NFL picks and predictions: Week 8

Seven weeks in, the NFL landscape has taken shape. Week 8 gives us a number of intriguing matchups, including the Philadelphia Eagles traveling south to take on the Dallas Cowboys in a battle between NFC East teams and their impressive rookie quarterbacks.

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We picked all of this weekend's games below. Take a gander and let us know where you disagree.

Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals (CIN -3)
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET

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The Bengals have yet to defeat an above-.500 team this season. In London, they'll be taking on Washington, which will need to win to stay on pace in the NFC East. But until Cincinnati proves that they can come out firing against a decent opponent, we're not comfortable picking them to beat one.

Pick: Redskins

Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers (CAR -2.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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The 1-5 Panthers are actually favored over Arizona this week in Carolina, but we're still not ready to put faith in a team whose only win came on Sept. 18 against San Francisco.

Pick: Cardinals

Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans (HOU -2.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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After three straight losses, the Lions are now winners of their last three. Houston, on the other hand, can't seem to put together any kind of consistency -- over their last six games, they've posted points totals of zero, 13 and nine in three losses. Against a Detroit team that finally seems like it's putting things together, we'd have a hard time taking the Texans.

Pick: Lions

Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints (SEA -2.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Seattle will look to extend its unbeaten streak to five games on Sunday in New Orleans, where their defense will look to contain Drew Brees to a pedestrian performance. If they can hold the Saints to a modest point total, Russell Wilson should be able to orchestrate an attack that will take advantage of New Orleans' putrid defensive corps.

Pick: Seahawks

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts (KC -2.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Kansas City has quietly worked its way up the list of contenders thus far, and travel to Indianapolis for Week 8, taking on a Colts team that has only beaten San Diego, Chicago and Tennessee. In a battle between a great defense and a fiery offense, we'll go with the ladder.

Pick: Chiefs

New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns (NYJ -3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets travel to Cleveland, where the Browns will attempt to win their first game of the season. While the Jets' recent struggles make it tempting to side with the good Cleveland vibes and take the Browns, we just can't do it.

Pick: Jets

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills (NE -6.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Had Buffalo won last week in Miami, this would be an intriguing game with severe divisional implications. As it happened, though, Buffalo simply needs to win just to stay within arm's reach of New England -- and after already topping them once this year, it's tough to see it happening again.

Pick: Patriots

Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB -1.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Tampa Bay enters as the favorite against the Raiders, who enter at 5-2. While the Bucs are winners of their last two games, Carolina and San Francisco haven't exactly been the most formidable foes in 2016. We'll go with the Raiders to take one on the road and improve to 6-2.

Pick: Raiders

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos (DEN -5.5)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

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These two teams link back up after facing off on Thursday night a few weeks back, when San Diego got its season on track with a gritty win in primetime. While San Diego has now strung together back-to-back impressive wins, it's hard to see lightning striking twice against Denver.

Pick: Broncos

Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons (ATL -3)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

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Atlanta's season is shaping up to be eerily similar to last year's disappointment after dropping two straight games. Green Bay still hasn't quite hit its stride, but a Falcons team in a funk could be what it needs to get going.

Pick: Packers

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys (DAL -4.5)
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET

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In the highlight of the week, Dallas and Philadelphia square off in a battle of rookie quarterbacks with first place at stake. While Philadelphia has run into great fortune thus far, looking up and down each roster, Dallas clearly employs more sheer playmakers. It'll be a fun one at Jerry World, but we like the Cowboys to eke it out.

Pick: Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears (MIN -4.5)
Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET

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Here the Bears are on national television again, where they'll likely lose again and drop to 1-7. Jay Cutler will be back under center for Chicago, but will he be an upgrade from what Brian Hoyer gave them?

Pick: Vikings

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31. Bears (1-6)
Last Week: 31

After a few weeks of Brian Hoyer showing promise, he's now injured and Jay Cutler will be back under center for Week 8. Woof.

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30. 49ers (1-6)
Last Week: 30

As bad as the 49ers are, they still have the edge over Cleveland and Chicago.

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29. Panthers (1-5)
Last Week: 27

After a Week 7 bye, Carolina has to get its season back in order quickly -- but against Arizona this week, it won't be easy.

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28. Saints (2-4)
Last Week: 25

The Saints may have one of the worst defenses the franchise has ever had. They'll win games if Drew Brees can keep up with the points his defense allows, but even for an all-time great, it's a tall task.

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27. Jaguars (2-4)
Last Week: 22

Seems like we can officially write off the Jaguars once again after another offseason of hype. At 2-4, they're dead last in the AFC South.

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26. Titans (3-4)
Last Week: 24

Tennessee had a chance to hop back into the division race with a win over Indianapolis, but squandered their chance. Still just 3-4, the Titans are overperforming a bit, to their credit.

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25. Rams (3-4)
Last Week: 21

With any sort of talent at quarterback, the Rams would be in a much better position. But Los Angeles' offense just isn't capable of doing serious damage.

