Cleveland Browns kicker Chase McLaughlin
Cleveland Browns kicker Chase McLaughlin (3) kicks during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Cleveland. The Browns won 31-21. (AP Photo/David Richard)


Mike Shara

I’m sure most of you thought that a team that has never won a Super Bowl, has only appeared in the Super Bowl once, plays in the toughest division in the sport and finished last season with an 8-8 record would be the only unbeaten team at this point in the season, right? Yeah, me too (wink, wink). Now that’s a bet I wish I’d made back in August.

The Cardinals’ 17-10 win over the 49ers was not pretty and the footage will not be sent to Canton as anyone’s example of a great football game. Who cares? It was a win. They don’t ask how; they ask how many. For Arizona to gut out a win vs. a desperate division rival in a game where they didn’t play particularly well says a lot about whether or not the Cardinals are for real. I think Week Five proved that they are. Of course, the last time they began a season 4-0 was in 2012 and they proceeded to lose 10 of their next 11, so keep in mind that a lot can still happen, especially in that division, especially with that franchise. For now Kyler Murray, Chandler Jones and their boys are unquestionably the class of the NFL.

This week should provide opportunities for the other teams who are nipping at their heels to prove they belong in that discussion. The 4-1 Rams travel across the country to face a banged-up Giants squad. The Cowboys – whose only loss was by two points to Tampa Bay in Week One – will visit New England to face an underperforming Patriots team who still somehow maintain an aura, especially at home. Finally, after a weeklong fiasco that (rightly) resulted in the firing of Head Coach Jon Gruden, the Las Vegas Raiders must soldier on and face a big divisional game as they go into Mile High Stadium to take on the Broncos.

This also marks the first of the bye weeks, with four teams (San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta, and the New York Jets) getting a rest this week. So, if you’re really going to miss seeing the Jets play this weekend, well…I honestly don’t know how to console you. I’m sure there’s some Pro Bowling Tour on or something.

All games are listed at EST. Check your local listings to see which games are available in your area.


Tampa BayPhiladelphia (+6.5 DraftKings)8:20 pmFOX/NFL


MiamiJacksonville (+3.5 BetMGM)9:30 amCBS
Green BayChicago (+4.5 FanDuel)1 pmFOX
CincinnatiDetroit (+3.5 FanDuel)1 pmFOX
HoustonIndianapolis (-10 BetMGM)1 pmCBS
LA RamsNY Giants (+9.5 DrafKings)1 pmFOX
Kansas CityWashington (+7 FanDuel)1 pmCBS
MinnesotaCarolina (+1 DraftKings)1 pmFOX
LA ChargersBaltimore (-3 FanDuel)1 pmCBS
ArizonaCleveland (-3 MetMGM)4:05 pmFOX
Las VegasDenver (-3.5 FanDuel)4:25 pmCBS
DallasNew England (+4 DraftKings)4:25 pmCBS
SeattlePittsburgh (-4.5 BetMGM)8:20 pmNBC


BuffaloTennessee (+5.5 MetMGM)8:15 pmESPN

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