Week 7 of the NFL season brought fans plenty of exciting football. There were shootouts, a few defensive battles, and even a few upsets.
With the race for the playoffs beginning to heat up, Week 8 has become increasingly important for a few teams. A few of the NFL's best suffered difficult losses, and it is increasingly important that they get back on track this week.
Here are a few teams to expect to rebound from the tough losses that they suffered in their last game.
New England Patriots
The Patriots suffered a tough loss last week in overtime to the Jets by three points. Even at that, the Patriots lost because of a mistake that led to the Jets’ game-winning field goal.
This week, when they face-off against another division rival, the Miami Dolphins, look for the Patriots to get back into the win column.
The Dolphins have been on a slight skid since jumping out to a 3-0 start, losing their last three games, two of which when they were playing at home.
This will be Rob Gronkowski’s second game back since his injury and Danny Amendola has returned to practice this week, so the Patriots will have the base of their receiving corps.
WR Danny Amendola (concussion) & CB Aqib Talib (hip) are present for this morning's full-pads practice.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 23, 2013
Also, this week’s game is at Gillette Stadium, where the Dolphins haven’t won since September 21, 2008. The Patriots rarely lose at home; they are 3-0 in Foxboro this season.
Look for it to be a very tough day for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins.
The Broncos did something last week that they haven’t done a lot since Peyton Manning joined the team; they lost.
In what was an emotional battle between the Indianapolis Colts and Denver, the Broncos’ comeback attempt fell short at the end, losing by a score of 39-33.
The Broncos host the Redskins this week, so there is a good chance that they will get back to their winning ways.
Manning was limited in practice this week because he tweaked his ankle against the Colts, but don’t expect him to struggle much. He is playing some of the best football of his life, while the Redskins have struggled this season, starting with a 2-4 record.
Also, taking into account that the Redskins rank 22nd in the league in pass defense, and it should be a high scoring game, for the Broncos at least.
The Eagles, coming off of a 17-3 loss to the Cowboys last week, will be looking to rebound against the struggling New York Giants in Week 8.
A lot of this is dependent on who the Eagles’ quarterback will be this week, although CBS Sports has reported that Vick will be starting again after missing their last game with an injury.
Reports: Michael Vick to return, start Week 8 http://t.co/orKoeHDFiv— Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) October 22, 2013
The Giants displayed one of the worst Monday Night Football performances in recent memory against the Vikings. Although they won the game, the offense was making mistakes that professional football players shouldn’t be making.
Also, taking into account the struggles of the Giants’ offensive line this season, and quarterback Eli Manning might be spending more time on the ground than on his feet.
Look for Vick to make a dramatic return this week and to bring the Eagles back into the race for the NFC East.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints, coming off of a bye-week, lost their last game to the Patriots in Week 6. Everyone knows the story; Tom Brady hit Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining to secure the victory for the Patriots.
Look for the Saints to come out with a lot of fire against the Buffalo Bills.
They are playing at the Superdome, which is notorious for having one of the best crowds in football.
Drew Brees has continued to prove that he is a top-five quarterback in this league.
The only question mark for the Saints is if their starting tight end, Jimmy Graham, will be able to play this week. Graham suffered an ankle injury in the loss to New England two weeks ago.
Although Graham has become Brees’ favorite target, look for the Saints to runaway with this game, whether he is active or not. The Bills, who have been slammed this year by the injury bug, will continue their road to yet another top-10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.