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 Todd 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. Tom 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 wildcard 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 Saints face an historically bad Bengals defense at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.