There are bound to be some extremely competitive games during Week 8 of the NFL season, but there are also going to be some dominating performances from some great teams playing weaker opponents.
We've already seen one blowout this week, as the Carolina Panthers won 31-13 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football. Cam Newton was dominant, putting up 271 total yards and three total touchdowns in the win. Meanwhile, the Bucs were so bad that now fans are beginning to call for Greg Schiano to be fired. According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Schiano's job is indeed in jeopardy.
With one game out of the way, let's take a look at a full list of predictions for the rest of Week 8, followed by a breakdown of the teams that will blow out their opponents.
|NFL Week 8 Predictions|
|Dallas Cowboys||24-27||Detroit Lions|
|Cleveland Browns||13-28||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Miami Dolphins||17-24||New England Patriots|
|Buffalo Bills||17-28||New Orleans Saints|
|New York Giants||21-24||Philadelphia Eagles|
|San Francisco 49ers||33-7||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|New York Jets||14-20||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||21-20||Oakland Raiders|
|Washington Redskins||24-42||Denver Broncos|
|Atlanta Falcons||21-17||Arizona Cardinals|
|Green Bay Packers||35-10||Minnesota Vikings|
|Seattle Seahawks||30-13||St. Louis Rams|
|Predictions by Tyler Brooke|
San Francisco 49ers (5-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Prediction: 49ers 33, Jaguars 7
Whenever the Jacksonville Jaguars are playing, you can expect a win for the other team. When they're going against a likely playoff contender, you can prepare for a blowout.
The Jaguars are pretty much struggling everywhere this season. They rank last in both points scored and points allowed, at 10.9 and 31.7, respectively. They're also allowing 391.4 yards per game while putting up just 282.0 of their own.
Chad Henne is coming into this game after throwing for 621 yards over his past two. However, in those two games, he's also thrown zero touchdowns and three interceptions.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are starting to get hot again. They did lose two straight games to the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, but they've won four straight heading into Sunday, scoring at least 30 points and allowing 20 or fewer in every single game.
Even without a few of his weapons, Colin Kaepernick is getting the job done offensively, and with a game against the Jaguars this Sunday, you can bet for the offense to put up some huge numbers while the 'Niners defense shuts Jacksonville down.
Washington Redskins (2-4) at Denver Broncos (6-1)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Prediction: Broncos 42, Redskins 24
Ignore the loss last week: The Denver Broncos are going to bounce back and blow the Washington Redskins away with their high-powered offense.
The Redskins are starting to turn things around, winning two of their last three games. They're coming off of a big 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears last week that moved them to 2-4.
Robert Griffin III is finally starting to look like his old self, especially on the ground. Over the past two games, he's run for 161 yards on just 20 carries, averaging over eight yards per attempt. He's also sliding around in the pocket and throwing the ball more confidently, which is good news for the Washington offense.
However, as much as their offense is improving, the Redskins simply have a terrible defense. They're currently allowing 389 yards and 30.7 points per game. Opposing quarterbacks are putting up a 102.1 passer rating against them, and you can bet that number will go up with Peyton Manning coming to town.
Even after a "bad" game against the Colts, Manning is putting up monster numbers on offense. Through just seven games, he's already thrown for 2,565 yards, 25 touchdowns and only three interceptions for a 123.3 passer rating. With weapons like Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Manning has a chance to break a number of records this season.
With the Broncos scoring 42.6 points per game and going against a struggling defense like the one the Redskins have, Manning is going to have no problem lighting it up and proving that Denver is still one of the best teams in the NFL.
Green Bay Packers (4-2) at Minnesota Vikings (1-5)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Prediction: Packers 35, Vikings 10
Things aren't looking good for the Minnesota Vikings, and they're going to struggle to get it together against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
Over their past two games, the Vikings have been beaten by a combined score of 58-17. They lost 23-7 to the New York Giants, who hadn't won a game before their matchup last week.
Josh Freeman won't play this week, and according to Albert Breer of NFL.com, Christian Ponder will get his starting job back this Sunday, at least for the week:
Ponder's numbers have not been pretty when playing. He's thrown for just 691 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions in his three games, and now he's going to be playing against an improved defense for the Packers.
To make things even worse for Ponder, Casey Hayward is officially listed as probable and is likely to play in his first game of the 2013 season, according to the Packers' Twitter account:
Even without guys like James Jones and Randall Cobb, the Packers have been solid on offense. Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 1,906 yards, 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions through the first six games.
The big difference in this year's offense has been the emergence of the running game, with the team averaging 134.7 yards per game. Since coming back from a concussion, Eddie Lacy has run for over 300 yards in three games.
The Vikings are a mess right now, while the Packers still look like a contender in the NFC. Don't expect a lot from Minnesota this week, as Green Bay should win without much trouble.