Here are the four most exciting NFL week 8 games that we think are a must watch.
Chargers at Bears: Sunday 10.27 1pm ET.
Two teams with Super Bowl aspirations that have stumbled out of the gate. The Bears look to get back above .500 after back to back losses, while the Chargers try to salvage what is looking more and more like a lost season.
What to watch for: Can Trubisky feast on a depleted Chargers secondary? The Chargers don’t look like the same unit they were last season, when safety Derwin James was a revelation. That’s partly because James hasn’t been available. It should be an ideal scenario for Mitch to get his groove back. If he doesn’t, Chicago is more than likely sunk. For the Bears to contend in the crowded NFC North, they’ll absolutely need to win this one. For the Chargers it’s pretty simple: Win this one or start looking forward to the draft.
Eagles at Bills: Sunday 10.20 1 pm ET.
The Eagles are a step back in the soft NFC East, while the Bill hold the AFC’s second-best record, trailing only New England. If Carson Wentz and the Eagles want to crawl back into the playoff conversation, they’ll need to do so in the cold of upstate New York.
What to watch for: Carson Wentz vs. the Bills defense. This unit has had an easy go of things thus far, but on Sunday they’ll face a desperate Philly team coming off of a tough divisional loss. Carson Wentz failed to crack 200 yards passing against Dallas, and the Eagles coughed up four turnovers. Buffalo has feasted on teams that don’t take care of the ball, and they’ll need to continue that this Sunday to keep pace with New England.
Panthers at 49ers, Sunday 10.20 4:05 pm ET.
The Panthers are a surprising 4-2 behind backup Kyle Allen, who is doing his best to make a case for being a more permanent replacement for Cam Newton. The Niners are the lone undefeated team in the NFC, though they have yet to face the toughest stretch of their schedule.
What to watch for: Kyle Allen vs. the Niners defensive front. While much has been made of Kyle Allen’s 9-0 TD/INT ratio, he has had some fumble-itis. How will he handle the pressure if that San Francisco defensive front can get in his face all afternoon? Young Kyle Allen is undefeated as a starter, but Cam is working his way back. If Allen can win this tough test on the road, he’ll make a very strong case that he, not Newton gives the Panthers the best chance to win the rest of the way this season.
Packers at Chiefs, Sunday 10.20 8:20pm ET.
The Pack is looking strong after a six …six TD performance from Aaron Rodgers (5 passing, 1 rushing) and they’ll face a Kansas City team that is still without Patrick Mahomes. Or will they?
What to watch for: Mahomes. In the blink of an eye, following an excruciating patellar dislocation, Patrick Mahomes is back at practice for the Chiefs. Though he hasn’t yet been cleared to play, and Andy Reid has named Matt Moore the starter, you get the feeling that the Chiefs might consider this a must win game.
K.C. still leads the AFC West, but they can’t love the idea of dropping a third game in the first half of the season. The Chiefs SHOULD rest Mahomes, but if the game is close and they need one drive to win…who knows. That being said, without Mahomes I see no chance for the Chiefs to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers. That K.C. defense won’t be able to stop him.