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What to watch for in Week 9

And the Eagles keep moving up in the draft!

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NFL TV ratings are down this year, and you can do your part to continue or correct that. Let's take a look at this week's slate of games and determine which course to take.

Thursday Time TV
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 8:25 PM NFLN
Sunday Time TV
Dallas at Cleveland 1:00 PM FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants 1:00 PM FOX
Detroit at Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX
N.Y. Jets at Miami 1:00 PM CBS
Jacksonville at Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS
New Orleans at San Francisco 4:05 PM FOX
Carolina at L.A. Rams 4:05 PM FOX
Tennessee at San Diego 4:25 PM CBS
Indianapolis at Green Bay 4:25 PM CBS
Denver at Oakland 8:30 PM NBC
Monday Time TV
Buffalo at Seattle 8:30 PM ESPN

Coverage map by 506 Sports.

Game of the Week:

Denver at Oakland. Winner takes over sole possession of first place in the AFC West. A 1st place vs 1st place battle is always a game to watch, unless it's the AFC South.

Buffalo at Seattle could be an entertaining close game, but other than that you're probably not missing much.

NFC East notes:

The Cowboys visit the Browns, who are on track to finish 0-16. So that's a win for Dallas.

The Redskins get the week off to think about their tie.

The Falcons, the Eagles next opponent, visit the Bucs, giving Eagles fans a glimpse of what a bad offense looks like against the Falcons mediocre defense. You might want to cover your eyes when the Falcons are on offense, because they are the highest scoring team in the league.

Jared Goff Watch

Jared Goff will possibly potentially maybe see some form of playing time this week as the Rams try not to lose to the Panthers. Baby steps.

Vikings First Round Pick Watch

Just when we thought the Eagles were going to get one of the last picks in the 1st round in exchange for Sam Bradford, the Vikings go on a two game losing streak. The Eagles are now in position to get a pick in the mid 20s from Minnesota. But the abrupt retirement of Norv Turner and promotion of Pat Shurmur to offensive coordinator could see the Vikings continue to tailspin. The chances of the Eagles effectively trading up in the 2017 draft went from minuscule to small, which is a pretty big improvement.