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WEEK
8
PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016
 
Tennessee
Titans
24
The Jaguars are coming off a bad home loss, so the short week could be good for them. They are playing good defense. Itís the quarterback who needs to pick it up. The Titans can run it on offense, but the Jaguars are good against the run, even after losing nose Roy Miller. Even so, the Jaguars have issues, but it will be close.
Result: Tennessee Titans 36, Jacksonville Jaguars 22
Jacksonville
Jaguars
23
 
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
30
The Bengals got a much-needed victory last week against the Browns, but the Redskins are a much tougher team. Even so, Andy Dalton is playing well and the Redskins have defensive issues. The Bengals are the better team. They take it.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 27, Washington Redskins 27
Washington
Redskins
17
 
 
New England
Patriots
28
When these teams met in Week 4, the Bills won. But that was with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. This will be Tom Brady. The Bills will be amped up here after losing last week to Miami, but this is a different Pats team and Brady will light them up.
Result: New England Patriots 41, Buffalo Bills 25
Buffalo
Bills
20
 
 
New York
Jets
23
This is Ryan Fitzpatrick back in at quarterback for the Jets with Geno Smith out for the year. The Browns compete each week, but they arenít good enough to win yet. This might be their best chance to win, but I just donít see it happening.
Result: NY Jets 31, Cleveland Browns 28
Cleveland
Browns
13
 
 
Detroit
Lions
27
The Lions have turned their season around behind Matt Stafford. The Texans are having issues because of quarterback Brock Osweiler. Thatís never a good thing. Look for Stafford to have a big day and lead the Lions to an upset.
Result: Detroit Lions 13, Houston Texans 20
Houston
Texans
24
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
27
Andrew Luck saved the Colts last week at Tennessee, but this is a tough game at home this week. The Chiefs can run it, which can keep Luck off the field. The Colts defense has issues, which is why I think the Chiefs get the road victory.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 30, Indianapolis Colts 14
Indianapolis
Colts
23
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
21
The Seahawks are playing consecutive road games, which is tough. They didnít look good at all on offense at Arizona last week. But that defense is special. And I think they will control the tempo, slowing Drew Brees. The Seahawks will get out with a victory.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 20, New Orleans Saints 25
New Orleans
Saints
14
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
33
The Raiders stayed in Florida after beating the Jaguars last week, and they are 4-0 in 1 p.m. ET starts this season. The Bucs looked good at San Francisco and this is a big game to get them over .500. I think we could see a lot of scoring here, with Oakland winning a close one.
Result: Oakland Raiders 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
29
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
27
This is a trip for the Cardinals back to the scene of Carson Palmerís horror show in the NFC title game last January. But this is a different Carolina team, one that has major issues on defense. I think that helps Palmer and David Johnson find a way to win this one on the road.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 20, Carolina Panthers 30
Carolina
Panthers
26
 
 
Denver
Broncos
23
The Chargers are playing consecutive road games. Itís even tougher to do when itís against that Denver defense. The Chargers beat the Broncos in San Diego two weeks ago. They limited Trevor Siemian throwing the football. They will here as well. But the Broncos will win with the defense. It will be close.
Result: Denver Broncos 27, San Diego Chargers 19
Los Angeles
Chargers
21
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
35
The Packers will have been off for 10 days after playing last Thursday. They seemed to get the offense going against Chicago, and that will continue here. The Falcons had trouble with Philip Rivers and will here with Aaron Rodgers. Itís a shootout, a fun one, but the Packers take it.
Result: Green Bay Packers 32, Atlanta Falcons 33
Atlanta
Falcons
28
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
21
The Eagles didnít play so well in their last two road games, but the defense got back on track last week against the Vikings. This is a bigger challenge, especially against the run, but I think they will keep it close. Carson Wentz against Dak Prescott will be entertaining in a tight one.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 29, Philadelphia Eagles 23
Philadelphia
Eagles
20
 
Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
 
Chicago
Bears
20
The Vikings are playing consecutive road games, and didnít look good last week at Philadelphia. The offensive line is a mess. But the Bears have their own issues. They should have Jay Cutler back here, which will help. This will be close, and we could see an upset.
Result: Chicago Bears 20, Minnesota Vikings 10
Minnesota
Vikings
17
 
 
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