N.F.L. Week 8 Predictions

The Saints must rely on Alvin Kamara to go past the Buccaneers while the Dolphins face the Bills and the trade deadline. Aaron Rodgers' top two receivers may be out against the 7-0 Cardinals, and the Saints must rely on Alvin Kamara to get past the Buccaneers.

As the (newly expanded) N.F.L. regular season approaches its halfway point, injuries are piling up and teams are assessing their postseason prospects as the Nov. 2 trade deadline approaches.

Coaches from lower-tier teams have expressed public support for their quarterbacks, while speculation rages about whether any team will trade for Deshaun Watson, who is the subject of a sexual misconduct investigation.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints are dealing with injuries, the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers have taken advantage of bye weeks to get players healthy, and the Green Bay Packers must deal with players and staff members who tested positive for the coronavirus as they prepare to face the Arizona Cardinals, who are undefeated.

The Detroit Lions have a chance to win their first game despite all the personnel changes in the league.

For those who are unfamiliar with betting lines, here's a basic primer: Favourites are indicated with a negative number next to them, indicating how many points they must win to cover the spread. For example, Raiders -5.5 suggests that Las Vegas must beat Chicago by at least 6 points for its backers to win. Gamblers can also wager on the overall score, or whether the combined score of the two teams in the game is greater than or less than a certain number of points.