NFL Predictions Week 8: Dallas Cowboys and Teams Sure to Pull Upsets

Chris HummerAnalyst IOctober 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 21:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The NFL season is clipping on at a remarkably quick pace as it reaches its halfway point at Week 8.

This week promises some outstanding games including division clashes, cross-conference showdowns and future Hall of Famers matching up at QB. 

So, let’s take a look at some of the games in Week 8 that are sure to provide shocking results.


New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

The Giants (5-2) enter the game against Dallas (3-3) as 2.5 point favorites despite travailing on the road and their loss on opening night to the Cowboys.

Expect Dallas to pull a second straight upset over the defending champions.

The Cowboys are coming off a nail-biting win over the Panthers, but are also reeling after the loss of Sean Lee for the season. However, Tony Romo seems to play his best against New York, tossing 13 touchdowns to two interceptions in his last five games against New York.

Plus, the Giants also feature a suspect passing defense (21st in the NFL), and a pass rush that hasn't looked quite so fierce as normal outside of Jason Pierre-Paul.

On Dallas' home turf, expect the Cowboys to pull a huge upset to move above .500 once again.


Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles

The Falcons enter the contest as the only remaining undefeated team, and the Eagles are coming off a bye at 3-3, way below expectations. Still, the Eagles are favored by 2.5 at home.

Expect the Falcons to pull the upset.

The Eagles, in an effort to change the tide of the season, fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillio during the bye week. However, the defense wasn't even their biggest issue: They're actually eighth in the NFL in total defense.

Instead, the problem has been turnovers. Philadelphia has already given the ball away 17 times through six games, and it's cost the Eagles what should be an outstanding start to the season.

Michael Vick has been the main issue in that category and he’s still the quarterback this week, so not much in that area has changed.

The Falcons pull the upset and move to 7-0.


New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos

This game is a battle of underachieving teams and Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

Drew Brees and the Saints (2-4) head to Denver to take on Payton Manning and the Broncos (3-3) as both teams look to climb back into playoff contention.

Neither team has been particularly impressive on defense—though the Saints have been atrocious—so most of the load has been left on the offenses’ shoulders.

The Broncos are 6.5 point favorites at home, but off a bye week and with real interim head coach Joe Vitt at the helm, expect Brees to put up 40 en route to a huge upset on Sunday night.