NFL Week 8 Picks: Predicting Outcomes for Every Game

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2010

NFL Week 8 Picks: Predicting Outcomes for Every Game

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets hands the ball off to LaDainian Tomlinson #21 against the Minnesota Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim M
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    This week in the NFL, there are a bevy of exciting games to watch and enjoy.  With games like the Packers-Jets, Vikings-Patriots and Steelers-Saints, Week 8 is sure to not disappoint.

    The following slides contain predictions for each matchup in Week 8.

    Can the New York Jets win their sixth game in a row?

    Will the San Francisco 49ers lose yet again?

    Can Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints bounce back from a terrible Week 7 performance?

    Find out .....

Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    The Cincinnati Bengals have now lost three weeks in a row, falling to 2-4, but will now be playing with a bit of desperation, beginning to slip away from the Pittsburgh Steelers(5-1) and Baltimore Ravens(5-2), the AFC North division leaders.  

    The Dolphins are coming off a tough, close loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and are about to suffer another nailbiting heartbreaker.

    Predicted Outcome : Miami Dolphins 27 - Cincinnati Bengals 28

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

     Yet again the Dallas Cowboys lose another heart-wrenching game.  The Cowboys are 1-5, and in all five losses they have lost by seven points or less.  In Week 8 they go up against the Jacksonville Jaguars who started off 3-2, but began to have problems of their own losing in each of the last two weeks.

    The Cowboys will send the Jaguars into their bye week on a three game losing streak.  There is no way that Dallas will lose again.  They will beat the Jaguars convincingly no matter who the quarterback is.  Felix Jones and Marion Barber still haven't had the impact this season that they have had in the past.  Week 8 will be when Barber and Jones finally shine, showing hope for the remainder of the 2010-11 season..  

    Predicted Outcome: Jacksonville Jaguars 17 - Dallas Cowboys 40

Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 19:  Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins makes a catch against the Houston Texans at FedExField on September 19, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans defeated the Redskins in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Larry French/Getty
    Larry French/Getty Images

    The Redskins defense has held up very well lately, giving up an average of 16.5 PPG in the last four games.  If they can continue to keep up their end of the bargain,the Wasington Redskins are going to be a dangerous playoff threat with Donovan McNabb leading this very talented offense.

    The Lions on the other hand are off to a terrible start at 1-5.  The one game Detroit won, they annihilated the St. Louis Rams 44-6.  The Lions have proven that they have talented weapons on offense, but their defense hasn't always supported the cause.

    Week 8 will be another one full of pain and disgust for the Detroit Lions, losing yet again.

    Predicted Outcome : Washington Redskins 31  - Detroit Lions 24

Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
    Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    After a dominating Week 7 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Kansas City Chiefs face another struggling team in the Buffalo Bills and will bully them around as well.

    Kansas City's rushing game has been on point, and is leading the National Football League averaging 176.5 YPG.  The terrifying combination of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones will be too much for the Buffalo Bills to handle. 

    The Bills will fall to a pathetic 0-7, with playoff hopes already vanished.

    Predicted Outcome : Buffalo Bills 17 - Kansas City Chiefs 41

Carolina Panthers @ St. Louis Rams

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Running back Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
    J. Meric/Getty Images

     Steven Jackson has rushed for over 100 yards in each of the last three games.  In week eight, Sam Bradford will finally step up, having the best game of his young NFL career.  Bradford will have his first three touchdown game of the season.

    Last Sunday the Carolina Panthers finally earned their first win of the season against the San Francisco 49ers.  Let me remind you, the 49ers only have one win as well.  The Panthers will go back to their losing ways in week eight due to the continuous lack of production from DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

    Predicted Outcome : Carolina Panthers 16 - St. Louis Rams 27

Green Bay Packers @ New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets celebrates as he walks off the field after the Jets won 29-20 against the Minnesota Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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     The Green Bay Packers are coming off a huge win against Brett Favre and the rival Minnesota Vikings.  The Packers have proven to be a serious contender this year, so far going 4-3, only losing by three in each defeat. 

     As effective as Aaron Rodgers has been this year, he will not have much luck against the nasty defense of the New York Jets.  In what many would expect to be a very competitive game, will turn into a blowout towards the end of the third quarter. 

    If Mark Sanchez can shake off the two interceptins he threw last week, the New York Jets will easily be

    marching their way to a 6-1 record, nearing their season's midpoint.

    Predicted Outcome : Green Bay Packers 13 - New York Jets 31

Denver Broncos @ San Francisco 49ers

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos runs for a touchdown against the New York Jets at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
    Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

    The week after San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York guaranteed that his organization would make the playoffs, they came up with a big win.  Unfortunately in Week 7 they lost their sixth game of the season to the Carolina Panthers. 

