NFL Week 8 Picks: Predictions for Week's Marquee Matchups

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIOctober 26, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Drew Brees (L) of the New Orleans Saints and Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts walk on the field during 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Week 8 of the NFL season is full of marquee, big-time matchups with some of the biggest superstars in the NFL going head-to-head.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants have a big NFC East divisional matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Also in action are the undefeated Atlanta Falcons who travel to Philadelphia to challenge the 3-3 Eagles.

Perhaps the biggest game of the day is the Sunday night showdown and Super Bowl rematch between Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

I’ll discuss and predict each of these three signature Week 8 matchups below.


New York Giants (5-2) at Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

The Giants are traveling to Dallas to seek revenge for the Cowboys spoiling their Super Bowl ceremony in the season opener. Although the final score was 24-17, the Cowboys were much more convincing in the game.

New York has since turned things around, going 5-1 since that disappointing performance. They’ve done it by riding the arm of Eli Manning, who’s leading the NFL with 2,109 yards passing.

The Giants' other loss came to their other division rival the Philadelphia Eagles a couple of weeks ago.

On the flip side, Tony Romo has posted an 84.6 passer rating to this point—his worst rating of his career—thanks to nine interceptions and just eight touchdowns.

Eli and the Giants have a huge opportunity to distance themselves in the division and make a huge midseason statement by going into Dallas and coming away with a win.

Something has got to give between the high-flying aerial attack of the Giants passing game and the solid secondary of the Cowboys.

Prediction: Giants 27, Cowboys 17


Atlanta Falcons (6-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

The Atlanta Falcons remain the league’s lone undefeated team through the first seven weeks of the season. It hasn’t come easy, but they’ve come out unscathed to this point.

Philadelphia is well rested after coming off its bye in Week 7. Remarkably, Andy Reid is a perfectionist when given an extra week to game-plan. He’s 13-0 coming off of a bye in his tenure in Philly.

Both teams have thrived off of late-game heroics to get to where they’re at this season. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they’ve also had some late-game meltdowns as well.

Michael Vick has turned into a turnover machine, costing the team a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers after fumbling the ball into the end zone.

Despite the early struggles, the lacking pass rush in Atlanta and their susceptibility of the run is just what the doctor ordered for Vick and the Eagles.

Look for Andy Reid to exploit that by getting the ball into LeSean McCoy’s hands in space and letting his athletes make plays.

Prediction: Eagles 27, Falcons 14


New Orleans Saints (2-4) at Denver Broncos (3-3)

Nearly each week the Denver Broncos drop into a hole in the first half that seems insurmountable. Luckily for them they have future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning behind center and not Tim Tebow.

This week, their fortunes will change as they face a Saints defense that very well could be the worst the NFL has to offer.

Look for Peyton Manning and his offense to use the Mile High air to unleash an offensive outburst against the awful Saints D.

It may be close and it may be a shootout, but there’s not a good chance the Saints go into Sports Authority Field and walk away with a Sunday night victory.

Prediction: Broncos 37, Saints 31


Mike Hoag Jr. is a B/R Breaking News Team writer and covers the NFL and Cleveland Browns for the site. Follow him on Twitter for analysis and updates on the latest news and happenings in the sports world.