Vince’s View: NFL Week 8 Predictions and Game Notes, Titans/Texans, Bears/Cowboys, rivalry games

Vince’s View: NFL Week 8 Predictions and Game Notes, Titans/Texans, Bears/Cowboys, rivalry games

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Below is the game schedule with my Week 8 NFL game predictions. Winners straight-up are in bold. The line is my pick against the spread.

You’ll also see some tremendous notes on the games, teams and players provided by NFL Communications.

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2022 Week 7 Straight-Up: 10-4 (71%)
2022 Week 7 Against The Spread: 9-5 (64%)

2022 Season Straight-Up: 66-42 (61%)
2022 Season Against The Spread: 55-53 (51%)

2021 Season Straight-Up: 158-97 (62%)
2021 Season Against The Spread: 140-115 (55%)

WEEK 8 NFL SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern) BOLD = Straight-up winner / ( ) = vs. the spread winner

Thursday, October 27(+2.5) Baltimore at Tampa BayPrime Video8:15
Sunday, October 30Denver vs. Jacksonville (London) (-1.5)ESPN+9:30
Carolina at Atlanta (-4.5)FOX1:00
Chicago at Dallas (-9.5)FOX1:00
(-4) Miami at DetroitCBS1:00
Arizona at Minnesota (-3.5)FOX1:00
(-1.5) Las Vegas at New OrleansCBS1:00
New England at New York Jets (+3)CBS1:00
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (-11.5)CBS1:00
(-1.5) Tennessee at HoustonCBS4:05
(+2.5) Washington at IndianapolisFOX4:25
(+1) San Francisco at Los Angeles RamsFOX4:25
New York Giants at Seattle (-3)FOX4:25
Green Bay at Buffalo (-10.5)NBC8:20
Monday, October 31(-3.5) Cincinnati at ClevelandESPN8:15

 Bye week: Kansas City, L.A. Chargers

Close games and comebacks continue to be calling cards of the 2022 campaign. No prior season in NFL history has had more games (84) that have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter or decided by one touchdown or less (49 games in 1999 and 2022) through the first seven weeks. There have also been 34 games this year in which a team came back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter, tied with the 2012 and 1989 seasons for the most ever through Week 7.

Three division leaders return from their bye week looking to resume their momentum as the league heads towards the midway point of the 2022 season.

The NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team and NFC East leading PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (6-0) look to match their best start to a season in franchise history (7-0 in 2004). One of the keys to the club’s start to the season has been ball control. Philadelphia leads the league in:

  • Plays per game (70.7), the third-highest mark by a team that began their season 6-0 in NFL history, trailing only the 1977 Dallas Cowboys (73.7) and 2013 Denver Broncos (71.3).
  • Time of possession (33:59), the fourth-highest average time of possession by a team that won each of their first six games of a season since 1977, trailing only the 1991 New Orleans Saints (35:20), 2007 New England Patriots (35:13) and 2019 San Francisco 49ers (34:46).

The BUFFALO BILLS (5-1), who lead the AFC East and possess the league’s top points margin (+95), host the GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-4) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). The Bills are looking for their fourth win this season over a 2021 division winner, having previously defeated the Los Angeles Rams (Week 1), Tennessee (Week 2) and Kansas City (Week 6).

Atop the NFC North, the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-1) come off their bye having won four consecutive games, three of which featured a fourth-quarter comeback victory. Quarterback KIRK COUSINS has thrown a touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (36 games from 2002-04) for the sixth-longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.

The Eagles (3-0), Bills (2-0) and Vikings (3-0), who each host a Week 8 game following their Week 7 bye, are the only three teams remaining in 2022 with perfect home records.

Also in Week 8, the third international game of the 2022 season will take place at Wembley Stadium in London between the DENVER BRONCOS (2-5) and JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-5). The Broncos (six games) and Jaguars (five) are two of the nine teams this season who have played in at least five games with a final score margin of eight-or-fewer points.     

