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Stripe Hype Week 8 Picks: Breaking Down the Biggest Week 8 Matchups

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With the Bengals on their bye week, we decided to have all of our staff pick their NFL Game of the Week, highlighting which Week 8 matchup will be the most intriguing to watch, as well as all of their Week 8 picks.


Mel Payne

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys


Sept 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon (87) reacts after making a catch for a first down against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

The last meeting between these two teams came down to a close game, but it was lopsided in the Cowboys favor if you watched it all of the way through. I think Eli Manning will turn the tables in week 8 and the Giants will blow the Cowboys out with a score of 28-10.


Jerod Livengood

Denver Broncos @ New Orleans Saints

Peyton Manning has looked better and better with each passing week, as he continues to shake off the rust of last year’ inactivity. Drew Brees has looked great all year long–too bad his defense hasn’t held up its end of the bargain. This one should be an entertaining shoot out, with the Broncos pulling it out to give a death knell toNew Orleans’s faint playoff hopes.

Denver 38, New Orleans 35


Shawn Maher

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets

The New York Jets have hit their stride to actually improve after the loss of their best player, Darrelle Revis. Mark Sanchez has become more consistent and, more importantly, made some very impressive throws. The Jets’ improvement in the running game has become perhaps their biggest strength, but they are facing aMiamiteam whose run defense is one of the best in the league.

Throw in the fact that Cameron Wake will spend the day running circles around Jets RT Austin Howard andMiami’s zone running scheme, with the dynamic Reggie Bush, will run circles around the Jets’ plodding linebackers, and the equation looks to equal aMiamiwin. The wild card could be that Antonio Cromartie has played better than anyone could expect as the No. 1 cornerback, but Ryan Tannehill improves every game and should have success against the Jets’ secondary and safeties that play better in the box.

Miami 28 NY Jets 17



Alex Peterman

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles

My pick of the game features the only undefeated team left in the NFL. I think this game is important because I expect Vick and the Eagles to step it up at home, and give the Falcons their first loss of the season.  The Falcons are coming off a lucky win against the Raiders, and I I don’t think they have enough luck to pull one out at Philly against their former quarterback


Sean O’ Diesel

New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos

Nothing is better than seeing two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks going at it in what should shape out to be an all-out aerial war.

Drew Brees and Peyton Manning look to be in great form of late and show no implications of slowing down. This will be a matchup where the team that can make a big play on the defensive side of the ball will come away with a victory.

Give the edge toDenverhere as their great pass rush and cover corners will wait to take advantage of a Drew Brees miscue and turn the game in favor of the Broncos. This one will be fun to watch for any NFL fan.

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