Vikings beat Cowboys; Chargers fall to the Leaders; Rams skid continues

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​in the second half against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park, NY (Jeffrey T. Barnes/Associated Press)

The Times’ NFL writer Sam Farmer examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to FanDuel Sportsbook (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 7-7 (.500); 89-60-1 season (.597). Using point spreads with the scores predicted by Farmer, the record against the spread last week would be 8-6 (.571); 71-76-3 season (.483). Outside: Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle, Tampa Bay. Pacific Times.

Titans (6-3) at Packers (4-6)

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson catches a pass for a touchdown in front of safety Darnell Savage.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (9) catches a touchdown pass in front of Dallas Cowboys safety Darnell Savage, back, during the second half Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. (Matt Ludtke/Associated Press)

Thursday, 5:20pm

television: Amazon Prime Video.

Line: Packers under 3. O/U: 41.

A home game on a short week favors the Packers, who are coming off a big win. The titans get pressured, especially on defense, but Derrick Henry can do some damage against this poor run defense.

Foretelling: Packers 21, Titans 20

Browns (3-6) at Bills (6-3)

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary runs with the ball in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings.

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary runs with the ball in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Joshua Bessex/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 705.

Line: Bills under 8 1/2. O/U: 43 1/2.

After an emotional loss, the Bills bounce back in a big way as Josh Allen carves out a questionable secondary. The Dolphins pushed around the Browns last week to fall to 1-3 on the road.

Foretelling: Bills 34, Browns 17

Eagles (8-1) at Colts (4-5-1)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen was injured in action against the Washington Chiefs.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen was injured in action against the Washington Chiefs on Monday in Philadelphia. (Rich Schultz/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 706.

Line: Eagle by 6 1/2. O/U: 43 1/2.

Colts are riding high after beating the Raiders in Jeff Saturday’s practice game. Jonathan Taylor should get some traction against a shaky Eagles run defense, but Philly will bounce back from the loss.

Foretelling: Eagles 24, Colts 18

Jets (6-3) at Patriots (5-4)

New York Jets quarterback Michael Carter II reacts after a pass is broken up.

New York Jets quarterback Michael Carter II reacts after breaking up a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills on November 6 in East Rutherford, NJ (John Minchillo/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Channel 2. DirectTV: 707.

Line: Patriotism by 3 1/2. H/W: 38 1/2.

Create-it game for the Jets, who never seem to be able to beat the Patriots. Watch for the Jets to establish the run and rely on Zach Wilson and a short passing game. A lot at stake. Visitors can win this.

Foretelling: Jet 24, Patriot 21

Bears (3-7) at Falcons (4-6)

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs the ball against the Detroit Lions.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first half in Chicago on Sunday. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 708.

Line: Falcons by 3. O/U: 49 1/2.

The Bears have had some interesting games with Justin Fields running, although they have lost six of seven. The Falcons aren’t much better and Carolina just got thumped. Chicago finally does it.

Foretelling: Bears 28, Falcons 24

Panthers (3-7) at Ravens (6-3)

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Justin Houston celebrates after playing against the New Orleans Saints.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Justin Houston (50) celebrates after a game against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 7 in New Orleans. (Tyler Kaufman/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 709.

Line: Ravens under 13. O/U: 41 1/2.

Baltimore is better but the Panthers have some grit and can hang in games when they are big camps. The Ravens eventually pull away in this game, but Carolina makes it interesting.

Foretelling: Ravens 24, Panthers 16

Chiefs (5-5) at Texans (1-7-1)

Washington Chiefs running back Antonio Gibson celebrates his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington Chiefs running back Antonio Gibson (24) celebrates his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter on Monday in Philadelphia. (Rich Schultz/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 710.

Line: Commanders under 3 1/2. H/W: 40 1/2.

It could be a trap game for Washington, which has won four of five and spoiled Philadelphia’s bid for a perfect season. Commanders should be able to control the clock with the run, but it’s close.

Foretelling: Chiefs 23, Texas 21

Rams (3-6) at Saints (3-7)

Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons is chasing Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson.

Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons, left, chases Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson during the first half at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Channel 11. DirectTV: 711.

Line: Holy under 4 1/2. H/W: 38 1/2.

Things were already going badly for the Rams, and then they lost Cooper Kupp to ankle surgery. The Saints are also on a roll, having scored a total of 23 points in their last two games. But they are at home.

Foretelling: Saints 18, Rams 14

Lions (3-6) at Giants (7-2)

New York Giants quarterback Nick McCloud runs against the Texas Texans.

New York Giants quarterback Nick McCloud runs against the Houston Texans during Sunday’s game in East Rutherford, NJ (Adam Hunger/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 712.

Line: Giant under 3. O/U: 44 1/2.

After losing five in a row, the Lions have won two straight and are growing in confidence. Saquon Barkley should take a pin for that balloon, though, and Detroit will have a hard time stopping him.

Foretelling: Giants 31, Lions 27

Raiders (2-7) at Broncos (3-6)

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs rushes for a yard.

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs rushes for yardage during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 6 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press)

Sunday, 1:05pm

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 713.

Line: Broncos by 2 1/2. O/U: 41 1/2.

Just wince, baby. Neither coach inspires confidence. Barring a tie, someone is going to win, though, and the Raiders have more firepower. The Broncos have only scored 20 points this season.

Foretelling: Raiders 21, Broncos 17

Bengals (5-4) at Steelers (3-6)

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon runs the ball during the second half against the Carolina Panthers.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon runs the ball in the second half against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 6 in Cincinnati. (Joshua A. Bickel/Associated Press)

Sunday, 1:25pm

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 714.

Line: Bengals by 4 1/2. H/W: 40 1/2.

The Bengals are settled after an off week, and they can score in droves. The Steelers haven’t proven that. Pittsburgh is showing signs of life, but Cincinnati is worth the score in the season series.

Foretelling: Bengals 28, Steelers 23

Cowboys (6-3) at Vikings (8-1)

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb breaks the tackle on Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) breaks the tackle of Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage (26) Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. (Matt Ludtke/Associated Press)

Sunday, 1:25pm

television: Channel 2. DirectTV: 715.

Line: Cowboys under 1 1/2. H/W: 47 1/2.

The Cowboys are on a roll and wreak havoc. Kirk Cousins ​​is ready for that, though, and the combination of Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson is plenty to handle. Plus, Minnesota is home.

Foretelling: Vikings 27, Cowboys 24

Leaders (7-2) at Chargers (5-4)

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler carries the ball upfield.

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler carries the ball upfield during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 6 in Atlanta. (Butch Dill/Associated Press)

Sunday, 5:20pm

television: Channel 4.

Line: Leaders under 5 1/2. O/U: 50 1/2.

The Chargers tend to play the Chiefs hard, so they should be interesting for a while. But the Chargers have broken down, losing just two more interior stoppers on their defensive line. Kansas City is pulling away.

Foretelling: Heads 30, Charger 21

49ers (5-4) at Cardinals (4-6)

San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell runs against Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr.

San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (25) runs against Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. (9) during the second half on Sunday in Santa Clara. (Godofredo A. Vásquez / Associated Press)

Monday, 5:15pm

television: ESPN in Mexico City.

Line: 49ers by 8 1/2. O/U: 43 1/2.

A diminished Cardinals offense run by Colt McCoy? Go with the 49ers, who continue to gain traction in the NFC West and have plenty of ways to move the ball. Neutral position and height are factors.

Foretelling: 49ers 27, Cardinals 21

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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