Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 8

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Pigskin picks from the PG's gridiron guru ...

Last week: 8-5 (.615)

Season record: 71-32 (.689)

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

The Skinny: This has always been a trouble spot for the Steelers: Trying to stop Tom Brady and the Patriots. They have won four of the past five meetings at Heinz Field, including a pair of AFC title games in 2001 and 2004. That makes it difficult to pick against them.

Prediction: Patriots, 31-27

Arizona Cardinals (1-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: It was not a good weekend for either team. The Cardinals lost their fifth in a row to the Steelers. The Ravens offense looked pathetic losing in Jacksonville. But one good thing: They don't lose at home.

Prediction: Ravens 23-10

New Orleans Saints (5-2) at St. Louis Rams (0-6), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The Rams are one of three winless teams, average a league-worst 9.3 points per game and have been without QB Sam Bradford. The Saints just put up 62 points on the last winless team they played.

Prediction: Saints, 42-9

Minnesota Vikings (1-6) at Carolina Panthers (2-5), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: Each team has been able to score points; the problem has been preventing them. The Panthers have allowed an NFL-high 183 points. The Vikings aren't far behind at 178. The irresistible forces meet the movable objects.

Prediction: Vikings, 38-35

Detroit Lions (5-2) at Denver Broncos (2-4), 4:05 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The Lions have lost two in a row after a 5-0 start and quarterback Matthew Stafford is injured. Denver is ga-ga over Tim Tebow, who rallied the Broncos to an overtime victory in Miami despite looking horrid for 3.5 quarters.

Prediction: Lions, 24-20

Cleveland Browns (3-3) at San Francisco 49ers (5-1), 4:05 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The 49ers have won four in a row, have the second-best record in the league and are coming off a bye. The Browns are not exactly pounding their chest after an ugly 6-3 victory against Seattle.

Prediction: 49ers, 24-13

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) at Houston Texans (4-3), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The Jaguars ended a five-game losing streak with their dominating defensive performance against the Ravens. They will need more of that against the Texans, who put up 41 points against the Titans, the previous team to beat the Ravens.

Prediction: Texans, 23-16

Miami Dolphins (0-6) at New York Giants (4-2), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: No team has a better shot of drafting Stanford's Andrew Luck than the Dolphins, who need him more than any team in the league. If they can lose to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, they can lose to anybody.

Prediction: Giants, 27-10

Indianapolis Colts (0-7) at Tennessee Titans (3-3), 1 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: You think the Titans defense was embarrassed, allowing 41 points the Texans? How do you think the Colts feel, giving up 62 points to the Saints? Problem with the Colts, they can't score points, either.

Prediction: Titans, 24-9

Washington Redskins (3-3) at Buffalo Bills (4-2), 4:05 p.m., Sunday (in Toronto)

The Skinny: The Bills, not the Patriots, lead the AFC in scoring, averaging 31.3 points per game. Factor in the Canadian exchange rate, and that's 31.75 points, Sunday or too much for the Redskins to overcome.

Prediction: Bills 32, Redskins 20

Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) at Seattle Seahawks (2-4), 4:15 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: The QB change from Tarvaris Jackson to Charlie Whitehurst didn't go so good for the Seahawks, who managed only a field goal against the Browns. The Bengals are one of just two AFC teams with a winning road record (2-1).

Prediction: Bengals, 20-13

Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-4), 8:20 p.m., Sunday

The Skinny: Sunday Skeptics don't want to believe that the Eagles are that bad. Nor do they want to believe the Cowboys are as good as they looked in a 34-7 victory against the Rams. By the way, who is DeMarco Murray?

Prediction: Eagles, 31-24

San Diego Chargers (4-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-3), 8:30 p.m., Monday

The Skinny: Little by little, the Chiefs have crawled back into the race in the AFA West by winning three in a row. If they beat the Chargers, who are 1-2 on the road, they are tied for the division lead.

Prediction: Chiefs, 30-27


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