Week 8 NFL Picks: Carolina Panthers and Teams Doomed to Lose

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 23, 2012

Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Bank of America Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Panthers 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
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Every NFL game has essentially become a crapshoot. 

There's so much parity, mediocrity, depth—whatever you want to call it—that predictions have become essentially football rocket science.

But, as we enter the midway point of the 2012 season, based on everything we've seen, the following three teams are doomed to lose in Week 8.

These are about as secure as "locks" can get in today's NFL.  


Carolina Panthers

The Panthers haven't been atrocious in all of their five losses this season. They simply haven't made the necessary plays late on both offense and defense to win games.

Cam Newton has rightfully taken heat for the team's disappointing start, as the Panthers attack has lacked general consistency and many of the big plays that allowed the former Heisman Trophy winner to rise to superstardom a year ago.

In Week 8, they travel to Soldier Field, or the Chicago confines that aren't so friendly to opposing offenses. 

After Monday night's dominating effort against Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions, the Bears defense is allowing a paltry 62.7 QB rating to signal-callers, the lowest average rating in the league. 

Against the run, it's second in the league, giving up a pedestrian 71.3 yards per game. 

There is really nothing that says Carolina will be able to win this game on the road.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Aaron Rodgers has shaken off the rust. He's back. The super efficient and explosive Green Bay Packers offense is back. 

Pretty bad timing for the Jaguars. 

In his last two games, Rodgers has posted a QB rating above 132 and has nine touchdown tosses and zero interceptions. 

Sure, the Jacksonville defense isn't horrific, but when Rodgers is on his game and is locked in with his talented corps of wideouts, there's no secondary in football that can stop them. 

It should be a blowout in Green Bay. 


Arizona Cardinals

It was a fun month of football for the Arizona Cardinals. They started 4-0 with wins over the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, but now, their offensive deficiencies have finally caught up with them. 

John Skelton actually appears to be a regression from Kevin Kolb, and the offensive line is clearly the worst in the NFL. 

LaRod Stephens-Howling erupted for 104 yards on 20 carries against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7, but the running game is far from intimidating. 

Although they're at home, they face a stout San Francisco 49ers defense in Week 8. 

Alex Smith has been far from effective over the last two contests, but are we really expecting to Cardinals to outscore the 49ers in this one? 

I'm not.