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Game Day

10/28/2015

Detroit Lions (1-6) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5)
Sunday, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. CST
Wembley Stadium, London, EnglandChiefs helmet Lions helmet

Games like this can be tough to get excited about, unless, of course you are a fan of either team. Then it might as well be the Super Bowl. The Detroit Lions, with its struggling running game, will continue to rely on the unreliable Matthew Stafford, who is now 171 of 263 with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Three of those scores were sent to Calvin Johnson, who is not the receiver he once was. After losing a winnable game to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Lions seem poised to continue to lose.

And then there is the Kansas City Chiefs, now sitting in third place in the AFC West with only two wins on the season. The good news? One of those wins came on Sunday against a gritty Pittsburgh Steelers team, 23-13. Running back Charcandrick West rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown. Defense will continue to be key, led by Eric Berry, who notched six tackles on Sunday. Expect the Chiefs to leave Wembley with a win.

Minnesota Vikings (4-2) vs. Chicago Bears (2-4)
Sunday, Nov. 1, noon CST
Soldier Field, Chicago, IllinoisBears helmet Vikings helmet

Let’s admit it. Neither of these teams is very good. When you throw in the Detroit Lions, and set the Green Bay Packers aside, the NFC North may be the weakest division in the NFL. Time will tell. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings are racking up wins, led by a less-than-spectacular Teddy Bridgewater, who is now 119 of 181 with 1,339 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. The star, not surprisingly, is Adrian Peterson, who has compiled 530 yards and three touchdowns in the first six games. The Vikings pulled out a bruising victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Expect a similar game in Chicago.

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The Bears have lost some tough games to some not-so-tough teams. With Jay Cutler back behind center, anything can happen. That is, if “anything” means damaging turnovers. Some Bears fans have thrown in the towel and are looking to next year already. And for good reason. Vikings pull out another ugly win.

Green Bay Packers (6-0) vs. Denver Broncos (6-0)
Sunday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. CST
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, ColoradoBroncos helmet Packers helmet

Now this is football: two undefeated teams on Sunday night. The Green Bay Packers have won all three of the last contests with the Denver Broncos with a combined score of 95-60. Can we expect more of the same on Sunday night? It’s hard not to respect the Packers, whether you are a fan or not. With a commanding lead in the NFC North, some are wondering if this is the best Packers team ever. Fresh off a bye week, Aaron Rodgers and company will be ready to prove how good they really are.

You won’t find that same optimism, despite the same record, in Denver, where the Broncos offense is struggling behind legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, who is 146 of 237 for 1,524 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Yes, 10. Regardless, this will be a great game with mile-high expectations. It undoubtedly will deliver — for the Packers. CV

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