The NFL schedule for week 8 is full of great matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the keys to every game, a bold prediction for every matchup, and the final score.
In addition, ESPN Stats & Information provides statistics that are known for each game, and the Football Power Index (FPI) includes a matchup rating (on a scale from 1 to 100) and a game projection. Kyle Soppe from ESPN Fantasy and Dave Bearman from ESPN Chalk are also handing out helpful nuggets. It's all here to prepare you for a full weekend of NFL football.
Coming to full week 8, including Lamar Jackson versus Ben Roethlisberger in an AFC North battle.
Jump to a matchup:
PIT-BAL | MIN-GB | LAR-MIA
NE-BUF | NYJ-KC | LV-CLE
IND-DET | TEN-CIN | LAC-DEN
SF-SEA | NO-CHI | DAL-PHI
Thursday: ATL 25, CAR 17
Bye: ARI, WSH, JAX, HOU
1:00 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup rating: 78.2 | Spread:: BAL -3.5 (46.5)
What to look out for: How is Steelers' rush to try to contain Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson's vanity? The Steelers have flashed 46% of the time this season – the highest rate since Mike Tomlin's first year as head coach (2007) – and have 17 sacks in the top league if they send more than four Rushers. But only a few can avoid pressure like Jackson, who has been 10: 1 since the beginning of 2019 when he races 70 or more meters. – Jamison Hensley
Courageous prediction: The Steelers will fire Jackson four times and keep him below 50 yards. In Jackson's only game against the Steelers last season, he was sacked five times and intercepted three times. He managed 70 rushing yards against the Steelers' defense, but this year the Steelers only allow 68.8 rushing yards per game – an improvement from 109.6 last year. – Brooke Pryor
Stat of knowing: This is the 25th meeting between Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh, the most between two head coaches in the Super Bowl era (since 1966), and the third most frequent in NFL history (regular season only), according to Elias's study Sports Bureau. It's also the fifth matchup in NFL history between a 6-0 team (or better) and the reigning MVP of the league. Steelers advantage as the undefeated team won three of the previous four such meetings.
Injuries: Steelers | Ravens
What you should know for the imagination: Pittsburgh recipient JuJu Smith-Schuster scored 14 goals against the Titans last weekend, which is his grand total from his last three games. His ground games have attracted attention, but he has three times more than 16 points this season. See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: Pittsburgh is the seventh team in the Super Bowl era to score more than three points as an underdog with a 6-0 record or better. Each of the previous six lost instantly and went 2-4 against the spread (ATS). Continue reading.
Pryor's Choice: Ravens 30, Steelers 27
Hensley's choice: Ravens 27, Steelers 20
FPI prediction: BAL 67.0% (average 6.0 points)
Matchup must be read: Steelers prove they can get off to a quick start on time for Ravens … Big Ben and the Heisman Winners: Assessing QBs in the NFL's best division … Ravens Upgrade Pass Rush with Ngakoue … Brady, Big Ben are about to Becoming the Most Dismissed QB of All Time: How They Got Here and Who Will Be Next … What is Dez doing for Ravens?
1:00 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup rating: 65.8 | Spread:: GB -6 (51)
What to look out for: The forecast for Sunday is for winds that blow up to 40 miles per hour in Green Bay. That's windy enough to affect more than just the kick game – and keep in mind that Packer's kicker Mason Crosby is on the injury list this week. It could even grapple with the most heavily armed quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins. Rodgers may have inadvertently given cousins a tip on how to judge the swirling winds at Lambeau – or he may have misled him – when he said this week, "You can't always rely on the flags in the stadium. They're nice So you learn which ones to look at, and often it's the opposite of the North End Zone flag that I learned. "- Rob Demovsky
Courageous prediction: Packer receiver Davante Adams is aiming for 200 receiving yards with at least 14 catches. He set the Vikings on fire in week 1 (156 yards and a few points), but this time it gets worse for Minnesota's cornerbacks, a group that has been decimated by injuries and possibly down to Jeff Gladney, Harrison, Hand and Kris Boyd defend the top receiver in NFC Nord. Adams has two games this season with at least 150 yards and two touchdowns, and he will record his third in Week 8. – Courtney Cronin
Stat of knowing: Cousins has 10 interceptions this season, most of them in the NFL. And the Vikings quarterback has three multi-interception games. The last Vikings QB, with four in his first seven games of a season, was Daunte Culpepper in 2005.
