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NFL Week 8 viewer's guide

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The American brand of football returns to London as the International Series resumes with the St. Louis Rams "hosting" the New England Patriots at London's Wembley Stadium. Meanwhile in the U.S., the Philadelphia Eagles will attempt to ruin the Atlanta Falcons' run at perfection, the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Washington Redskins in an intriguing interconference game and the rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants returns.

    • Carolina at Chicago

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      There still is talent on this Panthers team, but the Panthers will need to pull it together fast to compete with Chicago. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bears victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      A matchup against the latest version of the Monsters of the Midway does not bode well for Cam Newton, who is mired in a sophomore slump. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Bears are a team with few flaws
      » Are Bears the class of NFC North?
      » A season unraveled in Carolina
      » Why is Newton struggling?
      » Billick: Cam is a 'petulant child'
    • On Twitter:

      #CARvsCHI
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • San Diego at Cleveland

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      If San Diego wants to get back on track, they have to bludgeon the physical Cleveland Browns. If Cleveland emerges and grabs a win, the Chargers might be headed down a familiar path. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Chargers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Brandon Weeden has turned into a viable fantasy option, and the Browns rookie quarterback gets a favorable matchup against the Chargers. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Stick a fork in the Browns
      » A sticky situation in San Diego
      » Shurmur doesn't regret Week 7 punt call
      » ATL picks: Majority likes Chargers
      » Photos: Football in baseball stadiums
    • On Twitter:

      #SDvsCLE
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Seattle at Detroit

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Even with all his heroics, Russell Wilson still faces questions as Seattle's starting signal-caller. Will a fierce Detroit D-line add more fuel to the QB controversy fire? More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Seahawks victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Lions' offense isn't as explosive as it was a season ago. In fact, it has falled to such a level that it's wise to start the opposing team's defense against it in fantasyland. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » What's wrong with Stafford?
      » Why is Stafford ignored?
      » Lions offense stuck in stall
      » Wilson's rookie bucket list
      » ATL picks: Majority likes Seahawks
    • On Twitter:

      #SEAvsDET
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Jacksonville at Green Bay

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      There's no doubt the Green Bay Packers will roll in this matchup. Things will only get worse for this downtrodden Jaguars franchise, beginning Sunday. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Packers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      With Maurice Jones-Drew's injury, Rashad Jennings became a hot waiver-wire pickup. Jennings should also be fast-tracked into your fantasy team's starting lineup. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Packers' Jennings opts for surgery
      » Cobb: 'Stacking success on success'
      » Cobb creates rapport with Rodgers
      » ATL Game Rewind: Packers-Rams
      » Schein: The perfect replacement for Woodson
    • On Twitter:

      #JACvsGB
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Miami at New York

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Gone are the days when we thought the game would be too fast for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Instead, its two division rivals battling for footing in a situation in which both have lots of life. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Jets victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Jets' defense leaves much to be desired against the run, which makes Reggie Bush a solid No. 2 fantasy option in most leagues. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Rookie QBs: How does Tannehill stack up?
      » Ryan frazzled by Bush's comments
      » Playoff picture: Where do 'Fins, Jets sit?
      » Should Jets trade Tebow?
      » ATL picks: Majority likes Jets
    • On Twitter:

      #MIAvsNYJ
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Atlanta at Philadelphia

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Matt Ryan's pass-happy Falcons facing off against one of the most annoyingly aggressive front fours in football. Throw in Atlanta's undefeated record and the immense potential in Philadelphia and this game has plenty of promise. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an Eagles victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Michael Vick has been inconsistent at best this season, and a matchup against an opportunistic Falcons defense isn't an attractive one for fantasy owners. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » NFL.com Power Poll: Falcons are No. 1
      » Who is Falcons' greatest challenger?
      » Is it time for change at QB for Eagles?
      » Who needs win more: Eagles or Cowboys?
      » ATL picks: Will Falcons finally fall?
    • On Twitter:

      #ATLvsPHI
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Washington at Pittsburgh

