The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nfl Week 8 -

New Or­leans (5-1) atMin­nesota (4-2-1): The Saints last week won in a “tough en­vi­ron­ment” against a play­off-cal­iber team at Bal­ti­more. Now they get the Vik­ings, who have been spotty but lead the NFC North and are 14-3 at home vs. New Or­leans.

Green Bay (3-2-1) at Los An­ge­les Rams (7-0): The Pack­ers rank fourth in pass­ing and Aaron Rodgers has 332.8 yards pass­ing per game and 12 touch­downs, one pick. Rams run­ning back Todd Gur­ley leads the NFL with 88 points, 686 yards rush­ing, 144 car­ries and 956 yards from scrim­mage. DE Aaron Don­ald co-leads with eight sacks.

Den­ver (3-4) at Kansas City (6-1): The Chiefs have won six in a row in this se­ries But they also rank last in yardage al­lowed on de­fense, so Den­ver might not be to­tally over­matched. Chiefs QB Pa­trick­Ma­homes leads the NFL in TD passes (22) and 25-yard­plus com­ple­tions (26).

Bal­ti­more (4-3) at Carolina (4-2): The Pan­thers are home, where they’ve won eight straight. The chal­lenge is huge against Bal­ti­more, which fell at home by one point to New Or­leans when Justin Tucker missed an ex­tra point for the first time. That mis­cue shouldn’t cam­ou­flage that the Ravens lead the league in de­fense.

Seat­tle (3-3) at Detroit (3-3): Seat­tle has gone phys­i­cal with the run game and on de­fense and, de­spite be­ing in re­tool­ing mode, seems ready to chal­lenge for a wild-card play­off berth. Pete Car­roll’s bunch pro­tects the ball, too, with only six give­aways. Detroit seems to have dis­cov­ered a run­ning game: Rookie Ker­ryon John­son ran for a ca­reer-high 158 yards at Mi­ami last week.

Philadel­phia (3-4) vs. Jack­sonville (3-4) at Lon­don: Coach Doug Mar­rone is stick­ing with QB Blake Bor­tles for now. The Ea­gles lead the NFL in time of posses­sion, av­er­ag­ing more than 33 min­utes. But with Jack­sonville’s se­condary un­der­manned, Car­son Wentz could look to the air. He has thrown 173 con­sec­u­tive passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion.

New Eng­land (5-2) at Buf­falo (2-5), Mon­day: The Pa­tri­ots have scored 21 or more points in the first half in each of the past four games this sea­son tomatch a fran­chise-best streak, and the Bills have al­lowed 24 or more points in the first half three times.

Cleve­land (2-4-1) at Pitts­burgh (3-2-1): The Browns lead the NFL with 20 take­aways, but they have scored only 31 points off those turnovers. Pitts­burgh’s Ben Roeth­lis­berger is 22-2-1 all-time against the Browns.

Wash­ing­ton (4-2) at New York Gi­ants (1-6): The New York tabloids al­ready are pro­ject­ing which quar­ter­back the Gi­ants will draft af­ter they fin­ish near the bot­tom of the stand­ings. In comes sur­prise NFC East leader Wash­ing­ton, which ranks fifth in de­fense and has one of the top can­di­dates for Come­back Player of the Year in Adrian Peter­son.

Tampa Bay (3-3) at Cincin­nati (4-3): It’s nat­u­ral to won­der about the Ben­gals’ psy­che af­ter again blow­ing a lead at home to Pitts­burgh, then get­ting ham­mered in Kansas City. The Buc­ca­neers lead the NFL in to­tal yards per game (449.5) and yards pass­ing per game (364).

New York Jets (3-4) at Chicago (3-3): Chicago led the league with 18 sacks through the first four games, but has one since. Jets first-rounder Sam Darnold leads the league with 10 INTs.

In­di­anapo­lis (2-5) at Oak­land (1-5): The tear­down of the ros­ter con­tin­ues in Oak­land, where Jon Gru­den dealt his top re­ceiver, Amari Cooper, to Dal­las. In­di­anapo­lis QB An­drew Luck seeks his fifth straight game with at least three TD passes.

San Fran­cisco (1-6) at Ari­zona (1-6): The Car­di­nals have won eight of the past nine in this se­ries, in­clud­ing three weeks ago. San Fran­cisco is mi­nus-15 in turnover mar­gin, worst in the NFL.


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