Injuries: Vikings | packer
What you should know for the imagination: In seven weeks, there were four cases where a recipient scored more than 40 points. Adams explained two of them. See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: Green Bay have been 3-0 against Minnesota since the start of last season. Continue reading.
Cronin's choice: Packer 37, Vikings 30
Demovsky's choice: Packer 27, Vikings 23
FPI prediction: GB, 60.8% (average 3.8 points)
Matchup must be read: The Vikings haven't given up in 2020 but the focus is on 2021 … Big help from those on the training camp bingo card is a good sign for packers … If Vikings rebuild, then who should meet the trading deadline? … Packers & # 39; Alexander Must & # 39; something special & # 39; … Dimensioning the NFC Nord: Those who surprise, disappoint and more … Whether Packers are on the trading market or not, Rodgers enjoys the ride
1:00 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup rating: 65.4 | Spread:: LAR -3.5 (46)
What to look out for: Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa makes his first start and faces his first significant contact in 351 days. First, Rams defensive against Aaron Donald. Good luck, beginners. Ryan Fitzpatrick averaged 2.41 seconds to throw, the third best in the NFL, and that will be an important number for Tagovailoa to hold out against a strong Rams defense. How soon will Tagovailoa adjust its processing speed and quick decisions to the NFL game? If he doesn't do this on Sunday, Donald and the Rams Defense could have a great day against an offensive line for young dolphins. – Cameron Wolfe
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Courageous prediction: Donald will finish his single game career with four sacks. The Rams defense is advancing and eager to follow Tagovailoa as he debuts his career. The Rams rank third in the NFL this season with 24 sacks, led by Donald's eight. So make sure you are enjoying a Dolphins offensive line that has a 47.5% win rate – 30 in the league. – Lindsey Thiry
Stat of knowing: Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff has a career high of 81% out of pocket this season, the best in the NFL and more than 10% better than second place (69.25%). But in the pocket, his 65% rate is 24th in the NFL.
Injuries: Aries | Dolphins
What you should know for the imagination: Can Miami recipient DeVante Parker's imaginative efficiency be maintained after the move at the center? As of last season, Parkers ranked 1.95 points per target in 15th place out of 58 qualified receivers, ahead of high-end options like Amari Cooper and Terry McLaurin. See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: Since the start of last season, QBs making their first career start have had 11-4 ATS (2-1 ATS this season). Continue reading.
Thiry's choice: Aries 28, Dolphins 17
Wolfe & # 39; s choice: Aries 27, Dolphins 20
FPI prediction: LAR 56.2% (average 2.2 points)
Matchup must be read: Hekker's punting master class attracts raves and hugs from Ram's teammates … The Tagovailoa Era Begins: What to Expect from Dolphins & # 39; Rookie QB … & # 39; Much more important than any game I can play & # 39 ;: Rams & # 39; Ramsey Promotes to Nashville Charter School … Source: Dolphins sign Shaheen for a two-year extension … It's Tua time: McShay at Tagovailoa's debut … Dolphins' decision to go Tagovailoa & # 39; heartbreaking 'to start, says Fitzpatrick
1:00 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup rating: 53.9 | Spread:: BUF -3.5 (41)
What to look out for: In three career games against the Patriots, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen completed only 48.4% of his passes, averaging just 192.6 passes per game with three touchdowns and five interceptions. Meanwhile, Bill's coach Sean McDermott has won six attempts against Bill Belichick. Make sure both men change their fortunes on Sunday. – Marcel Louis-Jacques
Courageous prediction: Punters Jake Bailey (Patriots) and Corey Bojorquez (Bills) play a vital role in determining the bottom line. Temperatures in western New York are projected to be in their 1940s, with a chance of rain and gusts of wind possibly in excess of 20 mph. Ball handling and field position are therefore of crucial importance. Bailey has been excellent this season – he's the AFC leader in net punting at 47.9 yards – while Bojorquez has shown a strong leg when the bills are set deep (a length of 72 yards). – Mike Reiss
Stat of knowing: This marks the Patriots' first three-game defeat since 2002, when they lost four times in a row. And according to a study by the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time since 2000 that they have played more than two games back in the division at any point in a season. To get back on track, they need a leap in performance from quarterback Cam Newton, who has a 15.3 Total QBR in his last three starts.
