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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 8 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 30-31

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Sunday, Oct. 30

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-9, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Leading off the weekend with what looks somewhat like a no-brainer, the Colts have been horrible, running up an 0-7 record, while the Titans are 3-3, having lost two straight, albeit to a couple of solid franchises: Pittsburgh and Houston.

This could be a lot closer in the end than the line is indicating, but it also could be a lot worse. New Orleans pounded the Colts, 62-7, Sunday night, so, not only is the offense for Indy absent, the defense appears ready to fold up completely as well. In the case of imminent shutdown of all on-field activity, the only way to play this is on the Titans.

Prediction: Titans 28 Colts 13


Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-10, 40 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Texans ravaged the Titans last week by a 41-7 score, improving to 4-3 on the season and looking like the team to beat in the AFC South.

On Monday night, Jacksonville only scored four field goals, but it was more than enough to knock of heavily-favored Baltimore, 12-7, erasing a five-game losing streak. The Jaguar defense completely befuddled the Raven offense, and the Jags continue to move upwards in the NFL's defensive rankings. They are now 8th in points allowed (19.9) and sixth in yardage allowed, at 299.7, which is pretty good for a 2-5 team.

These two split their games last season, each home team coming away with a win, and this being the first meeting this season, that trend may just continue. If the Jags can score two TDs, it may be enough to flummox the Texans and tighten up the divisional race.

Prediction: Jaguars 16 Texans 13


Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens (-13, 44) 1:00 pm - The Ravens looked like they needed another bye week to revanp their offense in the surprising, 12-7, loss to Jacksonville last week, but they have to come home from a Monday night beating to host the Cardinals on Sunday.

Fortunately, they will not be facing anything close to what the Jaguars put on the field defensively; Arizona is 25th defensively in yards allowed and 28th in the league in points allowed, yielding 25.5 per game, roughly what the Ravens routinely score (25.8 ppg).

Baltimore still leads the league in overall defense, both in scoring and yardage allowed and should be able to control the Cardinals' offensive thrust. Arizona is traditionally a poor play when traveling East, and they are just 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.

Prediction: Ravens 37 Cardinals 10


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Miami Dolphins at NY Giants (-10, 43) 1:00 pm - This should be a good place for the Giants to begin solidifying their vulnerable NFC East lead, at 4-2, ahead of the Cowboys and Redskins by just one game, but this current Giants team has had a propensity to play just well enough to win at home. Witness the ATS and SU loss to Seattle two weeks ago and the push in their 27-24 win over Buffalo last week.

Playing in their third straight home game would normally be considered a strong reason to lay the points, but a turnover or a late, meaningless score could upset Giants' bettors.

Miami, a lightweight on offense, averaging just 15 points per outing in 2011, does have an equalizer on defense, giving up 24.3 ppg to the Giants' 24.5.

Prediction: Giants 27 Dolphins 20


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Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers (-3, 48) 1:00 pm - Now that the Panthers have established they can win games on the strength of rookie QB Cam Newton's play, beating Washington last week, 33-20, for their second win of the year, one has to question by the line is so short here.

The probable cause is how well Minnesota played last Sunday at Green Bay, covering the 10-point line, though losing 33-27. The Vikings may have turned a corner, replacing Donovan McNabb at QB with rookie Christian Ponder, and no doubt, he's heard of Newton's exploits and won't want to be shown up.

On paper, the Vikings have a much better defense than the Panthers, which may be the difference in a game highlighting two high-draft pick quarterbacks.

Prediction: Vikings 31 Panthers 28


New Orleans Saints (-13, 47 1/2) at St. Louis Rams 1:00 pm - The Saints have wrested control of the NFC South and should at least keep their one-game lead over Atlanta and Tampa Bay as they travel to play the winless, 0-6, Rams.

It's significant that the Saints will be playing indoors on artificial turf, their preferred field surface, while the Rams haven't shown any propensity to win anything other than the #1 draft pick in next year's college pick 'em. The Saints lead the league in scoring at 34.1 ppg, while the Rams are dead last, at 9.3. It doesn't really get any more lopsided than that and the score will be a reflection of those statistical realities.

Prediction: Saints 38 Rams 7

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