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NFL picks, Week 8: Lions, Patriots reach halfway point with wins

Week 8 marks the halfway point of the NFL season. Which teams are the most likely to finish out the first half on a high note?

Jason Miller

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.

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