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NFL Picks Week 8: Teams Sure to Defend Home Turf
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Heading into Week 8, there are a few teams that have no chance of pulling off a road victory. 

Winning on the road in the NFL is incredibly difficult—even under the best of circumstances. But bad teams heading on the road to face one of the league's best teams is a recipe for disaster. 

It's always a bonus when host teams can go ahead and pencil a "W" into the win column, facing teams that don't stand a chance of winning. 

Here's a look at every game on the schedule, followed by a closer look at a few easy wins for home teams in Week 8.

Week 8 NFL Picks
AWAY HOME BETTING LINE WINNER
Dallas Cowboys Detroit Lions DET (-3) Lions
Cleveland Browns Kansas City Chiefs KC (-7.5) Chiefs
Miami Dolphins New England Patriots NE (-6.5) Patriots
Buffalo Bills New Orleans Saints NO (-11) Saints
New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles PHI (-5) Eagles
San Francisco 49ers Jacksonville Jaguars JAC (+16.5) 49ers
New York Jets Cincinnati Bengals CIN (-6.5) Jets
Pittsburgh Steelers Oakland Raiders OAK (+2.5) Raiders
Washington Redskins Denver Broncos DEN (-13) Broncos
Atlanta Falcons Arizona Cardinals ARI (-2.5) Falcons
Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings MIN (+9) Packers
Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams STL (+11) Seahawks

Odds via Covers.com

 

Buffalo at New Orleans

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The Buffalo Bills have impressively stood up to a few tough teams this season, but this team doesn't stand a chance of beating the Saints in New Orleans in Week 8. 

One of the things Buffalo does best, that has hurt opposing teams this year, is rush the passer. Mario Williams leads an impressive defensive front that has sacked opposing quarterbacks 23 times—the fourth-highest total in the league this year.

But New Orleans is adept at protecting quarterback Drew Brees. He's only been sacked 14 times this season and usually the play design on passing downs is such that he's getting rid of the ball quickly. 

Tight end Jimmy Graham is listed as questionable on the team's injury report, but even if he can't play, the Saints have enough weapons to expose the Bills secondary. 

The real issue for Buffalo, however, will be generating offense against a defense that has had an extra week off to rest and prepare for this game. New Orleans has impressively turned things around on defense this season.

Final Score: Saints win, 38-21.

 

Cleveland at Kansas City

 

The Cleveland Browns will start Jason Campbell at quarterback this Sunday, and he'll be the third starter for the franchise already this season. This now makes 20 new starters for Cleveland since drafting Tim Couch back in 1999, as hilariously shown by Brokaw Inc.

Meanwhile, Kansas City's defense is already swarming Campbell like sharks in a tank full of blood. The Chiefs lead the league with 35 sacks through seven games (that's five a game, for those who are counting), and Cleveland has already allowed 27 sacks this year, which is the second-worst mark in the league.

This is a recipe for disaster for Campbell and the Browns. He's not as mobile as he used to be, and the veteran hasn't taken a single regular-season snap since a brief appearance in Week 2 last season.

Making matters worse for the Browns, Jamaal Charles has ripped off at least 100 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in each of his seven starts this season, and he's the only player in the league who can make that claim, as noted by NFLN_Playbook:

The Chiefs could potentially win this game even if Alex Smith took a knee after every snap and Andy Reid sent the punter out on fourth downs.

 

Final Score: Chiefs win, 20-9.

 

Washington at Denver

Peyton Manning has already figured out 1,129 ways to destroy Washington's porous secondary this Sunday in Denver, and the game hasn't yet started.

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The Redskins impressively shut down Tony Romo a couple of weeks ago, holding him to just 170 yards passing, but that game was an aberration. Backup quarterback Josh McCown went off for 204 yards and a touchdown last weekend—gaining most of his yardage in the second half.

When preparing your expectations for this upcoming game, Aaron Rodgers' 480-yard, four-touchdown masterpiece is the one you should reference.

Robert Griffin III looked pretty good against Chicago last weekend, leading his team to its second victory of the season. But nobody should expect the young signal-caller to be able to keep up with Manning in a shootout. 

Final Score: Broncos win, 45-31.

 

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