Week 8 of the NFL season is set to take place over the Halloween weekend, and there are some intriguing matchups on the slate. This is the time of year when trades start to happen, and some teams could look drastically different heading into the weekend.
There is just one remaining unbeaten team in the NFL (Pittsburgh Steelers), while the New York Jets have still yet to win a game. Both teams face difficult matchups this time around, and that is something to keep an eye on.
Four teams have a bye in Week 8, meaning there are 14 matchups scheduled. Here is a quick overview of all 14 Week 8 games set to take place in the NFL.
NFC South rivals will square off in North Carolina on Thursday night as the Carolina Panthers will host the Atlanta Falcons. Carolina enters this game with a record of 3-4 while the Falcons are just 1-6 on the season.
Carolina has been getting terrific play from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but the Panthers need to run the ball better. All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey could return on Thursday night, and that would be a huge boost.
Atlanta continues to play well for three quarters, but it can't find a way to put games away. Running back Todd Gurley had a pair of touchdowns in Week 7, but one of those runs proved costly, giving Detroit time to come back for the win.
It's hard to bet on the Falcons until they prove that they know how to win games. For that reason, take the Panthers at -2.5 on Thursday Night Football.
The 3-3 Detroit Lions will host the 4-2 Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in what should be a terrific game. Detroit has played its way back into the playoff race, while Indianapolis is coming off of a bye at 4-2.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford continues to play great for Detroit and threw for 340 yards in the Week 7 win. Detroit still has questions on defense, but the offense is explosive.
Indianapolis had the best defense in the league through four weeks, but that unit has started to struggle. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for almost 1,600 yards through six games, but he must take care of the ball.
The Colts should be fresh heading into this game, but this is a tough game. Look for the Lions to stay hot and pull off an upset.
The 5-2 Cleveland Browns are set to host the 3-3 Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday in what could be a high-scoring affair. Both teams have been scoring a ton of points this season, and both defenses have struggled.
The Browns will be without Odell Beckham Jr. after the wide receiver tore his ACL on Sunday. That is a huge blow to this offense, but the Browns still run the ball better than almost any team in the league.
Las Vegas gave up 45 points in a loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, and the offense couldn't bail out the defense. Quarterback Derek Carr has completed close to 70 percent of his passes this season, and he will need to be great in this game.
The loss of OBJ is a big blow to the Browns, but the running game helps them win this one. Bet the Cleveland Browns -2.5 over the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Los Angeles Rams wrapped up the Week 7 slate with an impressive win over the Chicago Bears. Miami is coming off a bye last week, but the team has won two straight games.
Los Angeles scored just 24 points in Week 7, but the offense played well against the Chicago Bears. The Rams continue to feature a dominant pass rush, which will likely cause some problems in this game.
The Dolphins are turning to rookie Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback this week in what is a questionable move. The Dolphins are averaging more than 26 points per game under Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the team is looking to the future.
Tagovailoa will play well in this game, but the Rams are the more complete team. Los Angeles wins this game by a touchdown.
NFC North rivals collide when the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay enters this game with a record of 5-1, while Minnesota is just 1-5.
Wide receiver Davante Adams had 13 receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers' Week 7 win. Green Bay has trouble defending, but Aaron Rodgers has the offense humming.
Minnesota is allowing 32 points per game, and it has started to make some moves to look to the future. The Vikings can run the football, but quarterback Kirk Cousins has been a problem as well.
Green Bay is the much better team in this game, and it cruises to a victory by at least two scores.
It appears as if there is a new king in the AFC East, but this game will play a huge role in determining that. The Buffalo Bills currently lead the AFC East with a 5-2 record, while the New England Patriots are just 2-4.
Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen threw for over 300 yards in Week 7, and he also ran for 61. The Bills don't need a ton of offense as the defense is one of the best in the entire league.
The Patriots are averaging less than 200 passing yards in 2020, and quarterback Cam Newton was benched late on Sunday. New England doesn't have a ton of options at that position, and the Patriots need the former MVP to figure things out.
Beating the Patriots is always a challenge for the Bills, but this is a new era. The Bills earn a double-digit win over the New England Patriots in this AFC East showdown.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the reigning Super Bowl champions. The New York Jets have yet to win a game in 2020, and they are the lowest-scoring team in the league.
This is one of the biggest mismatches in the history of the NFL, and it's almost impossible to think this game will be close. New York just has too many holes, and it can't score any points.
