FPI predictions for the biggest games of NFL Week 11

The move of the Rams-Chiefs matchup from Mexico City has been a mess on a number of fronts, but you might not mind the move so much if you’re a fan of Prime-time Parlay. A line that was Rams -1 has moved to Rams -3.5, so if you were inclined to pick L.A., you can now do so with more confidence. Will the change of venues have an impact?

Once again, Prime-time Parlay is all about the best games: Thursday, Sunday and Monday’s prime-time games and the top 1 p.m. ET and 4 p.m. ET Sunday matchups. Straight-up picks, but you gotta hit all five. Then we calculate how much you’d earn for the parlay, using Westgate’s money lines.

Via ESPN’s Football Power Index, Prime-time Parlay tells you the analytics-based predictions for the meetings of greatest national import, offering the smart picks for the games you’ll be watching. (All NFL point spreads and money lines can be found here).

Total payout for Week 11 Prime-time Parlay (selecting all FPI-projected winners in five games): $765.81 on $100 wager

Money line: Seahawks -145
FPI projection: Seahawks win by 3.6 points

FPI judges these teams to be fairly equal but tips the balance in favor of the Seahawks because they’re at home. Seattle ranks 15th in overall efficiency, while Green Bay is 18th. The Packers get a little more credit than the Seahawks going forward — in part because of Aaron Rodgers — but Seattle is the FPI pick here. — Seth Walder

Money line: Falcons -180
FPI projection: Falcons win by 3.2 points

These teams get to the same place — a little above average — in such different ways. The Cowboys (14th in offense, 13th in defense, ninth in special teams) are slightly above average in all three phases. The Falcons have a good offense (sixth), above-average special teams (third), and a terrible defense (30th). Altogether, they’re extremely similar in rating, but the Falcons get the edge here at home. — Seth Walder

Money line: Rams -425
FPI projection: Saints win by 8.7 points

The Saints’ offense is ridiculous. FPI judges Drew Brees & Co. as the No. 1 offense in the NFL, more than 11 points better than average. The Eagles are better than average in defense (ninth) but not enough to mitigate that high-octane New Orleans attack. — Seth Walder

Money line: Bears -140
FPI projection: Bears win by 2.6 points

Mitchell Trubisky has proven all season that he’s better than initially thought, and a still-underrated part of his game comes from him running the football. Trubisky has the highest rush expected points added (EPA) among NFL quarterbacks, and it’s not particularly close. The EPA informs his QBR, which is a factor in FPI. — Seth Walder

Money line: Rams -180
FPI projection: Rams win by 4.6 points

The Rams are still the best team in football. They don’t have as good of an offense (third) as the Saints (first) and Chiefs (second), but their defense is average, which is better than both New Orleans and Kansas City can claim. The Rams can thank Aaron Donald for that. — Seth Walder

Final Parlay: Seahawks, Falcons, Saints, Bears, Rams

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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 11 2018

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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 10 2018

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Biggest injuries of Week 9, prognosis for Week 10

Here’s the latest on all the major injuries from our NFL Nation reporters, including the prognosis on each player for Week 10 and beyond:

The Seahawks had been on a run of good health before losing running back Chris Carson (hip), guard D.J. Fluker (calf) and safety Bradley McDougald (knee) to injuries in their loss to the Chargers. Mike Davis took over for Carson. Pete Carroll didn’t provide much clarity on any of the injured players’ statuses after the game, but the injuries were serious enough to keep all three sidelined. — Brad Henderson

Paradis suffered a fractured right fibula just before halftime and could be headed to injured reserve in the coming days. Paradis came into Sunday’s game having played 3,850 consecutive snaps since he became the starter to open the 2015 season. Connor McGovern, who replaced him in Sunday’s game, is expected to get the job moving forward. — Jeff Legwold

Reid had a huge wrap on his right shoulder after falling hard in the fourth quarter, but he didn’t appear worried the injury will keep him out of Thursday’s game at Pittsburgh. Reid was signed after the Panthers lost Da’Norris Searcy for the season, and the team can ill afford to lose another quality player at the position. — David Newton

