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NFL Week 4 Sunday live open thread

It’s a funky Sunday for the 2018 NFL. Let’s funk it up.

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Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Atlanta Falcons (1-2)

1:00pm ET, CBS

Ah, yes. Cincinnati, against...Atlanta. That classic battle.

This is Week 4 in the NFL. A largely confusing mishmash of matchups and narratives sandwiched by the Los Angeles Rams-Minnesota Vikings historic meetup and the Sunday evening/Monday Night Football duo of Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers/Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos.

The NFL knows where its bread is buttered.

Anyway, Bengals-Falcons.

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Next!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) at Chicago Bears (2-1)

1:00pm ET, FOX

Tampa-Chicago.

Tampa Bay, Florida. And Chicago, Illinois.

Honestly, I don’t want to see this football game. I would much rather put 500 Tampans and 500 Chicagoans in the same room and just watch them watch this game together. And talk about life. And fish.

If we’re being real though, this game could be phenomenally entertaining. Oh, and QB Jameis Winston’s suspension is over...so yeah.

Detroit Lions (1-2) at Dallas Cowboys (1-2)

1:00pm ET, FOX

Is this lowkey the most interesting game today?

One of these teams moves to 1-3 and pretty much ends their season. For the Lions and first-year Head Coach Matt Patricia, it would be disappointing. But not a huge setback for a franchise that has only made the playoffs three times since the year 2000. For the Cowboys?! This is a franchise operating from the same window of having a QB on a rookie contract that the Rams are. And despite the suggestion from Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones that the Cowboys and the Rams aren’t all that dissimilar on offense, a 1-3 start would have even Jerrah himself coming to terms with reality.

Buffalo Bills (1-2) at Green Bay Packers (1-1-1)

1:00pm ET, CBS

You could easily make the case this is must-win territory for the Packers. They get a Bills team coming off their Week 3 27-6 win over the Vikings that could be the strangest win of the season by year’s end. If the Bills can somehow pull a rabbit out of a hat twice in two weeks, it’d be shocking.

But hey, that’s why we watch.

Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) at Tennessee Titans (2-1)

1:00pm ET, FOX

Juicy.

Houston Texans (0-3) at Indianapolis Colts (1-2)

1:00pm ET, CBS

Not juicy.

Miami Dolphins (3-0) at New England Patriots (1-2)

1:00pm ET, CBS

How did this become the game of the early slate? Not only is this the game of the week among the early offerings, this is the game of the year in a sense.

We had two major narratives going into the season. One, the strength of the NFC. And two, the potential end of the Patriots’ dynasty. It certainly seemed possibly in August. It seems much more possible now. With a loss today, it would accelerate into newfound territory.

Last year offered a glimpse of the New NFL. This year, it’s on full display. A win here by the Dolphins could well be the end of the Belichick/Brady era. And that’s...a thing.

New York Jets (1-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1)

1:00pm ET, FOX

Who what when where how why who

Cleveland Browns (1-1-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-3)

4:05pm ET, FOX

No matter how this ends, it’ll be funny.

Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at Arizona Cardinals (0-3)

4:05pm ET, FOX

Really interesting game here. The Seahawks are slight favorites despite being on the road. If rookie QB Josh Rosen can provide a boost to the Cards’ offense though, this one could make for a very compelling second half...

New Orleans Saints (2-1) at New York Giants (1-2)

4:25pm ET, CBS

Another interesting game here with a slight road favorite. The Giants don’t have a first-round rookie to plug in here for a boost though...

San Francisco 49ers (1-2) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)

4:25pm ET, CBS

Yeah, this late group of games is spectacular. QB C.J. Beathard takes over at QB as the Niners come down to StubHub.

Great quartet of games.