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5 best NFL games of the Week 7 schedule

The NFL has to be thrilled about getting that Thursday night affair out of the way. The Denver Broncos pasted the Arizona Cardinals, 45-10, making Arizona appear to be a CFL team playing an exhibition. Of course, Denver isn’t exactly a world-beater at 3-4, giving one an idea just how bad the Cardinals are.

Luckily, there are a litany of intriguing games on the docket for this Sunday, with contenders squaring off in contests that could certainly have playoff implications down the road. Of the group, here are the five best.

5. New England Patriots at Chicago Bears

The Bears really ned to get this game after losing to the Miami Dolphins and Brock Osweiler on Sunday afternoon. Chicago is sitting at 3-2 and tied atop the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, making this a key contest. Conversely, the Patriots are also fighting for plenty with the top seed of the AFC within reach. While there are still 10 weeks to go, the pivotal games are coming on New England’s schedule.

4. Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Texans and Jaguars are not playing well, which means this spot on the list might force a few raised eyebrows. However, both teams are tied along with the Tennessee Titans for the AFC South lead, and whoever wins obviously gets a significant victory. The game is in Jacksonville, and after allowing 70 points over the past two weeks, it’s tough to imagine the Jaguars not being ready to play.

3. Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles

The Panthers and Eagles are both desperate for a win considering their respective situations. Philadelphia is 3-3 and while the NFC East is very much wide open, the Eagles must go on a run if they plan to be in the mix for a bye week come January. The Panthers are 3-2 after losing last weekend and find themselves trying to keep pace with the New Orleans Saints, who are 4-1 and coming off their bye week.

2. Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs and Bengals are battling it out on primetime at Arrowhead Stadium, with all kinds of potential playoff fallout. Cincinnati is sitting at 4-2 and just a half-game ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North, and tied with the Baltimore Ravens. Kansas City is 5-1 and leading the AFC, but the Los Angeles Chargers lurk only one game behind. The Chiefs have the upper hand being at home and under the lights, a situation in which they haven’t lost in the past five contests.

1. New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are getting a lot of love — and rightfully so — after handling the Titans on Sunday, racking up an obscene 11 sacks. Baltimore now takes on a tougher challenge in the Saints, who come in with a week off rest at their disposal. New Orleans can really start to establish itself as the main challenger for the Rams in the NFC with a win.

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