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Seahawks to hand 49ers first loss

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times on

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The Los Angeles Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 9-5 (.643); season 85-49-1 (.634). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 7-7 (.500); season 66-68-1 (.493). Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, New England, Philadelphia and Washington have the week off. Times Eastern.

DET (3-4-1) at CHI (3-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Bears 23, Lions 20

TV: None. DirecTV: 705.

Line: Bears by 21/2. O/U: 411/2.

Matthew Stafford figures to put up some robust numbers even though the Bears are decent against the pass. The Bears are still struggling to get some traction on offense. They do this week.

BAL (6-2) at CIN (0-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Ravens 31, Bengals 13

TV: None. DirecTV: 706.

Line: Ravens by 10. O/U: 441/2.

Should be a quick game, seeing as it's the No. 1 rushing offense (Baltimore) against the No. 32 rushing defense (Cincinnati). What's more, the rudderless Bengals have benched Andy Dalton.

BUF (6-2) at CLE (2-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Bills 24, Browns 18

TV: None. DirecTV: 707.

Line: Browns by 3. O/U: 40.

Could be a big game for Buffalo running back Devin Singletary, who's going up against a Browns defense that's pillow-soft against the run. Buffalo's defense is pretty stout, on the other hand.

KC (6-3) at TEN (4-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Chiefs 30, Titans 21

TV: CBS. DirecTV: 708.

Line: Chiefs by 6. O/U: 48.

The Titans will try to keep Patrick Mahomes on the sideline by hammering away on the ground with Derrick Henry. But when the Chiefs quarterback is on the field, he'll do enough damage.

ATL (1-7) at NO (7-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Saints 34, Falcons 21

TV: Fox. DirecTV: 709.

Line: Saints by 13. O/U: 511/2.

The Falcons are lost at sea and could be making a coaching change soon. The Saints are the best team in football at the moment, and keep finding ways to win no matter who is on the field.

NYG (2-7) at NYJ (1-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Giants 24, Jets 20

TV: None. DirecTV: 710.

Line: Giants by 3. O/U: 44.

Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold have been turnover machines of late. Saquon Barkley will be the difference maker, as Jets don't have linebacker who can hang with him out of the backfield.

ARI (3-5-1) at TB (2-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

 

Cardinals 27, Buccaneers 20

TV: None. DirecTV: 711.

Line: Buccaneers by 41/2. O/U: 52.

The Cardinals don't have a great track record of coming across the country to play, but this is a different Arizona team, one that can move the ball in the air against Tampa Bay.

MIA (1-7) at IND (5-3)

Sunday, 4 p.m.

Colts 27, Dolphins 17

TV: None. DirecTV: 712.

Line: Colts by 101/2. O/U: 44.

Feels like Colts of old with pass protection breaking down the way it has. The Dolphins are riding a high after notching first win. Still, give the advantage to Indy with a bounce-back game at home.

CAR (5-3) at GB (7-2)

Sunday, 4:15 p.m.

Panthers 27, Packers 24

TV: None. DirecTV: 713.

Line: Packers by 51/2. O/U: 47.

The Packers are looking to rebound after a lousy game against the Chargers, and no better place to do that but home. Containing Christian McCaffrey is a chore, though, and might be too much.

LAR (5-3) at PIT (4-4)

Sunday, 4:15 p.m.

Rams 31, Steelers 24

TV: Fox. DirecTV: 714.

Line: Rams by 31/2. O/U: 44.

Now we'll find out how solid the Rams really are, as this is stepped-up competition after wins over Atlanta and Cincinnati. They are rested and have not lost in Eastern Time with Sean McVay as coach.

MIN (6-3) at DAL (5-3)

Sunday, 8:15 p.m.

Vikings 31, Cowboys 27

TV: NBC.

Line: Cowboys 3. O/U: 48.

The Cowboys are balanced and at home, and can grind it out on the ground with Ezekiel Elliott. But the Vikings are primed to bounce back after a bitter defeat at Kansas City. Kirk Cousins steps up.

SEA (7-2) at SF (8-0)

Monday, 8:15 p.m.

Seahawks 28, 49ers 24

TV: ESPN.

Line: 49ers by 6. O/U: 47.

Russell Wilson has led his team to fourth-quarter comebacks four times this season. He's the leading MVP candidate. In a great NFC West showdown, the Seahawks hand the 49ers their first loss.

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