Poupart's Picks: Week 8

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 8 of the NFL season, courtesy of DolphinDigest.com's Alain Poupart.

Sunday, October 28

Indianapolis (6-0) at Carolina (4-2): The Panthers are a very quiet 4-2 and Peyton Manning has never beaten them. But, come on, you can't really go with Vinny Testaverde in this one, can you? Indianapolis, 31-16.

Cleveland (3-3) at St. Louis (0-7): The Rams have to win a game sometime, and their ailing offense could find a cure against a mediocre Browns defense. St. Louis, 31-30.

N.Y. Giants (5-2) vs. Miami (0-7) at London: The Dolphins can't possibly play worse in London than they have in the U.S., but it's going to be difficult for them to win this game without Ronnie Brown, Zach Thomas, Vonnie Holliday, Renaldo Hill, etc. N.Y. Giants, 34-13.

Philadelphia (2-4) at Minnesota (2-4): We've got here two teams that badly need a win if they want to still think playoffs. Adrian Peterson had a tough time against Dallas last week and we'd anticipate the Eagles making sure he doesn't go wild. Give this one to Donovan McNabb and Co. Philadelphia, 20-17.

Pittsburgh (4-2) at Cincinnati (2-4): The Steelers pass defense had a rough time last week against Denver, and that's not great news against Carson Palmer. But Ben Roethlisberger is 8-0 as a pro in the state of Ohio, and we're thinking he'll have a big game here. Pittsburgh, 34-27.

Detroit (4-2) at Chicago (3-4): The Lions ran the ball well and played good defense at home last week against Tampa Bay, but they're just not the same team away from Detroit. Chicago, 26-20.

Oakland (2-4) at Tennessee (4-2): It doesn't matter whether Vince Young plays or not, the Titans running game will be the difference. Besides, the Oakland offense is struggling badly with Daunte Culpepper at quarterback. Tennessee, 27-14.

Buffalo (2-4) at N.Y. Jets (1-6): The Jets defense was bad before Jonathan Vilma was put on IR with a knee injury. Trouble is, the Buffalo offense isn't very good. This shouldn't be very high-scoring. N.Y. Jets, 20-19.

Jacksonville (4-2) at Tampa Bay (4-3): The Jaguars were humbly -- badly -- by the Colts on Monday night and will have to beat the Bucs with Quinn Gray at quarterback. That's not a winning prospect, but we'll put our faith in the Jaguars defense. Jacksonville, 14-13.

Houston (3-4) at San Diego (3-3): Under normal circumstances, this would be a mismatch. But the wildfires that moved the Chargers' practices to Arizona this week have to weigh on the minds of San Diego players. Still, there's too much talent there and the Chargers look like they've got things together. San Diego, 27-17.

New Orleans (2-4) at San Francisco (2-4): There's this feeling that the Seahawks might be on the way back after winning their last two, but the truth is they barely got by a bad Atlanta team last week. The 49ers, meanwhile, have been awful on offense, but Frank Gore will find some running room against the Saints' mediocre defense. San Francisco, 26-24.

Washington (4-2) at New England (7-0): The Redskins might have the best secondary in the league, and it's going to be put to a major test in this game. We think Washington actually might be able to slow down Tom Brady and Co., but then it will be the Patriots defense that will make the difference. New England, 24-10.

Monday, October 29

Green Bay (5-1) at Denver (3-3): The Broncos got a big victory last Sunday night against Pittsburgh while the Packers were on their bye. Green Bay didn't exactly play well right before the bye, so we have to go with the Broncos in this one. Denver, 27-20.

Last week's record: 9-5

Season record: 61-41


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