The Payments are the extra full workforce and are considered as a consensus Tremendous Bowl favourite by most sports activities books. However Buffalo gave up their spot atop the A.F.C. East by dropping back-to-back video games towards the Jets and Vikings during which careless turnovers by Josh Allen proved expensive. Allen, who ranks second within the N.F.L. in interceptions (10), performed with no turnovers in final week’s win and may hold the ball protected by selecting up working yardage himself.
Giants at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m., Fox
The unexpectedly profitable season for the Giants has hinged closely on the working assault, with Saquon Barkley’s resurgent season and Daniel Jones including a couple of yards on the bottom. However the receiver group has been under common all season and took one other hit with information that Wan’Dale Robinson, the workforce’s third-leading receiver, will miss the rest of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament final week.
To recap: Sterling Shepard tore his A.C.L. earlier this season and the Giants final month traded Kadarius Toney, a first-round draft decide, to Kansas Metropolis. Kenny Golladay, one of many workforce’s highest-paid gamers, has battled accidents and has additionally been periodically benched by Coach Brian Daboll.
There’s cause to assume the Giants can run successfully in Dallas: The Cowboys rank twenty sixth towards the frenzy, permitting 136.1 speeding yards per recreation. However that’s doubtless not sufficient for a win, given the efficacy of Dallas’s offense. In final week’s win over Minnesota, the Cowboys amassed 458 whole yards, led by Tony Pollard’s 189 yards from scrimmage. Dak Prescott and firm ought to feast towards a Giants protection that may miss prime cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, out for a minimum of 4 weeks with a knee damage.
New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m., NBC
This prime time recreation has a variety of compelling matchups that ought to postpone that after-dinner nap. The primary: Kirk Cousins vs. Matthew Judon. Judon, a Patriots linebacker, leads the league in sacks (13) and must be salivating over dealing with a Vikings line that allowed seven sacks of Cousins in final week’s loss to the Cowboys. Enjoying on brief relaxation, Cousins’ safety could also be even weaker with out offensive sort out Christian Darrisaw, who’s within the league’s concussion protocol.
The second: Justin Jefferson vs. Invoice Belichick’s protection. Jefferson, a Minnesota receiver, ranks second within the league in yards (1,093) and has made miracle catches to bail Cousins out, together with a stunning one-hander towards the Payments two weeks in the past. However the Patriots’ protection is the N.F.L.’s fourth greatest towards the cross and permits few massive performs.
The Vikings are at house and look to make up for an atrocious displaying towards Dallas final week, however the Patriots might have a larger sense of urgency. New England holds the A.F.C.’s sixth seed and desires each win it could actually get to make it out of the treacherous A.F.C. East. Cousins’ prime time performances have traditionally been comically dreadful, and although the Vikings are modest betting favorites, this one may go both means.