Coach Sean McDermott stood his ground in the days following the Nathan Peterman debacle.

To the NFL’s credit, last year’s game in Mexico City turned out to be a great event, with an entertaining game between the Raiders and Texans to boot. This could duplicate or surpass it if both fan bases show up and show out.

The odds were strong that Peterman would be rewarded for his five-interception half with another start. Even though the Chiefs gave up just one touchdown to the Giants in last week’s loss, the defense has not gotten enough blame for the Kansas City’s recent fade (bottom 10 in yards, yards per play and sacks, middle of the pack in takeaways and points). It won’t matter, though. Peterman does not make the Bills better.

Oakland can still give New England trouble with Carr and Marshawn Lynch, but the Raiders are too beat up defensively to slow down Tom Brady. Oakland brings a lot of attitude in the altitude, along with a lot of points, but the Patriots will score more.

No, Bum Phillips and Chuck Noll ain’t walking through that door, but there’s plenty at stake, albeit on a short week. The Steelers are blowing hot-and-cold again, sweating out the Colts more than they reasonably should have. The Titans have quietly won four in a row, all since getting Marcus Mariota back from a hamstring injury. They also have the AFC South tiebreaker over Jacksonville. Theysmell the playoffs. They should not be taken lightly.

The Eagles again fail to take advantage of a Cowboys turnover. They go three-and-out and are forced to punt.

Turnover, Cowboys. Prescott throws his second interception of the game. This time, he underthrows a deep ball to Dez Bryant on a third-and-17 play and Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby comes down with it. Philadelphia takes over near midfield.patriots_011-180x180

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