NFL Week 8 picks

Week Eight already is here. And I’m finally starting to make my move.

Last week, I mustered an 11-3 record straight up, with 7-6-1 against the spread. MDS went 9-5 and 4-9-1.

For the year, I’ve opened up a small lead in the straight-up contest, 68-37 vs. 66-39. Against the spread, I’m at 51-51-3. MDS is at 45-58-1.

This week, we disagree on two games. For all picks and predicted scores, scroll away.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Falcons (+2.5) at Panthers” data-reactid=”24″>Falcons (+2.5) at Panthers

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Falcons have looked a little better since Raheem Morris took over as interim head coach, but I see the Panthers beating them handily on Thursday night.” data-reactid=”25″>MDS’s take: The Falcons have looked a little better since Raheem Morris took over as interim head coach, but I see the Panthers beating them handily on Thursday night.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Panthers 28, Falcons 17.” data-reactid=”26″>MDS’s pick: Panthers 28, Falcons 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Carolina is giving every other franchise that will be rebuilding in the future a lesson in how to properly do it.” data-reactid=”27″>Florio’s take: Carolina is giving every other franchise that will be rebuilding in the future a lesson in how to properly do it.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Panthers 30, Falcons 27.” data-reactid=”28″>Florio’s pick: Panthers 30, Falcons 27.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Patriots (+3.5) at Bills ” data-reactid=”29″>Patriots (+3.5) at Bills

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: It’s time for a changing of the guard in the AFC East. The Bills will cruise against a Patriots team that just doesn’t have it.” data-reactid=”30″>MDS’s take: It’s time for a changing of the guard in the AFC East. The Bills will cruise against a Patriots team that just doesn’t have it.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Bills 27, Patriots 20.” data-reactid=”31″>MDS’s pick: Bills 27, Patriots 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Bills can’t run or stop the run. The Patriots can do both, and they can frustrate Josh Allen and the Buffalo passing game.” data-reactid=”32″>Florio’s take: The Bills can’t run or stop the run. The Patriots can do both, and they can frustrate Josh Allen and the Buffalo passing game.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Patriots 23, Bills 20.” data-reactid=”33″>Florio’s pick: Patriots 23, Bills 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Titans (-6) at Bengals ” data-reactid=”34″>Titans (-6) at Bengals

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: Joe Burrow is playing well, but the gap in talent between these two teams is enormous. The Titans will bounce back from last week’s loss.” data-reactid=”35″>MDS’s take: Joe Burrow is playing well, but the gap in talent between these two teams is enormous. The Titans will bounce back from last week’s loss.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Titans 24, Bengals 20.” data-reactid=”36″>MDS’s pick: Titans 24, Bengals 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Tennessee gets back on the right track by slowly suffocating a team that has a franchise quarterback but still too much dysfunction around him.” data-reactid=”37″>Florio’s take: Tennessee gets back on the right track by slowly suffocating a team that has a franchise quarterback but still too much dysfunction around him.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Titans 27, Bengals 20.” data-reactid=”38″>Florio’s pick: Titans 27, Bengals 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Raiders (+2.5) at Browns ” data-reactid=”39″>Raiders (+2.5) at Browns

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Browns will eke out a close win as they continue their improbable run toward a return to the playoffs.” data-reactid=”40″>MDS’s take: The Browns will eke out a close win as they continue their improbable run toward a return to the playoffs.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Browns 21, Raiders 20.” data-reactid=”41″>MDS’s pick: Browns 21, Raiders 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Browns have five more games they should win, three more games they should lose. This one falls into the “maybe” category. It’s a toss-up, but I’ll ride with the team that finds a way to beat the non-elite teams.” data-reactid=”42″>Florio’s take: The Browns have five more games they should win, three more games they should lose. This one falls into the “maybe” category. It’s a toss-up, but I’ll ride with the team that finds a way to beat the non-elite teams.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Browns 24, Raiders 20.” data-reactid=”43″>Florio’s pick: Browns 24, Raiders 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Colts (-3) at Lions ” data-reactid=”44″>Colts (-3) at Lions

