VIKINGS vs. STEELERS (In London)
Line * Steelers by 3
Synopsis * Vikes QB Christian Ponder (fractured rib) gives way to
former Chiefs starter Matt Cassel and he works vs. the No. 28 pass
defense as both teams search for first win. Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell
(foot) is getting healthy, is expected to make his NFL debut and
faces the No. 21 run defense.
VIKINGS 24, STEELERS 20.
RAVENS AT BILLS
Line * Ravens by 3
Synopsis * After a rough start in Denver, Baltimore's defense
hasn't allowed a TD in its last two outings and faces a Buffalo
offense that ranks 20th in scoring. The Bills allow 155 yards
rushing, second-most in the NFL, which is a bad sign with Ravens RB
Ray Rice (hip) hoping to be back. If not, Bernard Pierce will get
RAVENS 23, BILLS 17.
BENGALS AT BROWNS
Line * Bengals by 3
Synopsis * Brian Hoyer is back at QB for Cleveland after a decent
start last week, including three TD passes to TE Jordan Cameron in
upset win over Minnesota. But he'll be facing a tough Cincinnati
defense. The Bengals could have a letdown after rallying to beat
Packers last weekend and now heading out on the road.
BROWNS 23, BENGALS 20.
COLTS AT JAGUARS
Line * Colts by 8
Synopsis * INDY clearly is the far superior team here but could
have letdown after big surprise win in SF last week. Blaine Gabbert
back at QB for JAX after missing time because of hand injury, but
his team has the NFL's worst offense and the "D" is last vs. the
run. Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) is out, leaving the load for
COLTS 24, JAGUARS 13.
SEAHAWKS AT TEXANS
Line * Seahawks by 2
Synopsis * SEA (first) and HOU (second) rank Nos. 1-2 in the NFL
in defense, and the Seahawks are the early season class of the
league. However, they aren't nearly as strong on the road as at
home, and HOU expects to have key WR Andre Johnson (shin) perking
along. An upset, which really wouldn't be much of an upset, is a big
TEXANS 20, SEAHAWKS 16.
CARDINALS AT BUCS
Line * Buccaneers by 2
Synopsis * With Josh Freeman benched, rookie Mike Glennon gets
his initial call and teams whose QB is making his first NFL start
are 20-45 over last 7+ seasons, 1-1 this year. Look for Tampa Bay to
be conservative, but that could be trouble because ARIZ is No. 3 vs.
the run. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer should move ball vs. so-so Tampa
CARDINALS 23, BUCS 17.
BEARS AT LIONS
Line * Lions by 3
Synopsis * A ball-hawking defense keys CHI, (three defensive TDs
in the last two games and five takeaways already this year). But
DET's fourth-rated offense is focused this year and RB Reggie Bush
(knee) plans to play after being out last week. However, Lions WR
Nate Burleson (broken arm) is out for several weeks.
LIONS 24, BEARS 17.
GIANTS AT CHIEFS
Line * Chiefs by 4
Synopsis * Would have liked to pick NY to finally win, as KC is
due for a letdown. But the Giants' offensive line is an injury-
laden mess, which is a bad omen for turnover-prone QB Eli Manning as
he faces the NFL's leading team for takeaways and sacks. …