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NFL picks week 8 against spread: Dallas Cowboys best bet this week

By Barry Wilner

Pro Picks is slumping. Two straight weeks of heavy losses makes us look like the Cleveland Browns.

To get back on track with our NFL picks week 8 against the spread let’s get started:

KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIP

If you are still listening after Atlanta let us down, go with DENVER to get some vengeance on San Diego.

No. 6 Philadelphia (plus 4) at No. 2 Dallas

We’re as surprised as anyone by the Cowboys’ success, which continues off their bye.

BEST BET: COWBOYS, 27-20

No. 9 Oakland (plus 1 1/2) at No. 22 Tampa Bay

We’ll ride the Raiders train in Florida one more time.

UPSET SPECIAL: RAIDERS, 26-24

No. 14 Detroit (plus 3) at No. 17 Houston

Another road team we like to win outright this week.

LIONS, 33-23

No. 5 Minnesota (minus 6) at No. 30 Chicago, Monday night

And another.

VIKINGS, 20-10

No. 1 New England (minus 6) at No. 15 Buffalo

You get the message. Yet another …

PATRIOTS, 35-22

No. 13 Washington (plus 3) vs. No. 18 Cincinnati at London

Both teams are not at home here, though Bengals are “hosts.”

REDSKINS, 27-23

No. 28 New York Jets (minus 3) at No. 32 Cleveland

Thought about Browns getting first win, but their QB situation is too damaging.

JETS, 16-9

No. 3 Seattle (minus 2 1/2) at No. 26 New Orleans

Following that exhausting tie at Arizona and long trip, can’t go with Seahawks.

SAINTS, 24-20

No. 8 Green Bay (plus 3) at No. 10 Atlanta

If Falcons lose third straight, it becomes 2015 all over again.

FALCONS, 27-21

No. 7 Kansas City (minus 2 1/2) at No. 21 Indianapolis

Chiefs’ defense could victimize weak Indy blockers.

CHIEFS, 20-16

No. 19 San Diego (plus 5 1/2) at No. 4 Denver

Broncos’ defense WILL victimize Chargers’ front line.

BRONCOS, 19-17

No. 12 Arizona (plus 3) at No. 27 Carolina

Rematch of January’s NFC title game. Hardly the luster this time.

PANTHERS, 21-20

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Last Week: Against spread (4-11). Straight up: (9-6)

Season Totals: Against spread (47-54-4). Straight up: (59-48)

Best Bet: 3-4 against spread, 4-3 straight up.

Upset special: 4-3 against spread, 4-3 straight up.