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WEEK
9
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, Nov. 1, 2018
 
San Francisco
49ers
23
This is a dog for a Thursday night game, featuring the two Bay Area teams. Both are building to the future, with big problems this season. San Francisco quarterback C.J. Beathard will likely be a game-time decision. If not, it's Nick Mullens making his first NFL start. The Raiders are so bad on defense that it won't matter. The 49ers win an ugly one at home.
Result: San Francisco 49ers 34, Oakland Raiders 3
17
 
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018
 
Baltimore
Ravens
21
This is always a war, no matter where it's played. The Ravens won the first meeting earlier this season, and I think they will do the same here. Their defense was off last week against the Panthers, but that unit will bounce back here against Ben Roethlisberger. The Ravens will win a tough, physical battle.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 23
Pittsburgh
Steelers
17
 
 
Chicago
Bears
19
The Bills will be starting Nathan Peterman at quarterback in this one. Oh, boy. He's been awful in his career, and there is no reason to think that will change against a good Bears defense. But the Buffalo defense is playing well. I think they hang around in this one. Bears take a close, ugly game.
Result: Chicago Bears 41, Buffalo Bills 9
Buffalo
Bills
13
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
31
Ryan Fitzpatrick is back in at quarterback for the Bucs, but he faces a tough challenge against an improving Panthers defense. Carolina's offense has been impressive the past five quarters and Cam Newton is having an MVP-like season. Carolina is the better team and it will show.
Result: Carolina Panthers 42, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
23
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
32
The Browns made a coaching change, firing Hugh Jackson and making Gregg Williams the interim coach. That could help give the Browns some life, but this is a brutal way for Williams to get his Browns coaching career going. Patrick Mahomes can light it up. Look for Williams to blitz him a bunch, but Mahomes will get this best of this game.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 37, Cleveland Browns 21
Cleveland
Browns
20
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
23
It will be Brock Osweiler again at quarterback for the Dolphins, but that's not the team's biggest issue. That is the defense. But the Jets are limited on offense, so look for the Dophins to play better on that side of the ball this week. Miami will win it to get to 5-4.
Result: Miami Dolphins 13, NY Jets 6
New York
Jets
17
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
24
Neither of these teams looked good last week in losing. The Vikings haven't looked as good as expected on defense, but I think that will change here. The Lions have no offensive identity and the Vikings will take advantage of that. Look for Minnesota to get back on track.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 24, Detroit Lions 9
Detroit
Lions
16
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
24
This matches a good offense in the Falcons against a good defense in the Redskins. Atlanta is coming off a bye, so they will be rested. Matt Ryan has been outstanding, but that Washington defense has been impressive. Even so, I think Ryan will get the best of the Redskins here. Falcons take it.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 38, Washington Redskins 14
Washington
Football Team
23
 
 
Denver
Broncos
26
The Texans will be rested after playing last Thursday and they will have a new receiver in Demaryius Thomas, who was traded to the Texans by the Broncos this week. He will help the passing game replace Will Fuller, who tore an ACL last week. But this game will be about the Denver defense. I think Von Miller and company will come up big against Deshaun Watson.
Result: Denver Broncos 17, Houston Texans 19
Houston
Texans
21
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
27
The Chargers are coming off a bye, but they are facing a hot team, one that is improving by the week. The Seahawks are running the ball and Russell Wilson has been outstanding. But I think Philip Rivers will get the best of this battle. The Chargers will take it.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 25, Seattle Seahawks 17
Seattle
Seahawks
24
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
34
This game will go a long way in deciding home-field advantage in the playoffs in the NFC. The Rams are the last undefeated team and they are winning with their offense. But this is a real challenge on the road in a tough environment. I think Sean Payton and Drew Brees will get the best of Sean McVay and Jared Goff. The Saints will win it.
Result: New Orleans Saints 45, Los Angeles Rams 35
Los Angeles
Rams
30
 
 
New England
Patriots
37
This will be a treat to watch since it's just the second meeting between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. It could be the last as well. So enjoy it. I will. I think both quarterbacks will light it up through the air, but the Patriots at home coupled with the Packers playing consecutive road games will make for a tough go for the Packers. Patriots will take a close one.
Result: New England Patriots 31, Green Bay Packers 17
Green Bay
Packers
33
 
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
 
Dallas
Cowboys
23
Both teams are coming off a bye, so they will be rested. This will be the first game for Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper, who came over in a trade from Oakland. He will help the offense, but I think this will be more about Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys will control the game flow and win it with their defense.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 14, Tennessee Titans 28
Tennessee
Titans
20