While the New England Patriots cruised to a comfortable 43-0 victory against the Miami Dolphins and can now lean back, the NFL’s late games of the day are taking place. Let’s quickly go through the contests to find out who will face off today, and who Patriots fans should be rooting for.
4:05 pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Oakland Raiders (1-0): CBS
Go Raiders! With the Chiefs still expected to be the Patriots’ top rivals for the number one playoff seed in the AFC, rooting for the home team here is an easy call.
4:25 pm ET
New Orleans Saints (1-0) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0): FOX
Go injury-free game! The rematch of last year’s controversial NFC Championship Game features two of the best teams in the league at the moment. That being said, the Patriots don’t have really anything at stake here when it comes to strength of schedule or victory, or anything else.
Chicago Bears (0-1) at Denver Broncos (0-1): FOX
Go Broncos! The Patriots own draft picks from both the Bears and the Broncos next year, but given that Chicago’s is a fourth-rounder, New England’s followers should root for the home team to potentially improve the pick.
8:20 pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1): NBC
Go Eagles! As much as it might hurt Patriots fans to root for Philadelphia in this one, a win could boost the team’s playoff tiebreakers via strength of schedule and potentially victory — New England will face off against the team later this season, afterall.