The NFL enters Week 8 of the regular season, starting with an interesting Thursday Night Football. Several great matchups are also scheduled this weekend as the top teams try to separate themselves from the pack. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming matchups.
Bucs Go For 2nd Home Win Against Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers battle tonight in an interconference matchup at Raymond James Stadium tonight. Baltimore survived a close game against the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday.
If the Ravens’ defense can repeat how they played on third down against the Browns, they have a good chance of coming away with a victory. Cleveland was just 2-11 on third-down conversions in Week 7.
Tom Brady and the Tampa offense had many problems last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, scoring just three points. He is the least-pressured quarterback in the league this season, but there’s still something not right with their passing attack. He’ll need help from his receivers if they want to get back on track, including WR Mike Evans, who dropped a wide-open potential 65-yard touchdown pass in the first half of Sunday’s loss.
Tampa gets a close win at home.
Cardinals Meet Vikings In Conference Showdown
The Arizona Cardinals go on the road to face the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. Arizona got a few days extra rest after their 42-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints last Thursday.
However, it won’t be as easy for Kyler Murray to get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins this week, especially when he’s matched up against Minnesota’s Patrick Peterson, who hasn’t allowed a touchdown this season. Hopkins had ten catches for 103 yards against the Saints.
Minnesota is coming off a bye and looks to win for the fifth time on their turf and fifth straight game overall. They won a 24-16 victory on the road against the Miami Dolphins in Week 6 and lead the NFC North with a 5-1 record. They are one of three teams in the league that is still undefeated at home and they can extend their lead to three games over the struggling Green Bay Packers in the division with a win tonight.
The Vikings win to stay perfect at home.
Niners Face Rams In NFC West Clash
The San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams meet for the second time this season at SoFi Stadium. The Niners took a 24-9 victory against their rivals on the road in Week 4, but have lost two of their last three games.
They’re currently third in the division standings with a 3-4 record and are 1-3 on the road so far. However, they’re still undefeated in the division at 2-0. Last week, they were dominated by the Kansas City Chiefs at home 44-23.
The Rams are well-rested after a bye last week and broke a two-game losing streak with a 24-10 win against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. However, they recently lost a battle last Thursday to the Niners in their attempt to acquire RB Christian McCaffrey from the Panthers, whom they’ll have to face tonight for the second straight game.
The Rams defense gave up 156 yards from scrimmage against him in the last matchup. A win tonight would keep Los Angeles tied with the Seattle Seahawks at the top of the NFC West standings.
The Rams win to even the season series.