The NFL’s Week 8 arrives, and there’s celebration in the American Football Conference. The AFC is up to three teams with winning records.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota: Vikings 23-13. Adrian Peterson’s legend grows by the week. He’s fourth in the NFL in rushing, 93.1 yards a game, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
New England vs. St. Louis at London: Patriots 27-13. Wonder if the Brits will embrace the “New England” name or denounce the “Patriots.” Probably will just cheer for whichever team hits harder.
Indianapolis at Tennessee: Titans 27-26. If Indy wins — and Indy could win — then the Colts are 4-3 and a playoff contender. Not bad for Andrew Luck’s rookie year.
Jacksonville at Green Bay: Packers 42-10. You know, I remember when the Jags were annually competitive. What happened?
San Diego at Cleveland: Browns 19-17. Cleveland and Brandon Weeden are getting better. What if the Chargers are ready to tank?
Atlanta at Philadelphia: Eagles 33-24. Philly is a funny team. Just when you’re ready to write off the Eagles, they rally. Sort of like Michael Vick.
Seattle at Detroit: Seahawks 16-12. Maybe the NFL’s most pleasantly surprising team against the NFL’s most disappointing team. Detroit has appeared to be a mess since the season opener.
Miami at New York Jets: Jetropolitans 18-16. For a franchise that seems to be floundering, the Jets sure play tough. They could have won that game in New England and sent the Patriots to a losing record.
Carolina at Chicago: Bears 27-17. The Great Leaders Bowl. Jay Cutler vs. Cam Newton. Only trouble is, I think Cutler gets a bad rap at times. Newton, not so much.
Washington at Pittsburgh: Redskins 34-30. Upset special. Robert Griffin III is the real deal. The Steelers are just trying to piece it all together.
Oakland at Kansas City: Raiders 24-19. The Chief brass really thinks Brady Quinn could be better than Matt Cassel? I know no one remembers it, but there was a time about 40something years ago that KC-Oakland meant the best ballgame you were likely to see on a Sunday.
New York Giants at Dallas: Cowboys 23-20. Don’t ask me why, I just have a gut feeling about this game. I don’t have to explain it. Nobody has been able to explain Dallas’ season-opening win in the Meadowlands.
New Orleans at Denver: Broncos 41-31. Drew Brees and Peyton Manning staged a great Super Bowl a few years ago. I’d expect something similar Sunday night.
San Francisco at Arizona: 49ers 24-0. NFL shutouts are hard to come by. But just exactly how is John Skelton supposed to score against the 49ers?
Last week: 10-3. Season: 63-41.