Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

CHARGERS (5-2) at BRONCOS (5-1)

Line: DEN by 7 1/2

Cote's pick: DEN 31-27

TV: 8:25 p.m. EDT, CBS/NFL

NFL Week 8 unfurls with a matchup of Game of the Week heft in a duel for first place in AFC West. Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers lead crazy-...

Brad Biggs' Week 8 NFL power rankings

Last week in parentheses.

1. Broncos 5-1 (1): Overlooked in hoopla surrounding Peyton Manning record was the fact they crushed 49ers in every phase.

2. Eagles 5-1 (4): Chip Kelly with extra week to prepare for trip to face talented Cardinals ...

Panthers are 'pretties of the ugly' NFC South

Roman Harper spent eight seasons in New Orleans, so the veteran safety knows all about the history of the NFC South, which has never produced a repeat champion.

Harper also knows this has not been a banner year for the division.

Despite a 3-3-1 ...