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49ers vs Chargers: live stream NFL Week 4 Game Preview & Analysis

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NFL Week 4: 49ers at Chargers Game Preview

San Francisco entered this season a popular pick for an NFC wild-card spot. But after a season-ending knee injury to Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers find themselves in survival mode.

Second-year quarterback CJ Beathard will line up behind center this week. Beathard was on the field for seven starts in 2017, completing 55-percent of his 224 passes for 1430 yards. He threw 4 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in a valuable learning experience.

San Francisco lost their starting running back in Week 1, too. Matt Breida and Alfred Morris have been effective running the ball but opponents will start stacking the box with less of a threat behind center. Breida is also listed as questionable for Sunday with residual soreness after a non-contact injury last week.

Morris was pulled from practice this week, too, but is expected to be alright. The 49ers do not have a strong enough defense to carry the team. Coach Kyle Shanahan will have to devise an offensive plan to maximize Beathard’s skill set.

Phillip Rivers is off to a great start for the Chargers. He’s averaging over 300 yards per game with 8 touchdowns and only one interception.

Keenan Allen remains his primary target, but Mike Williams emerged as a legitimate threat, with three touchdowns in the past two games. Antonio Gates made a few catches last week as he works his way back into football shape after his un-retirement.

Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler rank fourth and sixth in total yards in the AFC. Gordon remains the workhorse, while Ekeler’s limited touches yield high results.

The Charger’s defense was expected to be one of the elite units in 2018. But the loss of Jason Verrett in the preseason and subsequent loss of Joey Bosa have hurt.

Early dates with the power offenses of the Chiefs and Rams haven’t helped either. The team has given up the second-most points in the NFL. Those skewed numbers might help them sneak up on some teams when Bosa returns.

How to watch the Chargers-49ers game

CBS Sports will produce and broadcast this second-bracket game across much of California and the western US.

Viewers without satellite or cable, like the millions who cut the cord because of the high costs and lengthy contracts those providers require, can watch live stream NFL action over Sling, Fubo TV, and DirecTV Now.

These internet TV providers deliver the CBS feed live. Many also offer DVR services. Monthly subscription rates are a fraction of the cost of satellite and cable and can be canceled any time.

Other internet TV providers with access to the NFL-contracted networks include PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV.

Check out their websites to see what they offer in your neighborhood… and be sure to take advantage of their free trial periods.

Who will win the Chargers vs. 49ers game?

Oddsmakers gave this game the highest point spread of the week, with the Chargers getting the nod as 10.5-point favorites.

But as the Buffalo Bills showed us last week, even the biggest underdog can have his day.

We don’t have much idea what the San Francisco offense will look like with Beathard at quarterback. It could be a heavy dose of run or a controlled passing game. After all, they didn’t just sign Beathard. He knows the offense.

As for the Chargers, unless they fall asleep like the Vikings did last week, we should see the usual mix of passing and running, but mostly passing. We could also see some statistic-correction on the part of their defense.

Los Angeles should have this one in hand relatively early. Final score: Chargers 28, Niners 9

 

 

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NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Ravens vs Titans

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NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Ravens (3-2) at Titans (3-2)

Their records indicate an even matchup, but when the Titans face the Ravens Sunday, they will have the advantage of being a team without a definitive identity playing a squad with a proven game plan.

Tennessee put themselves on top of the AFC South with creativity, as much as skill. They’ve survived an overtime thriller and a defensive slog. But, they lost an opening day shootout and come off a bitter last-second loss in another defensive gem.

What kind of team are the Titans? They are a running team that is not running well. They have a franchise quarterback who can’t carry them. Scrappy is the term that comes to mind when we see the manner in which they play. Never out of it, but never quite in control, either.

Meanwhile, Baltimore tries to exert authority behind a powerful defense and a veteran offense. Sometimes it works… and sometimes they lose a field goal battle to the Browns like they did in Week 5.

Both teams will try to rebound from unexpected losses to boost their 2018 playoff aspirations. But can the Baltimore defense keep the scrappy Titans under control? Can the scrappy Titans defense give Joe Flacco and company another week of disappointment?

