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With that being said lets take a look at some of the key matchups in Week 8 of the NFL. I’ll start off with a great AFC matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos come into this game red hot after a bye week while the Ravens come into this game stumbling after dropping their last three games.
We then move to the AFC East with an important matchup between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the New Orleans Saints while the Jets are coming off of a victory against the Oakland Raiders. The Jets are trying to avenge their loss from MNF a couple weeks back where they lost in a great game in Miami.
The Jets are at home and Mark Sanchez needs this victory to continue to improve this team’s confidence. The Jets are a potential playoff team and could continue to gain ground towards that eventual goal against a much underrated Dolphins team. While on the other side of the ball the Dolphins are looking to get back on track in New York, it’s going to be a tough battle after dropping a heartbreaking loss at home against the NFC’s best team last week. It should be a great game to watch in the NFL.
Speaking of teams that are in need of a win it will be the New York Football Giants taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. Funny that New York and Philly will be playing each other not only in Football but in Baseball too, in the same city, literally right across the street from one another. Both of these teams, especially the Eagles are hoping to ride the wave of the Baseball brethren in this important NFC East matchup.
The Giants have gone from a 5-0 team, favorites in the NFC, to a team that is slowly slipping in the power rankings of the NFL. Eli Manning is going to need to go into Philadelphia just like they did in Dallas in Week 2. This is a much needed victory for both teams because whoever wins this game will be atop the NFC East. Look for a comeback for the New York Football Giants in Week 8 as they head into a bye week.
Then onto the most heavily hyped football game of the season with the exception of the Super Bowl for the 2009 Football season. The Minnesota Vikings led by Brett Favre head into Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. This could be one of the highest rated Sunday afternoon games ever in NFL history. They set records when it was Monday night in Minnesota and it being in Green Bay could have even higher expectations for TV land. How this game isn’t on primetime or on a primetime network I will never know.
As for the game itself I look for Aaron Rodgers to put on a show for the hometown crowd. Brett Favre is going into an environment that he has never been in before where thousands of people that once looked at him as a hero will want his head. I’m sure you’re going to have the people that will cheer on Brett and they mostly should but you’re going to get more fans that are heartbroken that their hero, the guy who was going to be forever the face of the franchise basically gave everyone the finger. I have to go with the Packers defeating the Vikings in front of the Packers crowd.
Finally the last key matchup of the week is two of my favorite teams in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8. The Falcons was at the beginning of the season one of the teams I liked to actually represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. But the more they play week after week the more I see that they truly are a team that is continuing to learn with a 2nd year QB that is a year or two away from being a legit powerhouse in the NFL.
As for the Saints they are without a doubt the best team in the NFC at the halfway point. I will be shocked if the Saints do not make the Super Bowl come February. They are an all around sound team from offense to defense; there are no flaws at all with them right now. I see this trend continuing as the Saints stretch their NFC South lead even more with a victory over the Falcons in Week 8.
Now onto my Week 8 picks…
Broncos over Ravens
Texans over Bills
Bears over Browns
Cowboys over Seahawks
Jets over Dolphins
Colts over 49ers
Giants over Eagles
Lions over Rams
Chargers over Raiders
Titans over Jaguars
Packers over Vikings
Cardinals over Panthers
Saints over Falcons
Week 7 Record: 10-3
2009 Record: 66-36
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