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Lions have won two in a row, but they haven’t played a defense as good as the Colts. Indianapolis will win a low-scoring game.” data-reactid=”45″>MDS’s take: The Lions have won two in a row, but they haven’t played a defense as good as the Colts. Indianapolis will win a low-scoring game.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Colts 17, Lions 13.” data-reactid=”46″>MDS’s pick: Colts 17, Lions 13.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Colts had two weeks to get ready for a Lions team that lucked its way into a game it shouldn’t have won. If Indy doesn’t win this one, Indy isn’t a real contender.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”47″>Florio’s take: The Colts had two weeks to get ready for a Lions team that lucked its way into a game it shouldn’t have won. If Indy doesn’t win this one, Indy isn’t a real contender. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Colts 24, Lions 17.” data-reactid=”48″>Florio’s pick: Colts 24, Lions 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Vikings (+6.5) at Packers ” data-reactid=”49″>Vikings (+6.5) at Packers

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Vikings are just not going to contend this season. If that weren’t already obvious, the Packers will make it clear on Sunday.” data-reactid=”50″>MDS’s take: The Vikings are just not going to contend this season. If that weren’t already obvious, the Packers will make it clear on Sunday.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Packers 31, Vikings 20.” data-reactid=”51″>MDS’s pick: Packers 31, Vikings 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Aaron Rodgers thinks the Vikings should keep Mike Zimmer. Based on Week One, of course Rodgers does.” data-reactid=”52″>Florio’s take: Aaron Rodgers thinks the Vikings should keep Mike Zimmer. Based on Week One, of course Rodgers does.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Packers 34, Vikings 17.” data-reactid=”53″>Florio’s pick: Packers 34, Vikings 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Jets (+19.5) at Chiefs ” data-reactid=”54″>Jets (+19.5) at Chiefs

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: It’s tough to know how to bet when the point spread is near three touchdowns, but I see the Chiefs winning comfortably but taking it easy enough on the Jets to keep the score relatively close.” data-reactid=”55″>MDS’s take: It’s tough to know how to bet when the point spread is near three touchdowns, but I see the Chiefs winning comfortably but taking it easy enough on the Jets to keep the score relatively close.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Chiefs 34, Jets 23.” data-reactid=”56″>MDS’s pick: Chiefs 34, Jets 23.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Chiefs learned their lesson when losing to the Raiders, and Le’Veon Bell will have plenty of reasons to run through and around his former team’s defense.” data-reactid=”57″>Florio’s take: The Chiefs learned their lesson when losing to the Raiders, and Le’Veon Bell will have plenty of reasons to run through and around his former team’s defense.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Chiefs 38, Jets 17.” data-reactid=”58″>Florio’s pick: Chiefs 38, Jets 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Rams (-4) at Dolphins ” data-reactid=”59″>Rams (-4) at Dolphins

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: It’s Tua Tagovialoa time, but he’s drawing a tough opponent in his first start. Aaron Donald is going to make this a long day for a Dolphins team that is choosing to prioritize the future rather than compete for the playoffs this year.” data-reactid=”60″>MDS’s take: It’s Tua Tagovialoa time, but he’s drawing a tough opponent in his first start. Aaron Donald is going to make this a long day for a Dolphins team that is choosing to prioritize the future rather than compete for the playoffs this year.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Rams 27, Dolphins 14.” data-reactid=”61″>MDS’s pick: Rams 27, Dolphins 14.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Congratulations could quickly become condolences for Tua.” data-reactid=”62″>Florio’s take: Congratulations could quickly become condolences for Tua.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Rams 28, Dolphins 20.” data-reactid=”63″>Florio’s pick: Rams 28, Dolphins 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Steelers (+3.5) at Ravens ” data-reactid=”64″>Steelers (+3.5) at Ravens

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Steelers will get their first loss of the season as the Ravens’ offense comes alive in a great AFC North battle.” data-reactid=”65″>MDS’s take: The Steelers will get their first loss of the season as the Ravens’ offense comes alive in a great AFC North battle.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Ravens 35, Steelers 30.” data-reactid=”66″>MDS’s pick: Ravens 35, Steelers 30.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Steelers are closing in on team of destiny territory. Beating the Ravens in Baltimore could clinch it.” data-reactid=”67″>Florio’s take: The Steelers are closing in on team of destiny territory. Beating the Ravens in Baltimore could clinch it.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Steelers 27, Ravens 24.” data-reactid=”68″>Florio’s pick: Steelers 27, Ravens 24.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chargers (-3) at Broncos ” data-reactid=”69″>Chargers (-3) at Broncos

