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#410598 - 11/15/18 12:20 AM NFL Week 11
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Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks


The Green Bay Packers have been making fans of the home team happy this season, as they are 4-0-1 at Lambeau Field and, well, 0-4 everywhere else. The Packers look to put an end to their road woes on Thursday as they travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks, who begin a stretch of five home games in the next seven weeks.

"I like our chances at home, but we've got to win some road games or we're going to be at home in January -- for good," said Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tossed two touchdown passes to Davante Adams in Sunday's 31-12 romp over Miami (as a -12 point favorite at intertops). The two-time NFL Most Valuable Player has thrown 10 scoring strikes against zero interceptions in the last five weeks overall and has seven TD passes without getting picked off in his last two Thursday games. Seattle has answered winning four of five by dropping two hotly contested matchups versus the Los Angeles contingents. Russell Wilson tossed three touchdown passes in a 36-31 setback at the Rams on Sunday heading into his return to CenturyLink Field, where he has 13 scoring strikes against one interception in his last six games.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX, NFL Network. LINE: Seahawks -2.5. O/U: 49

ABOUT THE PACKERS (4-4-1): Affectionately known as the "other" Aaron, running back Aaron Jones is making his presence felt after rushing for 306 yards and three touchdowns in his last three games -- including a career-high 145 yards with two scores on a season-high 15 carries against the Dolphins. "He's a great player. We just need to continue to give him more opportunities," Rodgers said of the 23-year-old Jones, who aims to exploit the Seahawks' rush defense that has been gashed for 5.0 yards per carry this season. A promising ground attack could create more opportunities for Adams, whose 31 touchdown receptions since 2016 are tied for the most in the league.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (4-5): Seattle appears to be getting healthier as running back Chris Carson (hip), right guard D.J. Fluker (calf) and strong safety Bradley McDougal (knee) are in line to be available for Thursday's game. Carson rejoins a backfield that saw first-round rookie Rashaad Penny rush for a career-best 108 yards and a touchdown against the Rams while fellow running back Mike Davis had his first career receiving score. "It's a good group, it's a good problem. Not a great problem for the running backs, but it's good for us and we'll try to make the most of it," coach Pete Carroll told reporters ahead of facing a Packers defense that has surrendered at least 123 rushing yards in each of the last four weeks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Seattle WR Tyler Lockett has a touchdown reception in seven of nine games this season.

2. Packers TE Jimmy Graham has just six catches for 90 yards in his last three contests heading into a tilt with the Seahawks, with whom he collected 18 touchdowns in three seasons.

3. Seattle LB Bobby Wagner has recorded back-to-back 13-tackle performances and has 29 tackles in his past three home games.

PREDICTION: Packers 24, Seahawks 23
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Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions

After playing outstanding defense during a three-game winning streak, the Carolina Panthers turned in one of their worst efforts on that side of the ball in recent memory last week. The Panthers will try to bounce back from that lackluster performance and bolster their position in the NFC wild-card race when they visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday.


The Panthers held a defensive meeting to address what went wrong in last week's 52-21 loss at Pittsburgh and try to get back on the same page. "We couldn't just throw what happened last week out the window," Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short told reporters. "We went over the mistakes and everybody took accountability for what they did wrong. We put it behind us and practiced the way we need to." The Lions would like to put a three-game losing streak behind them as they look to rebound from a 34-22 loss at Chicago last week. The Panthers have won the last two meetings and six of the last seven, including a 27-24 win at Detroit last season.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Panthers -4.5. O/U: 49.5


ABOUT THE PANTHERS (6-3): Carolina hopes last week's performance was an anomaly for a defense that has fared well against the run but shown to be susceptible to the pass. The offense can mask some of the defensive shortcomings by controlling the ball, as Carolina ranks third in the league in rushing at 138.4 yards per game. Second-year running back Christian McCaffrey has emerged as one of the team's top threats, leading the Panthers in rushing (579 yards, four TDs) and receiving (54 receptions, 439 yards, four TDs).

