Fifteen games took place in NFL week 7, and we got 12 of those predictions correct. Not too bad! The NFL is now powering into week 8, and a familiar face looks like it is now hitting its stride. Meanwhile some of the teams that looked good for playoff spots early, look to be fading. Here's our NFL week 8 picks.
By Drew Farmer
Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens
Miami is hot right now, and the Dolphins have won three straight. The Ravens have lost two consecutive games. The Dolphins are scoring the second fewest points per game at 15.3. But Baltimore's offense is struggling too. Joe Flacco has thrown six interceptions in five games.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns
The Vikings are looking great, and top the NFC North after winning three consecutive games. The Browns had a shot at winning last weekend in a field goal-fest against Tennessee. Minnesota is much stronger than the Titans and shouldn't have difficulty with the Browns.
Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets
Atlanta has lost three straight games, and the team looks very out of sync. The team's offense is averaging 21.3 ppg. Meanwhile, the Falcons' defense is giving up 22 ppg. If the team is to finish atop the NFC South, it needs to tighten up on defense. The Jets should have beaten New England and Miami in back-to-back weeks. They couldn't do it, and now sit bottom of the AFC East.
Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Both teams are coming off of losses, but it's Carolina's that looks worse. The Panthers lost to Chicago 17-3, and Cam Newton was picked off twice. Tampa Bay has lost three in a row, but NFL week 8 means the team begins divisional play. Playing at home, the team could right the ship – that's a pirate pun.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
If you are struggle to pick a winner in this game, then you are hopeless when it comes to NFL betting. The 49ers don't have a chance against the NFL's best team. The Eagles are 6-1 and are playing at home. Carson Wentz leads the NFL in passing touchdowns with 17. The 49ers are winless. Enough said.
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints
This is a tough game for both sides. Chicago is last in the NFC North, but the team has won two straight thanks to rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The Bears' QB didn't throw a touchdown in week 7, but he didn't throw an interception either. Meanwhile, the Saints have won four straight and Drew Brees has passed for 11 touchdowns.
LA Chargers vs. New England Patriots
The Chargers' win streak is about to come to an end with a trip to Foxborough. Yes, the team has played well, but the Patriots have found their rhythm. Tom Brady has thrown 15 touchdowns this season, two of which came in week 7. The defense is improving and the Patriots are getting better each week.
Oakland Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills
Oakland finally ended its nightmare run of losses with a squeaky 31-30 win over Kansas City in week 7. Derek Carr threw three touchdowns as he finally beat the Chiefs. Buffalo clung onto a win over Tampa Bay, but did it by the skin of their teeth. Buffalo is giving up the fourth fewest points a game (16.8), but the team is only scoring 19.8 per game. A rejuvenated Carr could see the Raiders eek out another win. However, the Bills will be playing at home where they are 3-0.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati will have a collective smile on their faces as Indianapolis come to town. Andrew Luck has been shut down for the time being, and the Colts are bad. In NFL week 7, the Colts were shut out 27-0 by Jacksonville. The Bengals aren't as good as Jacksonville, however. Cincinnati's offense has struggle and is averaging the fourth fewest points in the NFL (16.3). The Bengals won't make the playoffs, but they are better than the 2-5 Colts.
Houston Texans vs. Seattle Seahawks
Despite being 4-2, Seattle can't seem to catch the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. The Seahawks are 2-0 at home, while the Texans are 1-1 on the road. The Texans are averaging the third most points per game with 29.5. The only problem is, Seattle is giving up the fewest points per game (15.7). The Seahawks will be at home and will have their 12th man behind them.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
Both NFC East rivals come into NFL week 8 at 3-3. Ezekiel Elliot is scheduled to play again, but could be suspended as the Cowboys get down to the final stretch of the regular season. Last weekend saw the running back score twice and scamper for 147 yards on 26 carriers. The Redskins, on the other hand, were beaten on the road by Philadelphia. The playoffs look unattainable for Washington right now.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Detroit Lions
The Steelers need to continue their great form to win the NFC North. At 5-2, the team has won two straight. The Lions have lost two straight, but are playing at home. Unfortunately, Detroit is 1-2 at home. Pittsburgh is 3-1 on the road heading into Sunday's game. Ben Roethlisberger threw two scores last week against the Bengals. He has been hot and cold this season. Detroit is giving up the fifth most points per game in the NFL (24.8).
Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Both teams have lost two games in a row, but the Chiefs' losses look a lot better than the Broncos' recent losses. The Chiefs were beaten by Pittsburgh and division rivals Oakland. Denver lost to Chicago and the LA Chargers. Kansas City is scoring the second most points a game, and the team is overwhelming favourites to win the AFC West. If the Broncos pull of a victory, the West could be thrown wide open.