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PFT’s Week 8 2022 NFL picks

From Justin Fields taking on the Cowboys defense to Mike McDaniel squaring up against Dan Campbell, Mike Florio and Chris Simms dive into key matchups for Week 8.

Week Eight is already upon us. And I’m holding a nine-game lead.

I didn’t add to it last week. We split on four disagreements, going 9-5 each for the 14-game seventh weekend.

For the year, I’m at 66-41-1. MDS is 57-50-1.

This week, we disagree again on four games.

Scroll to see all picks for Week Eight.

Ravens (-1) at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: The Buccaneers can’t possibly be as bad as they’ve looked the last couple weeks, can they? I don’t think so, but I also don’t think they’re going to win on a short week when they have so much that needs fixing.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 23, Buccaneers 20.

Florio’s take: It’s difficult to accept that the Buccaneers aren’t very good. But they aren’t. And the Ravens are. The one question is whether they can hold a late lead.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 27, Buccaneers 23.

Broncos (+2.5) vs. Jaguars

MDS’s take: The Jaguars have been in every game, usually falling short at the end. This time they’ll pull through against a Broncos team that is going nowhere.

MDS’s pick: Jaguars 16, Broncos 14.

Florio’s take: Will Nathaniel Hackett be left in London?

Florio’s pick: Jaguars 16, Broncos 13.

Panthers (+4.5) at Falcons

MDS’s take: Credit the Panthers and coach Steve Wilks for not quitting on the season when many thought they would last week. This week I think they’ll come back to earth as the Falcons win a game that is, surprisingly, important in the NFC South race.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 28, Panthers 17.

Florio’s take: I’m not ready to get off the Steve Wilks bandwagon just yet.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 24, Falcons 20.

Bears (+9.5) at Cowboys

MDS’s take: I liked the way the Bears changed their offense on Monday night to give Justin Fields more opportunities to run, but against a strong Cowboys defense I’m not sure the Bears will be able to do much of anything.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 17, Bears 10.

Florio’s take: The Bears went all in with extra time to beat the Pats. Do they have anything left on a short week to beat the Cowboys?

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 20, Bears 14.

Dolphins (-3.5) at Lions

MDS’s take: The Lions are cratering, and if they can’t turn things around soon, Dan Campbell’s seat is going to get awfully warm. I don’t see anything turning around this week.

MDS’s pick: Dolphins 28, Lions 21.

Florio’s take: With Tua back, the Dolphins are finding their groove again.

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 27, Lions 17.

Cardinals (+3.5) at Vikings

MDS’s take: The Vikings may run away with the NFC North, which I don’t think anyone was expecting before the season. They’ll get another win on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 24, Cardinals 21.

Florio’s take: Minnesota keeps finding a way to win late, as long as the Vikings can avoid a couple of pick sixes.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 28, Cardinals 24.

Raiders (-2) at Saints

MDS’s take: After an ugly start, I expect the Raiders to go on a bit of a run over the next few weeks, including winning their second in a row on Sunday in New Orleans.

MDS’s pick: Raiders 23, Saints 17.

Florio’s take: The Raiders have a chance to force their way into the playoff conversation. The Saints do, too, but only because their division is so bad.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 24, Saints 20.

Patriots (-1.5) at Jets

MDS’s take: The Jets are playing better than anyone expected, and their defense should do well against the struggling Patriots offense that still hasn’t identified its starting quarterback.

MDS’s pick: Jets 14, Patriots 13.

Florio’s take: Just when it feels like the Patriots are falling apart, they find a way to pull it together.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 17, Jets 14.

Steelers (+11) at Eagles

MDS’s take: The Eagles will run all over the Steelers as they keep the NFL’s only undefeated record intact.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 24, Steelers 10.

Florio’s take: Kenny Pickett needs more reps to work toward his ceiling. He’s got a long way to go to get there.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 31, Steelers 17.

Titans (-2) at Texans

MDS’s take: The Titans have taken a step backward from last season, but they’re still the class of the AFC South.

MDS’s pick: Titans 24, Texans 21.

Florio’s take: The Titans have a knack for quietly racking up wins while no one is looking.

Florio’s pick: Titans 28, Texans 20.

Commanders (+3) at Colts

MDS’s take: Taylor Heinicke vs. Sam Ehlinger. Can you feel the excitement?

MDS’s pick: Colts 10, Commanders 6.

Florio’s take: The business decision to put Matt Ryan on the bench may not go over well with the football players who want to win now.

Florio’s pick: Commanders 13, Colts 10.

49ers (-1.5) at Rams

MDS’s take: The Rams’ offense has been awful this year, and I just can’t believe it’s going to continue this way. They’ll take a step forward and earn an important NFC West win.

MDS’s pick: Rams 24, 49ers 21.

Florio’s take: The Rams just don’t have the talent to compete with the 49ers, especially since the 49ers will be feeling desperate this weekend.

Florio’s pick: 49ers 28, Rams 17.

Giants (+3) at Seahawks

MDS’s take: I keep picking against the 6-1 Giants and they keep proving me wrong. Let’s try it again.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 27, Giants 21.

Florio’s take: The Giants are good, but the Seahawks are good enough to pull New York’s record back toward reality.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 27, Giants 20.

Packers (+11.5) at Bills

MDS’s take: Aaron Rodgers is a double-digit underdog for the first time, and with good reason: The Bills are far better than the Packers in all phases of the game.

MDS’s pick: Bills 31, Packers 17.

Florio’s take: The Green Bay spirit will be willing, but the Bills are just too strong.

Florio’s pick: Bills 42, Packers 10.

Bengals (-3.5) at Browns

MDS’s take: Joe Burrow is playing outstanding football, and the Bengals will keep pace in the two-team AFC North race by pounding the Browns.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 30, Browns 17.

Florio’s take: The Bengals are becoming less of a disappointment. The Browns are becoming more of one.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 35, Browns 20.