Chiefs vs Patriots

Chiefs vs Patriots : Before the season started, few would have pegged the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the New England Patriots as the top Sunday Night Football matchup of the season, but here we are. Patrick Mahomes is lighting up the world, while Tom Brady and the Patriots seem to be finding their groove. They’re set to play from Gillette Stadium at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC (live streaming via ).

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The Chiefs are 5-0 on the season, scoring 30-plus points in all but one game, in which they scored 27. Some games have been closer than others, but Mahomes has 1,513 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 63.6 percent of his passes this season. He’s been fantastic.

For the Patriots, they started the season off slowly, but with both Julian Edelman back from suspension and the recently-acquired Josh Gordon getting more acquainted with the offense, they’re just going to get better as the season progresses.

On the final injury report, the Chiefs ruled out Eric Murray and De’Anthony Thomas, and listed Tanoh Kpassagnon as questionable.

In usual Patriots fashion, they’ve listed nine players as questionable for Sunday, including Chris Hogan and Gordon.

Bill Belichick is well aware that the Chiefs can destroy teams through the air on both short and deep passing plays, especially when it’s Mahomes connecting with Tyreek Hill.

But there are more weapons on that Chiefs offense — they need to be wary of Kareem Hunt as well.

Kareem Hunt isn’t the only versatile player on Sunday — Patriots running back James Whitecurrently leads the team in receptions.

The folks at Pats Pulpit take a look at what the Patriots need to do on both offense and defense to beat the Chiefs.

These are the primary keys to the game for the Chiefs if they hope to escape Foxboro with a win on Sunday.

Chiefs vs. Patriots prediction

Of the seven experts picking for SB Nation, only two are picking the Patriots (along with the OddsShark computer). That means five, plus the coin flip, landed in favor of the Chiefs.

Patriots vs Chiefs

Patriots vs Chiefs: Before the season started, few would have pegged the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the New England Patriots as the top Sunday Night Football matchup of the season, but here we are. Patrick Mahomes is lighting up the world, while Tom Brady and the Patriots seem to be finding their groove. They’re set to play from Gillette Stadium at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC (live streaming via ).

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The Chiefs are 5-0 on the season, scoring 30-plus points in all but one game, in which they scored 27. Some games have been closer than others, but Mahomes has 1,513 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 63.6 percent of his passes this season. He’s been fantastic.

For the Patriots, they started the season off slowly, but with both Julian Edelman back from suspension and the recently-acquired Josh Gordon getting more acquainted with the offense, they’re just going to get better as the season progresses.

Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Sunday.

Time, TV, and streaming info

Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

TV: NBC

Streaming: FuboTV, NBC Sports

Odds: The Patriots opened as 3.5-point favorites for the matchup.

Chiefs vs. Patriots news

On the final injury report, the Chiefs ruled out Eric Murray and De’Anthony Thomas, and listed Tanoh Kpassagnon as questionable.

In usual Patriots fashion, they’ve listed nine players as questionable for Sunday, including Chris Hogan and Gordon.

Bill Belichick is well aware that the Chiefs can destroy teams through the air on both short and deep passing plays, especially when it’s Mahomes connecting with Tyreek Hill.

But there are more weapons on that Chiefs offense — they need to be wary of Kareem Hunt as well.

Kareem Hunt isn’t the only versatile player on Sunday — Patriots running back James Whitecurrently leads the team in receptions.

The folks at Pats Pulpit take a look at what the Patriots need to do on both offense and defense to beat the Chiefs.

These are the primary keys to the game for the Chiefs if they hope to escape Foxboro with a win on Sunday.

Chiefs vs. Patriots prediction

Of the seven experts picking for SB Nation, only two are picking the Patriots (along with the OddsShark computer). That means five, plus the coin flip, landed in favor of the Chiefs.

Ravens vs Titans

Ravens vs Titans – Live, NFL. 2018. Football Ravens Wire provides their bold predictions for the Week 6 Ravens vs Titans game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.

