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Week 8 NFL Picks: Vikings should extend their NFC North lead

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Minnesota faces a winless Cleveland Browns squad, while Detroit hosts 5-2 Pittsburgh.

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With the Green Bay Packers on a bye during week eight, we at APC are left to pick the remaining 13 games on the NFL’s schedule. The focus this week will be on the Packers’ divisional rivals, as two teams face challenging opponents.

The third is the Minnesota Vikings, who are on the road playing the 0-7 Cleveland Browns. We at APC don’t expect the Vikings to fall in this game, particularly with the mess at quarterback that is currently in place along Lake Erie. Mike Zimmer’s defense might be able to outscore this Browns offense all on their own on Sunday, and we’ve got Minnesota picking up a game on both the Lions and Bears.

Detroit is a heavy underdog this week according to APC’s picks, as they host the 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers. Meanwhile, APC was unanimous in predicting that the Bears will fall to the Saints in the New Orleans Superdome.

Here are our picks for week eight.

APC NFL Picks

Game Tex Jason Kris Jon M Matub Mike Paul Peter Shawn Zach APC Pick
Game Tex Jason Kris Jon M Matub Mike Paul Peter Shawn Zach APC Pick
IND @ BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL*
MIN @ GB MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN*
CLE @ CHI CLE CHI CHI CHI CHI CLE CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI
DET @ CIN DET DET DET DET DET DET DET DET DET DET DET*
LAR @ TEN LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR*
MIA @ KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC*
BUF @ NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE*
ATL @ NO ATL NO ATL NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
LAC @ NYJ LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC*
DEN @ WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS*
TB @ CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR*
JAX @ SF JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX*
SEA @ DAL DAL DAL SEA DAL DAL SEA DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL
NYG @ ARI NYG ARI NYG NYG ARI NYG ARI ARI ARI NYG tie
PIT @ HOU PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT*
OAK @ PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI*

Week 7 Recap

Finally, we at APC got the ship righted in week seven, thanks in part to a lot of favorites winning outright. Everyone was above .500 on the week, with the majority pick by APC going 12-3. Props go out to Matub, who was a sterling 14-1 on the week, only missing on the Chiefs’ loss to the Raiders on Thursday night. That’s the high-water mark for any individual APC contributor in a single week all season.

Overall, Jordan still leads the way with a .615 correct pick rate, with Kris in second place at 0.604.