Injuries and roster moves

Baltimore has three cornerbacks among five defensive players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Brandon Carr missed practice Wednesday and appears to be at risk for the game against the Titans.

Tennesse has a similar issue at linebacker. Wesley Woodyard, Robert Spillane, and Will Compton are all listed as questionable.

Safety Kenny Vaccaro is already ruled out for Week 6.

Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is questionable with a foot injury.

Coaching matchup:

The Ravens 3-2 start has lessened discussions about John Harbaugh’s future after his 11th season in charge. Harbaugh followed up five straight years of playoff appearances with a Super Bowl Championship in 2012, but that was six years and only two winning records ago.

With long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome already announcing his retirement at the end of this season and a quarterback change imminent, Harbaugh’s departure would make a new regime truly complete.

Mike Vrabel’s first coaching experience hasn’t been easy, but he is getting the most out of a flawed team. Already, he’s adeptly worked around injuries to his quarterback and lead rusher, as well as a malcontent in the receiving corps to keep his team’s playoff aspirations in play.

How to watch the Ravens-Titans game

CBS will provide this late-game broadcast to fans in and around Tennessee and the greater Baltimore area. Many fans will watch the CBS Sports broadcast on Sling TV without the need for expensive cable or satellite providers.

Sling and other internet TV providers like DirecTV Now and Fubo TV, offer live stream NFL action at a fraction of the cost and without the lengthy contracts associated with traditional TV providers.

Let Sling give you the Ravens-Titans game for free during their trial offer to see how you can enjoy live stream NFL action on your favorite internet-connected device.

Who will win the Ravens-Titans game?

Baltimore is hoping division rival Pittsburgh the best this week as a Steelers victory could let the Ravens pull into a first-place tie with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFC North if Baltimore can take care of the Titans.

Tennessee owns the AFC South tiebreaker with 3-2 Jacksonville, with another head-to-head battle still pending. They need a win to hold onto first place in the meantime.

The home fans in Nashville are anxious to see their Titans crack the tough Baltimore defense, but the odds seem to favor Baltimore holding serve.

Final score: Baltimore 17, Titans 12

 

 

 

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NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Chiefs vs Patriots

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Chiefs vs Patriots

Sunday Night Football features the greatest quarterback of all time against the greatest quarterback of the young 2018 season. Tom Brady will host young Patrick Mahomes in Week 6’s most anticipated matchup.

Brady comes off consecutive 38-point outings against the Dolphins and Colts. The return of Julian Edelman and emergence of rookie rusher Sony Michel stabilized a shaky Patriots offense in time for the second quarter of the season.

Mahomes just put 30 points up against what was the top-rated defense in the league. He continues his assault on Peyton Manning’s season touchdown record.

Kansas City’s defense came alive last week, with five turnovers and several important stops when Jacksonville’s offense looked like it might start revving up. Any semblance of defense could keep the Chiefs unbeaten for years with the way its offense is playing.

Kansas City didn’t even need Tyreek Hill to pile up his usual yardage and scoring totals to keep their winning streak alive at 5. Running back Kareem Hunt had a slow start but emerged as a vital component of the Chiefs attack in Week 4.

Brady, the master craftsman, doesn’t need the explosive weapons the upstart from the Midwest surrounds himself with. He’ll bring a cadre of veterans with him who know a thing or two about winning football games.

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Injuries and roster moves

Kansas City put guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and safety Armani Watt on injured reserve Wednesday. Coach Andy Reed all but ruled out linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) for Sunday’s tilt.

Safety Eric Berry got limited practice time in this week, but it will be at least another week before he gets back on the field.

In New England, wide receivers Josh Gordon and Chris Hogan, tight end Rob Gronkowski, and running back Sony Michel were all limited in practice Wednesday. The quartet is listed as questionable, but it would be a surprise if any of them was not active Sunday night.

Coaching matchup

Two of the longest tenured head coaches go head-to-head in this classic matchup. Offensive guru Andy Reid versus the defensive scientist, Bill Belichick.

Both coaches are future Hall-of-Famers when they most likely leave the game on their own terms. Each calls the other a genius. They’ll bring their best stuff to New England this week.

