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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. 28, 2017
 
Green Bay
Packers
31
The Packers won a close one last week in overtime, while the Bears upset the Steelers. This will be a lot tougher for the Bears. The Packers have been banged up, but some of those players are expected back. Aaron Rodgers has a big day.
Result: Green Bay Packers 35, Chicago Bears 14
Chicago
Bears
14
 
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
 
Miami
Dolphins
23
The Dolphins were dreadful Sunday against the Jets, and now must travel after being on the road twice to open the season. That's brutal. The Saints are playing on the road for a second consecutive week, so it evens out some. I think Miami will get back on track here and be able to move the football on the ground to keep Drew Brees off the field. Dolphins take it.
Result: Miami Dolphins 0, New Orleans Saints 20
New Orleans
Saints
16
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
30
The Bills have allowed two touchdowns in three games, but they haven't seen an offense like this. The Falcons are as good as any offense in the league, and that will show up in this one. The Bills defense won't stand up.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 17, Buffalo Bills 23
Buffalo
Bills
17
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
31
This is normally a physical war, but the Ravens are banged up and the Steelers haven't looked good in going 2-1. But this is the week the offense will look like the Steelers we expect to see. The Ravens are undermanned, and Joe Flacco simply doesn't look good.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 26, Baltimore Ravens 9
Baltimore
Ravens
10
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
21
This is one of the dog games of the day, featuring two 0-3 teams. The Bengals are playing consecutive road games, but it won't matter here. This will be an ugly, tight game, but the Bengals take it. Barely.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 31, Cleveland Browns 7
Cleveland
Browns
20
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
28
The Rams are 2-1, but this is a tough challenge on the road. Dallas seemed to get right at Arizona on Monday night. The Rams have had troubles on defense, which is why I think Ezekiel Elliott gets it going here in a big way.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 30, Los Angeles Rams 35
Los Angeles
Rams
17
 
 
Houston
Texans
19
The Texans played well losing to the Patriots last week, and Deshaun Watson impressed. That's a good sign. The Titans are in first place after three weeks and won a slugfest against the Seahawks last week. Tennessee wants to run it, but I think the Texans slow them here and win it.
Result: Houston Texans 57, Tennessee Titans 14
Tennessee
Titans
14
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
21
The Lions lost a tough one to the Falcons and now must head out on the road to play a Vikings team that looked good beating the Bucs Sunday. The Minnesota defense will slow the Lions on offense and either Case Keenum or Sam Bradford will make enough plays to win it.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 7, Detroit Lions 14
Detroit
Lions
13
 
 
New England
Patriots
28
The Panthers have been disjointed on offense all season long. But the Patriots have struggled on defense. This could be a chance for Cam Newton to get going. Even so, I think the Patriots will find a way behind Tom Brady. But it will be close.
Result: New England Patriots 30, Carolina Panthers 33
Carolina
Panthers
24
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
17
This is a be-careful game for the young Jaguars. They looked dominant last week beating the Ravens, but this will be a test coming back from London. The Jets were good on defense last week in their victory over Miami. This will be low scoring, but the Jaguars win it.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 20, NY Jets 23
New York
Jets
10
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
23
The Cardinals have been hurt in a big way by injuries, and could easily be 0-3. But at 1-2, this is a must-have game for them. The 49ers will be scrappy in this one, but I think the Cardinals will find a way to get to .500.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 18, San Francisco 49ers 15
San Francisco
49ers
13
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
24
The Eagles have a long trip after a division game, which is tough. But the Chargers haven't looked good so far. Philip Rivers will be harassed all day long by that good Eagles front. The Eagles defense will dominate.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 26, Los Angeles Chargers 24
Los Angeles
Chargers
13
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
23
The Bucs had a terrible showing last week against the Vikings, and they are banged up. The Giants just haven't looked good all season and will be playing consecutive road games. Even so, I think the Giants will hang around in this one. Bucs win a close one.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25, NY Giants 23
New York
Giants
21
 
 
Denver
Broncos
28
This should be a heck of a game, but Oakland is playing consecutive road games. That's always tough. They didn't look good against the Redskins last week, which is a concern. Denver lost for the first time to the Bills, but expect them to be better in the thin air at Mile High.
Result: Denver Broncos 16, Oakland Raiders 10
Oakland
Raiders
23
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
31
This was supposed to be Andrew Luck against Russell Wilson, but it's Jacoby Brissett against the Legion of Boom. Brissett played well last week against the Browns, but this is a big step up in talent. The Seahawks have to be steaming at 1-2. This is when they start to turn it around. Blowout.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 46, Indianapolis Colts 18
Indianapolis
Colts
10
 
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
26
The Chiefs are riding high as one of the two remaining undefeated teams, while Washington was impressive beating Oakland Sunday night. This will be a real challenge for the Redskins going to Arrowhead and I think the Chiefs defense will get the best of Kirk Cousins. Chiefs stay undefeated.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 29, Washington Redskins 20
Washington
Redskins
17