Injuries: Patriots | bills
What you should know for the imagination: Who is right? The Patriots have allowed a touchdown on 5.4% of their passes this season (below the league average and well below their league top rate of 2.4% last season), but Allen ended a game against the Jets in which he threw 43 passes with no score. See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: This is the first time since Week 2 of the 2015 season (in Buffalo) that New England has been an underdog in a division game. Continue reading.
Reiss' choice: Bills 23, Patriots 20
Louis-Jacques & # 39; choice: Bills 20, Patriots 10
FPI prediction: BUF, 58.8% (average 3.1 points)
Matchup must be read: Patriots ready to give Newton the support he needs … Are the bills ready to bury the Patriots and take control of AFC East? … Patriots QB Newton admits that starting a job after a loss could be in jeopardy … Against zone coverage, Bills & # 39; Beasley and Allen find ways to be successful
Former Patriot Damien Woody sounds like "disgusted" he is at the Patriots 2-4 start.
1:00 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup rating: 50.2 | Spread:: KC-19.5 (49)
What to look out for: The best way for the Jets to stay competitive seems to be to force sales, which is one thing New York does well. You are eighth in forcing turnovers (10) and eighth in intercepting (7). But turning the chiefs around is difficult. Kansas City has only made five sales, the fourth best in the league. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has only thrown one interception, and his 0.4% interception percentage is the best in the league. – Adam Teicher
Courageous prediction: The Jets will move the ball between the 20s against the Chiefs who deliver a pretty hefty 4.9 yards per rush, but they will take an oh-fer in the red zone. Let's call it 0 for 3. That's the Achilles heel of the Jets on the offensive with a league-low success rate of 25% in the red zone. So, no, there won't be an amazing surprise. – Rich Cimini
Stat of knowing: The Jets have lost all seven games this season by more than seven points. The 1984 Oilers are the only team since the merger to start 8-0. All eight defeats mean more than seven points. Additionally, New York is minus 118 points this season, and a 20 point loss would mean the team's worst point difference in eight games in franchise history (minus 137 in 1976).
Injuries: Jets | Bosses
What you should know for the imagination: Head receiver Tyreek Hill has scored more than 15.5 fantasy points in six out of seven games, despite not having had a 100-yard game (and four games under 65 yards). See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: The reigning champions are only 2-8 ATS against teams that started with 0-6 (or worse) direct records. And they haven't covered the last seven times here since 1978. Read more.
Cimini's choice: Chiefs 34, Jets 10
Teicher's choice: Chiefs 30, Jets 13
FPI prediction: KC 94.1% (average 21.2 points)
Matchup must be read: Jets ready to meet Bell, new member of the Gase Alumni All-Stars … bosses like Edwards-Helaire, Bell partnership … Frustration grows for Jets & # 39; Darnold, whose time is running out … Chiefs see big chunks of "non-grantee" players … Estimated NFL draft for 2021: Jets are No. 1 favorite
1:00 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup rating: 42.7 | Spread:: CLE -2.5 (51)
What to look out for: How will the Browns offensive react without star recipient Odell Beckham Jr., who is out with a knee injury? Beckham leads the team in goals. Quarterback Baker Mayfield needs to find a connection elsewhere as he now has 10 straight games with a TD Pass, the second-longest streak of his career (17 games from 2018-19). – Jake Trotter
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Courageous prediction: The Raiders, aided by the return of Trent Brown, will knock out the league's leading sack champion in Brown's defensive end, Myles Garrett, who already has nine sacks and has had a sack in six consecutive games. – Paul Gutierrez
Stat of knowing: Cleveland Runs Back Kareem Hunt has seven scrimmage touchdowns this season. The Browns are 5-0 when Hunt scores but 0-2 in games where he can't find the end zone.
