NFL Picks Week 8: Denver Broncos and 5 Teams That Don't Stand a Chance

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IOctober 30, 2011

NFL Picks Week 8: Denver Broncos and 5 Teams That Don't Stand a Chance

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    It's Week 8 in the NFL and the same goes in this week that goes in every week. There are just teams out there that have no shot of winning against a particular matchup.

    Despite that, it never stops players from talking, something Brandon Marshall knows all about.

    If you think his picture on the intro slide is foreshadowing, you're right.

    Here are five teams that don't stand a chance in Week 8.

Miami Dolphins

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    Tony Sparano has got to be feeling down on his luck. To compound his issues, he has a wide receiver talking trash to an NFC contender in the New York Giants, as if the 0-6 Dolphins needed the G-Men to have extra motivation for this one.

    The Dolphins have no quarterback, making Jay Fiedler look like a viable option right now. They'll stand no chance against a rejuvenated Giants defense that will be welcoming back Prince Amukamara, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck in the coming weeks

    They won't need those three for this game.

    It's going to be a long day for the Dolphins when Eli Manning throws the ball for 350 yards on their 21st-ranked pass defense.

    Give this one to the G-Men.

St. Louis Rams

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    St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will be out for a second consecutive week. That means A.J. Feeley will be running the lack of offense for the Rams, trying to avoid defensive linemen as much as possible.

    On the other side of the coin, the New Orleans Saints just ran through a team no worse than St. Louis last week, 62-7. Not saying they'll pull that off again, but let's just say it won't be far off.

    I don't know the spread on this one, but you should definitely take the Saints to cover.

Arizona Cardinals

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    To say that Kevin Kolb has been disappointing for the Arizona Cardinals this season is the understatement of the century.

    The Cardinals traded away their best cornerback for a 1-5 season in 2011, being a part of the worst division in the NFL.

    The Baltimore Ravens have been disappointing as well, but are still a far superior team to the Cardinals. Expect the Ravens to come out firing on all cylinders after an ugly, let-down loss in Week 7.

    The Ravens' top-ranked defense will punish Kolb and the Cardinals' offensive line, making up for a no-show game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. At the very least, Joe Flacco should be able to get the job done needing minimal work.

Cleveland Browns

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    The Cleveland Browns might have won one of the ugliest games I've ever seen against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7.

    The Seahawks aren't on the level of the Browns' Week 8 opponent, the San Francisco 49ers.

    The 49ers have been playing on another level this season under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Even Alex Smith is starting to look like a decent quarterback, riding Frank Gore and his defense to a 5-1 start this season.

    San Francisco has beaten bigger and badder teams than Cleveland, making it hard to believe the Browns can beat the Niners.

Denver Broncos

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    Tim will be "Tebowing" for his life this week, going up against a far better defense than the one he wiggled out a win against last week.

    Tebow led the Denver Broncos on a late-game comeback to barely beat the worst team in the league in Week 7.


    Now the Broncos will have to manage against the Detroit Lions' 11th-ranked pass defense. Expect Denver's 29th-ranked defense to have all sorts of issues with Detroit's sixth-ranked offense.

    It will be the first step in the "Tebowakening" of the Broncos fanbase.