NFL Week 8 picks: Could it be a bad week for the AFC North?

This young Browns fan will hope her team can defeat the undefeated Chiefs this Sunday. - Justin K. Aller

The Ravens have a bye week. That's not stopping Baltimore Beatdown from predicting the rest of the NFL games this week.

Carolina Panthers (-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

As you saw last night, the Buccaneers are a joke at this point. No surprise, here. Prediction (before Thursday): Panthers 23, Buccaneers 10

San Francisco 49ers (-16.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (in London)

The Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL. The 49ers seem to be back on track. It's a bit of a hike for the 49ers to travel, but they should get a win across the pond. Prediction: 49ers 30, Jaguars 14

Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (-3)

The Cowboys and Lions have two of the best offenses in football. Expect a lot of yards in this one, with Tony Romo making a couple more plays than Matthew Stafford. Prediction: Cowboys 28, Lions 27

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-5.5)

The Giants finally got in the win column last week and will look to get two in a row. It very well could happen against a less-than-100-percent Michael Vick and a bad Philadelphia defense. Prediction: Giants 31, Eagles 30

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5)

The Chiefs are technically the best team in the NFL right now at 7-0. However, the offense is as boring as there is. That said, the Chiefs' defense is among the best and will continue to win games for this club. Prediction: Chiefs 21, Browns 17

Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (-11.5)

The Saints are off a bye and looking to rebound from a Week 6 loss to New England. They should get a win against Buffalo on Sunday, though the 11.5-point spread seems a tad too high. Prediction: Saints 30, Bills 20

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-6.5)

Remember when the Dolphins were among the best in the NFL? Yeah, that's no more. With Rob Gronkowski back, the Patriots' offense should be able to offer more plays downfield. Prediction: Patriots 31, Dolphins 20

New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)

The Jets and the Bengals will be much closer than the 6.5-spread indicates. In fact, don't be surprised to see the Jets pull off an upset over the leaders of the AFC North. Prediction: Jets 24, Bengals 21

Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders

The Steelers looked like a top 10 team against the Ravens. But traveling out west to play a well-rested Raiders group could prove problematic. Prediction: Raiders 21, Steelers 16

Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos (-12.5)

With Peyton Manning having a season to remember, the Broncos' defense has been overlooked and not in a good way. It's not a good defense, which could leave this game in a shootout. Prediction: Broncos 38, Redskins 31

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)

The Falcons will welcome Steven Jackson back this week, which is needed to jumpstart a running game that has been borderline non-existent as a result of the veteran running back's injury. Prediction: Falcons 28, Cardinals 21

Green Bay Packers (-9) at Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have three of the worst NFL quarterbacks that have started games in the last five years. One has a concussion. To be honest, my score might be giving Minnesota a favor. Prediction: Packers 34, Vikings 20

Seattle Seahawks (-11) at St. Louis Rams

The Seahawks should be able to run away with this one. The Rams will be overmatched on both sides of the ball, with or without Percy Harvin. Prediction: Seahawks 38, Rams 24


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