Injuries: Raiders | Browns
What you should know for the imagination: Mayfield averaged 1.07 Fantasy Points per pass attempt in the big win over the Bengals, more than 2.5 times his pre-game season rate. See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: All six Raiders games this season have exceeded the grand total. The longest streak in a season was the 2002 Saints, who started the season with nine consecutive overs. Continue reading.
Gutierrez 'choice: Raiders 28, Browns 27
Trotter's choice: Browns 27, Raiders 26
FPI prediction: CLE 55.2% (average 1.8 points)
Matchup must be read: Raiders-Browns and & # 39; Red Right 88 & # 39; revisiting: & # 39; That was a hell of a lot in our history & # 39; … Browns no better without OBJ, but Mayfield could be … Despite blowout loss, Raiders find silver (and black) fodder in a strange week … Big Ben and the Heismans – Sizing QBs from AFC North
1:00 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup rating: 40.4 | Spread:: IND -2.5 (50)
What to look out for: The Lions have been much better against the run for the past two weeks, keeping Jacksonville and Atlanta under 100 yards. For Detroit to win on Sunday it will likely have to come three times in a row, this time against rookie Jonathan Taylor, who averaged over 4.0 yards per carry in each of his last four games. How the Lions deal with this matchup could determine the game. – Michael Rothstein
Courageous prediction: Colts receiver TY Hilton who does not receive at least 100 yards ends after 17 games. Hilton, who has the slowest start in his nine-year career, hasn't had a 100-yard game since his 138 game against the Giants on December 23, 2018. – Mike Wells
Stat of knowing: Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers had three prime-time touchdowns against the Bengals prior to last week's departure, but hasn't made multiple passes in consecutive games since weeks 13-14 of last season. And Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has made his first 300-yard passing game of the season against the Falcons, but has not passed 300 yards in consecutive games for three games in weeks 7-9 of 2019.
Injuries: Colts | Lions
What you should know for the imagination: Lions running back D & # 39; Andre Swift have scored three points in their last two games (two touchdowns this season earlier) and averaged 15 goals in those games (6.3 in previous games). See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: Indianapolis is 11-3-1 ATS after a week of bye since the start of the 2005 season.
Wells' choice: Colts 28, Lions 20
Rothstein's choice: Lions 27, Colts 23
FPI prediction: IND, 57.3% (average 2.5 points)
Matchup must be read: Colts & # 39; uncovered, productive bottlenecks share an underdog bond … Assess the NFC Nord: who's surprising, disappointing and more … Former Colts WR Orr dies at 85 … Time for Lions to pay Golladay
Field Yates notes that TE T.J. Hockenson has been very productive in the imagination this season, but Mike Clay is not encouraged by the TE's tough matchup against the Colts.
1:00 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup rating: 40.0 | Spread:: TEN -5.5 (52.5)
What to look out for: This game could contain a lot of points. The Bengals occupy 21st place on the allowed points, while the Titans occupy 16th place. Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow must protect the ball and make smart decisions against a Tennessee team that comes first in the NFL. – Ben baby
Courageous prediction: The titans' offense begins in flames, especially in the passing game. Once they have a comfortable head start, they will run Derrick Henry back to close it. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill will finish over 300 yards, Derrick Henry will rush for 150 yards, and A.J. Brown will get 100 yards. – Turron Davenport
Stat of knowing: The Bengals are tied for most of the sacks allowed with the Eagles (28) this season, and their win rate of 34.3% is the fourth worst in the league.
