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Now past the quarterpole of the NFL season, it’s time to turn things up a notch.

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Tennessee Titans (3-1) at Buffalo Bills (1-3)

1:00pm ET, CBS

Interesting game to start things off.

The Titans are favorited to win a game for the first time this season and it’s on the road. So while the Bills are hardly heavily backed, it’s still a legitimate challenge for the Titans. What’s interesting here is that the Titans look very, very inept on offense under new Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur, the former Rams OC from 2017. They’ve scored the seventh-lowest point total in the NFL and Titans QB Marcus Mariota is averaging just 182 yards per game. Strangely enough, the Bills are one of the few offenses worse than the Titans.

Miami Dolphins (3-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)

1:00pm ET, CBS

How are these two teams a combined 6-2?!

Again, the Dolphins’ offense is one of the weaker units in the league. They picked up three one-possession wins before being wrecked by a jilted New England Patriots team. Meanwhile, the Bengals’ offense has cranked while the defense looks the worst its been in a decade. Are things going to normalize for them? Are the Dolphins for real? One of these teams is going to 4-1...

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-2-1)

1:00pm ET, CBS

Lowkey, one of the funner games from the early slate.

Baltimore’s playing pretty good football while the Browns have lost two games by a combined six points. And of course, QB Baker Mayfield has Browns fans energized.

Over the last 20 matchups, the Ravens are 18-2. The Browns haven’t won any of the last five meetings.

Green Bay Packers (2-1-1) at Detroit Lions (1-3)

1:00pm ET, FOX

If Ravens-Browns was lowkey fun, this is highkey weird.

The Packers have a tie. The Lions are 1-3. This is perhaps the worst offense so far for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The Lions have lost by three to the San Francisco 49ers, by two to the Dallas Cowboys and by 31 to the New York Jets...

Weird!

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

1:00pm ET, CBS

Game of the week?

Denver Broncos (2-2) at New York Jets (1-3)

1:00pm ET, CBS

Hard to get excited here. The Broncos are on a two-game losing streak while the Jets have three losses working. A bit of a settle-out game where the AFC need some normalcy in the middle that this could help provide.

Atlanta Falcons (1-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1)

1:00pm ET, FOX

These two teams have two wins combined after Week 4. Unbelievable.

And that of course means, one of these teams will be a one-win team after Week 5 and all but mathematically dead in the burgeoning playoff race. And while Steelers fans seem nearly apoplectic about it, I’m not sure that’s the case for the Falcons for whatever reason.

But it’s a reminder that we shouldn’t need (that we definitely need) that last year’s playoff teams aren’t this year’s playoff teams and the unexpected happens in the NFL. A lot.

New York Giants (1-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-1)

1:00pm ET, FOX

Carolina is coming off of its bye week. It’s Week 5. The Los Angeles Rams don’t have a bye week for nearly two months. Does that leave the Panthers perhaps sloppy? Perhaps. It’s not as if the G-Men are playing solid football. This shapes up as another settle-out.