Week 8 Recap

London hosted its second NFL game in two weeks and Cincinnati and Washington treated the Brits to the league’s second tie in as many weeks.

Wins by the Cowboys, Broncos, and Raiders means that there are four teams that have reached the six-win mark, including New England, who is the only team with seven wins through eight weeks.
A week after Arian Foster retired, his long-time teammate, Andre Johnson, also decided to hang up the cleats.

For the second week in a row, there are six teams on a bye, so fantasy owners will have a bunch of waiver wire scrambling to do.

Week 9 Prime Time Games

Thursday Night Football – Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday Night Football – Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders

Monday Night Football – Buffalo Bills @ Seattle Seahawks

What to Watch for in Week 9

Lock of the Week – Saints and 49ers cover the over (51)

Both of these defenses bleed points to opposing offenses, but the real intrigue is the pace of the game. Chip Kelly’s teams are always tops in the league in plays ran, but New Orleans isn’t far behind this year. With the tempo ramped up, this should be one of the highest scoring games of the week.

Matchup of the Week –  Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

A rivalry renewed, this week for sole possession of first place in the AFC West and a game that could potentially decide a first-round bye come playoff time. Oakland and Denver both sit at 6-2 and this is the classic unstoppable force versus immovable object matchup. The Raiders rank in the top five in the league in total offense and Denver has the third-ranked defense. Even Vegas doesn’t know which way this game will go, as the game sits on the board as a pick ‘em.

Player to Watch – Charcandrick West (KC) vs Jacksonville

After Spencer Ware’s concussion in Week 8, Charcandrick West is the lone healthy back on the Chiefs’ roster. Before his injury, Ware accounted for over a third of Kansas City’s total yards on the season. West will assume the majority of that work against a Jaguars team that has officially gone off the rails, allowing over 200 total yards to Titans’ running backs last week.

TJ Hernandez is an editor at 4for4.com and the founder of RosterCoach.com. You can follow him on twitter @TJHernandez.

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