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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

September 22, 2019

Antonio Brown continues to dominate NFL headlines, but the rest of the league will attempt to take back the spotlight for Sunday's slate of games. Here are four Week 3 matchups to watch.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. E.T. on CBS — Pencil these two teams in for appointment viewing most weeks. Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes will lead Kansas City from under center against fellow quarterback Lamar Jackson and the surging Ravens. It's probably safe to expect some lofty numbers from both of them. Indeed, Ravens defense coordinator Don Martindale said Jackson-Mahomes could become the next iteration of the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry that defined the NFL for over a decade.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on CBS — Pittsburgh has had a rough start to the season, including losing longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending elbow injury. But it will be interesting to see whether second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph can step into that role and get the team back in contention. San Francisco, meanwhile, has rolled to victory in its first two games and will look to improve to 3-0.

New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on CBS — New Orleans will also be without their longtime quarterback Drew Brees, but they have a proven veteran in Teddy Bridgewater to fill the gap. Bridgewater and the Saints' talented roster should be good enough to stay in contention, but Seattle, who remains undefeated behind stellar play from quarterback Russell Wilson, will be a tough matchup, especially on the road.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Cleveland Browns, 8:20 p.m. on NBC — The Browns laid an egg in their opener against the Tennessee Titans, despite high expectations for the long-suffering franchise. They bounced back with a win Monday over the New York Jets, who were down to their third-string quarterback by the end of the game. The dynamic Rams will be a much better barometer for determining whether the Browns are just hype. Tim O'Donnell

September 15, 2019

After shaking off the Week 1 cobwebs, the NFL season is in full swing. Here are four Week 2 games to watch Sunday:

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET on CBS — This game will likely be ugly, seeing as it pits the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots against the Dolphins, who are in full rebuild mode. But it is also expected to be Antonio Brown's first game in the New England uniform. While Brown is one of the league's most exciting players on the field, he's also one of its most controversial — after a tumultuous offseason, the wide receiver is now facing sexual assault allegations.

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET on CBS — The Titans were one of the league's most impressive teams in Week 1, after demolishing the trendy Cleveland Browns, 43-13. This divisional showdown should shed some more light on just how good Tennessee really is. The Colts, meanwhile, are coming off a close loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, but it seems like they should remain competitive even without recently-retired quarterback Andrew Luck.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. ET on Fox — This one is all about the quarterbacks. Baltimore's Lamar Jackson was dominant against a paltry Miami defense last week — five touchdowns and a perfect passer rating are impressive no matter who the opponent is. Kyler Murray, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, will be under center for Arizona. Murray struggled early in his debut against the Detroit Lions, but he went on to lead a comeback that ended in a tie.

Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox — New Orleans fans have been waiting for this one. The two teams met in last year's NFC championship game where it looked like New Orleans was going to the Super Bowl. But a bizarre no-call on a play that most agree should have been defensive pass interference on the Rams allowed Los Angeles enough time to force overtime and, eventually, win. Tim O'Donnell

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