NFL Week 8 has arrived!
Let’s take a look at the biggest games of the weekend…..
Cincinnati (3-3) @ San Francisco (5-2) 4:25 PM EST:
Assuming Brock Purdy is out, all eyes will be on Sam Darnold to carry the 49ers in this one. — update (Purdy looks like he is going to play)
Of course, if there was ever a situation to put your quarterback in, this is it.
With weapons all over the field the Niners are likely the most QB friendly offense in the league.
But, San Fran has questions to answer.
They come in on the back of two straight losses and will need to get that turned around against a resurgent Bengals team.
Cincy had a slow start to the season, but has won 3 of 4, and is coming off of a badly needed bye week.
Hopefully Joe Burrow is close to fully healthy, and the Bengals can get back to their best.
The line is currently San Fran -4, but it opened at San Fran -5.5.
Remember, lines are typically over exaggerated when starting quarterbacks are hurt.
As mentioned above the Niners are the most QB friendly offense in the league…..
Jacksonville (5-2) @ Pittsburgh (4-2) 1:00 PM EST:
Each week I keep thinking the Steelers are going to lose, and each week they keep proving me wrong.
They absolutely have a strong defense, which is headed by T.J. Watt.
The defense ensures that the Steelers will always be in games.
But, the offense still has question marks.
It manages to do JUST enough to get them over the line each week, but nothing more.
Now Pittsburgh has to face a tough and hot opponent – the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville has won four in a row and will feel confident coming into this one.
Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, and a receiving corp form an exciting offensive group.
Currently the Jags are -2 favorites, so we will see if Jacksonville can keep the hot hand going.
Los Angeles Rams (3-4) @ Dallas (4-2) 1:00 PM EST:
The Cowboys are coming off a bye week and will look to kickstart their season.
Dallas sits at 4-2, but needs to show way more consistency to have any chance of knocking off the Eagles or 49ers.
That starts with taking care of business against a dangerous, but beatable Rams team.
The Rams definitely have some shiny objects – Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald, and the emerging Puka Nacua come to mind.
But the Rams also have holes – mainly at offensive line and a young defense.
If Dallas wants to truly be a Super Bowl contender it cannot lose this game.
The Cowboys are -6 favorites for this one.
Cleveland (4-2) @ Seattle (4-2) 4:05 PM EST:
This one seems to go under the radar in terms of marquee matchups this week, but both teams come in with 4-2 records and reasons to be hopeful.
For Cleveland it is all about the defense.
Prior to last week the Browns defense had been the primary reason for winning games.
Cleveland will now look to continue that defensive dominance in an extremely tough environment.
The Seahawks arguably have the best home field advantage in the NFL and come into this one as -3.5 favorites.
Seattle has carried it’s steady play from last year into this one with the hopes of reaching the playoffs once again.
Also, Cleveland will be without starting quarterback Deshaun Watson, so Seattle will come in expecting to win this.
The winner here will move to 5-2 and feel strongly about their chances of making the postseason.
New England (2-5) @ Miami (5-2) 1:00 PM EST:
Can New England build on last weeks victory over Buffalo?
We will not have to wait long to find out – they have a very tough matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
Historically, the Patriots have struggled to win in Miami, even going back to the Brady years.
That is not exactly a good omen for a New England team that lacks the shiny weapons of their opponents.
Miami will look to utilize the speed they have at their disposal, while the Patriots will look to control the clock.
Miami is a -9.5 favorite, and will look to put last weeks loss to the Eagles behind them.
It will be up to Bill Belichick and the Patriots to try and pull off a surprising upset….