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Faced with their third consecutive road game, the Ravens take on a defense they should be somewhat familiar with.

Former defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who won Super Bowl XLVII in his first season in that role, retired following the 2017 season then came out of retirement to head the Titans’ seventh-ranked defense.

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Ahead of the matchup, here’s everything you need to know to watch.

RAVENS VS. TITANS WEEK 6 HOW TO WATCH:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans

What: Week 6 regular season

When: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, 4:25 p.m. ET

Where: Nissan Stadium

TV Channel: CBS

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Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock

Weather: 70 degrees, mostly cloudy

When asked if it gives the Ravens a leg up on the competition already knowing how a team’s DC operates, quarterback Joe Flacco said, “Compared to other teams, I’m sure it’ll be a little bit familiar. But having said that, they have different players. Defensive coordinators do a really good job of game-planning for individual teams and also game-planning in ways that set up to the strengths of their individual players.”

The Titans’ run defense, however, is ranked 26th in the league heading into Week 6 allowing 123.2 yards per game. Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, the Titans had 14 missed tackles with four of them coming on a single play. The team could be getting veteran linebacker Wesley Woodyard back into the mix after missing the Week 5 matchup with a shoulder injury. That weakness could be the opportunity the Ravens’ running game has been searching for. Ranked 25th in the league, running back Alex Collins knows there will be a breakthrough soon enough.

“Keep pressing and keep hitting it the same way we’ve been doing, because it’s going to open up,” Collins said Wednesday. “We just have to keep being patient and keep working at it and keep practicing our craft.”

A win for the Titans would be a morale booster for an offense ranked 29th in points (17.4), 29th in yards (294), 29th in passing yards (186.8) and 17th in rushing yards (107.2). Against the Bills, QB Marcus Mariota was 14-for-20 for 129 yards and one interception.

“He does present some challenges offensively, because he’s so athletic, so explosive in the open field with running the ball, that you don’t want him ruining the game for you, especially on third down,” safety Eric Weddle said on the threat Mariota presents.

Expect to see Mariota taking things into his own hands quite often as a Titans tight end has not caught a pass since their Week 3 win vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. Through five weeks, tight ends Luke Stocker and Jonnu Smith have seven combined catches for 84 yards. In his second year, wide receiver Corey Davis leads the team with 26 receptions for 361 yards and one touchdown.

Kicker Ryan Succop accounted for all of the Titans’ 12 points Sunday – just like Ravens’ Justin Tucker’s Week 5 performance – nailing 25, 39, 50 and 54-yard field goals.

The Ravens and Titans last met Week 9 of the 2017 season where they were handed a 23-20 loss with the Titans winning three of the last four. The Titans lead the regular season series 10-9, going 6-4 at Nissan Stadium. Of the 22 times the Ravens and Titans have met, including the postseason, the game has been decided by one score 14 times with 11 of those by three-or-fewer-points. In 12 games at Tennessee, the Titans have outscored the Ravens 222-221.

Jaguars vs Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars are off to disappointing starts, but remain playoff contenders thanks to strident defenses. The Cowboys, who are allowing only 19.2 points per game, have yet to concede more than 24 in any week. The Jags had been allowing only 14 points per contest before last week’s 30-14 loss in Kansas City.

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These two teams meet on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS. Jacksonville is a 3-point road favorite in the latest Cowboys vs. Jaguars odds, up 1.5 from the opener. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, has slipped from 41.5 to 40.

Before you make any Cowboys vs. Jaguars picks, you need to see what SportsLine’s Mike Tierney has to say. Tierney, one of SportsLine’s most proficient NFLprognosticators, has been covering the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls.

More importantly, he is riding a remarkable 15-7 hot streak on against-the-spread picks involving Dallas, and anyone who has followed his advice is up big. Now, he has scrutinized Cowboys vs. Jaguars from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he’s sharing only over at SportsLine.

