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NFL Week 8 Predictions

NFL Week 8
 
Sunday, Oct. 31
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Buffalo Bills (0-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-2)
Words I never thought I'd write about a Bills-Chiefs game in 2010: The only game Sunday featuring a matchup between two top-10-rated quarterbacks in the NFL is Buffalo (Ryan Fitzpatrick) versus Kansas City (Matt Cassel). Harvard guy versus the USC benchwarmer. Fitzpatrick is second (102.0), Cassel ninth (91.5).
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) at Dallas Cowboys (1-5)
Speaking of coaches who might have a lot of time on their hands in 10 weeks, this game matches two of them. Good-guy Jon Kitna might not have started a game since the Bush Administration, but he'll have enough help from some good receivers to plow under the Jags.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)Carolina Panthers (1-5) at St. Louis Rams (3-4)
Two reasons. Matt Moore threw for 308 yards against a bad Niners team last week, showing he can play competently when he doesn't have the weight of the world on his shoulders. And Carolina finally rushed the passer.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)Washington Redskins (4-3) at Detroit Lions (1-5)
I don't trust Washington to score. I trust Detroit, even though Matthew Stafford hasn't played since Week 1, to score more.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Miami Dolphins (3-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-4)
The strangest streak in the league continues. Miami can't lose on the road, can't win at home. If my call is right, the Fins will be 0-3 home, 4-0 away. If you've got Davone Bess on your fantasy team, I've got a hunch Dan Henning will be calling his number in the fourth quarter, and Chad Henne will find him a couple of times underneath coverage. Doesn't help the Bengals that Pacman Jones just went on IR. He'd have been nettlesome on Bess.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Denver Broncos (2-5) vs. San Francisco 49ers">49ers (1-6) in London
We've exported to London two teams with a combined 3-11 record. (Wouldn't Vandelay Industries be a better exporter to England right now?) One team is coming off, arguably, the worst performance in franchise history; Denver allowed 59 points to a previously 2-4 team playing lousy on offense. The other team is starting a quarterback, Troy Smith, who just started practicing 49ers plays with his team. Pick the winner out of a hat. I'll take the team with the better quarterback, thank you.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)Green Bay Packers (4-3) at New York Jets (5-1)
Jets have 45 takeaways in Rex Ryan's 22 games as coach. The Pack has turned it over 13 times this year, and Mike McCarthy's concerned. "Our giveaways are way too high. Our turnover ratio is minus-1. That's not where we want to be,'' McCarthy said this week. Green Bay is beat-up too, and New York is coming off the bye. Rested.
 
4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)Tennessee Titans (5-2) at San Diego Chargers (2-5)
The strangest season in recent years continues. The Chargers can't be first in the NFL in total offense and total defense, and they can't have outscored their opposition in seven games by a combined 28 ... and be 2-5. Can they? They can given their turnovers. They can also be 2-6 if the no-name Tennessee pass-rush bugs Philip Rivers as much as I think it will.
 
4:15 p.m. ET (Fox)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
"We're the best team in the NFC,'' Raheem Morris said the other day. "Yeah, I said it.'' I guess that's some sort of motivational thing, but it's hard to make a statement like that when, in the two games against big-time opposition (Steelers, Saints), you lost by 25 points each time. I'm not big fan of these Cards either. Might be time to bench Tim (Fumbleitis) Hightower and give the ball to Beanie Wells 20 times or more.
 
4:15 p.m. ET (Fox)Minnesota Vikings (2-4) at New England Patriots (5-1)
I say Brett Favre plays, and I say Tom Brady plays better.
 
4:15 p.m. ET (Fox)Seattle Seahawks (4-2) at Oakland Raiders (3-4)
What a beatdown of the Broncos. Totally unexpected, at least to me -- and the Raiders did it with their three top receivers hurt. This is going to come down to one of the league's hottest backs, Darren McFadden, denting a surprisingly strong run defense (Seattle's allowing a Steeler-like 3.3 yards per carry) enough to win. I say he can.
 
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) at New Orleans Saints (4-3)
Halloween night in New Orleans. National TV. Michaels and Collinsworth. Feisty crowd. Very loud. Steelers without one of their five most valuable players, defensive end Aaron Smith. Saints are reeling and have to have it. Tough one to call. If I thought Reggie Bush were going to play and be near 100 percent healthy, I'd go with the Saints. But he's not and I can't.
 
Monday, Nov. 1
 
8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)Houston Texans (4-2) at Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
This game will provide another reason you can't discuss the first-half MVP of this season without including Peyton Manning.
 

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