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NFL Week 10 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 10 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Charges at Raiders (Thursday, 8:20 p.m., FOX/NFL Network)
Interesting matchup between these AFC West foes. Both are scrapping to stay in contention, and both are within striking distance of the first-place Chiefs. The Raiders' biggest problem is they can't stop the pass. It doesn’t help that they’ve already faced the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. Now they square off with the league's leader in passing yards, Philip Rivers (2,609 yds). The Chargers smoked Green Bay. They’ll take this potential shootout for their third win in a row.

Panthers at Packers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)
The Packers got downright embarrassed by the Chargers. Their defense continues to be a problem by giving up way too many big plays. Green Bay has allowed 39 plays of 20-plus yards and 13 of those have been 40-plus. Cam Newton isn’t walking through that door for Carolina — the franchise QB is done for the season. But the Panthers still have a defense that’s among the leaders in sacks, and running Christian McCaffrey, who is second in the league in rushing and just as lethal in the passing game. The Packers' defense will continue to give up the big plays but Aaron Rodgers will make even bigger plays at home. Pack in a close one.

Rams at Steelers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)
Raise your hand if you’re shocked that the Rams are in third place in the NFC West. On offense they just haven’t been as explosive as we have been used to seeing. One of their main weapons, receiver Brandin Cooks, will sit this one out because he’s still in concussion protocol. The Steelers have won three in a row but they haven’t been a dominating bunch this season. QB Mason Rudolph doesn’t strike fear into any opponent and he’s still not quite on the same page with explosive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The Rams prove to be road tough in Pittsburgh.

Vikings at Cowboys (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)
Two teams with playoff aspirations airing it out down in big D, and two of the league's top running backs sharing the same stage in current rushing leader Dalvin Cook and defending rushing champ Ezekiel Elliott. When he’s on, Kirk Cousins is dangerous, but when he’s off, he messes up the Vikings' flow. Dak Prescott is a much more efficient QB at home. Dallas will rise to the occasion in front of a primetime audience to stay in control of the NFC East.

Seahawks at 49ers (Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN) 
Seattle is unbeaten on the road this season. The Niners are unbeaten overall. San Francisco's defense is suffocating but struggles against the run at times. The Niners' defensive leader, Kwon Alexander, is done for the year. The Seahawks' defense has only 15 sacks so far. If they don’t get pressure on Jimmy Garoppolo, it's over. The Niners have already taken down the Rams this season. They’ll do the same to MVP candidate Russell Wilson and his crew.

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

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

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 5 of the NFL season.

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

Week 4 was kind to the Steelers but very unkind to the Ravens. Pittsburgh, 0-for-2019, was elated to run into a hapless Cincinnati squad while the Ravens got embarrassed at home by Cleveland. The Steelers' defense had not been playing up to expectations but was able to sack Andy Dalton eight times. The Ravens' usually stingy D gave up 193 rushing yards to the Browns. QB Mason Rudolph has played well since taking over for Ben Roethlisberger (67.6 completion percentage, 6 TDs, 2 INTs, 103.2 QB rating in three games). The Steelers have won four of the last five meetings, but look for Baltimore to get back on the winning track this time around.

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

Giants fans are elated with the progress of their new young signal caller, Daniel Jones. In the two games Jones has started, the G-Men are 2-0, but those wins came against Tampa Bay and Washington. Now Jones steps up in competition to face a Vikings defense that has 11 sacks and has given up 15.8 points per game. The Giants won’t have RB Saquon Barkley in their backfield. He’s out with a high ankle sprain, and the QB of their defense, ILB Ryan Connelly, is out for the year with an ACL tear. Jones will fare well, but not enough to beat Minnesota.

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

The Bills' defense gave the Patriots all they could handle and even held Tom Brady to his lowest passer rating (45.9) since 2006, but they couldn’t seal the deal. Also, QB Josh Allen is in the concussion protocol, which means Matt Barkley could get a rare start. The Bills' run game (147.3 YPG) will be a good test for the Titans' run defense (103.8 YPG against). The Bills have won the last two meetings, but not this time. Tennessee successfully defends its home turf.

