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Saints (7-1) at Ben­gals (5-3): What any­one might ask is whether the Saints (7-1), com­ing off three huge vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing hand­ing the Rams their first loss, are ripe for a let­down. It might be dif­fi­cult for New Or­leans to find a way to lose this one, though. In the past three games, the Ben­gals (5-3) have given up 481 yards to Pitts­burgh, then 551 to Kansas City and 576 to Tampa Bay. Granted, those are three of the NFL’s top at­tacks.

Dal­las (3-5) at Philadel­phia (4-4): Dal­las must find a pass­ing game some­where, and spring Ezekiel El­liott for some big plays, but the block­ing unit has de­clined sig­nif­i­cantly. The de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Ea­gles are 17-5 at home un­der coach Doug Ped­er­son.

Seat­tle (4-4) at Los An­ge­les Rams (8-1): A vic­tory would give LA a 4 1/2 -game edge in the NFC West and pretty much shut it down. The Rams are No. 1 in the NFL with Gur­ley at 868 yards rush­ing. The Sea­hawks are tops in rush­ing since Week 3 with 159.8 yards per game.

Ari­zona (2-6) at Kansas City (8-1): Ari­zona has the NFL’s worst of­fense and ranks 31st in pass de­fense. All the Chiefs do, with Pa­trick Ma­homes, Ka­reem Hunt, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, is score, score and score some more. But Car­di­nals star re­ceiver Larry Fitzger­ald could make some his­tory. He needs 33 yards re­ceiv­ing to pass Ter­rell Owens (15,934) for sec­ond in NFL his­tory.

De­troit (3-5) at Chicago (5-3): The Lions al­lowed 10 sacks to Min­nesota last week, and Chicago has an even bet­ter de­fense than the Vik­ings. The Bears also are de­cently bal­anced and rank fifth in scor­ing. Wash­ing­ton (5-3) at Tampa Bay (3-5): Adrian Peter­son has three con­sec­u­tive 100-yard rush­ing games against Tampa Bay, in­clud­ing last year with the Car­di­nals. Tampa sure can pass and sure can score, but it of­ten falls so far be­hind that it can’t catch up.

New Eng­land (7-2) at Ten­nessee (4-4): The Pa­tri­ots have won six straight. Brady will play in his 300th game. Ten­nessee comes off a solid vic­tory at Dal­las and coach Mike Vra­bel had his big­gest play­ing days in New Eng­land.

At­lanta (4-4) at Cleve­land (2-6-1): In­juries seemed to ruin the Fal­cons’ sea­son, yet here they are at .500 and with six games up­com­ing against teams own­ing los­ing records. With 13 yards re­ceiv­ing Sun­day, Julio Jones will reach 10,000. The Browns have dropped four straight.

Los An­ge­les Charg­ers (6-2) at Oak­land (1-7): The Charg­ers have won five straight. The Raiders are such a mess that they have been outscored 55-3 over the past five quar­ters and are al­low­ing a 113.9 passer rat­ing, on pace for the worst in fran­chise his­tory.

Mi­ami (5-4) at Green Bay (3-4-1): Some­how, the Dol­phins are a wild-card con­tender de­spite be­ing out­gained by 704 yards and outscored by 38 points. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 15 touch­downs to one in­ter­cep­tion. Jack­sonville (3-5) at In­di­anapo­lis (3-5): Jack­sonville has dropped four in a row and is among the most dis­ap­point­ing clubs in foot­ball. Indy is giv­ing a de­cent ac­count­ing of it­self de­spite a lack of tal­ent. Buf­falo (2-6) at New York Jets (3-6): Sam Darnold has re­gressed be­hind cen­ter for the Jets and now has a foot in­jury. As for Buf­falo, maybe get­ting rid of Ty­rod Tay­lor wasn’t such a wise move.


Drew Brees and the po­tent Saints face an his­tor­i­cally bad de­fense at Paul Brown Sta­dium on Sun­day.

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