NFL Week 8 Predictions: Are Jets, Patriots on Collision Course As NFL's Best?

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 27, 2010

NFL Week 8 Predictions: Are Jets, Patriots on Collision Course As NFL's Best?

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    Week 8 of the NFL is upon us, and the predictions are already coming in hot and heavy—so why not join in on the fun, right?

    The Houston Texans will be meeting up with the Indianapolis Colts, the team they knocked off at the beginning of the year. When the win happened it made most of us think that the Texans were for real, but we soon realized after a few games that in fact the Colts weren't as good as we thought they were.

    But what about the rest of the NFL schedule for this week? Are the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys going to be able to turn things around or are they really this bad? The Chargers shouldn't be, and the Cowboys will need to move on without their starting quarterback.

    With all that being said, it's time to make the weekly predictions on who will win, who will lose and who will look just plain bad.

No. 13: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Buffalo Bills are desperate for a win. With Ryan Fitzpatrick in tow, they might be getting better.

    However, as much as I want to pick the Bills, I can't.

    Chiefs win.

No. 12: Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams

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    Along with the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers are struggling this season—but at least they have a win under their belt, though just one.

    Traveling to St. Louis, they have a chance to get their second against the Rams and quarterback Sam Bradford.

    The Panthers have a good running game, but the Rams will be just that much better on this day.

No. 11: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers

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    Welcome to the NFL, Troy Smith. With Alex Smith on the sideline for another two to three weeks, the 49ers have elected to go with the former Ohio State quarterback instead of David Carr, who got one half of a chance to prove himself.

    As for the Denver Broncos, they're coming off getting embarrassed by the Oakland Raiders—that has to be a very stinging loss.

    Rookie quarterback against an angry team.

    Broncos win.

No. 10: Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions

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    The Washington Redskins are having a decent season so far, and it is bound to get better with a trip to Detroit to take on the one-win Lions.

    Though they have proven that they can put up points, after scoring 44 on the St. Louis Rams, Donovan McNabb has been just good enough to keep them above .500.

    Redskins win this one by more than 10.

No. 9: Green Bay Packers at New York Jets

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    I don't know if I'm the only one that isn't sold on the New York Jets. Not to say they're not a good football team, because a 5-1 record would prove that.

    However, the Green Bay Packers are about to come out of their 4-3 shell, and they'll start that journey in New York.

No. 8: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals

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    The Cincinnati Bengals are a better football team than this. They're too talented at quarterback, and they're too deep at wide receiver.

    So what is their major malfunction that has led them to a 2-4 start to their season?

    Whatever it is, they'll fix it in time for Miami to come to town. Bengals win.

No. 7: Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys

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    The Dallas Cowboys were already 1-4 with Tony Romo, and now they'll get to find out if they're as good, better, worse or just as bad without him.

    Jon Kitna will take over as the quarterback of the team, and he'll get to show what he can do when Jacksonville comes to town.

    Good thing for the Cowboys—win number two will be on the board.

No. 6: Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers

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    Another 2-5 team that isn't anywhere near that bad is the San Diego Chargers. They can't possibly be as bad as they've played all year.

    They're not trusting their running game, and they're putting way too much pressure on the shoulders of quarterback Philip Rivers.

    Seems to me they need to figure things out—and they'll do just that on Sunday against the Jaguars.

No. 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals

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    The Arizona Cardinals are wishing they had Kurt Warner back at quarterback. But, alas, they'll have to make do with what they have.

    Tampa Bay, on the other hand, has a running game that's hurting due to injury, but they'll be able to do enough defensively to pick up a win.

No. 4: Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots

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    Since the Patriots sent Randy Moss out of town they seem to be a brand new team. That's bad news for the Minnesota Vikings, especially with Brett Favre on the sidelines for at least one to two weeks.

    That means Tarvaris Jackson will be their new starter, a chance he's wanted since Favre decided to come back to football before the 2009 season.

    The Patriots are far too good in this game, especially at home.

No. 3: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders

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    The Oakland Raiders couldn't have put a bigger beat down on the Denver Broncos than they did. When was the last time you saw a Raiders team put 50 points on anyone?

    The Seattle Seahawks will face a suddenly hot Raiders team and not a moment too late.

    Raiders continue their win streak.

No. 2: Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers were good before, but with Ben Roethlisberger back, now they're just dangerous.

    They almost got too ahead of themselves against the Miami Dolphins last week but were able to pull out a win.

    This week, they take on the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints in New Orleans.

    The Steelers will get back on track and will show the NFL why they are the best team in the league right now.

No. 1 Monday Night Football: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts

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    The Texans and the Colts meet again after Indianapolis dropped their season opener to the aforementioned Texans.

    This time, it's in the Colts' place at the RCA Dome, a locale where visiting teams have the toughest time getting wins no matter who they are.

    The Texans aren't the team we thought they were at the beginning of the season, and neither are the Colts.

    Peyton gets the win this time.

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