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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. 18, 2018
 
Arizona
Cardinals
23
The Broncos have major issues stopping the run, giving up over 500 yards the past two weeks. David Johnson hasn't had the type of season many expected, but that changes here. The Broncos are in big trouble and it could be Vance Joseph being the one out if they lose. They do, as Johnson has a big night.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 10, Denver Broncos 45
Denver
Broncos
17
 
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
27
This Chargers team has played good football the past month. The Titans have been awful the past two weeks. They have been really bad on offense, which I think again shows up here. Philip Rivers is having an outstanding year and that continues.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 20, Tennessee Titans 19
Tennessee
Titans
16
 
 
New England
Patriots
24
The Bears are coming off a loss, while the Patriots are coming off a big victory over the Chiefs. New England's offense is back to being what we expect with Tom Brady, but I think the Bears will be better on defense here. The Pats will win the game, but it won't be high scoring.
Result: New England Patriots 38, Chicago Bears 31
Chicago
Bears
17
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
21
The Bills will start Derek Anderson at quarterback this week. That's an upgrade over Nathan Peterman, but how much? Even so, the Buffalo defense is playing good football. It won't be easy for Andrew Luck, but he will find a way to pull this one out late.
Result: Indianapolis Colts 37, Buffalo Bills 5
Buffalo
Bills
17
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
28
The Jaguars have lost two straight and looked bad doing so. The Texans have won three straight, but haven't looked great in those games. The Houston offensive line is woeful, and that will play out here as the Jacksonville defense gets back on track and gets a bunch of sacks and turnovers to win it.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 7, Houston Texans 20
Houston
Texans
21
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
23
It will be Brock Osweiler again for the Dolphins. He played well last week, but can he do it two games in a row? The Lions are coming off a bye, so they will be rested. Even so, their run defense has issues. Look for Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake to run wild here as the Dolphins get to 5-2.
Result: Miami Dolphins 21, Detroit Lions 32
Detroit
Lions
18
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
26
Both of these teams come in on two-game winning streaks, so something has to give. The Jets have improved on offense, but face a tough challenge in the Vikings defense. Sam Darnold will have a rough go of it in this one. Vikings win a tough road game.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 37, NY Jets 17
New York
Jets
20
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
The Panthers are playing consecutive road games outside the division, which is tough to do. The Eagles seemed like they got back on track against the Giants, looking like a Super Bowl contender again. I think that will carry over here. Eagles take it.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 17, Carolina Panthers 21
Carolina
Panthers
16
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
30
The Bucs have a new defensive coordinator in Mark Duffner after firing Mike Smith this week. But the talent remains an issue. Cleveland's offense has leveled off the past two weeks, so Jameis Winston against the Cleveland defense will decide this. I think Winston gets the best of it.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26, Cleveland Browns 23
Cleveland
Browns
20
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
24
This is the game of the week, and it has the best unit battle of the week in the Saints offense against the Ravens defense. Baltimore had 11 sacks last week and blitzed to get 10 of those. They will blitz Drew Brees here as well. Brees and the Saints don't play as well outside on grass. The Ravens will win it behind their defense.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 23, New Orleans Saints 24
New Orleans
Saints
19
 
 
Washington
Redskins
23
The Cowboys are 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the road. Dak Prescott is a different guy at home. That will show up here. The Redskins have had one bad day on defense that coming against the Saints but I think they shut down the Dallas offense. Redskins take it.
Result: Washington Redskins 20, Dallas Cowboys 17
Dallas
Cowboys
20
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
30
The Rams are the last of the undefeated teams and playing outstanding offense. This will be their second consecutive road game, but the 49ers are playing on a short week. The Rams will score here, but I think the 49ers will hang around.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 39, San Francisco 49ers 10
San Francisco
49ers
24
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
31
The Chiefs are rolling on offense, while the Bengals have had issues on defense. That's a bad combination. The Bengals will be able to run Joe Mixon here against a bad Kansas City defense to try and keep it close, which they will do. But the Chiefs will win it.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 45, Cincinnati Bengals 10
Cincinnati
Bengals
27
 
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
 
Atlanta
Falcons
33
This should be a shootout. The Falcons have been rolling on offense, much of it by necessity since they are struggling so much on defense. Those struggles should help ignite a Giants offense that hasn't been great. Look for a lot of points here with the Giants hanging tough.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 23, NY Giants 20
New York
Giants
30