Beyond the immediate changes, the NFL Competition Committee is considering proposing a way to owners that would allow two additional teams to qualify for the playoffs if regular season games are lost due to the pandemic and cannot be rescheduled, The Washington Post’s Mark Mask reported last week. If approved, 16 teams instead of 14 would qualify for the playoffs. The schedule isn’t tied to a specific number of games or regular season weeks that are lost, Mask noted. This is only possible if not all 256 games can be played.

Teams goodbye this week: Bengals, Browns, Eagles and Rams.

Giants (1-7) in Washington (2-5)

Bears (5-3) with titans (5-2)

Lions (3-4) among the Vikings (2-5)

Panther (3-5) at Chiefs (7-1)

Texans (1-6) with jaguars (1-6)

Ravens (5-2) at Colts (5-2)

Seahawks (6-1) on bills (6-2)

Broncos (3-4) at Falcons (2-6)

Raiders (4-3) for chargers (2-5)

Steelers (7-0) at Cowboys (2-6)

Dolphins (4-3) at Cardinals (5-2)

Saints (5-2) with privateers (6-2)

1 p.m. games

It’s easy to lose track of how good Russell Wilson is in a season. So let’s look at some numbers. The Seahawks quarterback has passed 26 touchdowns in seven games, making or exceeding a total of 10 quarterbacks who have been MVPs since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. He passed four touchdowns last week, staying ahead of Patrick Mahomes, who passed 21. Wilson has won 92 games in its nine seasons, alongside Peyton Manning for the most consistent wins of the season in its first nine seasons in the league. He has tied with Tom Brady at 101 wins for most, including postseason games, for a quarterback in his first nine seasons. Bill’s quarterback Josh Allen had a mediocre game against the Patriots that wasn’t untypical for him, but the Bills continue to lead the AFC East. …

The Ravens failed to score in the third quarter on Sunday, the first time they were suspended this season, and squandered a 10-point lead in a loss that saw the Steelers sacking Lamar Jackson four times. The Colts are linked to the Titans on the AFC South. “We are able to have the chance to achieve anything we want to achieve,” said Colts quarterback Philip Rivers. “That’s all you can ask for. Sure, I think it’s okay to have a few moments when you leave – you kick yourself and say, “Dadgumit, we should be 7-0.” But we are not. But we are in a position where we have a chance and develop further. “…

Mahomes had a great time in the Chiefs’ victory over the Jets, and can you blame him? For the fourth time in his career, he went 400 yards and one of his five touchdown passes was a sneaky throw to Travis Kelce. Mahomes has 11,727 passes and 97 touchdowns in 39 career games, both the most in a player’s NFL history in his first 40 games. The Panthers could get a boost if Christian McCaffrey can return from his ankle injury. …

The Titans and Bears are still experiencing heavy casualties in Week 8. Tennessee saw their second consecutive loss to the Bengals after being knocked out of their place by Pittsburgh among the undefeated. The bears lost to the Saints in overtime by three and have to do without Javon Wims.

Games in the late afternoon

The Steelers have the aura of that fate, don’t they? While far from perfect, they picked the 1978 team that won the Super Bowl for the best start in franchise history. Pittsburgh passed their Week 8 test against the Ravens, taking a 28:24 win to stay undefeated. Despite giving up 265 rushing yards, the Steelers intercepted Jackson twice and he lost two fumbling. After this tough game, they meet a team of cowboys that seem to be driving. Quarterback Ben DiNucci was certainly overwhelmed in the loss to the Eagles. The team debated whether to go with Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush as Andy Dalton will miss a second game in a row. He had a concussion in week 7 but this time he’s out because he was put on the reserve / Covid-19 list. …

There’s a reason Chargers fans are a nervous, fatalistic bunch. Her team is the first in NFL history to have a lead of 16 or more points in four consecutive games (one of which has won). In total, the chargers lost five games with a total of 19 points. They missed a 24-3 lead over the Broncos in the third quarter. The Raiders celebrated a win behind Josh Jacobs’ 128 rushing yards in challenging Cleveland weather.

Sunday night

This time around, the Saints Buccaneers game delivers the kind of quarterback showdown we all ignored when Brady moved to NFC South. With a combined matchday age of 85 years and 30 days, Brady and Drew Brees will be the oldest pair of quarterbacks in NFL history. (The previous record is 84 years and 243 days – at the regular season opener.)

In the last five games, Brees has completed 76.2 percent of his passes for 1,426 yards (an average of 285.2 yards) with 10 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a pass rating of 111.2 – all without the broad receiver Michael Thomas, who hasn’t played since Week 1. Brady made 28 of 40 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns when the Bucs beat the lesser giants on Monday night. Tampa Bay’s newest offensive weapon, wide receiver Antonio Brown, can be played after being suspended for eight games for violating the NFL’s Code of Conduct. However, he was only allowed to train with the team on Wednesday.


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