Tennessee Titans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
After starting 2-3, Tennessee now has a 6-3 record thanks to a four-game win streak and sits atop the AFC South.
The Titans’ rushing game has been the source of firepower offensively, with production split between DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. The team ranks eighth in rushing yards per game and is tied with Dallas for second in rushing touchdowns with 12.
Pittsburgh is in control of the AFC North with a 7-2 record. The team is also on a four-game win streak that started with handing then-undefeated Kansas City its first loss.
The Steelers’ rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been explosive the past two games, putting up performances of 193 receiving yards in one and 97 in the other, scoring a touchdown in both games.
This matchup is featured for Thursday Night Football on NBC at 7:25 pm.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings
With a 7-2 record, Los Angeles has already passed last season’s win total of four. The LA offense is first in the league in scoring, averaging 32.9 points per game.
The Rams are led by 2016 number one overall pick, quarterback Jared Goff. In seven games played during his rookie season, Goff threw for 1,089 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions with an 18.9 QBR. Goff is currently seventh in the NFL in passing touchdowns (16) and passing yards (2,385), making a campaign for the league’s most improved player.
In its last outing, Minnesota won a 38-30 shootout against the Washington Redskins. A big question in this game is if Case Keenum will remain the team’s quarterback, or if Teddy Bridgewater — who was recently cleared for play after a devastating knee injury in the summer of 2016 — will get a shot.
The Vikings have a balanced offensive attack. The team has amassed the 12th most passing yards and 11th most rushing yards. The defense has also been strong; it has given up the fourth fewest yards in the NFL, allowing just 18.3 points per game.
Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. Sunday on FOX.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia is arguably the best team in the NFL right now. Since its narrow, seven-point loss to Kansas City, the Eagles have won seven straight.
MVP candidate Carson Wentz continues to get it done for his team as quarterback. He leads the league in passing touchdowns with 23 and has only thrown five interceptions. Wentz has thrown three or more touchdowns in four games this season.
Dallas was on a three-game win streak until it was shut down 27-7 by the Atlanta Falcons last week.
It was the team’s first game without Ezekiel Elliott because the running back is officially serving his six-game suspension. It would seem the lack of Elliott’s presence was certainly felt, as Dak Prescott was the only Cowboy to score a touchdown, and it was on the ground no less. Prescott was also sacked eight times.
Alfred Morris is now the starting running back, and the Cowboys will need him to step up and take some weight off the shoulders of Prescott.
This historic rivalry is set for primetime Sunday Night Football on NBC at 7:30 pm.
Source: K-State Collegian
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