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NFL Week 5 viewing guide: How Lions fans should spend Sunday

What to watch this week since the Lions are not on TV.

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The Detroit Lions are on a bye in Week 5. After a rough four weeks for both the team and fans, they get a week to rest and regroup. For fans this may make this Sunday feel a little empty, though.

You could take this chance to go outside, enjoy your Sunday, spend time with your family, sleep, play video games, or just do whatever else with your day. You are checking a Detroit Lions football blog on a day where they do not play, though, so you probably are not interested in spending your Sunday elsewhere.

With 11 games to be played Sunday, but only so much time to watch them, here is where you should spend your time.

Actually just go outside

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Go hang out (socially distanced, obviously) in a park or something. Enjoy mother. The fall breeze is beautiful, and early fall is a magical time on our slowly dying planet.

1 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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The battle for Pennsylvania headlines the early window, as an undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers team hosts an always tough Philadelphia Eagles squad.

Philadelphia finally earned their first win of the season last week after they beat the San Francisco 49ers in a sloppy Sunday night duel. Carson Wentz is a streaky quarterback, though, and now that he has a win on the board he may finally be able to salvage what has been a rough start to the season.

Seeing Wentz against a defense, and specifically a pass rush as great as the Steelers’, is can be an interesting prospect. Wentz has a tendency to implode under pressure at time — just look at the Eagles’ Week 1 loss to the Washington Football Team — but the quarterback is also capable of the incredible when the odds are stacked against him at times.

Expect this to be a close one, and expect this one to produce a lot of dumb plays between Wentz and Ben Roethlisberger.

Also on:

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs: A big Week 2 Monday night win by the Raiders has many overrating them this season. Expect Patrick Mahomes to tear apart that defense in a game that should not be close. Mahomes is always fun to watch, though.

4:25 p.m. Indianapolis Colts vs. Cleveland Browns

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Dare I say it, but the Cleveland Browns might be really good this season. They will not win the division, may not even finish in second place, but they will certainly compete for a Wild Card spot, and will be a tough out in January.

The Browns have an important game this week, as they take on the second most fraudulent team in the league (the top spot is reserved for the Chicago Bears). The 3-1 Indianapolis Cols have many believing they can compete with the Tennessee Titans for the AFC South crown. They cannot, though, unless COVID really ends up taking a long-term toll on the season. At 3-1, though, they are pretty well positioned to at least be in the Wild Card race, meaning this week’s game against the Browns has huge tie breaker implications.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has a tendency to implode, and while his team is certainly favorites in this game (no matter what Vegas says), he could lose this game for Cleveland by himself. On the flip side, Philip Rivers’ arm is barely functional anymore, and he has not quite looked like a world beater through four games.

Expect some dumb fun out of this one. It will sloppy, there will be turnovers, there will be trick plays. The Browns probably win, but Mayfield may have one of his classic games.

Also on:

New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys: Can the Cowboys defense stop the most inept starting quarterback in the league?

8:20 p.m. Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks

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MVP front runner Russell Wilson and his juggernaut Seattle Seahawks offense against a Minnesota Vikings team that can’t stop anyone? It will be over quickly, but it will be a fun to watch our division rival get hammered.

Also on (at 7:30 p.m.):

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat (NBA Finals Game 6):

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