The first set of byes arriving in Week 6 of the NFL season means that Oct. 16 will be the smallest Sunday slate of the season yet. But the 12 games that are taking place make up for the lack of quantity with quality.
With apologies to the resting Lions, Texans, Raiders, and Titans, they aren't exactly big draws. Certainly not compared to juicy matchups like Bills-Chiefs in the late afternoon or Cowboys-Eagles on "Sunday Night Football." There are plenty of rare matchups with only three division rivals facing off, and half of the games have spreads of a field goal or less.
So if you're wondering "What NFL games are on today?" know this: There are 12 scheduled for today, Sunday, Oct. 16.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET. Live stream NFL games on fuboTV (Start your free trial).
NFL Games on TV Today
San Francisco at Atlanta, 1 p.m. on FOX/live stream on fuboTV
The Falcons have had a fun, young offense this season, but facing off against the NFL's No. 1 defense will be quite the test. The Niners have won their last two games by a combined 37 points, so this could get ugly.
New England at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS/live stream on fuboTV
Both teams like to run, and neither can stop it, so tune in if you like a good ground attack. Patriots-Browns games are always interesting as well since Bill Belichick seems to have a vendetta against his former employer and has won eight of 10 against them since coming to Foxborough.
New York Jets at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX/live stream on fuboTV
This is one of the five games this week to feature two winning teams, believe it or not. But the public doesn't believe in the Jets just yet, as they're 7.5-point underdogs on the road. Could this be a coming-out party for Zach Wilson?
The Jaguars have had the Colts' number lately, having knocked them out of playoff contention in 2021's Week 18 and then dominated them 24-0 four weeks ago. However, after two straight disappointing losses, Jacksonville enters this game as road underdogs.
Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX/live stream on fuboTV
Concussions continue to sideline Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater, so the Dolphins will turn to rookie Skylar Thompson in this one. The Vikings appear to be a formidable challenge at 4-1, but how long can they keep winning one-score games?
This will be a homecoming of sorts for Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase, who last played in the Superdome when they helped LSU win a national championship. Cincinnati has to hope they play that well, since they're in danger of falling out of the playoff picture at 2-3 in this young season.
Baltimore at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS/live stream on fuboTV
After knocking off the Packers, the Giants are playing like contenders under first-year head coach Brian Daboll. Midnight hasn't struck yet for this Cinderella team, and New York may have a secret weapon in defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who held that position with the Ravens from 2018-21 and is intimately familiar with Lamar Jackson.
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on FOX/live stream on fuboTV
The Steelers are still looking for their first win with Kenny Pickett, and it won't get any easier against the Bucs. Tom Brady is 9-3 in his career against the Steelers, although this is his first game against them since leaving New England.
Carolina at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX/live stream on fuboTV
The Panthers will begin the post-Matt Rhule era as the biggest underdogs of the week. The Rams may not be playing like double-digit favorites lately, but the Panthers can't expect much offensively with backup (really third-string) quarterback P.J. Walker under center. Not that they've gotten much from Baker Mayfield previously this season.
These 2-3 NFC West teams can get back to .500 with a win, and it's fittingly been a very even rivalry lately, with each team winning three of the last six since the Cards drafted Kyler Murray. This game has high-scoring potential.
This may well be the best game of the regular season. Both a recent AFC Championship Game rematch (two seasons ago) and a potential preview for this season. Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes are both at the peak of their powers — although they somehow keep finding ways to improve — and have an opportunity to effectively build a two-game cushion in the race for the conference's No. 1 seed and lone bye.
The NFC East lead is on the line for this game as two of the best surprises of the 2022 season face off. This could well be the last start of the Cooper Rush experience before Dak Prescott returns, but the real story is Dallas' dominant pass rush against Philly's formidable (albeit beat-up) offensive line.
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