Week 8: Inside The Numbers
By Jerry Tapp
Here’s a look at the Week 8 matchups in the NFL and some of the numbers inside the head-to-head series between the two teams.
Carolina @ Tampa Bay (Thursday):
The Panthers lead the series 14-11. Tampa Bay has won the last two games against Carolina. Carolina has won seven of the last 10 games played in Tampa Bay. The two teams have split the last 10 games and the last two games were decided by six points each.
Dallas @ Detroit:
The Cowboys have a 13-11 advantage in the all-time series. The Cowboys have won the last two games played in Detroit and Dallas has won five of the last seven in the series. The Cowboys have scored 28 or more points in six of the last seven contests while Detroit is 4-0 in games in the series when they score 30-plus points.
San Francisco @ Jacksonville (in London):
This is only the fourth time these two teams have faced each other. Jacksonville has won two of the three. The 49ers won the last contest 20-3 in November, 2009. The losing team was held under 10 points in each of the three games in this series.
Cleveland @ Kansas City:
The Browns hold an 11-10-2 advantage over the Chiefs. Cleveland has won three of the last four in the series and the Chiefs have won three of the last four games played in Kansas City. Four of the last six games in the rivalry were decided by seven points or less.
Miami @ New England:
Miami has won 50, New England 45 in this series and the Patriots have won six straight against the Dolphins. The Pats have also won six of the last seven home games against Miami. New England has scored 21 or more points in seven straight in the series.
Buffalo @ New Orleans:
The Saints hold a 5-4 lead in the series. New Orleans has won three straight against the Bills and the Bills, however, are 3-2 in New Orleans versus the Saints. The Bills scored a total of 20 points in the last three games against the Saints.
New York Giants @ Philadelphia:
The Giants hold an 84-77-2 lead in the series. The Eagles won the previous game played between the two teams this year 36-21 on the Giants home turf. The Eagles have won three of the last four games played in Philadelphia in the series and Philly has won nine of the last 11 games in the series.
Pittsburgh @ Oakland:
The Raiders lead the series 14-12. The Raiders have won three of the last four, and four of the last five games in this series were decided by a field goal. Oakland has won the last two games at home versus Pittsburgh and the Steelers have scored 20-plus points in eight of the last 10 games against Oakland.
New York Jets @ Cincinnati:
The Jets have a commanding 17-7 lead in the series and won the last four contests. The two teams have split the last four games played in Cincinnati and the Bengals have scored under 15 points in each of the last four games; the Jets have scored 24-plus in six straight games.
Atlanta @ Arizona:
The Cards lead this “battle of the birds” series 15-12. The Falcons have won the last two and six of the last eight in the series. The Cardinals have won the last two against Atlanta at home. The Falcons scored 23+ points in each of the last five games against Arizona. Arizona has won six of the last seven against Atlanta at home.
Washington @ Denver:
This tight series is even at six games apiece. The two teams have split the last four played. In the last three games played, all were decided by seven points or less. Denver has won four of the last five games played in Denver against the ‘Skins.
Green Bay @ Minnesota:
This is the 106th meeting in this NFC North rivalry. The Pack leads the series 55-49-1. Green Bay has won six of the last seven. The Vikings have won three of the last five games against Green Bay played in Minnesota. The Packers have scored 23-plus points in the last 13 games against the Vikes.
Seattle @ St. Louis (Monday):
The Seahawks hold an 18-12 advantage in the rivalry. The Seahawks won the last MNF game played between the two, 30-13, on Dec. 12, 2011. Seattle has won 14 of the last 16 games in the series. The Rams have won two of the last three games played in St. Louis against the Seahawks and the Seahawks have held the Rams under 20 points in the last five games.