Cowboys Bye Week Viewing Guide for NFL Week 8 Games

Some of us may be taking the weekend off from football with the Dallas Cowboys enjoying their . But if you're still jonesing for some NFL action today, here are the Week 8 games in which the outcomes could help or hurt the Cowboys.

Though it's still early in the , a game in October can impact the final standings and playoff seedings as much as one in December. So we can still find plenty to root for today even though we may not be too focused on postseason consequences as of yet.

What games can Dallas fans take some interest in? Here are the ones I'll be following.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Buffalo Bills

Without question, this is the biggest game on the Week 8 slate from the Cowboys perspective. While our team is getting to rest and recover this week, the Eagles are facing a stiff challenge in the 5-1 Bills. With their only loss so far this year coming from the undefeated Patriots, Buffalo currently looks like they're on another level from Philly.

Another loss this week would drop the Eagles to 3-5 on the year. And it doesn't get easier; Philadelphia hosts a solid Bears team next week and then get the Patriots and Seahawks following their bye week.

A disastrous 3-8 record, or perhaps 4-7 at best, are very much on the table right now for Eagles. The team seems closer to coming apart than pulling together after last week's demoralizing loss to the Cowboys, and another defeat in Buffalo would only throw more fuel on the fire.

New York Giants @ Detroit Lions

The Giants are already 2-5 and barely in the discussion as is, but another loss this week would only widen the gap between New York and Dallas in the .

The Lions are just 2-3-1 themselves and unlikely to be factor come playoff time. Given that, the Cowboys aren't hurt one bit if they want to hang another loss on the G-Men.

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are just 1-6 and won't have QB today. It'd be great if they could upset the Seahawks and help Dallas in the eventual playoff seedings, but that seams highly improbably given the circumstances.

With the Cowboys on pace to win the NFC East, losses to the other projected division winners are of great value. While the Seahawks are currently behind the 49ers in the NFC West, there is plenty of season left for them to catch up and overtake San Francisco.

Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs

Of even greater value to Dallas would be a loss by the Packers. Can coach up his Chiefs team enough to overcome Pat Mahomes' absence and upset Green Bay?

Dallas now head a head-to-head loss from the Packers which could haunt them come January. They need Green Bay to either lose enough games that the Cowboys can avoid the tiebreaker for playoff seedings, or for the Packers to wind up a team behind the .

Unfortunately, the Chiefs may be too undermanned this week to help us out.

Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers

While the 4-2 Panthers could be a factor come playoff time, it's far more important for the 6-0 Niners to start losing some games. Any hope the Cowboys have of still earning the top seed in the requires some losing by the current NFC front-runners.

Thankfully, the Panthers have not missed much with Kyle Allen at QB over the injured . They have enough talent to go win this game, and the 49ers did not look strong last week in their narrow victory over the hapless Redskins.

Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints

is back, which dashes nearly all hope of the Saints losing this one. The Cardinals have been showing a little life lately with a three-game win streak, and maybe could have played the spoiler today. But while has been good, Brees' return will energize the team and should give them more than enough to handle Arizona.

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Ethan Chazin

jess, thanks fort he helpful guide. Good stuff! Can’t wait to see the Boys pass rush with bennett against gnats next week

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