NFL: Week 8 Picks

Bye week: Bills, Jaguars, Eagles and Redskins

Thursday Night Football

  • Dolphins @ Patriots: An AFC East showdown kicks things off.  Miami is coming off it’s best game of the season, while New England needed a big 4th quarter to remain undefeated against the Jets in week 7.  The Pats looked human for 3 quarters, but managed to overcome.  And while the Dolphins offense was crazy productive, it’s not like they did it against the 85 Bears.  I don’t think New England finishes 16-0, but I don’t think the winning ends this week at home. NEW ENGLAND WINS

Sunday Morning Football

  • Lions @ Chiefs: London will play host to two bottom dwellers on Sunday morning.  Detroit is coming off their sixth loss of the season, while Kansas City is coming off their first win since opening weekend. Neither has played consistently on any side of the ball.  I’ve been disappointed in Kansas City, a top team a year ago, and I don’t see their offense keeping up with Detroit despite the Lions issues on defense. DETROIT WINS

Sunday 1PM Games

  • Buccaneers @ Falcons: Tampa collapsed big time in week 7, while the Falcons were lucky they played the Titans because had they played almost anyone else, they’d have lost a second straight game.  That being said, this is the perfect opportunity to get their offense going again against the Bucs defense, and I think they do just that. ATLANTA WINS
  • Cardinals @ Browns: A week after almost taking down the undefeated Broncos, the Browns offense was non-existent against the Rams.  Arizona nearly gave away their week 7 win to Baltimore, but the defense made a play when it matter most.  The Cardinals have been a lot more consistent than the Browns, who might be without another QB after Luke McCown was hurt a week ago.  Give me the healthy Cards on the road. ARIZONA WINS
  • 49ers @ Rams: St Louis put their offense and defense together last week against the Browns, while the Niners two pretty good offense performances in a row went down the drain against the Legion of Boom.  St Louis has a shot at moving above .500 and keeping hold of 2nd place in the west for another week. I like their chances. ST LOUIS WINS
  • Giants @ Saints: New York rebounded from a bad loss against the Eagles to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East, while New Orleans won their second straight game.  The Giants have been in every game but the loss to Philly, while the Saints are only now figuring things out.  Drew Brees at home is never an easy out, but I’ll take the road team in this one. NEW YORK WINS
  • Vikings @ Bears: Minnesota has won their last two games and find themselves in second place in the NFC North, while Chicago lost their last game before the bye week.  The Vikings have been solid in every facet of the game this season, while the Bears have not been.  I liked the Vikings as a possible wild card team before the season, and I think they’ll continue to be going forward.  MINNESOTA WINS
  • Chargers @ Ravens: Two teams that are perennial playoff contenders find themselves bringing up the rear of their respective divisions. Neither team has a strength, though their offenses have shown the ability to explode on a regular basis. I think both will explode this week, so give me the Ravens in a shootout at home. BALTIMORE WINS
  • Bengals @ Steelers: The Steelers have found a way to stay in the playoff race in the AFC despite losing Ben Roethlisberger, while the Bengals have taken advantage of that injury and a down division overall. Cincy is coming off their bye week and remain healthy with an MVP candidate in Andy Dalton with the best start to his career.  Give me the road team to stay undefeated through week 8. CINCINNATI WINS
  • Titans @ Texans: Despite being a combined 3-10, both teams are still very much in contention for the AFC South title with the Colts at just 3-4. Issues at QB, issues on defense have plagued both teams so far this season, not to mention a lack of a consistent. run game for both sides.  Houston will be without Arian Foster the rest of the way, but I still like their team better than Tennessee so I’m going with the home team to win their 3rd of the season. HOUSTON WINS

Sunday 4/4:25PM Games

  • Jets @ Raiders: It’s a match-up of two second place teams stuck behind undefeated squads. New York is looking to get back to the playoffs, while Oakland can pass last season’s win total in half a season. The Jets almost took down the undefeated Patriots last week and the Raiders survived a big performance from Philip Rivers.  I like the Jets to get the run game going again and pick up their 5th win of the season. NEW YORK WINS
  • Seahawks @ Cowboys: After a long week, the Seahawks look to get back to .500 while the Cowboys hope to snap their four game slide.  The Legion of Boom looks to stop Dez Bryant, who should be back for Dallas.  The vaunted defense of the back-to-back NFC champs hasn’t been what it has been in the past, but they’re still capable.  I dont like the Cowboys options at QB, and I expect Seattle’s defense to have a field day.  SEATTLE WINS

Sunday Night Football

  • Packers @ Broncos: Two undefeated teams enter, one leaves 7-0.  Both teams are coming off their bye week so they’ll be well-rested. Neither team’s offense has been as impressive as I would’ve thought coming into the season.  The Packers run game hasn’t been great, while Peyton Manning has had one of the worst starts to a season for his career.  The defenses for both teams have been championship quality, and I think that continues this week.  Denver has been a lot closer to losing a game than Green Bay, and I think that luck runs out this weekend. GREEN BAY WINS

Monday Night Football

  • Colts @ Panthers: Carolina has gotten better every week, while the Colts are under-achieving at every turn.  The Panthers defense has been spot on since the jump, and now that the offense has picked itself up, they look like the real deal at 7-0.  I like to pick one upset a week, and this is going to be it. I picked the Colts to get out of the AFC this week, and so I think this will be the start of the turnaround for Indianapolis and Andrew Luck in a close one. INDIANAPOLIS WINS

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