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10
 
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. 8, 2018
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
27
This is an enticing Thursday night game. Both teams are playing well and come in on winning streaks. It's always tough for the visitor on a Thursday, but I think Cam Newton will keep the Panthers in this one. Steelers win, but it's close.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 52, Carolina Panthers 21
Carolina
Panthers
26
 
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
 
Chicago
Bears
24
The Bears are riding high, while the Lions are coming off a bad showing against the Vikings. Matt Stafford was sacked 10 times, so the Bears front has to be salivating to get after him. Chicago hasn't exactly beat up a lot of good teams to get to first place, so this won't be easy. But they will find a way late to pull it out.
Result: Chicago Bears 34, Detroit Lions 22
Detroit
Lions
21
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
24
This is a tough turnaround for the Saints, coming off a big home victory over the Rams and now facing a good team coming off the bye on the road. The Bengals are banged up with A.J. Green likely out, which will help the Saints secondary. But I think the Bengals hang around in this one. Saints win it, but it's tight.
Result: New Orleans Saints 51, Cincinnati Bengals 14
Cincinnati
Bengals
23
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
31
The Falcons are playing consecutive road games outside, which is a challenge. But the offense has come alive behind Matt Ryan. The Chiefs carved up the Browns defense last week, and this week it will be Ryan. The Browns won't keep up.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 16, Cleveland Browns 28
Cleveland
Browns
23
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
21
This is essentially a playoff game for these two. Loser has six losses and is likely out of the playoffs. Both teams are coming off a bye, so they are rested. I think this will be a game where the Jacksonville defense plays like many expected before the season. They get the best of Andrew Luck and Leonard Fournette runs to control the clock.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 26, Indianapolis Colts 29
Indianapolis
Colts
20
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
30
The Cardinals are coming off the bye, so they are rested. That defense better be as it readies to face Patrick Mahomes and his potent offense. On the other side, Josh Rosen looked good in his last game, but this road environment will be tough for him. Even so, I think the Cardinals keep it closer than expected.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 26, Arizona Cardinals 14
Arizona
Cardinals
20
 
 
New York
Jets
19
This is the dog game of the day, featuring two teams playing for next year and beyond. But the Bills are woeful on offense no matter who plays quarterback. The Jets might be without quarterback Sam Darnold, which means Josh McCown will start. The Buffalo defense has played well for the most part this season and will keep them in this game.
Result: NY Jets 10, Buffalo Bills 41
Buffalo
Bills
16
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
23
The Redskins are really banged up on offense, with the line down three starters. The Bucs have defensive issues, but even those won't matter against the Washington line. Tampa Bay will start Ryan Fitzpatrick here again at quarterback, and I expect him to have a good day. The Redskins defense won't be able to pull this one out for the offense.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3, Washington Redskins 16
Washington
Redskins
17
 
 
New England
Patriots
30
This game pits former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, now the coach of the Titans, against Bill Belichick. That will be interesting. The Titans impressed Monday night in beating Dallas, but New England's defense will slow Marcus Mariota's little surge and the Patriots will go into Nashville and handle the Titans.
Result: New England Patriots 10, Tennessee Titans 34
Tennessee
Titans
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
33
The Chargers are rolling, while the Raiders are reeling. The Oakland defense is a mess and Philip Rivers is having an impressive season. Look for Rivers and the offense to roll up a big number in this one. Chargers take it.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 20, Oakland Raiders 6
Oakland
Raiders
17
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
24
This is a tough spot for the Dolphins. They face a good team coming home after two road losses. Oh, that team also has Aaron Rodgers. But I think the Dolphins will hang around here, even with Brock Osweiler at quarterback. The Packers win, but it's close.
Result: Green Bay Packers 31, Miami Dolphins 12
Miami
Dolphins
20
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
26
The Rams suffered their first loss last week, and now must regroup against a division rival that is coming off a loss. The Seahawks will pound it on the ground against a Rams defense that has been vulnerable to the run. They will try and keep Jared Goff off the field, and it will work to keep the game close. But the Rams will win it.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 36, Seattle Seahawks 31
Seattle
Seahawks
23
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
28
The Cowboys must have this game to have a chance to win the division. They looked awful against the Titans Monday night on offense and the heat is on Dak Prescott. The Eagles are coming off a bye, so they have the big edge there. They also look to be rounding into form. Their defense gets the best of the Dallas offense as the Eagles win it.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 20, Dallas Cowboys 27
Dallas
Cowboys
13
 
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
 
New York
Giants
28
The Giants are coming off a much-needed bye, while the 49ers will be rested as well having played last Thursday. The 49ers are expected to start Nick Mullens again in this one after his impressive showing against the Raiders. Can he keep it up? I don't think it will look quite the same. The Giants aren't as bad as the Raiders and the bye did them good. Giants take it.
Result: NY Giants 27, San Francisco 49ers 23
San Francisco
49ers
20