NFL: Week 8 Picks

Bye Week: Ravens, Giants, 49ers, Rams, Steelers and Dolphins.

Thursday Night Football

  • Jaguars @ Titans: The AFC South is in the spotlight to start week 8. Despite both teams entering under .500, each can still lay claim to the division, as no one is running away with it. The Titans continued their trend of being in a game at the end, but snapped their two game win streak just the same. Jacksonville came off their bye week and lost by three scores tot he Raiders. Tennessee’s offense is a lot more consistent than the Jaguars, who rest on their big play ability to keep them in a position to win. Give me the Titans to get to the .500 mark this week. TENNESSEE WINS

Sunday Morning Football

  • Redskins @ Bengals: Two playoff teams from a season ago take the field for one final Sunday in London. The Bengals picked a good week to get back in the win column as the Steelers and Ravens both lost again in week 7. Washington’s four-game win streak ended last week as they waited too long to get the offense going against Detroit. Kirk Cousins has been big for the skins, but I like another big from Andy Dalton to AJ Green this week. Cincy hasn’t won two games in a row this season, but that’ll change this week.  CINCINNATI WINS

Sunday 1PM Games

  • Chiefs @ Colts: Both teams are coming off week 7 wins, and both enter action third in their respective division.  Kansas City has won their last two games, and have gotten better performances from their defense. Indianapolis won thanks to their offense, something that’s become all too familiar for Andrew Luck. While Luck had by far his best start of the season, give me the Chiefs to beat the one-dimensional Colts on the road. KANSAS CITY WINS
  • Cardinals @ Panthers: Arizona is coming off a tie with Seattle, a game where defense and bad kicking reigned supreme.  They head to Carolina to face a hungry and rested Panthers team, who come off their bye week on a four-game losing streak.  I liked both of these teams before the season started, and with the Cardinals in a much better position than the Panthers right now, I’m going with Carolina to stop the bleeding at home. CAROLINA WINS
  • Raiders @ Buccaneers: Two teams who can really score the ball take the field in Tampa this weekend.  Both are led by young quarterbacks who aren’t afraid to air it out.  The Raiders are well on their way to their first winning season since 2002, while the Bucs look for their first winning season since 2010.  I like the potential of both these teams, but right now Oakland has the better defense, so I’m taking them on the road to move to 6-2 and stay at least tied atop their division. OAKLAND WINS
  • Seahawks @ Saints: Seattle’s defense vs New Orleans’ offense. That will be the biggest matchup this Sunday.  The Legion of Boom is alive and well, while Drew Brees continues to deliver week after week.  The question for the Saints is will his playmakers do just that, make plays?  And can their offense out play their sketchy defense? This could be a shootout just because Brees is so good, but give me the Seahawks to pick up the victory. SEATTLE WINS
  • Lions @ Texans: Houston is such a weird team. Despite being without their best player in JJ Watt, they still boast a top 10 defense, and are second best at stopping the pass.  That is what could save them this week against a red-hot Matthew Stafford.  The problem with the Texans is their offense.  Brock Osweiler hasn’t been great in the first year of his massive contract  DETROIT WINS
  • Patriots @ Bills: New England has been firing on all cylinders all season, with the lone exception being the first matchup with Buffalo.  Both teams have had big performances from their running backs all season, as well as their defenses.  This isn’t going to the as easy for the Bills as it was in week 4 when Buffalo pitched a shutout. The Patriots defense has been on point all season, but I still have a feeling the home team is going to pull this one out and take the season series. BUFFALO WINS
  • Jets @ Browns: New York snapped their five-game losing streak in week 7, but lost Geno Smith for the season. Matt Forte got back on track on the ground, and Ryan Fitzpatrick came in and didn’t make the mistakes he’d been making previously.  Cleveland remains the only win-less team in the league, with no signs of ending said title. NEW YORK WINS

Sunday 4/425PM Games

  • Chargers @ Broncos: San Diego has finally started to figure things out, winners of two straight, including a three-point road win over the red-hot Falcons.  Denver got off the snide, thanks to the defense and a big day on the ground.  The bad news for the Broncos is after a 107-yard rushing yard performance, starting back CJ Anderson has been lost indefinitely. The good news, Devontae Booker had a good day of his own, and can step in for Anderson.  Despite the Chargers figuring things out of late, I’m going with the home team in week 8.  DENVER WINS
  • Packers @ Falcons: Atlanta has fallen back to the pack in the NFC South after two straight losses by a combined five-points.  The Falcons offense got them out to a 13 point lead in the first half last week, but allowed the Chargers to score 13 unanswered from the fourth through overtime to drop them to 4-3.  The Packers made easy work of the Browns to get back in the win column.  Aaron Rodgers had by far his best game of the season, setting a Packers record for completions in a game with 39. This game has the potential to be a shootout, but I trust the Green Bay defense to make the stop late more than I trust the Atlanta defense. GREEN BAY WINS

Sunday Night Football

  • Eagles @ Cowboys: The NFC East is the only division in football with four above .500 teams, and the top two take center stage on Sunday Night.  The Eagles rebounded from two straight losses in a big way, dropping the league’s lone undefeated team last weekend. The offense still struggled, but the defense came up huge in the 11-point win over the Vikings. The Cowboys are on a five-game win streak and coming off their bye week.  Tony Romo has returned to practice, but for now, Dak Prescott looks to continue the amazing start to his career. While Dallas hasn’t had an issue on offense like Philly has of late, but their defense hasn’t done what the Eagles haven been able to do. That’s why I like the Eagles on the road to snap the Boys back to reality. PHILADELPHIA WINS

Monday Night Football

  • Vikings @ Bears: Minnesota is coming off their first loss of the season, while Chicago gets this starting QB back. Sam Bradford and company fell on the road to Philly last week, in a game that saw them turn the ball over a number of times, and not do anything when their defense forced turnovers of their own.  The Bears have lost three-straight despite Brian Hoyer filling in under center pretty well for Cutler. Even though we saw the bad Bradford win week 7, the whole squad will bounce back against a lesser Bears team. MINNESOTA WINS
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