At­lanta (4-4) at Cleve­land (2-6-1)

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Here comes Who Dey vs. Who Dat.

Say what?

The Who Dat folks from New Or­leans go head- on with the Who Dey fans in Cincin­nati on Sun­day. And don’t ask which group first came up with its catchy phrase and odd ren­der­ing of the English lan­guage.

“Who Dey? I don’t un­der­stand. I’m baf­fled,” says Saints run­ning back Mark In­gram. “It’s like, did they copy us? Or not? I don’t know. Who Dat! Who Dat! Who Dat! ...”

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. Drew Brees and com­pany face Philadel­phia next week.

“They’re go­ing to be hun­gry coming off the bye week,” In­gram says of the Ben­gals. “They have play­off as­pi­ra­tions. They have as­pi­ra­tions of win­ning their divi­sion. So ev­ery game is im­por­tant to them just like it is to us. So we’re go­ing up there in for­eign ter­ri­tory, hos­tile ter­ri­tory, and we’ve got to go make it hap­pen. We’re a good team. We re­spect them but we’re al­ways wor­ried about this build­ing, this team, what we need to do to put our­selves in po­si­tion to have suc­cess.”

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. The Saints are up there, too, so if Cincin­nati gives up 500 yards Sun­day, it will be­come the first team to al­low 500 in three con­sec­u­tive games.

“We’re un­der­achiev­ing right now,” de­fen­sive end Car­los Dun­lap ad­mits. “We’re play­ing well enough to win some games, which is why we’re 5-3. If we work on the neg­a­tives, we can be that elite de­fense and that elite team.”

Right now, the elite­ness is in the Big Easy

“They go as Brees goes,” Dun­lap adds. “We’ve got to find a way to slow down that fu­ture Hall of Famer.”

The week­end be­gan Thurs­day night with Pitts­burgh’s 52-21 home vic­tory over Carolina. Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw for 328 yards and five touch­downs to help the Steel­ers (6-2-1) win their fifth straight. The Pan­thers (6- 3) had won three in a row.

Off this week are Min­nesota (5-3-1), Den­ver (3- 6), FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Cincin­nati Ben­gals fans cheer in the stands dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Chicago Bears in Cincin­nati.

Bal­ti­more (4- 5) and Hous­ton (6-3).

Dal­las (3-5) at Philadel­phia (4-4)

Coming off their first de­feat, the Rams will re­mem­ber they strug­gled to win 33-31 at Seat­tle last month. A vic­tory would give LA a 4½-game edge in the NFC West and pretty much shut it down.

Both teams boast po­tent ground games, with the big star be­ing LA’s Todd Gur­ley. The Rams are No. 1 in the NFL with Gur­ley at 868 yards rush­ing; he also has 12 TD runs; he has scored in 12 con­sec­u­tive games, the long­est reg­u­lar-sea­son streak in team his­tory.

The Sea­hawks are tops in rush­ing since Week 3 with 159.8 yards per game af­ter con­cen­trat­ing more on the ground game fol­low­ing an 0-2 start.

Ari­zona (2-6) at Kansas City (8-1)

The Car­di­nals are 0- 4-1 at Kansas City, and this isn’t ex­actly the best time to be vis­it­ing. 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. Fitzger­ald needs 33 yards re­ceiv­ing to pass Ter­rell Owens (15,934) for sec­ond in NFL his­tory. Fitz needs 14 re­cep­tions to pass Jerry Rice (San Fran­cisco, 1,281) for the NFL record for re­cep­tions with one team.

The Red­skins were routed at home by At­lanta last week­end and lost three key play­ers, in­clud­ing both start­ing guards. Adrian Peter­son has three con­sec­u­tive 100-yard rush­ing games against Tampa Bay, in­clud­ing last year with the Car­di­nals. Can he find room to roam be­hind a makeshift of­fen­sive line?

Tampa sure can pass and sure can score, but it of­ten falls so far be­hind that it can’t catch up. The Bucs have been outscored 103-27 in the first half of Ryan Fitz-

Here we go again: New Eng­land is on a roll as Tom Brady makes ev­ery­one around him bet­ter.

The Pa­tri­ots have won six straight (seven in a row over­all against Ten­nessee). Brady will play in his 300th game, in­clud­ing post­sea­son, and will join Brett Favre (326) as the only NFL quar­ter­backs to ap­pear in 300 games. Brady needs three TD passes to tie Pey­ton Man­ning (579) for the most in NFL his­tory, also in­clud­ing playoffs.

Ten­nessee comes off a solid vic­tory at Dal­las and coach Mike Vra­bel had his big­gest play­ing days in New Eng­land, where he won three ti­tles.

“We’ve just got­ten our­selves to the sur­face where there’s a lit­tle bit of air, a lit­tle bit of water,” Vra­bel says. “You’re kind of tak­ing a lit­tle bit of both in and you can’t sur­vive there for long. But you can sur­vive there for a few min­utes. And so we got to make the next de­ci­sion to see if we can get our heads com­pletely above water.”

In­juries seemed to ruin the Fal­cons’ sea­son, yet here they are at .500 and with six games up­com­ing against teams cur­rently own­ing los­ing records. Matt Ryan is hav­ing an out­stand­ing year, even while over­shad­owed in

Two 3-5 marks that look much dif­fer­ent. 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.

There’s plenty of skill at quar­ter­back, how­ever. An­drew Luck, who missed 2017 with a shoul­der in­jury,

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