Frank Gore takes advantage of good timing against his former team to push up to No. 7 on the all-time rushing list ahead of Eric Dickerson. His replacement in San Francisco, Carlos Hyde, will keep the visitors in it, but it’s easier to trust Jacoby Brissett and Adam Vinatieri at home vs. Brian Hoyer and Robbie Gould on the road.
Joe Flacco and EJ Manuel is the QB matchup nobody wanted to see this season, so here it is. The Black Hole is a tough trip for the falling black birds. Khalil Mack makes up for Derek Carr’s absence as Oakland’s defense out-slugs that of Baltimore in an ugly game.
Mitchell Trubisky draws his first career start against a tough Vikings defense, and Minnesota might very well get Sam Bradford back. Chicago will still lean heavily on its young backs, while Bradford, without Dalvin Cook, will help open things up again to Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph. More aggressive trumps more conservative on MNF.
On any given Sunday, any team can win or lose in the NFL. Through the first four weeks of the 2017 season, that hasn’t applied to the undefeated Chiefs or the winless Giants, Chargers, Browns or 49ers.
What has gone wrong: Attendance was tepid for the Rams’ first two home games. Interest may pick up with the franchise now winning and playing a much more exciting brand of football than it did under former coach Jeff Fisher.
What’s next: The 32-year-old McVay must take steps to prevent a team unaccustomed to winning lose focus, especially in a city that offers as many off-field temptations as Los Angeles. The Rams’ offense also faces its toughest test to date in Sunday’s home game against Seattle.
What’s next: Houston has emerged as the AFC South’s best team through four weeks, but the Texans might be hard pressed to open a significant lead with games against Kansas City and Seattle coming in October. The offensive line would get a lift if left tackle Duane Brown were to end his contract holdout.