As we head into the eighth week of the NFL season, the teams which look as though they are going to be headed to the postseason are starting to take shape. There are still plenty of teams with plenty of weaknesses though, which is why you should pay attention to our NFL weekly picks for which teams will win.
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Jaguars (2-4) at Titans (3-4) - While neither team is likely going anywhere once the regular season is over, the Titans look as though they are on the upswing while the Jags appear to be treading water. If you want one statistic that shows you should be going with the Titans in this game, look at the two teams' third down conversion percentage. The Titans have converted almost 50 percent (46.2 percent) of their third downs while Jacksonville has converted just 27.2 percent. In a close game, that could be the determining factor.
Redskins (4-3) at Bengals (3-4) - If this game was actually in Cincinnati, the home field advantage would be enough to pick the Bengals. Since the game is taking place in London, we go with the Redskins. The Skins have a better over all record and wins against better teams, such as the Giants and Eagles. The Bengals' three wins have all come against losing teams.
Chiefs (4-2) at Colts (3-4) - The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a blowout loss to the Steelers and since that game, they've been playing their best football of the season. Still, Andrew Luck is having a resurgent season, throwing 14 touchdowns to just four interceptions and at home, the Colts are going to pull off the upset as 2.5 point dogs.
Raiders (5-2) at Bucs (3-3) - It appears people aren't quite convinced that the Raiders are for real. Considering they have the worst defense in the league, those people might be right. The Bucs might be just 3-3 but they're in the top 10 in both offense and defense and will likely win this game going away.
Seahawks (4-1-1) at Saints (2-4) This game features one of the best offenses in the NFL against one of the best defenses. It might be tempting to pick the Saints, if you watched the Seahawks offensive performance against Arizona, but the Seahawks will find a way to win this game.
Lions (4-3) at Texans (4-2) - The Lions have become the Cardiac Cats this season with six of their seven games being decided by 4 points or less. The team has also won three straight. While the Texans haven't looked that good, they are 4-0 at home while the Lions have struggled on the road.
Jets (2-5) at Browns (0-7) - The Jets were once considered an AFC East contender. The lack of an offense has derailed their season but the Browns are the worst team in the league. Cleveland looks like a team that could go 0-16 and you should never bet against who they're playing until they win a game.
Patriots (6-1) at Bills (4-3) - The New England Patriots have looked almost unbeatable so far this season. We say almost because there is one team that has managed to take them down. If Buffalo sweeps the season series it will be because of their defense, which shut out the Patriots last time out.
Cardinals (3-3-1) at Panthers (1-5) - The Cardinals are coming off an embarassing tie thanks to their kicker missing an 18 yard field goal in overtime. The Panthers are just the team for the Cards to kick while they're down. Neither Carolina's offense of defense has been good this year and neither team is going to start improving against a "better than their record" Cardinals team.
Chargers (3-4) at Broncos (4-2) - The Broncos got off to a hot 4-0 start to the season but they've lost the last two thanks in large part to their inability to score more than one touchdown in those games. San Diego already has one win against Denver and have won two straight after starting the season 1-4 and they will continue to streak.
Packers (4-2) at Falcons (4-3) - The Falcons are quite a bit like the Broncos in that they got off to a fast start but have lost their last two games. Atlanta has a stellar offense, but their defense is suspect. Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers and he'll lead the Pack to a road victory this week.
Eagles (4-2) at Cowboys (5-1) - The Cowboys have been the surprise of the season, considering they're being led by a rookie quarterback and a rookie running back. Ezekiel Elliott leads the league in rushing yards and he'll likely run all over an Eagles team that has been up and down this year.
Vikings (5-1) at Bears (1-6) - There isn't an easier choice for teams that are going to win the game than the Vikings this week. Minnesota has the league's best defense, while Chicago just lost it's starting quarterback to a broken arm. This one will be ugly.