    In Week 8 you can expect the 49ers to keep their playoff hopes alive by beating the Denver Broncos.  The Broncos would then fall to 2-6, with questions of Tim Tebow taking over the quarterback position surrounding the franchise.

    Predicted Outcome : Denver Broncos 16 - San Francisco 49ers 20

Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans rushes during a game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on September 26, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    This exciting matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the San Diego Chargers will turnout to be a scoring frenzy. 

    With one of the top 10 rushing offenses, averaging 131.3 YPG, in the Tennesse Titans and the top ranked passing offense, averaging 317.3 YPG, of the San Diego Chargers, it is guaranteed that the scoreboard will be lit up non-stop.

    Predicted Outcome : Tennessee Titans 40 - San Diego Chargers 37

Seattle Seahawks @ Oakland Raiders

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Running back Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
    Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

    The Seattle Seahawks have been playing good of late, winning their last two games against the Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears.  This week Matt Hasselbeck will look to continue his flawless play, not throwing an interception since the Seahawks' week 5 bye.

    Unfortunately, for Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks they are going up against an Oakland Raiders team who is coming off their best game of the season, and that momentum will continue for a few weeks to come.  Against a fairly decent Denver Broncos team, the Oakland Raiders steamrolled to victory winning by the score of 59-14. 

    A similar scenario will once again take place for the Oakland Raiders, winning convincingly for the second week in a row.

    Predicted Outcome : Seattle Seahawks 20 - Oakland Raiders 37

Minnesota Vikings @ New England Patriots

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Tom Brady #12 of the  New England Patriots passes in the pocket against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Harry How/Getty Images

    In a game that is guaranteed to receive much hype due to the tough love between the New England Patriots and Randy Moss.  Being traded away by the Patriots only several weeks ago, Moss will already have the opportunity to prove he can still be a serious asset on the football field. 

    Moss will have a productive game, but he will not do enough to outscore Tom Brady and the Patriots offense.  Expect Moss' replacement, Deion Branch, to score multiple touchdowns, further proving that the Pat's were correct in trading the future Hall-Of-Famer.

    With this loss the Vikings begin to fade out of contention for the NFC North.

    Predicted Outcome : Minnesota Vikings 23 - New England Patriots 27

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers straight arms safety Oshiomogho Atogwe #21 of the St. Louis Rams during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Ge
    J. Meric/Getty Images

    The Arizona Cardinals are worst than 20th overall in Passing, Rushing, Opponent Passing Yards, and Opponent Rushing Yards.

    Expect this to show on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Buccaneers are undefeated on the road this year, 2-0, and will stretch that streak in week 8.  In the last two games quarterback Josh Freeman has been turnover free, which will be a key to the Buccaneers' future success.  

    In the matchup this Sunday, the turnout of the game will rely on who has the more successful rushing attack.  Both offenses are pretty weak when it comes to passing the ball, so it all comes down to the tandems of Hightower-Wells and Williams-Blount.  

    Cadillac Williams and LeGarrette Blount will win this battle each recording a touchdown in week 8 and both running for over 60 yards.  A very productive game on the ground for the Buccaneers.

    Predicted Outcome : Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 - Arizona Cardinals 17

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New Orleans Saints

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Saint
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    There is no doubt that the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most dominant teams in the NFL right now, but Drew Brees will redeem himself in Week 8 after one of the worst performances of his career against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.

    At 5-1 the Steelers have proven that they can win football games with or without their star quarterback.  But, this Sunday will be Ben Roethlisberger's first lost of the season.  Big Ben will have a hard time against the third ranked passing defense of the New Orleans Saints, who only give up an average of 179.7 YPG.  

    Predicted Outcome : Pittsburgh Steelers  24 - New Orleans Saints 27

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts passes the football against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    In a Monday night showdown, the Indianapolis Colts will be in search of redemption, after losing their first game this season to the Houston Texans by a score of 34-24.

    Will things be different this time around?  I say so.  The Houston Texans have the 32nd overall passing defense in the NFL giving up an average of 306.2 YPG.  

    Peyton Manning will be having a glorious time this monday night against the poor Texans defense, leading his 2nd overall passing offense who averages 314.2 YPG to victory.

    Predicted Outcome : Houston Texans 16 - Indianapolis Colts 34

Bye Weeks

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Steve Smith #12 of the New York Giants against the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Atlanta Falcons- (5-2)

    Chicago Bears- (4-3)

    Cleveland Browns- (2-5)

    New York Giants- (5-2)

    Philadelphia Eagles- (4-3)

    Baltimore Ravens- (5-2)