ABOUT THE LIONS (3-6): After years as one of the league's most prolific passing attacks, Detroit's offense has stalled, ranking 23rd in total offense and 20th in scoring. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is looking for new weapons to incorporate following Golden Tate's trade to Philadelphia, and second-year receiver Kenny Golladay (39 receptions, 601 yards, four TDs) has emerged as one of his favorite targets. Detroit's pass defense has been strong, but the team has been gashed on the ground, which is a bad sign against Carolina.


EXTRA POINTS

1. Panthers QB Cam Newton has thrown at least two touchdown passes in a franchise-record eight consecutive games.

2. Stafford has been sacked 16 times and hit 25 times over the last two contests.

3. Carolina TE Greg Olsen (661) needs two receptions to pass Ozzie Newsome for fifth all-time among tight ends.


PREDICTION: Panthers 27, Lions 20
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Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Dallas Cowboys still are in the mix in the mediocre NFC East, but they'll need to snap a three-game skid against the host Atlanta Falcons on Sunday to avoid losing ground. The Cowboys are two games behind first-place Washington in the division while the Falcons, who have a matching 4-5 record, trail NFC South-leading New Orleands by four contests.


The Falcons dominated the Cowboys 27-7 at home last season, sacking Dak Prescott eight times. "It's one of those ones you watch and speed through watching it," Prescott told reporters. "You watch it because it's the same people we're going to play, but it's a new team from our standpoint. We've got our running back. We've got some players healthy and didn't play healthy. And it's a different team from their standpoint." The running back in question is Ezekiel Elliott, who began a six-game suspension from the league against Atlanta. Elliott is coming off one of the best games of his young career as he recorded 187 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in last week's 27-20 win at Philadelphia.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Falcons -3. O/U: 48.5


ABOUT THE COWBOYS (4-5): The defense has been solid in every aspect except forcing turnovers, as the Cowboys have only nine takeaways. The offense has been too one-dimensional as Elliott (831 yards, four touchdowns) leads a strong ground attack while the passing game has been ineffective, although that could be changing. Amari Cooper has begun to settle into the offense and led the team with six catches for 75 yards last week, giving Prescott the solid first option he has been missing since Dez Bryant's departure.

ABOUT THE FALCONS (4-5): The Falcons are the opposite of the Cowboys in that their offense has performed well, but the defense hasn't held up its end. Matt Ryan again is putting up huge numbers, ranking third in the NFL in passing (3,015 yards), and Julio Jones - the league leader with 1,040 receiving yards - has found the end zone in consecutive games after being shut out over his first seven contests. The Falcons need to get some kind of ground game going, however, as they've been plagued by Devonta Freeman's absence and rank 30th in the league in rushing.


EXTRA POINTS

1. Ryan is 3-0 with 842 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception against the Cowboys.

2. Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch made 13 tackles last week and ranks third among NFL rookies with 74 stops.

3. Jones has registered 45 career performances with at least 100 receiving yards, tying Randy Moss for the most by a player in his first eight seasons.


PREDICTION: Falcons 23, Cowboys 20
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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens stumbled into their bye week with three straight losses and dug themselves a big hole in the AFC North. The Ravens will try to begin the process of crawling out of that hole when they return from the bye to host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Baltimore sits in third place in the AFC North, one game behind the Bengals and 2 1/2 shy of the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers, and is staring at a rough closing stretch to the regular season that includes road games at Atlanta, Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers. Making matters worse is the uncertain status of quarterback Joe Flacco, who will be a game-time decision due to a hip injury. The Bengals are not exactly coming into the matchup with positive momentum after getting shellacked at home 51-14 by the New Orleans Saints last week, which marked the third loss in four games and the third straight contest in which they surrendered at least 34 points. "It feels like things have been going haywire, but we're going to Baltimore -- a team that we handled at our house," Cincinnati linebacker Vinny Rey told reporters after the loss. "... Right when it feels like the sky is falling, you go to Baltimore and take care of business and you're right in the middle of the fight. Coaches are going to be on our tails and rightly so. Every man needs to point (the finger at) themselves, because each person had stock in this loss."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Ravens -4. O/U: Off

