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November 17, 2019

Hopefully most of Sunday's NFL drama stems from tightly contested games, rather than any dangerous extracurricular activities after the whistle. Here are four Week 11 games to watch.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. E.T. on CBS — This might be one of the best games of the season let alone this week. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has entered the MVP conversation, but Houston's signal caller DeShaun Watson has also emerged as one of the game's best players. On paper, this one projects to be a joy to watch as two of the game's brightest young stars go at it for the 7-2 Ravens and 6-3 Texans.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. E.T. on CBS — These two division rivals will face off with the playoffs on their minds and their quarterbacks returning to the field. Jacksonville will get prized free agent acquisition Nick Foles back after he suffered a broken collar bone in the first game of the season. Jacoby Brissett will slot back in under center for Indianapolis after missing last week's humbling loss to the Miami Dolphins. The 4-5 Jaguars and 5-4 Colts are two talented teams that have had up-and-down seasons so far, so this game could turn the tide for either.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on CBS — The Patriots will look to avenge their first loss of the season against Baltimore two weeks ago while simultaneously paying the Eagles back for beating them in Super Bowl LII. The Eagles, meanwhile, are seeking their third straight win as they look to duplicate last year's late season surge.

Los Angeles vs. Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m. E.T. on NBC — The primetime game features two teams suffering through disappointing seasons. But there's a ray of hope for each side, as they aim to repeat their playoff runs from last season. After four straight losses, the 4-5 Bears finally got a win against the Detroit Lions last week, while the 5-4 Rams are coming off a loss where they were stifled by the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Tim O'Donnell

November 10, 2019

The NFL playoffs are inching closer, and Week 10 should serve as a showcase for a few teams to prove their worthy of a spot. Here are four matchups to watch:

Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m. E.T. on CBS — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is expected to return to the field for this one, which is great news for Kansas City. The team performed admirably in his absence, but a division title is no longer a foregone conclusion with the Oakland Raiders breathing down their necks in the AFC West. There's no time for funny business anymore for the 6-3 Chiefs.

Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on Fox — The Packers were rolling along until they were stifled by the Los Angeles Chargers last week. They're still in a good spot at 7-2, but the 5-3 Panthers should provide a challenge. Still, Carolina is the team that's really on the ropes in a crowded NFC playoff picture. A win at daunting Lambeau Field would be quite the statement.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on Fox — The 4-4 Steelers, despite being banged up, have won three straight games, including a thriller against the Indianapolis Colts last week. The 5-3 Rams, who have won two in a row, are in a similar position to Pittsburgh. Both teams are currently on the outside looking in, but the playoffs are far from out of reach at this point. Winning this one will make the path to January football a whole lot easier for both teams.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. E.T. on NBC — The primetime game highlights two teams that have their sights set on a division crown. Minnesota trails Green Bay in the NFC North, and was unable to capitalize on the Packers' loss last week when they failed to secure a victory in Kansas City. They'll look to bounce back against the Cowboys, who are trying to hold off the Philadelphia Eagles in the AFC East. Tim O'Donnell

November 3, 2019

The main draw of Sunday's slate of NFL games is probably the Sunday night matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots, but while the two division leaders should put on a show, this week is defined by a series of games which could have playoff ramifications for a few middling teams. Here are four to watch:

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. E.T. on Fox — In a rematch of last season's NFC Wild Card game, the 3-4 Bears will head to Philadelphia to take on the 4-4 Eagles. Neither team has played particularly well this year in the face of high expectations, though the Eagles are coming off a dominant win against the Buffalo Bills. The Bears likely need to win this game to have a realistic shot in the competitive NFC North.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. E.T. on CBS — The 3-4 Steelers have performed better than anticipated since quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down for the season in week two, but they're still two games back of the Ravens in the division and 2.5 out of the Wild Card. It wouldn't be an insurmountable deficit to overcome if they lose to Indianapolis, but it's still a crucial game. The 5-2 Colts, on the other hand, will look to maintain their AFC South lead.

Carolina Panthers vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. E.T. on CBS — These two teams aren't talked about frequently when it comes to playoff contenders, but they're both hanging around. It's an important game for both sides, as Carolina was humbled by the San Francisco 49ers last week, dropping to 4-3, while Tennessee is coming off two straight wins behind quarterback Ryan Tannehill to get back to 4-4.

Oakland Raiders vs. Detroit Lions, 4:05 p.m. E.T. on Fox — Like Carolina and Tennessee, Oakland and Detroit are mostly flying under the radar. The playoffs don't seem likely for either team, but with a win the Raiders would improve to 4-4, and Detroit could get to 4-3-1, which is a reasonable position to be in at this point of the season. Tim O'Donnell

October 27, 2019

Week 8 in the NFL is not short on storylines — the league's remaining undefeated teams will look to keep their streaks alive and a familiar face returns to the field in New Orleans. Here are four games to watch:

Buffalo Bills vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. E.T. on Fox — The Eagles are coming off a dismal loss against a division rival which dropped them to 3-4 on the year, but rebounding will be tough against the vaunted defense of the surprising Bills. If Buffalo wins, they'll improve to 6-1 and may even strike an ounce of fear in the heart of New England Patriots fans. It's a big test for both teams.

