NFL PRE­VIEWS

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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.

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

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