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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. 27, 2018
 
Los Angeles
Rams
24
The Vikings were awful against the Bills, so the focus should be good on a short week. The Rams are flying high on offense, but they have some issues on defense this week with both corners out with injuries. That will help the Vikings keep it close.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 38, Minnesota Vikings 31
Minnesota
Vikings
21
 
Sunday, Sep. 30, 2018
 
Atlanta
Falcons
34
This will be a shootout. The Bengals are having issues on defense -- such as being last in the league on third down -- and the Falcons are now without three starters. That means plenty of points. Matt Ryan will have another big day to pull this one out for the Falcons.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 36, Cincinnati Bengals 37
Cincinnati
Bengals
27
 
 
Chicago
Bears
27
Ryan Fitzpatrick will start here at quarterback for the Bucs even with Jameis Winston back. This will be the game where he plays himself into being a backup again. I think the Bears defense will get the best of him. Chicago takes it.
Result: Chicago Bears 48, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
20
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
23
The Lions are coming off an impressive showing against the Patriots last Sunday night, a game they hope to build on going forward. But this is a tough spot on the road against a Cowboys defense that can get after the quarterback. Look for that defense to get after Matt Stafford. Cowboys take it at home.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 26, Detroit Lions 24
Detroit
Lions
18
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
31
The Bills are playing consecutive road games outside the division. Thatís brutal for a young team. They played well last week, but the Packers are coming off a loss. I think that combination will make it tough on the young Bills. Packers take it big.
Result: Green Bay Packers 22, Buffalo Bills 0
Buffalo
Bills
17
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
21
The Texans are 0-3 and have been awful so far. The Colts have morphed into a defensive team the past two weeks with Andrew Luck struggling to drive the ball. That defense will keep this one close and Luck will win it late.
Result: Indianapolis Colts 34, Houston Texans 37
Houston
Texans
18
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
23
The Jaguars lost at home to the Titans last week and didnít play well on offense. The Jets are coming off a road loss, but they will have extra time off having played on a Thursday. The Jaguars will get it back going on offense this week, and Sam Darnold will struggle against the Jacksonville defense.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 31, NY Jets 12
New York
Jets
10
 
 
New England
Patriots
26
The Dolphins are flying high at 3-0, while New England is floundering. Thatís usually a bad spot for a road team coming to Foxboro. But this Dolphins team is playing outstanding defense and I think that continues against a depleted New England offense. Miami hangs around and could pull off the upset.
Result: New England Patriots 38, Miami Dolphins 7
Miami
Dolphins
23
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
21
The Eagles got Carson Wentz back last week and he did some good things, but he still didnít look like his pre-injury self. This will be a tough challenge as well. The Titans played well on defense last week against the Jaguars, but this is another step up in terms of offense. Even so, I think the Titans find a way. Upset.
Result: Tennessee Titans 26, Philadelphia Eagles 23
Philadelphia
Eagles
20
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
20
Josh Rosen makes his first NFL start here for the Cardinals, who have been lifeless on offense. Itís the right move. He might have some tough going early, but he will respond and play well. The Seahawks played better last week, but that was at home. They are a different team on the road. Rosen will win his first start.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 17, Seattle Seahawks 20
Seattle
Seahawks
17
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
23
This will be Baker Mayfieldís first start -- and itís on the road. Thatís tough. He did some good things in relief last week, but this is a bigger challenge now that there is tape on him. The Raiders have struggled going 0-3, but theyíve been in every game. I think they pull out a close one here.
Result: Oakland Raiders 45, Cleveland Browns 42
Cleveland
Browns
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
31
With Jimmy Garoppolo out, C.J. Beathard gets the start for the 49ers. Thatís not a good thing, even though Beathard has starting experience. The Chargers are home for the first time after two road games and badly need a victory. I say they get it here with a big game from Philip Rivers with Beathard struggling on the other side.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 29, San Francisco 49ers 27
San Francisco
49ers
17
 
 
New York
Giants
27
The Saints are playing consecutive road games and the defense has been a major issue. The Giants seemed to find something on offense last week against the Texans. This will be a fun offensive show. At home, Giants take it.
Result: NY Giants 18, New Orleans Saints 33
New Orleans
Saints
26
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
31
The Steelers got back on track against the Bucs in the win column, but they still look to have issues on defense. The Ravens have come alive on offense this season, and I think that will carry over here. There should be a lot of points in this one, but Baltimore will pull it out late.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 26, Pittsburgh Steelers 14
Pittsburgh
Steelers
30
 
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
 
Denver
Broncos
28
Patrick Mahomes has been on fire, while the Denver defense hasnít played up to expectations yet. I think that changes here. The Chiefs have defensive issues as well, so the Broncos can get their offense rolling some too. The Broncos take it in an upset.
Result: Denver Broncos 23, Kansas City Chiefs 27
Kansas City
Chiefs
27