The Houston Texans can all but eliminate the Jaguars from playoff contention with a victory on…
Week Eight NFL Picks
Jacksonville is coming off an emotional victory on a short week and they will likely be without their best pass rusher in John Chick. Houston will spread the Jaguars out and look for Owen Daniels to have a big day. Texans 27, Jaguars 10.
Colts +9 @ Titans
Tough game to pick as both teams are coming off of blowout losses. If there's ever a game that Chris Johnson will return to form it's on Sunday against a smaller Indianapolis front. Tennessee is the better team, but the Colts should keep it close. Titans 24, Colts 17.
Vikings +3.5 @ Panthers
Cam Newton seems to get better with each week and the Vikings defense will likely get shredded. Christian Ponder could struggle against a solid Carolina secondary. Panthers 34, Vikings 16.
Saints -14 @ Rams
Two touchdowns is a lot of points on the road but there's really no reason to believe the Rams can be competitive without Sam Bradford (or with him). Too much offense for the Saints in this one. Saints 41, Rams 10.
Cardinals +13 @ Ravens
Ray Lewis and the Ravens are angry and embarrassed after losing to Jacksonville in prime time. Kevin Kolb has been awful for Arizona and things likely won't get better for the Cards in Baltimore. Ravens 28, Cardinals 6.
Dolphins +10 @ Giants
The Dolphins are the new Raiders in terms of dysfunctionality. It's difficult to believe that they will be competitive in New York for anything longer than a half when it so behooves them not to be. Giants 27, Dolphins 13.
Redskins +5 @ Bills
Washington has lost Chris Cooley and Tim Hightower for the season and they'll be without Santana Moss on Sunday and likely for another month. The Bills are healthy and feeling refreshed after their bye. So why can the 'Skins hang with Buffalo? Because that's the NFL. Bills 31, Redskins 28.
Lions -3 @ Broncos
Detroit has one of the best defensive lines in football and Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was sacked seven times last week by Miami. The Lions will be out for blood on Sunday. Lions 24, Broncos 6.
Patriots -3@ Steelers
Tom Brady and the Patriots don't lease the Steelers, they own them. Pittsburgh tends to struggle against spread style offenses and few do it better than New England. Patriots 35, Steelers 30.
Browns @ 49ers
Cleveland is the worst 3-3 team in football and Colt McCoy isn't good enough to lead them to where they want to go. San Francisco is a much better team and should dominate. 49ers 49, Browns 10.
Bengals -3 @ Seahawks
Cincinnati is one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this year and with a victory against an extremely beatable Seattle team they'll be 5-2. As bad as Seattle is, they are still a very tough out at home and I'm not sure how much better the Bengals are. Seahawks 13, Bengals 12.
Cowboys +3.5 @ Eagles
Neither team can really afford to lose this game so desperation levels will be high. Dallas looks like the better team as they're stronger at the point of attack than Philly. Home field advantage will make this a very close game. Eagles 28, Cowboys 27.
Chargers -3.5 @ Chiefs
Kansas City has bounced back nicely from their 0-3 start but who have they beat? San Diego's best victory was against Kansas City, so their body of work is questionable as well. Norv Turner teams always respond....who am I kidding? Coin flip says Chargers 24, Chiefs 20.
Last week: 8-4-1
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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