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: Vic Fangio will have a good game plan for Justin Herbert, but the Broncos have been hit hard by injuries and just don’t have the personnel.” data-reactid=”70″>MDS’s take: Vic Fangio will have a good game plan for Justin Herbert, but the Broncos have been hit hard by injuries and just don’t have the personnel.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Chargers 28, Broncos 20.” data-reactid=”71″>MDS’s pick: Chargers 28, Broncos 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Chargers are far better than their record suggests. The Broncos arguably are worse than theirs would indicate.” data-reactid=”72″>Florio’s take: The Chargers are far better than their record suggests. The Broncos arguably are worse than theirs would indicate.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Chargers 30, Broncos 23.” data-reactid=”77″>Florio’s pick: Chargers 30, Broncos 23.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Saints (-4) at Bears ” data-reactid=”78″>Saints (-4) at Bears

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Bears’ offense has been even worse with Nick Foles than it was with Mitch Trubisky. The Saints haven’t been quite as great a team as I thought they would be, but they should easily outscore Chicago.” data-reactid=”79″>MDS’s take: The Bears’ offense has been even worse with Nick Foles than it was with Mitch Trubisky. The Saints haven’t been quite as great a team as I thought they would be, but they should easily outscore Chicago.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Saints 28, Bears 17.” data-reactid=”80″>MDS’s pick: Saints 28, Bears 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Matt Nagy may soon be developing a gut feeling to go back to Mitch Trubisky.” data-reactid=”81″>Florio’s take: Matt Nagy may soon be developing a gut feeling to go back to Mitch Trubisky.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Saints 24, Bears 13.” data-reactid=”82″>Florio’s pick: Saints 24, Bears 13.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="49ers (+3) at Seahawks ” data-reactid=”83″>49ers (+3) at Seahawks

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The 49ers have played much better football than anyone reasonably could have expected after their rash of early-season injuries, but they’re going to have a hard time keeping Russell Wilson in check.” data-reactid=”84″>MDS’s take: The 49ers have played much better football than anyone reasonably could have expected after their rash of early-season injuries, but they’re going to have a hard time keeping Russell Wilson in check.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Seahawks 31, 49ers 27.” data-reactid=”85″>MDS’s pick: Seahawks 31, 49ers 27.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The 49ers don’t have the pass rush to corral Russell Wilson.” data-reactid=”86″>Florio’s take: The 49ers don’t have the pass rush to corral Russell Wilson.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Seahawks 34, 49ers 30.” data-reactid=”87″>Florio’s pick: Seahawks 34, 49ers 30.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Cowboys (+7.5) at Eagles ” data-reactid=”88″>Cowboys (+7.5) at Eagles

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The NFC East is weak, but the Eagles are clearly the best team in it. They’ll make that clear against the Cowboys.” data-reactid=”89″>MDS’s take: The NFC East is weak, but the Eagles are clearly the best team in it. They’ll make that clear against the Cowboys.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Eagles 31, Cowboys 14.” data-reactid=”90″>MDS’s pick: Eagles 31, Cowboys 14.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Cowboys are the NFC equivalent of the Jets — both bad and non-competitive.” data-reactid=”91″>Florio’s take: The Cowboys are the NFC equivalent of the Jets — both bad and non-competitive.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Cowboys 10.” data-reactid=”92″>Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Cowboys 10.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Buccaneers (-10.5) at Giants” data-reactid=”93″>Buccaneers (-10.5) at Giants

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: Tom Brady will get a prime time opportunity to make his case that he’s an MVP candidate in a game the Bucs won’t have much trouble winning.” data-reactid=”94″>MDS’s take: Tom Brady will get a prime time opportunity to make his case that he’s an MVP candidate in a game the Bucs won’t have much trouble winning.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 27, Giants 20.” data-reactid=”95″>MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 27, Giants 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: With the Giants facing a COVID-19 crunch, a blowout becomes even more likely.” data-reactid=”96″>Florio’s take: With the Giants facing a COVID-19 crunch, a blowout becomes even more likely.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 38, Giants 16.” data-reactid=”97″>Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 38, Giants 16.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="NFL Week 8 picks originally appeared on Pro Football Talk” data-reactid=”98″>NFL Week 8 picks originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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