Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m., Fox
Line: Rams -15 | Total: 50.5
Lions quarterback Jared Goff played for the Rams (5-1) for five seasons and helped lay the groundwork for SoFi Stadium to open, which it did in 2020, and he will play there this weekend as a visitor.
But Detroit Coach Dan Campbell said Goff “needs to step up” with the Lions (0-6) the only winless team in the league. Matthew Stafford, whom the Rams acquired for Goff and two first-round picks, has transitioned seamlessly into Coach Sean McVay’s offense. He is tied for third in passing touchdowns (16) and is fourth in passing yards (1,838). Stafford said he wants to play in big-time games. While this isn’t one of them, it will be a chance to show his former team what he’s capable of when surrounded by quality supporting pieces. Pick: Rams -15
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Line: Cardinals -17 | Total: 47.5
DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt escaped the Texans (1-5) and their disjointed culture and are now key contributors to the Cardinals (6-0), the league’s lone undefeated team. Houston ranks 25th out of 32 teams in points allowed per game (28.7) while Arizona is fourth in points scored per game (32.3). The spread is rightfully lopsided. Pick: Cardinals -17
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Line: Buccaneers -12.5 | Total: 47
Last week it was Aaron Rodgers. This week it is Tom Brady.
The rookie Justin Fields has another front-row seat to watch an elite quarterback play, and it will help him as he continues to develop as starter for the Bears (3-3). It may not translate to wins, and probably won’t against the Buccaneers (5-1), whose defense is adept at pressuring quarterbacks but has struggled to secure sacks. Tampa Bay lost Richard Sherman (hamstring), its newly acquired cornerback, in the first drive last Thursday, another blow to a team devastated by injuries. Even so, Fields will learn that going throw for throw with Brady is a tough task. Pick: Buccaneers -12.5