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Sport NFL picks, predictions for Week 8: Ravens hand Steelers first loss; Saints beat Bears; Browns upset

14:50  29 october  2020
14:50  29 october  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Report: Raiders to host recently reinstated DE David Irving on visit

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Week 8 of the NFL season features the renewal of a classic AFC North rivalry with high stakes in the playoff race.

Pittsburgh (6-0) is the last unbeaten team remaining in the NFL. The Steelers rank in the top 10 in offense and defense and have a chance to take a two-game lead in the division race. The Ravens (5-1) have the top-scoring defense in the NFL, and Lamar Jackson leads a top-10 offense. It promises to be a physical matchup and a close game.

That’s not the only good divisional matchup on the schedule. The Seahawks and 49ers renew their NFC West rivalry, and the Bills have a chance to bury the Patriots in the AFC East standings. For those that can’t avoid watching NFC East TV, the Eagles-Cowboys Sunday Night Football matchup should produce drama.

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  • Last Week: 10-4
  • Season: 35-20

With that as the mind, below are our picks and predictions for Week 8 of the NFL season.

MORE: NFL power rankings for Week 8

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NFL picks, predictions for Week 8

  • Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (-3)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX/NFL Network

The Panthers beat the Falcons 23-16 in Week 5, and Atlanta is coming off yet another heart-breaking loss to Detroit. Teddy Bridgewater helps Carolina end a two-game skid with a season sweep of their division rivals.

Pick: Panthers 27, Falcons 24

  • New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Patriots haven't lost four straight games since 2002, and the poor quarterback play is eye-opening. New England QBs have combined for just three TDs and 11 interceptions this season. The Bills will be more than happy to pile on.

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  Bills hosting former first-rounder Darron Lee on visit Darron Lee has not played since the 2019 season, having begun this year with a suspension. But the Bills are looking into adding the former Jets first-round pick. The Bills are hosting Lee for a second time, per ESPN.com’s Field Yates. The NFL banned Lee for four games to start this season, marking the second time the once-coveted prospect has served a four-game suspension.Buffalo has seen starter Matt Milano bounce in and out of its lineup this season. He and Tremaine Edmunds have combined to miss four games.

Pick: Bills 27, Patriots 14

  • Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns (-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

The Browns lost Odell Beckham Jr. to a torn ACL, but Baker Mayfield showed he can work with the other receivers. Las Vegas is 2-1 on the road, and the Raiders have won the last two meetings against Cleveland. Anticipate a wild finish between two playoff contenders.

Pick: Raiders 29, Browns 27

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  • Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) at Detroit Lions

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Matthew Stafford revived the Lions' season with a last-second TD pass to T.J. Hockenson, and Detroit suddenly has life in the NFC playoff race. The Colts had a bye week to prepare, but they are also 1-2 on the road this season. Detroit's Matthew Stafford outduels Indy's Philip Rivers here.

Pick: Lions 27, Colts 24

  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-4.5)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Lamar Jackson threw three interceptions in his only start against the Steelers last season, but the Ravens still won 26-23. Baltimore had an extra week to get ready, and they take advantage in what should be the best game of the weekend.

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  Chiefs' Chris Jones has laughable comment about winless Jets Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones reacts to Falcons' win vs. Panthers on "TNF" in Week 8.

Pick: Ravens 30, Steelers 27

  • Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

It's a rematch from a Week 1 shootout between NFC North rivals. Minnesota had a bye week to prepare and will be playing with a sense of desperation, but it's hard to trust a team that has surrendered 27 points or more in every game this season. The Packers are still battling injuries to some stars, but they keep rolling the division.

Pick: Packers 33, Vikings 22

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  • New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs (-20)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

It's a huge point spread, but this is a lopsided matchup for a reason. The Jets are averaging just 12.1 points per game, and Kansas City learned its lesson from taking an opponent too lightly in Week 5 against the Raiders. The only questions here are whether the Chiefs cover – and whether Le'Veon Bells gets in the end zone against his former team.

Pick: Chiefs 37, Jets 13

  • Los Angeles Rams (-3.5) at Miami Dolphins

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Tua Tagovailoa will make his first start, and the Rams are coming off a short week after Monday Night Football. Los Angeles ranks in the top five in sacks per game, and that pressure will create a few turnovers. Tua, meet Aaron Donald.

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Pick: Rams 29, Dolphins 20

  • Tennessee Titans (-5.5) at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Joe Burrow continues to impress as a rookie, but the Bengals have been outscored 73-43 in the fourth quarter this season. Tennessee presents too many problems for Cincinnati's defense.

Pick: Titans 28, Bengals 19

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  • Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5) at Denver Broncos

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS

Drew Lock hasn't thrown a TD pass in his last two starts, and Justin Herbert has seven TDs and no interceptions the last two weeks. Lock, however, finds a groove at home against a defense that allows 253.2 yards per game.

Pick: Broncos 27, Chargers 25

  • New Orleans Saints (-2.5) at Chicago Bears

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX

The Saints have quietly won three straight games since the "Sunday Night Football" loss to Green Bay, and Drew Brees completed 29 of 36 passes last week against the Panthers. Brees has won his last four starts against Chicago, too.

Pick: Saints 28, Bears 24

  • San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-3)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX

The NFC West grinder continues, and Seattle will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season. The 49ers and Seahawks have split their last four meetings. San Francisco has allowed just 11 points per game the last two weeks. Seattle has played in five straight one score games, and that experience pays off in a classic.

Report: Bills to host CB Daryl Worley on visit

  Report: Bills to host CB Daryl Worley on visit Daryl Worley might have a chance to land on his feet quickly. Shortly after the Cowboys released the veteran cornerback, he made arrangements to visit Buffalo to meet with Bills brass.The Cowboys cut Worley on Wednesday, doing so after attempting to trade the fifth-year defender. Had Worley been jettisoned a week later, he would have been subject to waivers. But because Worley was axed before the trade deadline, he moved directly to free agency because of his vested-veteran status.

Pick: 49ers 29, Seahawks 26

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  • Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The Cowboys might go quarterback shopping this week, but it’s a dreadful defense that continues to be the biggest problem. Carson Wentz has passed for multiple TDs in his last three starts, and he improves to 4-4 as a starter against Dallas.

Pick: Eagles 30, Cowboys 20

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants

Monday, 8:15 p.m., NBC

Tom Brady comes to the Big Apple, but Eli Manning won't be on the other sideline. The Buccaneers' pass rush will overwhelm Daniel Jones, and Tampa Bay's offense continues to put up big numbers. Brady has just one interception in his last four games.

Pick: Buccaneers 34, Giants 19

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