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NFL Week Five Live: Late Afternoon Games

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We’re counting down the hours until the Texans game. Why not watch football in the run-up to football?

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“I’M GON’ GET MINE MORE THAN I GET GOT.” — Marshawn Lynch, ladies and gentlemen.
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The Texans still haven’t played today, so we’re still waiting all day for Sunday night. There are three games on offer this afternoon to kill time before the big show against the Chiefs tonight.

The Seattle Seahawks are flying south to Los Angeles to face the Rams in the first matchup. This NFC West game sees the Rams, led by Jared Goff, sitting at 3-1 and in first place. This is a spot they could have never held under Case Keenum or Jeff Fisher, but Stan Kroenke finally realized that his fanbase could only withstand sh.t and moving for so long, so he finally fired Fisher last season. The 2-2 Seahawks are still quarterbacked by Russell Wilson and coached by Pete Carroll. Unless you live in the western states (or Charlotte, North Carolina), you’re not seeing this without Sunday Ticket.

Baltimore’s Ravens are flying west to the Black Hole to challenge the Oakland Raiders. Joe Flacco and company are 2-2, but the 2-2 Raiders should be missing Derek Carr and starting E.J. Manuel, which makes it hard to expect them to pull out a victory unless Marshawn Lynch is just fed the rock on every play. Again, the western states, some of the Great Lakes Region, and Baltimore’s market will get this tilt sans Sunday Ticket.

The entire country (except the Bay Area) gets to watch the Green Bay Packers travel to Arlington, Texas, to face the Dallas Cowboys (yeah, it’s about 20 minutes west of Dallas, but Cowboys Stadium was in Irving, not Dallas, so, erm, geography). The Cowboys are 2-2 this season, and the connection between Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t been the linchpin it was last season. That’s problematic if you’re a Cowboys fan. Aaron Rodgers has been able to annoy the living daylights out of Cowboys fans for a few seasons now. Even when Rodgers is down to scrubs and castoffs, his talent alone makes every game (against the Cowboys) winnable. This is Fox’s game of the week, so everyone gets to hear how much Troy Aikman can’t stand Aaron Rodgers for hours on end.

Well, discuss the games here, please. “Countdown To Kickoff” will post at 3:30 p.m. CDT.