NFL Week 8 picks: Patriots vs. Rams

Jim Rogash

New England and St. Louis meet in London, where the Patriots will be the clear-cut favorites.

The St. Louis Rams take on the New England Patriots in London, England, this Sunday and many experts agree that the Patriots should return from overseas with a victory.

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber, in predicting a 23-14 New England win, said, "Tom Brady and the Patriots are favored by a touchdown in the eyes of most sports books, but the Rams are 5-2 against the spread thanks to a solid defense.

"The problem the Rams have is that it takes a Herculean effort to score 20 points. The Patriots don't have that problem."

Peter King of Sports Illustrated foresees a 30-20 Patriots win and doesn't think the world travel will impact Brady and the offensive attack.

"Tom Brady's not going to have better or worse chemistry with Wes Welker Sunday," King writes, "at Wembley Stadium whether he practices in Foxboro or Burkina Faso."

ESPN's 12-man panel of football pundits swept across the board in favor of New England, while the eight-man group at CBSSports.com was split 4-4 down the middle.

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