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AP staff NFL preview and predictions for Week 8

The Chiefs play the Giants on Monday, but we’re picking all of this weekend’s games.

Green Bay Packers v Arizona Cardinals - Wild Card Round Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Week 8 of the NFL season kicks off with a barnburner: the Green Bay Packers (6-1) on the road against the Arizona Cardinals (7-0) on Thursday Night Football.

This week, the Kansas City Chiefs will be at home to face the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Arrowhead Time. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Kansas City is favored to win by 9.5 points.

Elsewhere in the AFC West, the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) will host the New England Patriots (3-4) and the Washington Football Team (2-5) will be in Colorado to play the Denver Broncos (3-4) — both during Sunday afternoon’s late games.

During the early games, there’s a big AFC North matchup featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) traveling to face the Cleveland Browns (4-3), an AFC South contest with the Indianapolis Colts (3-4) playing host to the Tennessee Titans (5-2) and an NFC South battle with the Carolina Panthers (3-4) in Georgia to face the Atlanta Falcons (3-3).

The late games will also feature another big NFC South matchup — this one from The Big Easy: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1) against the New Orleans Saints (4-2).

Then on Sunday Night Football, the Minnesota Vikings (3-3) host the Dallas Cowboys (5-1).

There are 15 games this weekend. The Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders have the week off.

Here are our picks for this weekend’s games. Be sure to cast your vote, too!


Arrowhead Pride readers pick

READER RECORD: 68-37-2

Poll

Which team wins Packers (6-1) at Cardinals (7-0)?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Packers
    (77 votes)
  • 63%
    Cardinals
    (132 votes)
209 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins 49ers (2-4) at Bears (3-4)?

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    49ers
    (133 votes)
  • 47%
    Bears
    (120 votes)
253 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Steelers (3-3) at Browns (4-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Steelers
    (101 votes)
  • 60%
    Browns
    (155 votes)
256 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Eagles (2-5) at Lions (0-7)?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    Eagles
    (139 votes)
  • 44%
    Lions
    (112 votes)
251 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Rams (6-1) at Texans (1-6)?

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    Rams
    (242 votes)
  • 2%
    Texans
    (5 votes)
247 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Bengals (5-2) at Jets (1-5)?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    Bengals
    (240 votes)
  • 3%
    Jets
    (9 votes)
249 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Panthers (3-4) at Falcons (3-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Panthers
    (78 votes)
  • 68%
    Falcons
    (167 votes)
245 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Dolphins (1-6) at Bills (4-2)?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Dolphins
    (18 votes)
  • 92%
    Bills
    (224 votes)
242 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Titans (5-2) at Colts (3-4)?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Titans
    (167 votes)
  • 34%
    Colts
    (87 votes)
254 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Patriots (3-4) at Chargers (4-2)?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Patriots
    (84 votes)
  • 67%
    Chargers
    (171 votes)
255 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Jaguars (1-5) at Seahawks (2-5)?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Jaguars
    (49 votes)
  • 79%
    Seahawks
    (194 votes)
243 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Buccaneers (6-1) at Saints (4-2)?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Buccaneers
    (167 votes)
  • 33%
    Saints
    (85 votes)
252 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Washington (2-5) at Broncos (3-4)?

This poll is closed

  • 54%
    Washington
    (127 votes)
  • 45%
    Broncos
    (108 votes)
235 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Cowboys (5-1) at Vikings (3-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Cowboys
    (181 votes)
  • 25%
    Vikings
    (61 votes)
242 votes total Vote Now

Reader Record by Week

Predictions W-L-T
Week 1 picks 8-7-1
Week 2 picks 10-6-0
Week 3 picks 10-6-0
Week 4 picks 10-6-0
Week 5 picks 11-5-0
Week 6 picks 9-4-1
Week 7 picks 10-3-0
Total 68-37-2

AP Staff Record

TW LW Staffer W L T Pct
1 1 Kramer Sansone 73 28 0 0.7228
2 2 Stephen Serda 72 35 0 0.6729
3 4 Bryan Stewart 70 37 0 0.6542
3 4 Jared Sapp 70 37 0 0.6542
3 4 Pete Sweeney 70 37 0 0.6542
3 8 Talon Graff 70 37 0 0.6542
7 4 Ron Kopp Jr. 68 39 0 0.6355
7 9 Ethan Willinger 68 39 0 0.6355
9 3 Matt Stagner 59 34 0 0.6344
10 - Kristian Gumminger 8 5 0 0.6154
11 10 Mark Gunnels 46 29 0 0.6133
12 11 Rocky Magaña 65 42 0 0.6075
12 12 John Dixon 65 42 0 0.6075

In Week 7’s straight-up predictions, Kramer Sansone led the AP staff with a sparkling record of 12-1-0. John Dixon and Talon Graff tied for second place with 9-4-0 marks. Against the spread, Ron Kopp Jr. led the way at 10-4-0, followed by Kramer and John at 9-4-0. In over/under predictions, Kristian Gumminger’s 11-3-0 record was the week’s best; Mark Gunnels and Jared Sapp each had 10-3-0 marks. Overall, Kramer had the best week with a 25-14-0 record — just in front of Mark’s 24-15-0.

Among all 340 Tallysight experts in Week 7, Kramer ranked fourth straight-up and 24th overall. Ron was 12h-best against the spread — while in over/under, Kristian, Mark and Jared were ranked 1-2-3!