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Week 8 NFL Sunday Games: Patriots rooting guide and open thread

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The New England Patriots play tomorrow, but there are plenty of exciting games taking place this week! Here’s the schedule for Sunday and the final outcomes the Patriots will be rooting for.

9:30 AM ET

Eagles at Jaguars: The Patriots want the Eagles to win because they literally want every AFC team to lose this week. Except the Browns.

1:00 PM ET

Jets at Bears: The Patriots want the Bears to win. The Patriots have the Bears 2019 second round draft pick, but the AFC East comes first.

Browns at Steelers: The Patriots want the Browns to upset the Steelers to further disrupt the AFC North.

Broncos at Chiefs: The Patriots want the Broncos to win to hand the Chiefs their second loss of the year. Don’t hold your breath.

Ravens at Panthers: The Patriots want the Panthers to win to further disrupt the AFC North.

Buccaneers at Bengals: The Patriots want the Buccaneers to win to further disrupt the AFC North.

Seahawks at Lions: The Patriots want the Lions to win because of strength of schedule, and because it’s adorable to see Matt Patricia smile. The Patriots also have the Lions 2019 third round pick, so it’s a matter of tiebreakers or future draft value. The third round is such a toss-up, that I’d lean towards the tiebreakers.

Washington at Giants: This game doesn’t matter to the Patriots.

4:05 PM ET

Colts at Raiders: The Patriots want the Colts to win for the sake of strength of schedule and (hopefully) eventual strength of victory.

4:25 PM ET

Packers at Rams: This game doesn’t matter to the Patriots, but it should be a lot of fun.

49ers at Cardinals: This game doesn’t matter to the Patriots and it probably won’t be fun.

8:20 PM ET

Saints at Vikings: This game should also be a lot of fun, even if it doesn’t matter to the Patriots.