NFL Week 8: 10 Things You Must See
Week seven was another crazy week in the NFL.
The Browns pulled off a huge upset over the defending Super Bowl champs, The Bill nearly pulled off the upset of the year against the Ravens, and the Raiders scored nearly 60 points versus the division rival Broncos.
This week, the NFL goes back to London, the last two Super Bowl winners will square off, and one of the most incredible streaks in all of sports may come to an end.
Here are the 10 things you must see in the NFL this week.
The Packers Vs. The Jets
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At the beginning of the season, many thought this could be a Super Bowl preview, and while the Jets look like a legitimate Super Bowl contender, the Packers at 4-3 have been inconsistent and are decimated by injuries on both sides of the ball.
The Packers put three more players on IR this week, and may be without starting defensive ends Cullen Jenkins and Ryan Pickett; a huge blow to a team going up against one of the best rushing offenses in the league.
The 5-1 Jets are coming off their bye week and are relatively healthy. This is a bad combination for the Packers, who are trying to get a game up on the idle Chicago Bears.
The NFL Returns to London
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The Broncos and the 49ers head overseas to London to play at Wembley stadium on Sunday.
The Broncos are coming off a humiliating loss to the Raiders where they allowed over 300 yards rushing and 59 points at Mile High Stadium. With their playoff hopes fading, some fans are calling for Tim Tebow to be given a shot at quarterback.
Troy Smith will get the start at quarterback for the 49ers after an injury to Alex Smith and the ineffective play of David Carr. Smith has not started a game since 2007 and will be given the difficult task of trying to save the 49ers season.
The Bills Still Looking For Their Fist Win
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A week after nearly defeating the Ravens, a feat that would of been the biggest upset of the season, the Bills will head to Kansas City to take on the 4-2 Chiefs.
The Bills remain the only winless team and look to be on course for the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft.
The Chiefs are always tough at home, so getting their first win in Kansas City seems unlikely. The good news for the Bills is that next week they get to host the Chicago Bears, a team that seems to be playing a lot of bad football of late.
Miami Vs. Cincinnati
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The bad news for the Dolphins is that they still have not won a home game this season. The good news is that they are undefeated on the road, and this week they head to Cincinnati to take on the slumping Bengals.
Miami is coming off a controversial loss to the Steelers, but can take some solace in the fact that their three losses this season have been to arguably the three best teams in the NFL, the Jets, the Patriots and the aforementioned Steelers.
The Bengals are coming off three straight losses and desperately need a win to stay relevant in the very tough AFC North.
Can Jon Kitna Save The Cowboys Season?
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It's only week eight, but it appears the Dallas Cowboys hopes of being the first team to host a Super Bowl that they appear in, is over. A bad season got down right awful after Monday nights loss to the Giants, when starting quarterback Tony Romo was lost for most of the season after suffering a broken collar bone.
The Cowboys will now look to veteran Jon Kitna to replace Romo and help get their season on track, a tall order for a team that is 1-5 and looks like the worst team in the NFC East.
The Chargers Season Still Hanging By A Thread
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Anyone who was wondering how a team that was ranked number one in both offense and defense, yet could only manage two wins, need to look no further than the Chargers loss the the Patriots on Sunday.
The Chargers dominated both total yards and time of possession Sunday, but careless turnovers and special teams mistakes ultimately cost them the victory.
The Chargers season is not over quite yet, but they need to clean up the stupid mistakes if they hope to get a win over the 5-2 Titans this Sunday.
Are The Bucanneers The Best Team In The NFC?
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Bucs Head Coach, Raheem Morris said this week that his team was the best team in the NFC following their win against the St Louis Rams. Are the Bucs better than most expected them to be? Yes. Are they the best team in the NFC? Not by a long shot.
Yes they have four wins, but all of them are against below .500 teams with combined records of 8-18, and against teams with winning records, the Steelers and the Saints, they are 0-2 and lost both games by 25 points.
The Bucs have shown a lot of improvement this season, which they should be happy with, but right now they will have to settle for being the third best team in the NFC South.
Will Brett Favre's Consecutive Games Streak Come To an End?
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After another erratic performance in Sunday nights loss to the Packers, Brett Favre could see his consecutive games streak come to an end. Favre's streak is arguably the most impressive in all of sports, but the constant abuse his body has taken over the years seems to have caught up with him this season.
Favre was diagnosed with stress fracture in his left ankle after Sundays game, and was limping heavily both on the field and at the post game press conference.
Knowing Favre, if there is any possible way to play, he will, but Head Coach Brad Childress will have to decide whether a one legged Favre gives the Vikings a better chance of winning than a 100 percent healthy Tavaris Jackson.
The Steelers Vs. The Saints
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The last two Super Bowl winners meet in New Orleans on Sunday night.
The Steelers are coming off a narrow victory over the Dolphins after a questionable call negated a fumble late in the fourth quarter. With Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback the Steelers passing offense has been much improved, and the Steelers defense continues to be one of the best in the league.
The Saints appear to be suffering a Super Bowl hangover, losing two of their last three games to the lowly Cardinals and Browns. Offensively the Saints look a little out of sync and are averaging 10 points fewer than last season. A win against the Steelers would go a long way in getting their season back on track.
The Texans Vs. The Colts
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The Colts will be looking for revenge after their season opening, 34-24 loss to the Texans. The teams are tied for second place in the AFC South at 4-2 and are looking up at the 5-2 Titans.
Peyton Manning once again looks like an MVP candidate, while the Texans' Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub, make up one of the best offensive trios in the league.
Both teams have highly ranked offenses, but only middle of the road defenses, which should make for a very entertaining Monday night game