Week 8 NFL Predictions: Teams Sure to Take Advantage of Favorable Matchups
Week 8 of the NFL season is more predictable than most.
Well, maybe. About halfway through the season, we have a good idea of where each team stands, but each roster does have the proverbial fighter's chance.
"Parity" is the catchphrase folks love to throw around when it comes to the NFL, but that goes out the window this weekend. A few matchups are simply givens, as was Denver's win over lowly Jacksonville in Week 6.
Here are three teams destined to pull out big wins in Week 8 thanks to matchups that weigh heavily in their favor.
|Away Team||Home Team||Predicted Winner|
|Carolina Panthers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CAR|
|Dallas Cowboys||Detroit Lions||DAL|
|Cleveland Browns||Kansas City Chiefs||KC|
|Miami Dolphins||New England Patriots||MIA|
|Buffalo Bills||New Orleans Saints||NO|
|New York Giants||Philadelphia Eagles||NYG|
|San Francisco 49ers||Jacksonville Jaguars||SF|
|New York Jets||Cincinnati Bengals||CIN|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Oakland Raiders||PIT|
|Washington Redskins||Denver Broncos||DEN|
|Atlanta Falcons||Arizona Cardinals||ATL|
|Green Bay Packers||Minnesota Vikings||GB|
|Seattle Seahawks||St. Louis Rams||SEA|
Bye: Chicago, Tennessee, Indianapolis, San Diego, Baltimore, Houston
Kansas City Chiefs Shut Down Cleveland Browns
Cleveland simply isn't in it anymore.
After a brief flirtation with relevancy thanks to Brian Hoyer, the Browns have since reverted back to 2014 mode. The Browns have lost two straight and now turn to Jason Campbell for competent quarterback play, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
And so Jason Campbell will start Sunday for the Browns. Brandon Weeden, anyone?— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2013
That won't happen. Campbell has been competent in the past, but the Browns lack the talent on offense to effectively line up with the Kansas City defense, which is the No. 3 ranked unit in the NFL against the pass.
Even better for the Chiefs, Tamba Hali and Co. will have little issue getting to Campbell in the pocket, as the Cleveland line has allowed its quarterbacks to be sacked 27 times, tied for second-most in the NFL.
The Browns destroyed Kansas City 30-7 last December, but this is a very different season. Kansas City rolls with ease.
Prediction: Chiefs 23, Browns 10
New Orleans Saints Destroy Buffalo Bills
Fun fact: The Buffalo Bills sit alone with the Denver Broncos as the only teams to score 20 or more points in every game this year.
While Denver has turned that into a record with just a single blemish, the Bills sit at 3-4 thanks to a porous defense that ranks in the bottom half of the NFL against both the rush and pass.
Bad news for Buffalo with a trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on the horizon.
New Orleans touts the NFL's second-best aerial attack with quarterback Drew Brees, and Buffalo will have little chance of lining up and containing the offense on every down.
On the other side of things, the Saints allow just over 17 points per game with a retooled defense led by young talent. Thad Lewis has done enough to keep the Bills afloat, but in a deafening dome against a top-15 defense, the Bills don't stand a chance.
Prediction: Saints 27, Bills 13
Green Bay Packers Rout Minnesota Vikings
There is an outside chance the Minnesota Vikings will be without starting quarterback Josh Freeman on Thursday Night Football thanks to a concussion, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Vikings announced Josh Freeman suffered a concussion Monday night and if he cannot play Sunday, Christian Ponder would.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2013
Not that it matters.
Freeman made his debut last week for the Vikings and threw the ball a ridiculous 53 times and completed just 20 passes for one interception.
Some things are better left unsaid.
Meanwhile, it has been business as usual for Green Bay. No Jermichael Finley or James Jones? No problem. Jarrett Boykin saves the day with over 100 yards and a score. The Packers also have an outstanding rookie back in Eddie Lacy, who went for over 80 yards and a score last week.
Minnesota defends the run well but ranks near the bottom against the pass. Aaron Rodgers is in for a huge day, as the Packers will score early and often in a rout, spoiling Greg Jennings' first game against his old team since taking a Brett Favre-esque hop across the NFC North.
Prediction: Packers 30, Vikings 20
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