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NFL Week 8: What to Expect

Brian Lee and Michael Bartley

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The Rams lost it London, the Eagles beat the undefeated, and the battle of the birds (Cardinals vs Seahawks) somehow ended in a tie game. Week seven has been highly entertaining, and as odd as it was, football must continue.

Week eight is upon us and yes, the regular season is almost halfway over. So far New England appears to be leading the league with the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings trailing one win behind. It’s been a surprising season so far, and week 8 is definitely going to be a big one.

For starts, five teams are on their bye week. Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York (Giants), and Miami all will not be playing this week. Still this does not take away from the potential action packed games coming up.

Thursday October 27th, the Tennessee Titans (3-4) will be facing off at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4). This divisional match up will be one to look forward to, especially after their game last December. The Titans won by a narrow score of 42-39 and tensions are expected to be high in this game.

Another divisional rivalry to go down will be the Buffalo Bills (4-3) against the New England Patriots (6-1). New England will be playing its last game before their bye week to the only team that has beaten them this season (this being before Tom Brady’s return who is currently 25-3 against the Bills). This highly anticipated rematch is expected to be a big game this Sunday.

The Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) will play against the Washington Redskins (4-3). The Bengals, who just came off a solid victory over the Browns (31-17) in week seven, hope to advance their record to an even win/loss ratio this Sunday. Washington on the other hand wishes to recover from last week’s lost against Detroit and continue their winning record.

The Houston Texans (4-3) will be hosting the game against the Detroit Lions (4-3). The Lions won last week’s game by a small score of 20-17, while the Texans couldn’t keep their composure in last week’s Monday night game. This game is expected to be a fairly even match up.

The Kansas City Chiefs (4-2) will be traveling to Indianapolis to face off against Colts (3-4) Despite having more losses than wins, Andrew Luck and the Colts haven’t given up large scores in their last two defeats, only having a 3 point deficit in each. The Chiefs on the other hand have been playing very solid, and hope to bring home another win.

The Denver Broncos (5-2) will be battling it out at home against the San Diego Chargers (3-4) this Sunday. Both teams are coming off wins from week seven, but it looks more promising for the reigning Super Bowl champs. Despite losing Peyton Manning after last season, the Broncos having been playing extraordinarily well with new starting quarterback, Trevor Siemian. This divisional face off will be one to look for.

The Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) will be traveling to Arlington, Texas to take on divisional leader and rival, the Dallas Cowboys (5-1) for Sunday Night football. In what is expected to be one of the most exciting and important games of the week, two rookie quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott will clash. Both have performed spectacularly so far and it is expected to be a close and physical game. Eagles will be playing to tie for first place in the NFC East.

The defending NFC Champions, the Carolina Panthers (1-5), will host the Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1). Carolina has looked lost so far this season, after traveling to the Super Bowl last season. Arizona has picked up the pace after a slow start to the season, and are expected to take this game.

Seattle Seahawks (4-1-1), coming off a tough tie with Arizona after both teams missed short field goals in OT, will play the struggling New Orleans Saints (2-4). Seattle should be able to breeze by this game with their shutdown defense and Russel Wilson.

The New York Jets (2-5) and Ryan Fitzpatrick will take on the still-winless Cleveland Browns (0-7). Ryan Fitzpatrick, benched last week after leading the league in interceptions, will come back in after Geno Smith’s ACL tear last week. Fitzpatrick led his team to victory after Smith’s injury against the Ravens and will likely win again in Cleveland.

The red-hot Oakland Raiders (5-2) will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3). Derek Carr has been finding Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree for big games and is expected to have another big game and a victory against Jameis Winston and the Bucs.

The Green Bay Packers (4-2) will likely have a tough game on their hands, facing the Atlanta Falcons (4-3). There is the always dangerous Julio Jones, who has already had a 300 yard game this season. However, with the Falcons coming off a loss against a rising Chargers team, the Packers will edge the Falcons in a potentially high-scoring game.

Finally, the Minnesota Vikings, fresh off their first loss of the season against the Eagles, will travel to the Windy City to play the Chicago Bears. The Vikings defense, which has been absolutely lights-out this season, still played fairly well against the young Carson Wentz. They should rout the Bears, who have been absolutely terrible this season thus-far. However, the injured Jay Cutler is expected to return for the Bears and could possibly be a bright spot for them. Or, he could play poorly like he has been lately and get injured again.

That’s it for what should be an exciting and action-packed week 8 in the NFL. Hopefully your team wins, unless it’s the Cowgirls, and see you next week.

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