Carolina at Washington 1:00 PM ET
Two of the NFL's most talented young quarterbacks will clash Sunday when Cam Newton and the struggling Carolina Panthers visit Washington to face Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. The Panthers are trying to salvage a season that has gone awry because of five losses by six points or less. They've lost five straight and Newton is mired in something of a sophomore slump - he has thrown eight interceptions and only five touchdowns - although he still leads the team with 310 rushing yards.
Arizona at Green Bay 1:00 PM ET
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have yet to regain the form of last season's 15-win juggernaut, but they will go for their fourth consecutive victory Sunday when they host the skidding Arizona Cardinals. Green Bay received an unexpected tussle before finally putting away the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-15 last week and will look to enter their bye week by handing the Cardinals a fifth consecutive defeat. Arizona is averaging 9.0 points during their four-game skid.
Detroit at Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET
The Detroit Lions have yet to string together back-to-back victories this season. They might be looking at their best chance to do just that as they visit the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. Detroit escaped with a 28-24 win over Seattle last Sunday on a Titus Young 1-yard touchdown reception with 20 seconds left. The Lions can reach .500 with a victory over a Jaguars team that played Green Bay tough a week ago, but still came away with the loss.
Chicago at Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
The Chicago Bears’ offense rarely looks explosive for four quarters but has shown up when needed over the last six games. The fans might not like the style, but it’s hard to argue with the results. The Bears scored 16 points in the fourth quarter last week to pull out a 23-22 win over the lowly Carolina Panthers and take a 6-1 record and first place in the NFC North into a battle at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon. Matt Hasselbeck will again start at quarterback for the Titans.
Denver at Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
It took him some time to shake off the rust of a year-long layoff, but Peyton Manning is officially back. The NFL’s only four-time MVP has the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos rolling and he’ll try to keep it going on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals, who return from their bye week looking to end a three-game skid. Despite banging his thumb on a helmet early, Manning was 22-of-30 for 305 yards and three touchdowns in a dominating 34-14 victory over the New Orleans.
Baltimore at Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
With two weeks to lick their wounds, the Baltimore Ravens will look to get healthy on Sunday when they invade the Buckeye State for a date with the AFC North rival Cleveland Browns. Facing Cleveland has been the perfect elixir for all that has ailed Baltimore in recent years. The division-leading Ravens have emerged victorious in the last nine meetings against the Browns, including a 23-16 triumph on Sept. 27. Cleveland held San Diego to just a pair of field goals in a 7-6 victory on Sunday.
Buffalo at Houston 1:00 PM ET
The return of defensive end Mario Williams doesn’t figure to help much when the Buffalo Bills visit the Houston Texans on Sunday. Williams, who earned All-Pro honors while with Houston, was signed by Buffalo to help jump-start its defense. Instead, he’s become a poster boy for the Bills’ defensive woes. Buffalo is ranked last in nearly every defensive statistic, including allowing an NFL-leading 32.4 points per game. The Texans own the best record in the AFC.
Miami at Indianapolis 1:00 PM ET
The Miami Dolphins and the Indianapolis Colts were both supposed to be at the beginning of long rebuilding cycles with rookie quarterbacks and first-year coaches. The relative weakness of the AFC has accelerated that process and made contending for a playoff spot a real possibility for both teams. Top overall pick Andrew Luck will be looking to get the upper hand on No. 8 selection Ryan Tannehill when the Colts host the Dolphins on Sunday. Tannehill’s availability (knee bruise) is in question.
Minnesota at Seattle 4:05 PM ET
Two NFC teams that have come back to the pack following fast starts will clash Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks host the Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks suffered their second straight loss in gut-wrenching fashion, surrendering the winning touchdown with 20 seconds to play in last week's 28-24 loss at Detroit. Minnesota will look to rebound from an embarrassing 36-17 home loss to Tampa Bay on Oct. 25. The Seahawks are 3-0 at home with victories over Dallas, Green Bay and New England.
Tampa Bay at Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Winners of two straight, the Oakland Raiders host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in an important interconference game. With both teams teetering on the verge of playoff contention, the Raiders hope to make up some ground in the standings by playing five of their next seven games at home. The Buccaneers won an impressive game at favored Minnesota a week ago. Rookie running back Doug Martin had his best professional game against the Vikings, totaling 214 yards from scrimmage.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Giants 4:25 PM ET
Two playoff contenders clash Sunday afternoon when the resurgent Pittsburgh Steelers travel to New York to face the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. The Giants are in complete control of the NFC East after holding on to beat Dallas despite blowing a 23-point lead last week, but they have to make up some ground on undefeated Atlanta to work their way into position for the NFC's top seed. The Steelers have won two straight by getting back to playing smash-mouth football.
Dallas at Atlanta 8:20 PM ET
Having turned the NFC South race into a runaway, the Atlanta Falcons will look to remain perfect when they host the enigmatic Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. The league's lone undefeated team, the Falcons are coming off convincing 30-17 rout at Philadelphia in which quarterback Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes on their first three possessions. The Cowboys erased a 23-0 deficit at home against the New York Giants before falling late to absorb their third loss in four games.