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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, Nov. 5, 2015
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
27
The Bengals are riding high at 7-0 heading into this game. They have to be careful of a letdown after beating the Steelers on the road. Cleveland has major problems on defense, which Andy Dalton will exploit. The Bengals win big.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 31, Cleveland Browns 10
Cleveland
Browns
14
 
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
 
Buffalo
Bills
21
The Dolphins are coming off their first loss under interim coach Dan Campbell. The Bills are coming off their bye, which came after a bad loss to the Jaguars. The loser here is in big trouble. With Tyrod Taylor back, and Cam Wake out for Miami, I see the Bills getting it going on offense.
Result: Buffalo Bills 33, Miami Dolphins 17
Miami
Dolphins
16
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
27
The Packers are playing consecutive road games outside the division, which I hate. But the Panthers are playing on a short week to offset it some. Green Bayís offense hasnít been clicking lately, but that will change here. The Packers and Aaron Rodgers get it going.
Result: Green Bay Packers 29, Carolina Panthers 37
Carolina
Panthers
24
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
23
This is close to being the Game of the Week the way these teams are playing. Both are clearly in the playoff hunt. The Rams are winning behind the defense and Todd Gurley running it. The Vikings are 25th in yards per rush, so he might have some room. But I think the Vikings at home after two road wins will find a way behind their back, Adrian Peterson.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 21, St. Louis Rams 18
17
 
 
New England
Patriots
34
The Redskins are coming off a bye, but the Patriots will have had 10 days off. That evens it out. The Patriots have Tom Brady, which gives them a big edge here. Kirk Cousins has done some good things this season, but he wonít be able to keep up with Brady.
Result: New England Patriots 27, Washington Redskins 10
Washington
Redskins
16
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
34
The Saints are coming off an offensive explosion against the Giants. Can they keep it rolling here? Against this Titans defense, they sure can. Drew Brees does it again. The Titans changing coaches doesnít matter. Saints big.
Result: New Orleans Saints 28, Tennessee Titans 34
Tennessee
Titans
13
 
 
New York
Jets
23
The Jaguars are coming off a bye and they are in the division race. Unreal. The Jets have lost two straight games and now might play with Geno Smith due to the injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick. That could be a problem. But I think their defense will shut down the Jaguars here, and they will find a way to win it.
Result: NY Jets 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 23
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
28
This is a huge game in terms of the AFC wild-card race. Yes, I said it. The Raiders are 4-3 and one of the surprise teams of the year. The Steelers are 4-4 and now must contend with the loss of running back LeíVeon Bell for the year. But I think Ben Roethlisberger will get back on track in his second game after his knee injury. Steelers take it.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Oakland Raiders 35
Oakland
Raiders
20
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
27
The Falcons have lost two of three, and turnovers have been a major problem. The good news is they face a San Francisco team that has major issues and will start Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Even on a long trip, the Falcons will find a way here as Matt Ryan gets back to playing at a high level.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 16, San Francisco 49ers 17
San Francisco
49ers
21
 
 
New York
Giants
27
The Giants showed major defensive problems last week against the Saints. They need to get better quickly since Jameis Winston is playing better for the Bucs. Eli Manning is coming off a six-touchdown game. I doubt he can duplicate that, but he will have another good day as the Giants take it.
Result: NY Giants 32, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
20
 
 
Denver
Broncos
24
The Broncos are impressing on defense and got the offense rolling some last week against Green Bay. Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis off an impressive showing last week. Andrew Luck is struggling in a big way. The Denver pass rushers will get all over him and his receivers will have trouble separating. Broncos take it.
Result: Denver Broncos 24, Indianapolis Colts 27
Indianapolis
Colts
17
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
28
The Eagles are coming off a bye and need to get it going on offense. This is a big one for Sam Bradford. The Cowboys are getting little from their passing game. Thatís a major concern here. The Eagles will finally show the offense we expected to see. DeMarco Murray has a good day against his former team.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 33, Dallas Cowboys 27
Dallas
Cowboys
21
 
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
 
San Diego
Chargers
30
These two teams need a victory in the worst way. The Bears have played better, but they are not winning games. The Chargers are banged up, but Philip Rivers keeps rolling up big numbers throwing the football. He continues that here against the Bears.
Result: San Diego Chargers 19, Chicago Bears 22
Chicago
Bears
20
 
 
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