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Week 8 2016 NFL Picks: Challenge Athlon Sports Experts!


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Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:

Thursday's Game

Jacksonville at Tennessee

The Jaguars played four of their first six games at home and still came out of it 2–4. The Titans need to get to .500 before playing five of their last eight on the road.

Gworek's Pick: Tennessee, 23–16

Sunday’s Games

Washington vs. Cincinnati (in London)

The Redskins really should run the ball more. They rank sixth in yards per carry but 24th in attempts. The Bengals are 24th rushing yards allowed and 25th in yards per carry against.

Gworek's Pick: Washington, 27–26

Kansas City at Indianapolis

The Chiefs don’t seem to do anything especially well other than force turnovers (14 takeaways, second in NFL). Andrew Luck is playing some the best football of his career, but his surrounding cast is increasingly banged up.

Gworek's Pick: Kansas City, 30–26

Oakland at Tampa Bay

The Raiders are 4–0 on the road, and all four wins have come in the Eastern or Central time zones. Meanwhile, the Bucs haven’t won at home yet.

Gworek's Pick: Oakland, 23–20

Seattle at New Orleans

The Seahawks somehow scored just six points and had their worst defensive game of the season (443 yards allowed) and didn’t lose against Arizona. Of course, they didn’t win either. Expect a bounce-back, even against the NFL’s No. 2 offense.

Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 31–20

Detroit at Houston

The Lions have won three in a row, all at home and by a total of seven points. They’ve also been out-gained in all three. The Texans are undefeated at home (4–0). So of course, we’re going with Detroit.

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Gworek's Pick: Detroit, 27–24

N.Y. Jets at Cleveland

Ryan Fitzpatrick gets another shot for the Jets thanks to Geno Smith’s knee injury. If he can’t beat the Browns — who may be starting Kevin Hogan under center — it will be time for the Bryce Petty Era in New York.

Gworek's Pick: N.Y. Jets, 28–13

Green Bay at Atlanta

Are the Falcons starting to fade after a strong start like they did last season? They have lost two in a row by a combined five points, and they led in the fourth quarter of both games.

Gworek's Pick: Atlanta, 34–33

New England at Buffalo

The Bills won in Foxboro, Brady was still suspended, third-stringer Jacoby Brissett had a bad thumb and Rob Gronkowski wasn’t 100 percent. The Pats haven’t been swept by an AFC East opponent since 2000.

Gworek's Pick: New England, 29–21

San Diego at Denver

The Chargers stunned the Broncos in Week 6, but it’s hard to see that happening again. Denver is at home and has forced at least two turnovers five times in seven games. The Chargers have turned it over 14 times in the last five games.

Gworek's Pick: Denver, 28–14

Arizona at Carolina

The Cardinals are 3–3–1 but rank eighth in total offense and second in total defense. They haven’t allowed even 300 yards in any game since Week 2. Carolina’s defense has been bad (24th in yards, 29th in scoring), and no one has given the ball away more (16 turnovers).

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 31–21

Philadelphia at Dallas

The Cowboys offense is no fluke, averaging more than 400 yards. Philly’s defense has allowed more than 300 yards just once. Something has to give. Seeing as the Eagles have been average against the run, it’s tough to bet against the home team in this one.

Gworek's Pick: Dallas  23–20

Monday’s Game

Minnesota at Chicago

The Eagles may have shown how to stop the Vikings, but can the Bears take advantage? Chicago has scored more than 17 points just once this season. The Vikings are likely to get back on track.

Gworek's Pick: Minnesota, 20–13

Week 7 Record: 8–6–1

Overall Record: 56–50–1