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3 (Non-Vikings) Games to Watch in Week 4

The Vikings have a mini-bye after falling to the Rams on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

There are plenty of other matchups across the league for fans to view. Here is a preview of three.

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Buccaneers (2-1) at Bears (2-1)

Kickoff: Noon (CT)

Watch/Listen

TV: FOX (markets include most of Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, northwest Wisconsin, western North Dakota and all of South Dakota). Note: Northwest Minnesota and eastern North Dakota will have Philadelphia at Tennessee.

Sirius: 127 (TB), 108 (CHI) | XM: 386 (TB), 228 (CHI)

Overview

Tampa Bay lost for the first time on Monday against Pittsburgh, and Chicago has claimed two in a row, bouncing back from blowing a lead at Green Bay in Week 1.

The teams are meeting via the part of NFL scheduling that links teams who finished in corresponding order in their respective divisions. The Buccaneers and Bears each finished with 5-11 marks and fourth in their divisions in 2017.

Buccaneers Notes

Jameis Winston is eligible to play after serving a three-game suspension, but Ryan Fitzpatrick became the first in NFL history with 400 passing yards in three consecutive games. Fitzpatrick has 11 touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions against the Steelers in Monday's loss.

Mike Evans enters Week 4 with 367 receiving yards and had six catches for 137 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh.

Jason Pierre-Paul had 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble last week against the Steelers.

Bears Notes

Mitchell Trubisky has totaled a passer rating of 93.5 in his past six home games.

Jordan Howard has three rushing touchdowns in his past four home games.

In three games with Chicago, Khalil Mack has 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a 27-yard touchdown on an interception return. Mack is trying to record at least one sack and a forced fumble for the fourth consecutive game.

Bills (1-2) at Packers (1-1-1)

Kickoff: Noon (CT)

Watch/Listen

TV: CBS (markets include all of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota; most of New York, Michigan and Montana)

Sirius: 125 (BUF), 93 (GB) | XM: 387 (BUF), 229 (GB)

Overview

Vikings fans will have the option of watching the aforementioned Bucs at Bears or Bills at Packers and hoping that Buffalo will do Minnesota a favor and upend Green Bay in similar fashion as a week ago when the Bills upset the Vikings.

Any and all losses by other NFC North teams are welcome after Minnesota finished the first quarter of the season with a 1-2-1 mark.

Bills Notes

Josh Allen became the third rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to rush for two scores and throw another in a first half last week in Minnesota. Allen joined Virgil Carter and Russell Wilson as the only QBs to do so.

Charles Clay is one of four active tight ends with 500 or more receiving yards in each of the past five seasons. Clay has 47 yards on four catches this season.

Matt Milano had eight tackles, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery last week, and fellow linebacker Tremaine Edmunds led Buffalo with 10 tackles. Edmunds has had at least seven tackles in each of his three pro games.

Packers Notes

In his past nine home games against AFC teams, Aaron Rodgers is 8-2 with 2,723 passing yards (302.6 per game), 26 touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 113.5.

Davante Adams has caught a touchdown pass in five consecutive games dating back to December 2017. Adams had two at Cleveland and one at Carolina before his season ended, and he has one in each 2018 game.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has had an interception in each of the past two weeks. He has three interceptions in his past four home games against AFC teams.

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Bills (1-2) at Packers (1-1-1)

Kickoff: Noon (CT)

Watch/Listen

TV: CBS (markets include all of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota; most of New York, Michigan and Montana)

Sirius: 125 (BUF), 93 (GB) | XM: 387 (BUF), 229 (GB)

Overview

Vikings fans will have the option of watching the aforementioned Bucs at Bears or Bills at Packers and hoping that Buffalo will do Minnesota a favor and upend Green Bay in similar fashion as a week ago when the Bills upset the Vikings.

Any and all losses by other NFC North teams are welcome after Minnesota finished the first quarter of the season with a 1-2-1 mark.

Bills Notes

Josh Allen became the third rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to rush for two scores and throw another in a first half last week in Minnesota. Allen joined Virgil Carter and Russell Wilson as the only QBs to do so.

Charles Clay is one of four active tight ends with 500 or more receiving yards in each of the past five seasons. Clay has 47 yards on four catches this season.

Matt Milano had eight tackles, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery last week, and fellow linebacker Tremaine Edmunds led Buffalo with 10 tackles. Edmunds has had at least seven tackles in each of his three pro games.

Packers Notes

In his past nine home games against AFC teams, Aaron Rodgers is 8-2 with 2,723 passing yards (302.6 per game), 26 touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 113.5.

Davante Adams has caught a touchdown pass in five consecutive games dating back to December 2017. Adams had two at Cleveland and one at Carolina before his season ended, and he has one in each 2018 game.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has had an interception in each of the past two weeks. He has three interceptions in his past four home games against AFC teams.

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Saints (2-1) at Giants (1-2)

Kickoff: 3:25 p.m. (CT)

Watch/Listen

National TV: CBS

Sirius: 98 (NO), 81 (NYG) | XM: 384 (NO), 226 (NYG)

Overview

No disrespect to the Sunday night game between the Ravens and Steelers or Monday's Chiefs-at-Broncos game, but the fact of the matter is that NFC head-to-head games matter the most to potential playoff ramifications for the Vikings.

Saints Notes

During a 39-of-49 passing day for 396 yards and three touchdowns, Drew Brees passed Hall of Famer Brett Favre for the most completions in NFL history. Favre totaled 6,300, and Brees has 6,326 heading into Week 4.

Alvin Kamara had 15 receptions last week at Atlanta, which tied Vikings Legend Rickey Young, Darren Sproles and William Andrews for the second-most by a running back in an NFL game.

Cameron Jordan, son of Vikings Legend Steve Jordan, is aiming for his third game in a row with 2.0 or more sacks.

Giants Notes

In his past four games against New Orleans, Eli Manning has 1,383 yards (345.8 per game), 12 touchdowns and three interceptions for a rating of 113.4.

Odell Beckham, Jr., recorded his 21st career game with 100 or more receiving yards last week. He tied Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most by a player in his first 50 career outings.

Janoris Jenkins has recorded an interception in each of his past two home games.

Full Week 4 Schedule

Thursday's Result

Rams 38, Vikings 31

Noon (CT) Sunday Games

Bengals (2-1) at Falcons (1-2)

Buccaneers (2-1) at Bears (2-1)

Lions (1-2) at Cowboys (1-2)

Bills (1-2) at Packers (1-1-1)

Texans (0-3) at Colts (1-2)

Jets (1-2) at Jaguars (2-1)

Dolphins (3-0) at Patriots (1-2)

Eagles (2-1) at Titans (2-1)

3:05 p.m. (CT) Sunday Game

Seahawks (1-2) at Cardinals (0-3)

Browns (1-1-1) at Raiders (0-3)

3:25 p.m. (CT) Sunday Games

49ers (1-2) at Chargers (1-2)

Saints (2-1) at Giants (1-2)

7:20 p.m. (CT) Sunday Night Football

Ravens (2-1) at Steelers (1-1-1)

7:15 p.m. (CT) Monday Night Football

Chiefs (3-0) at Broncos (2-1)

Week 4 Byes: Redskins and Panthers

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