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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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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 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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