Week 9 of the NFL season continues on Sunday, Nov. 8, with 12 games on the schedule. The Bengals, Browns, Rams, and Eagles are on bye, and there are plenty of matchups with massive playoff implications.
The highlight of today's slate is clearly Round 2 of Saints-Buccaneers, with this game taking place on "Sunday Night Football." The winner will be in the driver's seat for the NFC South and potentially the lone bye in the NFC playoffs. Ravens-Colts and Titans-Bears both carry plenty of intrigue, while Seahawks-Bills pits two division leaders in a rare cross-conference matchup.
Sunday's slate also is interesting because it will feature three rookie starting quarterbacks — and that's without Joe Burrow playing. Tua Tagovailoa will face off against Kyler Murray (last year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year) in a showdown of 2018 Heisman Trophy finalists. Justin Herbert will continue his excellent campaign. And sixth-rounder Jake Luton will make his first start for the Jaguars in place of an injured Gardner Minshew II.
So if you're wondering "What NFL games are on today?" know this: There are 12 scheduled for today, Sunday, Nov. 8.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET.
NFL Games on TV Today
Denver at Atlanta, 1 p.m. on CBS
Don't look now, but each of these teams has won two of their last three games. Never mind that they only have one win before this recent stretch. We could be in for a bit of a shootout as both offenses have returned to health while the defenses are missing key contributors (A.J. Bouye, Dante Fowler Jr., Takkaraist McKinley).
Seattle at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Undoubtedly the premier game of the early slate, we'll get to see a pair of division leaders square off in Buffalo. Josh Allen and Russell Wilson both made early cases for the MVP, and they'll each have a chance to bolster their resumes.
Chicago at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
After strong starts to the season, both teams enter this game on two-game losing streaks. Chicago has all kinds of uncertainty on offense and has been hit hard by injuries, while the Titans need to get Ryan Tannehill going once again. There are plenty of postseason ramifications in this one, even if they're in opposite conferences.
Baltimore at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
At 5-2, these teams are locked in a tight wild-card race and are firmly in the hunt for their divisions too. All eyes will be on Lamar Jackson and whether he can get back on track after one of the worst games of his career last week. This one should be a defensive slugfest.
Carolina at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
While the Panthers have exceeded expectations this season and Christian McCaffrey is set to return, picking up a road win at Arrowhead Stadium would be quite the feat. After dropping their first game of the season in Week 5, the Chiefs have rattled off three straight wins by a combined 104-69 margin.
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
One of five divisional matchups on the day, this game will determine last place in the NFC North — at least for now. The Vikings have to be feeling good after knocking off the Packers on the road last week, and they won't have to deal with Kenny Golladay (hip injury) but it appears that Matthew Stafford, who came off of the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday, will start assuming he passes his last test in the morning.
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Giants earned their only win of the season when these teams played three weeks ago. But to be fair, they've also only lost their last two games by a combined three points. Washington just snapped a five-game losing streak two weeks ago and will be ready to go after a bye week.
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Jaguars were almost certainly hoping that they wouldn't have to play Jake Luton this season when they drafted him in the sixth round in May, but the former Oregon State Beaver will be forced into duty with Gardner Minshew II out with a hand injury. Both teams' seasons are likely over after 1-6 starts, but this could be a chance to give them a much-needed confidence boost heading into the second half.
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
The AFC West may not be competitive at the moment because of how good the Chiefs are, but it's filled with solid passers. Justin Herbert and Derek Carr are neck-and-neck on the QBR leaderboard at 79.1 (8th) and 77.3 (9th), respectively, which could make this game a fun, offensive shootout.
Pittsburgh at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
This game would have been so great if Dak Prescott had been healthy. Instead, the Steelers have the largest spread of Sunday's slate (14.5 points) and have a chance to move to 8-0 for the first time since 1978. If the Cowboys want any shot, they'll need a masterful performance out of Ezekiel Elliott, who is questionable to play because of a hamstring injury.
Miami at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
College football fans will want to tune into this game since the two starting quarterbacks are first and second on the career FBS leaderboard for both passer rating and yards per attempt. The Dolphins didn't ask Tua Tagovailoa to do much in his first career start, but this could be a chance to finally see him show off his golden arm.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC (SNF)
Maybe this won't be the final matchup between these teams if they meet again in the playoffs. But if not, it should make for another classic entry in this rivalry. Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees will always be a classic, especially when their teams enter with a combined 11-4 record, and with them battling for the top spot on the career touchdown pass list.