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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. 29, 2016
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
30
The Dolphins got their first victory against the Browns, but it wasnít pretty. Theyíll take it. This is a tough turnaround against a good team. Thatís never easy. Bengals coming off a tough home loss will bounce back here.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 22, Miami Dolphins 7
Miami
Dolphins
17
 
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
 
Indianapolis
Colts
31
The Jaguars are off to a rough start, but they still have six games in the division. This is the first. Itís a home game for them, but it's also in London. But they arenít playing well. The Colts got their first victory, and they will get the second one here as Andrew Luck plays big.
Jacksonville
Jaguars
24
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
33
This is an early-season big game for both teams. The Falcons lead the division at 2-1, and beat the Panthers here last season. This will be an offensive shootout. I think the home crowd helps in a big way. Matt Ryan wins the battle with Cam Newton.
Carolina
Panthers
30
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
24
This is a second consecutive road game for the Raiders across the country. Thatís always tough to do. The Ravens are home for the first time since the opener. Oaklandís defense played better last week, but Baltimore will find a way with a few Joe Flacco throws down the field.
Oakland
Raiders
17
 
 
Houston
Texans
24
The Texans will have 10 days between games before they kick this one off, and that matters. The Titans will bring their run-heavy offense into this game, and the Texans will limit it. They will get back on track with a dominant defensive performance.
Tennessee
Titans
13
 
 
New England
Patriots
27
The Bills got their first victory against the Cardinals, and looked good doing it. This will be a lot tougher. The Patriots will likely have Jimmy Garoppolo back for this one. He was on fire last time out against Miami, and will do so again here. Patriots continue to roll.
Buffalo
Bills
17
 
 
New York
Jets
21
This is a long trip for the Seahawks, and Russell Wilson is battling a knee injury. How healthy will he be against a good Jets front? The interesting battle will be to see if Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can battle back against a good Seattle defense. I think he does. Jets take it.
Seattle
Seahawks
17
 
 
Washington
Redskins
31
The Redskins got a much-needed victory over the Giants Sunday, and now get a bad Browns team playing a second straight road game. Thatís always tough, but injuries make it even tougher. The Redskins light them up.
Cleveland
Browns
17
 
 
Detroit
Lions
28
The Bears have a ton of injuries and theyíre 0-3. Thatís not a good start. Plus, Jay Cutler might be out for this one. The Lions got ambushed in Green Bay, and then battled back. This one will be a lot easier.
Chicago
Bears
20
 
 
Denver
Broncos
28
The Broncos are playing consecutive road games after winning at Cincinnati. There is a chance for a letdown, but I think the Broncos are much better than the Bucs. They will find a way to win it in the second half to stay undefeated. Stop the Trevor Siemian train.
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
21
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
26
The Cardinals are almost in an early must-win situation. Carson Palmer has to get it going, but the Rams defense is really good. It wonít be easy. The Rams won at Arizona last year, but not this season. The Cardinals get back on track.
Los Angeles
Rams
13
 
 
San Diego
Chargers
33
The Saints have to travel west on a short week after a Monday night game. Thatís brutal. They also have a defense that is undermanned and Philip Rivers will carve them to shreds. They canít stop anybody, which puts way too much pressure on the offense to keep up.
New Orleans
Saints
23
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
21
The 49ers are 1-2 and have looked awful at times on offense. The Cowboys have played well on offense with Dak Prescott, but now there are three games of tape on him. That can matter. Look for the 49ers to keep it close.
San Francisco
49ers
20
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
30
The Steelers are coming off a bad road loss at Philadelphia. The offense was stymied, but they get LeíVeon Bell back here. The Chiefs picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick six times Sunday. Memo to Chiefs: Ben Roethlisberger isnít Fitzpatrick. Steelers get back on track.
Kansas City
Chiefs
23
 
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
 
Minnesota
Vikings
23
This is a tough game for the Giants as they face that Minnesota defense. The Giants havenít faced a defense that good this season. The Vikings have given up 16 points or less in eight straight games. Make it nine.
New York
Giants
16
 
 
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