The Starting 11 entering Week 8…

1.     INTRASTATE RIVALRIES: Three games on the Week 8 schedule feature intrastate matchups…

  • In Pennsylvania (1:00 PM ET, CBS), PITTSBURGH (2-5) visits Lincoln Financial Field to take on PHILADELPHIA (6-0). Each of the five meetings between the two clubs over the past 20 years has been won by the home team. The Eagles are 9-0 in home games against Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl era.
  • In California (4:25 PM ET, FOX), the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-4) visit the LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-3) as the NFC West rivals meet for the second time this season. On Monday Night Football in Week 4, the 49ers defeated the Rams, 24-9, as NICK BOSA registered two of the team’s season-high seven sacks. San Francisco has won seven consecutive regular-season meetings over Los Angeles dating back to 2019, with the Rams earning a 20-17 win over the 49ers at SoFi Stadium in the NFC Championship game last season en route to the Super Bowl LVI title.
  • In Ohio on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), CINCINNATI (4-3) visits CLEVELAND (2-5) in a battle between AFC North foes. The Browns have won four consecutive meetings between the two clubs, Cleveland’s longest winning streak against a division opponent since realignment in 2002.     
                                                                    

2.     NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 9.33: The average final score margin of 9.33 points this season is the lowest average final score margin through Week 7 since 1970. Only three other seasons since the merger (1982, 1983 and 2016) have had an average score margin of fewer than 10 points through the first seven weeks. 

3.     NOTE THAT MATTERS: The combined winning percentage by NFC East teams this season is .741 (20-7), the highest winning percentage by a single division through the first seven weeks of a season since 2002. Only on two other occasions since realignment has a division had a winning percentage of .700-or-higher through the first seven weeks, the 2013 AFC West (.704; 19-8) and 2020 NFC West (.704; 19-8). 

4.     SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: When TENNESSEE (4-2) visits HOUSTON (1-4-1) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), two of the five running backs with at least 500 rushing yards this season will be in action. Titans running back DERRICK HENRY, who leads the NFL in rushing yards (6,843 yards) since 2017, ranks fourth with 536 rushing yards in 2022 while Houston running back DAMEON PIERCE leads all rookies and ranks fifth among all running backs with 504 rushing yards this season.

Henry looks to continue his rushing dominance over the AFC South since he entered the league in 2016. In 35 career games, Henry has averaged 99 rushing yards per game against the AFC South, the third-highest rushing yards per game average against a single division since 1970 (minimum 20 games). Only Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs BARRY SANDERS (104.7 rushing yards per game against the NFC Central) and ERIC DICKERSON (102.1 rushing yards per game against the NFC Central) have a higher average.

Including 128 rushing yards against Indianapolis last week, Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards in nine of his past 10 division games. He has an NFL-record five career games with at least 200 rushing yards and multiple rushing touchdowns, including each of his past three games against the Texans. 

5.     SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: The DENVER BRONCOS (2-5) and JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-5) head to Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday (9:30 AM ET, ESPN+) in a matchup that features two of the five AFC defensive units allowing fewer than 20 points per game this season. Each club is led by a first-year defensive coordinator – the Broncos’ EJIRO EVERO and the Jaguars’ MIKE CALDWELL.

Denver enters Week 8 ranked second in total defense (286 yards allowed per game) and pass defense (173.1 yards allowed per game) and third in scoring defense (16.4 points allowed per game). Jacksonville leads the NFL with 48 passes defensed this season and ranks tied for fourth in the AFC in scoring defense (19.6 points allowed per game). The Broncos and Jaguars are two of three AFC teams (Buffalo) to allow fewer than 14 points in three games in 2022.

6.     STREAK SPEAK: Five teams enter Week 8 on a winning streak of at least four games as Philadelphia has opened the season with six consecutive wins and Minnesota, the New York Giants, the New York Jets and Tennessee have each won their past four contests. The last season in which five teams were each on a five-or-more game winning streak at the same time was 2017.  

The Giants and Jets have each won their first four games in the month of October, the first time both clubs have been on a four-game winning streak at the same time since 2008 (Weeks 8-12). With victories in Week 8, both clubs can join the 2021 GREEN BAY PACKERS, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 2017 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES and 2007 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS as the only teams since 2002 to go 5-0 in the month of October in a season. Each of the four previous teams to accomplish the feat finished the season as the No. 1 overall seed in their respective conferences. 

7.     DID YOU KNOW?: Seattle rookie running back KENNETH WALKER is the only player in the NFL this season with two rushing touchdowns of at least 65 yards. His first career rushing touchdown was a 69-yard run in Week 5 and last week, he registered a 74-yard rushing touchdown. Walker is the first rookie with two rushing touchdowns of at least 65 yards since SAQUON BARKLEY (2018). Seattle (4-3) hosts Barkley and the New York Giants (6-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). 

8.     UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: When CLEVELAND (2-5) hosts CINCINNATI (4-3) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), it will be a family affair as BILL CALLAHAN, Cleveland’s offensive line coach, and his son, BRIAN CALLAHAN, Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator, meet for the fifth time as division rivals since 2020.

