Surging Saints set for desperate Eagles

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) If the Philadelphia Eagles are to snap out of their Super Bowl hangover and re-establish a measure of credibility to their title defense, this would be the week to do it.

The Eagles (4-5) visit the Superdome on Sunday to take on the Saints (8-1), whose eight straight victories represent the longest active winning streak in the NFL.

When the season began, the Eagles' visit looked like one of the tougher games on New Orleans' schedule. Now, odds makers are listing the surging Saints, who lead the NFL in scoring with 36.7 points per game, as favorites by more than a touchdown.

Vikes meet Bears for NFC North supremacy

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Mitchell Trubisky understands how high the stakes are.

The Chicago Bears have a chance to tighten their grip on the NFC North lead and demonstrate just how far they have come when they host the defending division champion Minnesota Vikings in a prime-time showdown for first place Sunday night. (MORE)

Unlikely leaders Redskins, Texans clash

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Jay Gruden occasionally has to remind people his team is in 6-3 and in first place.

"That's a heck of deal after nine games," the Washington Redskins' coach said. "But I'm also excited with the fact that we have not played our best yet, and I think the best is yet to come." (MORE)

Ailing Ravens, Bengals set for key game

BALTIMORE (AP) Joe Flacco's sore right hip means Ravens coach John Harbaugh may have to wait until Sunday before deciding who to start at quarterback in a pivotal game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Harbaugh's options are Flacco, an ailing 11-year veteran; Lamar Jackson, a rookie who's never made an NFL start; or Robert Griffin III, who's been inactive every game this season. (MORE)

NASCAR set to crown Cup Series champion

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) NASCAR's Cup Series champion will be decided Sunday when title contenders Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. take the green flag at the season finale.

The highest finisher among the four at Homestead-Miami Speedway will earn the trophy. The other 36 drivers in the 40-car field are likely to stay mostly out of the way. (MORE)

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