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NFL Week 14 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 14 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 14 of the NFL season.

COWBOYS AT BEARS (THURSDAY NIGHT 8:20PM FOX/NFL)
Everybody in Dallas wants Jason Garrett fired. In Chicago it looks like the love affair with QB Mitchell Trubisky has come to a crossroads. The Cowboys are doing everything they can to give the NFC East lead away, while the Bears have fought their way back into playoff contention. Dallas has a lot of soul searching to do after getting embarrassed on Thanksgiving day by Buffalo. Two good defensive fronts in this one, but if Dallas’ offense  comes to play they have enough fire power to ride out of chi-town with the W.

49ERS AT SAINTS (SUNDAY 1PM FOX)
Niners are still licking their wounds after coming up short in a slugfest in Baltimore. The Saints are the first team to wrap up a division title in the NFC South. Both squads are striving to achieve that number one overall seed. San Fran’s defense is stingy and will provide a great chess match for Drew Brees and his offense. Niners schedule has been brutal having played the Packers, Ravens and now New Orleans in consecutive weeks. Should be a good possible playoff preview. Saints get the slight edge in the dome.

RAVENS AT BILLS (SUNDAY 1PM CBS)
Can anybody stop the Ravens right now? So far the answer is no. Their 8 game win streak is quite impressive when you consider 5 of those wins have come against the seahawks, Patriots, Texans, Rams, and 49ers. Lamar Jackson has the league buzzing and appears to be the MVP front runner. Buffalo went down to Dallas and shocked the world. They believe they still have a chance to catch the struggling patriots in the AFC East. Bills head coach Sean McDermott has done a wonderful job with his defense. They’re good, but not good enough to stop the Ravens hot streak.

CHIEFS AT PATRIOTS (SUNDAY 4:25PM CBS)
Speaking of the Patriots for years offense has been their staple, but lately the defense has had to carry the weight of this team. In their last 3 outings Tom Brady’s crew has posted 17, 13, and 22 points. Not what we expect from an O that normally racks up 30 plus points a game. They better figure it out in a hurry because the reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs can light it up in a hurry. In their last two games KC has scored 64 points. Patriots defense against the Chiefs offense will be fun to watch. New England is ripe for the picking, and I pick KC to pluck them.

SEAHAWKS AT RAMS (SUNDAY NIGHT 8:20PM NBC)
Right now Seattle controls the NFC West and is the two seed in the conference overall. As for the Rams they’re on the outside trying to get back in currently holding the 7th spot. Rams trying to get RB Todd Gurley more involved in the offense which would take some of the pressure off Jared Goff. This is a crucial stretch for the rams ... with 3 straight heavyweight showdowns against Seattle, Dallas, and San Francisco. They’ve already lost to both the hawks and niners earlier in the season. Seattle coming off a huge win over the vikings at home, will up their road mark to 7-0 after getting by Los Angeles.

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NFL Week 11 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 11 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 11 of the NFL season.

Cowboys at Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Dallas got knocked off its high horse Sunday night by Minnesota. Now the 'Boys try to get back on the winning saddle at Detroit. Dallas has been its own worst enemy at times and has allowed the opposition to capitalize.

Meanwhile, the Lions are at the bottom of the NFC North and riding a two-game losing streak. QB Matthew Stafford is dealing with back and hip issues and may miss a second straight game. His backup Jeff Driskel is OK but if Stafford can't go, the Lions are in even bigger trouble. Dallas will take down Detroit.

Saints at Buccaneers (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Every dog has its day, and the Falcons chomped down hard on the Saints this past Sunday. New Orleans could do nothing right and Drew Brees was sacked six times.

Tampa Bay has been hard to figure out — one moment looking like a contender but more times than not diminishing itself to the role of pretender. Jameis Winston, when he’s on, can light it up but somehow ends up finding a way of costing his team a chance to win. The last thing the Bucs need right now is to face a ticked-off Sean Payton squad. Saints will make it a season sweep.

Texans at Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS)

They are young, athletic and dynamic. Houston QB Deshaun Watson has completed 70 percent of his passes, while the Ravens' Lamar Jackson has completed almost 66 percent of his tosses — and has been talked about as a legitimate MVP candidate. The Texans are well-rested coming off a bye. The Ravens are rolling with a league-best five-game winning streak.

