NFL picks and predictions, Week 8: Bills vs. Saints 2013

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills have some good things going for them, but don't expect them to challenge the Saints this weekend.

The Buffalo Bills have skirted by rather well despite missing E.J. Manuel. Thad Lewis has stepped in as the team's starter and won one of two games played. An 82.5 quarterback rating isn't all bad given the situation, going along with a 62.5 percent completion percentage with three touchdowns to just one interception.

The Bills' suprising mediocrity doesn't compare to the turnaround that the New Orleans Saints have made, however. The team is coming off a Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots, but the loss was their first. The Saints started the season 5-0 after winning just seven games total in 2012. Unsurprisingly, experts overwhelmingly expect the Saints to win at the Superdome on Sunday.

Every NFL expert across Yahoo! SportsCBS Sports and ESPN is currently projecting New Orleans to win at home. Even against the spread, none of CBS Sports' eight experts were willing to entertain the idea of the Bills covering as 7.5-point underdogs.

The Bills have some good things going for them, including a solid running game behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, and a front seven spearheaded by Mario Williams and rookie Kiko Alonso. Hoping that they can take down the Saints appears to be too much to ask, however.

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