NFL Insiders predict: Week 8 upsets, flops, NFC South race, more

Look, how can you hate two teams more than these two right now? Just quietly get the Browns to play all their home games in London and see if anyone actually notices they left town. Getting through the game with one quarterback. Interesting factoid for you - a lot of our computer simulations this week favor the Redskins over the Cowboys. Here's where things get interesting. Washington Redskins upset Dallas Cowboys

Oakland Raiders upset Buffalo Bills

Week 8 NFL picks, predictions

The Cards only play one division game from Week 14 on. So there goes that rant. The Browns need a win, as their next two games are at Cincinnati and at Pittsburgh. Cleveland needs to keep Carson Palmer in check to stay in this one. The Browns ' run defense is worst in the league, but if they can limit the home runs to John Brown and intermediate routes to Larry Fitzgerald , CJrejuvenatedK and Andre Ellington won't beat them all by themselves.

Louis has been known to lose winnable games in the past. The great elixir here is Todd Gurley , who, if you haven't caught on, is pulling an Odell Beckham Jr.: Over the past three games, Gurley has rushed for yards at a staggering 6.

The 49ers ' run defense is ranked 20th, in case you were wondering. Nick Foles has eclipsed yards just once this season. That could change Sunday. We touched on Colin Kaepernick's Beats earlier this week. The wiry quarterback is taking a beating in the media right now. Winning allegedly cures everything -- will Kap get enough time in the pocket to do so?

The Giants rank 29th in that department, while the Saints sit at 30th. That said, New Orleans has shown some improvement on that side of the ball. That and the home crowd should be enough to win the day against a Giants offense that has done nothing the last couple of weeks. After racking up yards versus the 49ers in Week 5 , New York has only managed combined over the last two games. Surprisingly, the passing game has been the problem, with Eli Manning completing only Orleans will take on the Saints in New Orleans.

It's Orleans Darkwa we speak of; he rushed eight times for 48 yards and a touchdown last Sunday. If Drew Brees doesn't like the scouting reports he sees on the Big Blue pass rush only nine sacks , then he won't like anything ever -- except those sexy Luke McCown commercials. Sure, Minnesota looks solid. Meanwhile, Chicago has eked by in their two wins.

Still, Vikings - Bears is a division game, and it's at Soldier Field. Teddy Bridgewater continued his up-and-down campaign in Detroit last week.

After starting the season with a In fact, that Thinking Minnesota will lean on Adrian Peterson early, before hitting a vertical ball to Stefon Diggs in the second quarter.

Speaking of big plays, the Bears need to start generating some. Chicago has mustered Brad Muster'd? Over the last two weeks, Mike McCoy has dialed up pass plays versus 42 runs. That's throwing the ball 75 percent of the time.

Unfortunately for the Ravens , if ever there was a team to throw the ball on, they are it. Been ruminating on Steve Smith Sr. There is no better matchup in the NFL on Sunday due to the division implications. Ben Roethlisberger returns to the lineup just in time to get Pittsburgh right back into the thick of the AFC North race. The Bengals obviously will have some degree of trouble with a "Man, did I miss my quarterback" Antonio Brown and immediately-productive Martavis Bryant.

What could really hurt Cincy, though, is Le'Veon Bell on early downs. The Bengals allow opposing teams to gain 4-plus rushing yards on On the other hand, the Bengals ' offensive attack has so many weapons that the Steelers ' secondary will have to grow up real fast. Andy Dalton is not afraid to spread the ball around. In fact, he's been downright masterful at it. And blitzing him doesn't help: This forecast was penned before Marcus Mariota was ruled out for Week 8.

Oh boy, is this an interesting game. Well, for the five people -- outside of Tennessee and South Texas -- who are watching it. Those five people will see a Houston victory, as the team rebounds from the absolute embarrassment in Miami last week. Marcus Mariota returns to the lineup for Tennessee, but the reality is that he has looked quite rookie-ish since the spectacular performance in Week 1.

Since posting a perfect This is the week the allegedly-fierce Texans pass rush starts displaying what has thus far been merely hype 13 sacks in seven games. Oh, and Alfred Blue is going to get 20 carries, fantasy peeps. First of all, the uni pairing is top stuff. Furthermore, Lyle Alzado uncorked his temper and helmet in a second-round playoff game between these teams in the season. And the two clubs met in both the and playoffs, with the Raiders prevailing both times. Have fun with that top-ranked Jets run D , which gives up yards like they are C-notes.

The star wideout is ditching the walking boot to suit up against the "Legion of Boom. Trust that Dallas offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will move Bryant around to create opportunities. The issue is the distributor. Romo is sidelined, while Murray is in Philadelphia watching Ryan Mathews make more explosive runs.

The last time these two met was in , right before Tebowmania Kyle Orton's second-to-last start for Denver. This will mark only the second time that Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning have faced off in their careers. The Packers beat the Colts in the initial matchup back in , one of only six wins Green Bay posted in Rodgers' first year as a starter.

Rodgers will find the going quite tough against the league's top-ranked defense. Thus, if Randall Cobb is going to get his Randall Cobb back under 50 yards in each of his last three games with zero TDs , this might not be the game it happens. Now, while Denver boasts the league's No. The NFL always has paled to college football for great rivalries, but this is one of King Sport's better ones. Chiefs have won three straight in series and should make it four to end a two-game losing streak.

Chiefs career rushing leader Jamaal Charles makes first return to Arrowhead as a Bronco. Detroit's ambitious defense 14 takeaways including nine picks can cause Ben Roethlisberger problems, while coming off a bye week has provided needed healing time for Matthew Stafford and his O-line.

Vikings , -9 over Browns in London, Change of continents won't help Earthtones as Vikes' defense dominates. Bengals , over Colts , Disappointment Bowl finds Cincy decent-bad, and Indy just unequivocally bad.

Andrew Luck's eventual return will be too late. Bolts have won three straight, Philip Rivers is hot, and Pats' secondary is bad and depleted. Nevertheless, faith in Tom Brady at home remains a near-absolute in my prognosticating canon. Saints , -9 over Bears , N'Awlins has won four straight for first time in four years, and Mitchell Trubisky's no-throw Bears offense will not outscore Drew Brees. Falcons , -4 over Jets , Matt Ryan and his struggling offense hope to avoid laying an egg vs.

Eagles , over 49ers , Carson Wentz is early league MVP candidate. Buccaneers , -2 over Panthers , Bucs 3 and Cats 2 have lost combined five in row amid internal bickering, both desperate to win. Give me Jameis Winston at home.