Los Angeles Chargers (6-2) at Oakland (1-7) Buffalo (2-6) at New York Jets (3-6)
Another guy not getting enough recognition for a superb passing season is Philip Rivers while Patrick Mahomes grabs the AFC West headlines. Playing the woeful Raiders shouldn’t hurt Rivers’ resume: He has completed 75 of 100 passes for 994 yards, six TDs and no INTs in his past three outings vs. Oakland for a 126.0 rating.
Plus, the Chargers have won five straight for their best record at the season’s midpoint since 2006.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are such a mess that they have been outscored 55-3 over the past five quarters and are allowing a 113.9 passer rating, on pace for the worst in franchise history.
With all that record scoring throughout the league, this could be an 8-5 snoozer.
Sam Darnold has regressed behind center for the Jets and now has a foot injury. But let’s be fair: Darnold has very little help, especially with versatile RB Bilal Powell on IR. Last year’s starter, veteran QB Josh McCown, steps in.
As for Buffalo, well, maybe getting rid of Tyrod Taylor wasn’t such a wise move.