Week 8 in the 2015 NFL season is officially underway. Week 8 is loaded with several great matchups as teams start to gear up for the second half of the season.
On Thursday night the New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 36 to 7. Tom Brady was flawless passing for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns while Dolphin’s quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw two interceptions. Dolphins defensive lineman Cameron Wake also suffered an Achilles injury in the game.
The most anticipated game of the week is a potential Super Bowl preview between the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos. Both teams are undefeated and sitting atop their respective conference. The game will be played in Denver and the crowd will definitely be in Denver’s favor. The matchup features two of the best quarterbacks in the league in Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. The Broncos have one of the best defenses in the league so it will be interesting to see how Rodgers plays against that defense on the road.
Another big game will be a clash between AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The big storyline in this one (according to NFL.com) is the return of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has been out with an injury the past few weeks. The Steelers have played pretty well in his absence with veteran Michael Vick at quarterback, but they will be very happy to have number seven back on the field this Sunday. The game will be played in Pittsburgh, but the Bengals come in undefeated so something has to give.
The struggling Colts will go on the road to face the undefeated Panthers on Monday Night Football this week and try to rebound from a rough start to the season. The Colts’ offensive line has been dreadful this season, and star quarterback Andrew Luck has been pummeled. We will see if they can rebound on the road against a very good Panthers defense.
There are several other good games scheduled for week eight including the Vikings against the Bears, the 49ers against the Rams, the Titans against the Texans, and the Giants against the Saints.
Week 8 is stocked with division rivalry games. These teams know each other very well so we should see several close exciting games.
The Falcons (5-0)traveled to New Orleans (1-4) for a Thursday Night battle of NFC South teams. They were the favorites, even Micheal had picked them to win. But Drew Brees played decently and the Falcons offense looked like the Buccaneers on week 1, turnovers making it easy for Brees to put points on the board.
Why is it that a dominating team can look like the Keystone Cops on the National stage? How can a weak looking defense turn into King Kong for one night? Is it the limelight?
Revenge is a dish best served deflated…
A game that is getting a lot of life in the media is the New England Patriots (4-0)Â going to Indianapolis for a grudge match with the Colts (3-2). As you may remember, the Colts warned the officials about the air pressure in the Patriots’ balls. This shoved Tom Brady and the Patriots into the DeflateGate Tornado. The media was relentless on Brady and he received a 4 game suspension after the dust settled. Brady contested the punishment and won a reprieve when a judge overturned the decision of the NFL. Of course, the NFL is appealing said decision, but the courts will not hear this case until after the Super Bowl next year.
But expect the Patriots to embarrass the Colts in this game. Their offense has been playing with an edge never seen before. Brady throws the ball as though he is trying to wound his opponents. His supporting cast (Gronk, Edelman and Blount) are playing lights out. Belichick is orchestrating a defense that puts the ball back into Brady’s hands quickly.
Is the Super Bowl in their future? Is a perfect season in their future? It is very possible!
Week 6 Predictions
Thursday – Falcons (5-0) over the Saints (1-4)Â (yeah, Micheal missed on this one Saint won handily)
Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) over Buffalo Bills (3-2)
Denver Broncos (5-0) over Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Chicago Bears (2-3) over Detroit Lions (0-5)
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) over Houston Texans (1-4)
Minnesota Vikings (2-2) over Kansas City Chiefs (1-4)
New York Jets (3-1) over Washington Redskins (2-3)
Arizona Cardinals (4-1) over Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Tennessee Titans (1-3) over Miami Dolphins (1-3)
Seattle Seahawks (2-3) over Carolina Panthers (4-0)
Green Bay Packers (5-0) over San Diego Chargers (2-3)
San Francisco 49ers (1-4) over Baltimore Ravens (1-4)
New England Patriots (4-0) over Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Monday Night – Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) overÂ New York Giants (3-2)
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