Kansas City vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., CBS
Line: Kansas City -4.5 | Total: 56.5
Kansas City security Tyrann Mathieu has seen enough.
TV cameras picked up his emotional dialogues with his teammates on the bench and his hands above his head in confusion on the pitch after poor defensive performances and blackouts.
The team ranks 28th in ground defense, a nightmare for Kansas City (3-3) as they face the Titans (4-2) and Derrick Henry, the NFL‘s top rusher. The offense doesn’t help the defending AFC champion either. Kansas City leads the NFL in turnovers (14), and Patrick Mahomes’ eight interceptions are tied for second with Jaguars rookie Trevor Lawrence. After watching the Bills, Chargers and Ravens contain Kansas City, the Titans’ defense could do the same, or at least keep the game competitive enough to allow Henry and the offense to cover the gap. To take: Titans +4.5
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
Line: Ravens -6 | Total: 47
The Ravens (5-1) have shown they can win in a number of ways. Lamar Jackson can throw 400+ yards or the team can rush 200 rushing yards. Four of the team’s six games have been decided by a single score, and the game against the Bengals (4-2) could be just as close.
The Cincinnati defense ranks ninth in rushing yards allowed (543), meaning Baltimore may need to rely more on Jackson’s arm. Joe Burrow and broad rookie Ja’Marr Chase, who ranks fourth in the league in receiving yards (553), are capable of making a shootout. Expect the Bengals to keep the game tight. To take: Bengals +6
Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m., NBC
Line: 49ers -3.5 | Total: 44
San Francisco (2-3) could join Seattle on the brink of irrelevance in NFC West with another loss, while the Rams and Cardinals have some winnable games.
Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) is likely to start as rookie Trey Lance recovers from a knee injury. But he will be without tight end George Kittle (calf), who was put on the injured list before last week’s exemption.