Dr. J's NFL Outlook for Week Eight

<b>Last Week:</b> (8-6) YUCK! <br> <b>Season Totals:</b> (65-37) .637 <br><br> Okay folks. We're at the halfway point (kinda) and we've learned these things about the NFL: The Falcons are a one man team, Bill Parcells has a Midas touch, the Raider mystique needs a facelift, Mike Martz favors Marc Bulger over Kurt Warner, and Marty Schottenheimer is a dinosaur....<br><br> Why do we even play the games anymore?

What is this? The NFL Outlook a day early? In the interest of fan email, it is a good idea to get this out so the many reader's can respond with their letters of discontent. Read on and send me those emails! Carolina at New Orleans
The Panthers got their heads handed to them last week, mainly due to the Titans' defense. They shouldn't have the same problems with the Saints. Panthers win.

Cleveland at New England
Around and around goes the Browns' QB carousel. Of course, if their receivers keep dropping the ball like they did last week, it won't matter who is back there throwing it. Picking the Patriots to win.

Dallas at Tampa Bay
What looked like a slam dunk pick a few weeks back is suddenly a pick 'em game. The Bucs have been decimated with injuries and distractions and the Cowboys have exceeded expectations. I'm still picking the Bucs to win what is suddenly a must game for them. But don't be surprised if Bill Parcells and company can find a way to steal this one.

Denver at Baltimore
Now it's Danny Kanell at QB for the Broncos who will already be without LB Ian Gold, OT Ephraim Salaam, and may be without WR Ed McCaffrey. Ravens win behind their defense against a decimated Broncos offense.

Detroit at Chicago
Yuck. The stinker game of the week. Who wants it less? I say, it's the Bears. Going with the Lions.

N.Y. Giants at Minnesota
The Vikings have the #1 offense in the NFL through 7 weeks and an underrated defense that is second in the league in takeaways (18). Vikings easily.

Seattle at Cincinnati
The Bengals are quickly shaking off their label as the NFL's version of the LA Clippers thanks to Marvin Lewis and a tough defense. If Seattle wants to be considered one of the leagues best this season, they'd better not take Cincinnati lightly. I'm picking Seattle, but it won't be easy for them.

St. Louis at Pittsburgh
The Rams are finally rolling despite all of their injuries and the Steelers are reaching back to their power football days and giving Jerome Bettis the start at RB. It won't matter. The Rams stay hot and win.

Tennessee at Jacksonville
The Titans could be the best team in the NFL that no one is talking about, again. Tennessee will dominate.

San Francisco at Arizona
If Terrell Owens doesn't drop two TD passes, the Niners upset win over the Bucs could have been even bigger. As it stands, the Niners are right back in the NFC West race and will continue their climb with a win over the hapless Cardinals.

Houston at Indianapolis
Look for Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison to torch a pretty good Texans secondary. Colts win.

N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia
Chad Pennington could see some action this week at QB even though Vinny Testaverde will start. Donovan McNabb should sit, but Andy Reid has said that McNabb will remain the starter. Big mistake. Going with the Jets in an upset.

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Buffalo at Kansas City
Dick Vermeil has said that his team has yet to put together a complete game and he's right. But the one thing the Chiefs have been able to do all season is make the big play at the right time. The Chiefs will stay unbeaten, but the Bills will hang in there all game long.

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Miami at San Diego
The Chargers will welcome back 12 time Pro Bowler Junior Seau in front of what is expected to be a raucous San Diego crowd hosting their first Monday Night Game since 1996. Just how strange will it look seeing Seau in teal and white Charger fans? Maybe not as bad as watching Ricky Williams run over, around, and through a Chargers defense that is 30th in the league. I have to go with the Dolphins on this one. It's a winnable game for the Chargers, but I've said that before.

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