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Added October 29th, 2010 by Chalk

NFL Week 8: Which One-Loss Teams Will Lose?
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After seven weeks of NFL action, only three teams share the NFL’s best record at 5-1: the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers. All three 5-1 teams are in action this Sunday against some of the best teams in the NFC. At least one of the one-loss teams is likely to suffers its second loss of the season on Sunday. Here’s our picks for all three games.

Packers (4-3) at Jets (-245) Sunday 1 PM EDT The Jets have won five straight and have clearly been the more consistent ball club. The Packers made plenty of mistakes in their first loss to the Bears, and didn’t play much better in back-to-back overtime losses to the Redskins and Dolphins. Will last week’s win over Brett Favre and the Vikings be enough to get Green Bay over the hump and playing consistent. For this week anyway, I think so — mixed with a bit of complacency finally setting in for the Jets.

Vikings (2-4) at Patriots (-255) Sunday 4 PM EDT It certainly seems like Old Man Favre will be able to start for the Vikings despite worsening ankle and heel injuries, but it’s hard to see it making much of a difference if it’s the 41-year-old limping around throwing picks or understudy Tavarius Jackson. Certainly Randy Moss will want to make some big plays against his old team, but it doesn’t seem like this will be the game that the Vikings suddenly revert to the 2009 form that got them within a game of the Super Bowl. At best the Vikings may be able to keep this close, but the Patriots should get their fifth straight win.

Steelers (-105) at Saints (4-3) Sunday 8 PM EDT The Steelers may have been lucky to escape with a one-point win at the Dolphins last week, but the Saints were just ugly, losing at home 30-17 to the 2-5 Browns. The same Browns that lost by 18 at the Steelers the week before. The Saints are in third place in their division, but would still be tied for the NFC’s final playoff spot. They should certainly play better against Pittsburgh, but I don’t know if there’s enough desperation there yet for them to beat a solid Pittsburgh team with the NFL’s best scoring defense. The Steelers should grind out a close, hard-fought win.

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