NFL Goes Awol: On to the Next Week

Some notes before we go through every team…

– NFC is obviously stronger than the AFC

– AFC wildcard teams might not need double-digit wins to make the postseason

– NFC wildcard teams might need 11-12 wins to make the postseason

Now on to the teams by division…

NFL WEEK 8 HEADLINES & DIVISION RANKS
RK (LW) Team Record Next Game
NFC SOUTH () Atlanta Falcons 7-0 MATT RYAN IS THE FRONT-RUNNER FOR MVP, AND THEY SHOULD REMAIN UNDEFEATED AFTER HOSTING AMERICA’S TEAM THIS SUNDAY
NFC SOUTH () Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-4 DOUG MARTIN IS THE WORKHORSE HEADING INTO OAKLAND, A DEFENSE THAT HAS BEEN STOUT VS THE RUN SINCE THEIR BYE WEEK
NFC SOUTH () New Orleans Saints 2-5 WITHOUT A DEFENSE THEY HAVE TO OUT-SCORE OPPONENTS, PHILLY COMING TO TOWN COULD BE THE TEAM TO GIVE THAT D SOME CONFIDENCE
NFC SOUTH () Carolina Panthers 1-6 NO EXCUSES FOR THE ACTIONS OF CAM NEWTON, BUT THE COACHING STAFF AND DEFENSE AREN’T CONTRIBUTING MUCH AS THEY HEAD TO D.C.
NFC NORTH () Chicago Bears 6-1 THE BEST DEFENSE IN FOOTBALL COULD REMAKE THAT ’85 BEARS SONG IN MUSIC CITY
NFC NORTH () Green Bay Packers 5-3 NOT PLAYING THEIR BEST FOOTBALL AND A LITTLE BANGED UP, BUT THEY ARE FACING INCOMPETENT OFFENSES WITH THE CARDINALS ON DECK
NFC NORTH () Minnesota Vikings 5-3 THEY HAVE 2 OF THE MOST EXPLOSIVE PLAYERS IN THE NFL, BUT ALSO LOST 2 OF THEIR LAST 3 GAMES AND THE HOSTILE 12TH MAN IS ON THE HORIZON
NFC NORTH () Detroit Lions 3-4 THE LIONS ARE CLAWING TO STAY ALIVE IN THE POSTSEASON HUNT, THEY WILL SCRATCH AND CLAW THEIR WAY OUT OF JACKSONVILLE
NFC EAST () New York Giants 6-2 THEY DONT ALWAYS PLAY GOOD FOOTBALL, BUT THIS TIME AROUND THEYRE FINDING WAYS TO WIN EARLY IN THE SEASON AND PLAYING THE STEELERS SHOULD BE A HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT
NFC EAST () Philadelphia Eagles 3-4 MIGHT BE THE LAST CHANCE FOR MICHAEL VICK ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, HANDING IT OFF TO LESEAN MCCOY AGAINST THE WORST DEFENSE COULD SAVE HIS JOB FOR ANOTHER WEEK
NFC EAST () Dallas Cowboys 3-4 THEY SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT AS MUCH AS ANYONE POSSIBLY CAN, THEY WILL HAVE TO MILK THE CLOCK AND TAKE CARE OF THE BALL IN THE A-T-L
NFC EAST () Washington Redskins 2-5 THEIR ROOKIE QB-RB DUO HAS LED THEM TO THE 7TH HIGHEST SCORING TEAM, THAT SHOULD CONTINUE IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD AGAINST CAROLINA
NFC WEST () San Francisco 49ers 6-2 THE LAST TEAM YOU WANT TO FACE AFTER A LOSS, WHILE THE RAMS ARE THE LUCKY TEAM TO PLAY THEM AFTER A BYE
NFC WEST () Seattle Seahawks 4-4 THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME WITH THE 12TH MAN, WE HAVE A GREAT RB MATCHUP BETWEEN “BEAST MODE” AND “ALL DAY”
NFC WEST () Arizona Cardinals 4-4 AFTER A HOT START THE TEAM FROM THE DESERT HAS COOLED OFF, NEXT UP THE FROZEN TUNDRA AT LAMBEAU FIELD
