Counting down five games Albert Breer has his eye on for Week 6. All times Eastern.
5. Dolphins at Falcons, Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS. The season’s only four games old, and the Dolphins have already had a year’s worth of trouble. Hurricane Irma pulled the bye week from their schedule, they’ve been to London and back, and, oh by the way, Ryan Tannehill is out for the year. And now, there’s the video of ex-line coach Chris Foerster that went viral. They go to Atlanta sunday, and this whole week qualifies as a gut-check for Adam Gase’s program.
4. Chargers at Raiders, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS. Amari Cooper’s slumping, Derek Carr’s hurting, and the Raiders of the last three weeks look nothing like the vibrant young team we watched last year. And now the Chargers come to town, fighting to keep their season alive. We’ll find out plenty about where Jack Del Rio’s group stands on Sunday.
3. Colts at Titans, Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN. Bet you didn’t see this coming: Colts-Titans, and this is actually more about Indy than Tennessee. The Colts were competitive in Seattle, then gutted out a win over the winless Niners. What does it all mean? Well, if the Colts can get to 3-3, and maybe, just maybe, get Andrew Luck back in Week 7, we may well be looking at them a little differently in November.
2. Rams at Jaguars, Sunday 4:05 p.m., Fox. And now I’ll give you something that may have been even less expected six weeks ago: Rams-Jags is my number two game to watch this weekend. Jacksonville’s defense is legit, and they’ve been able to work around Blake Bortles’ deficiency, while Sean McVay has breathed legit life into the Rams franchise. One of those two will come out of Sunday’s late-afternoon kickoff in Florida at 4-2.
1. Steelers at Chiefs, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS. Number one for this week, and it wasn’t even that hard—it’s the Chiefs and Steelers in a rematch of last year’s divisional playoff. There’s a different kind of pressure on Ben Roethlisberger this week, and Arrowhead isn’t exactly the ideal place for a visitor to get well. As for the Chiefs, well, winning here would give them the head-to-head tiebreaker for home field over the two teams that played in last year’s AFC title game.
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