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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 8 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 29 - November 1

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 29

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-8, 51) 8:25 pm - Anybody thinking the Dolphins are going to win this game just hasn't been paying much attention over the past decade or so. New England rarely loses at home.

The Patriots are 3-0 at home this season and were 7-1 last year and 8-0 in 2013. Miami's last two visits to Foxboro resulted in defeats by 41-13 (2014) and 27-17 (2013), so, let history be your guide.

Prediction: Patriots 34 Dolphins 20


Sunday, November 1

Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs (-4 1/2, 45) (London) 9:30 am - Those Brits must sure love American football, because it seems like the NFL sends a few teams over there every week. Too bad the better teams are never sent, or the British could actually see what real football looks like.

This week's traveling circus features two tams with a combined record of 3-11, so not a very representative sample of quality. The Chiefs managed to win just their second game of the season last week, trampling a beat-up Steelers team by a 23-13 score. The Lions went their usual route of surrendering by half time, losing, 28-19, at home, to the Vikings.

Kansas City may be marginally better than the Lions, but the points are too many to refuse. Take the Lions and hope that Matt Stafford finds some targets.

Prediction: Lions 23 Chiefs 17


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-7 1/2, 48 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Bucs blew a big lead at Washington last week, allowing the Rerdskins to steal one, 31-30. Atlanta played an unusually tough defensive game, winning at Tennessee, 10-7, remaining the only threat to Carolina in the NFC South at 6-1.

Tampa Bay has already won two games this season, one of them at New Orleans, so it's not out of the realm of possibilities that they may actually be improving.

James Winston is a keeper at QB for the Bucs, but Matt Ryan, the Atlanta QB, is miles ahead in experience and experience will win this game. Besides, Tampa's defense is the league's worst, tied with the Bears, allowing 29.8 points per game.

Prediction: Falcons 31 Buccaneers 13


San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens (-3, 50) 1:00 pm - A tough spot for the Chargers after being ambushed last week in Oakland, suffering a 37-29 defeat to the Raiders.

The Ravens return home after Monday night's mess at Arizona, a 26-18 loss, though Baltimore had a chance to tie the game with seconds remaining, but Joe Flacco was picked off in the end zone.

Baltimore is in sore need of a win and so are the 2-5 Chargers. Despite all the points San Diego scores, their defense finds ways to allow even more (28.3 per game).

Prediction: Ravens 35 Chargers 33


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Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (even, 42 1/2) 1:00 pm - Odd how this game isn't looking like a big win for the Vikings, who are 4-2 and looking good after bumping off Detroit last week.

Minnesota is a perfect 3-0 at home, while the Bears are 1-2 on the road. Despite their games being close, one would have to figure on the Vikings holding their own at the windy city since the Chicago defense apparently can't stop anything better than a high school team (allowing 29.8 points per game). On defense alone, the Vikings should win, as they allow only 17.0 points per outing.

These two split last season's games, each winning at home, so some caution is advised.

Prediction: Vikings 24 Bears 21


Arizona Cardinals (-5, 46) at Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm - Cleveland is doing its usual midseason swan song, losing four of their last five, and nothing appears about to change that, Johnny Football or not.

In fact, if Cleveland would like to see how a competent quarterback operates, they can just view the film of any of Carson Palmer's games this season. The Cardinals are not about to give up the lead they;ve established in the NFC West, plus, they get a bye after this game, prior to a big meeting with the Seahawks on November 15.

Shouldn't be much of an issue for the Cardinals to win in Cleveland, as the weather will actually be pretty nice. The Browns only score 21 points per game, near the bottom of the league.

Prediction: Cardinals 27 Browns 17


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Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-4, 42 1/2) 1:00 pm - This should qualify as the "must-miss" game of the week. The Texans are favored only because they have two wins (2-5), as opposed to the 1-5 record of the Titans, who have lost their last five in a row.

Houston likely has a more talented roster, though it depends on how the coaches intend to use their various options. Tennessee is already on life support, and will start Zach Mettenberger at QB, while Houston will be without the services of Arian Foster (who hasn't exactly been tearing it up, anyway).

Houston beat the Titans twice last season, 30-16, in Tennessee, and a 45-21 slaughter at Houston later in the year. Look for the dominance to continue. Forget the Titans.

Prediction: Texans 34 Titans 17


New York Giants at New Orleans Saints (-3, 49) 1:00 pm - Big game for both teams since the Saints have now won two straight and seem to have turned things around after their 0-3 start.

At 3-4, the season is far from over for New Orleans and the 4-3 Giants hold a slim lead in the NFC East. This should be a fun game for players and fans alike, a showcase for Drew Brees and Eli Manning, both of who can light up the scoreboard.

Looks like one of the higher-scoring games of the week, and, at home, the Saints are more likely to win this on a late field goal or in overtime.

Prediction: Saints 37 Giants 34


Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (even, 48 1/2) 1:00 pm - With Landry Jones behind center, the Steelers have become competitive, but the Bengals are a threat to every defense in the league, led by Andy Dalton, and A.J. Green.

The Bengals have blown up the schedule and the division, going 6-0 before last week's bye. Having these guys rested is not going to have the Steelers feeling all warm and fuzzy. Cindy should blow away their traditional rivals and make another statement to the rest of the league.

Prediction: Bengals 31 Steelers 14


San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams (-9 1/2, 39 1/2) 1:00 pm - Amazingly, the Rams are closest to the Cardinals in the NFC west, while the 49ers have completely fallen apart, now 2-5 after their mauling by the Seahawks, 20-3, last Thursday.

St. Louis defenders are licking their chops to get after Colin Kaepernick, who, in the course of just two seasons, seems to have lost all concept of running an offense. Maybe it's the scheme to blame, but the SF QB has to take the heat.

The Rams pounded Cleveland on the road last week, 20-6, and the defense just keeps getting better. Bad news for 'Niner fans.

Prediction: Rams 24 49ers 10

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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