Injuries: Titans | Bengals
What you should know for the imagination: Burrow has hit 300 yards in five of his last six starts, but should you worry the Browns aren't the opposition this week? In two games against Cleveland this season, Burrow has six touchdown passes. In his other five games, it's only three. See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: The over is 14-2 in regular season Tennessee games since Tannehill took over as starting quarterback last season. Continue reading.
Davenport's Choice: Titans 42, Bengals 28
Baby's Choice: Titans 45, Bengals 31
FPI prediction: TEN 63.7% (average 4.8 points)
Matchup must be read: Titans are 5-1, but their defense cannot fade in third place … Signs of progress under Taylor are also the biggest obstacle in rebuilding the Bengals … How does Tannehill compare to those of the Titans after 16 starts NFL? Best? … Dunlap Messen Bengals are all on Taylor … Bengals injury situation last test for Burrow
4:05 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup rating: 28.2 | Spread:: LAC-3 (44)
What to look out for: How is Chargers' quarterback Justin Herbert going to deal with a variety of coverage looks from the Broncos, who rank 13th in the league in passing defense? There won't be a blizzard in Denver this week, but the Broncos have had a snowy game in which the defense was the only unit to show up as they kept the Chiefs to a total of 286 yards and no third-party conversions. Herbert has seen three top 10 pass defenses this season and completed 72% of his passes in those games with five touchdowns and all three interceptions. He has seven touchdown passes and no interceptions in his other two starts combined. – Jeff Legwold
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Courageous prediction: Look for Herbert throwing 300 yards as receiver Mike Williams reappears. Denver gets shot and the chargers are hot … kind of. In no case does Herbert go to Mile High City and not take advantage of this thin air. Everyone is wondering if Herbert can throw it over the mountain. – Shelley Smith
Stat of knowing: Broncos quarterback Drew Lock has an overall QBR of 19.9 for the past two weeks, third worst out of 32 qualified QBs, ahead of Cam Newton (13.0) and Joe Flacco (11.6) in that time span.
Injuries: Chargers | Broncos
What you should know for the imagination: Herbert has seen his fantasy production spike in three consecutive games and has 10 touchdown passes against an interception in those games (two touchdown passes and two interceptions previously). See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: The Chargers are 5-1 ATS this season, along with Green Bay and Pittsburgh for the best coverage percentage in the NFL. Continue reading.
Smith's choice: Chargers 42, Broncos 12
Legwold's choice: Broncos 22, chargers 21
FPI prediction: DEN, 53.3% (average 1.2 points)
Matchup must be read: Chargers & # 39; Allen ensures consistency, creates a bond with Herbert … Art of the tilted pass: How the Broncos got so good … Herbert's long-ball skills are already paying off for the Chargers … Broncos & # 39; Fant: Offense must & # 39; put up or shut up & # 39; … Broncos are still waiting to take advantage of the Lindsay-Gordon combo
4:25 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup rating: 88.3 | Spread:: SEA -3 (53.5)
What to look out for: Wanna see a shootout This matchup has all the requirements for one. The Seahawks' top three running backs are question marks due to injuries that could force them to focus their game plan on MVP leader Russell Wilson and his recipients. Her defense has already allowed the most yards through six games in NFL history and again could be without safety Jamal Adams. That's a bad combination against an excellent playcaller in Kyle Shanahan. – Brady Henderson
Courageous prediction: Last week might have been National Tight Ends Day, but Sunday will be George Kittle's day. Kittle will go more than 150 yards and score at least once against a Seahawks defense who are fighting to stop everyone and have allowed an average of 14.8 yards per catch to finish, finishing 31st in the league. – Nick Wagoner
Stat of knowing: San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has the third shortest average passing distance (6.5 air yards) and the fifth worst interception rate (3.0%) since the start of last season, including the playoffs. He is the only QB to finish in the top five in both categories.
