Kansas City (5-0) at New England (3-2): There can be no better measuring stick for the Chiefs and young quarterback Patrick Mahomes than what they face Sunday night. Beat the Patriots in Foxborough and all that excitement in Kansas City might be validated.
After a 1-2 start, the Patriots appear to have gotten back on their usual winning path.
Pittsburgh (2-2-1) at Cincinnati (4-1):
These teams combined for four penalties for unnecessary roughness, one for unsportsmanlike conduct, one for taunting, one for roughing the passer, and two 15-yard penalties for grabbing a facemask in their previous meeting.
Los Angeles Chargers (3-2) at Cleveland (2-2-1):
When last they met in Cleveland, the Browns won in their 15th game to avoid a perfect season on the wrong side of the ledger. So they lost every game in 2017, including at the Chargers.
The Browns have two wins already and lead the NFL with 15 takeaways, two more than in the entire 2017 season.
Baltimore (3-2) at Tennessee (3-2): Two clubs coming off down weekends: Tennessee was punchless at Buffalo, Baltimore was inept offensively at Cleveland.
Both can play D, though, so don’t expect a lot of end zone activity in Music City.
Chicago (3-1) at Miami (3-2): With Khalil Mack revitalizing the defense, Chicago ranks No. 1 against the run and second overall. If second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky truly has found the passing rhythm, the Bears need to be taken seriously.
Miami was taken seriously until it laid eggs at New England and Cincinnati.
Carolina (3-1) atWashington (2-2): Washington was on the wrong end of the record-setting Brees blitz through the air in New Orleans, and was damaged as much by penalties as inefficient defense.
Now comes Carolina, which has seven picks, is plus-5 in turnovers, and has nine sacks. The Panthers also have the NFL’s top rushing offense.
Los Angeles Rams (5-0) at Denver (2-3): While Denver’s defense has been getting Orange Crushed recently, L.A.’s offense has looked unstoppable. Jared Goff leads the league with 1,727 yards passing.
Denver star LB Von Miller has gone sackless the past three weeks.
Jacksonville (3-2) at Dallas (2-3): With RB Leonard Fournette still hurt, the showpiece matchup with Ezekiel Elliott disappears. Elliott has been the prime weapon for Dallas and is averaging 154 yards from scrimmage per game in the past three. But the passing game is 30th as Dak Prescott struggles without a topnotch receiver. He’ll face the stingiest defense in the NFL.
Seattle (2-3) vs. Oakland (1-4) at London: Oakland has the fewest QB pressures in the league (29), tied for fewest sacks (six), and is tied for third-fewest takeaways (five).
Seattle’s Pete Carroll seeks his 91st win with the team to pass Mike Holmgren as winningest coach for the franchise.
Indianapolis (1-4) at New York Jets (2-3): Andrew Luck’s arm looks strong, but who does he have to throw to if T.Y. Hilton isn’t in the Colts’ lineup?
New York opened up its offense in a win over Denver, letting Sam Darnold occasionally fling the ball downfield and it led to some huge plays.
Buffalo (2-3) at Houston (2-3): Houston wants things more open when it has the ball, with Deshaun Watson connecting on throws to DeAndre Hopkins. Buffalo’s solid second-year cornerback Tre’DaviousWhite, will be tested.
Texans DE J.J. Watt is tied for the NFL lead with six sacks.
Arizona (1-4) at Minnesota (2-2-1): What could be a mismatch has one intriguing element. CardinalsWR Larry Fitzgerald, a likely Hall of Famer, returns to his hometown for the sixth time in his 15-year career.
On the other side, wideoutWRAdam Thielen leads the league in receptions (47) and is second in yards (589).
Tampa Bay (2-2) at Atlanta (1-4): Bucs QB Jameis Winston gets back his starting job following a bye; he was suspended for the first three games, when Ryan Fitzpatrick was either magical ormediocre.
Atlanta ranks worst in points allowed and worst in third-down percentage. The offense struggles to protect Matt Ryan and to generate a running game.