Thursday Night Football
Falcons @ Panthers
Just past the halfway point of the season the Falcons are at a point they can turn things around as they are just a tad below .500 at 4-5 for the season while Carolina has to almost completely salvage their season at a 2-7 start. Just like any other Falcons game, it all will come down to whether or not the game is close in the fourth quarter and if so it will be a matter of whether or not Atlanta makes the necessary plays to win in Thursday night’s contest.
Broncos @ Titans
Coming off a bye week the Broncos should be more than rested before taking their shot at having to attempt to shut down “King” Derrick Henry. The Titans may be more reliant on Henry than normal because as of the writing of this preview it is possible that Nashville quarterback Ryan Tannehill is listed as questionable with an injured ankle (editor’s note: Please update status if necessary).
This game may have some mental lag for the players as the game is being played in Munich, however, there may be some who should be able to overcome the travel fatigue. As for the actual game, it could be another test as to whether or not Tom Brady still has the “touch” to lead teams to lots of high-scoring games and ultimately victory as the Seahawks rank in the bottom half of league in total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, points and defensive third down conversion.
Browns @ Dolphins
This game will probably come down to which team will better shut down their opponents offensive stars (Nick Chubb for the Browns Tyreek Hill for the Dolphins). Nick Chubb running against the Miami offense could be a fun matchup as the Dolphins have the sixth-ranked running defense heading into week 9.
Saints @ Steelers
This game could very well come down to turnovers as Pittsburgh’s rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett has eight interceptions for the season
Lions @ Bears
If the Lions want to win they are gonna have to figure out a way to shut down Chicago’s running game which is leading the league at 188.4 yards per game heading into week 9. As for the Bears, that should be self-explanatory.
Vikings @ Bills
It’s a safe bet that Bills quarterback Josh Allen will be watching some film in trying to figure out the things that went wrong in last week’s 20-17 loss to the Jets so Minnesota should be prepared for pretty much everything. The Bills have become accustomed to completely dominating the league as they are in the top 10 in total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, points, and third down conversions on offense while on defense they are ranked in the top 10 in all of the same categories except third down conversion.
While this fact is true for most games, this contest could come down to which team commits fewer turnovers. Heading into week nine Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford actually has more touchdowns than interceptions (seven touchdowns, eight interceptions) while Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray has 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Chargers @ 49ers
SNF game As of right now there is a question as to whether or not San Francisco wide receiver Deebo Samuel is playing Sunday night. If he doesn’t play it could be a blow to the San Francisco offense but if that happens hopefully their newly acquired running back, Christian McCaffrey could pick up the slack. As for the Chargers, on the offensive side of the ball, they are going to be playing one of the best defenses in the league on paper as they are ranked in the top 10 in total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, and points.
Monday Night Football
Commanders @ Eagles
As of right now things are looking extremely bleak for the Commanders as their starting quarterback Carson Wentz is listed as questionable going into a Monday night game where they have to face the only undefeated team in the NFL.