Green Bay


NEW ORLEANS (3-4) at CAROLINA (3-4-1)

Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Saints by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 3-4, Carolina 4-4


NEW YORK (AP) Going into Sunday's highly anticipated matchup against the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are the unanimous choice as the NFL's top team.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers enter their midseason bye week with a 5-3 record and a head coach who is well aware of both his team's strengths and deficiencies.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints coach Sean Payton has spent much of his team's erratic season trying to build his players up.


NEW YORK (AP) At this point in their careers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have earned the trust of everyone in the NFL: coaches, players, officials, fans and executives.