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NFL Predictions: Week 8

by Berry Tramel Published: October 25, 2012

The NFL’s Week 8 arrives, and there’s celebration in the American Football Conference. The AFC is up to three teams with winning records.

Tampa Bay at Minnesota: Vikings 23-13. Adrian Peterson’s legend grows by the week. He’s fourth in the NFL in rushing, 93.1 yards a game, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

New England vs. St. Louis at London: Patriots 27-13. Wonder if the Brits will embrace the “New England” name or denounce the “Patriots.” Probably will just cheer for whichever team hits harder.

Indianapolis at Tennessee: Titans 27-26. If Indy wins — and Indy could win — then the Colts are 4-3 and a playoff contender. Not bad for Andrew Luck’s rookie year.

Jacksonville at Green Bay: Packers 42-10. You know, I remember when the Jags were annually competitive. What happened?

San Diego at Cleveland: Browns 19-17. Cleveland and Brandon Weeden are getting better. What if the Chargers are ready to tank?

Atlanta at Philadelphia: Eagles 33-24. Philly is a funny team. Just when you’re ready to write off the Eagles, they rally. Sort of like Michael Vick.

Seattle at Detroit: Seahawks 16-12. Maybe the NFL’s most pleasantly surprising team against the NFL’s most disappointing team. Detroit has appeared to be a mess since the season opener.

Miami at New York Jets: Jetropolitans 18-16. For a franchise that seems to be floundering, the Jets sure play tough. They could have won that game in New England and sent the Patriots to a losing record.

Carolina at Chicago: Bears 27-17. The Great Leaders Bowl. Jay Cutler vs. Cam Newton. Only trouble is, I think Cutler gets a bad rap at times. Newton, not so much.

Washington at Pittsburgh: Redskins 34-30. Upset special. Robert Griffin III is the real deal. The Steelers are just trying to piece it all together.

Oakland at Kansas City: Raiders 24-19. The Chief brass really thinks Brady Quinn could be better than Matt Cassel? I know no one remembers it, but there was a time about 40something years ago that KC-Oakland meant the best ballgame you were likely to see on a Sunday.

New York Giants at Dallas: Cowboys 23-20. Don’t ask me why, I just have a gut feeling about this game. I don’t have to explain it. Nobody has been able to explain Dallas’ season-opening win in the Meadowlands.

New Orleans at Denver: Broncos 41-31. Drew Brees and Peyton Manning staged a great Super Bowl a few years ago. I’d expect something similar Sunday night.

San Francisco at Arizona: 49ers 24-0. NFL shutouts are hard to come by. But just exactly how is John Skelton supposed to score against the 49ers?

Last week: 10-3. Season: 63-41.

 

 

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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