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Romo has apparently shaken off his December struggles and has the Cowboys within striking distance of the NFC East crown. The Cardinals are undefeated at home, but they haven't faced a team like Seattle at home and doing so with an inexperienced backup isn't a good omen.
Which Cincinnati team will show up this week? Will it be the one that punished Johnny Manziel, or the one that laid an egg to Brian Hoyer at home? Denver's Peyton Manning is light-years better than both and performs well in primetime, unlike Cincinnati's Andy Dalton. Denver wins a close one, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars. Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins.
San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers. Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints. Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans. Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins. Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears. Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers. New York Giants at St. In five games, Peters has five interceptions to lead the league.
In 23 regular and postseason games, the second-year corner has 14 interceptions, the best start ever in the NFL. He faces quite a challenge this Sunday going up against QB Drew Brees, one of the league's most accurate and experienced passers. Brees has thrown four picks in five games, but that doesn't slow down the Saints offense and willingness to throw the ball. Whether he sees coverage on Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead or rookie Michael Thomas, Peters will get a chance for his sixth interception; it's important that the K.
New Orleans -- Out: Kansas City -- Questionable: Smith's only victory over the Saints was in the playoffs when he threw three touchdown passes, sending San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game.
He lost starts with the 49ers against New Orleans in , and Overall in those four games, Smith threw six touchdowns and five interceptions. Chiefs are shooting for ninth consecutive win at home.
These Chiefs are getting into stride and are being overlooked in conversations about top teams in the NFL, probably because they are in the same division with Denver and Oakland.
But the Chiefs could be ready for another hot streak. Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins ET, Hard Rock Stadium. Buffalo won the last meeting, The Bills swept the two games last season, have won four of the last five and are against Miami in the last four years. Bills coach Rex Ryan called his offense "boring" this week, but it wasn't a shot at the unit. Buffalo arrives in South Florida with the league's top-ranked ground game and a plus-eight turnover margin.
That is a winning formula, even if the passing game ranks 31st and lacks any real pop minus injured wideout Sammie Watkins. QB Tyrod Taylor has thrown only two picks on the season and relies on moving the chains in short-yardage situations.
The Bills are more than happy to play a field position game, which puts the onus on Miami's run defense to flip the script. However, McCoy left Wednesday's practice with a tight hamstring, leaving his status uncertain and Mike Gillislee as the potential lead back Sunday. The Dolphins' passing game has yet to get untracked under new coach Adam Gase , but the much-maligned offensive line did clear the way for RB Jay Ajayi to rush for more than yards against Pittsburgh last week.
With QB Ryan Tannehill entering with seven interceptions against six touchdowns as he has been sacked 17 times despite none last week , Miami might have to beat Buffalo at its own game. The Bills are allowing only Miami allowed "only" rushing yards to Pittsburgh, which is well below the average of The defensive front tends to struggle with maintaining gap integrity, which is exactly what McCoy is adept at exploiting. Buffalo enters the game leading the league in rushing, paced by McCoy's yards.
Gillislee is averaging 6. Buffalo has been more physical in the trenches in winning six of the past seven meetings. Miami rushed for a season-high yards last week while not allowing a sack of Tannehill with the front five showing more cohesion. DT Marcell Dareus hamstring still hasn't made his season debut, but would provide even more depth to an already strong unit if he's able to get in on a handful of snaps. Dolphins S Michael Thomas. He'll be tasked with replacing Pro Bowl strong safety Reshad Jones rotator cuff , a job that probably can't be done by anyone else on the roster.
Thomas will have help. T Seantrel Henderson back. Lorenzo Alexander , who is playing in Williams' old role in Buffalo, has a league-high 8. Ajayi joined Reggie Bush , Ricky Williams twice in and Lamar Smith as the only Dolphins to rush for yards in a game.
McCoy's status will be a significant factor, but the Bills have a capable group of backups and this is a difficult matchup for a Miami team that needs to prove last week's strong effort by Ajayi and the run defense wasn't the aberration the season stats would indicate. Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets After a brutal run of injuries in , the Ravens again find themselves shorthanded as they attempt to stop a three-game losing streak against a desperate opponent making a quarterback change while riding a four-game skid.
Quarterback Joe Flacco has a "right shoulder issue," according to coach Jim Harbaugh , who said it's "my belief he'll be out there.
Either can challenge the Jets' beleaguered secondary in the vertical passing game. But then there is the makeshift offensive line, the ankle injury that sidelined Steve Smith Sr. It's a complicated mix, even against the Jets, who do boast a strong line that leads the way for a run defense allowing only 3. That's the same mark for the Ravens' top-ranked run defense allowing an average of just As the Jets make the switch behind center to Geno Smith , getting production out of the gate from RB Matt Forte figures to be critical.
