NFL GameDay: Raiders-Broncos tilt has classic offense vs. defense feel

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) can expect an upclose and personal experience with Broncos linebacker Von Miller, left, when the teams meet Sunday night in Oakland, Calif., on NBC (KXAS/5).
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) can expect an upclose and personal experience with Broncos linebacker Von Miller, left, when the teams meet Sunday night in Oakland, Calif., on NBC (KXAS/5). AP

Lions (4-4) at Vikings (5-2)

Noon, DirecTV/709

Line: Vikings by 6  1/2

The sky may be falling but it has yet to hit the ground in Minnesota after the sudden resignation of offensive coordinator Norv Turner last week. The Vikings’ offensive woes, which have them second-to-last in yards per game (293.3), have resulted in back-to-back 10-point outputs, ending with losses at Philadelphia and Chicago. Detroit looks to rebound after its three-game win streak ended against Houston. A win would move the Lions to within a half-game of the NFC North lead.

Eagles (4-3) at Giants (4-3)

Noon, DirecTV/710

Line: Giants by 2 1/2

Philadelphia has lost three of four after starting the season 3-0. The Eagles lost an overtime thriller against Dallas and are now at risk of falling three games behind the Cowboys. The Giants find themselves in the same scenario as they begin a three-game homestand coming out of the bye. Philadelphia swept the season series against New York in 2015 by a margin of 62-37.

Jets (3-5) at Dolphins (3-4)

Noon, DirecTV/707

Line: Dolphins by 4

New York has put together consecutive wins behind turnover-free quarterback play. Yes, that sentence was correct. Running back Matt Forte seems to be the key, averaging 102.3 yards and more than two touchdowns in wins and 68.8 yards and no touchdowns in losses. Coming out of the bye, the Dolphins have also won two consecutive games, led by consecutive 200-plus-yard rushing performances from running back Jay Ajayi, a Frisco Liberty graduate.

Jaguars (2-5) at Chiefs (5-2)

Noon, DirecTV/706

Line: Chiefs by 7 1/2

Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith will be held out with a head injury. Nick Foles, who Andy Reid drafted while in Philadelphia, excelled last week and will get the start. The Jaguars have been outscored by 57 points this season, fourth worst in the league. The Chiefs, on the other hand, have won 16 of their past 18 dating to last season and are undefeated at home.

Steelers (4-3) at Ravens (3-4)

Noon, KTVT/11

Line: Ravens by 2

The Pittsburgh/Baltimore rivalry has been one of the most contemptuous in football. Seven of the past nine matchups have been decided by three points or less. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is eager to return from knee surgery three weeks ago to help the Steelers avoid a third consecutive loss. Joe Flacco has thrown five touchdowns with six interceptions, contributing to a four-game Ravens skid.

Saints (3-4) at 49ers (1-6)

3:05 p.m., DirecTV/712

Line: Saints by 4

New Orleans survived Seattle last week and have now played in six games decided by less than seven points. Drew Brees has declared war on all defensive backs, averaging a league-high 338 passing yards per game. San Francisco is in a tailspin, losing six consecutive games by an average of 17.2 points. QB Colin Kaepernick has struggled, completing just 46 percent of his passes in two starts.

Panthers (2-5) at Rams (3-4)

3:05 p.m., DirecTV/711

Line: Panthers by 3

Carolina regained its 2015 identity, rushing for 141 yards and holding the Cardinals to 20 points for their second win. QB Cam Newton met with the NFL commissioner this week to discuss the excess of questionable hits he has taken. Fortunately for him, Los Angeles’ vaunted defensive front only has 10 sacks on the year. However, a 30th-ranked offense is more likely to blame for the Rams’ three consecutive losses.

Colts (3-5) at Packers (4-3)

3:25 p.m., KTVT/11

Line: Packers by 7

Both clubs came into the season with high expectations, but are a combined 1-6 against opponents over .500. Green Bay is still without a true running back. Aaron Rodgers led the team in rushing yards (60) in a close loss in Atlanta. Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck has been stellar, throwing for 16 touchdowns, but has been sacked a league-high 31 times.

Titans (4-4) at Chargers (3-5)

3:25 p.m., DirecTV/714

Line: Chargers by 4

The Titans are one game back of an inconsistent Houston team after winning three of their past four. Running back DeMarco Murray is in 2014 form, averaging 119.1 total yards per game for the league’s third-ranked rushing attack. A third loss within the division has likely ended San Diego’s AFC West title hunt as the Chargers cling to life in the AFC.

Broncos (6-2) at Raiders (6-2)

7:30 p.m.., KXAS/5

Line: Raiders by 1

Denver has remained true to its identity, winning with a third-ranked defense despite an inefficient offense. Oakland has aired it out. Derek Carr is coming off a 513-yard, four-touchdown performance in a game where the Raiders set a single-game record with 23 penalties. The winner of this matchup will sit alone atop the AFC West.