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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, Oct. 23, 2014
 
Denver
Broncos
31
This game lost some luster when the Chargers lost to the Chiefs last week. But it's still for first place in the division. Denver's offense is really clicking, and I don't think San Diego will be able to keep up. Peyton Manning keeps it rolling.
San Diego
Chargers
24
 
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
 
Detroit
Lions
28
The Falcons have lost four consecutive games and they can't protect their quarterback. That's not a good thing against the Lions. They are down to their third center, which will present problems in this one for Matt Ryan. The Lions get all over him. It's a home game for the Falcons, but it won't feel that way.
Atlanta
Falcons
20
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
20
This is a long road trip for a team that is reeling like Seattle. They are playing consecutive road games and face a team in Carolina that is home for the first time in three weeks. I just can't see the Seahawks going to 3-4. They regroup and find a way.
Carolina
Panthers
14
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
21
This is for first place in the division, but these two teams are going in opposite directions as they prepare to meet. The Bengals have lost two and tied one in the past three. Baltimore has won its last two. Cincinnati won at Baltimore in the opener and I think they will re-group here with A.J. Green expected back.
Baltimore
Ravens
17
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
21
The Dolphins are playing consecutive road games, but this isn't a long trip. Jacksonville is coming off its first victory of the season, and it's a team gaining confidence. Could there be an upset brewing? No. It's close, but Miami's edge rushers are the difference.
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
28
The battle of Missouri got some juice when both teams pulled off upsets last week. St. Louis seems to have found a runner in Tre Mason, but we know the Chiefs will be good on the ground with Jamaal Charles. I will take Alex Smith over Austin Davis. Chiefs take it at home.
St. Louis
Rams
21
 
 
New England
Patriots
31
The Bears looked awful in losing to the Dolphins last week, and then had some team turmoil. The Patriots will be rested for 10 days between games. That helps. Tom Brady will shred the Chicago pass defense. Blowout.
Chicago
Bears
20
 
 
New York
Jets
20
The Bills are in the playoff hunt. Yes, believe it. Kyle Orton has played well since taking over, but this is a tough defense he's facing and it's on the road without his running backs. I think the Jets defense will rise up. Jets take it. It's the Percy Harvin factor. Yeah, sure.
Buffalo
Bills
14
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
23
The Bucs are coming off a bye, so they will be rested. The Vikings are playing consecutive road games outside the division. That's tough to do. I think Lovie Smith will have his team ready to play here. They make it tough on Teddy Bridgewater. The defense shows up.
Minnesota
Vikings
17
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
21
Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gets to face his 2013 team this week for the first time. The Texans are also playing a second road game on a short week. That's not a good formula for success. Tennessee might have Jake Locker back, which should help the offense. Titans take it.
Houston
Texans
13
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
30
These two 5-1 teams lead their respective divisions. The battle to focus on here is the Philadelphia offense against the Arizona defense. Can Nick Foles handle all the blitzes Todd Bowles will send his way? I think the Eagles will hit some big plays, but I don't think their defense will slow down Carson Palmer and his passing game.
Philadelphia
Eagles
24
 
 
Cleveland
Browns
26
The Browns laid an egg last week at Jacksonville. Brian Hoyer needs to get back on track, and the running game does as well. The Raiders are the perfect tonic. They are 29th in rushing yards allowed per game. Cleveland gets back on track.
Oakland
Raiders
13
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
21
The Steelers came alive late in the second half against the Texans, and I think that will carry over. They looked like a different team, especially on defense. The Colts will be tough to stop for a defense that is not great rushing the passer, but I think Ben Roethlisberger will do enough to find a way to pull this one out.
Indianapolis
Colts
19
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
37
This should be one of those high-scoring, great-quarterback games. It's Aaron Rodgers vs. Drew Brees. What's not to like? The Packers are playing better right now, so even though this is a tough venue I think they will win a close one. Light up the scoreboard.
New Orleans
Saints
33
 
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
 
Dallas
Cowboys
27
The Redskins will either have Robert Griffin III back this week or it's Colt McCoy. That's not exactly how you want to try and keep up with the Dallas offense. I also think the Cowboys defense is playing much better. Dallas easily.
Washington
Redskins
17
 
 
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