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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. 21, 2017
 
Los Angeles
Rams
23
The Ravens have feasted on bad offenses and get another one in the Jaguars in London. The Ravens defense is real, but Jacksonville's defense is good too. This will be tight, but Baltimore will find a way.
San Francisco
49ers
14
 
Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017
 
Baltimore
Ravens
21
The Ravens have feasted on bad offenses and get another one in the Jaguars in London. The Ravens defense is real, but Jacksonville's defense is good too. This will be tight, but Baltimore will find a way.
Jacksonville
Jaguars
14
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
32
The Steelers are 2-0, but they haven't looked like the team we expected to see. That happens in this one. They will put up a big number against the Chicago defense. Steelers big.
Chicago
Bears
17
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
26
This is the best game of the week, pitting two 2-0 teams. The Atlanta offense against the Lions defense will be fun to watch. I think the Falcons will get the best of it. Matt Ryan to Julio Jones is the difference.
Detroit
Lions
20
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
17
This is the dog game of the week. The Colts played better last week against the Cardinals, and the Browns are playing consecutive road games. Look for the Colts to find a way to win a tight one here.
Cleveland
Browns
16
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
30
The Saints are 0-2, while the Panthers are 2-0. Carolina has been really good on defense, but they haven't played an offense like the Saints have. Even so, I think the Panthers will find a way here as their own offense has a big day against a bad Saints defense.
New Orleans
Saints
23
 
 
Denver
Broncos
24
This is Denver's first road game after winning two at home. They have played well on defense, which was expected, but better than expected on offense. The Bills have issues on offense, which is not a good thing against the Denver defense. Broncos win it.
Buffalo
Bills
10
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
19
This is the first road game of the year for the Bucs, and Minnesota is a tough place to play. The key here will be to monitor the status of Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford. Will he be able to go? Even if he plays, I think this is a tight game. Tampa Bay's defense is much improved. Bucs get to 2-0.
Minnesota
Vikings
13
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
The Giants can't block anybody and the Eagles have been really good up front on defense. That's a bad combination. Look for Philadelphia to dominate in this game. The Giants are a mess.
New York
Giants
14
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
28
The Dolphins are playing consecutive road games, but it won't matter here. The Jets have major issues. Miami will move the football against a bad Jets defense and go to 2-0 with two road victories.
New York
Jets
14
 
 
New England
Patriots
27
The Patriots have owned the Texans in recent years, and I think that will be at play here again. Bill Belichick will make things tough for Deshaun Watson, while the Patriots will get the better of the Texans defense.
Houston
Texans
14
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
18
The Seahawks have struggled on offense because of their line, and that will be a problem here. The Titans seemed to right things last week against the Jaguars, and I think that continues. Titans take it in a slugfest.
Seattle
Seahawks
14
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
20
The Chiefs are riding high at 2-0, while the Chargers are 0-2. They are desperate, and desperation is an important thing. I think the Chargers finally win a close one.
Kansas City
Chiefs
17
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
23
The Bengals haven't scored a point this season, which is why they have a new offensive coordinator. But Green Bay is banged up in a big way. That will show up here as the Bengals keep it close. They even score a couple of touchdowns.
Cincinnati
Bengals
17
 
 
Washington
Redskins
34
This is a long trip for the Raiders, who have impressed the first two weeks. Washington got back on track last week, and the Raiders have defensive issues. I think that shows up. Redskins win a shootout.
Oakland
Raiders
31
 
Monday, Sep. 25, 2017
 
Arizona
Cardinals
27
The Cowboys are playing consecutive road games, while the Cardinals are playing their home opener. That's a tough combination. The book on slowing Dallas is out: Load up and dare Dak Prescott to beat them. This will be another game like that. Cards take it.
Dallas
Cowboys
23