New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. E.T. on CBS — Drew Brees is expected back under center for the Saints, who did nothing but win in his absence. Backup Teddy Bridgewater did his job while Brees was injured, but New Orleans likely isn't complaining about getting the Hall of Famer back in time for the season's second half. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have quietly won three in a row and may even be a longshot playoff contender behind rookie quarterback Kyler Murray.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers, 4:05 p.m. on Fox — The 49ers are still undefeated and they've looked pretty dominant doing it, but the Panthers have won four in a row even with quarterback Cam Newton out. San Francisco won't take Carolina's second-year backup signal caller Kyle Allen lightly.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. on NBC — The primetime game would be even more exciting if injured Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes was in action, but fans will have to settle for watching just one elite passer in Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. It wouldn't be a complete shock if these two teams meet again at full strength on Feb. 2, 2020. Tim O'Donnell

October 20, 2019

We're almost at the midway point for the NFL season. Here are four games to watch for Week 7:

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. E.T. on CBS — The Texans are playing at a high level behind quarterback DeShaun Watson. They're coming off a victory last week in Kansas City, which may be one of the biggest wins of the entire season. Watson and company face another big test this week in Indianapolis, and this time the stakes are even higher as the two teams race for the AFC South title.

Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on Fox — Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will reportedly return to action this week as Chicago looks to stay afloat in the competitive NFC North. The Saints, who are already without quarterback Drew Brees, will be without their versatile star running back, Alvin Kamara, and tight end Jared Cook. But the 5-1 Saints have shown a lot of resilience so far this year, so don't expect them to fold.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on Fox — Any game with Russell Wilson is worth watching right now. The Seahawks quarterback has been one of the best players in the league all season, and he'll look to keep Seattle rolling along against a talented, but inconsistent Ravens team. Ravens safety Earl Thomas will make his return to Seattle, where he starred for several years as the centerpiece of one of the most dominant secondaries in NFL history.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. E.T. on NBC — It's been a weird season for these longtime rivals, who will face off during primetime Sunday evening. Dallas got off to a hot start against bad competition, but has now lost three in a row, while the Eagles have been up and down all season en route to their own 3-3 record. The winner should emerge as the favorite in a weak NFC East. Tim O'Donnell

October 13, 2019

One game is already under way in the NFL, but there's a lot more to come. Here are four Week 6 games to keep an eye on:

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET on CBS — This matchup between two potential playoff teams could be an offensive explosion. Kansas City and Houston feature two of the game's top young playmakers in quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson, respectively. Houston was clicking on all cylinders last week when they torched the Atlanta Falcons for 53 points behind a stellar Watson performance. Kansas City and Mahomes, meanwhiel, played their worst game of the season against the Indianapolis Colts last week.

Miami Dolphins vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET on Fox — Full disclosure: this is a bit tongue-in-cheek. Miami and Washington are probably two of the worst teams in the league this year, but one of them will have to win this one. It's also Washington's first game since firing head coach Jay Gruden earlier this week. In the long run, though, this is about the race for the number one pick.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET on Fox — Alright, back to quality football. After a rough start to the season, the Eagles look formidable again, but a road game in Minnesota remains a tall task. Minnesota has had an up and down season, but they're coming off a strong performance against a weak New York Giants team. This should be a good litmus test for two 3-2 teams aiming for division crowns.

Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox — This promises to be an exciting divisional game. The Rams have been a bit of disappointment this year, but knocking off the 49ers, who remain the only undefeated team not called the New England Patriots, would be a great way to shake off some of their post-Super Bowl rustiness. The Niners, meanwhile, just destroyed the Cleveland Browns last Monday and look like a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Tim O'Donnell

October 6, 2019

The NFL season is officially in full swing. Here are four matchups to watch in Week 5.

Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m. on Fox — These two squads are meeting for the season's first game in London, but the bigger story might be Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who will take on his former team for the first time since being traded to Chicago last year. Mack is one of the league's most dominant players, and could wind up making Oakland's brass rue their decision.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS — This classic rivalry doesn't quite pack the same punch it used to, but the AFC North remains up for grabs, so the result could play a major role in the conference playoff picture. Baltimore started off hot this season, but has stumbled the last two weeks, while the Steelers finally got their first win in Week 4, as second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph grew more comfortable leading the offense.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. on Fox — Both Green Bay and Dallas sit at 3-1 with their eyes on division crowns, but they're both also looking to avoid losing for the second straight week. Dallas, in particular, could stand to bounce back — their high-powered offense sputtered in their game last week against the New Orleans Saints, who were the first real challenge quarterback Dak Prescott and company faced this season.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:20 p.m. on NBC — The Chiefs and superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes enter Sunday's primetime game as one of the league's three remaining undefeated teams. They'll look to improve to 5-0 against a solid Colts team that remains in the thick of the playoff race despite coming off a loss to Oakland last week. Tim O'Donnell

September 29, 2019

The NFL is already at the quarter-season mark, and Week 4 should provide some insight on who the real contenders. Here are four matchups to check out Sunday.

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET on CBS — This one features undefeated intra-division rivals. New England has coasted to a 3-0 mark, while Buffalo has surprised people with its dominant defense to match the Patriots win-for-win so far. But Sunday will be a big test for Buffalo, who have only beaten Patriots quarterback Tom Brady twice in their home stadium in 17 tries.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET on Fox — This is another battle of unbeaten teams, although Detroit does have a tie marring its record. Like New England, Kansas City has looked dominant early behind quarterback Patrick Mahomes, while the Lions are coming off two very impressive wins against the Los Angeles Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET on Fox — Ok, this one probably doesn't feature a playoff contender, but Giants fans have cause for excitement now that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is under center. Jones took the league by storm when he lead New York to a comeback victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The Giants received a lot of criticism for picking Jones at no. 6 in the 2019 draft, and while it's way too early to tell if he'll continue to play at a high level, he sure looks he's going to prove a lot of people wrong.

Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC — Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater filled in admirably for the injured Drew Brees last week when the Saints went in to Seattle and left with a big-time victory over the Seahawks. They'll face an even tougher test this week at home against the Dak Prescott-led Cowboys, who have looked like a juggernaut so far, albeit against lowly competition. Tim O'Donnell

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