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 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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Should Eagles be interested in a Vinny Curry reunion?

Should Eagles be interested in a Vinny Curry reunion?

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but just a year after signing him to a three-year contract, the Tampa Bay Bucs have officially released former Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry. 

This isn’t a surprise because the Bucs will save $8 million in salary cap space by releasing Curry, who played 42.5 percent of Tampa Bay’s defensive snaps and had just 2½ sacks to show for it. 

So now, the big question is this: Should the Eagles be interested in a reunion? 

Short answer: Sure. 

Now, that’s not to say the Eagles should break the bank to bring back Curry, who has had one career season with over four sacks. But if Brandon Graham leaves in free agency, Curry could be a cost-effective replacement. 

Before last season, Curry signed a three-year deal worth $23 million with Tampa Bay, but just $6.5 million was guaranteed upon signing. The Bucs always had the option to basically turn it into a one-year deal and that’s exactly what they did. 

We’ll see what kind of market develops for Curry, but I can’t expect there will be a huge one. After all, he’ll be 31 by the start of the 2019 season and is coming off a relatively unproductive season, his first away from Philadelphia. 

Taking a closer look at the Eagles’ situation at defensive end: If Graham leaves, the Eagles will be left with Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett, Josh Sweat and possibly Chris Long, if he decides to come back. With how deep this draft is supposed to be for defensive linemen, signing Curry shouldn’t prevent the Eagles from drafting a young defensive end. That should still be a priority. 

But if the money is right and Curry wants to come back — I’d imagine he would want to — this is a reunion that’s worth thinking about. Maybe let Curry test the free-agent waters a little bit and if a competitive market doesn’t develop, welcome him home. 

Curry spent his first six NFL seasons with the Eagles after they drafted him in the second round back in 2012. While he’s never really lived up to that potential for various reasons, he was a pretty solid player during his years in Philadelphia. He always seemed to want to stay. As a rotational piece, and at the right price, the Eagles should at least give this some thought. 

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