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Cowboys at Falcons

Noon (Fox)

LINE -- Falcons by 3½

SERIES -- Cowboys lead 16-11; Falcons beat Cowboys 27-7, Nov. 12, 2017

ON OFFENSE

(RK) COWBOYS VS. FALCONS (RK)

(5) 133.4 RUSH 89.8 (30)

(28) 194.0 PASS 319.1 (2)

(27) 327.4 YARDS 408.9 (6)

(24) 20.1 POINTS 27.1 (8)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) COWBOYS VS. FALCONS (RK)

(8) 96.7 RUSH 119.9 (21)

(9) 231.9 PASS 294.4 (30)

(7) 328.6 YARDS 414.3 (30)

(3) 19.0 POINTS 28.2 (29)

WHAT TO WATCH WR Amari Cooper has been solid, not spectacular, in his first two games with the Cowboys. He has 11 catches for 133 yards and 1 TD on 18 targets. More importantly, his presence is opening things up for other areas of the Cowboys' offense. The trade is a success.

Bengals at Ravens

Noon

LINE -- Ravens by 4

SERIES -- Bengals lead 23-22; Bengals beat Ravens 34-23, Sept. 13, 2018

ON OFFENSE

(RK) BENGALS VS. RAVENS (RK)

(25) 94.7 RUSH 92.7 (27)

(21) 242.9 PASS 273.9 (9)

(25) 337.6 YARDS 366.6 (15)

(11) 26.1 POINTS 23.7 (17)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) BENGALS VS. RAVENS (RK)

(31) 141.2 RUSH 99.8 (10)

(32) 313.3 PASS 205.2 (3)

(32) 454.5 YARDS 305.0 (2)

(31) 32.0 POINTS 17.8 (2)

WHAT TO WATCH Somebody has to stop the bleeding, right? The Ravens started the season 4-2, and the Bengals were 4-1 not that long ago. Now both teams are gasping for air as their seasons suffocate them. The Bengals are 5-4 while the Ravens are 4-5. Neither can afford a loss this week.

Panthers at Lions

Noon

LINE -- Panthers by 4

SERIES -- Panthers lead 6-2; Panthers beat Lions 27-24, Oct. 8, 2017

ON OFFENSE

(RK) PANTHERS VS. LIONS (RK)

(3) 138.4 RUSH 101.1 (23)

(24) 218.8 PASS 246.4 (19)

(18) 357.2 YARDS 347.5 (23)

(9) 26.8 POINTS 22.4 (20)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) PANTHERS VS. LIONS (RK)

(9) 99.0 RUSH 132.7 (28)

(22) 258.2 PASS 229.4 (8)

(15) 357.2 YARDS 362.1 (19)

(23) 25.8 POINTS 27.1 (28)

WHAT TO WATCH Rookie RB Kerryon Johnson is a bright spot for an exceedingly dark Lions' season. The former Auburn ball carrier has 554 yards rushing and is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. He also has 15 catches in the past 3 weeks. Finally, the Lions are getting their most talented skill-position player the ball.

Titans at Colts

Noon

LINE -- Colts by 2

SERIES -- Colts lead 31-16; Titans beat Colts 20-16, Nov. 26, 2017

ON OFFENSE

(RK) TITANS VS. COLTS (RK)

(15) 114.4 RUSH 113.6 (16)

(30) 184.6 PASS 266.2 (12)

(30) 299.0 YARDS 379.8 (9)

(28) 18.7 POINTS 28.9 (6)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) TITANS VS. COLTS (RK)

(10) 99.8 RUSH 107.8 (14)

(6) 228.2 PASS 268.4 (24)

(6) 328.02 YARDS 376.2 (23)

(1) 16.8 POINTS 26.6 (26)

WHAT TO WATCH Quietly, the Titans are 5-4 and are positioning themselves for back-to-back playoff appearances. Tennessee is first in the NFL in scoring defense at 16.8 points per game. Last week, the Patriots crossed the Tennessee 34 one time in 12 possessions. That's happened to New England only six times in the Brady/Belichick era.

Texans at Redskins

Noon (CBS)

LINE -- Texans by 3

SERIES -- Series tied 2-2; Texans beat Redskins 17-6, Sept. 7, 2014

ON OFFENSE

(RK) TEXANS VS. REDSKINS (RK)

(11) 120.2 RUSH 121.2 (10)

(18) 248.9 PASS 216.2 (25)

(14) 369.1 YARDS 337.4 (26)

(16) 24.0 POINTS 19.6 (27)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) TEXANS VS. REDSKINS (RK)

(6) 92.9 RUSH 90.9 (5)

(16) 243.4 PASS 270.1 (25)

(9) 336.3 YARDS 361.0 (17)

(7) 20.4 POINTS 19.4 (4)

WHAT TO WATCH Washington managed to beat Tampa Bay despite an offensive line in tatters, but dealing with J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and the rest of the Texans' pass rushers is a whole different kind of resistance. Houston is tied for 19th in the NFL with 23 sacks, but that number is likely to increase.

Steelers at Jaguars

Noon

LINE -- Steelers by 5

SERIES -- Jaguars lead 14-11; Jaguars beat Steelers 45-42, Jan. 14, 2018

ON OFFENSE

(RK) STEELERS VS. JAGUARS (RK)

(21) 105.7 RUSH 94.6 (26)

(3) 314.2 PASS 264.9 (14)

(4) 419.9 YARDS 359.5 (17)

(4) 31.0 POINTS 17.8 (29)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) STEELERS VS. JAGUARS (RK)

(4) 90.8 RUSH 118.6 (18)

(19) 245.3 PASS 200.6 (1)

(8) 336.1 YARDS 319.2 (3)

(13) 23.2 POINTS 22.1 (10)

WHAT TO WATCH Now that it's official RB Le'Veon Bell will not play this season, the Steelers' running game is all James Conner's. Conner has gained 771 yards on 164 carries already, and his 10 rushing TDs are more than Bell ever accumulated in a single season. But will the second-year pro hold up as the season wanes?