The Redskins suffered injuries to starting guards Lauvao (knee) and Scherff (shoulder). Lauvao’s situation did not look good; he left in a wheelchair and in tears. Both he and Scherff will undergo MRIs in the morning. — John Keim

James and Tunsil both suffered knee injuries that will be worth watching. James returned to action in pain, but he will have an MRI to determine the severity, and he’s holding his breath that it isn’t serious. Tunsil said he believes his injury isn’t serious. Miami has placed nine players on season-ending injured reserve since the start of the season and they can’t afford any more season-ending injuries, especially on the offensive line. — Cameron Wolfe

Ivory suffered a shoulder injury while attempting to dive into the end zone in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss Sunday to the Bears. He was later carted from the bench to the locker room. It could be a big blow for the Bills’ running game, as Ivory has outperformed LeSean McCoy over the past three weeks. Ivory has 151 rushing yards on his past 36 carries, while McCoy has 24 yards on his past 24 carries. — Mike Rodak

Rhodes tweaked his injured ankle in the first half but came back to finish out the game. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer noted that the cornerback is “not 100 percent, but he should be when we get back.” After the win over the Lions on Sunday, the Vikings now enter their bye week before a Week 11 showdown against the Bears in Chicago. — Courtney Cronin

Lang left Sunday’s game late with an undisclosed injury, but he was placed in concussion protocol. This isn’t a good sign for Lang, who missed multiple weeks earlier this season with a concussion. Kenny Wiggins will replace Lang if he’s forced to miss any time. — Michael Rothstein

Mostert will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken right forearm in the third quarter of Thursday night’s 34-3 win over the Raiders. Mostert had emerged as Matt Breida‘s primary complement in the running game, leaving Alfred Morris as the third back. With Mostert out, Morris figures to move back into a more prominent role, and the Niners will have to add another back to the active roster for depth. One option is practice squad running back Jeff Wilson, an undrafted free agent the Niners signed out of North Texas in May. — Nick Wagoner

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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 9 2018

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Biggest injuries of Week 8, prognosis for Week 9

Here’s the latest on all the major injuries from our NFL Nation reporters, including the prognosis on each player for Week 9 and beyond:

Hill appeared to tweak his groin on a long catch early in the game, and he left late in the fourth quarter. The injury doesn’t look serious, but the Chiefs would miss his speed and game-breaking ability. — Adam Teicher

Fuller tore the ACL in his right knee, and is out for the rest of the season. The Texans don’t have much depth on the roster to replace the production of the speedy Fuller, but head coach Bill O’Brien said he is hopeful that rookie receiver Keke Coutee (hamstring) can return “at some point” to fill at least some of that void. — Sarah Barshop

The Bengals were dealt a huge blow to their defense on Sunday: Lawson tore his ACL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and his season is now over. Lawson is the second Bengals defensive lineman to go down this season after Ryan Glasgow tore his ACL earlier in the year. Rookie Sam Hubbard will likely take his role in the rotation. — Katherine Terrell

Starting left tackle Williams dislocated his right thumb, and had it in a cast after the game. Williams said he was unable to pop it back into place during the game. He’s played with numerous injuries throughout his career, but said after the game that he wasn’t sure yet about his availability against Atlanta in Week 9. — John Keim

Johnson left the game in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion but later returned and played. After the game, coach Steve Wilks said Johnson was “fine.” — Josh Weinfuss

Long was helped to the sideline and then carted off to the locker room with a right foot injury. Long was spotted in the postgame locker room on crutches, but declined to speak with reporters. He has a history of serious injuries, and judging by the mood after Sunday’s 24-10 victory over the New York Jets, the Bears are bracing for the worst. — Jeff Dickerson

Jones suffered a hamstring injury and did not return. He’s not the starting running back — Peyton Barber is — but Jones’ workload had begun to increase the last few weeks. — Jenna Laine

Foster left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return, and the same is true of strong safety Tartt and his injured shoulder. Long-term diagnoses weren’t immediately available, but with a quick turn into Thursday night’s game against the Raiders, the Niners could again be short-handed defensively. If they can make it through that game, the Niners don’t play again until Nov. 12, which should offer a much-needed breather to get some players back healthy. –Nick Wagoner