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Two of the game's most enjoyable quarterbacks to watch ... on the same field? Tune in just to watch defenders try in vain to sack Robert Griffin III and Ben Roethlisberger, only to see the two quarterbacks keep plays alive with their feet and strength. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Steelers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      No team has given up more fantasy points to receivers than the Redskins, which makes Mike Wallace -- despite a case of the dropsies in Week 7 -- a must-start. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Steelers to unveil throwback uniforms
      » Can't stop talkin' about Cooley
      » Drive of the Week: Evolution of RG3
      » Will Steelers win AFC North?
      » ATL picks: Majority for Redskins
    • On Twitter:

      #WASvsPIT
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New England at St. Louis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      If you're going to showcase one thing to the London-based fans, why not Tom Brady and the New England Patriots? Considering they have one of the NFL's biggest support systems overseas, it's a no-brainer. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Patriots victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      As he loses carries to Daryl Richardson, Rams running back Steven Jackson is becoming less and less of an option for your fantasy team. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Rams 'host' Patriots at Wembley
      » From leg strong to 'Legatron'
      » American football's growth abroad
      » Are Pats still attached to Brady's arm?
      » Photos: Snapshots from London
    • On Twitter:

      #NEvsSTL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Indianapolis at Tennessee

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Both are coming off wins, seemingly trending upward in general. Both teams also are staring up at the Houston Texans in the division, scraping and clawing for wild-card consideration. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Colts victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Chris Johnson sprinted back into fantasy relevance in Week 7, and is a virtual must-start in most leagues against the Colts. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Would Luck still be the No.1 pick?
      » How Luck measures up among rookie QBs
      » 'Sound FX': Luck uses his legs
      » CJ2K gets a boost in 'Madden NFL 13'
      » Hasselbeck to start again for Titans
    • On Twitter:

      #INDvsTEN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Oakland at Kansas City

      Sun 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      While the Raiders are fresh off a come-from-behind win over the Jaguars, the Chiefs are coming off a much-needed bye after three straight losses. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Raiders victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Get must-starts, must-sits and sleepers for your fantasy team for Week 8. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » NFL Fan's Ultimate Roadtrip hits Oakland
      » Bigger disappointment: Cassel or Newton?
      » Quinn to start again for Chiefs
      » Raiders flirt with no-huddle
      » Crennel: Chiefs 'not ready' for Super Bowl
    • On Twitter:

      #OAKvsKC
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New York at Dallas

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The NFC East might be the most intriguing division this year, with no weak links, no boring quarterbacks and no reason to turn away. The fact that everything is still up for grabs helps. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Cowboys victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Tight ends Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett should each factor into your fantasy football considerations for Week 8. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Can Cowboys overcome loss of Lee?
      » Do Cowboys or Eagles need a win more?
      » Giants rookie pranks Halloween style
      » Cowboys among NFC's danger-zone teams
      » Manning's late-game savvy nothing new
    • On Twitter:

      #NYGvsDAL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New Orleans at Denver

      Sun 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Forget the records for a second. This is still Drew Brees vs. Peyton Manning in a shootout-style showdown that won't be over until it really is. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Broncos victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      In what should be a thrilling Drew Brees vs. Peyton Manning matchup, it's Manning who is the most attractive quarterback in fantasyland. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Tipping point for Saints?
      » Moore on Saints' expectations
      » QB Performance Faceoff: Brees vs. Rodgers
      » Can Broncos keep winning?
      » Top 10 Manning comebacks
    • On Twitter:

      #NOvsDEN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • San Francisco at Arizona

      Mon 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Like defense? Hitting? Things like blocking and tackling? Cool. This is right up your alley. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a 49ers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Michael Crabtree is turning into a bust for both the 49ers and fantasy owners. A matchup against the Cardinals likely won't help his chances of turning things around. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 49ers are gold standard in NFC West
      » Do 49ers really trust Smith?
      » 'A Football Life': Phases of change in San Fran
      » 'A Football Life': Getting the 49ers
      » ATL picks: Unanimous for 49ers
    • On Twitter:

      #SFvsAZ
    • Watch: Game Preview

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