How to watch the Patriots-Chiefs game

NBC Sports broadcasts Sunday Night Football across the nation and overseas. Millions of Americans fed up with rising satellite and cable costs will follow the NBC broadcast on their favorite internet device instead.

Sling, Fubo TV, and DirecTV Now are just some of the internet TV providers offering a low-cost alternative to traditional television service. They provide all the NFL-related networks in most regions of the US at a fraction of the costs of cable and satellite.

With free trials and low monthly subscription rates, there’s no reason not to cut the cord and start watching live stream NFL action on Sling, Fubo TV, or DirecTV Now.

Who will win the Patriots-Chiefs game?

Pat Mahomes could give an early victory to the young guns trying to steal the mantle from their veteran counterparts. But Tom Brady has made it clear he has no intention of going away quietly.

Both defenses look improved from just a couple of weeks ago, but they haven’t faced quarterbacks nearly as skillful as this pair.

Each passer looks unstoppable, but each coach will find a moment to introduce something new or unexpected. Brady’s experience gives him the edge in a battle of the coaches’ wits.

Final score: Patriots 38, Chiefs 31

 

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NFL Week 5: Falcons vs Steelers Game Preview

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Falcons vs Steelers

Pittsburgh has their first game out of the national spotlight in three weeks, facing the Falcons at home in the early set Sunday.

Baltimore shut down the Steelers for the most part last week, allowing 14 points in a short stretch of the first half, before clamping down in their 26-14 victory.

Pittsburgh doesn’t anticipate a repeat performance against a Falcons defense that just gave up 80 points over two weeks to the Saints and Bengals.

Atlanta lost both of those games despite scoring 74 points of their own. Their defense is struggling after the loss of three starters since opening day. They could not make late-game stops that could have provided a win in either of the two contests.

Ben Roethlisberger has to be anxious to put last week’s struggles behind him against the Falcons secondary. Pittsburgh’s diminished running attack in the absence of Le’Veon Bell shouldn’t matter much in this game.

Matt Ryan undoubtedly looks forward to facing the Steelers secondary, too. Atlanta’s passing game has new life with the addition of rookie Calvin Ridley. Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones find themselves more open. Even tight end Austin Hooper is seeing a few passes.

Running back Devonta Freeman will also return to the Falcons lineup after missing a few weeks with a knee injury. Freeman and Tevin Coleman are no liability in the pass game, either.

This could come down to which front line can put the most pressure on the opposing passer. Neither team can hold coverage very long in a normal game, but with the plethora of passing targets on the field, the defensive secondaries could be exhausted by halftime.

If you like offense, this could be a fun game to watch.

Falcons vs Steelers

How to watch the Steelers vs Falcons game:

Fox Sports will produce this early game and broadcast it in much of the Southeast and up into the Pittsburgh market for cable and satellite television viewers.

Millions of savvy NFL fans will follow the live stream of Pittsburgh-Atlanta on Sling TV or DirecTV Now. Fubo TV also offers live stream NFL action in most US markets.

Internet television is the answer to expensive satellite and television contracts. Americans everywhere are cutting the cord to take advantage of high definition, low-cost monthly subscriptions with no contract or expensive equipment.

YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and PlayStation Vue also let you watch live stream NFL action on most NFL-contracted networks.

Check out the providers’ websites to see what they offer in your neighborhood.

Who will win the Steelers vs Falcons game?

Atlanta is desperate for a win after their two consecutive heartbreakers left them 1-3 and at the bottom of the NFC South standings. They face division rival Tampa Bay next week before the Giants send them on their bye.

Pittsburgh already has a loss and a tie in their division and don’t the 3-1 Bengals or Ravens to extend their lead. With rumors of a Le’Veon bell return coming soon, they want to stay close enough for it to matter.

Atlanta’s passing attack was ramped up when Freeman was injured. How the Falcon offense approaches this game could make a difference. With the problem their defense has stopping the ball, we expect them to keep the pedal down and chase points.

Roethlisberger is at home, which means the “good” Ben should show up. There is a little concern about the beating he took the past two weeks and the letdown of a “normal” game.

But that will prove to be unfounded. Pittsburgh’s defense will come through one more time than the Falcons’. But it will be fun. Final score: Steelers 44, Falcons 38

 

 

 

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