NFC WEST () St. Louis Rams 3-5 BYE WEEK SHOULD GET THE OFFENSE HEALTHY
AFC SOUTH () Houston Texans 6-1 A BYE WEEK AND A MEETING AGAINST THE BILLS COULD RESULT IN RECORD-BREAKING RUSHING YARDS
AFC SOUTH () Indianapolis Colts 4-3 ANDREW LUCK AND RYAN TANNEHILL HAVE THEIR RESPECTIVE TEAMS IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT, IT WOULD BE NICE TO GET A CONTRIBUTION FROM DWIGHT FREENEY IN THE HOME DOME
AFC SOUTH () Tennessee Titans 3-5 THEY HAD MOMENTUM GOING INTO THEIR BYE, HOPEFULLY 2 WEEKS WAS ENOUGH TO PREPARE FOR A VISIT FROM THE BEARS
AFC SOUTH () Jacksonville Jaguars 1-6 PLAYED THE PACKERS TOUGH WITHOUT MJD, THEY WILL CERTAINLY NEED RASHAD JENNINGS AT HOME TO KEEP THE LIONS OFFENSE OFF THE FIELD
AFC NORTH () Baltimore Ravens 5-2 THEIR BYE CAME AT A PERFECT TIME WITH SOME KEY INJURIES AND A STRUGGLING OFFENSE, NOW THEY GO TO CLEVELAND TO FLEX THEIR DOMINANCE
AFC NORTH () Pittsburgh Steelers 4-3 EVEN WITHOUT STARTERS THEY FIND WAYS TO WIN AND YOU KNOW AND MIGHT HAVE DISCOVERED A NEW RB, NOW THE COLLIDE WITH THE G-MEN IN THE GAME OF THE WEEK
AFC NORTH () Cincinnati Bengals 3-4 THE DEFENSE HAS TO FIND LAST YEAR’S FORM ESPECIALLY WITH PEYTON MANNING COMING TO TOWN, HOPEFULLY THE BYE WEEK REJUVENATES THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BALL
AFC NORTH () Cleveland Browns 2-6 PLAYING SOME SCRAPPY FOOTBALL EVEN IN THEIR LOSSES, AFTER LOSING AT BALTIMORE BY A TD THEY BELIEVE THEY CAN PROTECT HOME FIELD THIS TIME AROUND
AFC EAST () New England Patriots 5-3 1ST PLACE GOING INTO THEIR BYE IS THE USUAL EXPECTATION, THEY GET TO WATCH THE BILLS PLAY THE TEXANS BEFORE THEY COME TO FOXBORO
AFC EAST () Miami Dolphins 4-3 JOE PHILBIN HAS THIS TEAM IN PLAYOFF CONTENTION IN HIS FIRST YEAR, IF THEY PLAN ON REMAINING RELEVANT A WIN AT INDY AKA THE OTHER WILDCARD TEAM WOULD KEEP THEM CLOSE TO NEW ENGLAND IN THE STANDINGS
AFC EAST () Buffalo Bills 3-4 BUFFALO WILL LEAN ON THAT STRONG RUNNING GAME, WE WILL FFIND OUT IF THE BYE WEEK IMPROVED THE DEFENSE AS THEY HAVE A DATE IN H-TOWN
AFC EAST () New York Jets 3-5 THEY DONT NECESSARILY HAVE A STRENGTH ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BALL, BUT THEY DO HAVE A BYE WEEK TO PREPARE FOR THE 12TH MAN NEXT WEEK
AFC WEST () Denver Broncos 4-3 THEY KEPT TALKING ABOUT THE OFFENSE AND DEFENSE GETTING ON THE SAME PAGE, THE BYE WEEK DEFINITELY HELPED THE CAUSE AS THEY HEAD TO CINCINNATI
AFC WEST () San Diego Chargers 3-4 AT SOME POINT THE POTENTIAL GETS FORGOTTEN AND YOU ARE HOW YOU PLAY, HOSTING THE RIVAL CHIEFS SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD WAY TO REBOUND
AFC WEST () Oakland Raiders 3-4 THE DEFENSE IS STARTING TO COME TOGETHER, THEYRE HOPING THE GROUND GAME CAN GIVE THE OFFENSE SOME BALANCE AGAINST A STOUT BUCCANEERS RUN DEFENSE
AFC WEST () Kansas City Chiefs 1-6 IN LIUNE FOR THE 1ST OR 2ND PICK OF THE DRAFT, MAYBE A SHORT WEEK IN SAN DIEGO WILL GET RID OF THE DARK CLOUD