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24. Jets (2-5)
Last Week: 29

Good news: The Jets finally won their second game. Bad news: After one game, Geno Smith tore his ACL, and their season is back in the hands of the league-leader in interceptions, Ryan Fitzpatrick. And a salty Ryan Fitzpatrick, at that.

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23. Ravens (3-4)
Last Week: 19

Baltimore's skid continued with a loss to the Jets, and their 3-0 start can now be fully be credited to the quality of their competition.

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22. Dolphins (3-4)
Last Week: 28

Miami took down one of the AFC's hotter teams last week when they beat Buffalo, continuing their bewilderingly inconsistent season. If they can keep up performances like that, they may be able to sneak into the postseason conversation -- but they're just too hard to trust.

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21. Colts (3-4)
Last Week: 26

Indianapolis got back on the winning side in Tennessee last week, but still has some work to do to catch up in the division. A win next week at home against a good Chiefs team would help convince fans that they're for real.

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20. Buccaneers (3-3)
Last Week: 20

Tampa Bay isn't nearly as bad as San Francisco -- they handled the Niners with ease on the road. But can they handle a good Raiders team?

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18. Texans (4-3)
Last Week: 11

Boy, are the Texans lucky they're in the tire fire that is the AFC North. It took Brock Osweiler 41 pass attempts to reach 131 yards on Monday night, giving Houston little chance against Denver. 

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17. Lions (4-3)
Last Week: 18

The Lions gutted out a close win against Washington, pushing their record back over .500. After nearly two months of inconsistency, a victory over Houston next week could kick their season into gear.

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16. Giants (4-3)
Last Week: 16

The Giants were lucky to escape London with a win thanks to a last-minute Case Keenum interception, but nonetheless head into their bye week over .500. Still, in a competitive NFC East, they're tied for last place.

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15. Redskins (4-3)
Last Week: 12

Washington's hot streak ended with a loss to Detroit, and they'll travel to London next week to face a Bengals team that's struggled to string together consistent success. They'll try to jump out to 5-3 before their Week 9 bye.

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14. Bengals (3-4)
Last Week: 17

Cincinnati handled the Browns, as expected, and now travel to London to try and even their record back up at 4-4 before a bye week.

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13. Bills (4-3)
Last Week: 10

The Bills could've crept to within a game of the Patriots before their Week 8 matchup, but suffered a bad loss to Miami last week. Not great, but you know Rex Ryan will have his bunch fired up to play at home against the Patriots.

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12. Falcons (4-3)
Last Week: 7

Atlanta remains atop the NFC South, but are dangerously close to slipping back into last year's trend of complacency after a good start. Against Green Bay next week, they'll be in danger of falling back to .500

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11. Raiders (5-2)
Last Week: 14

In a game the Raiders of old would surely lose, Oakland beat Jacksonville on the road to improve their record to 5-2 at the top of the AFC West.

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10. Eagles (4-2)
Last Week: 13

Philadelphia, fittingly, became the first team to deliver Sam Bradford a loss this season. A huge game awaits them next week -- on Sunday night in Dallas.

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9. Steelers (4-3)
Last Week: 6

Without Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers' offense is merely mortal. Against New England, it was bound to fail, but a bye should help Roethlisberger at least get close to full health.

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8. Cardinals (3-3-1)
Last Week: 15

Despite playing to a tie, it was encouraging to see Arizona play up to the level of competition as high as Seattle. They'll be hoping that performance -- sans their kicking game -- can get them back on track.

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7. Chiefs (4-2)
Last Week: 9

Despite a lack of flash, the Chiefs proved again that they're still among the league's most well-rounded teams with a Week 7 win. A number of winnable games lay ahead for Kansas City, so be on the lookout for them to shoot even higher up this list in the weeks to come.

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6. Packers (4-2)
Last Week: 8

Green Bay took care of Chicago last week as expected, but still need to prove that they can consistently beat good teams. Against Atlanta, they'll have a shot.

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5. Cowboys (5-1)
Last Week: 4

After a bye, Dez Bryant could be back in the mix for Dallas, which makes their offense even more scary.

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4. Vikings (5-1)
Last Week: 2

They suffered their first loss this week, but the Vikings' stingy defensive crew should be able to keep them near the top of this list as long as Sam Bradford continues to keep them close in games.

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3. Broncos (5-2)
Last Week: 5

Trevor Siemian didn't give them much in Week 7, but a strong running game and a stout defense firmly places the Broncos among the league's best.

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

2. Seahawks (4-1-1)
Last Week: 3

After New England, the conversation for No. 2 gets murky. Despite Stephen Hauschka's struggles last week, we like Seattle's makeup moving forward.

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1. Patriots (6-1)
Last Week: 1

After seven weeks, the Patriots remain the lone truly dominant team in the NFL. A win against the Bills this week could already wrap up the AFC East discussion.

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