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WEEK
9
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. 3, 2016
 
Atlanta
Falcons
31
This is a big game in the division, and Tampa Bay beat Atlanta earlier in the season. This Atlanta team is much better now, and Matt Ryan will light up a Tampa Bay secondary that couldnít stop Derek Carr last Sunday. Falcons take it.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 43, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
21
 
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
27
It looks like Ben Roethlisberger will be back for this game, which will decide which team is in first-place team in the division. Both teams are coming off a bye, and that came a good time for both. With Roethlisberger back, look for the Steelers to go into Baltimore and win it.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 14, Baltimore Ravens 21
Baltimore
Ravens
20
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
27
The Cowboys are riding high, while the Browns still havenít won yet. But coming off a big division game against the Eagles, the Cowboys have to be careful of a letdown. The Browns fight every week. They will here, but it wonít be enough.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 35, Cleveland Browns 10
Cleveland
Browns
17
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
27
The Jaguars are a mess, coming off an embarrassing loss to the Titans that led to the firing of offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Will that change things? Not here in this tough venue against a team that is rolling. The Chiefs win it, but keep it closer than expected.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 19, Jacksonville Jaguars 14
Jacksonville
Jaguars
21
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
27
The Dolphins come out of their bye with the thinking they can make a playoff push. They have won the last two thanks to a power run game. They will continue that here with Jay Ajayi and keep rolling against a Jets team playing consecutive road games.
Result: Miami Dolphins 27, NY Jets 23
New York
Jets
20
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
19
The Vikings have big-time problems on that offensive line that could derail their entire season. But the Lions arenít exactly lighting it up with their pass rush. I think Minnesota gets back on track here. The defense carries them to a close victory.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 16, Detroit Lions 22
Detroit
Lions
16
 
 
New York
Giants
30
The Giants are coming off a bye and the Eagles are playing consecutive road division games. They lost a tough one against the Cowboys, and now must regroup here. I think the Giants will limit Carson Wentz, while Eli Manning has a big day.
Result: NY Giants 28, Philadelphia Eagles 23
Philadelphia
Eagles
23
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
23
Carolina seemed to find their 2015 magic last week against the Cardinals. Now they face a long trip against a team coming off a bye. Thatís always challenging. But the Rams are limited on offense and that will be in play here against a Carolina defense that looked much better against the Cardinals.
Result: Carolina Panthers 13, Los Angeles Rams 10
Los Angeles
Rams
13
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
33
The Saints looked good in beating Seattle last week, while the 49ers are coming off their bye. San Francisco has major issues on defense, which is why Drew Brees will eat them alive. Saints big.
Result: New Orleans Saints 41, San Francisco 49ers 23
San Francisco
49ers
17
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
34
This should be fun to see Aaron Rodgers vs. Andrew Luck. Both have defenses have issues right now, which will make it a shootout. Rodgers seems to be back to being himself again, and that will show up. Packers big.
Result: Green Bay Packers 26, Indianapolis Colts 31
Indianapolis
Colts
21
 
 
24
The Titans will have had 10 days off before this one, and they are playing well. But this is a tough trip against a desperate team that has to win. Philip Rivers comes up big here. The Chargers take it.
Result: San Diego Chargers 43, Tennessee Titans 35
Tennessee
Titans
20
 
 
Denver
Broncos
23
This is for first place in the division. The Raiders have won all their road games, but lost twice at home. Denverís defense against Derek Carr will be fun to watch. I think they get the better of it here.
Result: Denver Broncos 20, Oakland Raiders 30
Oakland
Raiders
20
 
Monday, Nov. 7, 2016
 
Seattle
Seahawks
23
The Bills have lost two straight, while the Seahawks have a tie and a loss the past two weeks. But the Seahawks were on the road for both. Now they get back home and get back on track. The Bills have issues. Seattle wins it.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 31, Buffalo Bills 25
Buffalo
Bills
14