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11
 
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. 16, 2017
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
30
This is a game between two good teams, two potential playoff teams. The Steelers just haven't looked right on offense this season, but this is a great chance against a Titans defense that is ranked 22nd in scoring defense. Look for a big night from Ben Roethlisberger.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 40, Tennessee Titans 17
Tennessee
Titans
20
 
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
 
Detroit
Lions
21
The Lions didn't play that well in beating the Browns, but they found a way. They are still alive for a late-season playoff push. The Bears are sound on defense, but I think Matthew Stafford will have a good day here and the Lions will win a close one.
Result: Detroit Lions 27, Chicago Bears 24
Chicago
Bears
20
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
23
The Jaguars need to be careful in this one. They are big favorites and should win, but they are a young team that could be prone to a letdown. Cleveland played better last week against the Lions, but Jacksonville's defense will be too much for DeShone Kizer.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 19, Cleveland Browns 7
Cleveland
Browns
13
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
17
The Ravens are coming off their bye, so they will be rested. Green Bay looked better with Brett Hundley last week in beating the Bears, but this Ravens defense will be a challenge. I don't think the Ravens will have all that much success on offense either. Look for a defensive battle with the Ravens winning a close one.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 23, Green Bay Packers 0
Green Bay
Packers
10
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
21
This will likely be Blaine Gabbert at quarterback for the Cardinals against Tom Savage for the Texans. Oh, boy. Injuries have crippled these two teams. But I think having Gabbert playing instead of Drew Stanton -- if that's the case -- will help Arizona. They will win a road game against a depleted Texans team in this one.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 21, Houston Texans 31
Houston
Texans
14
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
24
This is the game of the week. The Rams and Vikings are both 7-2, but the Rams are an offensive team, while the Vikings win with their defense. I think this will come down to which second-best unit on each team is better. Will it be the Rams defense or the Minnesota offense? I will go with Case Keenum and the Vikings offense.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 7
Los Angeles
Rams
20
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
27
The Saints have won seven straight games behind their running game and their defense. They haven't faced many top quarterbacks in that streak, so Kirk Cousins will be a challenge. But in the Superdome, look for the Saints to again come up with an impressive defensive showing. Saints keep rolling.
Result: New Orleans Saints 34, Washington Redskins 31
Washington
Redskins
17
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
21
Kansas City Chiefs at New York Giants - The Chiefs are coming off the bye, and some will say this is a second one, given the way the Giants are playing. They have been awful. But the Chiefs weren't playing great before their bye either. Even so, they are the better team. They will find a way in this one. But it will be closer than you think.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 9, NY Giants 12
New York
Giants
17
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
20
This is the game rescheduled from opening week because of Hurricane Irma. There isn't quite the excitement now to see these two teams the way they've been playing. The Dolphins have lost three straight games, but I think the Bucs have even more issues. Miami will break the streak.
Result: Miami Dolphins 20, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
14
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
28
The Bills have been bad the past two weeks and now face a long trip to play the Chargers. That's always a challenge. The Chargers continue to lose close games, but they have a dynamic pass rush, which will create problems for the Bills up front. Look for the Chargers to win and this one won't be close.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 54, Buffalo Bills 24
Buffalo
Bills
16
 
 
Denver
Broncos
24
This looked like it would be a big game before the season, but both teams have been major disappointments. The Bengals, though, are playing a third straight road game. That's tough to overcome. The Denver defense will bounce back after a rough go against the Pats. Broncos take it.
Result: Denver Broncos 17, Cincinnati Bengals 20
Cincinnati
Bengals
13
 
 
New England
Patriots
31
The Patriots seem to be hitting their stride as they head south to play the Raiders. Oakland is coming off a bye, so they will be rested. But I think their defense will have major problems slowing Tom Brady and his offense. The Patriots keep on rolling.
Result: New England Patriots 33, Oakland Raiders 8
Oakland
Raiders
20
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
If the Eagles win this game, they are basically division champs. They would be essentially five games ahead of the Cowboys. Dallas didn't look good last week in losing to the Falcons and the injury that sidelined left tackle Tyron Smith showed up in a big way. The Eagles have a good pass rush and I think that will be a problem here. Eagles keep on rolling.
Dallas
Cowboys
23
 
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
 
Atlanta
Falcons
28
The Seahawks are banged up and will play this one without Richard Sherman, which really hurts. The Falcons seemed to find something last week on offense, and I think that carries over here. The Falcons had a big fourth quarter in last year's loss, so expect Matt Ryan to have another good day and win a shootout.
Seattle
Seahawks
27