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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 8 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 31

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Sunday, October 31

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (-2, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Just because the Bengals are at home and apparently a lot of people think this 2-4 team of under-performers (slackers) is somehow good, they ar a slight favorite against the rugged Dolphins.

Cincinnati has lost three straight and even the bye week did them no good, as they came off it and lost at Atlanta, 39-32. The two previous losses were to Cleveland and Tampa Bay, not exactly Super Bowl contenders. Offensively, the Bengals aren't bad, averaging 371 yards and 22 points per adventure, but the defense hashit the skids, allowing 340 yards and 23.5 points per game.

Miami beat the Packers in Green Bay two weeks back and were quite unlucky in their 23-22 home loss to the Steelers. The Dolphins have proven they can run with the big dogs; the Bengals are still sitting on the porch.

Prediction: Dolphins 30 Bengals 24

Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys (-6 1/2, 42 1/2) 1:00 pm - Well, the Cowboys' dream season is just about over, now that QB Tony Romo (who deserves much of the blame but will receive none) is out 6-8 weeks and the offense will be led by the ageless Zeke Bartkow.... um, Jim Zor... uh, Jon Kitna, that's the guy.

The 41-35 loss to the Giants wasn't as close as it looks; the G-Men had a 38-20 lead after three quarters and just kind of coasted with the game well in hand.

It's easy to hate the Cowboys now that they're 1-5, and picking them to win by a TD over the 3-4 Jaguars (who have issues of their own) is like betting a drunk won't fall down after he's done so five times already, though with David Garrard out, that means Buffalo cast-off Trent Edwards will be the starter at QB. Edwards, known as Captain Check-down when with the Bills, may find a home in the Jacksonville offense. Here's his chance.

Prediction: Jaguars 19 Cowboys 17

Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions (-2 1/2, 44) 1:00 pm - It appears Matthew Stafford will be back behind center this week for the Lions, which is a very positive development. Stafford has a nice complement of receivers and the Redskins have shown a propensity for failure in the secondary. They're 31st in pass yards allowed, averaging 292.1 per game. Only Houston is worse.

While the Lions are just 1-5, they are capable of beating Washington with a healthy Stafford. To the Redskins' credit, Donovan McNabb has performed admirably without a whole lot of weapons at his disposal, but they will be running smack into a team with nothing to lose in the Lions. Troublesome.

Prediction: Lions 34 Redskins 27

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (-7 1/2, 44 1/2) 1:00 pm - Since Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken over as the starting quarterback, the Bills have been much more explosive on offense, having put up 30 on New England, 26 against the Jags and 34 last week at Baltimore, though still losing every one of those games.

Buffalo's defensive problems appear to be at linebacker and up front, where they haven't been able to pressure many QBs. That's going to be a problem against the upstart Chiefs, a team beginning to believe in itself. KC's two losses have come at Indy and Houston, and they rebounded at home with a blowout, 42-20, win over Jacksonville last week. With the kind of defense the Chiefs present (18.7 ppg, tied for 7th), don't expect Buffalo to get any easy scores.KC may run it up here.

Prediction: Chiefs 38 Bills 20

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Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams (-3, 37) 1:00 pm - The Panthers actually won a game last week, so they're probably good for the season, especially since it was at home and against the uninspired and most-disappointing 49ers. The Rams, meanwhile, may be the best story of the season. At 3-4, they're still very much in the hunt for the NFC West title, having already registered a win over the current division leader, Seattle.

The Rams could very well be 6-1, considering that they lost their opener to Arizona by four points, lost at Oakland in week 2 by two points and last week were beaten with ten seconds left in the game, 18-17, by the Buccaneers. The Rams are much better than their record shows and this one could turn into a wide-open affair if Sam Bradford and Steven jackson get the St. Louis offense rolling early. Despite this game featuring two of the least-productive offenses in the league (Carolina is dead last at 12.5 ppg), early offense could change the nature of this match-up

Prediction: Rams 31 Panthers 20

Green Bay Packers at NY Jets (-6, 42 1/2) 1:00 pm - In what could turn out to be a Super Bowl preview, the Jets come off their bye week sporting a six-game win streak, but they run into one of the better - and hotter - teams in the league.

Green Bay is just 4-3, but that's good enough for a first place tie with the Bears atop the NFC North. After taking out the Vikings - and Brett Favre - last Sunday night, the Packers look like a team geared for a solid stretch run. They still have this game and Dallas before their bye, and the second half of the season doesn't get any easier for them, so this will be a big test for them.

The Packers' three losses have each been by three points, so having the Jets offer up 6 points is a bit of a stretch, though if any defense can slow down Aaron Rodgers and his elite receiving corps, it would be the Jets. Take the Jets to keep winning, but not by much.

Prediction: Jets 26 Packers 24


Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers (even, 42) 1:00 pm - There's still a feeling that the 49ers will suddenly awaken and become the team that won five of their last eight games in 2009, but even if they do that, they still won't be very good. Those 2009 wins came over Chicago, Jacksonville, Arizona, Detroit and St. Louis, in that order, and the last two were against depleted units who were just playing out the string.

People need to face reality in San Francisco. Their Giants may be in the World Series, but these 49ers are not about to make the city by the bay the home of champions. Joe Montana, steve Young and Jerry Rice are long gone, and Mike singletary could be saying "a-a-adios!" very shortly if the 'Niners don't win soon.

Sorry to say, even though Oakland hung 59 on the Broncos last week, they have a better nucleus than San Francisco, though not by much.

Prediction: Broncos 20 49ers 17

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