Left tackle Stanley injured his left leg and missed one full series before returning. Stanley is the third starter on the offensive line to get injured, joining left guard Alex Lewis (neck) and right tackle (James Hurst). — Jamison Hensley

Roethlisberger suffered an injury to his left index finger in the second quarter of the win over the Browns. Coach Mike Tomlin did not know the severity after the game, and said the quarterback would be evaluated. Roethlisberger got hurt in the second quarter but finished the game and looked to be in good spirits in the locker room afterward. — Jeremy Fowler

Mayfield was not listed with an injury, but he took a beating from an aggressive Steelers rush in this game. Mayfield was moving gingerly afterward in the locker room. — Pat McManamon

M.J. Stewart, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stewart left the game with a foot injury and did not return. Starting nickelback Vernon Hargreaves is already on injured reserve, as is starting strong safety Chris Conte, so any injuries to their defensive backfield are huge. — Jenna Laine

Nickelback Munnerlyn left in the second half with a hamstring injury, but it doesn’t appear serious. Munnerlyn said after the game that he was fine. — David Newton

Church (evaluated for a concussion) and Meeks (knee) went down in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. It’s a good thing the team has a bye week, but the Jaguars can at least overcome Church’s absence with Ronnie Harrison and/or Jarrod Wilson if the veteran is out for an extended period of time. The Jaguars had to play three undrafted rookie corners against the Eagles because Tyler Patmon (neck), D.J. Hayden (toe) and A.J. Bouye (calf) did not play. If those three can come back after the bye week, things should get better; if not, it’s going to be a major issue against Andrew Luck and the Colts on Nov. 11. — Michael DiRocco

Reeves-Maybin (undisclosed) and Jones (knee) both left the game late, but were seen moving around the locker room following the game. Considering they play the same position, if either one has an injury of any concern, Detroit might need to look to the free agent wire to bolster the team’s linebackers, a group that has struggled this season. — Michael Rothstein

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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 8 2018

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Green Bay Packers biggest underdogs in Aaron Rodgers’ career

Aaron Rodgers has overcome a lot of obstacles in his career, and still plays with a chip on his shoulder from falling to No. 24 in the 2005 NFL draft.

He’ll have some more motivation next Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams, courtesy of Las Vegas oddmakers.

The SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas opened the Green Bay Packers as 8.5-point underdogs in Week 8.

If the line stands, it would represent the largest total by which Rodgers has been an underdog in his career, per ESPN Stats & Information data, and biggest since the Packers were 8-point underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. Green Bay was an underdog to the Arizona Cardinals by 7 in 2015, to the New York Jets by 6 in 2010 and to the Atlanta Falcons by 5.5 in 2016. All but the Jets game came in the playoffs.

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Top cornerback Tre’Davious White was limited in Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury he apparently suffered during practice. White was seen walking off the field after practice with his shoes off, accompanied by a trainer. White being limited or not playing Sunday against Texans WR De’Andre Hopkins would be a huge blow for Buffalo’s defense, which has struggled to find a consistent No. 2 cornerback between Phillip Gaines, Ryan Lewis and the now-retired Vontae Davis. — Mike Rodak

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (knee) didn’t practice Wednesday, but Adam Gase said he isn’t “too far off track” from returning to action. Bobby McCain (knee) and Andre Branch (knee) also returned to practice on a limited basis. Getting all three players back will be a big boost to the Dolphins’ already effective defense. Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker (quad) was a limited practice participant and is expected to return Sunday. — Cameron Wolfe

Starting DT Malcom Brown (knee) has been limited in practice after leaving last Thursday’s game with a knee injury, and he’s the top player on the Patriots’ injury list this week. If he doesn’t play, the Patriots would turn to either Danny Shelton or Adam Butler alongside starter Lawrence Guy at the heart of the line of scrimmage. Defending the Chiefs’ run-pass option plays has been a point of emphasis for the Patriots, so losing Brown would be a notable hit. — Mike Reiss

