NFL Predictions Week 8: Games That Will Be High-Scoring Affairs

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 27, 2013

Oct 20, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit:  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

People say that "defense wins championships," but everyone loves to watch a shootout.  Based off of the Week 8 schedule, we are bound to see some high-scoring affairs.

We saw a lot of points scored on Thursday Night Football, but most of them came from one team.  The Carolina Panthers beat down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-13 in what was a pretty ugly game for the Bucs.

Let's take a look at the full predictions for the rest of Week 8, followed by a breakdown of the games that are most likely to produce the most points.

NFL Week 8 Predictions
Dallas Cowboys24-27Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns13-28Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins17-24New England Patriots
Buffalo Bills17-28New Orleans Saints
New York Giants21-28Philadelphia Eagles
San Francisco 49ers33-7Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Jets14-20Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers21-20Oakland Raiders
Washington Redskins24-42Denver Broncos
Atlanta Falcons21-17Arizona Cardinals
Green Bay Packers35-10Minnesota Vikings
Seattle Seahawks30-13St. Louis Rams
Predictions by Tyler Brooke


Dallas Cowboys (4-3) at Detroit Lions (4-3)

Date: Sunday, Oct. 27

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET


Prediction: 27-24, Lions

With two high-powered offenses going against each other in this NFC matchup, there are bound to be plenty of points scored.

Tony Romo is having a strong season, despite all of the criticism.  He's already thrown for 2,010 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions.  If he keeps up the current pace, Romo will actually have a passer rating of over 100 for just the second time in his career.

It certainly hasn't hurt that Romo has a number of great weapons on offense.  Dez Bryant is having another great year with 569 yards and six touchdowns, while Jason Witten still looks like one of the better tight ends in the league with 388 yards and three scores.

To make things even better, it appears that DeMarco Murray may be coming back.  According to SportsCenter, the Dallas Cowboys are optimistic that the starting running back will play.

For the Detroit Lions, they have their own quarterback that can make plays.  Matthew Stafford is currently on pace for over 4,800 yards along with 34 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.

After scoring just five touchdowns in 2012, Calvin Johnson already has six this season. He's caught 33 passes for 492 yards in six games, and he's on track to have another successful year as the best receiver in the NFL.

With two great quarterbacks and two top-tier receivers, there are going to be some big plays throughout this one, and that should lead to a healthy amount of points being scored.


New York Giants (1-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)

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Date: Sunday, Oct. 27

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET


Prediction: 28-21, Eagles

The NFC East is arguably the weakest division in the NFL this year, and these two teams should be able to put up points in bunches with a lot of sloppy defensive play.

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Eli Manning hasn't played the best football for the New York Giants, but his team is capable of putting up points.  The offense has turned things around a bit the past three games, scoring at least 20 points in all of them.

Defensively, this team hasn't been good at all.  It's giving up 364.9 yards and 30.9 points per game, making it one of only four teams that's giving up 30 or more points per contest.

The Giants will likely give up nearly 30 points against the Philadelphia Eagles.  Offensively, this team can be explosive when Michael Vick is healthy.  According to Pro Football Talk, Vick is probable to play this week, meaning the offense should be in better shape than it was last week.

The offense puts up 425.3 yards per game, the third most in the NFL.  On the other hand, the defense is dreadful, allowing a league-high 412.7 yards along with 28 points per game.  No other defense is allowing over 400 yards per game, but the Eagles have found a way to do so.

We've seen both of these offenses put up big points in previous seasons, and with how bad both of the defenses are, that could happen once again on Sunday.


Washington Redskins (2-4) at Denver Broncos (6-1)

Date: Sunday, Oct. 27

Time: 4:25 p.m. ET


Prediction: 42-24, Broncos

When the Denver Broncos are playing, points are going to be scored on both sides of the ball.

Peyton Manning is leading the best offense in the league right now.  

Through the first seven games, Manning has already thrown for over 2,500 yards with 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions.  At this rate, he's on pace to break single-season records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and completion percentage.

As a team, the offense is simply explosive.  It's leading the NFL with 469.3 yards and 42.6 points per game.  With Manning throwing to guys like Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, few people are surprised that the offense is this productive.

The defense has been a different story, at least against the pass.  It's last in the NFL with 319.9 passing yards allowed per game, which means that Robert Griffin III, who is continuing to improve, has a chance to make some plays of his own for the Washington Redskins.

However, the Redskins don't have the best defense either.  It's allowing 30.7 points per game, including giving up a 41-point performance to the Chicago Bears, who lost Jay Cutler during the game.

The older Peyton is going to continue to light up the scoreboard in this one, but expect the Redskins to score some points of their own.  It won't be enough to win, but it will be a very high-scoring affair.