The halfway point of the NFL season is already upon us. Here is our predictions for this week’s action.
Minnesota Vikings @ Cleveland Browns (Early London Game)
Minnesota is coming into week 8 atop the NFC North and they will keep that top spot going into week 9. Final: 28 – 24 Vikings over Browns.
San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots (1 PM EST)
The Chargers are coming into this week at 3-4 aiming to get to .500, Unfortunately for them they are playing the Patriots in New England. Final: 35-13 Patriots over Chargers.
Chicago Bears @ New Orleans Saints (1 PM EST)
The Chicago Bears are in what has become a very familiar spot for them, last place in the NFC North. Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky has looked good for the Bears, but won’t be good enough to beat the Saints in New Orleans. Final 32-17 Saints over Bears.
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 PM EST)
The Panthers were off to a hot start of 4-1, but after losing two games in a row they look to get back on track against the Buccaneers. This one will be close, but expect Tampa Bay to come away with the W. Final: 26-23 Buccaneers over Panthers.
Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals (1 PM EST)
Both teams seem to be competing for the number one draft pick in 2018, whoever loses this one has a real shot at it. Final 21-17 Colts over Bengals.
San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles(1 PM EST)
The Philadelphia Eagles are the hottest team in the NFL right now, and the struggling 49ers have no shot at slowing them down. Final: 32-9 Eagles over 49ers.
Oakland Raiders @ Buffalo Bills (1 PM EST)
No team in the league has a better turn over differential than the Buffalo Bills, which is something that the Raiders offense has struggled with so far this season. Expect the Bills to win this one at home. Final: 23-20 Bills over Raiders.
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Jets (1 PM EST)
The defending NFC champions that started out 3-0 have now lost their last three in a row, look for them to get back on track in New York today. Final: 24-21 Falcons over Jets.
Houston Texans @ Seattle Seahawks (4:05 PM EST)
After Texans owner Bob McNair was quoted referring to his players as inmates during last weeks owners’ meetings, there is just too much going on in that locker room to be successful. Final: 17-9 Seahawks over Texans.
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins (4:25 PM EST)
A match up between these two NFC East rivals is always entertaining. Both teams are coming into this game at 3-3 and will be chasing a wildcard playoff spot. Look for the Cowboys to edge this one out. Final: 23-17 Cowboys over Redskins.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Detroit Lions (8:30 PM EST)
Sunday Night Football returns to Detroit for the first time since week 16 last year when the Green Bay Packers came in and beat the Lions to win the NFC North. Pittsburgh is currently sitting in 1st place in the AFC North at 5-2, while Detroit is 3-3 after losing their last two in a row. Look for the NFL’s current highest paid player Matthew Stafford to shine with the whole country watching. Final: 27-24 Lions over Steelers.
Monday Night Football
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs (8:30 PM EST)
Kansas City rookie Kareem Hunt has been outstanding this season. Hunt is only the 2nd player in NFL history with over 1,000 rushing yards in his first 7 games, but Von Miller and the Broncos will slow him down in this week’s Monday night match up. Final: 21-19 Broncos over Chiefs.