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NFL TV Schedule Week 8: When and Where to Watch Each Game

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2013

We're about at the halfway point of the 2013 NFL season, and while some of the best matchups have already taken place, things are just getting started.

See, now things are heating up with divisional battles starting to see a bigger emphasis. While the best bouts won't come until the end of the season, Week 8 and beyond sets the stage for what are sure to be epic throwdowns.

Here's what is on the table for Week 8, when it occurs and where it can be seen. After the jump, check out a breakdown of three of the top matchups.

Enjoy.

NFL Week 8 TV Schedule
Date Away HomeTime (ET)TV
Thurs., Oct. 24Carolina PanthersTampa Bay Buccaneers 8:25 p.m.NFL Network
Sun., Oct. 27Dallas CowboysDetroit Lions 1 p.m.Fox
Sun., Oct. 27Cleveland BrownsKansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.CBS
Sun., Oct. 27Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots1 p.m.CBS
Sun., Oct. 27Buffalo BillsNew Orleans Saints 1 p.m.CBS
Sun., Oct. 27New York GiantsPhiladelphia Eagles1 p.m.Fox
Sun., Oct. 27San Francisco 49ersJacksonville Jaguars1 p.m.Fox
Sun., Oct. 27New York JetsCincinnati Bengals4:05 p.m.CBS
Sun., Oct. 27Pittsburgh SteelersOakland Raiders 4:05 p.m.CBS
Sun., Oct. 27Washington RedskinsDenver Broncos4:25 p.m.Fox
Sun., Oct. 27Atlanta FalconsArizona Cardinals4:25 p.m.Fox
Sun., Oct. 27Green Bay PackersMinnesota Vikings 8:30 p.m.NBC
Mon., Oct. 28Seattle SeahawksSt. Louis Rams8:30 p.m.ESPN
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New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals

Look at the New York Jets and Geno Smith go. 

New York is now 4-3 and finally upended the New England Patriots last week while its elite defense held Tom Brady in check without a touchdown pass. The rookie Smith has been electric with great anticipation and pocket presence, and the combo has made New York a tough out. 

On the other side is Cincinnati, a team riding a three-game winning streak. Quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for more than 300 yards in his past two contests, and the defense is once again an elite unit but will be without top corner Leon Hall, who is out for the year per Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports.

Cincinnati sits atop the AFC North alone with Baltimore and Cleveland tied at 3-4 in second place. Now would not be the time to get complacent, as the schedule the rest of the way is not kind. Despite the victory, New York still looks up to New England in the AFC East.

In an offensive league, this one will come down to great defense.

 

Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos

If the last matchup was all about defense, this one is an offensive fireworks show.

Peyton Manning is red-hot after losing in Indianapolis last week and now gets a shot at one of the NFL's worst defenses. Manning and Co. average 40 points per game, which will be an easy number to match at home.

Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) rolls out against the Chicago Bears during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

While that seems like bad news for the Redskins, Robert Griffin III and the Washington offense will be able to put up plenty of points as well against the NFL's worst pass defense.

While the Broncos were one of the league's final undefeated teams before last week, Denver actually sits in second place in the AFC West thanks to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, Washington is just trying to stay relevant at 2-4.

If there is one game to absolutely not miss in Week 8, it's this one. Both sides could experience their highest point totals of the season, and that's an impressive feat.

 

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

As far as divisional matchups go, this is as good as it gets in Week 8.

The AFC East is wide open with the Patriots at 5-2 in first, but the Dolphins are not far behind in third place at 3-3.

It sounds like a big mountain to climb for the Dolphins, but this is the same Miami team that started the year hot with three wins, including a major victory over Indianapolis.

Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) in the end zone after being hit by a Buffalo Bills player in the first quarter of a game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest issue in Miami is the protection around Ryan Tannehill, who has been sacked a league-leading 26 times. Miami thinks it may have a solution to the issue after trading for tackle Bryant McKinnie as reported by Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

As hinted, Tom Brady and the Patriots have experienced plenty of their own issues, which primarily center around an ineffective offense that only scores 21.7 points per game.

The return of star tight end Rob Gronkowski did little to help things last week, but developing timing can be a tricky endeavor. Expect both teams to come out swinging for the fences early in one of the week's best matchups.

 

 

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