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NFL picks Week 8: Predicting this week's games

Jason Butt and Daniel Park take a crack at predicting who wins this week's slate of games.

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Daniel Park: I'm typing this on my lunch break which ends in 12 minutes from now. There is no time to waste - not even to ridicule Jason's lousy picks - who wants to hear his pathetic reBUTTals anyway? Last week JB nailed it with his Redskins and Steelers picks. For the week he was 9-5, I ate dust with 8-6. For the season, my boss is 65-39-1. I'm 61-43-1. I take the overall lead Week 8. Apologies for the one-liners, I have nine minutes to kill this.

Jason Butt: This Park fella, always with the excuses...

Chargers at Broncos

Park's take: Kryptonite no more, the Sheriff is immune to all.

Park's pick: Broncos 30, Chargers 27

Butt's take: The Broncos exact revenge against a team that made them look foolish a year ago. That won't happen this year.

Butt's pick: Broncos 34, Chargers 24

Lions vs. Falcons (in London)

Park's take: The Lions are playing with more confidence than I've seen them carry in recent years. There's no way the Falcons pull off the upset.

Park's pick: Lions 28, Falcons 17

Butt's take: It doesn't look too good for the Falcons, and not just because the Lions could get Megatron back this week.

Butt's pick: Lions 31, Falcons 14

Seahawks at Panthers

Park's take: Both teams are starving for a win. Seahawks are tired of letting teams run all over them - which is why the Panthers, who are thin at the running back position - stand no chance.

Park's pick: Seahawks 24, Panthers 20

Butt's take: The Panthers' defense has not lived up to expectations this season. The Seahawks have become a national talking point for the wrong reasons. So who do you trust in situations like this? Russell Wilson, of course.

Butt's take: Seahawks 26, Panthers 24

Dolphins at Jaguars

Park's take: The Jaguars snap out of their wildest fantasies and return to their normal states.

Park's pick: Dolphins 23, Jaguars 13

Butt's take: The Jaguars won last week. How about that. It's back to reality this week, though.

Butt's pick: Dolphins 24, Jaguars 9

Rams at Chiefs

Park's take: The Chiefs aren't afraid of the big, bad Rams. I can't imagine the Chiefs losing in front of their home crowd on Sunday to an underachieving St. Louis team.

Park's pick: Chiefs 42, Rams 21

Butt's take: The Rams' offense actually seems to be picking up some steam with Tre Mason in the backfield. And Austin Davis, all things considered, has done all right. It's a road game in an extremely loud environment, but the Rams get it done.

Butt's pick: Rams 27, Chiefs 21

Bears at Patriots

Park's take: The Patriots like to pounce on teams that are already down. The Bears are soft, want  to play better, but don't in Foxborough.

Park's pick: Patriots 37, Bears 24

Butt's take: Which Jay Cutler shows up? Good Jay Cutler or Bad Jay Cutler? I think Good Jay Cutler makes an appearance but it's not enough against a resurgent Tom Brady.

Butt's pick: Patriots 31, Bears 28

Bills at Jets

Park's take: This is too tough to call. Flip a coin. Sammy Watkins turns up again.

Park's pick: Bills 21, Jets 20

Butt's take: Can Percy Harvin bring an immediate spark to the Jets? Even if he can't, he may be able to open up some plays for Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley. Jets win.

Butt's pick: Jets 24, Bills 20

Vikings at Buccaneers

Park's take: I like Tampa Bay's offense in this matchup more than I do the Vikings defense.

Park's pick: Bucs 30, Vikings 28

Butt's take: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon could be in for a big game against a struggling Tampa Bay run defense.

Butt's pick: Vikings 26, Buccaneers 17

Texans at Titans

Park's take: The Texans' spooky three-game losing skid stops here.

Park's pick: Texans 21, Titans 14

Butt's take: Zach Mettenberger is getting his first NFL start and will have J.J. Watt barreling down at him all game. The game will be close, but Mettenberger's Titans will come up just short.

Butt's pick: Texans 14, Titans 13

Eagles at Cardinals

Park's take: Philadelphia's tempo festers against the Cards' powerful front seven.

Park's pick: Cardinals 24, Eagles 21 (OT)

Butt's take: The Cardinals offense has done a great job getting Andre Ellington involved in both the rushing and passing games. He winds up being the difference in this game.

Butt's pick: Cardinals 27, Eagles 24

Raiders at Browns

Park's take: I don't know about retiring from writing for Beatdown but if the Browns hand the Raiders their first win of the season, after spoon-feeding the Jaguars theirs last week, I might consider taking a break. I wonder how many readers are hoping for Cleveland to broil.

Park's pick: Browns 37, Raiders 14

Butt's take: The Browns showed why they're the Browns and why Cleveland can't have nice things. Losing to the Jaguars? Really? That doesn't happen against Oakland, though.

Butt's pick: Browns 23, Raiders 20

Colts at Steelers

Park's take: Only if this was scheduled earlier in the season. Both of the teams have exposable flaws and I would be darned if the Steelers win.

Park's pick: Colts 20, Steelers 19

Butt's take: The Colts looked impressive against Cincinnati and could make things rough for Pittsburgh's defense early. If the Colts play up to their ability, they should be able to get a win.

Butt's pick: Colts 30, Steelers 21

Packers at Saints

Park's take: Green Bay underestimates the power of Drew Brees - and it bites them in the fourth quarter. The Saints defeat Aaron Rodgers and Co., shocking the NFL world as they laugh in the locker room.

Park's pick: Saints 38, Packers 35

Butt's take: For those that love yards and points, this should be your kind of game. Both defenses are susceptible to the pass, though Drew Brees has struggled at times, uncharacteristically. The Packers prove to be too much halfway through the fourth quarter.

Butt's pick: Packers 41, Saints 31

Redskins at Cowboys

Park's take: If Dallas loses and Philadelphia upends Arizona, then. ...the Eagles earn themselves a higher spot in the rankings for the next two weeks regardless of outcome. The Cowboys have no reason to lose this match - none.

Park's pick: Cowboys 29, Redskins 13

Butt's take: Can Colt McCoy save Washington's season for the near future until Robert Griffin III gets back? Man, I write some crazy things sometimes.

Butt's pick: Cowboys 37, Redskins 20