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Brett Dykes

New Orleans & NYC
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I'm a writer/editor (Editor-In-Chief of Uproxx & a NY Times contributor). When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.

Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals Preview — 8:30 p.m. (Monday) Line: Bengals by 10.5 While the Bengals enter this week as one of only three undefeated teams, with quarterback Andy Dalton having probably the best season of his career, Cincinnati and Dalton have struggled mightily in recent years against the Texans.

Monday’s Matchup: Texans (3-5) at Bengals (8-0) — While Cincinnati entered the weekend as one of only three undefeated teams, with quarterback Andy Dalton having probably the best season of his career, Dalton and the Bengals have struggled mightily in recent years against Houston. Behind Dalton, the Bengals are 1-3 against the Texans, with two of the losses coming in the playoffs.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens Preview — 1 p.m. Line: Ravens by 5.5 Raise your hand if you looked at the schedule before the season and thought the Ravens and the Jaguars would have matching records heading into this game. Those of you with your hands raised are either charlatans or clairvoyants, or perhaps a little of both.

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Preview — 1 p.m. Line: Steelers by 4.5 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had to be taken to the locker room on a cart after spraining his left foot in last week's 38-35 victory against the Raiders, but he refused to rule himself out for this one against the Browns, against whom he is 18-2 in his career.

New England Patriots at New York Giants Preview — 4:25 p.m. Line: Patriots by 7 The Patriots have been a dominant team in the Bill Belichick era, but the Giants have been a thorn in their side. When the Patriots and the Giants last faced off in a regular-season game in New Jersey, in 2007, New England was on its way to a perfect regular season.

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Preview — 8:30 p.m. Eastern Line: Seahawks by 3 When these teams met in Seattle last season, Arizona was 9-1 and held a three-game lead in the N.F.C. West on the second-place Seahawks. Seattle won that game, 19-3, and did not lose again until falling to the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos Preview — 4:25 p.m. Line: Broncos by 6 When these teams met this season in Kansas City, the Broncos won in improbable fashion, returning a Jamaal Charles fumble for a touchdown with seconds left in regulation as the Chiefs were attempting to run out the clock and send the game into overtime.

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers Preview — The Packers return to Lambeau Field after dropping two straight on the road to Denver and Carolina, and they will do so with a new starting running back. The team announced Wednesday that James Starks would replace Eddie Lacy in that role.

Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles Preview — 1 p.m. Line: Eagles by 6.5 It took awhile to get going, but the Eagles appear to have gotten their swagger back. They have won three of their last four, with Chip Kelly's offense piling up yardage and points in those games; the Eagles have averaged 438 yards and 28 points per game in their last four.

Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams Preview — 1 p.m. Line: Rams by 7 Desperate to add weapons to their passing game, the Rams have signed the concussion-plagued wide receiver Wes Welker. They are among the league's worst teams at converting on third down this season and hope that Welker, something of a third-down catch specialist throughout his career as a slot receiver, can help in that regard.
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