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Sep 24, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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NFL Week 8 schedule: 5 best games to watch

Taking a glance at the NFL Week 8 schedule, these are the five best games of the upcoming slate, including the Thursday night affair.

5. Dallas Cowboys (-1.5) at Minnesota Vikings

Sunday night is going to be a terrific matchup between two teams coming off bye weeks. The Vikings are 3-3 ad trying to make a push up the NFC standings. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are 5-1 and get healthier by the week, as they salt away the NFC East and try to get the elusive No. 1 seed in the conference. If Dallas wins, the path to a first-round bye becomes more realistic, while the Vikings are just trying to get about .500.


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4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5.5) at New Orleans Saints

The NFC South feels like an easy division to call, but the Saints can close to within a half-game of the Buccaneers with a win. New Orleans handled business on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks, and now goes home to welcome in Tom Brady and Co. Last year, the Saints swept the Bucs easily in the regular season before Tampa Bay got revenge in the NFC Divisional round. Can Jameis Winston beat Brady and his old team at the raucous Superdome?

3. Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (-1)

An AFC South matchup that could make the division very interesting. Indianapolis has won two straight, but now gets a big test to see how far it has truly come. The Titans are scorching, having beaten the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs in the span of six days. At 5-2, the Titans can essentially finish off the division by beating the Colts, giving them a sweep of Indy and a three-game lead over the only other team that matters. A loss, however, and the Colts are in the race.


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2. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (-3.5)

Cleveland and Pittsburgh both desperately need to win this AFC North clash. The Steelers have won two straight to get back to 3-3. The Browns on the other hand are 4-3 but dealing with a crush of injuries, and Cleveland tries to keep pace with the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, both teams they are yet to face in 2021. If the Browns can win at home and get to 5-3, they still have a realistic shot to win the division.

1. Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (-6.5)

This game has been marred by J.J. Watt’s season-ending injury and the loss of Packers receiver Davante Adams to COVID protocol. Still, it’s two of the top five teams in the NFL and with Arizona, the only undefeated squad left. The Packers remain dangerous with Aaron Rodgers at the controls, while the Cardinals sport an offense and defense which each rank top five in points and points allowed, respectively. Whoever wins also earns a potentially huge tiebreaker.

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