Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 8

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Pigskin predictions from the Post-Gazette's gridiron guru ...


Last week: 7-7 (.500)

Season: 57-47 (.548)

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) at New Orleans Saints (4-3), 8:20 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The Steelers can give the Saints a few pointers about Super Bowl hangovers. Right now, the Saints are feeling a little sluggish about being ambushed at home by the Browns.

Prediction: Saints, 24-21

Miami Dolphins (3-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-4), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The Dolphins play much better away from home (3-0) than they do in South Florida (0-3). The Bengals, who have lost three in a row, haven't been playing well anywhere.

Prediction: Bengals, 24-23

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) at Dallas Cowboys (1-5), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The Jaguars started Todd Bouman at quarterback last week. The Cowboys are starting Jon Kitna this week because of an injury to Tony Romo. Where have all the quarterbacks gone?

Prediction: Cowboys, 27-13

Washington Redskins (4-3) at Detroit Lions (1-5), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The good news for the Lions is the game is at home, the site of their only victory. And they averaged 30 points in the three games prior to the bye. Call it the Upset Special.

Prediction: Lions, 24-17

Buffalo Bills (0-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-2), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The Chiefs started 0-4 at home last year until the Steelers came to town. Now they are seeking to start 4-0 at home against the Bills, who almost pulled the surprise of the young season in Baltimore.

Prediction: Chiefs, 33-24

Green Bay Packers (4-3) at New York Jets (5-1), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: Maybe having a bye after a league-best five-game winning streak will cause a little lethargy for the Jets. But their pressure eventually will create the same effect on Aaron Rodgers.

Prediction: Jets, 27-24

Carolina Panthers (1-5) at St. Louis Rams (3-4), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The Rams have Carolina right where they want them -- at home, where they have won three in a row. After an 0-5 start, the Panthers are glad to have a one-game winning streak.

Prediction: Rams, 24-16

Denver Broncos (2-5) at San Francisco 49ers (1-6), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: London is a long way to go to showcase two teams who have quit on their coach. The Broncos have given new meaning to "Orange Crush" after their 59-14 loss to the Raiders.

Prediction: Broncos, 20-17

Tennessee Titans (5-2) at San Diego Chargers (2-5), 4:05 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: It's hard to imagine the Chargers, who have lost three in a row, being this bad. Not so with the Titans, who have won three in a row. They are also unbeaten on the road (3-0).

Prediction: Titans, 31-28

Minnesota Vikings (2-4) at New England Patriots (5-1), 4:15 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: Tom Brady has won 23 consecutive starts at home, the second-longest streak in NFL history. The only quarterback with more is Brett Favre (25), who should stay at home ... permanently.

Prediction: Patriots, 30-24

Seattle Seahawks (4-2) at Oakland Raiders (3-4), 4:15 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The surprising Seahawks are in first place in the NFC West. The equally surprising Raiders are the second highest-scoring team in the AFC. No surprise here.

Prediction: Raiders, 31-20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3), 4:15 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: Ken Whisenhunt is getting affirmation of what he already knew -- that it's tough to win in the NFL without a proven QB. It's a long way to travel for the Buccaneers, who are 2-0 on the road.

Prediction: Cardinals, 24-19

Houston Texans (4-2) at Indianapolis Colts (4-2), 8:30 p.m., Monday

The Skinny: The Colts don't lose at home on MNF (6-0 since 2000) and they don't lose to the Texans at home (8-0). But Houston won the first meeting this year when Arian Foster rushed for 231 yards and 3 TDs.

Prediction: Colts, 34-24


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