But not this week. The Bengals (3-2) will likely be without running back Samaje Perine after testing positive for the coronavirus this week, putting more of the load on Joe Mixon, who already ranks third in attempts and is battling an injury to the peg. Even with an improved offensive line protecting Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase emerging as the frontrunner for Offensive Rookie of the Year, Cincinnati could struggle to protect themselves against a Lions defense playing for pride. . To take: Lions +3
Los Angeles Rams vs. Giants, 1 p.m., Fox
Line: Rams -10.5 | Total: 47.5
With quarterback Daniel Jones (concussion) absent and a long list of injuries hampering the entire body of receivers and running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants (1-4) will look to fend off anyone who can catch a ball from the replacing Mike Glennon. The Rams (4-1) might look a little shocked at the early East Coast start, but that should be decided quickly. To take: Rams -10.5
Kansas City vs Washington footballers, 1 p.m., CBS
Line: Kansas City -6.5 | Total: 55.5
Kansas City’s offense must have been blazingly efficient to compete so far this season, and its three losses have followed a common scenario: opponents who can limit Tyreek Hill to less than 100 receiving yards and convert the Aggressive game calls against the Kansas City defense can come out with a win.
The Ravens, Chargers and Bills wrote the plan, but Washington (2-3) is unlikely to execute it well. His defense allowed the fifth most passing yards in the league (1,467) and has only totaled nine sacks in six games, despite defensive pair Chase Young-Montez Sweat. Mahomes, whose six interceptions are tied for third in the NFL, has shown he can quickly find receivers with his shovel pass and Hill gives him a deep target against a less talented secondary. Kansas City (2-3) should gain confidence. To take: Kansas City -6.5
Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m., CBS
Line: Colts -9.5 | Total: 43
How does a team recover after losing 19 points? Playing the Texans (1-4) is a start.
Before the Colts (1-4) allowed Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to rally from behind on “Monday Night Football,” they looked incredibly effective on both sides of the ball. By surrendering their Leading into the second half last week for the Patriots, the Texans wasted rookie Davis Mills’ best game (312 yards and three touchdowns). Carson Wentz is more experienced and works with a better full roster. The Colts should cover at home. To take: Foals -9.5
The Las Vegas Raiders at the Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Line: Broncos -3.5 | Total: 44
After Jon Gruden resigned Monday night, the Raiders (3-2) must prepare for a hellish defense from the Broncos under the guidance of interim coach Rich Bisaccia. The Broncos (3-2), two-game losers in a row, will pounce on a Las Vegas side facing organizational turmoil and overhauled offensive linemen, including moving first-round pick Alex Leatherwood from tackle to guard, due to injury. Picks: Broncos -3.5