The feature matchup this week pits Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady when Green Bay goes to Tampa Bay for the Fox doubleheader game.
Green Bay is unbeaten at 4-0, while the Bucs are 3-2 and coming off a game where Brady not only lost but lost track of downs in the final drive.
The Bucs are desperate for a victory.
—The Bills and Chiefs are both coming off their first losses since starting out 4-0, so the loser drops to 4-2. The defending champion Chiefs figure to get back on track.
—The Rams and 49ers lost the last two Super Bowls, but the Rams at 4-1 are playing like a team that was in the Super Bowl two years ago while the 49ers are 2-3 and playing like a team having a Super Bow loss hangover after losing it last year.
A loss would drop the 49ers four games in the loss column behind the 4-0 Seahawks, who have a bye, in the NFC West.
—The two New York teams are likely to fall to 0-6 as the Jets play Miami and the Giants play Washington. The interesting thing about the Jets is that they’ve not only lost five games, but they haven’t covered the spread in any of them. Betting against the Jets has been a good investment this year. They’re about a 10-point dog against Miami, but don’t figure to cover.
—Dallas starts the Andy Dalton era (who knows when Dak Prescott will be back) against Arizona. A loss would drop them to 2-4 but they’d still be in contention in the NFC East. The 1-3-1 Eagles figure to go to 1-4-1 with a loss to the Ravens, so the Cowboys could wind up tied for first with Washington, which is 1-4 and plays the Giants. This division is a dumpster fire.
—Carolina has been under the radar while winning the last three after losing the first two to climb into a first place tie in the NFC South with the Bucs and Saints. The Panthers play the Bears, who are 4-1. The big question for the Bears is how Nick Foles plays. He struggled against the Colts in his first start but outdueled Tom Brady last week.
—The Steelers and Browns are an old rivalry that dates back to 1950 although there was a three-year hiatus when the Browns move to Baltimore. Both are off to good starts. The Steelers are 4-0 for the first time since 1979 and the Browns are 4-1 for the first time in 25 years when they had a coach named Bill Belichick. But the Steelers have dominated the rivalry for decades and Baker Mayfield suffered a rib injury last week and may not be 100 percent, so the edge will likely go to the Steelers.