The Browns rushing attack under Bill Callahan, who has been Cleveland’s offensive line coach since 2020, ranks second in rushing yards per game (149.8) and third in yards per rush attempt (4.98) over the past three seasons. Cleveland is one of five AFC teams to allow one-or-fewer sacks in four games in 2022.

Brian Callahan, Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator since 2019, helped the Bengals to a Super Bowl LVI appearance last season as the team ranks fifth in passing yards per game (264.8) and sixth in scoring offense (26.4 points per game) since the beginning of the 2021 season. The Bengals enter Week 8 ranked second in average time of possession (32:25) and third in third down efficiency (49.5 percent; 46 of 93).

9.     TREND TIME: Since 2017, head coach SEAN MCDERMOTT‘s first season with Buffalo, the Bills have won each of their three Sunday Night Football appearances, the only team with multiple wins and no defeats on Sunday night games over the past six seasons.

Buffalo, who is coming off a Week 7 bye, is also a perfect 5-0 under McDermott after their bye week, one of three teams to earn a victory after their bye in each of the past five years. Pittsburgh is also 5-0 after their bye since 2017 and has a Week 9 bye in 2022 following their Week 8 meeting with Philadelphia. Tennessee is 6-0 since 2017 after their bye week, including 5-0 under head coach Mike Vrabel, following their Week 7 victory over Indianapolis. McDermott can become the third head coach ever to win each of his first six games following a bye, joining ANDY REID (first 13 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (seven).

Under head coach Matt LaFleur, Green Bay is 16-2 in games with a start time of 7:00 PM ET or later, including 13 consecutive wins in primetime games, the longest such streak since 1970. With their victory on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, the Packers surpassed the Indianapolis Colts (12 consecutive primetime wins from Week 9, 2004 to Week 7, 2007) and Pittsburgh Steelers (12 consecutive primetime wins from Week 9, 2007 to Week 9, 2009) for the longest streak of primetime wins since the merger.

Heading into Sunday Night Football, Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN has the highest passer rating (108.6) among all quarterbacks with at least 300 pass attempts in primetime games since 1970, while Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS ranks second (106.5).

10.  THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: October 28, 2007 (15 years ago) – The New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, at Wembley Stadium in London, England, in the first regular-season game played in London and the first regular-season game played outside of North America. The NFL continues the 2022 international slate in Week 8 as the DENVER BRONCOS (2-5) take on the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-5) at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (9:30 AM ET, ESPN+). The Jaguars have played in London in eight of the past nine seasons and return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since 2019.

11.  AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Monday’s matchup between the Browns and Bengals will mark the eighth time since 1970 that the NFL has played a Monday night game on Halloween. 2022 will mark the fifth-consecutive Monday Night Football game on Halloween since 1990 to feature divisional opponents: 2016 (NFC North – Minnesota 10 at Chicago 20), 2011 (AFC West – San Diego Chargers 20 at Kansas City 23), 2005 (AFC North – Baltimore 19 at Pittsburgh 20) and 1994 (NFC Central – Green Bay 33 at Chicago 6).  

FLYING TO HISTORY: The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (6-0) return to action this week following their Week 7 bye. They are the last remaining undefeated team in the league and are looking to match their best start to a season in franchise history (7-0 in 2004).

Philadelphia leads the league with a +12 turnover differential and has a league-low two giveaways through their first six games. With no turnovers against Pittsburgh on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the Eagles will become the second team in the Super Bowl era with two-or-fewer giveaways through their first seven games of a season, joining the 2017 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (one giveaway).

The teams with the fewest giveaways through their first seven games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

TEAMSEASONGIVEAWAYS
Kansas City Chiefs20171
Green Bay Packers20203
Buffalo Bills20173
New England Patriots20153
San Diego Chargers20143
   
Philadelphia Eagles20222*
*Through six games  

Quarterback JALEN HURTS led all quarterbacks with 10 rushing touchdowns last season and in 2022 again leads the position with six rushing touchdowns entering Week 8. Hurts, who also had three rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 2020, enters Sunday with 19 career rushing touchdowns and can become the fourth quarterback with at least 20 rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons in the Super Bowl era.

The quarterbacks with the most rushing touchdowns in their first three seasons in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYERTEAMRUSHING TDS
Cam NewtonCarolina28
Josh AllenBuffalo25
Kyler MurrayArizona20
Jalen HurtsPhiladelphia19*
Lamar JacksonBaltimore19
*In third season  

— NFL —

SCARY GOOD DUO: Cincinnati enters Week 8 having won four of their past five games and have scored at least 30 points in each of their past two games. Quarterback JOE BURROW ranks second in the league with 2,097 passing yards and third with 15 touchdown passes, while wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE ranks sixth with 605 receiving yards and tied for second with six touchdown receptions.  

