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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 8 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 23-26

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 23

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (-7 1/2, 51) 8:25 pm - Chargers lost a tough one at home - snapping a five-game winning streak - to the Chiefs, 23-20, on Sunday and now must travel to face the always-dangerous Broncos, themselves coming off a 42-17 rout of the 49ers on Sunday night.

The Chargers always play the Broncos tough, splitting with them last year, each team winning on the road, so expect this to be a thriller between Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers.

Prediction: Broncos 31 Chargers 28


Sunday, October 26

Detroit (-4, 47) vs. Atlanta (in London) 9:30 am - The Lions find themselves tied with Green Bay for the lead in the NFC North, both teams 5-2, while the Falcons are floundering as they did last season, sporting a 2-5 mark and a 0-4 record on the road.

The Lions must not get complacent after whipping New Orleans last week, 24-23, but after Baltimore dominated Atlanta in a 29-7 week seven win, this game looks like another stinker for fans across the pond.

Prediction: Lions 31 Falcons 14


Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (-3, 41) 1:00 pm - The Bills thrilled upstate NY fans with a last-second, 17-16, win over Minnesota last week while the Jets were resting after almost upsetting New England on Thursday night, in a 27-25 defeat.

Both teams have the look of being a year or so away from being playoff-caliber squads, though the Bills are much better since switching from E.J. Manuel to Kyle Orton at QB. The Jets are sticking with Geno Smith as their signal-caller, who was improved against the Patriots, but still could not convert in key situations, resulting in four field goals in their most recent loss.

Buffalo's momentum should carry over into this game for a hard-fought win.

Prediction: Bills 23 Jets 17


Chicago Bears at New England Patriots (-7, 49 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Bears are probably welcoming a trip away from Soldier Field, where they are 0-3 this season, but they couldn't have chosen a more hostile place to play than in Foxboro, against the revitalized Patriots, owners of the seventh-best offense in the league (26.7 ppg).

Chicago's 27-14 loss to the Dolphins included just 14 first downs, three turnovers and booing from loyal fans. The noise this weekend will be cheers for the home team, as they run and throw over through and around the struggling Bears.

Prediction: Patriots 34 Bears 20


Miami Dolphins (-5, 43) at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 pm - Jacksonville got their first win of the season in convincing fashion with a 24-6 victory over the Browns and now seek to win their second straight, again on their home turf.

Miami has been playing solid football and trail the Bills by 1/2 game in the AFC East and will try to win their second straight and get over .500 (currently 3-3). Jacksonville's defense showed serious resolve in their win over Cleveland, holding the Browns to just 69 yards rushing and Browns' QB, Brian Hoyer, to a 16-for-41 passing performance.

Jacksonville got a confidence boost and will carry over the emotion to another upset victory.

Prediction: Jaguars 23 Dolphins 19


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Seattle Seahawks (-4 1/2, 44 1/2) at Carolina Panthers 1:00 pm - The Seahawks need to shake off back-to-back losses to Dallas and St. Louis and get back on track, which should occur on the road against the shaky Panthers, leaders of the NFC South with a 3-3-1 record.

Carolina hasn't looked particularly good in any aspect, but especially on defense, which gave up a boatload of big plays in their 38-17 loss at Green Bay last Sunday.

Seattle will be looking for the kill and Carolina QB, Cam Newton, should be running for his life.

Prediction: Seahawks 31 Panthers 21


Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3, 42) 1:00 pm - Tampa Bay hasd last week off while the Vikings suffered a gut-wrenching, 17-16, loss to the Bills in a game they dominated for the most part.

These are two of the weakest offensive teams in the league, but the Vikings at least play a little defense, which is better than can say the Bucs, last, at 34.0 points allowed per game.

Prediction: Vikings 17 Buccaneers 10


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Houston Texans (-2, 43) at Tennessee Titans 1:00 pm - Struggling without Jake Locker, the 2-5 Titans fell to Washington, 19-17, on a last-second field goal and are hopeful their regular starting quarterback will be behind center against this divisional opponent.

The 3-4 Texans are not exactly knocking it out of the park either, having lost their last three, including Monday night's 30-23 setback at Pittsburgh, but they do have the human highlight reel, J.J. Watts, and quality offensive players, so they should keep the chase up with a win here.

Prediction: Texans 24 Titans 19


St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs (-6, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Kansas City evened their record at 3-3 in a must-win victory at San Diego last week, and has to keep their momentum going in a positive direction, but it will be tough against the Rams, who proved world-beaters by topping Seattle last week, 28-26.

Both teams have to be thinking that winning this game will be of vital importance, considering their respective records and positions in their divisions, but the Rams have a very devil-may-care attitude which will serve them well against the solid defense of the Chiefs (20.2 ppg).

Prediction: Chiefs 24 Rams 21


Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (-2 1/2, 46) 1:00 pm - The Bengals are reeling after two losses and a tie in their last three, but they host the Ravens, who they have already beaten once this season - 23-16, in week one.

Baltimore is not going to be an easy out, however. The Ravens have gone 5-1 since that opening weekend and now have a healthy lead on the Bengals. They'll open the gap a little wider with a convincing win on the road. Baltimore is #1 on defense (14.9 ppg) and sixth (27.6 ppg) on offense.

Prediction: Ravens 27 Bengals 17

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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