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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, Oct. 4, 2018
 
New England
Patriots
33
This game has the look of a blowout to me. The Colts are banged up in the secondary and Tom Brady playing in prime time will show heís still one of the best. Andrew Luck wonít be able to keep up.
Result: New England Patriots 38, Indianapolis Colts 24
Indianapolis
Colts
20
 
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
 
Tennessee
Titans
17
This looks like a be-careful game for the Titans. They are coming off two tough, physical games, both victories, and now must go on the road to face a team they should beat. I think they win it, but this will be close.
Result: Tennessee Titans 12, Buffalo Bills 13
Buffalo
Bills
16
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
20
The Panthers are coming off a bye, while the Giants are coming off a loss to the Saints. The Giants offense struggled against a bad Saints defense in that one, so whatís to think they get it going here? This will be a low-scoring game won by the Panthers behind the running of Christian McCaffrey.
Result: Carolina Panthers 33, NY Giants 31
New York
Giants
13
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
24
The Dolphins are playing consecutive road games and are banged up. The Bengals have been impressive on offense, but the defense continues to struggle. That could help Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins keep this one close. Bengals win it, but itís closer than expected.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 27, Miami Dolphins 17
Miami
Dolphins
21
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
21
The Ravens are playing consecutive road games and are coming off an emotional victory over the Steelers. That can be draining. Thatís why this game will be close. But I think the way the Ravens defense is playing will make for tough going for Baker Mayfield. Ravens win it.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 9, Cleveland Browns 12
Cleveland
Browns
16
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
31
Aaron Rodgers was not happy about the offense last week, so look for that to change here. He will light up the Lions. But I think Matt Stafford, who has had success against the Packers in the past, will also get his yards. This will be fun to watch, but Rodgers will get the best of it.
Result: Green Bay Packers 23, Detroit Lions 31
Detroit
Lions
23
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
23
This is the game of the week. Watching Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes against the Jaguars defense will be a treat. Mahomes hasnít thrown a pick this season and the Jaguars defensive backs donít have one. That changes here. Watch for T.J. Yeldon to have a big day running it for the Jaguars. Jacksonville takes it.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 14, Kansas City Chiefs 30
Kansas City
Chiefs
17
 
 
New York
Jets
21
This is a long road trip on a short week for the Broncos. Thatís always a challenge. They need Case Keenum to play better at quarterback. The Jets looked bad last week against the Jaguars, but back home they bounce back to play well. They win it in what might be considered an upset.
Result: NY Jets 34, Denver Broncos 16
Denver
Broncos
20
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
37
This will be a shootout. Both defenses have major issues and both quarterbacks have the ability to light them up. I think we see that here. The air will be full of touchdowns passes. Enjoy this one. Falcons win a close shootout.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 41
Pittsburgh
Steelers
34
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
33
The Raiders won for the first time this season last week against Cleveland, but the defense remains a problem area. Thatís good news for Philip Rivers. The Chargers defense hasnít been that good either, so expect a lot of points. Chargers will win a high-scoring game.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 26, Oakland Raiders 10
Oakland
Raiders
27
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
This rematch of last Januaryís NFC Title game, which was won in a blowout by the Eagles, features two teams that havenít looked that good this season. The Eagles lost last week at Tennessee, while the Vikings are coming off a blowout loss against the Rams. The Vikings donít look right on defense and that will show up in this one. Eagles take it.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 21, Minnesota Vikings 23
Minnesota
Vikings
20
 
 
San Francisco
49ers
23
Josh Rosen will be making his first NFL road start for the Cardinals in this one. He was solid last week in his first start against the Seahawks, but playing on the road is a challenge. The 49ers did some good things against the Chargers last week, and I think that carries over. 49ers win the game behind C.J. Beathard.
Result: San Francisco 49ers 18, Arizona Cardinals 28
Arizona
Cardinals
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
27
The Rams are flying high on offense, and will be rested after playing last Thursday. The Seahawks are coming off a solid defensive game last week against Arizona, but this is a much tougher challenge. Seattle plays much better at home, and I think that will help them keep this one closer than expected. Rams take it, but itís tight.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 33, Seattle Seahawks 31
Seattle
Seahawks
24
 
 
Houston
Texans
20
The Cowboys got back to their strength on offense last week, which is running Ezekiel Elliott. They will need to do that here, but the Texans are fourth in rushing yards per attempt against. That will make for tough going for the Dallas offense. The Texans have line issues up front on offense, which could make it tough for Deshaun Watson. I think the Texans will win a low-scoring game.
Result: Houston Texans 19, Dallas Cowboys 16
Dallas
Cowboys
14
 
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
 
New Orleans
Saints
23
Drew Brees can set the all-time record for passing yards in a career in this one. That brings a little extra to the game, but itís also a big game. Washington is coming off a bye, why the Saints are back home after two road losses. The Redskins have played solid defense this season and they will here to keep it close.
Result: New Orleans Saints 43, Washington Redskins 19
Washington
Redskins
20