Last week, Burrow and Chase connected on touchdowns of 32 and 41 yards. In their 23 games together as Bengals teammates, they have now connected on 11 touchdowns of at least 30 yards, tied for the fourth-most such touchdowns by a quarterback and wide receiver duo each under the age of 26 in NFL history.

When Cincinnati travels to Cleveland on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Burrow will be 25 years and 325 days old while Chase will be 22 years and 244 days old.

The quarterback-wide receiver duos each under the age of 26 with the most 30-yard touchdown connections in NFL history:

QB & WR DUOTEAM30+ YARD TOUCHDOWNS
Daunte Culpepper & Randy MossHOFMinnesota13
Dan MarinoHOF & Mark ClaytonMiami12
John Hadl & Lance AlworthHOFSan Diego Chargers12
Joe Burrow & Ja’Marr ChaseCincinnati11
Andrew Luck & T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis11


Burrow has scored a rushing touchdown in each of the past three weeks and has recorded at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in each of the past two games. In Week 7, he earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after becoming the third player in NFL history with at least 475 passing yards, three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in a single game.

On Monday night, Burrow can become the first player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and a rushing touchdown in three straight games. He can also join JACK KEMP (1960) as the only players ever with at least three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games.

Since entering the league in 2021, Chase ranks fourth among all players with 2,060 receiving yards and second with 19 touchdown receptions. Monday will mark his 25th career game and with a touchdown reception, he will join ODELL BECKHAM JR. as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 2,000 receiving yards and 20 touchdown receptions in their first 25 career games.

— NFL —

MINNESOTA MILESTONES: Minnesota (5-1) enters the week sitting atop the NFC North, having won four consecutive games prior to their Week 7 bye. They rank fourth in the NFC with 242 passing yards per game, led by quarterback KIRK COUSINS and wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON.

Cousins entered the year as one of three quarterbacks with at least 300 completions in each of the past seven seasons. In 131 games over his 11-year career, Cousins has totaled 2,976 completions. With 24 completions against Arizona on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Cousins will tie DEREK CARR (132 games) as the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 career completions. Only MATTHEW STAFFORD (125 games) and MATT RYAN (130) reached the mark in fewer games.

The players to reach 3,000 career completions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
Matthew StaffordDetroit125
Matt RyanAtlanta130
Derek CarrOakland/Las Vegas Raiders132
   
Kirk CousinsWashington, Minnesota131*
*Has 2,976 career completions  

Jefferson enters the week ranked third in the NFL with 654 receiving yards this season and has totaled over 100 receiving yards in each of his past three games. Since entering the league in 2020, Jefferson has 18 career games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied for the most in the league over that span.

With at least 100 receiving yards on Sunday, Jefferson will tie ODELL BECKHAM JR. (19 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (19) for the most games with at least 100 receiving yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least 100 receiving yards in their first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES
Odell Beckham Jr.N.Y. Giants19
Randy MossHOFMinnesota19
Justin JeffersonMinnesota18*
*In third season  

— NFL —

HOME COOKING: Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN and Detroit’s JARED GOFF are two of three quarterbacks to record at least four touchdown passes in multiple games this season. Allen totaled four touchdown passes in each of his two 2022 home games (Weeks 2 and 5), while Goff also reached the mark in his past two home games (Weeks 2 and 4).

If Allen records at least four touchdown passes against Green Bay on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) or if Goff does so against Miami (1:00 PM ET, CBS), they will become the fourth and fifth different players to record at least four touchdown passes in three consecutive home games. Allen can also join TOM BRADY (2021) as the only players ever with four-or-more touchdown passes in each of their first three home games of a season.

The players with at least four touchdown passes in the most consecutive home games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASON(S)CONSECUTIVE HOME GAMES
Tom BradyTampa Bay2020-215
Drew BreesNew Orleans20183
Drew BreesNew Orleans20133
Dan MarinoHOFMiami19843
    
Josh AllenBuffalo20222*
Jared GoffDetroit20222*
*Active streak   

— NFL —

HENRY IN HOUSTON: Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY enters Week 8 as one of three players in the league with at least 500 rushing yards (536) and five rushing touchdowns (five) this season. He has totaled over 100 rushing yards in each of his past three games and has a rushing touchdown in four of his past five.

