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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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Week 6 NFL power rankings: Eagles continue their climb

Week 6 NFL power rankings: Eagles continue their climb

The Eagles won their second straight game to improve to 3-2 on the season. Now, they’ll face a really tough stretch.

Here’s an updated look at my NFC power rankings: 

1. Saints (4-1) Last week: 1

Teddy Bridgewater threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Saints to their 31-24 win over the Bucs and to keep the Saints in the top spot. Bridgewater has now led the Saints to three straight wins and can make it four this weekend in Jacksonville. 

2. Seahawks (4-1) Last week: 4 

Seattle had a huge 30-29 win over the Rams last Thursday. The Seahawks' only loss this season was to the Saints. 

3. 49ers (4-0) Last week: 7

OK, maybe the 49ers are for real. We’ll really learn something about them this Sunday when they face the Rams in LA. 

4. Eagles (3-2) Last week: 5 

Back-to-back wins for the Eagles. Sure, the last one was against the Jets, but a win is a win. The offense didn’t look crisp but the defense did its job. On the road in Minnesota this weekend to start the toughest stretch of their schedule. 

5. Packers (4-1) Last week: 6

The Packers went into AT&T Stadium and walked out with a 34-24 win. They almost let the Cowboys come back but they held them off. Their only loss this season is to the Eagles. 

6. Rams (3-2) Last week: 3 

Football is a funny game. If Greg Zuerlein makes that kick, the Rams don’t drop three spots. But he didn’t and the Rams lost to the Seahawks and are now behind two teams in their own division. 

7. Cowboys (3-2) Last week: 2

Uh oh. After an easy schedule to start the season, the Cowboys have now lost back-to-back games to the Saints and the Packers. They have a nice rebound this weekend in New York to face the Jets, who will get Sam Darnold back. 

8. Vikings (3-2) Last week: 9 

Minnesota took care of the Giants 28-10 and have now gone W-L-W-L-W to start the season. Does that mean a loss to the Eagles is on the horizon? 

9. Bears (3-2) Last week: 8

After winning three straight, the Bears went to Oakland and dropped a 24-21 game. They’ll have an extra week to prepare for a tough stretch out of their BYE: vs. NO, vs. LAC, @PHI. 

10. Panthers (3-2) Last week: 10 

Christian McCaffrey might not be human. The only player in NFL history to have more yards from scrimmage than him (866) through five games is Jim Brown, who had 988 back in 1963. 

11. Lions (2-1-1) Last week: 12

The Lions relaxed on their bye this week, but will face the Packers on the road to start the long second half of their season. 

12. Buccaneers (2-3) Last week: 11

The Bucs lost by seven points to the Saints, but they got their last touchdown with just 13 seconds left. It wasn’t as close as the final score appeared. Still, they’re not nearly as bad as I thought they were going to be. 

13. Giants (2-3) Last week: 13 

They lost 28-10 to the Vikings and Daniel Jones had the worst start of his young career. 

14. Cardinals (1-3-1) Last week: 15 

In a game I wouldn’t watch even if it was in my backyard, the Cards were able to sneak out a win over the Bengals (0-5). 

15. Falcons (1-4) Last week: 14

Atlanta gave up 53 points to the Texans and lost its third straight game. The Falcons’ only win was over the Eagles in Week 2. 

16. Redskins (0-5) Last week: 16

Jay Gruden made it through five games and he’s already been fired. Maybe that’s just the spark Washington needed! Or not. Probably not.

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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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