When the New England Patriots walk out onto Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers during Week 8 of the NFL season, it will be one of the best match ups of the young season.
While not every game will be as good or exciting as New England vs. Pittsburgh, i.e. the Indianapolis Colts against the Tennessee Titans, there are plenty of intriguing games to keep you entertained on Sunday.
Today we'll rank every Week 8 NFL game from the worst to first.
Raise your hand if you think that the New Orleans Saints will score more than 62 points on the St. Louis Rams. Yeah, I'm guessing they'll put up at least 70.
Drew Brees is coming off a monster performance against the Indianapolis Colts and the Rams' defense certainly isn't any better. It will be a field day for Brees and a fantasy owners dream, as he carves up another secondary.
The only people who will enjoy watching this game will be Saints fans. Everyone else should just look at a different television at the bar.
Final Score: New Orleans 70, St. Louis 17
This game would rank a little higher in excitement level if Jake Locker got the chance to start. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem like it will happen, so we'll be stuck with a horrible team playing against a pretty bad team.
It will be interesting to see what goes on with running back Chris Johnson during this game. Will being benched from last week's disastrous game finally light a fire under him and get him running like his old self? Or will he hold a grudge, sit on the bench and laugh while counting his gigantic stacks of money?
My guess is the latter, which makes this game even less intriguing to watch. I'm sorry Tennessee and Indianapolis, but it is going to be another sour football weekend for y'all.
Final Score: Tennessee 17, Indianapolis 14
What do you get when you combine Charlie Whitehurst and anything in the world? A terrible football game.
Just look at last week when the Whitehurst led Seattle Seahawks scored a whopping three points against the Cleveland Browns. He was completely ineffective as the quarterback, it was almost hard to watch.
While the Cincinnati Bengals have been a pleasant surprise this year, especially Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, it is their opponent that makes this an unexciting game. The Bengals will also be missing Cedric Benson, which will make their offense even less potent.
If you are looking for a shootout, you will need to look elsewhere.
Final Score: Cincinnati 13, Seattle 7
If the Houston Texans were able to beat the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 41-7, how bad do you think it will be for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Even without Andre Johnson, the Texans boast a very powerful offense. Both Arian Foster and Ben Tate have been extremely effective this year, making the loss of Johnson these past weeks bearable.
While the Jaguars did beat the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football last week, I wouldn't look too deep into it. The Ravens have been an quite sporadic this year, and it was more poor play by Baltimore than quality play from Jacksonville.
The Texans will grow their lead in the AFC South after a brutal beat down over the Jaguars.
Final Score: Houston 31, Jacksonville 14
I'm going to go ahead and state the fact that any game the Miami Dolphins are involved in this year is going to be one of the worst games of the week.
It should be interesting to see how the New York Giants come out and play after their bye week. They currently sit at 4-2 and had a big victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 6. With Eli Manning playing some of the best football of his career, it looks like the Giants could pull away in the NFC East.
With the Dolphins looking like the worst team in the NFL, this one should be over by the first quarter.
Final Score: New York 27, Miami 13
With the Baltimore Ravens coming off an embarrassing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, they are going to come out trying to prove that they are still one of the better teams in the league.
They should have an easy time taking care of an Arizona Cardinals team that hasn't quite lived up to expectations so far this year. Kevin Kolb hasn't turned out to be the franchise quarterback Arizona expected, and the Ravens' defense should have a field day on Sunday.
This is a game where the Ravens' defense could end up scoring more points that Arizona's offense.
Final Score: Baltimore 20, Arizona 7
The reason that I'm a little intrigued about this game has nothing to do with Tim Tebow. In fact, I would probably be a little more excited about this game if Kyle Orton was quarterbacking because we could then see someone who can actually throw the football.
Matthew Stafford is questionable, and if he can't play, this game could be quite a bit closer than it really should be. Of course, it really doesn't matter how good or bad this game is because everyone will be talking about Tebow come Monday morning.
Final Score: Detroit 21, Denver 10
There are two main reasons that I'm intrigued about the game between the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.
The first reason is Peyton Hillis. Even if Hillis is healthy, are the Browns too fed up with his antics to put him on the field? There is no doubting Hillis' ability to play the position, but there is definitely something going on with him off the field this year.
The second reason I'm intrigued is because of the San Francisco 49ers and Alex Smith. For the first time in his career, Smith finally looks like a franchise quarterback. San Francisco has pretty much already locked up the NFC West title and it will be interesting to see if they can continue their high level of play after the bye week.
Final Score: San Francisco 24, Cleveland 21
Now we are getting to the good games of Week 8.
Both these teams were expected to have poor seasons. However, they have a combined record of 7-5 and have been two of the biggest surprises of the 2011 season.
The winner of this game will still be in contention for a playoff spot and divisional title, while the loser of this game will be on the outside looking in for the playoffs. The x-factor of this game will be Fred Jackson. If the Washington Redskins can contain him, they have a very good shot at beating the Buffalo Bills.
Final Score: Buffalo 24, Washington 17
You might be surprised to see a game involving the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers ranked so high, but this should be a very exciting and intriguing game.
With rookie quarterbacks Cam Newton and Christian Ponder at the helm, both of the futures for these franchises look bright. We all know how spectacular Newton has been all season long and we got a brief glimpse of Ponder's potential in a tough loss to the Green Bay Packers last week.
Both quarterbacks will throw for plenty of yards, but I don't see the Panthers having an answer to Adrian Peterson. Remember, this Panthers' defense gave up over 200 yards to Matt Forte, so Peterson running for 250 isn't that crazy of a thought.
Final Score: Minnesota 31, Carolina 28
I first had this game ranked much lower, but then I thought about the implications that this game could have for both teams.
For the San Diego Chargers, a win would put them in control of the AFC West. However, if the Kansas City Chiefs win, they will be in a three way tie with the Chargers and Oakland Raiders atop the division at 4-3.
Ultimately, I think the Chargers will win this game easily, but if the Chiefs defense shows up like they did last week against Oakland, it could be an extremely close game.
Final Score: San Diego 27, Kansas City 20
For years and years, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles have had one of the best rivalries in the NFL.
With both teams still in contention for the NFC East crown, this is a must win for both teams. The biggest question is which quarterback is going to show up for each team.
Should Philadelphia lose this game, it could spell doom to their postseason aspirations. However, if they win, they will be right back in the thick of the playoff race. There is no doubt this is a huge game for both teams.
Final Score: Philadelphia 38, Dallas 34
Not only is this the best game of Week 8, it may also be one of the best games of the entire season.
Both teams are coming into the game riding a three game winning streak. They are also both currently leading their respective divisions.
With the Baltimore Ravens losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, the winner of this game will become the favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The loser will still be at least in a tie for first place in their division.
Final Score: New England 41, Pittsburgh 38