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WEEK
5
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. 6, 2016
 
Arizona
Cardinals
23
The Cardinals will almost certainly be without Carson Palmer (concussion) in this one, so it means itís Drew Stanton time. Then again, the 49ers counter with Blaine Gabbert, who is struggling. Cardinals, even without Palmer, will win this one on the road.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 33, San Francisco 49ers 21
San Francisco
49ers
14
 
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
 
Baltimore
Ravens
27
The Cardinals will almost certainly be without Carson Palmer (concussion) in this one, so it means itís Drew Stanton time. Then again, the 49ers counter with Blaine Gabbert, who is struggling. Cardinals, even without Palmer, will win this one on the road.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 10, Washington Redskins 16
Washington
Redskins
20
 
 
New England
Patriots
33
This is the return of Tom Brady to the lineup. After last weekís loss to the Bills, the Patriots will be focused here. Thatís bad news for a Browns team with little talent. Brady rolls.
Result: New England Patriots 33, Cleveland Browns 13
Cleveland
Browns
14
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
The Eagles are coming off a bye, which might not be a good thing considering how they were playing. The Lions are 1-3 and arenít very good right now. Rookie Carson Wentz has played well, but something says the Lions will keep this close.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 23, Detroit Lions 24
Detroit
Lions
26
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
31
This is a game between two teams in bad need of a victory. The Colts have to be one of the bigger disappointments so far. The Bears are playing a tough road game after a division game, and it will show here. The Colts and Andrew Luck get back on track.
Result: Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 23
Chicago
Bears
17
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
24
The Titans are playing consecutive road games, and they arenít good. Thatís a bad combination. Miami will get 10 days rest before this one, and that will help. Dolphins playing their second home game of the season will respond and play well.
Result: Miami Dolphins 17, Tennessee Titans 30
Tennessee
Titans
13
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
23
The Vikings are rolling right now behind their defense. That will present big problems for Brock Osweiler, who has been inconsistent so far. The Vikings will stay undefeated as Sam Bradford plays well again.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 31, Houston Texans 13
Houston
Texans
10
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
31
The Jets didnít look good last week against the Seahawks, and now face an offensive power in the Steelers. They couldnít contain Russell Wilson, so why think they can slow Ben Roethlisberger? Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing bad too. Steelers big.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 31, NY Jets 13
New York
Jets
20
 
 
Denver
Broncos
27
This is a tough road test for the Atlanta offense, the highest-scoring unit in the league. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will be challenged to make plays. The key will be blocking up the Denver front. Trevor Siemian could miss this game, which would put rookie Paxton Lynch in for his first start. I think even if thatís the case, Denver wins.
Result: Denver Broncos 16, Atlanta Falcons 23
Atlanta
Falcons
23
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
23
The Bengals will have had 10 days off before this game. That helps. The Cowboys are 3-1 and Dak Prescott isnít turning the ball over. But I think this is a game where the Bengals choke off the run and make him beat them. He wonít. Bengals take it.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 14, Dallas Cowboys 28
Dallas
Cowboys
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
20
This is a long trip for the Bills after their emotional victory at New England. Itís also a second consecutive road game. The Rams are playing great defense, and I think that will show up in this one. Rams take it.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 19, Buffalo Bills 30
Buffalo
Bills
14
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
28
The Raiders are 3-1 and home for only the second time this season. The first time was when they suffered their only loss. The Chargers have blown two leads in their two road games. They will again keep it close here, but the Raiders find a way.
Result: Oakland Raiders 34, San Diego Chargers 31
San Diego
Chargers
27
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
30
This will be back-to-back road games for the Giants off a Monday night game. Thatís brutal. But itís also against a team coming off a bye. Bad combination. Aaron Rodgers has a big day and Eli Manning wonít keep up.
Result: Green Bay Packers 23, NY Giants 16
New York
Giants
20
 
Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
 
Carolina
Panthers
31
The Panthers are a shocking 1-3 and have to get things turned around. They have an opponent that can make that work. The Panthers have to keep a watch on Cam Newton and his concussion. But the Bucs arenít playing well. That shows up. Panthers roll.
Result: Carolina Panthers 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
14
 
 
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