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Early game thread: Six of the seven games could be blowouts

A couple of games have been rescheduled due to COVID concerns

Arizona Cardinals v Carolina Panthers Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

We are five weeks into the season, and it’s looking more and more likely that we won’t make it 16 weeks. The Patriots and Broncos game has been moved to next week. Today will serve as a “bye” week for both teams. The Titans had another positive COVID test this morning. Their game against the Bills has been moved to Tuesday. At what point does Roger Goodell bring the hammer down and make an example out of Tennessee? NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted that the NFL is considering an 18th week of the season if it needs to make up any games.

As for this morning’s slate of games, six out of the seven have blowout potential. The only game where a touchdown doesn’t favor one team is the Carolina Panthers against the Atlanta Falcons. Julio Jones won’t suit up. If Atlanta loses, that could be all she wrote for head coach Dan Quinn.

The Cardinals are on the road against the Jets, who have Joe Flacco under center. The Rams traveled to Washington, where Alex Smith will serve as the backup quarterback to Kyle Allen. Washington’s organization appears to be just as dysfunctional as before. It’s unlikely either of the 49ers divisional foes loses, but Washington should give the Rams trouble with their defensive line, at least.

The Houston Texans, led by interim coach Romeo Crennel, are at home against the Jags. You’d think the Texans come out with a sense of urgency and handle Jacksonville. The Bengals are 12.5-point underdogs against the Ravens, but Joe burrow has covered in each of the first four games. Burrow looks like the real deal, but he’ll have a tall task against an aggressive Ravens defense today.

The Eagles are on the road against the Steelers, and I expect Pittsburgh to do what San Francisco couldn’t sack Carson Wentz. That game should be sloppy. The other game on the schedule is the Raiders against the Chiefs. It’d be a shock if that game didn’t end up in a Kansas City double-digit victory.