New England Patriots (4-0) at Washington Redskins (0-4)
Venue and weather: FedEx Field, Cloudy, 74°F at kickoff
Prediction: Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins! You win the opportunity to get thrown into the fire versus a divisional opponent. That was last week. In Haskins’ first official start, he gets to try and match Tom Brady throw for throw and outduel the Patriots defense, quite possibly the best defense in the entire NFL.
You’ve got one of professional football’s worst teams in a game that pits them against what may be the greatest dynasty in the history of sports. This could get ugly. Final Score: Pats 38, Redskins 10
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Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-2)
Venue and weather: Cloudy, 80°F at kickoff, Bank of America Stadium
Prediction: The Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers both took the field for the first time in 1995. Since then, the Jags have gone 172-216-0, and they’ve gone 7-7 in the playoffs. The Panthers have amassed a win-loss total of 192-195-1, and they’ve gone 9-8 in the playoffs with two Super Bowl appearances. In six games versus one another, the series is split at three games apiece.
Both teams are 2-2 on the season and trying to remain at the top of their respective divisions. The Panthers win this one because they’re at home and you can argue that they have more talent in more spots than the Jags do. Final Score: Jags 13 Panthers 24