Injuries: 49ers | Seahawks
What you should know for the imagination: Seahawks recipient Tyler Lockett does some historical stuff for seven weeks, but he's been kept in check in his last seven meetings with the 49ers (8.1 fantasy points per game). See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: Seattle have been 13-4 ATS against San Francisco since the start of the 2012 season. Continue reading.
Waggoner's choice: Seahawks 31, 49ers 27
Henderson's choice: Seahwks 38, 49ers 35
FPI prediction: SEA, 50.3% (average 0.2 points)
Matchup must be read: 49ers & # 39; YAC Bros. is the latest addition to the Bay Area fraternal scene … Dunlap is Seahawk's latest attempt to act for better defense … 49ers lose Samuel, Wilson for several weeks … Seahawks & # 39 ; Lockett continues to show talent for unlikely
4:25 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup rating: 59.2 | Spread:: NO-5 (43.5)
What to look out for: The bears appeared to be in ruins after the Los Angeles debacle on Monday night. All is lost, right? Not so fast. Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to the bears. But since coach Matt Nagy took over in 2018, the bears are after a defeat 8: 4 and above all 5: 0 in short weeks. The bears are often best when expectations are lowest. – Jeff Dickerson
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Courageous prediction: Chicago quarterback Nick Foles will jump back with at least one deep touchdown pass from Monday night. The Saints have allowed six passes greater than 48 meters in the last four games. But the Saints will see Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray team up for 150 rushing yards. – Mike Triplet
Stat of knowing: The Saints' offensive efficiency of 78.7 is sixth in the NFL, but their defensive efficiency of 23.2 ranks 28th. Since the efficiency ratings began in 2006, no team has reached the playoffs with a defensive efficiency below 30.
Injuries: Saints | Bears
What you should know for the imagination: With Saquon Barkley, Todd Gurley II and DeMarco Murray, Kamara wants to be the only non-QBs since 2001 to open a season with 19.9 Fantasy points in their teams' first seven games. See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: New Orleans has been traveling with 14-4 ATS since the beginning of the 2018 season. Continue reading.
Triplet choice: Saints 27, Bears 23
Dickerson's choice: Bears 23, Saints 21
FPI prediction: NO 61.5% (average 4.0 points)
Matchup must be read: Brees, Saints still have that two-minute drill magic … Assess the NFC Nord: Who is surprising, disappointing and more … The former LB Briggs channels the inner superhero with a new graphic novel
8:20 p.m. ET | NBC
Matchup rating: 29.6 | Spread:: PHI-10 (43)
What to look out for: The Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has made 12 sales in the top division this season. His 10 interceptions are linked to Kirk Cousins for most in the NFL. That seems like good news for the cowboys. The only problem? The Dallas Defense has forced an NFL low of three food stalls. There has to be something. – Tim McManus
Courageous prediction: Philadelphia running back Boston Scott will race more than 100 yards. He has only 113 in seven games in the season, but the Cowboys have allowed more than 200 yards as a team in three of their last four games. They allow a league-worst 178.3 yards per game on the ground. Even with a battered offensive line, the Eagles will be able to get the job done with Scott on the spot. Miles Sanders hasn't practiced this week. – Todd Archer
Stat of knowing: Eagles recipient Travis Fulgham is the only NFL player to have 350 receiving yards or more and three receiving touchdowns in the past four weeks (third most receiving yards in that period, behind only George Kittle and Robby Anderson). The Cowboys have admitted 12 receiving TDs to wide receivers this season, which is true for most across the league.
Injuries: Cowboys | Eagle
What you should know for the imagination: Wentz has released two of his top three career fantasy games in the past two weeks and is now receiving a Cowboys defense that has allowed not one, not two, but three quarterbacks to be north of 28 fantasy points against them this season to win. See rankings week 8.
