In the NFL this week, as the 101st season hits the halfway mark over Halloween, there could be both treatments and threats.
Week 8 begins on Thursday night when the Carolina Panthers, as hosts for the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night in a rivalry between the NFC South and the NFC Panthers, will attempt a two-game losing streak to advance to 3-4, while the Falcons try to avoid further embarrassment after their disastrous defeat to the Detroit Lions, which marked Atlanta’s sixth defeat in seven games this season.
Somewhat inexplicably, there are three NFC East teams in the week’s other two main matches, although the league’s current joint record is a miserable 7-20-1. The Philadelphia Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday Night Football, who are looking to claim their third win of the season and extend their lead at the top of the standings, while the Cowboys cannot afford another defeat if an already dangerously drifting season is not to go down without a trace.
Meanwhile, the 6-1 New York Giants will play their second consecutive prime time game on Monday night, as they host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who arrive in New Jersey at the top of the NFC South after two consecutive wins.
In a slate of inter-divisional rivalries, it is somewhat surprising that the week’s biggest game, which the Baltimore Ravens will host the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be played on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET, rather than at one of the three prime time venues. The match between the two AFC North rivals rarely requires an introduction, especially when the Ravens return from the farewell with a 5-1 record and the Steelers remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL with a 6-0 win.
The Buffalo Bills will be looking to improve to 6-2 and strengthen their stranglehold on AFC East when they host the New England Patriots, who travel to Orchard Park, New York, after a three-game losing streak and are in serious danger of relinquishing control of the division after 11 consecutive titles.
Elsewhere, the Green Bay Packers will try to improve to 6-1 when they host the Minnesota Vikings, who have regained last week’s low in NFC North after two consecutive defeats. The right to league bragging rights will also be on the late afternoon schedule as the Denver Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers in a game originally scheduled for week 11, but moved to week 8 after a series of schedule changes due to the shift between the Broncos and the New England Patriots in week 5.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks face their second league opponent in a row as they host the San Francisco 49ers a week later after suffering their first defeat of the season en route to Arizona.
The Cardinals, as well as the Houston Texans, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Football Team will bid farewell this week.
TV program for week 8 (all times ET)
Thursday, October 29th
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers-8:20 p.m., FOX, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Sunday, November 1st
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens-1 p.m., CBS
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills-1 p.m., CBS
Tennessee Titans @ Cincinnati Bengals-1 p.m., CBS
Las Vegas Raiders @ Cleveland Browns-1 p.m., FOX
Indianapolis colt @ Detroit Lions-1 p.m., CBS
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers-1 p.m., FOX
New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs-1 p.m., CBS
Los Angeles Rams @ Miami Dolphins-1 p.m., FOX
Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos – 16:05, CBS
New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears – 16:25, FOX
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks – 16:25 p.m., FOX
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles – 20:20, NBC
Monday, November 2nd
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Giants – 20:15, ESPN
FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime broadcast Thursday night soccer, while NBC and ESPN broadcast Sunday night soccer and Monday night soccer, respectively. Sunday afternoon games are split between CBS and FOX Sports.
The live stream is available via the digital platforms of the four stations, which include apps on Apple and Android devices as well as via connected TV sets. Similarly, NFL Network’s Spielpass will be available via connected televisions and mobile devices.
A live stream will also be available on fuboTV and DirecTV, with Amazon Prime broadcasting a live stream of every Thursday night football match.
Fans can also receive the live stream via the NFL Game Pass, which currently offers a free annual subscription that does not require credit card information for registration.