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NFL Week 6 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 6 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 6 of the NFL season.

Panthers at Buccaneers (9:30 a.m., NFL Network)

These two division rivals head to London for an early-morning tilt. The Panthers have played much better in Cam Newton's absence. His understudy, young Kyle Allen, has led them to three straight wins. It helps that he has the league's leading rusher in Christian McCaffrey backing him up. The Bucs have been on a roller coaster all season, losing games in Weeks 1, 3 and 5. If you go by that, Tampa Bay should win this one, but the Panthers are hot and the Bucs are not. Carolina makes it four straight.

Seahawks at Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Russell Wilson has been playing out of his mind. The Seattle signal caller has 12 TDs and no interceptions, has completed 73  percent of his passes and has a 126.3 passer rating. Thanks to a late missed field goal by the Rams, Seattle is riding the high tide of a 4-1 start. Meanwhile, the Browns got humiliated in front of a national audience by the Niners. Some Dawg Pound fans are already souring on QB Baker Mayfield. The Dawgs will have a lot of barking support in their stadium, but not enough bite to stop Wilson and the 'Hawks.

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

The Colts shocked the league with their dominating performance at Arrowhead Stadium. They neutralized the Chiefs' speed, outmuscled KC on both sides of the ball and sacked Patrick Mahomes four times and got numerous hits on him. The Chiefs are still awaiting the return of Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins is dealing with a hamstring injury. His availability this week is uncertain. Texans QB DeShaun Watson is coming off a five-TD performance against the Falcons. Houston's wide receiver duo of Will Fuller V and DeAndre Hopkins is as good as it gets in the league. This one is a close call, but I can't see Andy Reid's guys losing two straight at home.

49ers at Rams (Sunday 4:05 p.m., FOX)

There’s some new muscle in the NFC West — the 49ers. The Niners' organization has done an outstanding job of building a team that’s a perfect blend of power and fitness. They are rugged on defense and unpredictable on offense. And oh, by the way, they’re one of only two unbeaten squads left. As for the Rams, they have some soul searching to do. After starting 3-0, they’ve lost their last two, giving up 85 points in the process. This matchup will say a lot about just how far the Niners have come. Call it a hunch, but I believe San Fran will send a message to the rest of the NFC after this one.

Lions at Packers (Monday 8:15 p.m., ESPN)

The Packers' defense is an either or unit. They either stop the pass or the run. But not both at the same time. The Eagles ran all through them, but they stoned walled the Cowboys ground game. Aaron Rodgers and his offensive mates are getting more comfortable each week in head coach Matt LaFleur's offense. RB Aaron Jones is making a name for himself — he is the NFC Offensive Player of the week after his four-TD outing in Dallas. The Lions are well rested and coming off a bye. So far, Detroit is 1-0-1 on the road. It should be a great duel between Rodgers and Matt Stafford at Lambeau in a showdown for first place in the NFC North. The Packers will Lambeau leap to their fifth win.

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NFL Week 4 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 4 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 4 of the NFL season.

Patriots at Bills (Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS)

Head coach Sean McDermott has his Bills playing solid football with a rugged defense and a good run game. But Buffalo has beaten the Jets, Giants, and Bengals to get to 3-0. Now they step up in weight class to slug it out with the defending champs. If Buffalo keeps this game close, even in a losing effort, they will gain a good measure of respect from their peers. But if they get blown out, then you’d have to wonder if they’re legit. I think it's going to be a good, hard-fought battle. The W will go the Patriots' way.

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

Detroit roared into Philadelphia and tamed the Eagles last Sunday to get to 2-0-1. Now they return home for an even stiffer test against the fast and furious Chiefs. K.C. has scored 26 or more points in an NFL-record 24 consecutive regular-season games. They’re lighting up the scoreboard and their most dynamic player, Tyreek Hill, is not even playing (broken collarbone). The Lions have won the last two meetings with K.C., but Patrick Mahomes (10 TD, 0 INT) and these Chiefs are on a different level. The Chiefs stay unblemished.

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

Cleveland could have made a statement had they upset the Rams, but it didn’t happen. Give Cleveland props for a good battle, though — especially when you consider they played that game minus eight starters. Baltimore prides itself on defense but got dissected by the Chiefs' offense (503 yards allowed). Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield are exciting to watch. This should be a good, physical game. Ravens will out-physical the Browns.

Vikings at Bears (Sunday 4:25 p.m., CBS)

These two NFC North foes just don’t like each other, and both like to showcase their defenses. The Vikings sacked Oakland’s Derek Carr four times while the Bears dropped the Redskins' Case Keenum four times as well. Vikings RB Dalvin Cook gives Minnesota a lethal run game, but they've have lost nine of their last 11 in Chicago. I had to flip a coin here and it came up Vikings squeaking out a road win.

Dallas at New Orleans (Sunday 8:20 p.m., NBC)

I love watching a great running back duel. Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara are two of the best in the game. This matchup loses some of its luster with Drew Brees out. Dak Prescott is on fire, completing 74.5 percent of his passes. We know Dallas is good but their wins over Miami, Washington, and the Giants (a combined 1-8) leaves a few questions unanswered. This time Dallas has luck on its side. No Brees, no way Saints are marching to a win.

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NFL Week 3 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 3 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 3 of the NFL season.

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

It’s Patrick Mahomes' world and everybody else is just living in it. He has seven TD passes in two games and is on pace for another 50-TD season. Lamar Jackson has also thrown seven TD strikes, but his have come against Miami and Arizona. The Chiefs' offense is putting up 477.5 yds and 34 points per game. The Ravens' defense is allowing only 13.5 points a game. They met last December in a 27-24 OT thriller that Kansas City won. With this one at Arrowhead, the Chiefs win by double digits.

Texans at Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS)

Houston is hard to figure out. The Texans blew a late lead in Week 1 at New Orleans, then barely held on to survive against Jacksonville. Deshaun Watson, who was sacked a league-high 62 times in 2018, has already been dropped 10 times in two games. The Chargers could use holdout RB Melvin Gordon, but their run game has thrived without him. They rushed for 137 yards against Detroit and average 131 yards per game overall. The Chargers' injury list (S Adrian Phillips is on IR while TE Hunter Henry, S Derwin James, LT Russell Okung are unavailable for a while) is enough to make their fans cry. I like the Texans on the road in this one.

Saints at Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS)

New Orleans could be in trouble. Drew Brees had surgery on the thumb on his right passing hand Wednesday and the word is he could be out for at least six weeks. The question now is can Teddy Bridgewater hold it down until the future Hall of Famer returns? The faces have changed around Russell Wilson, but as Wilson goes so will the Seahawks. Seattle is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013 when they went on to win the Super Bowl. I don’t think the 'Hawks are good enough to win the trophy this season, but they’re good enough to get by the Saints this week.

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

Who are these Cleveland Browns? They got smoked in the season opener by Tennessee, then bounced back to manhandle the Jets. The Rams are who we thought they were — versatile on offense and attacking on defense. Baker Mayfield will get an up-close and personal look at the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald. Some experts have picked the Browns to win the AFC North and make some noise in the playoffs. This could be their statement game on national TV. I think they have great potential, but not enough this time to beat the Rams.

Bears at Redskins (Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN)

The Bears' offense is still trying to find its footing. They didn’t score their first and only TD of the new season until late in the third quarter at Denver. Meanwhile, the Redskins as a whole are just not in sync. Their 0-2 start is bad enough, but their inability to run the ball effectively handcuffs the offense. This game could be ugly for a lot of reasons, but because of the Bears' defense, it will turn out to be a pretty nice win for da Bears.

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