Houston claimed former Tampa Bay CB Vernon Hargreaves off waivers to help with its secondary woes. After watching its run game plow through the Patriots' defense, Baltimore feels it can beat anybody. Houston will be the Ravens' sixth consecutive victim.

Bears at Rams (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)

To think just a season ago the Bears won the NFC North and the Rams were playing in Super Bowl 53. Now they are both in third place in their divisions and in serious jeopardy of not making the postseason. 

The Rams have injuries all over the place and it's affecting their overall continuity. The Bears' offense finally came out of hibernation Sunday. Both teams are in desperation mode. Because the Rams are at home for this one, I’ll give them the hometown edge.

Chiefs at Chargers (Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN)

K.C. is struggling and its defense is a big part of the problem, especially the run D that’s allowing 148.1 yards per game. The Chiefs have lost two of their last three and four of their last six. Not even Patrick Mahomes, who returned after missing two games because of a dislocated knee cap, could turn around their fortunes this past Sunday.

As for the Chargers, who had put together impressive back-to-back wins over the Bears and Packers, they flopped against the Raiders. Mahomes and Philip Rivers on the same field means the passes will be flying. The Chargers, currently two games behind the Chiefs in the AFC West, will slide one game further in the standings.

(Bye: Packers, Titans, Giants, Seahawks)

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NFL Week 9 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 9 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 9 of the NFL season.

Vikings at Chiefs (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

The good news for the Chiefs is Patrick Mahomes is practicing. The not-so-good news is they still don’t know when he will return under center. The Chiefs were expected to run away with the AFC West but with three losses (all at home), they’re holding on for dear life. Keep in mind K.C. was minus six starters against the Packers and it’s still not known how many of them might return this week. Meanwhile, the Vikings are rolling. Winners of four straight, they’re averaging 31.8 points a game during this streak. K.C. is second in the league in passing while Minnesota is third in rushing. Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking and the Chiefs will roll just enough to stop the Vikes’ win streak.

Colts at Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS)

QB Jacoby Brissett is not Andrew Luck, but head coach Frank Reich has him playing consistently good football. Because of that, the Colts are surprisingly in first place in the AFC South. They’re 5-2 and winners of three straight. The Steelers have won two in a row, but QB Mason Rudolph is on shaky ground. Both teams will try to establish their run games. The Steelers have won the last five meetings between these two, but not this time. The Colts gallop off with a win in Pittsburgh.

Titans at Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS)

The Panthers came out of a bye week, traveled West and got smashed by the Niners. Can Carolina get off the ropes and come out swinging against the Titans? RB Christian McCaffrey can deliver a knockout blow at any given moment, but QB Kyle Allen — filling in for Cam Newton — cannot keep serving up picks (three INTs vs S.F.), and the offensive line can’t give up seven sacks again. The Titans’ defense is always looking to force a turnover and is allowing just 16.9 points per game (it hasn't given up more than 23 all season). The Panthers rebound in a slugfest.

Lions at Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX)

If only the Lions had a defense ranked higher than 31st. Their record might be better than 3-3-1. Same can be said about the Raiders’ D (25th). The Lions’ run game is hurting without Kerryon Johnson, who’s on IR. Oakland has a hammer at running back in Josh Jacobs. One thing we do know when it comes to Derek Carr and Matthew Stafford is they both will be looking to go deep. Because the Raiders’ defense is just a little better than Detroit’s, I’ll take the home team in this one.

Patriots at Ravens (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)

So far, this season has been a thing of perfection for the Patriots. Bill Belichick has reached 300 career wins, third all time. The Pats are 8-0 for the third time in team history and the first time since 2015. Their defense is balling. They’ve forced a league-high 25 turnovers. Now this New England defense faces the ultimate test against this Ravens’ offense. Baltimore has the No. 2 overall ranked O — No. 1 rushing (204.1 yards per game), No. 2 scoring (30.6 points per game). The Ravens are fueled by duel threat Lamar Jackson, who’s not only completing 63.3 percent of his passes, but also leads all QBs in rushing with 576 yards (6.9 yards per carry). It’s always hard to bet against the combination of Tom Brady and Belichick. As much as I’d like to, I just can’t this time.

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