Packers at Cowboys (Sunday 4:25 p.m., FOX)

It could be a long season for the Packers if they don’t find a way to fix their porous run defense. The Eagles' ground attack ran through them for 176 yards, and for the season the Pack has allowed 142.3 yards per game. The Cowboys' run game got stonewalled by the Saints' defensive front, rushing for just 45 yards). The last thing Green Bay's defense needs to see right now is Ezekiel Elliott and that Dallas offensive line — a line that is expected to be without Pro Bowl LT Tyron Smith, who’s dealing with an ankle sprain. Aaron Rodgers has been a thorn in the Cowboys' side in recent years, but his big-time receiver Davonte Adams has a toe injury. The 'Boys at home this time will be too much for the Pack’s limited attack.

Browns at 49ers (Monday 8:15 p.m., ESPN)

Still don’t know what to make of the Browns. Are they the real deal or pretenders? They looked legit after going into Baltimore and putting up 40 on the Ravens. Cleveland is in first place in the AFC North after four games for the first time since 2013. The 'Niners coming off a bye are one of only three unbeaten teams left. Turnovers could be huge in deciding the outcome of this one. San Francisco QB Jimmy Garoppolo has served up four INTs in three games while Baker Mayfield has tossed six picks in four outings. The 'Niners' defense ranks third overall, sixth against the pass, fifth versus the run, and eighth in points allowed. I’ll pick the 'Niners in a close call.

(On a bye: Detroit, Miami)

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Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch for Week 2 of the NFL season

Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch for Week 2 of the NFL season

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 2 of the NFL season.

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

Key early-season showdown between these NFC North rivals. The Vikes used a ground-and-pound attack to roll over the Falcons with 38 rushes for 172 yards. Kirk Cousins only threw an unheard of 10 passing attempts. Meanwhile, looks like the money the Packers spent this past offseason in free agency and the draft to fix their porous defense paid off. They held the Bears to three points and 254 yards of total offense. The Packers' offense struggled in head coach Matt LaFleur’s debut. You never know what could happen when these two are on the same field. They actually tied in their first meeting in 2018. There will be no tie this time around. The Packers' offense shows enough improvement to slip by the Vikings.

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

The bad part of trying to figure teams out early in a new season is you don’t know if a team is as good or bad as their initial outing showed. The Steelers were the last team to beat New England in 2018 — Week 15 to be exact — but they were no match for the defending Super Bowl champs last Sunday and got embarrassed. The Seahawks, hoping their defense can recapture some of that past dominance, got to Cincy QB Andy Dalton five times. The Steelers' run game (just 32 yards vs Cincinnati) is a vital part of their offense. Mike Tomlin's crew will be focused this week. Two physical teams. Only one can be victorious. I like the 'Burgh at home.

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

Jerry Jones handed out big money to his big-time players this offseason. While Dak Prescott is waiting to get paid, he’s just going about his business. He really gave the Giants' defense the business last Sunday, throwing for 405 yards and 4 TDs. The Redskins' offense, with a new QB in Case Keenum and new WRs, is still trying to find its identity. It started fast and finished slow against the Eagles.  Now their young RB Derrius Guice, who missed all of last year with an ACL injury, is out 6-8 weeks after having surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus. Dallas has won five of their last six meetings with the 'Skins. They’ll improve that to six out of the last seven this Sunday.

Cardinals at Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson square off for the first time in their young careers. Murray in his NFL debut wasn’t bad throwing for 308 yards and 2 TDs helping the Cards come back to tie Detroit. The negative is he threw 54 passes, which you don’t want him doing against this Ravens defense. Baltimore’s offense put on a show against a young Dolphins defense racking up 643 yards, which included 265 yards rushing and five Jackson TD strikes. Murray will need his track shoes in this one, but the Cards won’t be able to outrun a beatdown in Baltimore.

Saints at Rams (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)

Just six days after surviving a thriller against Houston, the Saints now have to travel west. Drew Brees and Jared Goff are the headliners, but Alvin Kamara and Todd Gurley are headline grabbers in their own right. Both teams, while known for passing, also take pride in their run games. The Saints rushed for 148 yards and the Rams 166 yards in season-opening wins. Last year in New Orleans these two met and put up a combined 80 points in a Saints 10-point decision. The Rams want some payback and should get it in another close, high-scoring affair.

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