Recreation of the week
Cleveland at Tennessee
The Titans are a 5 1/2-point residence favourite on this matchup of 8-3 groups. Three of the league’s prime 9 rushers are concerned — the Titans’ Derrick Henry (first, 1,257 yards) and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb (tied for sixth, 719) and Kareem Hunt (ninth, 706). Guess on Henry.
Titans 27, Browns 21
Lock of the week
Philadelphia at Inexperienced Bay
The Eagles are a 9 1/2-point underdog. It must be 19 1/2. The Eagles can’t block anyone. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants two touchdowns to turn out to be the primary participant in NFL historical past with 5 years of no less than 35 landing passes. He’ll have three within the first half.
Packers 41, Eagles 20
Upset of the week
Detroit at Chicago
The Lions (three-point underdog) debut below interim coach/offensive play-caller Darrell Bevell. The Bears have misplaced 5 consecutive video games and normal supervisor Ryan Tempo/coach Matt Nagy must be on the new seat. The Lions have fun Matt Patricia’s firing with a win.
Lions 13, Bears 7
Across the NFC: First-place — and 4-7 — Giants enter December with division lead
The NFC Least. And now for our weekly replace on the NFC East. The Giants (4-7) maintain the first-place tie-breaker over Washington (4-7). One coach who can relate is Seattle’s Pete Carroll, whose group received the NFC West in 2010 with a 7-9 file (and upset New Orleans within the playoffs). “The rules are the rules,” Carroll advised New York reporters. “I don’t assume it must be judged by what number of video games you received. When you win your division, you win your division. That’s the best way it was (in 2010), that’s the best way it’s now and I don’t assume there’s any downside with it.” Carroll is completely proper.
Saints street warriors. Final 12 months, groups had been 123-132-1 (.482) on the street, the very best mark since 1972 (87-90-5, .492). This 12 months, street groups are 85-91-1 (.483). New Orleans is 4-1 on the street after final week’s walk-over towards the Broncos and play at Atlanta on Sunday. 13 groups have a profitable street file this 12 months.
49ers go away residence. Disgrace on the empty fits in Santa Clara (Calif.) County for evicting the 49ers. Groups within the county, together with Stanford and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, are banned from group practices or video games till Dec. 21. Meaning the 49ers will “host” Buffalo and Washington on the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium and observe there, too. Ridiculous on so many ranges and you may’t even blame the NFL for this mess.
Buccaneers struggling. No group wants a bye week greater than Tampa Bay, which noticed its protection collapse within the loss to Kansas Metropolis, becoming a member of an offense that’s mainly toothless. The Buccaneers rank fifth with 42 move performs of no less than 20 yards, however they’re a woeful 18-of-65 on makes an attempt of no less than 21 “air” yards — a ranking of 52.5 that’s twenty seventh within the league.
Across the AFC: Regardless of file, Jaguars’ normal supervisor opening ought to have enchantment
Jaguars GM job engaging. The Jaguars fired normal supervisor Dave Caldwell final week, hours after the group’s tenth consecutive loss. However this must be a sought-after job, particularly in the event that they get the No. 2 decide. Caldwell was an astute evaluator of commerce worth and acquired two first-round picks from the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback Jalen Ramsey and has two choices apiece within the first, second and fourth rounds of the 2021 draft. The Jaguars might have as a lot as $85 million in cap area. The brand new normal supervisor will decide on coach Doug Marrone and the aim must be discovering an modern offensive thoughts to be the pinnacle man. This can be a higher job than the GM openings in Detroit and Atlanta.
Bosa breaks out. It occurred too late to maintain the Los Angeles Chargers in playoff competition, however defensive finish Joey Bosa had three sacks and 6 complete tackles for misplaced yardage in final week’s loss at Buffalo. Bosa had just one 1/2 sacks within the earlier 5 video games. The Chargers host New England on Sunday. “He’s a one-man wrecking crew,” Patriots coach Invoice Belichick stated. “When you simply have a look at the Buffalo sport, he made performs towards the run, he made performs on quick yardage, he rushed the passer in passing conditions, he sacked the quarterback on play-action conditions. He’s very instinctive, he’s acquired an amazing motor and he performs exhausting.”
Darnold’s audition. The Jets are 0-11 getting into Sunday’s residence sport towards Las Vegas. The one two issues left — avoiding 0-16 but additionally securing the highest general decide (Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence). If the Jets draft first, their choice is simple. What could be fascinating is Sam Darnold’s commerce worth (the Broncos liked him again in 2018). Darnold is barely 23 and has an 11-22 file, however he can be engaging to quarterback-needy groups exterior the highest 5.