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Brian Eller

My picks for Week 8 in the NFL

Miami at Cincinnati -- At 3-3, the Dolphins have defied the odds by not losing a single game on the road yet haven't won a game at home. Six games is enough of a trend for me to buy into, so I'll take Miami on the road in this one in a close game.

Jacksonville at Dallas -- I'm going to go against my better judgment and take the Cowboys here. At some point they have to right the ship, don't they? Jerry Jones won't stand for this much longer and while Dallas doesn't look to be going to the playoffs, I like them here against the Jaguars.

at Detroit -- This game was a tossup for me. The Lions welcome back Matthew Stafford, which should give them even more firepower to that offense. Meanwhile, the Redskins are having a better-than-expected campaign with coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Donovan McNabb proving they were smart pickups. I'll reward the smart moves with a win.

Buffalo at Kansas City -- **Upset Special** I came close to last week's upset special, narrowly missing the Chargers against the Patriots. This week I'll go with the Bills, who looked significantly better a week ago in Baltimore. The Chiefs are coming off of a big week, too, but I like the Bills to finally get in the win column in this upset.

Carolina at St. Louis -- While the Bills are still looking for their first win, the Panthers found their last week against San Francisco. In order to make it back-to-back, they'll have to head to St. Louis, where the Rams are moving in the right direction. Can Carolina make it two in a row? I don't think so.

Green Bay at New York Jets -- That was a gritty win last Sunday night as the Packers forced Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre into critical mistakes. Their reward? Green Bay now gets to face the hottest team in the league in the Jets, who have won five in a row and are coming off of a bye week. Mark Sanchez continues to take strides and will do so again in the victory.

Denver at San Francisco -- Embarrassing. Shameful. Disgusting. Pick your adjective when it comes to last week's debacle in Denver against the Raiders. I really thought the Broncos would win last week and this Sunday they're facing arguably the worst team in the league. I honestly don't think either team deserves to win this game, but I'm going to punish my Broncos for the way they played a week ago and pick the Niners.

Tennessee at San Diego -- It's debatable right now which team is in bigger trouble, either the Chargers or Cowboys. Right now I would say the Cowboys, as San Diego is in a significantly weaker division. But after Sunday, I think the answer will be the lightning bolts. I see Dallas getting a win, but I like the Titans in this one to keep rolling and the Chargers to keep making mistakes.

Seattle at Oakland -- This is the toughest game of the week, in my opinion. Seattle finds itself in first place in the NFC West, while the Raiders have to be feeling good about the 59-14 beatdown against their division rival. I could see either team winning this weekend, but I'll go with Oakland's momentum in a close one.

Minnesota at New England -- Brett Favre or Tavaris Jackson? As an Orioles fan, I have the utmost respect for streaks and Favre's ranks up there with the best. But it looks like he could simply collapse at any moment, which leads me to believe coach Brad Childress is going to go with Jackson against the Patriots. If they go with Jackson, I go with New England.

Tampa Bay at Arizona -- There's something to be said for teams that have to travel from one side of the country to the other, but I don't see that being a problem in this game. Tampa Bay is a surprise at the top of the NFC South, while the Cardinals continue to search for an answer at quarterback. If only they had Josh Freeman, the young gun who is getting better every day. Oh, wait. The Bucs have him. That's all we need to know.

Pittsburgh at New Orleans -- Another tough game on the slate this week brings us down south, where the costumes will likely be out in full force Sunday night. The Saints' offense has found itself recently, but the Steelers have found Ben Roethlisberger and are playing better on defense

Houston at Indianapolis -- In the paper I took the Texans with the upset, but the more I think about it, I really just picked that in case it happens and I can gain a game on my co-workers. Is that wrong? I guess so. But maybe Matt Schaub will pick up his copy of the Daily and reward me with a win. Yea, it's possible.

Last week: 10-4
Season: 19-9

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