ABOUT THE BENGALS (5-4): Cincinnati, which fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday, is the first team in the Super Bowl era to allow at least 500 yards in three straight games and rank last in total defense after surrendering 28 points in the second quarter alone against the Saints. "It's just not one thing," safety Shawn Williams told reporters of the defense. "Like you said, it's a snowball. There's a lot of things we're just not doing well enough. We're not tackling well enough. We're not breaking up passes, we're not getting them behind the chains. It's always second-and-five, or second-and-four." The offense didn't help the defense much with a pair of turnovers against the Saints and quarterback Andy Dalton is expected to be without his best wide receiver, AJ Green (toe), for at least one more game.

ABOUT THE RAVENS (4-5): Baltimore coach John Harbaugh is not giving any indication as to who his starter at quarterback will be, but rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson says he's ready to go. "I feel like I'd be very prepared," Jackson, who has been limited to 12 pass attempts - seven completions - and 28 rushing attempts as part of various packages in the Ravens offense, told reporters. "I'm trying to sponge everything in. ... Whatever happens, will happen." Baltimore could also go with former No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III, who was inactive as the No. 3 quarterback for each of the first nine games but ran practice alone on Thursday with Jackson sidelined due to illness.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Bengals hired former assistant Hue Jackson, who was recently fired as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, as a special assistant to the head coach with a focus on defense.

2. Ravens C Bradley Bozeman (calf), G James Hurst (back) and T Ronnie Stanley (leg) are all questionable.

3. Cincinnati took the first meeting 34-23 on Sept. 13 and won eight of the last 10 in the series.

PREDICTION: Bengals 31, Ravens 28
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Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

First place in the NFC North is on the line Sunday night when the Minnesota Vikings invade Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears for a matchup between two of the hotter teams in the conference. The Vikings have won four of their last five games after getting past the Detroit Lions 24-9 two Sundays ago and then enjoying a bye week to watch the Bears defeat the Lions 34-22.

"It's great to be able to be in a spot where your games truly matter and it means something," Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters. "Whether you're on our team and you've never been in this situation before, now you've got to know that the level picks up a little bit. That's what I'm trying to make sure that these guys understand. This is an important game -- get that, understand that." Chicago is averaging 33 points during its winning streak and 34.3 over a six-game span behind blossoming quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who threw for over 300 yards four times in those six contests, including 355 with three touchdowns against Detroit. The 24-year-old ranks 10th in the NFL in passer rating (101.6), one spot behind Minnesota's Kirk Cousins, who is geared up to face the top-ranked defense in the NFC (319.6 yards allowed per game) and star linebacker Khalil Mack. "I certainly would have loved for him to stay in the AFC," Cousins told the media. "He's a great player, and I want as many great players on opposing teams to be in the AFC, but you understand that no matter what your schedule is, there are going to be great players in every division, so we've got our hands full with him, but they've got a few other really good players on defense."

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Bears -2.5. O/U: 45

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (5-3-1): Minnesota is wary of Chicago's NFL-leading 16 interceptions and its second-ranked 24 total takeaways, making ball security a priority Sunday. "We're going to have to do a great job of possessing the ball and keeping it, and making sure we do a good job with being patient in a lot of ways," coach Mike Zimmer told the media. The return to form of running back Dalvin Cook (89 yards on 10 carries against the Lions) should help the offense click a bit more, and the team expects second-leading receiver Stefon Diggs to come back from a rib injury that kept him out of the last game.

ABOUT THE BEARS (6-3): Trubisky is playing like a quarterback who wants to be in the spotlight, and Sunday will be a test as to whether he's ready for the big stage. "I think Mitch will be great," right tackle Bobby Massie told reporters. "This is probably the biggest game Mitch has played in his career so far. I think he's going to go out there and shine." It might help to get a little more from a running game that has produced just 118 total yards over the last two games, and the team is hoping that kicker Cody Parkey can bounce back after missing two field goals and two extra points last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Mack returned from a two-game absence last week to record two sacks, giving him a team-leading seven.

