Week 8: Predicting a Patriots-less Sunday

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New York Jets (4-2) @ Oakland Raiders (3-3) – 4:05 P.M. EST

The jet-lagged Jets will lag in the beginning of this game, allowing Derek Carr to orchestrate first-half touchdowns with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. The Jets will shut-down Latavius Murray for the most part, but coming-of-age Carr will pick up the slack with his arm. On the other side of the ball, Charles Woodson will add a fifth pick to his stash of interceptions this season, which will give him the league lead in that category at the halfway mark.

Prediction: Raiders 23, Jets 21

Seattle Seahawks (3-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (2-4) – 4:25 P.M. EST

The skidding Cowboys will get up for this conference showdown, winning their first game since Week 2. All that chaos in and around the Dallas locker room will be funneled and channeled into beating the two-time defending NFC champs.

Prediction: Cowboys 24, Seahawks 14

Next: Week 8 AFC Power Rankings (Updated TNF)

Green Bay Packers (6-0) @ Denver Broncos (6-0) – 8:30 P.M. EST

A shoe will have to drop in this highly-anticipated matchup; one of these teams will no longer be undefeated when Halloweekend draws to a close. While the Broncos’ defense is playing well enough right now to earn comparisons to some of the great defenses in NFL history, the Packers’ offense has the firepower to out-pace the sluggish Peyton Manning even with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware breathing down Aaron Rodgers’ throat. This should be a great game; make sure the yardwork is done and the dishes are put away before kickoff.

Packers: 33, Broncos 27