Betting nugget: This is the first time Dallas has started 0-7 ATS, and it's one of the longest winning streaks to start a season against the spread of the last 20 seasons. Oakland in 2003 failed to cover in any of its first eight games of the season. The Cowboys may have Ben DiNucci, a seventh-round rookie, at their center when they try to hide for the first time this season. Continue reading.
Archers selection: Eagles 31, Cowboys 17
McManus' choice: Eagles 30, Cowboys 13
FPI prediction: PHI 75.4% (average 9.3 points)
Matchup must be read: It's time for these two-win cowboys to make some bold changes … How can the Eagles unlock Wentz? Think LeBron James … McCartney gets the last laugh when Twitter confuses him for Cowboys Coach
Tim McManus and Todd Archer go back and forth discussing the injuries to the Eagles and Cowboys that led to their week 8 matchup.
Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET | ESPN
Matchup rating: 54.9 | Spread:: TB -12.5 (45)
What to look out for: Watch as Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady attacks this Giants Secondary. Brady and the Bucs are third in the NFL, averaging 31.7 points per game. Sie müssen sich einer Giants-Abwehr stellen, die sich in der Passabwehr (21.) in der unteren Hälfte der Liga befindet, obwohl sie in ihren ersten sieben Spielen gegen vier Backup-Quarterbacks antreten müssen. Dies ist eine andere Art von Test. – Jordan Raanan
Mutige Vorhersage: Buccaneers Linebacker Devin White wird zweistellige Zweikämpfe bekommen, Pass-Rusher Jason Pierre-Paul wird zwei Säcke bekommen und die Verteidigung der Bucs wird nur einen Touchdown aufgeben. Tampa Bay übersieht diesen nicht, selbst gegen einen Giants-Kader mit einem Sieg, und seine Verteidigung hat den 18-Punkte-Vorsprung, den er letztes Jahr bei einer 32: 31-Heimniederlage gegen den New Yorker Quarterback Daniel Jones hatte, nicht vergessen. Aber dies ist eine ganz andere Bucs-Abwehr, und sowohl White als auch Pierre-Paul fielen in der letzten Saison wegen Verletzungen in diesem Match aus. – Jenna Laine
Stat zu wissen: Die Giants sind das einzige NFL-Team, das sechs seiner ersten sieben Spiele in drei der letzten vier Spielzeiten verloren hat. Es ist garantiert, dass sie in der vierten Saison in Folge nicht besser als 2-6 durch acht Spiele starten, und sie würden in den letzten vier Spielzeiten zum dritten Mal mit einer Niederlage 1-7 starten.
Verletzungen: Freibeuter | Riesen
Was Sie für die Fantasie wissen sollten: Brady sucht zum ersten Mal seit den Wochen 2-3 von 2017 nach aufeinanderfolgenden 30-Punkte-Spielen, nachdem er sein bestes Spiel seit Woche 6 von 2009 (36,9 Fantasy-Punkte) gegen die Raiders produziert hat. Siehe Rangliste Woche 8.
Wettnugget: Die Giants sind seit Beginn der letzten Saison 0-7 ATS als Außenseiter. Wenn Sie zum Beginn der Saison 2018 zurückkehren, ist New York 1-12 ATS als Außenseiter zu Hause. Weiterlesen.
Laines Wahl: Freibeuter 33, Riesen 18
Raanans Wahl: Freibeuter 29, Riesen 17
FPI-Vorhersage: TB 83,0% (durchschnittlich 12,9 Punkte)
Matchup muss gelesen werden: Brady, Big Ben sind im Begriff, die am meisten entlassenen QBs aller Zeiten zu werden: Wie sie hierher gekommen sind und wer als nächstes kommt … Enges Engram, Giants könnten beide vom Handel profitieren … Bucs 'Brady trotzt der Vaterzeit, Erwartungen an Arianer' Offensive … Giants Coach Judge sagt, das Team werde sich intern mit maskenlosen Spielern befassen … Warum die Buccaneers das beste Team der NFL sind – um eine Meile