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NFL Week 9 Sunday Schedule: Rams & Saints battle for top spot in NFC

The later games today have star power and playoff implications galore.

Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers move on to game two of their midseason gauntlet this evening, with a road game at the New England Patriots, but the Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady matchup might be only the second-best game on the schedule today.

That’s because the top two teams in the NFC square off in a nationally-broadcast game this afternoon. The 8-0 Los Angeles Rams narrowly escaped their first loss last week against the Packers, but this week they travel to New Orleans to play the 6-1 Saints. This game could well determine a head-to-head tiebreaker for the top seed in the NFC when all is said and done, and it sets up to be an exceptional matchup between terrific offenses.

In the early slate, there’s an NFC North battle between the 4-3-1 Vikings and the 3-4 Lions that could keep shaking up the standings in the division. Meanwhile, the Bears get an early contest against a Bills team that is back to starting Nathan Peterman at quarterback, thanks to injuries to Josh Allen and Derek Anderson.

Tune in for those games early on and then keep it locked at APC for full coverage of Packers-Patriots.

Early Games

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore, MD

Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills

New Era Field
Buffalo, NY

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC

Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns

FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland, OH

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Hard Rock Stadium
Miami, FL

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

U.S. Bank Stadium
Minneapolis, MN

Atlanta Falcons at Washington

FedEx Field
Landover, MD

Afternoon Games

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos

2:05 PM MT (4:05 ET)
Mile High Stadium
Denver, CO

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle Seahawks

1:05 PM PT (4:05 ET)
CenturyLink Field
Seattle, WA

Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints

3:25 PM CT (4:25 ET)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA

Sunday Night Football

Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots

8:20 PM ET
Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, MA