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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 8 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 25-29, 2012

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Bye: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston

Thursday, October 25

Tampa Bay at Minnesota (-7, 42) 8:20 pm - These two teams met last September, with Tampa Bay coming away with a 24-20 win on the road, but the Vikings are playing solidly on both sides of the ball and their defense should be able to hold off the Buccaneer offense adequately.

Minnesota QB Christian Ponderis developing into a reliable starter and should relish playing against the porous Tampa secondary, allowing 323 yards per game, second-worst in the league behind the Redskins.

Looks like a fairly easy win and cover for the Vikes.

Prediction: Vikings 27 Buccaneers 10


Sunday, October 28

Jacksonville at Green Bay (-15, 48 1/2) 1:00 pm - No line currently, due to injuries on both sides. The Packers' Charles Woodson is out with a broken collarbone, while Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert has a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, though is expected to play. If he's unable to go, Chad Henne gets the start.

Update: Woodson is out for the Pack and it appears Henne gets the start, but no matter who's behind center for the Jags, they're one of the worst - if not the worst - teams in the league. Packers are beginning to show some moxie and are playing at a much higher level than Jacksonville, which should result in a major blowout.

Prediction: Packers 42 Jaguars 14


Miami at NY Jets (-2 12, 41) 1:00 pm - At 3-3, the Miami Dolphins have to be feeling pretty good, returning to action after two straight wins and a bye to face the Jets, who suffered a devastating loss to New England, 29-26, in a game they could have and probably should have won.

Meeting twice each season, the record shows an even 5-5 record head-to-head over the past five seasons, both SU and ATS. They played earlier this season, and the Jets eeked out a 23-20 win at Miami. The games are generally close calls.

The Jets' defense not being as good as usual, allowing 24.3 ppg presents possibilities for the Dolphins, who can keep pace with the Patriots in the division with a win. Looking like a good spot for the minor upset.

Prediction: Dolphins 23 Jets 20


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San Diego (-2 1/2, 44) at Cleveland 1:00 pm - Tied with the Broncos at 3-3 for the AFC West lead, the Chargers will be looking to win for the third time on the road in four tries this season and there isn't a much better place to go than Cleveland, 1-2 at home and 1-6 overall.

While the Chargers have the usual assortment of offensive weapons at their disposal, the defense has been lacking, though not too bad against the run, allowing just 71.2 yards per game. That should allow the secondary to focus on Cleveland's passing game and rushing QB Brandon Weeden, especially with RB Trent Richardson nursing sore ribs.

Prediction: Chargers 31 Browns 20


Indianapolis at Tennessee (-3 1/2, 46 1/2) 1:00 pm - This is likely to be one of the more entertaining games of the weekend, as the Titans have won two straight, beating Pittsburgh and Buffalo, and can get to .500 with a win (currently, 3-4), and Indianapolis is 3-3, winning last week over Cleveland, 17-13.

The Colts and their rookie QB, Andrew Luck, have had their ups and downs, but they should be licking their chops over the 34 points the Titans allowed at Buffalo last week. Getting points, despite being on the road, where they are 0-2, is a pretty juicy proposition.

Prediction: Colts 27 Titans 20


New England (-7, 46 1/2) at St. Louis 1:00 pm - The Rams are 3-1 at home while the Patriots are 2-2 on the road, yet the wise guys making the line in Vegas seem to believe that the Pats are seven points better.

The stats don't back up that position, except that the Patriots are scoring 31 points per game, compared to just 18.6 for the Rams, but the game will come down to which QB you trust more to guide his team to a win: Tom Brady or Sam Bradford, and that's probably an easy decision.

Brady has the Patriots alone in first place in the AFC East, albeit only at 4-3, but it's doubtful they'll give up the top spot against the rising Rams.

Prediction: Patriots 30 Rams 21


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Atlanta at Philadelphia (-2, 46 1/2) 1:00 pm - Well, this pivotal game could be a playoff preview, that is, if the Eagles find their bearings before Matt Ryan runs them out of their own town.

The underperforming Eagles are 3-3, allow more points against them than they score (20.8-17.2) and are statistically deficient against the 6=- Falcons, the only remaining unbeaten team in the league.

There are three reasons to take the Eagles: 1. Michael Vick, playing against his former team; 2. home field (Eagles are 2-1); 3. Necessity. The Eagles need this win badly.

Prediction: Eagles 24 Falcons 20


Carolina at Chicago (-8, 43) 1:00 pm - As they say in New York, fageddaboudit! Carolina, headed by crybaby Cam Newton, is 1-5, their most recent disgrace a 19-14 give-away to Dallas, at home.

Meanwhile, the Bears are in the no-prisoner business, their only loss a 23-10 defeat at Green Bay, a game that will be avenged on December 16, when the Packers visit Chi-town.

This one is "no contest," and probably will be over after three quarters. Boo-hoo, Newton.

Prediction: Bears 34 Panthers 13

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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