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PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
20
This is a be-careful game for the Chiefs. It's always tough to play your rival, but even tougher on a short week on the road. The Raiders haven't won, but they've improved. I see them hanging around in this one against a Kansas City team that doesn't throw it that well. This is the game America will get to know Oakland rookie Khalil Mack.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 20, Oakland Raiders 24
Oakland
Raiders
17
 
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
 
Atlanta
Falcons
28
Josh Gordon returns for the Browns, but the defense is their issue. That's never a good thing against the Falcons. Matt Ryan will have a big day. They are home for the first time in over a month. They play like it, and get to 5-6.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 24, Cleveland Browns 26
Cleveland
Browns
17
 
 
Chicago
Bears
28
The Bucs are playing consecutive road games, which is tough. The Bears, especially Jay Cutler, came alive last week against the Vikings. I think he should be able to have that same success against the Bucs. Josh McCown can't beat his former team.
Result: Chicago Bears 21, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
21
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
20
Ryan Mallett won his first start on the road last week vs. the Browns, and will make his first start in front of the home fans. Cincinnati is playing a second consecutive road game after looking good in beating New Orleans in the Superdome. This Houston team isn't as good as the Saints. Bengals get a second straight road victory.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 22, Houston Texans 13
Houston
Texans
17
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
30
The Jaguars are coming off a bye, while the Colts are coming off a Sunday night beating by the Patriots. New England ran it right the Colts all game long. That's what Jacksonville will try here to keep Andrew Luck off the field. I think they keep it closer than expected.
Result: Indianapolis Colts 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 3
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
38
It's Aaron Rodgers vs. Teddy Bridgewater. That's a mismatch. Bridgewater is struggling, while Rodgers is flourishing. Rodgers hasn't been as good on the road, but that won't matter here. He is so hot right now that he continues to roll.
Result: Green Bay Packers 24, Minnesota Vikings 21
Minnesota
Vikings
21
 
 
New England
Patriots
27
The Lions are playing a second straight road game outside the division. And this one is a tough one against arguably the league's best team. New England is playing great football on both sides of the ball. Detroit has the top-rated defense, but Tom Brady will carve up the secondary. Patriots keep rolling.
Result: New England Patriots 34, Detroit Lions 9
Detroit
Lions
17
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
30
Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger did some good things in the Monday night loss to the Steelers. And the Eagles aren't great on defense. So expect a close game? Not the way the Titans defense played last week. Mark Sanchez will eat up that blitzing defense.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 43, Tennessee Titans 24
Tennessee
Titans
21
 
 
San Diego
Chargers
21
The Rams have taken big steps forward on defense, impressing last week in shutting down Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The Chargers looked so-so against Oakland last week, coming off a bye, but get it going here. Philip Rivers gets back on track.
Result: San Diego Chargers 27, St. Louis Rams 24
St. Louis
Rams
14
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
21
Huge NFC West game. If Seattle is to have a chance to win the division, they must win this one. The Cardinals beat the Seahawks in Seattle last year with an attacking, blitzing defense. They will do the same thing here to keep it close with Drew Stanton at quarterback. Only this time, the Seahawks will win it late.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 19, Arizona Cardinals 3
Arizona
Cardinals
20
 
 
Denver
Broncos
27
The Broncos' offense was awful vs. the Rams, and now are banged up on that side of the ball. Miami impressed in beating Buffalo last Thursday, but this is a big step up in class. The Broncos will be focused and ready. Peyton Manning won't be as sloppy as he was in St. Louis.
Result: Denver Broncos 39, Miami Dolphins 36
Miami
Dolphins
14
 
 
San Francisco
49ers
28
The Redskins are a disaster because of the Robert Griffin III situation. His coach called him out this week. San Francisco is back home after winning two straight road games. They will have an easy time in this one. The pass rush will be the difference in this one.
Result: San Francisco 49ers 17, Washington Redskins 13
Washington
Redskins
13
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
33
The Cowboys are coming off a bye, which they needed because of Tony Romo's back. The Giants have lost four consecutive games. Their playoff shot is almost done, and would be with a loss here. Tony Romo looks healthy again here with a big day.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 31, NY Giants 28
New York
Giants
28
 
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
 
Buffalo
Bills
20
The Jets are coming off a bye, but the Bills will have 10 days rest when this kicks off. Buffalo is sticking with Kyle Orton at quarterback. The Jets will counter with Mike Vick. I think this is a battle of the defenses and Buffalo's pass rush will be the difference.
Result: Buffalo Bills 38, NY Jets 3
New York
Jets
14
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
23
The Saints have lost two consecutive home games, which is so unlike them. The Ravens are coming off a bye, which they needed. New Orleans just isn't clicking on offense and it's a concern. The Ravens haven't been great on the road, but I see them getting it going here. Joe Flacco hits two big pass plays to win it.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 34, New Orleans Saints 27
New Orleans
Saints
21
 
 
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