Week 8 of the NFL regular season kicks off tonight with a Thursday night match up between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but when Sunday rolls around we will be without the normal number of games due to bye weeks.
A total of six teams are on their bye weeks this weekend, which means your team may not be taking the field.
Will your favorite team be suiting up this week?
Here is a look at what team are on their bye weeks in Week 8:
Baltimore Ravens (3-4): The Ravens enter their bye week on the heels of a division loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, so they will need to take the time off to regroup and prepare for a late season charge at the AFC North crown and a return to the postseason.
Chicago Bears (4-3): The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for Chicago. Jay Cutler was injured last week, so Josh McCown will need the extra week to study the playbook and prepare with the first-team offense.
Houston Texans (2-5): The Texans have been an absolute mess in 2013, so hopefully they can do some soul searching this week and begin to turnaround their sinking ship.
Indianapolis Colts (5-2): After an emotional win against the Denver Broncos in Week 7, the Colts bye week will help them regain their composure and prepare for next week. If they didn’t have the bye week, they would have been in serious jeopardy of following up their emotional game with a dud.
San Diego Chargers (4-3): The San Diego Chargers are doing everything they can to keep pace in the division, so they need to sit back and hope either the Chiefs or Broncos get knocked off. If it happens, they will be able to get right back in the mix with a Week 9 win.
Tennessee Titans (3-4): Jake Locker returned to the line up last week, but it looks like there were times that he was still not fully healthy. Hopefully the additional week will allow him to fully recover. If the bye week goes perfectly, the Titans may even be able to find Chris Johnson, who has been invisible in the offense.