Taylor’s NFL Picks-Week 8

Taylor Hauck

(Winning picks in BOLD)

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The panthers have won two games in a row and have reached .500 on the season. They look to make it a third win in as many games when they play the winless Buccaneers. Tampa Bay can’t seem to find an answer and are unable to compete for a win. Cam Newton needs to play better if the Panthers want to continue their hot streak. Expect a blowout win for Carolina.

San Francisco 49ers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

The 49ers have won four straight games and remain just a game behind the Seahawks in their division. San Francisco has come on strong with more consistent play by their quarterback and defense. Jacksonville has yet to win a game this season. Expect the 49ers to win by a big margin in Jacksonville.

Dallas Cowboys @ Detroit Lions

The Cowboys took over sole possession of the NFC East with a win over the Eagles on Sunday. Dallas has been a lot better than their record indicates. Look for Tony Romo to lead his team to another victory on Sunday. Detroit hasn’t reached their high expectations to this point, but they only trail the Packers by a game in the division. Look for a good game between the Cowboys and Lions, with the Cowboys prevailing in the end.

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles desperately need Michael Vick back at quarterback. Their game this weekend proved that Vick is their only true starting quarterback. Running back LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing yards, and will need to be relied on heavily against the Giants. The Giants have struggled all season but look to play spoiler for teams fighting for playoff spots. The Eagles have lost nine straight home games, but they should end that streak with a win over New York.

Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City has reached 7-0 and show no signs of stopping. They aren’t the strongest of teams to start 7-0, but expect them to continue to win. They should roll over the Browns, who have fallen off the map since a brief streak of wins a few weeks ago. The Chiefs own the AFC West after the Broncos faltered in Indianapolis.

Buffalo Bills @ New Orleans Saints

The Saints had some time to put the game against the Patriots behind them. The Saints had a bye week and look to come out of the bye stronger. They have a two-game division lead and should handily beat the Bills. However, the Bills have played above expectations after having to replace a couple quarterbacks due to injury. The Bills should compete, but the Saints will win.

Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots

New England suffered a heartbreaking loss on a controversial call to the Jets in overtime. Look for Tom Brady to bounce his team back and find a way to beat the Dolphins. The return of Rob Gronkowski gives Tom Brady a consistent receiver. Miami suffered a setback to the Bills and haven’t been the same team since their 3-0 start. Look for an entertaining game in New England, with the Patriots picking up the win.

New York Jets @ Cincinnati Bengals

The Jets have some momentum after a monumental win over the Patriots and look to use that momentum to defeat the Bengals. The Bengals have a different plan. Cincinnati has won three straight and has the AFC North division lead. Look for Andy Dalton to stay hot at quarterback and lead his team to a win over the Jets at home.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Oakland Raiders

The Steelers have won two-straight games and hope to make it three when they travel to Oakland. Pittsburgh’s defense has been strong and has allowed the Steelers to generate some wins. Expect the defense to continue stopping the opponent as the Steelers defeat the Raiders. Oakland’s defense has allowed a lot of points, which paves the way for another loss.

Washington Redskins @ Denver Broncos

The Broncos suffered a loss to the Colts in Manning’s return to Indianapolis. Manning will be able to rebound his team and pick up a win in Washington. Washington will have to put up another 45 points in order to beat Denver. However, Peyton Manning and his receivers should be too much for the Redskins to overcome. Washington needs a win to stay alive in the weak NFC East.

Atlanta Falcons @ Arizona Cardinals

The Falcons have been disappointing to this point, but have the chance to start a win streak. They won on Sunday and hope to win in Arizona this Sunday. Look for Matt Ryan to improve his game at quarterback and start a comeback for the Falcons. Arizona is giving up a lot of points and will need to start shutting down opponents to win. Expect a close and competitive game.

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay took over the NFC North lead after a dismal 1-2 start to the campaign. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been the same quarterback we have seen in years past, but he is finding a way for his team to win. With TE Jermichael Finley probably out for the game, the Packers will need someone to step up and fill his shoes. Meanwhile, the Vikings have had a poor start to the season and running back Adrian Peterson has failed to rush for a lot of yards. Expect an easy win for Green Bay.

Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams

Seattle has the best record in the NFC. Look for Seattle to dismantle the Rams on Monday Night Football. St. Louis needs a win or they will fall deeper in a hole in their division. Seattle should prove too powerful for the Rams.