STRAIGHT UP John Kryk

No point spreads here. tells you who is go­ing to win each game ... and why LATER GAMES MON­DAY NIGHT

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In­di­anapo­lis

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.

Mi­ami

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?

NY Giants

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.

Pitts­burgh

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

Seat­tle

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

Oak­land

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.

Dallas

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.

Kansas City

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.

Chicago

At­lanta, Den­ver, New Or­leans, Wash­ing­ton.

AP

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.

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