The Redskin defense will have to continue form displayed against the Eagles to contain high-scoring Saint machine led by Archie Manning. Joe Theisman will have good success in throwing against the tender Saint secondary. Washington by 6.
Dallas (7-1) at Pittsburgh (7-1) -- Super Bowl rematch. Cowboy offense continues to put points on the board in bunches. Staubach will exploit the same weaknesses in Steeler secondary that were apparent in Super Bowl 13. However, Bradshaw knows just where to go against the Cowboy pass defense, which had so many problems with Swann, Stallworth and Cunningham last January. Pittsburgh by 3.
Tamps Bay (6-2) at Minnesota (4-4) -- Buccaneer ground game -- placed by Ricky Bell and Jerry Eckwood -- and strong defense keyed by the Selmon brothers will neutralize strong-armed efforts of Tommy Kramer and Vikings' outstanding group of receivers. A win here puts Tampa within reach of McKay's magic number of nine. Even. Other games:
Houston 6 over N.Y. Jets, Buffalo 3 over Detroit, New England 4 over Baltimore, St. Louis 3 over Cleveland, L.A. 6 over N.Y. Giants, Miami 11 over Green Bay, Cincinnati 3 over Philadelphia, Denver 7 over Kansas City, Chicago 3 over San Francisco, Seattle 3 over Atlanta.