A preview of every NFL game for Week 8, with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.
A quick look at every game on the NFL schedule for Week 8, along with the consensus picks of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:
Patriots (5-1) at Steelers (5-2)
After this weekâs Bibi Jones TwitPic drama, Rob Gronkowski is looking to repeat his 2010 three-TD effort against Pittsburgh. It could happen. Bill Belichick has a 9â2 record the week after a regular-season bye during his reign as coach in New England. Tom Brady has a 6â1 career record against the Steelers â including a 39â26 win at Pittsburgh in Week 10 last year. Brady threw for 350 yards and three TDs in his most recent matchup with the Steel Curtain. This yearâs Pittsburgh defense has done less bending (9th in total yards) and more breaking (19th in points allowed).
Patriots by 5
Dolphins (0-6) at Giants (4-2)
Tony Sparanoâs last stand heads to New York, where the Miami âSuck for (Andrew) Luckâ campaign should continue. Itâs unlikely the Dolphins losing streak will end against the Giants, who are well-rested coming off their bye week.
Giants by 10
Jaguars (2-5) at Texans (4-3)
These AFC South rivals are fresh off of huge wins, as Jacksonville stunned Baltimore, 12â7, on Monday night and Houston steamrolled at Tennessee, 41â7, to take sole possession of first place in the division. This is a must-win for the Texans, who are aiming for their first playoff berth since entering the league in 2002.
Texans by 10
Colts (0-7) at Titans (3-3)
On the flip side, these AFC South foes are both looking to bounce back from embarrassing losses, with Indianapolis losing to New Orleans by 55 and Tennessee falling to Houston by 34. Both teams are also missing their best player. Peyton Manningâs rehabbing a neck injury; Chris Johnsonâs diagnosis is less certain.
Titans by 11
Vikings (1-6) at Panthers (2-5)
A showdown of rookie quarterbacks pits Minnesotaâs Christian Ponder against Carolinaâs Cam Newton. This will be Ponderâs first start on the road, while Newton carries a 2â2 record at home â losing close calls against the Packers (30â23) and Saints (30â27).
Panthers by 3
Saints (5-2) at Rams (0-6)
New Orleansâ No. 1-ranked scoring offense (34.1 ppg) hits the road to take on St. Louisâ 29th-ranked scoring defense (28.5 ppg) and 32nd-ranked scoring offense (9.3 ppg). The question is whether or not the Saints can one-up last weekâs 55-point beatdown of the Colts.
Saints by 15
Cardinals (1-5) at Ravens (4-2)
Kevin Kolb is walking into the lionâs den. Or, an angry Ray Lewisâ house, same difference. The Ravens have questions that need answering following a shocking 12â7 loss to the Jaguars on Monday night. Kolb is headed to the wrong place at exactly the wrong time.
Ravens by 10
Cowboys (3-3) at Eagles (2-4)
Turn on the heat lamp and pressure cooker when Tony Romo and Michael Vick square off under the lights in prime time on Sunday night. This will be the first head-to-head matchup of Americaâs two most scrutinized quarterbacks; the road team won both games last year, with Philly winning Week 14 and Dallas in Week 17.
Eagles by 3
Lions (5-2) at Broncos (2-4)
Matthew Stafford limps to Denver, where Tim Tebow is on top of the Mile High mountain after his first start of the season. Detroit is on a two-game slide, however, and needs to end Tebowâs feel-good story in order to restore its own.
Lions by 4
Redskins (3-3) at Bills (4-2)
Buckle up, Toronto. Washington and Buffalo are ready to invade the Rogers Centre for the fourth regular-season game of a five-year deal. The Bills are 0â3 north of the border, however, with close losses to the Dolphins (16â3) in 2008, Jets (19â13) in â09 and Bears (22â19) in â10.
Bills by 5
Browns (3-3) at 49ers (5-1)
Braylon Edwards returns from injury just in time to face his former Cleveland club. Postgame? This pregame could get ugly.
49ers by 8
Bengals (4-2) at Seahawks (2-4)
Seattle must regroup vs. Cincy after last weekâs 6â3 loss, which featured too many mistakes by the lake in Cleveland.
Bengals by 1
Chargers (4-2) at Chiefs (3-3)
Last seasonâs Monday double-header nightcap was a barn burner, with Kansas City stealing a 21â14 upset. But San Diego got its revenge, 31â0, in the Week 14 rematch.
Chargers by 5