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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, Sep. 22, 2016
 
New England
Patriots
21
This will put Bill Belichick to the ultimate test: Trying to beat a good team with a third-team passer. Jacoby Brissett will make his first start against a good Texans front. Even so, why do I think the Patriots will find a way? Defense will carry them in this one.
Result: New England Patriots 27, Houston Texans 0
Houston
Texans
13
 
Sunday, Sep. 25, 2016
 
Arizona
Cardinals
31
This is a long trip for the Cardinals, but the Bills have major issues. The defense isnít very good, and they just fired their offensive coordinator. The Cardinals got it rolling against the Bucs, and will keep it going here. Carson Palmer lights up a bad defense.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 18, Buffalo Bills 33
Buffalo
Bills
20
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
24
This is a tough turnaround for the Vikings after big division win Sunday night against the Packers. Now they will be without Adrian Peterson against the NFC champs. The big battle here is that Carolina offense against the Minnesota defense. I think Cam Newton gets the better of the defense.
Result: Carolina Panthers 10, Minnesota Vikings 22
Minnesota
Vikings
14
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
23
The Bengals are home for the first time this season. It wonít be easy. They face the Super Bowl champs, but I think their defense will smother Trevor Siemian in his first road start. Bengals take it.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 17, Denver Broncos 29
Denver
Broncos
17
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
28
The Packers havenít looked good on offense so far, which has to be a concern. They will get it going here at home for the first time this season. Aaron Rodgers has a big day and the Lions donít keep up.
Result: Green Bay Packers 34, Detroit Lions 27
Detroit
Lions
17
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
28
This is a must-win for the Jaguars after that putrid showing in San Diego last week. The Ravens are playing consecutive road games and havenít exactly beaten up on two good teams to get to 2-0. The Jaguars will play for their season lives and pull it out.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 17, Baltimore Ravens 19
Baltimore
Ravens
24
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
30
The Browns will be starting third-team passer Cody Kessler, a rookie making his first start. The Dolphins have to love that for their home opener. This could be ugly in a lot of ways. The Dolphins win big.
Result: Miami Dolphins 30, Cleveland Browns 24
Cleveland
Browns
13
 
 
New York
Giants
23
The Giants have a chance to take a big-time hold over the Redskins in the division, almost burying them. Kirk Cousins has done some shaky things, and the Giants defense is playing really well. The Giants get after him and win it.
Result: NY Giants 27, Washington Redskins 29
Washington
Redskins
16
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
21
The Raiders were awful last week at home, and now face another trip to play a 1 p.m. ET game. Thatís always tough on a West Coast team. The bigger issue is the Oakland defense. Look for the Titans to run the football right at them and have success like they did in the preseason.
Result: Tennessee Titans 10, Oakland Raiders 17
Oakland
Raiders
17
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
23
The Seahawks have all types of issues on their offense. They canít protect and canít run block, which is why they have one offensive touchdown. But the 49ers are playing a second straight road game, and thatís tough. Seattle gets after Blaine Gabbert and gets a defensive score to win it.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 37, San Francisco 49ers 18
San Francisco
49ers
13
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
20
The Rams have still not scored an offensive touchdown, and this is a long trip to play an early game. The Bucs will be playing their home opener, and thatís a bad combination. The Bucs will pull it out, although it wonít be easy.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32, Los Angeles Rams 37
Los Angeles
Rams
10
 
 
San Diego
Chargers
31
The Colts are off to a slow start, while San Diego got back on track last week. This shapes up as a shootout between the two quarterbacks. The Colts donít rush the passer well enough, which will be a factor here. Philip Rivers wins it.
Result: San Diego Chargers 22, Indianapolis Colts 26
Indianapolis
Colts
28
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
20
The Jets are playing a second consecutive road game. Thatís always tough. Itís even tougher at this venue. The Chiefs struggled in their home opener two weeks ago, but I think they get it going here. Chiefs take it.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 24, NY Jets 3
New York
Jets
17
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
27
The Eagles have really impressed in their two victories. The defense has been really good. They face a real challenge here in the Steelers offense. I think the Steelers will take it, but it will be close.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 3, Philadelphia Eagles 34
Philadelphia
Eagles
26
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
29
The Bears looked awful Monday night and have a lot of injury issues. That will show up here. The Cowboys have done a nice job on offense without Tony Romo, and I expect Dak Prescott to have a big day in this one. Cowboys big.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 31, Chicago Bears 17
Chicago
Bears
13
 
Monday, Sep. 26, 2016
 
New Orleans
Saints
35
This battle of division rivals is always interesting, and itís made even more so with the Saints in bad need of a victory. The Falcons are playing consecutive road games but even tougher in the Superdome. Drew Brees wins a shootout with Matt Ryan.
Result: New Orleans Saints 32, Atlanta Falcons 45
Atlanta
Falcons
31
 
 
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