With only the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders not playing this week, it’s a near full schedule for week eight and he’s throwing up a few crackers. The Green Bay Packers vs. undefeated Arizona Cardinals start the week tonight, Tampa take on the Saints while the Chiefs take on the New York Giants in this week’s Monday Night Football.
Packers 6-1 vs. Cardinals 7-0 at StateFarm Stadium Thursday night Football is the biggest clash of this weekend’s fixtures, at least on paper. Unfortunately, injuries and COVID-19 marred the build-up. The Packers are still missing several players, but new additions to the absent are receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, after both testing positive for the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are without DE JJ Watt, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins is questionable with a hamstring problem. Aaron Rodgers will appreciate not having to face Watt, even though being without his favorite target in Adams will be a huge loss, while Kyler Murray will keep his fingers crossed that Hopkins is available to exploit a statistically intermediate defense.
It’s tough to pick a winner, but without Adams and Lazard things won’t go well on offense for the Packers, so AZ will likely have enough to extend this incredible unbeaten streak.
Key Saturday games include Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay. Dak Prescott and co will be looking to maintain good form which saw them go 5-1, with the Cowboys’ only loss coming in Tampa Bay on season opener.
Dallas leads the league in points per game (PPG) and total yards gained. However, Vikings HC Mike Zimmer is not afraid of facing a first class offense and has a respectable career record of 6-2 against the teams with the highest PPG. It will be exciting to see two of the NFL‘s hottest receivers at Ceedee Lamb (DAL) and Justin Jefferson (MIN) deliver a receiving spectacle we can all enjoy.
In New Orleans, Tom Brady is hoping to rectify last year’s regular season losses, in which he pitched 5 INTs. Statistics suggest this game will be another hotly contested occasion. Tampa is the league’s number one offense and leads the league in passing yards, but its opponent is the third best defense in the NFL and has very few injuries. Tampa is expected to do without a number of starting players, including Antonio Brown (WR) Rob Gronkowski (TE), Lavonte David (ILB) and Ndamukong Suh (DT).
In some other games of note, the Tennessee Titans go to Indianapolis, the LA Rams go to Houston, and Cincinnati plays host to the NY Jets. The Titans and Colts both use heavy attacking patterns and there will be more to come this weekend, especially with Derrick Henry looking to become the fourth RB in history to record over 850 yards on the net. floor and over 10 TD in the first seven Games.
The LA Rams will most likely get a 7-1 record and help Matthew Stafford register his first career victory over Houston. The deadly Bengals duo of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase will almost certainly cause trouble for the Jets, who conceded 54 last weekend to the Patriots, bringing their conceded total this year to 175 after just seven games. The Jets aren’t better on offense, in fact they’re the worst offense in the league and have thrown at least one INT in every game so far.
Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs face the New York Giants during Monday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium. This game will be crucial for the Chiefs given they lost so badly last weekend to division rivals Tennessee.
Kansas City have been dismal in defense so far and have averaged over 30 points per game at home, but they could reduce that total against a Giants offense that largely missed their second overall pick in 2018, Saquon Barkley. , over the past three weeks. . With Monday’s game still four days away, there is a chance he could return to action. The Kansas defense hopes not.
Full fixture list (courtesy of Betfred)
1/3 Arizona Cardinals vs GB Packers 10/23
8/13 Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers 10/13
6/1 Houston Texans vs. LA Rams 1/9
08/15 Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 6/4
13/8 Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers 1/2
4/7 Seattle Seahawks vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 7/5
2/1 New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2/5
2/9 Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants 17/5
6/4 Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles 08/15
5/6 Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans 08/15
1/8 Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins 11/2
19/5 New York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengal 1/5
4/9 Los Angeles Chargers vs. New England Patriots 15/8
4/7 Denver Broncos vs. Washington Football Team 7/5
21/20 Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys 4/5