Then again, there's a Baltimore pass defense that could be without its most feared pass rusher in Terrell Suggs biceps and is dealing with a slew of injuries in the secondary. The Jets are minus in turnover differential, and Geno Smith's ability to hold onto the quarterback job likely hinges on at least not building that number.
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta. Harris, who missed his first game since on Monday, was seen at practice Wednesday. Even though his coverage skills have slipped, the Jets will need Harris to try and contain Pitta, the most reliable option in the Ravens' short passing game. Harris is a better option than Henderson, whose missed open-field tackle on Cardinals RB David Johnson 's yard touchdown run Monday was the lowest light of a dim night for the Jets.
Jets WR Brandon Marshall. Marshall has 27 catches for yards and two touchdowns despite uneven quarterback play and little in the way of other proven playmakers in the passing game. Baltimore's secondary is also dealing with injuries to Tavon Young undisclosed , Jerraud Powers groin and Shareece Wright hamstring.
Their status is also uncertain. Baltimore could move safety Lardarius Webb back to his original position at corner for experience. Smith is expected to replace Terrell Suggs, who suffered a torn biceps against the Giants last Sunday. The year-old Suggs is still playing at a high level five sacks , so his absence qualifies as a break for the Jets, who need to keep a clean pocket for the turnover-prone Smith.
New York Jets -- Out: The Ravens have forced 11 turnovers through six games after forcing a single-season franchise low 14 all of last season.
Flacco has been sacked 11 times over the past three games. The Ravens have dropped three consecutive games and are dealing with key injuries on both sides of the ball. The Jets have dropped four straight and are making a desperate quarterback change. Coin flip to the Jets, who get a bit of a spark from the change under center while the Ravens try to cope with their latest slew of injuries.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles ET, Lincoln Financial Field. Vikings lead series, The Vikings have won two straight under strange circumstances. In , as the Leslie Frazier regime was going down in flames, the Vikings upset a playoff-bound Eagles team at the Metrodome. A week later, the Vikings were dominated at Cincinnati by a defensive coordinator named Mike Zimmer. In , the Vikings traveled to Philadelphia for a Sunday game that wasn't played until Tuesday night because of the threat of a snow storm that never grew to the strength that was expected.
That game helped Leslie Frazier eliminate the interim tag he held after stepping in for the fired Brad Childress earlier in the season. The Vikings were blitz-heavy that night, catching the playoff-bound Eagles off-guard in a upset. The teams have met three times in the playoffs. The Eagles have won all three, including two divisional meetings and a wild-card matchup in which then-Eagles coach Andy Reid brought his No.
Teammates turned opposition by the Sept. The Vikings are No. His mobility was not a major factor against the Redskins, who hemmed Wentz in the pocket with relentless pressure and exposed RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who allowed two sacks and numerous pressures.
Wentz limits mistakes, but Bradford has made none. The Vikings are the only offense in the NFL without a turnover. The Vikings have 19 sacks and lead the NFL with a plus turnover differential. The Vikings apply heat and don't turn it off. Getting him help -- using tight ends to set the edge protection and utilizing the ground game -- is a must for the Eagles to pull the upset. Minnesota has 10 players on injured reserve but the Vikings' conservative approach on offense suits the game plan of letting a talented defense win games.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon has good burst when the line creates a seam but too often he's meeting first contact behind the line of scrimmage, and averages just 3.
The Eagles are struggling to get good push at the line of scrimmage and yield 4. Eagles PR Darren Sproles. No, they won't face each other. But they could put on quite the show if their opponent's coverage units aren't attentive, aggressive and careful. Sherels has a league-high two return touchdowns and is third in the league with a He's a big reason the Vikings awoke from their slumber to win at Carolina. He'll face a year veteran punter in Donnie Jones. Together with his coverage guys, Jones ranks 24th in net punting average at They've also given up a punt return for a touchdown.
They'll need to do better against Sherels. Meanwhile, the Vikings get Sproles, who is 10th in the league in punt return average The Vikings counter with Jeff Locke, who is having his best season. He already has 13 punts downed inside the yard line. His punts have better hang time, which has allowed the coverage unit to limit opponents to a 7. Vikings FS Harrison Smith. Wentz cruised through a start without an interception. Then he threw a damaging one near the end of the loss to Detroit.
Another loss to Washington followed, but Wentz still has seven touchdown passes to only one interception. Smith will play a vital role in coach Mike Zimmer's attempt to confuse the rookie quarterback. If the Vikings can stop the run, Zimmer's creative fronts and third-down packages increase tremendously in difficulty to decipher.
Smith's instincts, savvy and speed enable him to show blitz off the edge and drop deep, or vice versa. Six Vikings share the team's seven interceptions. Smith doesn't have one, although he flat-out dropped a pick-six against the Texans. And Wentz will have plenty to worry about, starting with the Vikings' front-seven defenders rushing him.
