NFL Picks Week 8: Predicting Final Score of Each Remaining Game

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 25, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 20: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts beat the Broncos 39-33.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins will face a motivated and ticked off Denver Broncos team on Sunday. The Broncos lost Peyton Manning’s emotional return to Indianapolis and absorbed their first loss of the season.

Despite coming up short, Manning and Co. still put up 33 points. The Colts’ pass defense is ranked 12th in the NFL. This output says the Broncos are going to move the ball and score points no matter who they play. The key to beating them is to contain the volcano as much as possible. The 33 points was a season low for the Denver.

When the Redskins come into the Mile High City, they don’t have much hope of even containing the Broncos. Washington's defense just gave up 41 points to the Chicago Bears.

The second half of the game saw the Bears replace an injured Jay Cutler with backup Josh McCown. Chicago moved the ball well with their second-string QB against the Skins' defense. McCown threw for 204 yards with a score in just over a half of work.

With those recent developments, it is hard to see a scenario where the Broncos won’t hang 50 points on Washington on Sunday. While the Skins’ offense is playing better, there is no way it keeps up with Denver at that pace. 

Final Score Prediction: Denver 52, Washington 35

Here’s a look at two other games on the Week 8 schedule with a score prediction. 


Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions

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This game may look like a battle of quarterbacks and stud wide receivers on paper, but the key to victory is in a different area. Sure the Cowboys' Tony Romo and Dez Bryant will have their moments; as will the Lions’ Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, but the running games are key in this tilt.

The Lions have averaged 113 rushing yards in their four victories compared to just 63 yards in their three losses. Likewise, the Cowboys have put up 100 yards per game in their wins and just 60 in their losses.

Look for Reggie Bush and DeMarco Murray’s production to factor big in the final score. This one should be tight into the fourth quarter, but ultimately Stafford is the signal-caller least worthy of trust in this scenario.

He’s only thrown four interceptions this season, but in a big game such as this against a Cowboys defense that held the Eagles to just three points in Week 7, Stafford will blink first. Dallas will take advantage of a late turnover and Murray will help clinch the win on the ground. 

Final Score Prediction: Cowboys 28, Lions 19


Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

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The only remaining unbeaten team in the NFL will stay that way after a tough, grind-it-out game against the Browns on Sunday. Cleveland’s defense is ranked seventh against the pass and ninth against the run. The unit will keep the team in the game, but in the end, Jason Campbell, who will start instead of Brandon Weeden, won’t make the plays necessary to win his team the game. 

Campbell played for the Chicago Bears in 2012 where he completed 62 .7 percent of his passes, threw for two scores and two interceptions in six games. There is no reason to think he's going to take the Browns' offense to the next level.

Look for the Chiefs to continue to capitalize on turnovers at a high rate. The team is tied with the Seattle Seahawks for the lead in turnovers forced at 19. 

Final Score Prediction: Chiefs 27, Browns 13


Here are score predictions for the remainder of the Week 8 schedule.

NFL Week 8 Predictions
Miami Dolphins at New England PatriotsPatriots 20, Dolphins 10
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans SaintsSaints 26, Bills 14
New York Giants at Philadelphia EaglesGiants 17, Eagles 10
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars49ers 34, Jaguars 10
New York Jets at Cincinnati BengalsBengals 21, Jets 17
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland RaidersSteelers 16, Raiders 7
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona CardinalsFalcons 24, Cardinals 14
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota VikingsPackers 30, Vikings 9
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis RamsSeahawks 23, Rams 7
Schedule per Pro-Football Reference


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