The week eight schedule in the NFL will test a few teams that need to make their way upward in the standings if they want to get a playoff berth this NFL season.
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
This game is going to be a test of the Eagles’ toughness. Philadelphia is coming off a very disappointing loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys in what was a battle for first place in the NFC East. The loss was made worse by the fact that backup quarterback-turned-starter Nick Foles was injured. Foles might be able to play in this game, but if he can’t, Matt Barkley will step in. Philadelphia likely needs Foles to win this game, given Barkley’s lack of experience. The Giants might be able to receive a get-well potion in the middle of a miserable season.
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
This is a game that feels like a lopsided matchup. Green Bay is slowly rebuilding its season with a series of wins, while Minnesota has been one of the most disappointing teams pro football. Yet, this is a night game that will be played in Minneapolis. If there’s ever a spot for a bad team to rise up and play a good game en route to an upset, this is it. Green Bay has to be on guard in this situation.
Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs
This game has the feel of a blowout, but look again. Cleveland did not get crushed by Green Bay, staying within two scores of the Packers this past weekend in what was a very respectable defensive performance. The Browns can keep this game close well into the fourth quarter. The tough part for Cleveland will be to score against Kansas City’s league-leading defense. That’s where the Chiefs are likely to separate themselves from the Browns.
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