Week 8 is upon us. We have reached the middle of the season with some minor Covid cost. I’d say that is a bit ahead of where we all thought we would be back in July and August. After all, I really had the belief that the season would be sputtering to a halt at this point.
So let us celebrate the fact that we have made it this far with a few Justin-Turner-like hiccups. While the Raiders and the Titans made a few bone head decisions that could have cost them and the league more than it did. Really the worst sickness that has happened to the league is that it’s allowing AB to come back for another round of CTE.
Matchups to watch
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) at Baltimore Ravens (5-1) 1pm- The Showdown in the AFC North is quite possibly one of the best divisions in football. Big Ben, the most experienced in this rivalry, will try to lead one of the most complete teams to a win over the Ravens. Baltimore will also be flexing a new muscle in Yannick Ngakoue.
San Francisco 49ers (4-3) at Seattle Seahawks (5-1) 4:25pm- Did I say the the AFC North was the best division? Well, the NFC West may want to correct me. This NFC West divisional game should supply, at the very least, passion between players.
New Orleans Saints (4-2) at Chicago Bears (5-2) 4:25pm- New Orleans is making the hike to the Midwest just as the temperature starts to drop. Will this southern, dome team stand with the Bears in 36 degree weather with 20+Mph winds… Will Nick Foles do something? Will this be the Alvin Kumara Show?
Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at Miami Dolphins (3-3) 1pm- Tua Tugovailoa is getting his first career start, in an odd fashion if you ask me. Tua has to face Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey in his first NFL outing and that’s a tall order. It’s a shame for Ryan Fitzpatrick because he has this team in a competitive nature and in good position. But I’m not a coach.
Las Vegas Raiders (3-3) at Cleveland Browns (5-2) 1pm- This is the wanna-be-bowl. Two teams that are playing better than they actually are, in my opinion. I would guess that Vegas wins this game?
Fantasy players to watch
Jarvis Landry, WR Cleveland Browns- Flex wide reciever. He will be looking to pick up the pieces for OBJ who is out for the season.
Rob Gronkowski, TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers- getting targets, getting receptions, getting yards and getting TDs. These last two weeks have looked like the old Brady to Gronk connection.
Derrick Henry, RB Tennessee Titans- This man will be rolling against the hapless Cincinnati defense, especially after the trade of Carlos Dunlap.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR Pittsburgh Steelers- I think it will be a veteran day for Juju as Big Ben may look to lean on him in an intense and electrifying game.
Nelson Agholor, WR Las Vegas Raiders- Agholor has been very consistent this season for the Raiders. He has over 400 reception yards and 4 touchdowns. I believe he will have 6 Catches for 75 yards and a TD.
Rookies to watch
Justin Jefferson, WR Minnesota Vikings- Jefferson is quicky becoming the coldest dude in Minnesota.
Jonathan Taylor, RB Indianapolis Colts- Taylor is a dependable workhorse.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB Kansas City Chiefs- Clyde has hit a slide since Week 1. I feel as though he may have something to say about the Bell signing.
Tee Higgins, WR Cincinnati Bengals- Tee and Joe Burrow’s connection is obvious. Get a room.
Justin Herbert, QB Los Angeles Chargers- Herbert is carrying the Chargers. Not far, but still, the team is on his back.
Injuries/Substitutions to watch
Andy Dalton, QB Dallas Cowboys- After suffering concussion from a cheap shot delivered by Jon Bostic, Dalton will miss his opportunity at a 2nd start for the Cowboys. Dalton may possibly dress for the game, but serve as a back up to Ben Dinucci.
Stephon Gilmore, CB New England Patriots- He is the heart and soul of the New England defense and he will be missed against a prolific Bills offense. Jonathan Jones will get the start while Gilmore takes to heal his knee.
Julian Edleman, WR New England Patriots- Let’s not forget to mention N’keal Harry will also be out this game. This could be ugly for Cam Newton.
Michael Thomas, WR New Orleans Saints- Thomas is out for his 6th straight week and his team could really use him as they will also be without Emmanuel Sanders.
Chris Godwin, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Surgery on his fractured index finger will keep Godwin out. Scotty Miller will see an increase in targets and Antonio Brown is available the following week against the Saints.
Check in next week for our week 9 highlights. We will be breaking down matchups, fantasy players, rookies, and injuries to watch.
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