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Top 5 Games for NFL's Week 8 Schedule

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers may be struggling but it'll still be must-see TV when they head to Buffalo to face the Bills in prime time.

With only two teams on bye — albeit strong ones in the Chiefs and Chargers — Week 8 of the NFL season brings a packed schedule. And with the return of watchable prime-time games, it looks like a complete, balanced slate.

Related: NFL Power Rankings for Week 8

After weeks of milquetoast-at-best "Thursday Night Football" matchups, the week kicks off with an intriguing battle between playoff contenders. Plus, with the return of the NFL International Series, there will be football for essentially 12 straight hours on Sunday.

Not even among the five best games of the week is Cardinals-Vikings, which could have massive playoff implications — especially if Arizona can pull out a win. Plus, it's still plausible for the Raiders and Saints, who face off Sunday afternoon, to make a run.

There's so much to look forward to this weekend, but let's get to it: the five best games of Week 8:

(Note: All games listed in ET)

Top 5 Games of Week 8

5. Giants vs. Seahawks, Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

FOX, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

It's easy to make the case that this game should rank higher. If nothing else it's fascinating to watch Daniel Jones and Geno Smith lead playoff-contending teams. It's still a little hard to buy into both of their breakouts, but they're clearly in playoff position now. Especially the Seahawks, who somehow are the only NFC West team with a winning record.

4. Patriots vs. Jets, Sunday at 1 p.m.

CBS, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

This may be the highest-stakes game in this rivalry since Rex Ryan patrolled the sidelines. The Patriots have won 12 straight in this series and haven't lost to the Jets in regulation since January 2011. The last time the Jets entered with a winning record was 2017 in Week 6, and they went 5-11 that season. But things look a lot different this season. Although neither team will likely contend for the division crown, this game will mean a lot for the wild-card race.

3. Ravens vs. Buccaneers, Thursday at 8:15 p.m.

Amazon Prime Video, live stream on fuboTV (only available in Baltimore and Tampa markets)

This matchup looked better on paper before Tom Brady became mortal, but it's still going to be an interesting contrast in styles when he and Lamar Jackson face off. And despite their records, Baltimore and Tampa Bay rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in Football Outsiders' Super Bowl odds and can use this game as a great measuring stick.

2. 49ers vs. Rams, Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

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These NFC West rivals are facing off for the second time this month, but we won't complain since these games are always interesting. The 49ers may have lost two straight, but they will actually be road favorites in part because they seemingly have Sean McVay's number with seven wins in their last eight matchups.

1. Packers vs. Bills, Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

NBC, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

Even if there are serious questions about Aaron Rodgers' effectiveness at this point, there's no better pick for the game of the week than this prime-time matchup. Rodgers and Josh Allen have only faced off once before, and the Packers blanked Buffalo 22-0 at home as Allen was just 16-of-33 with two interceptions and seven sacks. Expect a much different performance this time around.