Tierney knows Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw 61 passes last Sunday in Kansas City. While he racked up an impressive 430 yards, he completed just 54 percent of his attempts and was picked off four times in the resounding defeat. For the season, he’s thrown for over 1,500 yards, but only eight scores against seven interceptions.

With no Leonard Fournette (hamstring), Jacksonville will again turn to T.J. Yeldon to lead the ground attack. He’s netting 4.4 yards and has collected four touchdowns — three receiving.

Just because the Jaguars have been inconsistent defensively doesn’t mean they can’t cover on Sunday.

Cowboys third-year quarterback Dak Prescott hasn’t hit the 1,000-yard mark yet this season, averaging just 172 yards per game. He’s also not running as much — only 24 yards per contest — which is allowing defenses to drop back into coverage on obvious passing downs. It’s also made life tough on running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has just two rushing touchdowns this season and averaged a season-low 2.7 yards per carry last week.

In last Sunday’s game versus Houston, Prescott struggled to find open receivers, completing 18-of-29 passes for 208 yards. The Texans also mixed secondary schemes, forcing him into two interceptions. Prescott will face similar difficulties against Jacksonville’s front seven that effectively camouflages blitz packages.

Tierney has evaluated all of these circumstances and while we can tell you he’s leaning Over, has found a crucial X-factor that determines which side of the spread you should be all over. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.

So which side of the Jaguars vs. Cowboys spread should you back? And which crucial X-factor makes one side of the spread hit hard? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over, from the expert who’s on a monster 15-7 Cowboys heater, and find out.

Rams vs Broncos

The Los Angeles Rams are poised to protect their prefect record against the Denver Broncos on the road Sunday. Weather will be a factor as snow is in the Colorado forecast.

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The Denver vs Los Angeles football game is the first late game on the schedule with a start time of 4:05 pm EST / 1:05 pm PST. Find out how to watch Rams vs Broncos live streaming online with or without cable using one of these options:

Our recommended way to watch the Broncos vs Rams football game live stream without cable is with Hulu with Live TV where Fox, Fox Sports 1 and other popular channel feeds are found, with some exceptions depending on exactly where you live. Hulu Live TV also offers cloud DVR recording and a host of other popular channels.

Another way to watch the LA Rams vs Broncos football game online free without cable by trying out the FuboTV 7-day free trial. Fubo TV includes Fox and many other sports channels, also offers three days of auto recording via its 72-Hour Lookback feature, and 50 hours of Cloud DVR service as an added bonus.

Cable and satellite subscribers can watch this game’s live stream at Fox Sports Go by logging in with their provider credentials.

The Rams are the last standing undefeated team in the NFC with a perfect 5-0 record. They’ve dominated most of their opponents, but did get tested in Seattle last week before emerging with a two-point win.

Denver is off to a miserable 2-3 start with new quarterback Case Keenum. To Keenum’s credit he’s starting to hit some big plays down the field and will likely test the Los Angeles secondary with a slick, snowy field favoring the offense.

Entering today’s game the Broncos have dropped three in a row after starting the season 0-2. For the Rams, Denver is the furthest east they’ve traveled so far this season.

Los Angeles is currently three games ahead of the Seahawks in the NFC West.

Raiders vs Seahawks

 Raiders vs Seahawks: A reunion of former division rivals takes place on foreign turf Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks face the Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium in London at 1 p.m. ET. The Raiders are searching for their second win of the season and hope to erase the memory of a dreadful performance in last week’s 26-10 loss to the Chargers, while the Seahawks stayed close to the Super Bowl-favorite Rams last Sunday, but ultimately came up short in a 33-31 defeat.

The Seahawks are three-point favorites, up a half-point from where the line opened. The over-under for total points scored has climbed to 48 from an opener of 47. Before you lock in your Seahawks vs. Raiders picks for NFL in London 2018, check out what SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel has to say.

