STRAIGHT UP John Kryk
No point spreads here. tells you who is going to win each game ... and why LATER GAMES MONDAY NIGHT
KRYK PICK: They’re honouring Peyton Manning before this game, the QB most locals would take back in a heartbeat, even now. San Fran’s offence is spotty but the defence has been mostly solid. Indy in a nailbiter.
KRYK PICK: Duelling enigmas. The Titans defence surely can’t be as bad as that 57-14 loss in Houston. Nor can the Dolphins offence be as bad as the six points scored over the past two games. Which crumbles first?
KRYK PICK: The Owen-Four Bowl! Really hard to see New York losing to fall to 0-5. Not hard at all to see L.A. losing another close one, after travelling cross-continent, in a game the Giants absolutely must win.
The Carson Bowl! Carsons Palmer and Wentz will be pressured. And will be sacked. And will be forced into throwing early. It’s more likely that Wentz, with his mobility and escapability, has the better game.
KRYK PICK: The Steelers defence is playing better than the offence by a considerable margin. What can turn that around? Tada! The Jaguars come to town. On paper the game should be close. Probably won’t be. 4:05 p.m. ET KRYK PICK: The Seahawks often would lose when playing at the Rams
when the Rams sucked. So it must necessarily mean, now that the Rams possess a better record than the Seahawks, the outcome will flip too. 4:05 p.m. ET KRYK PICK: Two shrivelling offensive attacks. Even though EJ
Manuel probably starts at QB in place of Derek Carr and his fractured vertebra, Oakland should shake off its two-game losing streak. 4:25 p.m. ET KRYK PICK: Early season rematch of January’s thrilling NFC divisional playoff game, which the Packers pulled out at the end. Neither team might be as good as then. But it’s an even matchup and should be close.
8:30 p.m. ET KRYK PICK: Matchup of the top two NFL rookies so far: K.C. RB Kareem Hunt and Houston QB Deshaun Watson. The Chiefs bring the NFL’s only undefeated record into NRG Stadium. They ought to leave with it.
8:30 p.m. ET KRYK PICK: The Windy City will go gaga like it hasn’t since the Cubbies won the World Series if, in his first pro start, QB Mitchell Trubisky shines. Helping him? Maybe the NFL’s best RB tandem: Howard and Cohen.
Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington.
The Chicago Bears running back tandem of Jordan Howard (left) and Tarik Cohen is among the league’s best backfield duos. Above, former Bills first-rounder E.J. Manuel will start for the Raiders this week.