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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. 5, 2017
 
New England
Patriots
31
This Patriots team has major defensive issues. They can't stop anybody. The Bucs haven't been great so far, but on a short week at home they have a big edge. Even so, I think Tom Brady will put up a number here. Pats take it in a close one.
Result: New England Patriots 19, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
30
 
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
24
Are the Bills for real? They pulled off a big upset at Atlanta last week, but are playing consecutive road games. The Bengals seemed to find themselves last week at Cleveland. This won't be that easy, but Andy Dalton pulls it out late.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 20, Buffalo Bills 16
Buffalo
Bills
20
 
 
New York
Jets
17
The Jets have won two consecutive games and have a real chance to get over .500 here. The Browns are a mess right now. The Jets will pull this one out late in what should be an ugly game.
Result: NY Jets 17, Cleveland Browns 14
Cleveland
Browns
16
 
 
Detroit
Lions
20
The Panthers are playing a second straight road game after upsetting the Patriots last week at Foxborough. The 3-1 Lions have played well on defense this year, which I think will help them contain Cam Newton. The Lions will go to 4-1 behind their defense.
Result: Detroit Lions 24, Carolina Panthers 27
Carolina
Panthers
17
 
 
San Francisco
49ers
20
Here you have one 0-4 team playing at a 1-3 team with both teams playing for next year already. The 49ers are playing consecutive road games, but their defense is improving. I think this is one where they can get an upset on the road by limiting Jacoby Brissett.
Result: San Francisco 49ers 23, Indianapolis Colts 26
Indianapolis
Colts
17
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
24
The Titans are almost certainly going to be without quarterback Marcus Mariota in this one as he battles a hamstring injury. That means Matt Cassel will start. The Dolphins have been awful on offense, but this is their home opener. I think they get it going against a Titans defense that has struggled.
Result: Miami Dolphins 16, Tennessee Titans 10
Tennessee
Titans
17
 
 
New York
Giants
21
This is surprisingly another dog game of the week. Both teams are 0-4 and basically out of the playoff race. Being that this is a long road trip for a bad team right now, I will go with the Giants at home. Since it's the Chargers, it will be close. They always are with that team. Eli Manning pulls it out late.
Result: NY Giants 22, Los Angeles Chargers 27
Los Angeles
Chargers
20
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
The Eagles are riding high at 3-1, while the Cardinals are 2-2 with two close victories. The Philadelphia pass rush is a major mismatch for the Cardinals offensive line. They get all over Carson Palmer.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 34, Arizona Cardinals 7
Arizona
Cardinals
17
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
30
The Jaguars are playing consecutive road games outside the division, which is tough. They don't throw the ball well enough to win these types of games. The Steelers got Le'Veon Bell going against the Ravens and that will continue. Steelers take it.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 9, Jacksonville Jaguars 30
Jacksonville
Jaguars
17
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
23
This is an enormous game in the division. The Rams are 3-1 and playing good on offense, while the Seahawks are 2-2 and come in with that heralded defense that hasn't played up to expectations. This is always a close game, and it will be here. Seahawks win a close one.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 16, Los Angeles Rams 10
Los Angeles
Rams
21
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
23
The Ravens are a disaster on offense, but Oakland hasn't been good on that side of the ball either the past two weeks. EJ Manuel will start at quarterback for Derek Carr, who has an injured back. That will make it even tougher to get going. At home after two road losses, the Raiders will still take it out on the Ravens -- even with Manuel at quarterback.
Result: Oakland Raiders 17, Baltimore Ravens 30
Baltimore
Ravens
13
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
30
The Cowboys lost to the Rams at home last week, which showed their defensive flaws. That's not a good thing against Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay has fought through a bunch of injuries, but should get a lot of guys back for this one. They get it done on the road.
Result: Green Bay Packers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
Dallas
Cowboys
24
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
17
The Chiefs are riding high as the last undefeated team in the league, but they face a tough test here on a short week. The Texans have emerged as a real AFC threat with Deshaun Watson playing well. But I think the Chiefs will go into Texas and remain undefeated.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 42, Houston Texans 34
Houston
Texans
14
 
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
 
Minnesota
Vikings
20
The Vikings have been hit bad by the injury bug, and now will be without Dalvin Cook after he suffered a torn ACL last week. The Bears will give rookie Mitch Trubisky his first start, which won't be easy against a good Vikings defense. This will be close, but Minnesota will pull out a close one.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 20, Chicago Bears 17
Chicago
Bears
17