1. Denver (3) (7-1): Back on top after blowout.
2. Seattle (1) (7-1): Seven wins, yet no in sync.
3. Indianapolis (2) (5-2): Need a better run game.
4. Kansas City (4) (8-0): Have Broncos-Chargers-Broncos after this week.
5. San Francisco (5) (6-2): Aldon Smith activated.
6. New Orleans (6) (6-1): Brees up to a 67.5 percent completion rate.
7. Green Bay (9) (5-2): Pushing to be a player in NFC.
8. New England (8) (6-2): Injuries will catch up to defense.
9. Detroit (14) (5-3): Calvin Johnson. Sheesh.
10. Cincinnati (7) (6-3): Walk-off safety was third in NFL history.
11. Carolina (11) (4-3): Thinks is can catch the Saints.
12. Dallas (10) (4-4): At least the Cowboys are entertaining.
13. San Diego (13) (4-3): Won two in a row and trying to climb into picture.
14. New York Jets (12) (4-4): Need QB Smith to be more consistent.
15. Chicago (15) (4-3): Weird to see Bears' 'D' so faulty.
16. Miami (17) (4-4): Locker room apparently as grown up as Romper Room.
17. Baltimore (16) (3-4): Lost two in a row, on the road this week.
18. Tennessee (18) (3-4): Locker vs. Rams ends. Should be fun.
19. Cleveland (20) (3-5): Losing streak at three ...
20. Washington (18) (2-5): Player well at Denver. For a half.
21. Arizona (27) (4-4): Has some piece, but no rhythm.
22. Buffalo (22) (3-5): Wonder if they wish Tarvaris Jackson was available?
23. Oakland (26) (3-4): A surprising shot to get to .500 this week.
24. Houston (23) (2-5): As the Texans turn.
25. St. Louis (28) (3-5): Possibly best end combination in NFL.
26. Pittsburgh (25) (2-5): Not happening.
27. Philadelphia (24) (3-5): Chip Kelly already hearing the grumbles.
28. Atlanta (21) (2-5): Can't stop anyone.
29. New York Giants (30) (2-6): Consecutive wins. Look out. Or not.
30. Minnesota (29) (1-6): AP wallowing in land of 1,000 lakes.
31. Tampa Bay (31) (0-7): Not good.
32. Jacksonville (32) (0-8): Worse.
Week 8: Games to watch. Tacoma News-Tribune's record last week: 9-3. Overall: 67-42
FIVE TO WATCH
Kansas City at Buffalo, 10 a.m. PDT
Matt Flynn or Jeff Tuel against the Chiefs' defense.
Chiefs 17, Bills 10
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1:25 p.m.
Ravens have lost two in a row, Browns three.
Ravens 14, Browns 13
Indianapolis at Houston, 5:30 p.m.
Could be tricky for the Colts.
Colts 24, Texans 21
New Orleans at New York Jets, 10 a.m.
There was hope for the Jets until last week's blowout.
Saints 34, Jets 21
Chicago at Green Bay, 5:40 p.m.
Packers suddenly 5-2, atop their division
Packers 28, Bears 17
Atlanta at Carolina, 10 a.m.
Panthers 24, Falcons 10
Minnesota at Dallas, 10 a.m.
Cowboys 35, Vikings 13
San Diego at Washington, 10 a.m.
Chargers 21, Redskins 17
Tennessee at St. Louis, 10 a.m.
Rams 20, Titans 17
Philadelphia at Oakland, 1:05 p.m.
Raiders 24, Eagles 17
Pittsburgh at New England, 1:25 p.m.
Patriots 31, Steelers 17
THE PROS: Five things to watch this weekend
In Philly, Kelly is spelled B-O-O
Surprising the fan base that once booed Santa Claus is irritated with rookie coach Chip Kelly. He left the sanctity of Eugene, where he was keep of all things Holy and Nike, for the sharp edges of Philadelphia. With just three wins in eight tries, Kelly is hearing grumbling he never heard at Oregon. Is it all his fault? Of course not. Do people in Philadelphia care? Nope. Kelly will hear boos again this Sunday. At least they will be from the fans in Oakland this time.
Panthers on the prowl
Carolina has Cam Newton playing at a high level, its defense still a force and have running back Jonathan Stewart back this week. Carolina was already eighth in the NFL in rushing, but much of that was because of Newton's abilities. He's the Panthers' second-leading rusher. Stewart's return gives them that "double-trouble" look they had in prior year with DeAngelo Williams and Stewart sharing time.
The Texans are out of it, right?
Houston hosts the AFC-South Division leading Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. At 2-5, after all the Matt Schaub drama, the Texans are done for the year. Aren't they? They don't think so because they have two games against the Colts still to play, and Indianapolis has to figure out how to replace Reggie Wayne. It's a third-and-long for the Texans, but not fourth down yet.
Revis on an island with Tampa Bay
Cornerback Darrelle Revis, nicknamed "Revis Island" because he is skilled enough to be left alone in man coverage all the time, told the Tampa Tribune knee pain earlier in the season kept him from playing a lot of man-to-man. Any corner worth his salt prefers to play man, and the Bucs were often using Revis in zone. Even Richard Sherman said he thought Revis didn't like how he was being used, though the two haven't met and don't talk. We'll see if Revis is up near the line of scrimmage Sunday.
Vikings heading off the rails
It's midseason and in Minnesota, three things, none good, were dealt with this week. First, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman had to publicly state coach Leslie Frazier won't be fired. Second, the Vikings had to tell everyone they weren't trading Adrian Peterson. Third, Minnesota put Christian Ponder in as the starting quarterback again despite recently acquiring Josh Freeman. All the Vikings need now is an out of control party on a boat to top off this mess.
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