A Nevada-based expert with 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel hit 70 percent of his NFL spread picks last season. He already is off to a strong start in 2018 and heads into the week on a 4-1 run. More important: He has had a particularly sharp sense for these two clubs, posting a record of 15-3 in against the spread picks involving the Raiders or Seahawks during the past two seasons.

In Week 3, Nagel advised SportsLine members that Seattle was in a strong position to pick up its first victory of the season as a slight home favorite against the Cowboys. The Seahawks rolled to a 24-13 win, and anyone who followed Nagel’s advice picked up a win of their own.

Now, he has scrutinized Seahawks vs. Raiders from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick for NFL UK that he’s sharing at SportsLine.

Nagel knows Raiders head coach Jon Gruden made a much-celebrated return to the coaching ranks when he signed a $100 million deal to leave the broadcasting booth for a second stint in Oakland, but many observers feel as though the honeymoon is already over. Gruden has been widely criticized for his handling of the Khalil Macktrade and in some circles has been tagged with the perception that the game has passed him by.

Even so, the team managed its first win of the season two weeks ago in a dramatic comeback against the Browns, and the Raiders have the NFL’s sixth-ranked offense despite being hampered by turnovers and penalties. The last time he faced Seattle, Gruden’s Tampa Bay club came out on top. Carr is sixth in the NFL in passing yards at 1,641, eighth in attempts at 202, and eighth in yards per attempt at 8.12.

The Raiders (1-4) should be in desperation mode Sunday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are destined to cover against a Seattle team that also wants to break out of the doldrums.

The Seahawks (2-3) have exceeded most meager projections with relatively solid play despite massive roster turnover and injury concerns. Even so, they have had trouble closing out games, with three defeats coming by 12 combined points. They were opportunistic in last week’s 33-31 loss to the Rams, forcing two turnovers and making big plays early offensively, but the defense couldn’t get a needed late stop to provide one more possession. Seattle allowed 468 total yards and Rams star running back Todd Gurley found the end zone three times.

We can tell you Nagel is leaning toward the Under, but he has also unearthed the crucial X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s sharing it ONLY at SportsLine.

Who wins Raiders-Seahawks? And what critical factor causes one side of the spread to hit hard? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side is a must-back, all from the senior analyst who’s 15-3 on picks involving the Seahawks and Raiders.

Bills vs Texans

The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS in select areas (coverage map here). If the game is on in your market and you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

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If you have Amazon Prime or start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all CBS content (both live and on-demand) via the CBS Amazon Channel, which also comes with a 7-day free trial.

Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app.

This service is available live in all 32 NFL markets.

FuboTV

CBS (live in 28 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.

Hulu With Live TV:

In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including CBS (live in 29 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.

If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

Watch on Your Phone: NFL Mobile

Streaming of in-market and prime-time games can be watched on phones via the NFL Mobile app.

If the Game is Out of Your Market

SundayTicket.TV allows you to watch a live stream of games that are out of your market and aren’t nationally televised. The service is available for people who live in residences that can’t get satellite (apartments, condos, etc.), as well as residents of San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. You can check here to see if you’re eligible.

Additionally, most college students may watch out-of-market games via SundayTicket U.

Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Sunday Ticket website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the NFL Sunday Ticket app, which is free to download on many different devices.

Watch On-Demand: NFL Game Pass

If you’re fine watching games on-demand, another option is NFL Game Pass Domestic, which allows you to watch replays of every NFL game for a fee of $99.99 for the season. No live games are available under this service, but you’ll be able to watch them following the conclusion of games for the day.

Once signed up, you can watch games on-demand on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.

If You’re Outside the United States & Mexico

If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.

Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.

Deshaun Watson continues to re-find the groove that made him dangerous as a rookie. Although Watson’s stats don’t tell the full story, he outplayed Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys, leading the Texans to a 19-16 overtime win on Sunday Night Football. Watson, nursing a rib injury, is officially listed as questionable against the Bills.

The Texans will get a boost, as running back Lamar Miller is more likely to play this week. After Miller missed Week 5 with a chest injury, he was a full participant during practice on Thursday.

