Los Angeles Times
The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to FanDuel (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 7-8 (.467); season 100-64-1 (.610). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-7 (.533); season 80-83-2 (.491). Off: Arizona, Kansas City. Times Pacific:
Bears 23, Lions 16
TV: Channel 11. Line: Bears by 3. O/U: 411⁄2. With QB Justin Fields nursing a rib injury, Andy Dalton steps in and should do a decent job of running the Chicago offense. The Lions play hard most weeks, but they’re young and still winless.
Cowboys 28, Raiders 20
TV: Channel 2. Line: Cowboys by 7 ⁄ . O/U: 51 ⁄ . 1 1
2 2 The Cowboys have to bounce back at home on Thanksgiving after scoring just nine points at Kansas City. The Raiders can bring a lot of pressure rushing four, but their offense isn’t scaring anyone.
Bills 24, Saints 17
TV: Channel 4. Line: Bills by 6. O/U: 45. As Drew Brees analyzes the game for NBC, the Saints offense continues to struggle. Though clobbered by Indianapolis, Buffalo’s defense is performing at a higher level than its offense currently is.
Bengals 27, Steelers 23
TV: None. DirecTV: 705. Line: Bengals by 41⁄2. O/U: 45. Steelers staged impressive rally but fell short against the Chargers and are still hurting on defense. In their pounding of the Raiders, the Bengals appeared to have figured out something.
Texans 23, Jets 13
TV: None. DirecTV: 706. Line: Texans by 21⁄2. O/U: 441⁄2. The Texans are coming off a shocking win over Tennessee, and Tyrod Taylor makes them better. Rookie Zach Wilson makes his return as starting quarterback for the Jets, but is that a good thing?
Patriots 23, Titans 21
TV: None. DirecTV: 707. Line: Patriots by 61⁄2. O/U: 44. We’re seeing how much Tennessee misses Derrick Henry, and the Titans need a banged-up A.J. Brown on the field. New England is playing as well as anybody in the league and it’s at home this week.
Jaguars 21, Falcons 17
TV: None. DirecTV: 708. Line: Falcons by 21⁄2. O/U: 461⁄2. The Jaguars beat Buffalo, they’ve been in a bunch of games, then got stomped by the 49ers last Sunday. Atlanta has been outscored the last two games, 68-3. Jacksonville holds on at home.
Buccaneers 28, Colts 24
TV: Channel 11. DirecTV: 709. Line: Buccaneers by 3. O/U: 52 ⁄ . 1
2 Could be the game of the week. The Colts’ Jonathan Taylor is coming off a five-touchdown game in which he ran the ball 32 times. Maybe he’s a little more tired versus a team getting Vita Vea back.
Dolphins 27, Panthers 23
TV: None. DirecTV: 710. Line: Panthers by 2. O/U: 42. Everybody is making a big deal about Cam Newton’s return but there’s a reason he was jobless for the first 10 weeks. He’s a liability as a passer. Carolina does have a talented defense, though.
Eagles 24, Giants 20
TV: None. DirecTV: 711. Line: Eagles by 31⁄2. O/U: 46. The Eagles ran for 242 yards against New Orleans, which had the No. 1 rush defense. That figures to present problems for the Giants, who haven’t faced a lot of dual-threat quarterbacks lately.
Broncos 28, Chargers 24
TV: Channel 2. DirecTV: 712. Line: Chargers by 21⁄2. O/U: 471⁄2. The Chargers did a good job stopping Najee Harris, but Pittsburgh’s offensive line isn’t very good. The Broncos are going to try to run, and they’re healthier after a week off. Tough divisional matchup.
Rams 31, Packers 27
TV: Channel 11. DirecTV: 713. Line: Rams by 1. O/U: 47. Despite impressive records, there’s a hint of desperation in air for both. The Rams have had a week off to regroup. Hard to pick against Aaron Rodgers at home and Rams struggle against the run ...
Vikings 27, 49ers 23
TV: None. DirecTV: 714. Line: 49ers by 3. O/U: 49. Minnesota has rounded into one of the better teams in the NFC, as long as it can get in the habit of finishing strong. San Francisco’s secondary could have a problem with those Minnesota receivers.
Ravens 31, Browns 20
TV: Channel 4. Line: Ravens by 31⁄2. O/U: 451⁄2. Cleveland is banged up and missing the mojo it had last year. Baltimore is significantly better. Of course, anything can happen in division games. This could be a big game for Lamar Jackson.
Washington 24, Seahawks 20
TV: ESPN. Line: Seahawks by 1. O/U: 46.5. Seattle is really struggling and can usually rely on Russell Wilson to make up for other roster deficiencies, but his injured finger has taken a toll on his play. Washington quietly getting it together.