NFL: Green Packers still flying, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers right on track.

There was plenty to marvel at during Week 8. Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Bucs were sunk by the New Orleans Saints, while the Tennessee Titans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime. We will look at three matches taking place on Sunday – Chiefs v Packers, Panthers v Patriots, and the 49ers v Cardinals. We will also check in on the latest match odds for these fixtures.

Green Bay Packers continue to march on

The 38-3 drubbing by the Saints in Week 1 may seem a long time ago for the Packers, but it was the wake-up call they needed. Since then, the Packers have reeled off seven victories on the trot, which is currently the longest winning streak in the NFL. Against the Arizona Cardinals last week, the Packers controlled most of the game.

Aaron Rodgers turned in another excellent display, as he threw two touchdown passes, and the Packers kept it together during the clutch moments. And Matt LaFleur was quick to hail his side after the win. He said: “These guys take on that mentality of we never want to flinch. Just couldn’t be happier to be their coach.”

Green Bay Packers cut ties with Jaylon Smith

Jaylon Smith’s nightmare spell with the Packers ended earlier this week. Having only joined from the Dallas Cowboys a month ago, Smith made just one tackle, and played a mere 27 defensive snaps before he was released. The Packers have been struggling with defensive injuries, so will they rue letting Smith leave?

Patrick Mahomes still on shaky ground despite Kansas City Chiefs win

Once again, it was another shaky performance from Patrick Mahomes for the Chiefs. Although they beat the New York Giants 20-17 earlier this week, the Chiefs limped over the line. Mahomes finished 29 to 48 passing for 275 yards, and he’s still searching for his best form. He could be crowded out when his side take on the Packers.

New England Patriots survive late onslaught against Los Angeles Chargers

The Patriots were forced to work hard for their win over Los Angeles Chargers last weekend. Joshua Palmer scored a late touchdown, but the Patriots ran down the clock to take their record to 4-4 for the campaign. Although the victory over the Chargers was eminently more ugly, it showed great discipline, and resolve that will stand them in good stead.

Bill Belichick calls for patience over New England Patriots rookie Mac Jones

Mac Jones is far from the finished product, as judged by his display for the Patriots against the Chargers. His accuracy let him down with his passes, as he completed the game making 18 of his 35 passes for 218 yards. There were some encouraging moments, including scrambling twice for nine yards, and he managed to disrupt the rhythm of Justin Hubert.

Although there is room for improvement, Belichick has called on fans for patience, and he thinks Jones will come good soon. He said: “Week by week, Jones can stack them together. He has done a good job of that. Some things he needs to see and experience.”

Meanwhile, the Panthers took their record to 4-4 for the season after seeing off the Atlanta Falcons 19-13 last weekend. However, Sam Darnold could miss the Patriots clash. After suffering from a concussion during the victory over the Falcons, he is a serious doubt. Darnold had enjoyed a fine game against the Falcons, completing 13 of 24 passes for 129 yards, with no interceptions.

San Francisco 49ers hoping Charlie Omenihu gives them immediate spark

For the 49ers, they have a tough task trying to derail the Arizona Cardinals, who are 7-1 for the season in the NFC West. Nevertheless, having recently acquired edge rusher Charlie Omenihu in the trade window, he will be crucial for the 49ers on third downs.

Under defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, Omenihu will only get better. While the Cardinals saw their unbeaten start to the campaign end at the hands of the Packers, they will be eager to respond immediately, and they will make it tough for the 49ers.

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