The Big Game
Green Bay (6-0) at Denver (6-0)
7:25 p.m., KXAS/5
Line: Packers by 3
Both had byes to prepare for titanic battle, the fourth ever between 6-0 teams. Packers gave up 503 passing yards last game. Unlikely to repeat that. Denver has allowed 12 TDs, three on Peyton Manning INT returns. Denver has unbeaten Packers, Patriots and Bengals to play.
Best of the rest
Cincinnati (6-0) at Pittsburgh (4-3)
Line: Pick ’em
Bengals seek best start in franchise history. They are 3-0 on the road against AFC teams. Steelers welcome return of Ben Roethlisberger from Week 3 injury, and return of Pittsburgh’s passing game, which dropped to 26th in NFL. RB Le’Veon Bell averages 102 rush yards.
NY Giants (4-3) at New Orleans (3-4)
Line: Saints by 3
Four Cowboys turnovers helped mask a season-high 460 yards allowed by the Giants’ hobbled defense. They’ve allowed 10 fourth-quarter TDs. Saints’ best game so far included 183 rush yards and three TDs, four sacks and three forced turnovers. Still, a 27-0 lead barely stood.
NY Jets (4-2) at Oakland (3-3)
Line: Jets by 2
Jets stinging from missed opportunities against Patriots. Offense has one scoring play longer than 18 yards. But have outscored foes 41-3 in third quarter. Raiders haven’t allowed a rush TD in four games. But they did give up 23 fourth-quarter points to Chargers after building 37-6 lead.
Worth a look
Tampa Bay (2-4) at Atlanta (6-1)
Line: Falcons by 7
Bucs quit while they were ahead, losing late after leading Skins 24-0. Only four teams have lost bigger leads, including Tampa, which led St. Louis by 25 before losing 31-28 in 1987. Shaky Falcons, with eight turnovers last three games, only have two teams with winning marks to play.
San Diego (2-5) at Baltimore (1-6)
Line: Ravens by 3
Best news for powerless Chargers is next four foes each have two or fewer wins. NFL passing leader Philip Rivers (2,452 yards) had two costly picks against Raiders. Team’s 166 run attempts are their fewest in nearly 30 years. Will the hard-luck Ravens ever win again? Nevermore.
Minnesota (4-2) at Chicago (2-4)
Line: Vikings by 1
Vikes’ defense is second in points allowed (102) and has yielded one rushing TD over the last five games. Before win in Detroit, Vikings were 1-15-1 in NFC North road games. Last time Bears saw RB Adrian Peterson, he had 211 yards. Not good news for a run defense allowing 124.8 yards.
Viewer discretion advised
Arizona (5-2) at Cleveland (2-5)
Line: Cards by 4 1/2
Cards survived own late mistakes (missed PAT, blocked punt) and took advantage of Ravens’ late interception to win. Browns have NFL’s worst rush defense (151 yards) and have only two rush TDs on offense. QB Josh McCown’s injured shoulder could put Johnny Manziel in driver’s seat.
San Francisco (2-5) at St. Louis (3-3)
Line: Rams by 8 1/2
49ers have more field goals (11) than TDs (10). QB Colin Kaepernick had no rush attempts vs. Seattle, a first. Rams’ D had four sacks, four fumble recoveries vs. Browns. RB Todd Gurley has 433 yards in last three games, first rookie over 125 in first three starts since Cadillac Williams in 2005.
Detroit (1-6) at Kansas City (2-5)
8:30 a.m., KDFW/4
Line: Chiefs by 5 1/2
Lions are Donald Trump’s favorite team. Offensive coaches? You’re fired. Changes came after offense had eight yards in second quarter and minus-1 in third at home vs. Vikings. Chiefs’ first win since opening game deserves a vacation, to London against toothless Lions.
Tennessee (1-5) at Houston (2-5)
Line: Texans by 4
Without starting QB, three secondary starters and using third-string center, Titans completed rare winless four-game homestand. Texans have allowed 139 points over last four games. Recently released QB Ryan Mallett can sleep through this one without fear of reprisal.
Bye weeks for Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Washington
Seattle (3-4) at Dallas (2-4)
3:25 p.m., KDFW/4
Line: Seahawks by 6
Strange bunch of Seahawks. They haven’t scored more than two TDs in any game and the defense has allowed a fourth-quarter TD in every game. QB Russell Wilson has been pedestrian (8 TD passes, 5 interceptions and NFL-high 31 sacks). But twice the defense has forced more punts than allowed opponent first downs (Bears, 49ers). Losers of four straight, the Cowboys’ playoff window is closing fast. The last Cowboys starting QB not named Tony Romo to win a game was Jon Kitna in 2010. They can’t wait another five years for the next one. The running game did produce its most yards (233) in four years.
Indianapolis (3-4) at Carolina (6-0)
7:30 p.m. Monday, ESPN
Line: Panthers by 7
Colts are only division leader with sub-.500 record. Indy’s only wins are vs. AFC South patsies. QB Andrew Luck has multiple interceptions in four of five starts and didn’t complete a pass against Saints until 9:14 of second quarter. Schedule does them no favors with Carolina, Denver and Atlanta - a combined 17-1 - next in line. Surprise Panthers have won 10 straight. QB Cam Newton has four games with rush and pass TDs. Defense cuffed Eagles QB Sam Bradford to 205 pass yards and five sacks. Panthers’ top-ranked rushing attack (144.7) has at least 100 yards in 17 consecutive games, second only to Seahawks (18).