Running back Isaiah Crowell (ankle), coming off a 219-yard rushing day, didn’t practice Wednesday, but he’s expected to play Sunday. The Jets probably will be without two of their top three corners, Trumaine Johnson (quad) and Buster Skrine (concussion). It’ll mean bigger roles for Darryl Roberts, Parry Nickerson and perhaps Rashard Robinson. — Rich Cimini


Michael Pierce, one of the more underrated defensive tackles in the NFL, didn’t practice Wednesday with a foot injury after not playing Sunday. One good sign: Pierce was out of his protective boot. Asked if Pierce will play in Tennessee, coach John Harbaugh said, “That’s a firm ‘maybe.’ I’m very hopeful, and I say that in all sincerity. We’ll find out, but we could use him. He’s a factor inside.” — Jamison Hensley

Bengals wide receiver John Ross returned to practice this week after missing last week, while Giovani Bernard and guard Clint Boling missed practice. Marvin Lewis declined to say if Ross or Bernard would return after missing last week’s game against the Falcons. The Bengals’ offense could certainly use Ross after sputtering somewhat against Miami, while Joe Mixon and Mark Walton combined to take Bernard’s place. — Katherine Terrell

Wide receiver Rashard Higgins has a sprained MCL in his knee and likely will not play Sunday. Higgins had a strong preaseason and had 66 yards and a touchdown against Baltimore before the injury. With Higgins out, rookie Antonio Callaway‘s snaps will increase — after they had decreased with more time given to Higgins. Callaway has talent, but he will have to be more consistently reliable to help the offense. — Pat McManamon

The Steelers hope to have inside linebacker Vince Williams (hamstring) back for the physical matchup with the Bengals. He practiced in full Wednesday and did not experience any setbacks. Inside linebacker L.J. Fort (ankle) proved valuable in passing downs last week against Atlanta but is sidelined with an ankle issue. The Steelers will monitor his progress. — Jeremy Fowler


Quarterback Deshaun Watson was listed as a limited participant in practice with a chest injury on Wednesday, after he took several hard hits on the run in Week 5. But the young quarterback said he will “for sure” play against the Bills on Sunday, and that taking those hits is just “part of the game.” — Sarah Barshop

Coach Frank Reich seems to have already ruled out receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) and tight end Jack Doyle (hip) for Sunday’s game at the Jets because he continues to refer to them as “week to week.” The Colts had nine other starters or key players who did not practice Wednesday. Rookie linebacker Darius Leonard, who leads the NFL in tackles (54) — despite missing a game this season — was the most notable player on the injury list. Leonard should play against the Jets barring any kind of setback between now and Sunday. — Mike Wells

The Jaguars have a bunch of injuries, but the most critical is, believe it or not, backup LT Josh Wells (groin) because it means they have to start a player who hasn’t started a game there: Josh Walker. Or the Jaguars could opt to shuffle their line and move C Brandon Linder or RG A.J. Cann outside. The team is bringing in Ereck Flowers (a first-round bust with the Giants) on Thursday for a visit. The position is a mess, and the Jaguars have to do the best they can to survive there until Wells is able to return. — Michael DiRocco

The Titans may have an issue with left tackle Taylor Lewan being healthy on Sunday. He left Week 5 against the Bills due to a right foot injury. Lewan said he couldn’t push off the foot and it was a similar injury to one that he encountered in the 2017 season opener. Mike Vrabel said Lewan met with doctors on Monday, but he was not cleared to practice on Wednesday. If he is not able to go, expect reserve tackle Tyler Marz to start in his place. — Turron Davenport


Set to face the Rams’ defensive front, which features three former first-round picks and defending Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, the Broncos have injury questions at both tackle spots. Right tackle Jared Veldheer did not practice Wednesday and is not expected to play Sunday — that would be the second consecutive game he has missed — while left tackle Garett Bolles was limited with an ankle injury he suffered in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Jets. If Bolles plays this Sunday, he’s expected to be tested early and often by Wade Phillips’ defensive plan. Bolles has been flagged for five holding penalties already this season, including two in the Broncos’ Week 3 loss to the Ravens. — Jeff Legwold

