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Our NFL Insiders predict Week 8‘s biggest upsets, fantasy flops and sleepers. Plus: Who will win the NFC South? Are the Chargers or Dolphins serious challengers in the AFC? What would be the best sign of progress for the Browns?

What’s your top upset pick for Week 8?

Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Dolphins over Ravens. I’ll take Miami on the road. On a short week, look for Adam Gase to lead with Jay Ajayi in this one. Through seven weeks, this Baltimore defense is giving up an average of 145.3 yards rushing per game. That’s dead last in the NFL. Don’t make this complicated: Run the ball, play defense, and get out of town with a win.

Dan Graziano, NFL writer: Texans over Seahawks. Look, I’m all about the Panthers and Dolphins as underdogs this week against Tampa Bay and Baltimore teams that look terrible. But because I don’t think either of those would qualify as a major upset, I’m looking to Seattle, where Deshaun Watson & Co. are coming off a bye and face a team whose offense can’t seem to get going until the middle of the third quarter most weeks (if at all). There’s still something not right about Seattle, and the injuries on defense — yes, I know Houston has those too — could be enough for the Texans to squeak this out.

Aaron Schatz, editor-in-chief of Football Outsiders: Panthers over Buccaneers. I’m not sure how a 2-4 Bucs team is favored over a 4-3 Panthers team, even if the game is in Tampa Bay. This week, the Bucs passed the Patriots as the worst defense in the league by Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings.

Mike Sando, senior NFL writer: Raiders over Bills. Oakland has the offensive talent

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