Los Angeles Chargers (6-2) at Oakland (1-7)
patrick’s past three starts, all losses.
Still, Fitzpatrick has three games with four or more TD passes, the most in the NFC this season, and has been much better than erstwhile starter Jameis Winston.
New England (7-2) at Tennessee (4-4)
the NFC South by Brees and Cam Newton.
With 13 yards receiving Sunday, Julio Jones will reach 10,000 in his career and become the fastest player to reach that milestone (104 games).
The Browns have dropped four straight, and are 0-1 under interim coach Gregg Williams. But their .786 winning percentage (11-3) against the Falcons is the team’s highest against any opponent.
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.
Jacksonville (3-5) at Indianapolis (3-5)
is back in fine form and has not been sacked in his past 154 pass attempts dating to the second offensive play against New England on Oct. 4. It’s the longest stretch of his pro career.
Colts K Adam Vinatieri will be honored for breaking the NFL’s career scoring record two weeks ago at Oakland. Vinatieri needs one win to tie George Blanda (209) for most regular-season wins in league history.
Buffalo (2-6) at New York Jets (3-6)
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.
New York Giants (1-7) at San Francisco (27), Monday night
This isn’t likely to be as much of a sleep-inducer as Bills-Jets. At least a national TV audience gets to watch Saquon Barkley, the most dynamic rookie to hit New York since Odell Beckham Jr. — and without all the baggage.
San Francisco has its own intriguing story after rookie QB Nick Mullens tore up Bay Area rival Oakland last week. Mullens joined Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Fran Tarkenton as the only players with at least 250 yards passing, three TDs and no INTs in his career debut.