The Chiefs could be dangerously thin at safety against the Patriots. Eric Berry (heel) and Eric Murray (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving Ron Parker and Jordan Lucas as the starters. Both joined the Chiefs right before the start of the season, though Parker has been a regular ever since. The third safety for now is Josh Shaw, who was signed just last week. Two other safeties, Daniel Sorensen and Armani Watts, are on IR. — Adam Teicher

Kicker Caleb Sturgis, who has missed four extra points and three field goals already this year, was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday due to a quad injury. Sturgis missed all but one game last year due to a hip injury, so his leg injury is worth monitoring this week. — Eric D. Williams

While strong safety Karl Joseph returned to practice Wednesday in a limited fashion, left guard Kelechi Osemele, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury, sat out. He will be questionable Sunday in London against the Seahawks. And if Osemele has to sit out, Jon Feliciano will again start in his place, Jon Gruden said. — Paul Gutierrez


Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith was limited in Wednesday’s practice because of an ankle injury, but it is not expected to keep him out of action Sunday against Jacksonville. If Smith suffers a setback, the Cowboys would go to Cameron Fleming at left tackle. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie was also limited because of an ankle injury. He was pulled in the second half of last week’s loss to Houston with Anthony Brown working outside and Jourdan Lewis working the slot. If Awuzie does not show confidence in his ability in practice, the Cowboys won’t hesitate to make a similar move this week. — Todd Archer

Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon (high ankle sprain) is set to play in his first game of the season on Thursday night. That’s huge for a defense tied for the fewest sacks in the NFL. But the offense still won’t have TE Evan Engram (knee). He’s likely a week away from a return. — Jordan Raanan

The Eagles are getting RB Corey Clement (quad) back after a two-week absence. That’s good news with Jay Ajayi (ACL) lost for the year and Darren Sproles (hamstring) still sidelined. Safety Corey Graham (hamstring) and DT Haloti Ngata (calf) are out for Thursday’s game against the Giants. — Tim McManus

Running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder) should be available for Sunday’s game at Carolina after an MRI on Tuesday morning showed no further damage. Meanwhile, their receivers are banged up as receiver Josh Doctson (heel), Jamison Crowder (ankle) and Paul Richardson (knee/shoulder) all would have been unable to practice Wednesday had the Redskins held one (they had a walk-through instead). Doctson was close to playing in the Monday night game, so he should be ready for Sunday, and Richardson’s knee swelled up after the game, but there’s optimism about him too. It’s uncertain how bad Crowder’s ankle is at this point. — John Keim


The Bears are hopeful to have rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller available for Sunday’s game at Miami. Miller, who the Bears drafted in the second round out of Memphis, suffered a dislocated shoulder in Week 3 that forced him to sit out Chicago’s victory over Tampa on Sept. 30. Bears coach Matt Nagy sounded optimistic on Wednesday that Miller will be able to have a full week of practice. The rookie has eight catches for 60 yards and one touchdown on the season. — Jeff Dickerson

The Lions are off this week and are hoping that means DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), RG T.J. Lang (concussion) and TE Michael Roberts (knee) can all get back to health for next week against Miami. The bigger concern is All-Pro returner Jamal Agnew (left knee), who was carted off during the Week 5 win against Green Bay. Special teams coordinator Joe Marciano said Tuesday the club hadn’t decided on a new returner yet, but that it’ll likely come from within the organization. That said, it’s a bad sign for Agnew’s immediate future that Detroit is trying to figure out how to replace him. — Michael Rothstein

Cornerback Jaire Alexander was a bit of a surprise scratch last Sunday at Detroit. He practiced on a limited basis leading up to the game but did not play because of a groin injury he suffered the previous week. However, with an extra day before Monday night’s game against the 49ers, coach Mike McCarthy said “there’s hope he may be ready this week.” The Packers haven’t had their top two picks the past two years — Alexander (first round, 2018) and Kevin King (second round, 2017) — together on the field since Week 2. King missed Weeks 3 and 4 because of a groin injury but returned against the Lions. — Rob Demovsky

