The National Football League kicks off today’s action in London with a 6:30 a.m. Pacific Time start for the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans. Both of these AFC teams are engaged in tight division races.
The Titans’ record of three wins and three losses is enough for a share of first place in the AFC South where the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans also come into play today with .500 win/loss marks. The Jaguars and Texans will meet later today in Jacksonville.
In the AFC West, the Chargers are chasing the Kansas City Chiefs, who lost their first game of the season last Sunday night in Foxboro to the New England Patriots and today are home for a contest against the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs 5-1 season record is one game better than Los Angeles’ 4-2.
Once the action returns to America with 10:00 a.m. kickoff times, we will be able to see if a changing of the guard is going to happen this week in Chicago when the Bears host the Patriots. Last week, two teams that were looking to leapfrog longtime division champs fell short when the Bengals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were upended by the Atlanta Falcons.
If Chicago was able to knock off the Patriots today, it would extend the Bears unbeaten record at home this year and keep New England winless in three road games. It would also be a sure sign that the Bears are here to battle the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in the NFC North Division.
Three weeks ago the Patriots were facing the prospect of falling three games behind the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East, a division they have won nine straight seasons. Facing that prospect, the Patriots drilled the Dolphins 38-7 in the first of three consecutive home games. Wins over the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs completed their homestand which ended with them tied for their division lead with surprising Miami.
Now, the Patriots are back on the road, where they have lost their first two games away from Gillette Stadium to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions.
All the action today will be played under good weather conditions. No precipitation is expected at any of the outdoor venues while wind could affect the passing games in the contests played in Baltimore, where the Ravens host the New Orleans Saints, and Philadelphia, where the Eagles entertain the Carolina Panthers.
The three most bet games by the public this week are the Kansas City Chiefs (-6) over Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots (-2) over the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Chargers (-7) over the Tennessee Titans.
As for our money rated games, those contests are now posted on this site and if a Bullet Play develops in the final hour before the 10:00 a.m. kickoffs, that game will be added to the list of recommendations at 9:45 a.m.