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Best game on the NFL's Week 8 lineup?
Thursday night's matchup between the Green Bay Packers (6-1) and undefeated Arizona Cardinals (7-0) is certainly juicy and also marks the highest combined winning percentage (.929) of opponents in a post-September Thursday night game during the Super Bowl era (since 1966). But not many people are choosing the Pack as they deal with a bout of COVID-19.
What about Sunday night's showdown between the Dallas Cowboys (5-1) and Minnesota Vikings (3-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium? It should be pretty compelling ... assuming Dallas QB Dak Prescott (calf) plays. Of course, if he does, no one's picking Kirk Cousins to win under the "SNF" lights.
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So perhaps the most compelling bout of the weekend is ... the Philadelphia Eagles facing the Lions in Detroit? Philly has lost five of six and could be just what the winless but scrappy Lions need in order to finally break into the win column. Three of our NFL experts foresee an outright Detroit victory, and all but one think they'll at least cover the 3½-point spread.
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Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders: Live stream, time, date, odds, how to watch
The Las Vegas Raiders will have their first home game since former coach Jon Gruden resigned. They will host the 2-4 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.But now, as interim coach Rich Bisaccia tries to get the Raiders (4-2) to stack victories after former coach Jon Gruden resigned when homophobic and misogynistic language was found in leaked emails, he'll look to do it against the Philadelphia Eagles (2-4). Quarterback Derek Carr and Las Vegas are coming off of a convincing 34-24 victory on the road against the division-rival Broncos. The victory and a loss by the Chargers put the Raiders in a tie for first in the AFC West.
31. Jets (27): NOW they trade for 2020 QB2 Joe Flacco when they could've just re-signed him to be their Plan B QB, not to mention a steady resource for now-injured rookie Zach Wilson? The faces change here, but the results never seem to.
29. Dolphins (29): Despite what Ja'Marr Chase is doing in Cincy, credit Miami WR Jaylen Waddle, whose 44 receptions are nine more than any other rookie.
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28. Jaguars (28): Trevor Lawrence seems to be quietly figuring out pro game, completing 66.3% of his passes and posting 93.8 QB rating over his past three outings. A date with Seattle's secondary should keep the arrow trending up.
25. Falcons (26): Appears they've figured out how to leverage Kyle Pitts' estimable talents. After exploding for 282 receiving yards over the past two games, he's on pace for 1,335 over the full season -- which would obliterate Hall of Famer Mike Ditka's rookie record for tight ends, 1,076 in 1961.
23. Eagles (24): No defense is getting targeted more through air than this one ... and that's because Philadelphia allows league-worst 74.4% completion rate.
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22. Seahawks (19): They're 2-5 for first time in Russell Wilson era, and injured QB will miss at least one more game. Already five games out of NFC West lead, midnight might've already struck in Seattle.
21. Patriots (23): Before you get overly excited about their 41-point shellacking of the Jets, understand New England is the first team in the Super Bowl era to notch its first three wins against rookie QBs. If the pattern holds, the Pats' next victory will come in Week 17 against Trevor Lawrence's Jags.
19. Bears (16): QB Justin Fields coughed the ball up five times Sunday, the first five-turnover game in the league in two years and first time a Chicago QB has been guilty of such shenanigans since the immortal Matt Barkley in 2016. It's getting ugly in the Windy City.
17. Colts (22): QB Carson Wentz has one INT after hoisting league-high 15 in 2020, and he's also sporting career-best 102.8 passer rating. This whole Frank Reich reunion apparently is just what the doctor ordered.
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16. Steelers (18): Save OLB T.J. Watt, who has seven sacks, no one else on Pittsburgh's previously vaunted defense has more than two. That's gotta improve for Steelers to avoid missing postseason for third time in four seasons.
13. Chiefs (10): Going back to Super Bowl 55, they've been torched for 29.3 points per game while averaging 24.6 and are -12 in turnover differential during that eight-game stretch. Time to get back to fundamentals, fellas.
12. Saints (11): Wasn't pretty, but RB Alvin Kamara and Co. might just be a playoff team without retired QB Drew Brees. Kamara is the fastest player (66 games) to record 3,000 yards both rushing and receiving.
11. Raiders (17): They're humming post-Gruden, all the way to the top of the AFC West, averaging 33.5 points and 434 yards past two weeks. And with six players already exceeding 300 yards from scrimmage, this crew's on track to be best Las Vegas team in NFL history.
9. Ravens (5): Bye would be good time to reset a defense that's permitted at least 33 points and at least 490 yards three times. No such tinkering required for QB Lamar Jackson, who's besting his career average through the air by more than 100 yards per game.
8. Bengals (13): All the chatter about Cincinnati's (current) No. 1 seed and rookie WR Ja'Marr Chase's record-setting start is warranted. But props to TE C.J. Uzomah, who's rebounded from last year's torn Achilles and has already hauled in a career-best five TD grabs.
7. Bills (8): A bitter loss and the bye in the rear view, Buffalo returns to a three-week murdered row against Miami, Jacksonville and the Jets, who are a combined 3-16 (.158). Great opportunity for Buffalo to create breathing room on AFC pack.
6. Titans (7): All-Pro RB Derrick Henry is leading the NFL in rushing yards (869) and TDs (10). Yawn. He's a legit MVP candidate because he's also tops in touches (209) and yards from scrimmage (1,023) and already has 18 receptions -- one off his career high. And now he's throwing TDs? This could get epic.
5. Packers (6): The first team to win six straight after losing the opener by at least 35 points, they head to desert for enticing matchup with Arizona -- which will mark the highest combined winning percentage (.929) of opponents in a post-September Thursday night game during Super Bowl era (since 1966). But pandemic is already putting a damper on showdown, All-Pro WR Davante Adams going to the COVID/reserve list Monday.
3. Buccaneers (3): Seems Tom Brady, uh, overcame his fourth-down issues from 2020 against Chicago. Next up, he tries to solve New Orleans in regular season after getting decisively swept last year ... before the playoffs.
1. Cardinals (1): Don't believe in the league's only unbeaten team? Arizona also boasts the NFL's largest point differential (+111), is the toughest team to score on (16.3 points allowed per game), is getting defensive reinforcements off the COVID-19 list -- including OLB Chandler Jones -- and is already effectively integrating new TE Zach Ertz, the first player to catch a TD pass in successive weeks ... for different teams. Oh yeah ... and Kyler Murray.
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