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Week 8: Rick: 6-8; Coin: 4-10
Cumulative: Rick: 65-69-1; Coin: 66-68-1

Thursday, November 7

8:20 pm Los Angeles Chargers (-1, 48 1/2) at Oakland Raiders - In their huge, 26-11, win over Green Bay, the Chargers' defense rose to the occasion and the team is once again in the mix for the AFC West. Their 168 points allowed over nine games is the lowest in the division.

Oakland is also coming off a win, 31-24, over Detroit. Their defense isn't anywhere near up to the task of stopping LA, and the offense might find the going a bit tough. Have to side with the Chargers here, following their complete shutdown of Aaron Rodgers and the quality Green Bay offense.

Coin Flip: Los Angeles Chargers

Prediction: Chargers 27 Raiders 17

Sunday, November 10

1:00 pm Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4 1/2, 51 1/2) - Tampa Bay played Seattle to a draw in regulation, but lost in overtime, 40-34, marking their fourth consecutive defeat.

Considering the low quality of Tampa's defense (31.5 points per game, second-last, ahead of only Miami) and QB James Winston's penchant for turning the ball over, the Cardinals have a real shot at picking up another road win to add to their 2-2 away mark. The Cardinals continue to grow and the Bucs are a team they can beat.

Coin Flip: Tampa Bay

Prediction: Cardinals 37 Buccaneers 31

1:00 pm Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-13, 51) - Hard to believe, but Atlanta has just one win in eight games this season and are pretty much assured they won't make the playoffs. Matt Schaub replaced the ailing Matt Ryan last week and Ryan is again questionable for this encounter.

New Orleans has compiled six straight wins, has Drew Brees back behind center and had last week off. Little doubt how this should unravel for the Falcons, who have the third-worst defense in the NFL.

Coin Flip: New Orleans

Prediction: Saints 38 Falcons 16

1:00 pm Baltimore Ravens (-10, 45 1/2) at Cincinnati Bengals - Coming off the monster, 37-20, win over the Patriots, the Ravens hit the road but best beware of the emotional letdown and post-Sunday night travel. It's not a long trip to Cincy, but the Bengals are desperate for a win.

The Bengals haven't won a game all season, though they've been within a score on most occasions. They lost, 24-10, in London two weeks ago and had a bye last week. Five of their eight losses have been by 10 points or fewer and their last meeting at Baltimore resulted in a 23-17 defeat, October 13. An upset is unlikely, though a close game for what may be an unenthusiastic Ravens team may be in order.

Coin Flip: Cincinnati

Prediction: Ravens 24 Bengals 19

1:00 pm Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns (-3, 40) - When is the world going to realize that Odell Beckham Jr. is poison? The Browns were a hot item late last season, but, with Beckham on the roster this year, they just plain stink. Everywhere he goes, Beckham ruins quarterbacks and it's probable that Baker Mayfield has had enough of Odell calling for the ball when he's not open or not the primary receiver.

The Bills got back on the winning track last week, ripping Washington, 24-9. The Bills are 3-0 away from New Era Field, and their defense is among the league's best.

Coin Flip: Cleveland

Prediction: Bills 24 Browns 21

1:00 pm Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (-2 1/2, 42 1/2) - When it comes to disappointment, the Bears rank high on the list. At 3-5, losers of four straight, Chicago's offense simply is not getting the job done. Last week, they managed just two touchdowns at Philadelphia in a 22-14 defeat. The Bears were supposed to contend for the NFC North, but are currently in last place.

The Lions may not be much better, but they were not supposed to be. Two of their four losses have been by four and one point, to Kansas City and Green Bay, respectively. If the Bears' defense is on the field too much - a good possibility - Matthew Stafford has the goods to pull of the road win.

Coin Flip: Detroit

Prediction: Lions 23 Bears 13

1:00 pm Kansas City Chiefs (-4 1/2, 48 1/2) at Tennessee Titans - The Titans return from a sorry trip to Carolina where they were roundly beaten, 30-20, only to find Nashville occupied by fans of the Chiefs and the return of starting QB, Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs managed to win two of three with Matt Moore at QB, and their loss to Green Bay was only by a TD.

At 4-5, the Titans are an enigma, but they only beat second-rate teams (Cleveland, Atlanta, Chargers, Tampa Bay). The Chiefs are top-flight and should tear them up.

Coin Flip: Tennessee

Prediction: Chiefs 31 Titans 17

1:00 pm New York Giants (-2 1/2. 43 1/2) at New York Jets - A team has to be really bad to lose to the Dolphins, but that's exactly what the Jets did this past Sunday. Not much analysis is needed in the battle for the Big Apple because the Giants, although they have lost five straight, are more balanced and should manage to keep the Jets out of the end zone for most of the game.

The Giants view this as a home game, so there's no reason they can't engineer a victory.

Coin Flip: New York Giants

Prediction: Giants 26 Jets 20

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