After missing his second game of the season while nursing the hamstring injury he sustained in overtime at Green Bay, running back Dalvin Cook practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, which featured him taking handoffs from Kirk Cousins during individual drills. Cornerback Trae Waynes is out of the concussion protocol and said he expects to play on Sunday against Arizona. While second-year pass rusher Tashawn Bower continues to be held out of practice with an ankle injury, the Vikings had rookie Jalyn Holmes working a bit with the defensive ends. That’s necessary for Minnesota’s depth factor along the defensive line, given the amount of snaps shouldered by Danielle Hunter and Stephen Weatherly in Philadelphia. — Courtney Cronin


Running back Devonta Freeman, who returned to the lineup last week after missing three games with a right knee injury, popped up on the injury report Tuesday with a foot injury and didn’t practice. It’s unclear when Freeman injured his foot in the Pittsburgh game, but his status is worth monitoring in preparation for the Buccaneers. If Freeman doesn’t recover, then Tevin Coleman and rookie Ito Smith will have to carry the load against Gerald McCoy and Tampa Bay’s tough front, which is solid against the run. — Vaughan McClure

Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil avoided a scare after leaving Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter with a neck injury, something that sidelined him for much of last season. He practice on full on Wednesday. Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen was listed as limited, but he remains on track to return from a fractured foot after missing only four games, five less than he missed a year ago with the same injury. — David Newton

Fortunately the Saints are on a bye, because they lost top cornerback Marshon Lattimore to a concussion in the first quarter of Monday night’s game against Washington, and the position is uncomfortably thin behind him. Lattimore also missed a game with a concussion last year, but it’s too early to predict what his status will be for Week 7 at Baltimore. The good news is that backup cornerback P.J. Williams has stepped up big the past two weeks. Furthermore, seldom-used backup Justin Hardee (normally a special teams ace) had a big-time interception and 77-yard return vs. the Redskins. — Mike Triplett

The Bucs are actually looking a lot better on the injury front, with defensive tackle Beau Allen returning to practice for the first time since suffering a foot injury in Week 2. Tight end O.J. Howard returned to practice after suffering a sprained MCL in Week 4. Starting cornerback Carlton Davis, who aggravated a groin injury against the Bears, was also back practicing. All were limited though, so expectations should be tempered. — Jenna Laine


Seven Cardinals missed practice on Wednesday, including three of their five offensive linemen. Right tackle Andre Smith is dealing with a hamstring issue, his second injury of the season, and Arizona now has to worry about left guard Mike Iupati, who has an elbow injury. Add in left tackle D.J. Humphries, who missed practice with a knee ailment, and Arizona’s offensive line is banged up six games into the season. If Smith can’t go Sunday, John Wetzel will get another start. The Cardinals will re-evaluate Mike Iupati on Thursday, coach Steve Wilks said, and then decide how to proceed the rest of the week. If he’s out Sunday, then Jeremy Vujnovich would likely see the field. — Josh Weinfuss

Receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are in concussion protocol, but coach Sean McVay is hopeful both will recover in time to play the Denver Broncos. “Making positive steps in the right direction,” McVay said. “We feel good about those guys being ready to go.” Kicker Greg Zuerlein, who is recovering from a groin injury, is expected to be out another week. — Lindsey Thiry

Receiver Dante Pettis (knee) has already been ruled out for Monday night, and running back Matt Breida (ankle) is considered doubtful. But the Niners still have multiple key players they will monitor this week, including tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey and center Weston Richburg, all of whom are dealing with knee issues. Linebacker Reuben Foster is also battling a shoulder injury. The good news? With the game on Monday night, the Niners were able to take an extra day to rest and heal up this week. — Nick Wagoner

The Seahawks are in decent shape health-wise heading into Sunday’s game in London against the Raiders, but they’ll again be without linebacker K.J. Wright. With Mychal Kendricks suspended and no longer available to replace Wright, the Seahawks instead moved Barkevious Mingo from strong-side linebacker to the weak-side spot last week against the Rams. That may be the plan for another week as Wright works his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery. Pete Carroll said there’s no sense in rushing him back for this game with Seattle on a bye next week. — Brady Henderson

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