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Viewers Guide: Best games to watch with Giants off

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A look at some of the best Week 8 games to watch around the NFL:

View the best Photos from Big Blue's first Half!

The Giants are off this week and this means Giants fans have the chance to sit down and watch the rest of the league a little bit. Here's your viewers guide to the weekend:

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NEWS
> [Tomlinson Rookie Blog: First half recap](http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Dalvon-Tomlinson-Rookie-Blog-First-half-recap/44764729-67c4-46c4-b997-c176e4f8b677)
> [Rookie progress report at the bye](http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Dalvon-Tomlinson-Rookie-Blog-First-half-recap/44764729-67c4-46c4-b997-c176e4f8b677)
> [Reese: Don't count Giants out](http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Jerry-Reese-Dont-count-Giants-out-despite-disappointing-first-half/b47ef0ab-dc4d-474c-8257-bc7b4b1ff249)
PHOTOS
> [Best photos of first half of 2017](http://www.giants.com/photos/photos/Best-photos-from-the-first-half-of-2017/6eb840c2-3753-4684-83db-7a161158ae62)
VIDEOS
> [Watch Giants bye week interviews](http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Quotes-1024-GM-Jerry-Reese-and-Player-Interviews/94abbaf2-6433-4998-b7c8-5e99912406fc)


There's a game in London this week and it starts at 9:30 a.m. ET between the Vikings and Browns. You can find it on NFL Network and see if the Browns playing on a different continent can help them get their first win of the season against a tough Vikings defense. The Vikings are in first place in the NFC North at 5-2m and with Aaron Rodgers' injury, they are in the driver's seat.

AFC Wild Card Battle

Both the Raiders (3-4) and the Bills (4-2) are vying for a Wild Card spot in the AFC. The Raiders are currently tied with the Chargers in last place in the AFC West, and a loss would make it very hard for them to earn a playoff berth. Their final seven games of the season are against the Patriots, Broncos, Giants, Chiefs, Cowboys, Eagles and Chargers. They need to win their next two (Dolphins in Week 9) before the bye week.

Are the Chargers for Real?

The Chargers have won three in a row, but they get a big-time test this week in New England against the Patriots. If they can somehow get to 4-4, they could be legitimate playoff contenders in the AFC.

Can the Bears Slow the Saints?

Did you know the Bears have the No. 7 defense in the NFL? Well, they do. At 3-4, they will try to slow down a streaking Saints team that has won four straight and has a young, improving defense. It will be tough on the fast turf in New Orleans. Want to see a burgeoning star? Watch Alvin Kamara out of the Saints' backfield in this game.

Photos of the 2017 rookie class from the first half of the season

What's Wrong with the Falcons?

The Falcons have lost three straight and are having trouble scoring points despite their healthy playmakers in Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones. They seem to be feeling the loss of Kyle Shanahan. They try to get on track this week at MetLife Stadium against the Jets.

NFC South Battle

Can you believe the NFC South has played only one intra-division game? It means the division is very much up for grabs. The Bucs are desperate for a win at 2-4 when they host the Panthers (4-3), who are trying to get their offense revved up after being shut down by the Bears in a 17-3 loss last week. 

Deshaun Watson vs. Legion of Boom

Deshaun Watson has come flying out of the gates as a rookie with 15 passing touchdowns and two more on the ground. This week he tries to continue his success on the turf of one of the most talented secondaries in football: the Seattle Seahawks. You know the Seahawks don't want to see a rookie light them up in their own building. The 12th man will be there and loud in the week's lone 4:05 game.   

NFC East Battle

The Cowboys got back to .500 after their blowout win against the 49ers last week, while the Redskins fell to 3-3 after losing to the Eagles on Monday night. Both of these teams are real playoff contenders and want to remain within striking distance of the 6-1 Eagles. A loss would put either team three games back in the loss column. This heated division rivalry is the national 4:25 game on Fox.

Primetime Games

The Steelers look like they might be finding their mojo a little, while the Lions have lost two in a row. Le'Veon Bell appears to be rounding into form with his patient running style. The Lions are 3-3, and with the NFC North up for grabs thanks to the Rodgers injury, they would stay within one game of the loss column behind the Vikings if they can win at home.

Monday night is a classic matchup with the Broncos (3-3) and Chiefs (5-2). Both teams have lost two straight. The Broncos were shut out for the first time since 1992 (394 games without going scoreless) by the Chargers last week, while the Chiefs lost in an epic ending last Thursday night against the Raiders.

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