The Chargers have seen Philip Rivers start for them in 194 consecutive games, but he’ll need to clear concussion protocol so they don’t need to turn to Kellen Clemens.
The Bengals will have A.J. Green in the lineup, and he along with Joe Mixon and Tyler Kroft in the passing game can make things interesting against a Titans defense that struggles in that area. But in the end, Marcus Mariota will outplay Andy Dalton with better support from his running game. Tennessee avoids another potential AFC North trap with a strong fourth quarter.
The Browns are coming off a bye, and the Lions played Monday night. But that combination won’t help Cleveland as the Browns make the short, Big Ten-like trek from Ohio to Michigan. Matthew Stafford is hot again and can dismantle the Browns’ pass defense. The Lions’ strong pass rush and secondary will do the rest against DeShone Kizer.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Woods was not a part of the Rams’ final offensive possession, as he had suffered a shoulder injury, and had been brought to the locker room. Woods was still being checked out during Sean McVay’s post-game press conference, so details were sparse at that time.
On Monday, McVay revealed that while the injury is not too serious, he will be out “a couple weeks,” per ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.
Ben McAdoo is likely a dead man walking as the Giants head coach. Sunday’s halftime speech, or lack thereof, didn’t help as the Giants were throttled by the Rams to fall to 1-7 on the season.
While McAdoo had a hard time finding any words, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton probably needs a history refresher following his odd choice of words. The Texans are still weighing their quarterback options after rookie Deshaun Watson was lost for the season last week.