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Week 8 NFL picks from a top-ranked computer model

The SportsLine Projection Model, which has performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com the past two seasons, picks every NFL game.
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The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times and has crushed human experts on a consistent basis. 

In a straight-up, pick'em format, our proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and 2017, performing better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000. 

It went 10-4 straight up in a wild Week 7, including calling the Patriots' huge win over the Bears, improving its record to a blistering 71-34 on the season. And when it comes to top-rated picks, it is now on a strong 62-43 run. Anybody who has been following those picks is way, way up.

Now it has simulated every snap of Week 8 of the 2018 NFL season and the results are in. 

We can tell you model projects the Steelers (-8) to cover at home against the Browns. Ben Roethlisberger throws for over 300 yards, while James Conner has around 100 yards of total offense as Pittsburgh covers in the spread in almost 55 percent of simulations. The model is also calling for 52 total points in this matchup, giving plenty of value to the Over (49). 

The model also has a strong selection for the huge Rams vs. Packers showdown, and is calling for a Super Bowl contender to get stunned by an underdog in a game that will shake up the NFL playoff picture. 

So which teams should you back in Week 8 of the NFL season? And which Super Bowl contender goes down hard? Join SportsLine here to see which teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations, all from the model that has outperformed 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com the past two seasons.

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SportsLine Staff