The big boys are back in Week 8 as the NFL season nears the playoffs.
The Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings are all returning after a bye week, as will the defending champion Los Angeles Rams, who will be looking to increase the pressure on the San Francisco 49ers.
The Eagles aim to maintain their 100% record when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town, while the Bills host Aaron Rodgers and his faltering Green Bay Packers.
Stats Perform looked at the numbers ahead of Sunday’s games, starting with the City of Brotherly Love.
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles (6-0)
It promises to be a tricky journey for Pittsburgh, as the Eagles own a nine-game home win streak against them, a streak that began in 1966 (Pittsburgh’s last win was Week 6, 1965). It is the Eagles’ longest home winning streak against a single opponent in franchise history.
The Steelers lost 16-10 to the Miami Dolphins last week and are averaging just 15.3 points per game, second-lowest in the NFL (Denver Broncos, 14.3). The last time they finished in the NFL’s bottom two in scoring was in 1969 (15.6 ppg, second worst).
The Eagles have held a lead of at least 14 points in each of their six games this season. The last team to do so in seven straight games to start the season was the 2007 Patriots (eight straight).
Philadelphia has won Jalen Hurts’ last nine starts, tied for the longest quarterback winning streak in franchise history with Carson Wentz (2017), Donovan McNabb (2003) and Norm Van Brocklin (1960). ). The Eagles were 6-10 in Hurts’ first 16 NFL career starts.
San Francisco 49ers (3-4) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-3)
Including a 24-9 home win in Week 4, the 49ers have won seven straight regular-season games against Los Angeles, their second-longest streak against the Rams of all time (17 in a row from December 1990 to December 1998). However, the Rams beat the 49ers in last season’s NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium.
San Francisco lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 44-23, at home last week. It was the first time they had lost consecutive games by at least 14 points since Weeks 9-10 in 2020. They followed those games up with a 23-20 win over the Rams in Los Angeles.
Last week, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 303 yards, the 11th game of his career with at least 300 yards. The 49ers have won the first seven of those games, but are only 1-3 in the last four. The only win in that span came on the road against the Rams in Week 18 last season.
Rams QB Matthew Stafford is 1-6 in his career in the regular season against the 49ers, his worst record against an NFC opponent. He’s thrown four touchdowns and five interceptions in his three games against them since joining the Rams, losing each.
Green Bay Packers (3-4) @ Buffalo Bills (5-1)
The Packers have won their last four home games against the Bills but are 0-6 at Buffalo, most recently losing a 21-13 game in Week 15, 2014. The Bills are the only active franchise that the Packers have never beaten on the road.
Green Bay lost 23-21 to the Washington Commanders last week and lost three straight games for the first time since weeks 11-13 in 2018. They haven’t lost four straight games since weeks 8-11 in 2016 The last time they lost four of their first seven games was in 2006 (also 3-4).
The Bills come out of their bye week after a 24-20 victory at Kansas City in Week 6. Since the Bills last Super Bowl appearance in 1993, they have started a 5-1 season four times – 1995, 2008 , 2019 and this year.
Buffalo’s offense has faced a blitz on 35.3 percent of its passing plays this season, fourth most in the league. The Packers have faced a blitz just 20.2% of the time, second-lowest in the league (Miami, 18.2). The Bills have beaten opponents just 12.9% of the time, the lowest in the league.
Dak Prescott is set to face the Chicago Bears (3-4) after making a comeback in the Dallas Cowboys’ (5-2) win over the Detroit Lions last week, taking his career high as a starter to 54-33 (.621). Since 2016. The Cowboys are 9-8 when Prescott doesn’t start (.530) while averaging nearly 60 fewer yards per game when he’s not the starter (382.3 with, 322 ,9 without).
The New York Jets (5-2) come into their matchup with the New England Patriots (3-4) with a chance to break their 12-game losing streak against them, which dates back to the 2016 season. loss, the streak would match Denver’s 13-game losing streak against Kansas City as the longest active in the NFL.
Saquon Barkley (110 rushing yards) and Daniel Jones (107) each rushed for over 100 yards last week, the third time a New York Giants duo (6-1) has eclipsed that mark. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw did it in Week 14, 2010 and Week 16, 2007. The only other team with such a duo this season was the New Orleans Saints in Week 5 against opponents of the Giants for Week 8, the Seattle Seahawks (4-3).
The Tennessee Titans (4-2) are on a four-game winning streak after a 19-10 home win over the Indianapolis Colts. This is the Titans’ sixth straight season with a four-game or more winning streak, and it could increase to five with a win over the Houston Texans (1-4-1).