We're halfway there. Sort of. The midpoint to the NFL season technically falls on early a Wednesday morning. Someday the NFL will add another game there, along with a Kenny Chesney halftime show to mark the occasion, probably. For all intents and purposes, we mark the middle of the NFL season in Week 8, when most teams will have played eight of the 16 games on their schedule. So which teams will wrap up the first half (or so) of the season with a win? We asked our experts.
Some notable findings in this week's predictions:
- All five panelists foresee an 8-0 Chiefs team.
- Dallas at Detroit left the group divided. The Lions lost their first home game of the season last week to the Bengals, but it was only their third game in Detroit so far. The Cowboys won their first road game of the season in Week 7, beating the Eagles in Philadelphia.
- Three panelists picked the Raiders over the Steelers. Both teams are trying to get their third win of the season.
- Four of five picked the Patriots to get things back on track against the Dolphins this week. A Miami win will keep the standings tight in the AFC East, setting up a scramble through the second half of the season.
Joel and I tied for the best record on last week's picks, going 10-5. David was 9-6, and Jason and Stephen were 8-7.
Here are the picks for Week 8:
|Matchup||Ryan Van Bibber||Joel Thorman||Jason Chilton||Stephen White||David Fucillo|
|Carolina at Tampa Bay||CAR||TB||CAR||CAR||CAR|
|Cleveland at Kansas City||KC||KC||KC||KC||KC|
|Dallas at Detroit||DET||DAL||DET||DAL||DET|
|Miami at New England||MIA||NE||NE||NE||NE|
|Buffalo at New Orleans||NO||NO||NO||NO||NO|
|N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia||PHI||NYG||PHI||PHI||PHI|
|N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati||CIN||NYJ||CIN||CIN||CIN|
|San Francisco at Jacksonville||SF||SF||SF||SF||SF|
|Atlanta at Arizona||ATL||ATL||ARZ||ATL||ATL|
|Washington at Denver||DEN||DEN||DEN||DEN||DEN|
|Pittsburgh at Oakland||OAK||PIT||PIT||OAK||OAK|
|Green Bay at Minnesota||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB|
|Seattle at St. Louis||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA|
Our panel consists of: David Fucillo, SB Nation's fantasy guru; Stephen White, retired NFL defensive end and SB Nation NFL contributor; Jason Chilton, SB Nation NFL contributor; Joel Thorman, manager of SB Nation NFL blogs; and Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation's NFL editor.