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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. 2, 2017
 
New York
Jets
21
The Bills are one of the surprise teams so far at 5-2, but this is a division rival on a short week. That can be a problem. I think the Jets are playing feisty football and will do so here. In fact, I think the defense leads them to an upset victory.
Result: NY Jets 34, Buffalo Bills 21
Buffalo
Bills
20
 
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
 
Atlanta
Falcons
24
This is a big NFC South game, but the Panthers get a big edge with the Falcons playing a third straight road game. Even so, I think the Falcons got the offense untracked against the Jets and will grow from there. The Panthers are having trouble scoring. Falcons take it.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 17, Carolina Panthers 20
Carolina
Panthers
17
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
The Jaguars are coming off a bye and they are getting healthy. Both teams are good on defense, which should make this a low-scoring game. I think the Jaguars run it better, which is the difference.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 23, Cincinnati Bengals 7
Cincinnati
Bengals
10
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
24
Both teams are coming off byes, but this is a long trip for the Rams. Theyíve handled it so far this season, and I expect that to be the case here. The defense has made strides, and continues to do so against a bad Giants offense. Rams take it.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 51, NY Giants 17
New York
Giants
20
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
23
This Denver team has offensive issues because the quarterback play isnít good enough. They might make a change Ė and should make a change Ė at the position. But it wonít matter here. The Eagles pass rush will be the difference, no matter who starts at quarterback for Denver. The Eagles keep it rolling.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 51, Denver Broncos 23
Denver
Broncos
13
 
 
Houston
Texans
31
The Colts are playing consecutive road games and now must face a division foe that is playing well on offense. The Colts defense isnít good enough to slow down Deshaun Watson. Texans big.
Result: Houston Texans 14, Indianapolis Colts 20
Indianapolis
Colts
13
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
28
The Bucs are at a critical point of their season, or there could be changes coming after it. They need a victory in the worst way. The Saints have won five straight, and itís because of the defense. That continues here as the Saints roll.
Result: New Orleans Saints 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
17
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
21
The Ravens could be without quarterback Joe Flacco as he recovers from a concussion suffered last Thursday. That would mean Ryan Mallett as the starter. The Titans are coming off a bye and will be rested. They need to be better on defense, and I think that starts here. It will be close.
Result: Tennessee Titans 23, Baltimore Ravens 20
Baltimore
Ravens
20
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
27
The Seahawks are coming off an impressive offensive showing against the Texans behind Russell Wilson, while Washington struggled in a loss to the Cowboys. This is a long trip and the Redskins are banged up on the offensive line. Thatís not a good thing at Seattle with that defensive front.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 14, Washington Redskins 17
Washington
Redskins
17
 
 
San Francisco
49ers
23
The Cardinals are coming off a bye, but they will do so without Carson Palmer as their starting quarterback, which means itís Drew Stanton time. Thatís not good. The 49ers lost in overtime to the Cardinals in Arizona with Palmer. This time, they win a close one.
Result: San Francisco 49ers 10, Arizona Cardinals 20
Arizona
Cardinals
21
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
30
The Cowboys have won two straight games and have righted their team, but now will likely be without Ezekiel Elliott for six games. That wonít matter in this one as the Chiefs have issues stopping the run. Darren McFadden and/or Alfred Morris will be just fine. The Chiefs are also playing on a short week on the road. Thatís never good.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 28, Kansas City Chiefs 17
Kansas City
Chiefs
17
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
27
The Raiders lost at Buffalo last week and stayed on the East Coast to prepare for this one. Miami was horrible in their last game against Baltimore, and then coach Adam Gase publicly called out his offense. It looks like Jay Cutler will be back here. Thatís a good thing. The Raiders defense is the perfect tonic for an ailing offense. Dolphins take it.
Result: Miami Dolphins 24, Oakland Raiders 27
Oakland
Raiders
21
 
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
 
Green Bay
Packers
28
The Packers are coming off a bye week, which had to be a good thing to get Brett Hundley ready to make his second start in place of Aaron Rodgers. The Lions have dropped four of five and need this one in the worst way. I think Hundley shows big improvement to lead the Packers to victory.
Result: Green Bay Packers 17, Detroit Lions 30
Detroit
Lions
20