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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. 13, 2018
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
20
Both teams won last week, but this is a tough turnaround in a division game for the Ravens. That will matter. This will be a low-scoring game, but I think the Bengals will win it.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 34, Baltimore Ravens 23
Baltimore
Ravens
14
 
Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018
 
Atlanta
Falcons
27
The Panthers are banged up on offense and now must hit the road against a team that is rested with extra time. That's not a good combination. The Falcons do have some injury issues on defense without safety Kenau Neal and linebacker Deion Jones. But I think the Atlanta offense comes alive after a slow first game.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 31, Carolina Panthers 24
Carolina
Panthers
20
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
28
This is a long trip for the Chargers, but the good news is they get a Bills team that isn't very good. This will also be Josh Allen's first NFL start for the Bills at quarterback. It's too bad he doesn't have much help. Chargers get a road victory.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 31, Buffalo Bills 20
Buffalo
Bills
10
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
24
Will this be Aaron Rodgers at quarterback for the Packers or not? If they do have him, I think they win the game. If not, good luck. The hunch is he plays, so I am going with the Packers.
Result: Green Bay Packers 29, Minnesota Vikings 29
Minnesota
Vikings
16
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
28
The Saints looked awful on defense last week, which has to be a concern. But I think there's more talent on that unit than showed up. They will play better here as the Saints get their first victory. Cleveland's defense did do some good things last week against the Steelers, which is why I think they can stay within the number.
Result: New Orleans Saints 21, Cleveland Browns 18
Cleveland
Browns
23
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
21
One of these two is going 2-0, and I think it will be the Dolphins. They impressed on defense last week in the opener. Ryan Tannehill also did a nice job on offense. Sam Darnold will have a tougher go of it in his second game. The Dolphins get to 2-0.
Result: Miami Dolphins 20, NY Jets 12
New York
Jets
20
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
30
This is consecutive road games for the Chiefs, which is always tough. It's even tougher against a wounded Steelers team that tied the Browns last week. Pittsburgh will get it rolling here as they have defeated the Chiefs six of the last seven meetings. They make it seven of eight.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 37, Kansas City Chiefs 42
Kansas City
Chiefs
21
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
24
The Bucs were impressive in their opening road victory especially on offense. But this is a much tougher defense for Ryan Fitzpatrick to face. The Eagles will start Nick Foles against a banged-up Bucs secondary. Fitzpatrick won't play like he did last week, but he will keep his team close.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 21, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
23
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
19
The Titans are banged up, including quarterback Marcus Mariota. But he was on the practice field Wednesday, so it looks like he will go. The Texans are playing consecutive road games, and their offensive line is awful, which adds up to problems. The Titans will find a way to pull out an ugly game.
Result: Tennessee Titans 20, Houston Texans 17
Houston
Texans
16
 
 
Washington
Football Team
28
Andrew Luck threw it 53 times last week. It might be more than that if the Colts are to have a chance here. I don't think they do, even if he does. The Redskins impressed on defense last week and they will run a lot of Adrian Peterson here. Redskins big.
Result: Washington Redskins 9, Indianapolis Colts 21
Indianapolis
Colts
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
26
The Rams impressed in their opener, while the Cardinals struggled. But I don't think the Cardinals are as bad as they looked. The Rams are playing on a short week, and that will show up. The Rams take it, but it's close.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 34, Arizona Cardinals 0
Arizona
Cardinals
20
 
 
San Francisco
49ers
30
The Lions were awful in their opener and now face a tough trip to the west coast to face a team playing its home opener. The Lions won't be as bad, but I think they have major defensive issues. Jimmy Garoppolo has a big day.
Result: San Francisco 49ers 30, Detroit Lions 27
Detroit
Lions
20
 
 
Denver
Broncos
31
The Raiders are playing a division rival on the road after a loss on a short week. Oh, and they looked awful in the opener. The Broncos did some good things against the Seahawks and I think that carries over. Without much resistance from the Oakland defense, Case Keenum and gang will roll up a bunch of points.
Result: Denver Broncos 20, Oakland Raiders 19
17
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
21
This is the best game of the week, a rematch of the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots won that game, but they won't win this one. The Jaguars are even better this year on defense, which will slow Tom Brady and gang, while the Jaguars will make enough plays on offense to win it.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 31, New England Patriots 20
New England
Patriots
17
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
20
These two looked lifeless on offense last week in their games, so it's time to pick it up. With the Cowboys at home, I will lean toward their offense coming to life. Look for Ezekiel Elliott to have a big day. Cowboys take it.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 20, NY Giants 13
New York
Giants
16
 
Monday, Sep. 17, 2018
 
Chicago
Bears
27
The Seahawks are playing consecutive road games, which is tough. It's now even tougher with the loss of Doug Baldwin for a few weeks. Chicago's defense showed up big last week against the Packers, and will here. Khalil Mack will have field day against the Seattle line, but Russell Wilson will keep it close anyway.
Result: Chicago Bears 24, Seattle Seahawks 17
Seattle
Seahawks
26