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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. 26, 2017
 
Miami
Dolphins
17
It will be Matt Moore starting at quarterback for the Dolphins for the injured Jay Cutler. He was good in relief against the Jets, but he faces a tougher challenge here. This is a game that will be decided by the two defenses. I think it will be Miami that will find a way to win a close one.
Result: Miami Dolphins 0, Baltimore Ravens 40
Baltimore
Ravens
16
 
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017
 
Minnesota
Vikings
24
The Browns are winless, so maybe a trip overseas is good for them. The Vikings are 5-2 and playing great defense. With the Browns offense so bad -- no matter who plays quarterback -- look for the Vikings to eat that unit alive. This will be ugly.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 33, Cleveland Browns 16
Cleveland
Browns
10
 
 
Buffalo
Bills
27
This is a long trip for Oakland, but they will have had 10 days between games, which helps. Buffalo is playing well, but this is a real challenge. The problem is the Oakland defense is bad. LeSean McCoy will run wild.
Result: Buffalo Bills 34, Oakland Raiders 14
Oakland
Raiders
23
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
30
The Colts are awful. They couldn't score last week at home against Jacksonville, and this Bengals defense is tied for fourth in points allowed. The Bengals will bounce back after losing to the Steelers. Andy Dalton hits A.J. Green for two scores in a blowout.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 24, Indianapolis Colts 23
Indianapolis
Colts
13
 
 
New England
Patriots
27
This is an early start for the Chargers on the East Coast, which is tough. They are playing better, especially on defense. But facing Tom Brady in this early window is a real challenge. The Patriots are better now on defense, which will slow the Chargers. Pats take it.
Result: New England Patriots 21, Los Angeles Chargers 13
Los Angeles
Chargers
17
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
27
The Bears have won two straight behind their defense with little help from the passing game. That's not sustainable, and it's certainly not a good thing against the Saints. Drew Brees will get his points. The Bears winning streak is snapped.
Result: New Orleans Saints 20, Chicago Bears 12
Chicago
Bears
10
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
28
The Falcons are playing consecutive road games and they haven't looked good at all on offense. The Jets have played competitively this season, but this could be a bad spot. I think the Atlanta offense gets it going here. Falcons take it.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 25, NY Jets 20
New York
Jets
17
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
30
This is another long trip for a 49ers team that has been brutalized by the schedule maker. They didn't play well at all last week against the Cowboys, and the Eagles are the best team in the NFC right now. This could get ugly. Eagles big.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 33, San Francisco 49ers 10
San Francisco
49ers
10
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
27
This is almost a survival game for these two. Neither team is playing well, but I think the Carolina offensive line is the reason they are struggling. That shows up here. Carolina is playing consecutive road games and Tampa Bay is home for the first time in three weeks. Tampa Bay takes it.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3, Carolina Panthers 17
Carolina
Panthers
20
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
26
This will be a major challenge for rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Texans. He's been really good, but playing the Seahawks on the road is a challenge even for veteran passers. The Seahawks seem to be getting it right. They handle Watson and the Texans.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 41, Houston Texans 38
Houston
Texans
13
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
30
The Redskins are playing on a short week, but the Cowboys are playing consecutive road games. Dallas looked like the Dallas we expected to see against the 49ers. The Redskins have offensive line injury issues. The Cowboys will get after Kirk Cousins. Dallas wins it.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 33, Washington Redskins 19
Washington
Redskins
20
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
23
The Lions are coming off a bye against a Steelers team that has turned things around the past two weeks. The Steelers defense has taken a big step forward the past two games, and I think that continues. The Steelers win a tough road game.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Detroit Lions 15
Detroit
Lions
17
 
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
21
These two have each lost two consecutive games, which is concerning. The Chiefs have defensive issues, while the Broncos have offensive issues. Something has to give here. I think the Chiefs defense gets the best of it. Kansas City takes it.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 29, Denver Broncos 19
Denver
Broncos
10