NFL Week 8 Biggest Individual Matchups

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NFL Week 8 Biggest Individual Matchups
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Tom Coughlin and the Giants look to avoid a Cowboys' sweep at Dallas

Sometimes it’s just hard to figure.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had lost nine consecutive road games entering last night’s visit to the Metrodome to face a Minnesota Vikings team that had been one of the surprise stories in the league. The last time the Bucs won away from home was in Week 2 last season, when they rallied to beat the Vikings.

So guess what happened?

Make it six straight wins over the Vikings and, more importantly, an end to that aforementioned skid. And apparently, the only way a road team wins one of those Thursday night games is to score 36 points, hence the Buccaneers' 36-17 win.

The only other team to win away from home on Thursday evening this season was the Giants, who traveled to Carolina in Week 3 and came away with a 36-7 victory.

So it’s one down and 13 games to go in Week 8, including a pair of very interesting divisional rematches.

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