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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. 14, 2017
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
20
The quarterback is up in the air for the Texans, but the offensive line is the bigger issue -- no matter who starts. The Bengals have the same problem, and Andy Dalton is coming off a bad game. Can either of these teams get the offenses going? I think the Bengals will to some extent, but it won't be easy.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 9, Houston Texans 13
Houston
Texans
13
 
Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017
 
Baltimore
Ravens
23
The Ravens looked dominant on defense in shutting out the Bengals on the road, and now they get a rookie quarterback in DeShone Kizer making his first NFL road start. That's a bad combination for the Browns. Baltimore wasn't great on offense last week, but they will get that side going here. Ravens take it.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 24, Cleveland Browns 10
Cleveland
Browns
13
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
31
The Panthers face former defensive coordinator Sean McDermott in this one. The Bills looked solid in beating the Jets last week, but this is a big step up in competition, and it's on the road. That's not good. Carolina gets to 2-0.
Result: Carolina Panthers 9, Buffalo Bills 3
Buffalo
Bills
17
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
33
The Cardinals are playing their second consecutive road game, but get a break with Andrew Luck not likely to play here. Carson Palmer and the offense have to pick it up, even without David Johnson, and this is the week they will. Cardinals get back on track.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 16, Indianapolis Colts 13
Indianapolis
Colts
14
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
The last time the Titans played in Jacksonville late last season, Marcus Mariota broke his leg. He's back now and faces a Jacksonville defense that was impressive last week at Houston. I think that defense comes up big again here and the surprising Jaguars go to 2-0.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 16, Tennessee Titans 37
Tennessee
Titans
17
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
23
This is a big Week 2 game with the Eagles impressing last week in winning at Washington and the Chiefs beating up on the Patriots in their opener. Playing consecutive road games is tough, which the Eagles are doing, and I think extra time will help Andy Reid against his former team. Chiefs take it.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 27, Philadelphia Eagles 20
Philadelphia
Eagles
17
 
 
New England
Patriots
37
This has the look of a big-time shootout. You have Tom Brady against Drew Brees, but you also have two defenses that aren't very good right now. The points should be plenty, but I think the Pats have the better team and will make improvement on defense. Plus, they had extra time to prepare.
Result: New England Patriots 36, New Orleans Saints 20
New Orleans
Saints
27
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
24
The Vikings are playing on a short week and have to travel. That's a tough combination, and it's even more so since this is Pittsburgh's home opener. The Vikings looked great beating the Saints Monday night, but this is a big step up in competition. Steelers take it.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 26, Minnesota Vikings 9
Minnesota
Vikings
17
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
27
The Bucs had their opener delayed because of Hurricane Irma, so now they open at home against the Bears. Chicago looked pretty good last week losing to the Falcons, but Mike Glennon will struggle against his former team. The Bucs are thrilled to play and they play like it. Bucs big.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29, Chicago Bears 7
Chicago
Bears
13
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
28
The Raiders are staring 2-0 in the face with the lowly Jets coming to town. Not only that, but the Jets are playing consecutive road games, which is never easy. Oakland is on a different level in terms of talent, and that shows up. Derek Carr has a big game here, but somehow the Jets keep it closer than expected.
Result: Oakland Raiders 45, NY Jets 20
New York
Jets
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
27
The Dolphins didn't play last week, while the Chargers will be on a short week. Los Angeles lost a close one Monday night to the Broncos. They will bounce back here with a good showing against Miami. Look for Philip Rivers to play like he did in the final quarter against the Broncos Monday night. Chargers take it.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 17, Miami Dolphins 19
Miami
Dolphins
20
 
 
Denver
Broncos
21
The Broncos are playing on a short week, while the Cowboys impressed last week beating up the Giants. The Dallas defense looked good, which was somewhat of a surprise. The Broncos also play good defense, which will make it a challenge for Dallas. The Broncos have won the last five against the Cowboys. Make it six in a row.
Result: Denver Broncos 42, Dallas Cowboys 17
Dallas
Cowboys
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
21
This is almost a must-win for the Redskins if they are to be a contender in the NFC East. Rams coach Sean McVay faces his former team, who clearly seemed to miss him last week as the offense sputtered. Can Kirk Cousins get it back going again? I don't think so. Rams get to 2-0.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 20, Washington Redskins 27
Washington
Redskins
17
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
27
The 49ers didn't do much on offense in their opener and now face a dominant defense in Seattle on the road. That's not a good thing. The Seattle offense has line issues, but I think they pick it up here at home. Seahawks big.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 12, San Francisco 49ers 9
San Francisco
49ers
13
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
28
This is the game of the week between the two teams that played in the NFC Championship Game last year. The Falcons won that with an offensive explosion, but the Packers are improved on defense this time around. It will be closer, but the Falcons will find a way.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 34, Green Bay Packers 23
Green Bay
Packers
28
 
Monday, Sep. 18, 2017
 
New York
Giants
24
The Lions make their first road trip of the season to play the Giants in their home opener. The Lions impressed last week in their victory over the Cardinals, but this Giants defense will be a big challenge for Matt Stafford and gang. The Giants offense struggled last week, but it gets it going here.
Result: NY Giants 10, Detroit Lions 24
Detroit
Lions
17