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What to watch for: Viewing tips for Week 8 games

  • By Gregg Rosenthal and Marc Sessler
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Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs


Nightmare matchup for newly anointed Browns starter Jason Campbell, tasked with marching into raucous Arrowhead to face a dominant Chiefs defense. Kansas City's league-leading 35 sacks are 10 more than the Ravens, who are second on that list. Edge rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston get all the attention, but offensive lines have their hands full with ascendant nose tackle Dontari Poe.

Further reading:
Chiefs top Power Rankings
Campbell to start at QB: Weeeden done with Browns?
Further viewing:
Watch: Reid, Chiefs let loose in locker room
NFL Media's Jeff Garcia hits up Browns for tryout

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles


Eli Manning is on pace for 34 interceptions, which -- if he sinks that far -- would be the third-most in NFL history behind George Blanda (42 in 1962) and Vinny Testaverde (35 in 1988). One of his star receivers hasn't helped: Pro Football Focus credits Manning with a passer rating of 100.5 on throws to Victor Cruz, but that sinks to 59.0 on passes aimed at Hakeem Nicks.

Further reading:
Vick due back atop Eagles' QB carousel
Elliot Harrison picks all the Week 8 games
Further viewing:
NFL Films previews classic NFC East rivalry
Is Peyton Hillis the answer in Giants backfield?

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots


Miami's struggling offensive line is a core reason the Dolphins are mired in a three-game losing streak. After the trade for left tackle Bryant McKinnie, Jonathan Martin will move to the right side, and tackle Tyson Clabo will move to the bench. Clabo's 7.5 sacks allowed are the most in the NFL, and Martin's six rank fifth on that list. McKinnie, at best, is a stopgap.

Further reading:
Talib questionable vs. Dolphins; injury roundup
Gronk to host football clinic for the ladies
Further viewing:
Watch: 2013 a tough season so far for Brady
Incognito weighs in on Dolphins' trade for McKinnie

San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars


The Jaguars don't figure to derail a 49ers offense that's off and running. Creative coordinator Greg Roman has leaned heavily on Frank Gore and the power ground game during a four-game win streak. We saw a heavier dose of Colin Kaepernick running out of the pistol last week, and we'll be watching to see if the 49ers keep this trend going.

Further reading:
Jags will start Henne over Gabbert at QB
NFL announces teams for three London games in 2014
Further viewing:
NFL Films previews 2013's final International Series game
NFL Media's Eric Davis samples the food in London

Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints


Where would the Bills be if C.J. Spiller were playing up to expectations? Last year's most dazzling young rusher just has one 100-yard outing this season and two games with fewer than 15 yards. After running for six yards a clip in 2012, he's accomplished that feat in just two tilts in 2013.

Further reading:
Bills' C.J. Spiller might sit out with sore ankle
Around The League's writers offer their Week 8 picks
Further viewing:
NFL Films previews Bills-Saints matchup
Best footage from NFL Films from Weeks 6, 7

Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions


We're tired of the Romo bashing. He owns the highest career fourth-quarter passer rating since 1991 and has thrown a touchdown in 20 straight games. Romo is especially good against Detroit of late, throwing for 300-plus yards and two or more scores in his last three games against the Lions. Let's see if Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy -- tied for a league-leading four picks -- can slow old Tony down.

Further reading:
Nate Burleson says Dez Bryant is no Megatron
Around The League's writers offer their Week 8 picks
Further viewing:
NFL Films previews key NFC battle
Which QB would you rather have: Romo or Stafford?

New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals


The Bengals have won four of five games, with every win coming down to the last possession. The Jets' defense will keep this game close, and there's no chance the Bengals will be able to run on Damon "Big Snacks" Harrison and crew. The Jets are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Further reading:
Cosell: Jets learning to trust Geno Smith
Fantasy: Vontaze Burfict comes of age
Further viewing:
Andy Dalton on Bengals' success this season
Watch: Rex Ryan zings Bill Belichick

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals


This game is a matchup of strength on strength and weakness on weakness. Despite injuries to Roddy White and Julio Jones, the Falcons offense is humming. But their offensive line is going to struggle to hold off Calais Campbell and company. Meanwhile, Carson Palmer finally might have found an opposing pass rush that can't touch him.

Further reading:
Jacquizz Rodgers has become a primary option for Falcons
Cardinals' Carson Palmer a fantasy sleeper?
Further viewing:
Matt Ryan on 'Sound FX'
Best footage from NFL Films from Weeks 6, 7

Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders


The Steelers have won two straight despite being minus-10 in turnover differential on the season. They haven't forced a single turnover in five of their six games. If the Steelers could somehow figure out how to force a turnover or two, they would have one of the best defenses in the league.

Further reading:
Big Ben gets tired running to WR on Wildcat plays
Elliot Harrison picks all the Week 8 games
Further viewing:
Catching up with Raiders safety Charles Woodson
Are Steelers finally on the right track?

Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos


Peyton Manning's arm looked weak on Sunday because his ankle was hurt, and the Indianapolis Colts kept moving him "off the spot" with pressure. The Redskins have the pass rushers on the outside to give Denver problems, but Washington does not have the cornerbacks to play press coverage against the Broncos.

Further reading:
Broncos must fix NFL's worst pass defense
Elliot Harrison picks all the Week 8 games
Further viewing:
Are 'Skins poised for another second-half run?
Watch: Concern for Manning's arm strength

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings


Christian Ponder is expected to start this game for Josh Freeman, who suffered a concussion against the New York Giants. The change at quarterback can't possibly hurt Minnesota. Ponder actually had a career high 6.9 yards-per-attempt before he was hurt, which isn't that far below league average.

Further reading:
Ponder: I already got benched, it can't get worse
Around The League's writers offer their Week 8 picks
Further viewing:
NFL Films previews Sunday night NFC North clash
Watch: Packers respond to Finley's injury

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams


Zac Stacy has been a bright light in an otherwise grim offensive season for the Rams. He's powerful and very comfortable in the passing game. He bounces off tacklers and can block. A true three-down running back, Stacy looks like a young, poor man's Frank Gore.

Further reading:
Carroll: Percy Harvin won't be rushed back
Where do Seahawks stand in latest Power Rankings?
Further viewing:
NFL Films previews Monday night clash in Seattle
Watch: What really happened with Rams & Favre?

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