Buccaneers at Giants

Noon

LINE -- Giants by 2½

SERIES -- Giants lead 14-7; Buccaneers beat Giants 25-23, Oct. 1, 2017

ON OFFENSE

(RK) BUCCS VS. GIANTS (RK)

(29) 91.6 RUSH 80.0 (31)

(1) 361.2 PASS 264.8 (15)

(1) 452.8 YARDS 344.8 (24)

(12) 25.8 POINTS 19.7 (26)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) BUCCS VS. GIANTS (RK)

(15) 108.1 RUSH 122.6 (25)

(29) 291.9 PASS 244.7 (18)

(28) 400.0 YARDS 367.3 (22)

(32) 32.3 POINTS 25.3 (20)

WHAT TO WATCH These are two awful teams, but the game has potential to be really entertaining. RB Saquon Barkley is always worth the price of admission for the Giants, and Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is bound to throw TDs to multiple people -- whether it be his teammates or the Giants' defenders.

Raiders at Cardinals

3:05 p.m.

LINE -- Cardinals by 5½

SERIES -- Raiders lead 5-4; Cardinals beat Raiders 24-13, Oct. 19, 2014

ON OFFENSE

(RK) RAIDERS VS. CARDINALS (RK)

(24) 97.1 RUSH 70.4 (32)

(16) 252.6 PASS 165.8 (31)

(21) 349.7 YARDS 236.2 (32)

(30) 16.3 POINTS 13.8 (31)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) RAIDERS VS. CARDINALS (RK)

(30) 141.0 RUSH 140.3 (29)

(21) 258.1 PASS 223.2 (4)

(27) 399.1 YARDS 363.5 (20)

(30) 30.2 POINTS 25.0 (18)

WHAT TO WATCH Arizona RB David Johnson is coming off a huge game against the Chiefs in which he ran 21 times for 98 yards and a TD, and caught 7 passes for 85 yards and 1 TD. He is averaging only 3.4 yard per carry this season, but he could build off last week's momentum against a porous Raiders' defense.

Broncos at Chargers

3:05 p.m.

LINE -- Chargers by 7

SERIES -- Broncos lead 65-51-1; Chargers beat Broncos 21-0, Oct. 22, 2017

ON OFFENSE

(RK) BRONCOS VS. CHARGERS (RK)

(9) 126.7 RUSH 127.1 (7)

(17) 250.4 PASS 265.0 (13)

(11) 377.1 YARDS 392.1 (8)

(19) 22.8 POINTS 26.7 (10)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) BRONCOS VS. CHARGERS (RK)

(26) 131.6 RUSH 112.6 (17)

(10) 232.4 PASS 244.0 (17)

(21) 364.0 YARDS 356.6 (14)

(15) 23.7 POINTS 20.7 (8)

WHAT TO WATCH Broncos LB Von Miller enjoys seeing Chargers QB Philip Rivers. In 12 career games against Rivers, Miller has sacked him 13 times. The Broncos will have to bring a lot of pressure to slow down the Chargers and their multitude of weapons.

Eagles at Saints

3:25 p.m. (Fox)

LINE -- Saints by 7½

SERIES -- Eagles lead 17-13; Eagles beat Saints 39-17, Oct. 11, 2015

ON OFFENSE

(RK) EAGLES VS. SAINTS (RK)

(22) 102.7 RUSH 126.8 (8)

(10) 270.2 PASS 287.1 (7)

(13) 372.9 YARDS 413.9 (5)

(21) 22.0 POINTS 36.7 (1)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) EAGLES VS. SAINTS (RK)

(7) 93.4 RUSH 80.1 (1)

(23) 265.8 PASS 296.1 (31)

(16) 359.2 YARDS 376.2 (23)

(6) 20.3 POINTS 25.8 (23)

WHAT TO WATCH At 4-5, the defending Super Bowl champions have to be desperate. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they face the NFL's hottest team in the Superdome. On paper, this looks like a blowout, but don't count out Carson Wentz and company just yet. This is their last stand, and they won't roll over.

Vikings at Bears

7:20 p.m. (NBC)

LINE -- Bears by 2½

SERIES -- Vikings lead 60-52-2; Vikings beat Bears 23-10, Dec. 31, 2017

ON OFFENSE

(RK) VIKINGS VS. BEARS (RK)

(28) 91.7 RUSH 120.1 (12)

(8) 282.7 PASS 243.3 (20)

(12) 374.4 YARDS 363.4 (16)

(14) 24.6 POINTS 29.9 (5)

ON DEFENSE

(RK) VIKINGS VS. BEARS (RK)

(3) 88.9 RUSH 84.0 (2)

(12) 233.3 PASS 235.6 (13)

(5) 322.2 YARDS 319.6 (4)

(11) 22.7 POINTS 19.4 (4)

WHAT TO WATCH The Bears lead the NFC North at 6-3, and they are one of the best stories in the NFL. They also arrived at that record by beating up on some putrid teams. The combined record of the teams the Bears have beaten is 19-38, and the 5-5 Seahawks are the only team without a losing record to fall to the Bears. Beating the Vikings is a different kind of challenge.

Sports on 11/18/2018

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