But he better make sure he knows where Smith is at all times. Otherwise, Smith has a knack for slipping into perfect position for pick-sixes. Vikings QB Sam Bradford. Perhaps too obvious, but no one should or will look past Bradford in this game. Traded by the Eagles to the Vikings eight days before the season started, Bradford has played nearly perfect. He sat behind Shaun Hill for a week and then posted the first four-game winning streak of his career.
He leads the NFL in completion percentage Going back to last season with the Eagles, Bradford has thrown straight passes without an interception. The Eagles are with rookie first-round draft pick Carson Wentz. And they get the Vikings' first-round pick next year and a conditional fourth-rounder in But Bradford can make the Eagles regret the trade for at least one day if he goes back into Philly and plays like he has to this point in Minnesota.
WR Jarius Wright ankle. Dating to last season, the Vikings have a streak of nine games without allowing more than 18 points. Vikings S Anthony Sendejo fumble lost has the only Minnesota turnover this season. Wentz has one interception in pass attempts. Bradford has zero in passes. Unless the Eagles commit to lighting a fire with the running game to ease the strain on rookie QB Carson Wentz, Minnesota gets to with a feisty defense healthy and rested after last week's bye.
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans Colts lead series, Indy has won nine in a row vs. Tennessee and 14 of the past The Colts are vs. Tennessee in home games and on the road. Indianapolis has posted wins in four of its last five games at Nissan Stadium, including last year's decision. Indianapolis has been consistently inconsistent through the first six games of the year, either not being able to start fast and keep the pressure on teams or not being able to close out contests when getting off to double-digit leads.
Offensively, the Colts have been shooting themselves in the foot with ill-timed penalties and poor decision making. Indianapolis' running game has shown some improvement but the inability to keep the chains moving in crucial situations continues to hamper the offensive production.
As for the defense, the Colts are still searching for a consistent pass rush. Opposing quarterbacks are getting too much time in the pocket to look downfield and find secondary receivers. Tackling has also been a recurring issue, especially late in games. Indianapolis has allowed too many yards after the catch. Last week, the Titans turned to the passing game when the Browns keyed on stopping the run.
This week, they hope to get back to running the football with DeMarco Murray against a Colts defense that can be porous. On defense, Tennessee must get pressure on Andrew Luck and not allow T. Hilton to beat them with big plays down the field. Look for the Titans to try to confuse Luck as much as possible with exotic blitzes and movement, especially on third down. Luck has been sacked 23 times and hit on 46 other occasions through the first six games.
Despite the constant pressure, he still has managed to complete of passes for 1, yards and 11 touchdowns while just throwing four interceptions.
In seven career games against the Titans, Luck has connected on passes for 1, yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has been sacked 16 times by the Tennessee defense. Orakpo leads the Titans with seven sacks this year. Tennessee has 18 total sacks as a team. Mariota has gotten off to a strong start this year both throwing and running the football. He has completed of passes for 1, yards and 10 touchdowns along with six interceptions. Mariota has been sacked nine times this year.
As a runner, he has yards on 27 carries and one TD. Indianapolis is ranked 29th in the league in pass defense The Colts linebackers will have their hands full trying to contain Tennessee's dual-threat quarterback. Colts CB Rashaan Melvin. He was also sacked five times and hit 16 times overall, but still managed to stay in the game and not force the 49ers to use Garoppolo just days after he was acquired for a second-round pick from New England.
Stanton, making his first start this season in place of the injured Carson Palmer, went 15 for 30 for yards with TD passes to Jaron Brown and Jermaine Gresham. He also was intercepted once. He threw two interceptions. Denver has lost four in a row and five of six.
Wentz was 15 of 27 for yards before giving way to Nick Foles. He has three four-TD performances in the last five weeks. The Panthers spotted the Falcons 10 points before Newton and the ground game got rolling. Carolina ran for yards, including a career-high 66 and a touchdown from rookie Christian McCaffrey. AP — Marcus Mariota threw for yards and two touchdowns, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Baltimore Ravens Sunday for their third straight victory.
Derrick Henry ran for a 1-yard TD. Safety Kevin Byard also intercepted two passes, giving the second-year pro five picks over his past two games. AP — With A. Green and Jalen Ramsey ejected for fighting, Jaydon Mickens delivered the knockout blow by returning a punt 63 yards for a touchdown, helping the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
The Jaguars, who are , won consecutive games for the first time in 13 months and were victorious at EverBank Field for the first time since last December. Blake Bortles threw for yards and a touchdown in another efficient performance. Marqise Lee had his first TD reception of the season and responded by punting the ball into the stands. The Buccaneers came in hoping to stem a four-game skid, but instead were not just beaten, but beaten up. Quarterback Jameis Winston left with shoulder soreness after the first half.
Starting defensive end William Gholston was carted off the field with a neck injury.