2. Minnesota WR Adam Thielen, who was held under 100 yards for the first time this year against Detroit, is questionable due to back and calf issues.

3. Vikings DE Danielle Hunter had 3.5 sacks against the Lions and enters Week 11 ranked second in the NFL with 11.5.

PREDICTION: Bears 23, Vikings 21
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints are bolstering their case toward being a serious contender for the second Super Bowl title in franchise history while the Philadelphia Eagles appear content to hold onto memories from last season's fabled run. The high-octane Saints vie for their ninth straight victory on Sunday when they take their NFL-best 36.7 scoring average into Mercedes-Benz Superdome to host the Eagles.

Drew Brees is on pace to shatter his own NFL record with a 77.3 completion percentage for New Orleans, which fell a "Minneapolis Miracle" away from facing Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game last season. The 39-year-old Brees has won 10 of his last 11 home games, thrown for 21 touchdowns against one interception in 2018 and faces a 23rd-ranked Philadelphia pass defense that lost the services of cornerback Ronald Darby to a torn ACL. While Brees and the Saints had an easy time of it in a 51-14 romp over Cincinnati on Sunday, the Eagles' inconsistent season took another sour turn as they fell for the fourth time in six outings with a 27-20 setback to rival Dallas. "We realize a lot of people are going to want to write us off at this point. Now it's just time to play ball and try and go shock some people," said Carson Wentz, who threw for a season-high 360 yards versus the Cowboys, and tossed multiple touchdown passes for the sixth straight game.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Saints -8. O/U: 56

ABOUT THE EAGLES (4-5): Alshon Jeffery has recorded 14 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns in two career encounters with the Saints, who own the league's second-worst pass defense. The 28-year-old Jeffery has eight catches for 83 yards and zero trips to the end zone in his last two games overall, but has five touchdown receptions in his last five road contests. Tight end Zach Ertz erupted for season highs in catches (14), receiving yards (145) and touchdowns (two) against the Cowboys, giving him five scores in his last five games.

ABOUT THE SAINTS (8-1): New Orleans replaced a three-time Pro Bowler (Dez Bryant) with a six-time selection (Brandon Marshall) this week, as the latter is intent on showing critics that he has more in the tank and can provide a No. 2 wide receiver outside of Michael Thomas (NFL high-tying 78 receptions) in the passing game. The 34-year-old Marshall recorded 11 catches for 136 yards and one touchdown in seven games with Seattle before being released, but his 6-foot-5, 232-pound frame would make him an attractive target in the red zone. Thomas scored twice versus the Bengals to boost his touchdown total to four in his last four games overall, while electric running back Alvin Kamara has found the end zone eight times (six rushing, two receiving) in that stretch.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Philadelphia's Rasual Douglas will start in place of Darby while fellow CB Sidney Jones is expected to return from a three-game absence due to a hamstring injury.

2. New Orleans DE Cameron Jordan has just two of his team-leading six sacks in his last six contests.

3. The Eagles will wear their home green uniforms as a result of Saints coach Sean Payton besting Philadelphia counterpart Doug Pederson at the annual coaches' golf outing at the owner's meetings in March.

PREDICTION: Saints 45, Eagles 21
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Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts

If Andrew Luck's career history is any indication, the Indianapolis Colts should find themselves tied with the Tennessee Titans for second place in the AFC South when they host their showdown on Sunday. Luck has yet to lose to Tennessee since joining the NFL, winning all nine meetings in which he has participated, although the Titans swept the two-game series last year as the star quarterback was out with a shoulder injury.

