Week 6 of the NFL season continues on Sunday, Oct. 18, with 12 games on the schedule. The Raiders, Chargers, Saints, and Seahawks are on bye, while Thursday's Kansas City-Bills game has been moved to Monday night. The Broncos and Patriots will also get to see their game that was initially slated for last week finally played one week later, with Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore returning from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Today's schedule is very frontloaded, as nine of the 12 games will be played at 1 p.m. ET. There are battles of surprise contenders with the Steelers (4-0) and Browns (4-1) off to the best start in decades and the Bears (4-1) and Panthers (3-2) looking strong too. The Ravens (4-1) will also face off against another second-place team, although that may say more about the NFC East than the Eagles (1-3-1). Perhaps we'll be saving the best for last when Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (4-0) travel to take on Tom Brady and the Bucs (3-2) in the late afternoon slot and the 49ers and Rams renew their rivalry on "Sunday Night Football."
So if you're wondering "What NFL games are on today?" know this: There are 12 scheduled for today, Sunday, Oct. 18.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET.
NFL Games on TV Today
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
It only took firing Bill O'Brien for the Texans to win their first game of the season, so can interim head coach Romeo Crennel — the oldest coach in NFL history — make it a winning streak? The Titans are coming off their most dominant win of the year, a 42-16 drubbing of the Bills that improved them to 4-0.
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
After dropping a tough game to the Browns last week, the Colts will look for redemption against another AFC North team. They may be catching the Bengals at a good time too since No. 1 pick Joe Burrow finally broke his streak of 300-yard passing games to start his career with a stinker in a 27-3 loss to the Ravens last week.
Atlanta at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Both teams were hoping to make a playoff run this season, but they've won just one combined game all season. The Falcons will be playing their first game without Dan Quinn, whom they sacked after last week's loss to Carolina. There's lots of offensive firepower in this game if Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins can turn their clocks back a year or two.
Denver at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
This may not be the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning battles of yesteryear, but at least we're avoiding a Jarrett Stidham-Brett Rypien faceoff. Cam Newton is back after testing positive for COVID-19 and is looking to jumpstart the Patriots' offense while the Broncos could get Drew Lock back after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury.
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
NFC East teams have a combined six wins through 20 games, but at least someone has to win this one, right? Well, I guess they could tie too. Washington has been quick to move on from Dwayne Haskins Jr., although New York's Daniel Jones — selected nine spots ahead of him in the 2019 NFL Draft — has not played much better than him.
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Did you know that this is only the sixth time these birds of prey have faced off? Whoever wins will have the upper hand in the series, since the teams have split the first five games 2-2-1. Lamar Jackson has looked human the last two weeks with a 378 passing yards and 11 rushing yards combined (yes, not averaged). The Eagles have the 13th-ranked total defense and 23rd-ranked scoring defense, so he should have an opportunity to get back on track.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Who would have guessed that these teams would have a combined 8-1 record at this point in the season? Ben Roethlisberger looks young and refreshed again, and Kevin Stefanski may finally be the coach the Browns have been looking for all these years. This could be a fun, high-scoring game — and for once will have serious playoff implications.
Chicago at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
These teams were picked to finish towards the bottom of the NFC but have emerged as early playoff bubble teams. Teddy Bridgewater has experience against the Bears from earlier in his career with the Vikings and Saints, so don't sleep on Matt Rhule's team.
Detroit at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Certainly not the most glamorous game on the schedule, we may look back on this one later in the season and see how it greatly affected the draft order. If anything, we could be in crucial must-win territory for Matt Patricia, who is on perhaps the hottest seat of any NFL coach now that two have already been fired.
New York Jets at Miami, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Could the Dolphins be... not bad? They nearly took down the Patriots, Bills, and Seahawks and just drubbed the 49ers 43-17 on the road. This hot start may be delaying the inevitable arrival of Tua Tagovailoa, but fans can at least enjoy a little more FitzMagic for the time being.
Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
The best news about Tom Brady coming to the NFC is we'll (hopefully) get a few more chances to see him take on Aaron Rodgers. They may not be in their primes anymore, but this should still be a great game with massive playoff implications.
Injuries have decimated the 49ers lately, and they'll need to turn this around quickly before falling out of contention in the NFC West. With a renewed running game, the Rams look devastatingly dangerous on offense once again, so expect to see plenty of play action.