prime-time clash. "I know we've been through some adversity," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters. "It's never easy. It definitely gets harder when you do have injuries and things like that. But we have people in here who can win games."

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Packers -9.5. O/U: 46.5

ABOUT THE 49ERS (1-4): Shanahan noted that eight of the team's 11 offensive players did not practice Wednesday and, while he did not officially rule out Breida, veteran Alfred Morris is expected to receive a heavy workload in the backfield. C.J. Beathard has thrown for two touchdowns and two interceptions in each of his first two starts but could get a boost with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin expected to return to the lineup. Goodwin has been limited to parts of three games but would represent another key target to go along with tight end George Kittle, who has a team-leading 33 receptions. San Francisco is 10th overall in defense but is allowing 29.2 points per game.


ABOUT THE PACKERS (2-2-1): Rodgers sat out Thursday's practice for what he termed a "setback" in his knee, which he originally hurt in Green Bay's season opener against Chicago. The injury notwithstanding, Rodgers has thrown for 10 touchdowns against only one interception and is coming off a season-best 442-yard performance at Detroit despite the absences of wide receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, who both were limited in practice this week. Davante Adams made nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions, giving him 37 receptions and four scores on the season. The Packers rank fourth overall in total defense and are No. 2 against the pass (208.8 yards per game).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Rodgers is 8-0-1 in his last nine home starts, throwing 22 TD passes and three interceptions.

2. San Francisco has registered a league-best 48 wins on Monday Night Football, including nine in a row.

3. Packers LB Clay Matthews has recorded 4.5 sacks in his last three games versus the 49ers.

PREDICTION: Packers 27, 49ers 16
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