The Colts kept pace with the Titans last week, remaining one game behind them in the division after edging Jacksonville 29-26 at home for their third consecutive victory. Luck has thrown 10 touchdown passes and just one interception while Indianapolis produced a total of 108 points during that stretch. Tennessee, which trails first-place Houston by one game in the AFC South, trounced host New England 34-10 last week for its second straight win. The Titans' defense, which limited Tom Brady to a season-worst 51 percent completion rate, ranks first in the NFL in scoring defense as it has allowed an average of 16.8 points.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Colts -1.5. O/U: 49

ABOUT THE TITANS (5-4): Marcus Mariota, who hasn't thrown an interception over his last two games after being picked off five times in his previous six contests, threw for 228 yards, ran for 21 and made a 21-yard catch in the win over the Patriots. He joined Jim McMahon and Cam Newton as the only quarterbacks in league history with at least 200 yards passing, 20 rushing and 20 receiving in a game. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks versus New England.

ABOUT THE COLTS (4-5): Luck threw a trio of touchdown passes against Jacksonville to extend his streak of consecutive games with at least three scoring tosses to six. He joined Brady (10 games in 2007) and Peyton Manning (eight in 2004) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to post a string of at least six such contests in a season. Eric Ebron became the second tight end (Rob Gronkowski on Dec. 4, 2011 against the Colts) ever to record two receiving touchdowns and a rushing score in a game when he did so versus the Jaguars.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Luck needs two TD passes to joine Dan Marino (182) and Aaron Rodgers (160) with at least 160 in his first 80 career games.

2. Titans S Kevin Byard is tied for the league lead in interceptions since the start of 2017 with 10.

3. The division rivals meet again in Tennessee in the final week of the season.

PREDICTION: Titans 24, Colts 14
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Houston Texans vs. Washington Redskins

The Houston Texans bid to match a franchise record by winning seven in a row for the first time since 2011 on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The well-rested Texans hope to continue their magic following their bye, led by a determined defense that has not allowed more than two touchdowns in five consecutive contests.

"To go from 0-3 to 6-3 is very difficult. There's no magic potion," three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt told the Houston Chronicle. "Our first two wins were (in) overtime. When you have to go through those, you learn to never give up hope." Deshaun Watson has thrown seven touchdown passes with zero interceptions during the last two contests of the six-game winning streak, while DeAndre Hopkins has found the end zone five times in his last four. The two will test their mettle against a Washington defense that has surrendered 17 points or fewer in four of the last five contests to help build a two-game lead atop the NFC East. "We're obviously not satisfied or sitting in the lounge chair with our feet up right now relaxing," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said. "... I'm glad that we're winning without a doubt."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Texans -3. O/U: 42.5

ABOUT THE TEXANS (6-3): While Hopkins leads the team in receptions (63), receiving yards (894) and touchdowns (seven) by a wide margin, new acquisition Demaryius Thomas brings a wealth of experience and provides Watson with yet another large target on the outside. The bye week afforded Houston additional time to get the 30-year-old up to speed after he grabbed all three of his targets for 61 yards in a 19-17 win against his former team (Denver). Lamar Miller was limited to just 21 yards on 12 carries versus the Broncos after recording 233 yards and two touchdowns in his previous two outings.

ABOUT THE REDSKINS (6-3): Adrian Peterson has been the unquestioned bell cow of the Washington's 10th-ranked rushing game, but the 33-year-old struggled to find holes behind a makeshift offensive line and finished with 68 yards on 19 carries in Sunday's 16-3 win over Tampa Bay. Peterson resides 52 yards shy of becoming the ninth player in NFL history to record 13,000 yards rushing, but he'll face a Texans defense that has held opposing backs to just 3.6 yards per carry. Alex Smith has thrown for 178 yards or fewer in four of his last five games, although he has tossed a touchdown pass to Josh Doctson in back-to-back outings.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Washington S D.J. Swearinger (team-leading four interceptions) pointed the finger squarely at Texans coach Bill O'Brien, telling reporters this week that "Houston bashed my name pretty bad" after being released by the club after his first two NFL seasons.

2. The Texans have dropped 10 in a row on the road against NFC representatives since defeating Detroit in overtime on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

3. Redskins P Tress Way was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after booting five kicks for a net average of 47.8 yards per punt against the Buccaneers.

