The Seattle Seahawks have allowed 85 sacks and hits combined. No team has allowed more sacks (31), and no team has allowed more hits (54) than the Seahawks this season. Since Greg Hardy’s debut after his four-game suspension to start the season, the Cowboys’ defense has seven sacks and four quarterback hits, per Pro Football Focus. An aggressive game plan by Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will be key in this matchup.
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New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux has allowed a completion percentage of 43.9 when targeted this season (second-lowest rate in NFL). New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. should draw some single-coverage from Breaux, making this one of the most intriguing individual matchups to watch in Week 8.
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St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley has rushed for 433 yards over his first three starts, and a staggering 213 of those have come in the fourth quarter. Gurley is averaging 7.8 yards per carry in the second half; that figure is a whopping 9.3 yards per carry in the fourth quarter alone. Gurley is that special kind of running back who gets better as the game goes on. The 49ers need to focus extra attention on Gurley late in the game.
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That’s Derek Carr’s passer rating on the season, good for sixth in the NFL in 2015. Ahead of him? Names like Rodgers (115.9) and Brady (113.2). But he’s also topping accomplished players such as Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson. Not bad for a QB who entered his sophomore season with plenty of doubters.
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The Green Bay Packers have outscored opponents 66-9 in the first quarter this season. The Denver Broncos have yet to give up a first-quarter score this year. The Packers have scored in the first quarter of 24 straight games, so one side is bound to fall this Sunday.
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The Jets allowed 355 passing yards to Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday after entering the game as one of the top pass defenses in the league. That’s 105 more yards than they allowed in any other game this season, and it’s something they can’t repeat against Derek Carr and the Raiders this week.
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Eight is the number of times the San Diego Chargers have lost in their last 11 games, dating back to last year. They’re looking to avoid a second four-game slide in that span against the equally-disappointing Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has averaged 19.4 yards per reception in four career games against the Tennessee Titans. Hopkins, the NFL’s leader in receiving yards, saw his streak of 100-yard games snapped at four last week against the Dolphins and is looking to get back on track against a team he has dominated in the past. With Arian Foster out, Hopkins could be in line for a busy and productive day.
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Indianapolis' defense allowed 183 rushing yards in last Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. That's not a good sign for the Colts, who are set to face the NFL’s best rushing team in the Carolina Panthers on Monday night. The Panthers average 144.7 yards per game on the ground and if Indianapolis doesn’t pick things up on defense, they could be in for a long evening.
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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has tossed 16 touchdown passes, establishing a franchise record for the most through the first seven games of the season. Palmer has tossed multiple touchdown passes in five of the seven outings; the two in in which he's failed to do so have yielded Arizona's only losses of 2015. You can make the case that Palmer is matchup proof at this point.