Sando's best guesses: Week 8 predictions

I'm tempted, so tempted, to pick the Seattle Seahawks and/or St. Louis Rams to win away from home in Week 8.

Doing so would stand as more of a protest against conventional wisdom than as a fully accurate portrayal of expectations.

Both teams have to like their chances. Every team in the division does, based on defensive capabilities. Not even an Arizona Cardinals upset of the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night would shock the NFC West, where home teams are unbeaten in division play.

But after going 3-0 on predictions last week, I've decided against over-thinking things.

My guesses for Week 8 outcomes involving NFC West teams:

  • Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET: The Seahawks have not exceeded 16 points in a road game this season. The Lions have played four of their first six on the road, skewing their record. The Seahawks have five home games remaining. Stealing this one on the road would make 10-6 readily attainable. Sando's best guess: Lions 17, Seahawks 14

  • New England Patriots vs. St. Louis Rams, 1 ET: The Rams will get their yards against the Patriots. We can pretty much count on that. But can we count on the Rams to turn those yards into points? I'm not so sure. Sando's best guess: Patriots 24, Rams 17

  • San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, Monday night, 8:20 p.m.: Don't write off the Cardinals at home, but don't expect them to score enough points, either. Their defense figures to keep the game close and give Arizona a chance to win. The 49ers' offensive advantages should help them prevail, however. Sando's best guess: 49ers 20, Cardinals 13.

Note: We've also got the "You called it" competition going, plus the Pigskin Pick'em group.