Weekly Review of Games Broadcast in Your Area
It’s week 8 of the NFL! As we reach the halfway point of the regular season, juggernaut teams like the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers continue to ravage the competition while teams like the Cowboys simmer in a losing streak.
Is this the week that the unbeaten fall? Or will it be business as usual in New England? Can’t wait to find out. Today we’ll discuss the top NFL games this week and how to watch them.
But first, here is the Week 8 NFL over-the-air TV schedule.
Week 8 NFL Schedule
Now let’s talk about which ones you want to want this week.
CBS: Thursday Night Football
Featured matchup – Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots, 8:25 PM ET
On paper, it’s very hard to see how the Patriots could lose. Led by Brady and Belichick, the Pats are enjoying one of the best seasons they’ve had in years and continue to cruise past all who oppose them. But under a new head coach, the Dolphins have been able to step up their game and have completely dominated their last two opponents by an 82-36 margin. Look out for Lamar Miller – he is on fire! Despite mismatched records, this matchup will be anything but lopsided.
CBS: Early Sunday Games
Featured matchup – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 PM ET
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will finally be back on the field this Sunday against the Bengals after a four-game absence due to an injury. Although Roethlisberger won’t be 100 percent, his leadership and skill should still give the Steelers an edge. But the Bengals have been on fire this year and there is little sign they are slowing down. Can big Ben tame the Bengals or are the Steelers just another cat snack on the way to the Super Bowl?
Alternative matchup – Tennessee Titans vs. Texas Texans, 1:00 PM ET
FOX: Early Sunday Games
NFL in London – Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 9:30 AM ET
As part of the NFL’s continued effort to expand outside of the US, the Lions and the Chiefs have traveled abroad. The great news for NFL enthusiasts here in the States is that your football viewing gets an early start, and these matchups are broadcast nationally. Neither of these teams is off to a great start, so they each are heading into Wembley Stadium with something to prove despite the Chiefs being favored to win.
Featured matchup – New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 PM ET
Eli Manning and the Giants are going to be under a lot of pressure going into this game. The Saints have bested the Giants in three of the last four matchups, and the Saints have home-field advantage this week. But while history is in favor of the Saints, this season might tell a different story. The Giants have been enjoying success with the passing game, which is something the Saints have struggled against; so history may not repeat itself this week. Look out for a monster game from Odell Beckham Jr.
Alternative matchup – Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 PM ET
FOX: Late Sunday Games
Featured matchup – Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 PM ET
This is going to be a matchup of two promising teams that have performed mediocre at best this season. The Cowboys are stuck in a four-game losing streak, despite putting on one of their better performances last week. The Seahawks are stuttering in progress as well, although not quite as badly as the Cowboys. With everything to gain, and very little to lose, this should be an interesting matchup.
NBC: Sunday Night Football
Featured matchup – Green Bay Packers vs. Denver Broncos, 8:25 PM ET
With two unbeaten teams facing off, this is going to be THE game to watch this week. Both the Broncos and the Packers have been breezing by the competition, but tonight all that comes to an end for one of them. Does Denver have it in them to keep the streak alive, or will the Packers buck the Broncos?
ESPN: Monday Night Football
Featured Matchup – Baltimore Ravens vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 8:30 PM ET
Watching Football Without a Cable Subscription
Now if you’re wondering how you can watch all of these exciting games, then you’re in luck. The only thing you’ll need is an over-the-air antenna, which picks up all of the broadcast networks (CBS, Fox, NBC).
If for some reason you find yourself outside of the market for any of these games, or you just want to watch any of the other games not appearing on your local channel, you can always get the game through NFL Game Pass; which gives you access to every NFL game this season for just $99 (that’s cheaper than a month of cable). Click here to start a 7-day free trial!
If you are looking to also watch Monday Night Football, take advantage of Sling TV’s 7-day free trial.
So what are your picks for this week? Patriots or Dolphins? Broncos or Packers? Sound off in the comments below or send us a tweet!