Saturday 16 December 2017 / 06:56 AM

Games to look forward to in Week 8

1. Chargers @ Broncos – Last December San Diego rolled into Mile High Stadium and upset the Denver Broncos in front of their home crowd. A month later, they nearly pulled off a second shocker by playing the eventual AFC Champions incredibly tight in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

In 2014, a Chargers victory would be a hell of a lot less shocking. The Bolts have been playing elite level football week in and week out (last weekend’s debacle vs. KC aside) led by MVP candidate Philip Rivers.

But Peyton Manning and the Broncos have worked out early-season kinks and are back in form, piling up touchdowns faster than the scoreboard operators can put up the 7s.

Expect this Thursday Night Football contest to be a battle.

2. Eagles @ Cardinals – The Eagles and the Cardinals are two old-school franchises. They’ve played each other an incredible 114 times.

Here are three more interesting facts about the Battle of the Birds:

  1. The Cardinals have not allowed a single player to rush for 65 yards all season. They lead the league in run defense.
  2. Larry Fitzgerald has scored at least one touchdown in every career match up against Philadelphia. All up he’s hit pay dirt 10 times in six games.
  3. The Eagles haven’t won in Arizona since 2001 and have lost three straight against the Cardinals, including the 2009 NFC Championship.

Both teams are 5-1 heading into this contest, but only one team will emerge with just one tick in the loss column.

3. Colts @ Steelers – Indianapolis has won five straight with an offense that’s firing on all cylinders, while Pittsburgh continues to play up-and-down football and has struggled to find consistency.

But I like this match-up because teams often parlay big-time victories into win streaks and the Steelers come-from-behind victory over the Texans might just be the fire they need to right the ship in Steel City.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see an upset here at Heinz Field.

4. Packers @ SaintsThis game looked a whole lot juicier in the preseason, and yes, I do realize that New Orleans is 2-4 and giving up more points than their offense can muster. But win-loss records aside, we’re talking Aaron Rodgers versus Drew Brees.

There will be plenty of fireworks to see this weekend on Sunday Night Football in the Superdome.

In fact, according to gamblers, the Saints are actually the favorites!

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