Buffalo stunned the Tennessee Titans 13-12 last week, shutting down quarterback Marcus Mariota entirely. The Bills defense held Mariota to just 14-of-26, for 129 yards and an interception. Cornerback Tre’Davious White shut down Titans No. 1 wide receiver Corey Davis.

Seahawks vs Raiders

An old NFL rivalry renews Sunday when the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks meet at Wembley Stadium in London at 1 p.m. ET. The former AFC West foes, who now reside in separate conferences, will be seeking a quality victory to spark a turnaround to their season’s fortunes. Seattle hopes to bounce back from a narrow home loss to the Rams, while the Raiders are looking to recover from their worst performance of the season in a loss to the Chargers.

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The Seahawks are 2.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 48.5 in the latest Seahawks vs. Raiders odds. Before you make any Seahawks vs. Raiders picks for NFL in London, check out what SportsLine analyst Josh Nagel has to say.

A Nevada-based expert with 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel hit 70 percent of his NFL spread picks last season. He already is off to a strong start in 2018 and heads into the week on a 4-1 run. More important: He has had a particularly sharp sense for these two clubs, posting a record of 15-3 in against the spread picks involving the Raiders or Seahawks during the past two seasons.

In Week 3, Nagel advised SportsLine members that Seattle was in a strong position to pick up its first victory of the season as a slight home favorite against the Cowboys. The Seahawks rolled to a 24-13 win, and anyone who followed Nagel’s advice picked up a win of their own.

Now, he has scrutinized Seahawks vs. Raiders from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick for NFL UK that he’s sharing at SportsLine.

The Raiders had high hopes for an immediate turnaround after they made the much-publicized hiring of Jon Gruden for a second stint after the coach spent a decade away from the sidelines, but the late trade of linebacker Khalil Mack amid a contract dispute has left them short-handed on defense, a liability that continues to be a major obstacle.

Their offense also has been inconsistent, as quarterback Derek Carr has notched eight interceptions against seven touchdowns, and several of the picks have been crushing blows in tight games.

The Raiders (1-4) should be in desperation mode Sunday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are destined to cover against a Seattle team that also wants to break out of the doldrums.

The Seahawks (2-3) have exceeded most meager projections with relatively solid play despite massive roster turnover and injury concerns. Even so, they have had trouble closing out games, with three defeats coming by 12 combined points. They were opportunistic in last week’s 33-31 loss to the Rams, forcing two turnovers and making big plays early offensively, but the defense couldn’t get a needed late stop to provide one more possession. Seattle allowed 468 total yards and Rams star running back Todd Gurley found the end zone three times.

We can tell you Nagel is leaning toward the Under, but he has also unearthed the crucial X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s sharing it ONLY at SportsLine.

Who wins Raiders-Seahawks? And what critical factor causes one side of the spread to hit hard? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side is a must-back, all from the senior analyst who’s 15-3 on picks involving the Seahawks and Raiders.

Panthers vs Redskins

The Washington Redskins (2-2) are back in action on Sunday when the Carolina Panthers (3-1) come to town in a pivotal early-season matchup for the Redskins. Washington, coming off a Week 4 bye, traveled to New Orleans on Monday night and were manhandled by the Saints, 43-19, in a game that was never close.

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Quarterback Alex Smith was dreadful, missing open receivers all night and appeared hesitant in the pocket after getting hit early in the game. Washington rushed for just 39 yards on Monday night as Adrian Peterson finished with just six yards on four attempts.

The Panthers are coming off perhaps the most thrilling finish to a game in thus far in the 2018 regular season. As the New York Giants scored a late touchdown to take a 31-30 lead on the Panthers, quarterback Cam Newton led Carolina down the field for a desperation field-goal attempt by kicker Graham Gano. A former Redskin, Gano connected from 63 yards out as time expired to give Carolina a massive win to keep pace in the ultra-competitive NFC.

