NFL Picks, Week 8 Predictions: Vikings Stun Cowboys; The lions annoyed the Eagles; Packers outnumber cardinals | Sport Latest News Headlines

NFL Picks, Week 8 Predictions: Vikings Stun Cowboys; The lions annoyed the Eagles; Packers outnumber cardinals

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Aaron Rodgers has made several memorable appearances on Thursday Night Football since replacing Brett Favre against the Dallas Cowboys in 2007.

There was the Miracle at Motown in 2015 and great performances against the Bears and Vikings.

This week offers something new. The Packers are the favorites on the road against undefeated Arizona, led by star quarterback Kyler Murray. Those quarterbacks have arguably the game’s two best receivers in Davante Adams and DeAndre Hopkins, although Adams (COVID-19 roster) could miss the game. It’s a great showdown that should probably be on Sunday Night Football, but in a short week we will accept it.

That kicks off a fantastic week in which SN likes the losers of the NFC North. The Packers, Bears and Vikings should be a surprise, and we even like the Lions getting their first win.

Every week Sporting News will pick up games directly, and we are looking to continue the hot streak. Here’s a look at our seasonal totals:

  • Week 7: 8-4 (before Monday’s game)
  • Total: 72-34 (before Monday’s game)

With that in mind, below are our picks and predictions for Week 8:

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NFL Week 8 Picks and Predictions

  • Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (-3.5)

Thursday, 8:20 pm, FOX / NFL Network

Both teams are 6-1 ATS in 2021. It’s easy to dream of a shootout with Murray and Rodgers, and the possible absence of Adams takes some of the sparkle out of the matchup. But the Packers and Cardinals also have the top 10 statistical defenses. Which team is still committed to the running game? Aaron Rodgers has lost two memorable playoff games in Arizona. Deliver this time in the clutch, with or without Adams, to take the Cardinals out of the ranks undefeated.

Choose: Packers 28, Cardinals 24

  • Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-3)

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

The Panthers’ season has rocketed in the wrong direction, leading to some early instances of remorse from Sam Darnold. Carolina needs Christian McCaffrey back in the worst way, but it might not matter. Matt Ryan has 10 TDs and one interception in the Falcons’ last four games. The home team wins this NFC South matchup.

Choose: Falcons 29, Panthers 26

  • Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-13.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

Buffalo had a bye week and crushed the Dolphins 35-0 in Week 2. Tua Tagovailoa left that game with an injury. He has completed 74.7 percent of his passes in his heartbreaking losses in the past two weeks. It won’t be enough against the Bills, but this time it will be closer.

Choose: Bills 33, Dolphins 22

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  • San Francisco 49ers (-3.5) at Chicago Bears

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

The 49ers are favorites on the road against the Bears, who continue to struggle on offense. However, keep in mind that the 49ers have a turnover rate of -7. Justin Fields plays a little cleaner at home in this one, and he makes some dazzling plays in wide open spaces. Bears coach Matt Nagy keeps criticism at bay for at least another week.

Choose: Bears 22, 49ers 20

  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (-3.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

Things we never thought we’d say this season: This is a great game for teams trying to keep up with the Ravens and Bengals in the AFC North. The Browns have injuries everywhere, but they still have a defense that ranks third in the NFL in running defense. If they can contain Najee Harris, the turnovers will come against Ben Roethlisberger. This will be close.

Choose: Browns 27, Steelers 24

  • Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5) against Detroit Lions

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

The Eagles are a mess right now. They have allowed an average of 310 passing yards in the past two weeks, and Detroit has two one-score losses at home. The Lions just can’t score. Maybe that will change at home against Philadelphia, which needs to find a running game to support Jalen Hurts. Dan Campbell enjoys his first victory as NFL head coach.

Choose: Leones 20, Aguilas 19

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  • Tennessee Titans (-1) at Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

This is the hardest game to pick this week. Tennessee has relived its season with big wins against Kansas and Buffalo. The Colts remain on the hunt for the AFC South. The Titans have won three of the last four meetings, including the last two at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Choose: Titans 28, Colts 24

  • Cincinnati Bengals (-9.5) against New York Jets

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Bengals are big favorites against the Jets, who could be forced to turn to backup quarterback Mike White. The Joe Burrow-Ja’Marr Chase continues to flow, and the Bengals continue on one of the most surprising outings in the leagues. New York is 1-5 ATS this season, so this line could hit double digits. Let’s take the Bengals now.

Choose: Bengals 31, Jets 16

  • Los Angeles Rams (-14.5) vs. Houston Texans

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

The Rams are double-digit favorites for the second week in a row. It’s far away, which makes it risky, but Los Angeles has covered its last two road victories. Matthew Stafford keeps it going and the Texans struggles continue. There is not much more to say here.

Choose: Rams 33, Texans 12

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  • New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers (-5.5)

Sunday, 4:05 pm, CBS

Can the Patriots make this one interesting? New England has one-point losses to Tampa Bay and Dallas, teams that have an elite quarterback game. Justin Herbert is that, but he will commit a couple of turnovers in this game that will allow the Pats to stay. Mac Jones might even have a chance to win in the end. We will stay with the home team.

Choose: Chargers 28, Patriots 25

  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks (-3.5)

Sunday, 4:05 pm, CBS

The Jaguars had a bye week and now travel to Seattle, which will arrive in a short week and relies on veteran official Geno Smith to keep the offense afloat. Seattle hasn’t been good at home this season, but they find the way to win ugly.

Choose: Seahawks 24, Jaguars 23

  • Washington soccer team at Denver Broncos (-3.5)

Sunday, 4:25 pm, FOX

The Broncos return home to the NFL’s third-best scoring defense (18.1). Washington, meanwhile, has allowed 30 points per game this season. Teddy Bridgewater has made nine sacks in the past three weeks, so expect Washington to increase the pressure. We’re tempted to go to the trouble here, but we’ll keep home.

Choose: Broncos 28, Washington 21

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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4.5) vs. New Orleans Saints

Sunday, 4:25 pm, FOX

It’s a conservative extension for the Buccaneers, who continue to mourn Tom Brady. Tampa Bay is 0-3 ATS on the road, so don’t be surprised if the Saints keep it close after a short week. However, we are still picking Tampa Bay to win.

Choose: Buccaneers 33, Santos 29

  • Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, 8:20 pm, NBC

The Cowboys are 6-0 ATS and are coming off a bye week, but Minnesota also had a bye week and is at home. Mike McCarthy knows this trap well from his Green Bay days. Minnesota relies on Dalvin Cook and tough defense to keep the Cowboys off the field. The Vikings make a clean sweep of the NFC North losers who win this week. It’s another SNF classic.

Choose: Vikings 30, Cowboys 27

  • New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (-10)

Monday, 8:15 pm, ESPN

What the heck is going on with the two-time defending AFC champion Chiefs? That question will continue to come up, but Patrick Mahomes should come back against a Giants team that is dealing with its own injury problems. Kansas City is 2-5 ATS and this is a double digit difference, but they do it just in time for a Week 9 showdown against Green Bay.

Choose: Heads 34, Giants 23

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