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Brady returns for Patriots against Browns; Lynch to start for Broncos

In this Aug. 28, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (12) leads his team onto the field before a preseason NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. The last thing the Browns need right now is a ticked-off superstar quarterback making his return to the NFL.
In this Aug. 28, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (12) leads his team onto the field before a preseason NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. The last thing the Browns need right now is a ticked-off superstar quarterback making his return to the NFL. AP

Patriots (3-1) at Browns (0-4)

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Line: Patriots by 10

New England quarterback Tom Brady returns from his four-game suspension to provide reinforcements to an offense that scored zero points last week. Cleveland will likely lean on its top-ranked rushing attack, spearheaded by running back Isaiah Crowell, second in NFL rushing and coming off his second 100-yard game of the season.

Eagles (3-0) at Lions (1-3)

Noon, KDFW/4

Line: Eagles by 4

Three games into his pro career, Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz has not turned the ball over or looked like a rookie. The Eagles have ridden his success to an NFC East lead. After losing three consecutive games by a combined 11 points, Detroit looks to rebound as it enters a three-game homestand. A loss would probably leave the Lions as spectators to the NFC North race.

Bears (1-3) at Colts (1-3)

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Line: Colts by 4  1/2

Chicago quarterback Brian Hoyer has been solid, posting a 103.3 passer rating in Jay Cutler’s absence. The Bears, however, average only 15.5 points a game. Indianapolis released two defensive starters during the week, after a loss to Jacksonville put the team in full desperation mode. The Colts are in a three-way tie for second place in the AFC South.

Titans (1-3) at Dolphins (1-3)

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Line: Dolphins by 3 1/2

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is suffering through a sophomore slump. As a result, the Titans are tied for last in offensive points per game (15.5). The Dolphins are in a similar offensive rut, averaging only 17.8 points per game. After a shaky start, the ’Fins have an opportunity to regain footing with four straight home games.

Redskins (2-2) at Ravens (3-1)

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Line: Ravens by 4

After a slow start, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown five touchdowns with one interception for a 110.9 passer rating in back-to-back wins. Baltimore had 412 yards and a top-ranked defense, but it wasn’t enough in the Ravens’ first loss last week. Baltimore remains in a tie for first place in a tight AFC North race.

Texans (3-1) at Vikings (4-0)

Noon, KTVT/11

Line: Vikings by 7

Minnesota overcame its 31st-ranked offense by combining efficient offensive play and an overwhelming plus-10 turnover margin. Houston is in a similar boat, leading its division despite ranking in the bottom fourth on offense. Unlike the Vikings, however, the Texans rank 28th in the NFL with a minus-4 turnover margin.

Jets (1-3) at Steelers (3-1)

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Line: Steelers by 7  1/2

New York might be regretting its investment in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick after a historically bad two-game stretch, in which Fitzpatrick was intercepted nine times. Pittsburgh looked revitalized by the return of running back Le’Veon Bell, who put up 178 total yards in his season debut. A 29-point victory put the Steelers into a tie for first in the AFC North.

Falcons (3-1) at Broncos (4-0)

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Line: Broncos by 5

Atlanta’s top-ranked offense is off to a ridiculous start. Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones connected for 300 yards last week as part of a 571-yard offensive output. Denver has been the second-best team in football at stopping opposing passing attacks. Broncos rookie Paxton Lynch reportedly will start in place of injured Trevor Siemian, who has an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.

Bills (2-2) at Rams (3-1)

3:25 p.m., DirecTV/714

Line: Rams by PK

After Week 1, both NFL bottom-dwellers looked to be dead on arrival. Suddenly, after stacking quality wins, both teams are back in contention. Expect a low-scoring affair as both teams come in with offenses ranked in the bottom fourth of the league and are led by defensive-minded coaches in Buffalo’s Rex Ryan and Jeff Fisher with Los Angeles.

Chargers (1-3) at Raiders (3-1)

3:25 p.m., DirecTV/715

Line: Raiders by 3  1/2

San Diego lost three games by a combined 11 points despite holding a lead in the fourth quarter of all three games. Through four games, Oakland quarterback Derrick Carr has thrown nine touchdowns compared with one interception. He will likely have to maintain that efficiency to overcome the Raiders’ 32nd-ranked defense.

Giants (2-2) at Packers (2-1)

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Line: Packers by 7

After a strong start, New York has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons, namely receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s on-field outbursts. Beckham, who is coming off the worst game of his career, along with the rest of the G-men will take on a rested Packers team that is 9-2 following a bye since coach Mike McCarthy arrived.

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