Poupart's Picks: Week 8

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 8 of the 2006 NFL season, courtesy of Dolphin Digest Associate Editor Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Oct. 29

Arizona (1-6) at Green Bay (2-4) — Not a great way to start off, but we have to start somewhere. The Cardinals are just a bad team, as evidenced by their showing at Oakland last week. The Packers, with Brett Favre and Ahman Green, have a big edge here. Prediction: Green Bay, 31-20.

Atlanta (4-2) at Cincinnati (4-2) — This is more like it. The Falcons are tough to figure out, while the Bengals still are looking to get their offense gear. Maybe this is the week Carson Palmer and Co. break out. Prediction: Cincinnati, 24-16.

Baltimore (4-2) at New Orleans (5-1) — Interesting matchup, but for the time being we'll stick with the Cinderella Saints because Drew Brees is playing better than Steve McNair. Prediction: New Orleans, 20-16.

Houston (2-4) at Tennessee (1-5) — Houston got a big victory against Jacksonville last week, but the Texans have been bad on the road. The Titans are coming off a bye, which followed an impressive win at Washington. Prediction: Tennessee, 24-21.

Jacksonville (4-2) at Philadelphia (4-3) — The Jags are really banged up, which isn't good news against Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. Prediction: Philadelphia, 27-17.

Seattle (4-2) at Kansas City (3-3) — No Shaun Alexander, no Matt Hasselbeck. That's not good news for the Seahawks, even if Damon Huard winds up not playing. Prediction: Kansas City, 23-16.

San Francisco (1-5) at Chicago (6-0) — Any chance of an upset here? Uhhh .... no. Prediction: Chicago, 23-10.

Tampa Bay (2-4) at N.Y. Giants (4-2) — The Giants really have things going right now and they should overwhelm the Bucs, with the running of Tiki Barber, the passing of Eli Manning, and the pass-rushing of Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora. Prediction: N.Y. Giants, 31-13.

St. Louis (4-2) at San Diego (4-2) — The Chargers suddenly look vulnerable on defense because of the injuries to Igor Olshansky and Shaun Phillips, and their secondary will be tested by Marc Bulger and Co. But we're having a hard time seeing the Rams slowing down LT. Prediction: San Diego, 27-24.

Indianapolis (6-0) at Denver (5-1) — Best game of the year so far. The vaunted Colts offense goes up against the Broncos' ferocious D. Until proven otherwise, though, we just don't see the Colts being slowed down by anybody. The Broncos haven't had much offense all season, but in this case it's going to cost them. Prediction: Indianapolis, 20-15.

N.Y. Jets (4-3) at Cleveland (1-5) — The Browns might have a new offensive coordinator, but they have the same mediocre offensive personnel. Still, their defense has played fairly well this season and that will be the key in pulling off the upset here. Prediction: Cleveland, 17-14.

Pittsburgh (2-4) at Oakland (1-5) — The Steelers might or might not have Ben Roethlisberger in this game, but it won't make a difference either way because it's their defense and running game that's going to win them this game. Prediction, Pittsburgh, 24-10.

Dallas (3-3) at Carolina (4-3) — Tough to pick the Cowboys after their putrid Monday night showing. Tony Romo gets the start against the Panthers, and he'll need his very good mobility to run away from Julius Peppers and Co. Prediction, Carolina, 24-14.

Monday, Oct. 24

New England (5-1) at Minnesota (4-2) — The Vikings have been the biggest surprise in the league outside of New Orleans and will get a big test here. It's just very difficult to pick against Tom Brady and the Patriots, who always seem to win games they're supposed to win. Prediction, New England, 20-19.

Last week's record: 4-9

Season record: 62-38

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