PREDICTION: Texans 23, Redskins 17
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants

Jason Pierre-Paul accepted his offseason trade from the New York Giants to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as strictly business, but it became personal when he failed to receive a phone call from his former team's brass prior to the move. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end will have a chance to vent his frustrations on Sunday when the Buccaneers visit the Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

"Honestly, I had this game checked off since I left there, so emotions running big. I'm coming, man. I'm bringing the house down," said Pierre-Paul, who won a Super Bowl while spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Giants. Pierre-Paul has registered a team-high eight sacks and has his sights set on adding to that total when he sees Eli Manning, who did take the time to call the 29-year-old prior to the trade. Manning showed he still has more in the tank on Monday when he threw three touchdown passes -- including one to Sterling Shepard in the final minute -- as New York snapped a five-game losing skid with a 27-23 victory over San Francisco. The win guaranteed Manning the start versus the Buccaneers' 29th-ranked pass defense and nothing more from coach Pat Shurmur, although he has tossed at least two scoring strikes in his previous four encounters with Tampa Bay.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Giants -1.5 O/U: 52

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (3-6): Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to find plenty of "magic" as he recorded his NFL-best fourth 400-plus-yard passing performance this season on Sunday, but the end zone eluded him as Tampa Bay lost its third straight and sixth in seven outings with a 16-3 setback to Washington. The 35-year-old didn't help himself with a pair of interceptions and a lost fumble near the goal line to boost his turnover total to five in the last two games. "Turnovers are killing us right now," coach Dirk Koetter said. "We're minus-19. We're last in the league, 13 in the last four games. Thirteen turnovers and no takeaways. That's by far the No. 1 thing that's hurting our team." DeSean Jackson has tormented New York with five touchdowns (three receiving, two punt returns) in his last six meetings, although he has been held out of the end zone in six of his last seven games after scoring three touchdowns in the first two.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (2-7): Odell Beckham Jr. has made himself at home in the end zone with four scores in his last five games after being held without a touchdown reception in each of his previous four. Rookie Saquon Barkley has reached 90-plus scrimmage yards in all nine games this season and faces a Tampa Bay defense that has yielded at least 99 scrimmage yards to running backs in each of the past four weeks. A revamped offensive line paid dividends for both Barkley and Manning on Monday, as the former had a season-high 15 carries in the first half while the latter was sacked just once as opposed to 31 times in the previous eight contests. "I thought the offensive line played great. I thought they did a good job," Manning said.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Tampa Bay's injury-riddled linebacker corps sustained a significant hit with Lavonte David suffering a sprained MCL last week.

2. New York LB Olivier Vernon has three sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in his last four home games.

3. Buccaneers DE Carl Nassib has four sacks in his last four contests.

PREDICTION: Buccaneers 31, Giants 24
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Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers look to extend their winning streak to seven games when they host the AFC West-rival Denver Broncos on Sunday. The Chargers' first contest at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. in 42 days will be against a Denver team that has suffered six setbacks in its last seven games.

Los Angeles has allowed an average of 13.2 points over its last five games while the offense has scored at least 20 in all nine contests this year. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers (21 touchdowns, four interceptions) is enjoying a stellar campaign, but he also is highly wary of Broncos pass rushers Von Miller (nine sacks) and Bradley Chubb (eight to lead all NFL rookies). "They are two really good rushers, really good football players," Rivers told reporters. "Von plays the heck out of the run. So does Chubb. Von's an every-down football player, Defensive Player of the Year-type guy. He's not just a pass rusher." Denver desperately needs a victory to have any chance of legitimately joining the wild-card race as it is just 1-5 in conference games.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Chargers -7. O/U: 46.5

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (3-6): Miller has registered 15 career sacks against the Chargers - his highest total against any team - and notched two in last season's second meeting between the teams. Denver ranks 11th in total offense (377.1 yards per game) but is just 19th in scoring (22.8 points) as the decision to add quarterback Case Keenum (11 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) as a free agent hasn't proven to be the solution. Phillip Lindsay leads all NFL rookies with 591 rushing yards and has gained 90 or more on three occasions.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (7-2): Star defensive end Joey Bosa (23 sacks in 28 NFL games) will be a game-time decision as he hopes to make his season debut after suffering a foot injury in August. "Until I'm done playing this year, I'll probably be experiencing soreness and discomfort," Bosa told reporters. "It's going to be pretty tough, but it's something you just have to manage with ice. ... It's something that I expect I'm going to have to be dealing with the rest of the year." Melvin Gordon is tied for fifth in the NFL with 672 rushing yards while starring on the offense along with Rivers (2,459 yards).

