NFL Teams Facing Must-Wins in Week 8

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Teams that must win in Week 8

Romo
Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

With only 16 games throughout the regular season, every week is just as important as the last in the NFL.

One game can make or break a team’s year. Whether it’s a hard-fought win or a heart-breaking defeat, a single 60-minute skirmish can boost or kill the momentum that decides the ultimate fate of a season. That is why every single game should be seen as an integral piece to a playoff run.

There are, however, some games that mean more than others when it comes to making sure that the postseason remains a possibility rather than becoming a fallacy. At that time in the season when the pressure is on and the top teams start to pull away from the pack, the middle of the herd find themselves facing must-win games. That’s where several NFL teams are heading into Week 8.

Whether these teams are trying to keep themselves above .500 or just doing what they can to keep their divisional foes from putting too much distance between them, these games are a symbol of what their season’s will eventually culminate to. These games not only leave momentum on the line, but they also can mean the difference between staying in the race for a Wild Card spot and watching the other teams’ backends as they pull away.

Heading into Week 8, do-or-die time is beginning to kick in. Let’s take a quick look at which teams need wins this week and why desperation has taken over. We’ll see on Sunday if they have what it takes to keep their postseason dreams afloat.

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Detroit Lions

Stafford
Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Arguably one of the most disappointing teams early on in his 2012 season, the Detroit Lions have been held back by Matt Stafford and his struggles with mechanics. Game in and game out, the quarterback has found himself buried in a heap of turnovers that keep wins out of reach. Unless the Lions are happy with the complacency that they’ve shown throughout their first six games, they’ll need to notch a W against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense this weekend.

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San Diego Chargers

Turner
Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

It didn’t take long for the San Diego Chargers to blow a 24-point lead and find themselves no longer atop the AFC West standings. To be specific, it took less than a half. Now, standing at 3-3, the Chargers go on the road to face the 1-6 Cleveland Browns in what could be a make-or-break game for the Bolts. Norv Turner needs Philip Rivers to have a big game and avoid turnovers, or he could find himself jobless in the near future.

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New York Jets

Sanchez & Tebow
The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Even though the New York Jets have put up a number of impressive outings so far this season, they still find themselves at 3-4 and on the outside looking in. The horrendous lack of consistency has been their Achilles heel in 2012, with several untimely injuries thrown in for extra instability. If the Jets are serious about making a playoff run this year, they’ll need to show some resilience and come away with a win against the Miami Dolphins.

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Arizona Cardinals

Skelton
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

At the start of the season, the Arizona Cardinals were in the thick of the hunt. They got off to a 4-0 start and were considering around the league as the biggest surprise of the 2012 season. And then they lost two in a row and are facing the possibility of dropping to 4-3 heading into their Week 8 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals appear doomed with John Skelton at the helm, and desperately need a victory to stave off what is becoming a nightmare of a season.

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Dallas Cowboys

Jones
Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Year in and year out, the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones seem to be so full of optimism that it’s sickening to anyone who isn’t a fan of the team. Year in and year out, their optimism quickly subsides. Ravaged by injuries, the Cowboys are just hoping to keep the playoffs in reach as we hit the midway point of the season. Seeing how Tony Romo is their quarterback, they need wins in a huge hurry so that the pressure isn’t on in Week 16 or 17. Can they sweep the New York Giants and stay on the right track?

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