The Chiefs just added running back Le' Veon Bell, giving this team another weapon. Kansas City might score 50 in this game as it wins this game going away.
A 20.5-point spread is rare in the NFL, but the Chiefs cover in this game.
The top two teams in the AFC North will battle on Sunday, with the winner taking over first place in the division. Pittsburgh enters this game with a perfect 6-0 record, while the Baltimore Ravens are 5-1.
The Ravens are averaging more than 164 rushing yards per game, which is tops in the NFL. Baltimore needs a more balanced offensive attack, especially against a great run defense like the Steelers feature.
Pittsburgh got 268 passing yards and two touchdowns from Ben Roethlisberger in Week 7, but turnovers were also an issue. The Steelers have one of the most dominant defenses in the league, and that unit will have to play well.
The Steelers are going to run out of steam at some point, and look for that to happen in this game. Bet the Baltimore Ravens -4.0 over the Pittsburgh Steelers in this AFC North showdown.
Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow is the likely Rookie of the Year this season, but the team has just one win. The Bengals are 5.5-point home underdogs on Sunday against a terrific Tennessee Titans team.
Burrow threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 7 loss to the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals just don't have much talent on the defensive side of the ball, putting too much pressure on Burrow.
Tennessee suffered its first loss of the season against the Steelers, but this team is playing great football. Derrick Henry might run for over 200 yards in this game, and the Titans defense will give Burrow fits.
The Bengals have been playing everyone close, but not in this matchup. Look for the Titans (-5.5) to get a comfortable win.
A pair of 2-4 AFC West rivals will meet up in the Mile High City on Sunday afternoon. The Broncos have been struggling of late, while the Chargers enter this game with some momentum.
Denver turned the ball over five times in Week 7, and the Broncos will likely be without running back Phillip Lindsay in this one. The Broncos still feature a stout defense, but that unit can't continue to carry the load.
Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in Week 7, and he continues to improve. Los Angeles does have some issues on defense, but that shouldn't be a factor in this game.
Los Angeles is the better team, and it wins this game by at least a touchdown.
The Chicago Bears enter Week 8 with a 5-2 record, but they are home underdogs in this matchup. New Orleans is 4-2 on the season, and the Saints are trending in the right direction.
Chicago scored just 10 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night, and that included a defensive touchdown. The Bears can't run the football, and it doesn't appear that Nick Foles is the answer at quarterback.
The Saints have been playing without Michael Thomas for a majority of the season, but the wide receiver could return for this game. The Saints have been running the ball well, but there is still room to improve in the passing game.
New Orleans just has too much offense for Chicago, and the Bears won't be able to keep up. The Saints will cover the 2.5-point spread.
Two of the top teams in the NFC are set to square off in Seattle on Sunday as the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle suffered its first loss of the season in Week 7, while the 49ers have improved their record to 4-3.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw three more touchdown passes in Week 7, and he continues to put up MVP numbers. Seattle does need some work on the defensive side of the ball as the season goes along.
The 49ers were a great rushing team a season ago, but this year they are getting it done through the air. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 277 yards in Week 7, but he did throw a pair of interceptions.
This game should be a battle, but the Seahawks get the win and cover the spread.
The Sunday night game in Week 8 features the 2-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles hosting the 2-5 Dallas Cowboys. The winner of this game, remarkably, takes over first place in the horrific NFC East Division.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7, and he might be ready to turn his season around. Philadelphia has a dominant defensive line, but the Eagles need to be better on offense.
Dallas is now down its top two quarterbacks after Andy Dalton suffered a concussion on Sunday. The Cowboys have been historically bad on defense this season, and their offense managed just three points in a Week 7 loss.
The Cowboys are just too banged up to be competitive in this game, even against their rival. Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles at -7.5 is the right play in this matchup.
Week 8 will wrap up with the New York Giants hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants bring a 1-6 record into this game, and the Buccaneers are an impressive 5-2.
New York is playing without running back Saquon Barkley, and the team is also missing a number of receivers. Quarterback Daniel Jones continues to improve, but he just doesn't have any help.
Quarterback Tom Brady is playing well for the Buccaneers, and the team continues to add new weapons. The Buccaneers also have a dominant defensive front, and they will come after Daniel Jones in this game.
This game will get out of hand in a hurry as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruise to a blowout win on Monday Night Football.
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