NFL Week 8 Preview

Game of the Week: Cowboys (3-3) at Redskins (3-3), 2:25 p.m. The loser of this game can probably forget about catching Philadelphia in the race for the NFC East title. Ezekiel Elliott (219 total yards last week) may be starting to find his groove as his pending NFL suspension continues to be delayed.

Dolphins (4-2) at Ravens (3-4), 6:25 p.m., Thursday. Miami has staged back-to-back comebacks of at least 14 points in the second half and may have a better offense with backup QB Matt Moore now at the controls. Baltimore has won only one of its last five games.

Vikings (5-2) at Browns (0-7), 11 a.m. An overtime loss in which their defense didn’t allow a touchdown only added misery to a miserable season for Cleveland. The Vikings could be in position to pull away in the NFC North after an injury to Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.

Raiders (3-4) at Bills (4-2), 11 a.m. Oakland saved its season with a last-second win over the Chiefs last week. But can the Raiders get back to .500 against the NFL’s fourth-ranked scoring defense?

Colts (2-4) at Bengals (2-5), 11 a.m. Looking for a reason to watch this game? A.J. Green, second in the NFL with 545 receiving yards, may be a highlight reel waiting to happen against Indy’s lackluster defense.

Chargers (3-4) at Patriots (5-2), 11 a.m. The Chargers were reportedly unable to study film of the Patriots’ victory over Atlanta last week because heavy fog clouded the images. What they would have seen is a rapidly improving New England defense turn in another strong performance.

Bears (3-4) at Saints (4-2), 11 a.m. The Saints are averaging 33 points during their four-game winning streak. Chicago, meanwhile, didn’t allow a touchdown last week in its 17-3 victory over the Panthers.

Falcons (3-3) at Jets (3-4), 11 a.m. Atlanta’s offense is in a funk, scoring only one touchdown in the last six quarters. New York, meanwhile, gave up 17 points in the fourth quarter during a 31-28 loss to Miami last week.

49ers (0-7) at Eagles (6-1), 11 a.m. After a four-touchdown performance in a victory over the Redskins on Monday Night Football, Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz is firmly among the top contenders in the MVP race.

Texans (3-3) at Seattle (4-2), 2:05 p.m. The Seahawks have allowed only 13 completions this season of 20 or more yards, tied for the fewest in the league. Houston rookie QB Deshaun Watson is completing 65 percent of his passes on the road.

Steelers (5-2) at Lions (3-3), 6:30 p.m. Detroit has lost three of four games following a 2-0 start and has given up an average of 36.3 points in those losses. The Steelers have won three of their last four and have given up an average of just 12 points in those wins.

Credit: Denver Post

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