2014 NFL schedule highlights: Weeks 5-8

Last time we checked out weeks 1-4. Today we will look at weeks 5-8 of the 2014 NFL football schedule.

Week 5: Seahawks at Redskins is probably the marque match up of the week. A playoff showdown from the 2012 season, wherein RG3 injured his knee. I’m sure he wants to rewrite that ending. Should be some good football and get’s the Monday Night spotlight.

Cardinals at Broncos: This game is kind of a sleeper. Arizona is on the “upswing” with 2nd year head coach Bruce Arians. Denver has added a lot of defensive help in Free Agency. Could be a big game for both teams.

Chiefs at 49ers: Alex Smith’s return to the Bay. Kansas City needs to add a little offense in the draft if they want to go deep in the playoffs. San Francisco keeps reloading and plugging on. Two strong head coaches. Recipe for good football.

Week 6: Colts at Texans: This AFC South rivalry gets the Thursday Night treatment. Which comes with mixed results. Andrew Luck is one of the league’s young stars. Houston hopes to recover from an abysmal season which landed them the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Will they have Jadeveon Clowney or a young QB of their own? We will find out this Thursday!

Bears at Falcons: Chicago has reloaded on Defense. Atlanta needs to solidify their offensive line. Hopefully they will have a healthy WR tandem. Both teams should be in solid form by week 6.

Cowboys at Seahawks: America’s team faces the defending champs in their Pacific Northwest stronghold. Even when Seattle is bad they are still tough at home, and they are far from bad. This could be Romo’s last season as the starting QB in Dallas if they don’t get into the playoffs.

Week 7: Jets at Patriots. Thursday Night Football has been a mixed bag as far as the quality goes. The Jets have been mediocre or worse, the last two years. Throw that all out the window. Jets-Pats has been a good rivalry since Rex Ryan has been the Jets coach. I expect no less from this meeting.

49ers at Broncos: Epic clash between two heavyweights. Tough nosed defense vs high octane offense. Something’s gotta give right? Denver has a slight advantage in the Mile High city. A great way to cap off Sunday night’s week 7 action.

Week 8: Chargers at Broncos: Thursday Night might subdue this classic AFC West match up a little. Denver will be coming off a tough game vs the 49ers, but won’t have to travel. San Diego loves to play the underdog role and QB Philip Rivers always has a chip on his shoulder.

Bears at Patriots: It’s a shame this game didn’t make it on to Monday Night Football. Hopefully both teams will be at full strength and be contending for the playoffs in this mid-season bout. The Pats might be a little banged up from the week 7 fight with the Jets. Chicago hopes to head into their bye-week on a winning note.

Packers at Saints: Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. Don’t need much more. These two clubs know each other well. New Orleans lost a key piece to their offense when they had to cut Darren Sproles for salary cap reasons. Green Bay is more balanced on offense with a renewed running game. A fine way to finish NFL play on Sunday Night Football.

That’s it for this installment of the NFL schedule highlights. Stay tuned for weeks 9-12!

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