EXTRA POINTS

1. The teams split two meetings last season, with Denver's 21-0 setback on Oct. 22, 2017 marking its first shutout loss since 1992.

2. Denver ILB Brandon Marshall (knee) could miss his second straight game.

3. Los Angeles CB Desmond King has made a team-leading three interceptions and ranks sixth in the NFL in punt-return average (11.5 yards).

PREDICTION: Chargers 33, Broncos 14
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Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals

Two teams in the running for the first overall draft pick next year square off Sunday as the Arizona Cardinals host the Oakland Raiders. Arizona is among the worst teams in the NFL at 2-7 after suffering a 26-14 loss at Kansas City last week.

The Cardinals, who also are near the bottom of the league in net points at minus-101, have recorded both of their victories this season against San Francisco, which owns a 2-8 record. The only team worse than those NFC West rivals is Oakland, which fell to 1-8 with last week's 20-6 setback against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders, who have posted the third-worst record through nine games in franchise history, have lost five consecutive games and been held without a touchdown in three of those contests - including each of the last two. Oakland is one of only two clubs worse than Arizona in net points as it ranks last in the league at minus-125.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Cardinals -5. O/U: 40.5

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (1-8): Kony Ealy's tenure with the team was a brief one as the defensive end was waived on Tuesday - eight days after being signed. The 26-year-old, who was Carolina's second-round pick in 2014, was inactive for the loss to the Chargers and hasn't appeared in an NFL game since Dec. 31 with the New York Jets. Oakland could be without wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant on Sunday as they are dealing with knee injuries and haven't practiced this week.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (2-7): One bright spot in Arizona's dark season has been Larry Fitzgerald, who continues to add to his Hall-of-Fame resume. The 35-year-old receiver made six catches for 50 yards against the Chiefs to increase his career total to 15,952 yards, moving him past Terrell Owens for second place on the all-time list. The Cardinals hope for another strong performance from David Johnson after he set season highs with 98 yards rushing and 85 receiving versus Kansas City.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Cardinals WR Christian Kirk is one of three rookies in the league with at least 30 receptions (33) and 400 receiving yards (418) this season.

2. Oakland promoted WR Saeed Blacknall from the practice squad to fill Ealy's roster spot.

3. Arizona signed CBs David Amerson and Leonard Johnson after placing G Justin Pugh (knee) on injured reserve and releasing S Eddie Pleasant.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 27, Raiders 17
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Pittsburgh Steelers have ripped off five victories in a row to move to the top of the AFC North while the Jacksonville Jaguars have stumbled to five straight losses to plummet to the bottom of the AFC South. Yet when the teams square off Sunday in Jacksonville, the Steelers certainly will not be overlooking an opponent that has not won since Sept. 30.

Jacksonville flexed its muscles against Pittsburgh last season, mauling the Steelers 30-9 in the regular season at Heinz Field before posting a 45-42 road victory in a return matchup in the divisional round of the playoffs. "They're a much better football team than their record," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "I think it's because they have a bull's-eye on their chest now. ... I am not looking at their record because you can't. If you do, you are going to get fooled." The Jaguars will need to make it three straight wins against Pittsburgh to keep from falling out of playoff contention, but they must slow an offense that has piled up 177 points during their winning streak and are coming off a 52-21 throttling of Carolina. "Our margin for error is zero," Jacksonville defensive end Calais Campbell said. "Our backs are against the wall but we have the ability to do something special. We have to bury the past and just look forward."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Steelers -5. O/U: 46.5

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (3-6): Running back Leonard Fournette struggled in his return to the lineup last weekend after missing four games due to a hamstring injury, but he lit up Pittsburgh in both matchups last season. Fournette rumbled for 181 yards and two touchdowns during the regular-season romp and rushed for 109 yards and three scores in the playoff victory. The presence of Fournette allowed Blake Bortles to have one of his best games of the year in last weekend's 29-26 loss at Indianapolis, throwing for 320 yards with a pair of touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Jaguars have the league's top-ranked pass defense (200.6 yard) but they have allowed 571 yards and six TD passes in the past two games.

