Programming note: Arizona, Seattle next up

Greetings and welcome to Week 8.

I'll be heading to Arizona to see the Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers on "Monday Night Football" from University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Seattle Seahawks-Detroit Lions and New England Patriots-St. Louis Rams games will command our attention in the meantime. I'll post wrap-up items at some point Sunday (possibly not as quickly as usual, as I'll be traveling part of the day).

The plan for Week 9 will be to watch the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks from CenturyLink Field. San Francisco and St. Louis have Week 9 byes. Arizona visits Green Bay.

You've still got time to participate in our predictions contest for Week 8. I took the Lions, Patriots and 49ers without feeling all that great about any of those choices.

It's always more fun around here when NFC West teams win. I came close to picking Seattle and considered taking the Rams, but neither has done nearly as well away from home this season.