Washington, which has two impressive wins sandwiched by two ugly losses, really needs this game. The Redskins can ill-afford to fall to 2-3 on the young season by losing another game against a fellow playoff hopeful. A loss would also be Washington’s second home loss of the season.

After 15 days off, head coach Jay Gruden’s team didn’t look prepared in the ugly loss to New Orleans. After suffering a few injuries, Gruden didn’t have a full practice on Wednesday, instead opting for a walkthrough.

As if things couldn’t get worse for the Redskins, Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis returns for Carolina this weekend after a four-game suspension. Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen is also set to return from a foot injury. Davis brings speed and playmaking to the defense, while Olsen gives Newton his favorite target back. Speedy wide receiver Curtis Samuel made his season debut last week and caught a touchdown pass.

This could be bad news for the Redskins. Washington’s secondary struggled badly against New Orleans. A big issue was miscommunication on the back end. Josh Norman, a former Carolina Panther, was benched for one series after giving up a long touchdown for the second straight game. The Redskins need Norman to turn his season around. Playing his former team will certainly have the emotional Norman on edge, but he must control himself this week.

The Redskins are 0-4 all-time against Newton. And he’s posted some big numbers against Washington. In Carolina’s 2015 win over the Redskins, Newton passed for a career-high five touchdowns. Carolina has won the past five meetings between the two teams, while Washington holds a 7-6 edge in the all-time series.

If we go by how Washington rebounds from a loss under Gruden, the Redskins will be impressive on Sunday afternoon and come away with an important victory. However, there are just too many things going against them to believe they can defeat a good Carolina team.

The returns of Olsen and Davis will give the Panthers a boost on both sides of the ball, while Washington is battling some injuries at receiver. Norman will give up another big play and will cost his team even more by committing at least two crucial penalties.

Final Score: Carolina 27, Washington 17

Steelers vs Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals will play in one of the biggest games of the season on Sunday. The Steelers are the defending AFC North champions and are coming off of a 13-3 season. The Bengals are 4-1 and lead the North as of right now. If the Steelers take this game on the road in Cincinnati, they reclaim their throne as favorites in the division and get their year back on track. If the Bengals win, they announce their legitimacy to a world that is skeptical considering the questionable quality of their wins so far. One team is trying to prove itself as a contender. The other is trying to hold on to their spot as one.

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To watch the Steelers and the Bengals square off, tune in to CBS at 1:00 EST. The game will be called by Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn. The radio broadcast will be on Sirius channels 127 (Pittsburgh) and 82 (Cincinnati) as well as XM channels 390 (Pittsburgh) and 227 (Cincinnati). Out of market fans can, as always, stream the game on NFL Sunday Ticket as it will not be a nationally televised game.

The Steelers have won their last six games against the Bengals, nine out of their last 10 and 14 out of their last 17. That has not prevented the rivalry from becoming one of the fiercest in all of football. The Bengals and the Steelers despise each other, and every time they play, someone is bound to do something unnecessarily physical and incite some sort of conflict. Usually, that player is Vontaze Burfict. He has made illegal hits on several Steelers. Last season, JuJu Smith-Schuster laid a vicious block on him and stood over him afterward, drawing a one-game suspension for the play. This is the first time the Bengals will have seen the Steelers since.

They come into this game new and improved. Their explosive offense has returned to form this season with A.J. Green looking like one of the NFL’s best receivers once again. Cordy Glenn has stabilized a poor offensive line, and Geno Atkins has led one of the NFL’s best defensive lines. This is perhaps the most complete Cincinnati team in recent memory, and this is their opportunity to show the Steelers that they won’t be pushed around anymore.

But the Steelers pushed around the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, dominating them en route to a 41-17 blowout. They got off to a slow start due in part to injuries and in part to their own bad habits, but the Steelers seem to be rolling now. They can’t afford to fall 2.5 games behind the Bengals this early, especially with a loss to the Ravens already in the books. The Steelers will give the Bengals all they can handle on Sunday. This should be one of the games of the week.