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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. 12, 2017
 
Carolina
Panthers
24
This is the game of the week, featuring two 4-1 teams. Cam Newton is back playing at a high level, but that Eagles front is tough to handle. Carson Wentz is coming off a big game, but I think he has issues here. Carolina takes it to go to 5-1.
Result: Carolina Panthers 23, Philadelphia Eagles 28
Philadelphia
Eagles
17
 
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
 
Atlanta
Falcons
27
The Dolphins still have offensive issues, which is not a good thing when facing the Falcons. Atlanta’s coming off a bye, and their offense hasn’t been as good as a year ago, but I expect the Falcons to get it going here. The Miami defense has played well, but Matt Ryan and gang get the better of them in this one.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 17, Miami Dolphins 20
Miami
Dolphins
17
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
26
This will be Mitchell Trubisky’s first road start as an NFL quarterback, which can be challenging. The Ravens have a good defense and they have veteran safeties that can trick him. The Ravens offense showed life last week against Oakland and I think they continue that here.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 24, Chicago Bears 27
Chicago
Bears
13
 
 
Houston
Texans
30
The Texans have defensive injury issues – losing J.J. Watt is the biggest one – but they get the perfect tonic in the Browns offense. Deshaun Watson has played well the past two weeks. That continues in this one and the Texans win an easy one.
Result: Houston Texans 33, Cleveland Browns 17
Cleveland
Browns
14
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
27
The Vikings might not have Sam Bradford this week, but Case Keenum has played well. This will be more of a matchup between Aaron Rodgers and that Minnesota defense. Green Bay is playing consecutive road games, but I think Rodgers finds a way again late to pull this one out.
Result: Green Bay Packers 10, Minnesota Vikings 23
Minnesota
Vikings
23
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
23
The Lions are coming off a tough home loss to the Panthers, while the Saints are coming off a bye. New Orleans seemed to find something on defense in the two games before the bye and Matt Stafford is banged up. I think that carries over here. The Saints take it at home.
Result: New Orleans Saints 52, Detroit Lions 38
Detroit
Lions
17
 
 
New England
Patriots
30
This game features two 3-2 teams, with the Jets being the shock in that pairing. They’ve won three straight games, but this is a big step up in competition. New England will have been off for 10 days, which shows up. Tom Brady lights up the Jets.
Result: New England Patriots 24, NY Jets 17
New York
Jets
17
 
 
Washington
Redskins
31
This is an unfair game for the 49ers. They are playing a third straight road game and the first two went to overtime, while the Redskins are coming off a bye. How does that happen? Washington will roll in this one.
Result: Washington Redskins 26, San Francisco 49ers 24
San Francisco
49ers
10
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
28
The Bucs are coming off a loss to the Patriots, but they will have had 10 days off in between this one. The Cardinals lost to the Eagles on Sunday, and didn’t look good. Even so, I think they get back on track here and beat the Bucs behind a big day by Carson Palmer.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
24
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
This is surprisingly a big game featuring two good teams. The Jaguars lead the NFL in scoring margin, which has been keyed by their defense. This is a long trip for the Rams after a physical division game with Seattle. That’s too much to overcome. Jaguars take it.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 17, Los Angeles Rams 27
Los Angeles
Rams
14
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
23
The Chiefs are riding high, winning all five, while the Steelers are coming off a flop last week against the Jaguars. Mike Tomlin will get his team back on track here and Ben Roethlisberger gets it going after a five-interception day against the Jaguars. That will keep it close, but Alex Smith pulls it out late.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 19
Pittsburgh
Steelers
21
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
28
The Raiders have lost three consecutive games and might be without Derek Carr again in this one. The Oakland defense has major issues. I think the Chargers pull off the upset – even playing consecutive road games.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 17, Oakland Raiders 16
Oakland
Raiders
27
 
 
Denver
Broncos
27
The Giants are playing out the season now, but they are doing it without their best player, Odell Beckham Jr. They also get a Denver team coming off a bye in a prime-time game. That’s not good. This could be ugly.
Result: Denver Broncos 10, NY Giants 23
New York
Giants
13
 
Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
 
Tennessee
Titans
27
The Colts are 2-1 with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback to hang around in the division until Andrew Luck gets back. The Titans have lost two straight games, but should have Marcus Mariota back for this one. That matters. They get back on the winning track.
Indianapolis
Colts
20