ABOUT THE STEELERS (6-2-1): Pittsburgh learned this week that running back Le'Veon Bell will not report to the team this season, but that news came days after Roethlisberger threw for five touchdowns and posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Running back James Conner had a string of four consecutive 100-yard games halted in the romp over Carolina, but he has scored eight touchdowns -- seven running -- in the past five games. Antonio Brown had nine of his 10 touchdown catches in the past eight games and will be matched up against Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey, although JuJu Smith-Schuster (56) has just one fewer reception this Brown. Pittsburgh ranks fourth against the run, allowing 90.8 yards per game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Roethlisberger threw for 469 yards and five scores in last season's playoff loss to Jacksonville.

2. Bortles threw for only 309 yards with one touchdown and one interception in both meetings versus Pittsburgh last season.

3. Conner has 488 yards from scrimmage and five TDs in four road games this season.

PREDICTION: Steelers 26, Jaguars 23
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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams saw their perfect record come to an end two weeks ago in New Orleans in a marquee showdown between the two highest-scoring teams in the NFC. Another high-octane matchup is on desk for the Rams, who will face a test against the best team in the AFC when quarterback Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs pay them a visit on Monday night.

The teams enter Monday's game - initially scheduled to be played in Mexico City - with identical 9-1 records, marking only the fifth time since the 1970 merger that two clubs squared off in Week 11 with fewer than two losses each. "It's fun if you're watching as a football fan; it's not fun when you're watching it getting ready to play them," Los Angeles coach Sean McVay told reporters of facing Kansas City, which is averaging 35.3 points and features the league's passing yards leader in Mahomes. Chiefs coach Andy Reid understands the challenge of trying to match up with the Rams, who have league-leading rusher Todd Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff - who is second to Mahomes in passing yards. "You have to be disciplined," Reid told reporters. "They're a disciplined offense, so you have to be disciplined from a defensive standpoint. Then practice that way and then you go play."

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Rams -3.5. O/U: 63

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (9-1): Mahomes had his streak of eight straight 300-yard performances halted in last week's 26-14 win over Arizona, but he threw a pair of scoring passes to give him the franchise's single-season record of 31 with only seven interceptions. Mahomes has a bevy of weapons at his disposal that includes game-breaking wide receiver Tyreek Hill (nine touchdowns) and tight end Travis Kelce, who leads the team with 57 catches to go along with six scores. Running back Kareem Hunt also is a dangerous two-way threat with 13 total TDs on 754 yards rushing and 23 receptions. Kansas City ranks 29th overall in defense with an average of 410.7 yards allowed but is tied for second in the league in sacks with 31.

ABOUT THE RAMS (9-1): Gurley, the NFL's runaway leader in both rushing and touchdowns, needs only 12 yards to reach 1,000 and has scored 17 times - two shy of his total from last year. Goff has 22 scoring passes versus six interceptions and has recorded four straight games with a passer rating of at least 111.0. Cooper Kupp had a team-high six touchdown receptions before he was lost for the season with a torn ACL, but Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks have 55 and 51 catches, respectively, and three scores apiece. Los Angeles features the league's sacks leader in star defensive tackle Aaron Donald (12.5) and yields only 233.1 passing yards per game, although the Saints put up 346 on them.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Mahomes has thrown 18 TD passes and three interceptions for a passer rating of 125.9 in five road games this season.

2. Goff has amassed 1,015 passing yards with seven scores and one interception in his last three home contests.

3. Gurley and Hunt are the only two running backs with more than 2,000 rushing yards since the start of the 2017 campaign.

PREDICTION: Chiefs 34, Rams 33
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