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Offensively-starved Rams finally ready to unveil top draft pick

The Rams are taking the blinders off rookie quarterback Jared Goff. The top pick in April’s draft will get his first NFL start Sunday at home against Miami.
The Rams are taking the blinders off rookie quarterback Jared Goff. The top pick in April’s draft will get his first NFL start Sunday at home against Miami. AP

Steelers (4-5) at Browns (0-10)

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Line: Steelers by 8

Pittsburgh suffered a heart-breaking loss to Dallas last week in a game that featured seven lead changes, most in an NFL game this season. The Steelers have lost four in a row after starting 4-1. Still, only one game separates them from an AFC North lead. Cleveland seems dead-set on going winless and securing the draft’s top pick. Ben Roethlisberger is 9-2 in Cleveland for his career.

Jaguars (2-7) at Lions (5-4)

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Line: Lions by 6  1/2

Detroit has battled back from a 1-3 start to share first place with Minnesota in the NFC North. The Lions are 3-1 inside of Ford Field. A win could set up the Lions to steal the division lead with a Thanksgiving matchup against Minnesota. Jacksonville is looking for a definitive franchise direction after entering the season with such promise.

Titans (5-5) at Colts (4-5)

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Line: Colts by 2  1/2

Tennessee throttled Green Bay last week 47-25 in a game that felt like the Titans’ coming out party. Marcus Mariota is fourth in the league with 21 touchdowns and DeMarco Murray is second in rushing with 930 yards. Indianapolis defeated the Titans 34-26 in Week 7. Both AFC South rivals need a win to keep pace with the division-leading Texans.

Cardinals (4-4-1) at Vikings (5-4)

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Line: Vikings by 2  1/2

Minnesota, once the NFL’s feel-good story, has become the third team ever to lose four consecutive games after starting 5-0. The league’s Minnesota’s top-ranked scoring defense has continued to perform, however the Vikings’ bottom-ranked offense has been no help. Arizona narrowly escaped the lowly 49ers last week with the help of David Johnson’s ninth consecutive game with 100-plus scrimmage yards.

Bears (2-7) at Giants (6-3)

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Line: Giants by 7  1/2

New York has won four straight, led by Odell Beckham Jr.’s five receiving touchdowns in that span. As long as the Giants continue to win, one slip-up by Dallas can move the Giants to within a game of the NFC East lead, with a second matchup with Dallas yet to come. Chicago is all but eliminated. Jay Cutler was back to his old antics last week, turning the ball over three times.

Bills (4-5) at Bengals (3-5-1)

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Line: Bengals by 2  1/2

Cincinnati’s quest for a sixth straight playoff appearance took another blow with a 21-20 loss to the Giants. Their once-vaunted defense is ranked 24th (375.4 yards per game), the unit’s worst ranking since 2007. After starting 0-2, Buffalo won four consecutive games, and the roller coaster is now headed back down with three consecutive losses. Cincinnati defeated the Bills 34-21 in 2015.

Buccaneers (4-5) at Chiefs (7-2)

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Line: Chiefs by 7  1/2

The Chiefs, 17-2 in their last 19 games, have not given up more than 21 points during their current five-game win streak despite having the 22nd ranked defense (366.1 yards per game), proving that turnovers are the great equalizer in football. Tampa Bay is coming off its largest win of the season (36-10 over the Bears) and have put themselves right back into the NFC playoff race.

Dolphins (5-4) at Rams (4-5)

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Line: Dolphins by 2  1/2

After a long wait, Los Angeles rookie quarterback Jared Goff gets to show what he has learned. The top overall pick in April’s draft takes over the league’s lowest-scoring offense (15.4 points per game). The Rams are still very much alive in the NFC wild-card race. Miami has quietly stacked four wins in a row with the help of Jay Ajayi’s 602 rushing yards in that stretch.

Patriots (7-2) at 49ers (1-8)

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Line: Patriots by 11  1/2

A late, close loss to Seattle isn’t much reason to panic, but that loss left New England in a three-way tie for best record in the AFC. The task now is to keep pace with the Raiders and Chiefs as the Pats travel to San Francisco. The 49ers are neck-and-neck with the Browns for the league’s worst record and rights to the top overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Eagles (5-4) at Seahawks (6-2-1)

3:25 p.m., KTVT/11

Line: Seahawks by 6  1/2

Seattle flipped the script against New England last week, making a goal line stand to come away with a win. The Seahawks seem poised to make another late run. The Seahawks are 21-5 from Week 11 on since Russell Wilson arrived in 2012. Philadelphia’s defense was again impressive in grounding Atlanta but the Eagles still find themselves sitting fourth in a tougher-than-anticipated NFC East.

Packers (4-5) at Redskins (5-3-1)

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Line: Redskins by 3

Green Bay hasn’t been under below .500 this far into the season since 2013, a year in which Aaron Rodgers missed seven games. Last Sunday, the Packers were thrashed in Tennessee, losing a 47-25 game that didn’t even seem that close. This figures to start a tough four-game stretch for Washington with visits to Dallas, Arizona, and Philadelphia in the next three weeks.

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