Been receiving tweets -- and catching flak from colleagues -- about every team at the top of the Power Rankings losing the following week. Yet, if that's true, Tom Brady and Co. would have to falter against a Bills group potentially devoid of its best player. Last year, I predicted Rex Ryan's defense would give New England fits in Buffalo. Yeah, and Touchdown Tommy went off. Given that the Bills have a chance to sweep the Pats for the first time in forever, this matchup is one of the best in Week 8. Eagles at Cowboys is no bargain brand, either. Neither is Chargers at Broncos, for that matter.
Koy Detmer would come out of retirement. Then the Eagles would beat themselves by tying the game in regulation and missing a chip-shot field goal at the end of overtime. (Like that ever happens ...)
See what I mean? It's real. #PowerRankingsCurse
Now, let's get to it!
Elliot Harrison went 10-4-1 on his predictions for Week 7, giving him a record of 67-39-1 thus far this season. How will he fare in Week 8? His picks are below:
My colleague, @MattMoneySmith, called Bucs-Niners on the radio last weekend, and he implored me to take notice of a healthier, more active defense. Sounds like an endorsement for probiotics, but ... Money is especially high on rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves. Also, perennial Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy looks like his disruptive self. That said, three of the last four quarterbacks Tampa Bay has faced are Case Keenum, Derek Anderson and Colin Kaepernick. That lineup sure doesn't hurt when it comes to making your pass defense look better.
**Fun with numbers:** The Bucs are 3-13 since 2015 when they don't win the turnover battle. Oakland is plus-eight in that category this year -- tied for second in the league. The craziest number as it pertains to this matchup, though? Zero. As in, zero playoff wins for either franchise since they faced off in [Super Bowl](http://www.nfl.com/superbowl) XXXVII. [#OAKvsTB](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23OAKvsTB) </content:weekly-predictions>
I could type that line every week. The only team I can think of that is as dependent on its quarterback as San Diego: Indianapolis, with Andrew Luck.
That said, Melvin Gordon could be the key to a San Diego upset this week. The Broncos have struggled with pass catchers out of the backfield in the past (see: Week 5 vs. Atlanta). Gordon was heavily involved in the passing game last week, catching six balls for 53 yards and a touchdown. Getting a lead early won't mean much for the Chargers, as Denver hasn't led a football game at the conclusion of the first quarter since Super Bowl 50. The Broncos also haven't been swept by San Diego since 2010. Tebowmania started one of those games, and not well. #SDvsDEN
Rarely make alterations to my original game picks, but the Packers, down their top three corners, as well as hybrid players in Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery, will not be able to stay in a track meet in Atlanta. Let's hope all the injuries provide Aaron Rodgers a respite from the critics for at least one week, as he is ordering off of a very limited menu out there. Meanwhile, the Falcons will reassert themselves in the NFC South with the win. #GBvsATL
THURSDAY NIGHT'S GAME
**Side note:** You have my pick for Thursday night, but be sure to make yours, as well. Go to [NFL.com/budlight](http://www.nfl.com/budlight) to vote for "Which Can will Win" or use #JaguarsCan or #TitansCan on Twitter.