"I've just been doing the same thing I've been doing all year," Jackson said. "I'm a backup. So ultimately I have to prepare like a starter because you never know what's going to happen.
The Chargers (6-5) have lost four of their past six games, including 28-13 last week at Denver. The Bengals (7-4) are coming off an impressive 41-10 win over Pittsburgh, but earlier this season beat Baltimore 41-17 one week and lost to the lowly New York Jets the next. Minnesota at Detroit (7, 46.5) The Vikings (5-6) dropped to the outskirts of the NFC wild-card race with a 34-26 loss at San Francisco last week.
The battle to rule the AFC East begins Monday night as the Patriots take on the Bills in Buffalo in the first game of a crucial two-game division set. New England will be out for payback after Buffalo claimed the AFC East crown and swept the Patriots last year for the first time in two decades. This year’s Bills (7-4) haven’t been nearly as unstoppable as last year’s 13-3 AFC-runners-up, while the Patriots (8-4) have been worlds better in 2021.