When Tennessee travels to meet Houston on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Henry will be facing an opponent that he has had historic recent success against. In his past three games against the Texans, Henry has totaled 673 rushing yards (224.3 per game) and seven rushing touchdowns. In each game, he has recorded at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Henry can join EDDIE GEORGE (four consecutive games vs. Cleveland from 1999-2000) as the only players ever with at least two rushing touchdowns in four consecutive games against a single opponent and become the first player in league history to record at least 150 rushing yards in four consecutive games against a single opponent. 

Derrick Henry’s past three games against Houston:

WEEK, SEASONRUSHING YARDSRUSHING TOUCHDOWNSFINAL SCORE
Week 17, 20212502TEN 41, HOU 38
Week 6, 20202122TEN 42, HOU 36
Week 17, 20192113TEN 35, HOU 14


— NFL —

SILVER AND BLACK ATTACK: Las Vegas running back JOSH JACOBS totaled 155 scrimmage yards (143 rushing, 12 receiving) and tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns, while wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS led the team with eight receptions and 95 receiving yards in the Raiders’ Week 7 win. 

Jacobs ranks tied for second in the NFL with six rushing touchdowns and fourth with 774 scrimmage yards this season and has recorded at least 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in each of his past three games. If he reaches those marks again at New Orleans on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), he can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games and first since Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2006 (Weeks 8-11).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
LaDainian TomlinsonHOFSan Diego Chargers20064
Larry JohnsonKansas City20054
Priest HolmesKansas City20024
Terrell DavisHOFDenver19984
    
Josh JacobsLas Vegas20223*
*Active streak

Adams has 37 receptions for 509 yards and five touchdowns this season, including at least one touchdown catch in each of his past three road games. Since entering the NFL in 2014, he ranks tied for first among active players in touchdown receptions (78), fourth in receptions (706) and fifth in receiving yards (8,630).

With two more receiving touchdowns this season, Adams can become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 700 receptions and 80 receiving touchdowns in his first nine career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISONCALVIN JOHNSON and JERRY RICE.

The players with at least 700 receptions and 80 receiving touchdowns in their first nine seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)RECEPTIONSREC. TDs
Marvin HarrisonHOFIndianapolis84598
Calvin JohnsonHOFDetroit73183
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco708118
    
Davante AdamsGreen Bay, Las Vegas706*78*
*In ninth season   

— NFL —

ROOKIE RUNNING INTO RECORD BOOKS: Seattle running back KENNETH WALKER ties for the lead among rookies with four rushing touchdowns this season and ranks third with 410 rushing yards. Over the past three weeks, he leads all players with 352 rushing yards (117.3 per game).  

Walker has rushed for at least 85 yards and a touchdown in each of his past three games, including a 167-yard and two-touchdown rushing performance in Week 7, the most rushing yards by a rookie in a single game this season.

With at least 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown against the New York Giants on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Walker will become the fifth rookie to record at least 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in four-or-more consecutive games in the Super Bowl era, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers FRANCO HARRIS (six consecutive games in 1972) and CURTIS MARTIN (four in 1995), as well as ROBERT EDWARDS (four in 1998) and ALFRED MORRIS (four in 2012).

The rookies with at least 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the most consecutive games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONCONSECUTIVE GAMES
Franco HarrisHOFPittsburgh19726
Robert EdwardsNew England19984
Curtis MartinHOFNew England19954
Alfred MorrisWashington20124
    
Kenneth WalkerSeattle20223*
*Active streak   

— NFL —

TWO AT A TIME: Entering Week 8, Dallas linebacker MICAH PARSONS ranks second in the NFL with eight sacks and leads all players with four games with at least two sacks.

With two sacks against Chicago on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Parsons will become the first player to record at least two sacks in five of his team’s first eight games of a season since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

Parsons, who is appearing in his 24th career game and led all rookies with three games with at least two sacks last season, can also surpass SHAWNE MERRIMAN (seven games) and ALDON SMITH (seven) for the most games with a least two sacks by a player in his first 25 games since 1982.

The reigning Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year enters Sunday with 21 career sacks and can surpass Merriman (22.5 sacks) and JOEY BOSA (22) for the fourth-most sacks by a player in his first 25 career games since 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (25), VON MILLER (24.5) and Smith (23.5) have more.

The players with the most sacks in their first 25 career games since 1982:

PLAYERTEAMSACKS
Derrick ThomasHOFKansas City25
Von MillerDenver24.5
Aldon SmithSan Francisco23.5
Shawne MerrimanSan Diego Chargers22.5
Joey BosaSan Diego/L.A. Chargers22
   
Micah ParsonsDallas21*
*Through 23 games 
Arlington, TX – September 27, 2021 – AT&T Stadium: Dak Prescott (4) of the Dallas Cowboys during a Monday Night Football game. (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

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