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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. 19, 2017
 
Oakland
Raiders
27
The Raiders are reeling, losing four consecutive games. But there is too much talent for this team to be out of the race in early November. The Chiefs may have won five straight against the Raiders, but I think this is a spot where the Raiders get them. Derek Carr has his best game of the season here.
Result: Oakland Raiders 31, Kansas City Chiefs 30
Kansas City
Chiefs
23
 
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
 
Buffalo
Bills
26
The Bucs are playing consecutive road games, which is tough. But more troubling than that is they havenít played well and Jameis Winston is banged up. The Bills are coming off a bye, so they will be rested. That matters. Buffalo takes it in a close one.
Result: Buffalo Bills 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
24
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
28
The Panthers will have been off for 10 days when they kick this off, but they are coming off a disappointing showing against the Eagles. Thatís behind them, though, and the Bears arenít the Eagles. Mitchell Trubisky will struggle in his second home start. Panthers and Cam Newton get back on track.
Result: Carolina Panthers 3, Chicago Bears 17
Chicago
Bears
20
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
23
Watch out here, Titans. Yes, I think the Browns can keep this close. The Titans are playing on a short week with a bad defense. If the Browns go back to DeShone KIzer at quarterback, he might have some success. Titans win a close one.
Result: Tennessee Titans 12, Cleveland Browns 9
Cleveland
Browns
20
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
23
This will be Brett Hundleyís first NFL start for the injured Aaron Rodgers for Green Bay. Thatís always tough, but at least this week he will have prep time, which he didnít have last week. Even though the Saints defense is playing better, I think Hundley will do a solid job here. The Saints arenít the same offense outside, and I think the Green Bay defense plays better here. Hundley wins it.
Result: Green Bay Packers 17, New Orleans Saints 26
New Orleans
Saints
16
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
The Jaguars donít know how to handle prosperity, but they lost last week. That means they win this week. Thatís the way itís gone this season. The Colts have been competitive with Jacoby Brissett, but he hasnít played a defense like this one. Jaguars take it.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 27, Indianapolis Colts 0
Indianapolis
Colts
13
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
30
The Rams stayed on the East Coast after beating the Jaguars, while the Cardinals traveled to England Monday. The Rams are playing good football and the defense is getting better by the week. Even so, I think the Arizona passing game will get the best of them in this one. Upset special.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 0, Los Angeles Rams 33
Los Angeles
Rams
20
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
23
The Dolphins rallied to beat the Falcons last week, and that could give them some much needed momentum. The Jets competed against the Patriots, but the Miami defense is playing at a high level. They will contain the Jets offense in this one. Dolphins win it.
Result: Miami Dolphins 31, NY Jets 28
New York
Jets
13
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
17
The Vikings are playing good defense, which is a bad thing for a Ravens offense that isnít skilled. This should be a low-scoring affair, but Minnesota will find a way to win at home thanks to the defense.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 24, Baltimore Ravens 16
Baltimore
Ravens
13
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
23
The Cowboys are coming off their bye and might not have Ezekiel Elliott. The 49ers havenít won, but theyíve played five close games. They will play another here as rookie C.J. Beathard makes his first NFL start at quarterback. Cowboys win a close one.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 40, San Francisco 49ers 10
San Francisco
49ers
19
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
27
The Bengals are coming off the bye, and won two straight before it. The Steelers seemed to right things by winning at Kansas City last week. They fed LeíVeon Bell and I think they will do it in this one as well. The Steelers take it.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 29, Cincinnati Bengals 14
Cincinnati
Bengals
20
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
17
The Broncos are banged up, including starting quarterback Trevor Siemian. That will put even more pressure on a good defense. The Chargers have won two straight, and I think they will keep it rolling here. Their defense comes up with a big day.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 21, Denver Broncos 0
Denver
Broncos
16
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
20
The Seahawks are coming off a bye, but this is a long trip. The Giants played well in upsetting the Broncos Sunday night, getting the run game going. Seattle is a bit banged up on defense, which helps. Even so, Seattle will find a way to win a close one.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 24, NY Giants 7
New York
Giants
17
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
33
This is a rematch of the Super Bowl last February when the Patriots rallied from 28-3 down to win it. They did so behind the arm of Tom Brady and I expect that to be the game plan here. Atlanta hasnít been the same on offense this season, but the Patriots defense is the perfect tonic for any ailing offense. Just ask Cam Newton from a few weeks ago. The Falcons score a bunch here and pull of the upset.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 7, New England Patriots 23
New England
Patriots
30
 
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
24
The Eagles are the class of the NFC right now and can put a strong hold on the NFC East with a win here. They beat the Redskins in Week One on the road, and I think they will get them again. Their pass rush gets all over Kirk Cousins.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 34, Washington Redskins 24
Washington
Redskins
17