NFL Week 8 Recap
San Diego (21) at Denver (35)
I thought that this line was going to be too large for the Broncos to cover, I was wrong. Peyton continued to be Peyton and was excellent with three more touchdowns without an interception. The Broncos look to be the best team in the league, and are playing extremely well. Peyton demands excellence, and not just from his team, but the scoreboard operator as well.
I picked the Chargers +9.5- Loss
Detroit (22) at Atlanta (21)
The Falcons have got to be kicking themselves after letting this one get away. They blew a 21 point second half lead, to lose 22-21. It was the second week in a row that the Lions fought back from a double digit deficit to win. It was a big win for the Lions who were playing without Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson. They head into the BYE week now, hopefully to get healthy because their offense has been struggling overall, and despite that they are still winning.
I picked the Falcons +3.5- Win
St. Louis (7) at Kansas City (34)
This was another game that I thought would be closer. I thought the Chiefs would be the letdown team, but in fact it was the Rams. The rams went in and looked like they were going to roll, their first drive, they scored with relative ease, but that’s all they got. It was all Chiefs after that. Alex Smith became the first quarterback to lead his team to a win without attempting multiple passes longer than 10 yards down the field.
I picked the Rams +7.5- Loss
Houston (30) at Tennessee (16)
The Texans punished the Titans this week in a game where Arian Foster went off… again. He rushed for 151 yards on just 20 carries, and two touchdowns. The only good news for the titans would be that Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger played a pretty decent game for his first game starting. He was 27/41 299 yards and two touchdowns with just one interception. I liked him a lot coming out of LSU, and thought that he would get more attention because he has a cannon for an arm.
I picked the Texans -2.5- Win
Minnesota (19) at Tampa Bay (13)
In an overall ugly game, it was only fitting the way this one ended. The Vikings were able to get the win in overtime on a 27 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Teddy Bridgewater had a pretty decent game overall, 24/42 241 yards and a touchdown.
I picked the Buccaneers -2.5- Loss
Seattle (13) at Carolina (9)
The defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks are struggling, and even with the victory against the Panthers this weekend, they still look bad. They also seem to be imploding, with the trade of Percy Harvin, the comments about Russell Wilson, and now the talks about the locker room being tired of Marshawn Lynch. Everything just seems to be falling apart in Seattle despite their win.
I picked the Panthers +5- Win
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Baltimore (24) at Cincinnati (27)
Controversy in Cincinnati on Sunday ends with the Bengals getting the win. Neither quarterback threw a touchdown pass in this game, which I don’t know when the last time I’ve seen that in today’s game. The Bengals took the lead with less than a minute left. Then following the kickoff, it was third and ten for the Ravens on their own twenty. Flacco went deep, and he hit Steve Smith Sr. for an 80 yard touchdown pass. Unfortunately, it was all brought back for offensive pass interference on Smith Sr., and the Bengals went on to hold and win the game.
I picked the Ravens +1- Loss
Miami (27) at Jacksonville (13)
The Dolphins jumped on the Jaguars early. They were able to score touchdowns, where the Jags were held to field goals. Also, Blake Bortles threw a pick-six which hurt. If there is anything good to take from the Jaguars game, it would be Denard Robinson. He has now compiled back to back 100 yard games, and has been playing really well.
I picked the Jaguars +6- Loss
Chicago (23) at New England (51)
The Bears are falling apart… Many people picked them as at least a contender in the NFC at the beginning of the year, but they are having all sorts of issues. With the talent on offense, they need to score more than 23 points, but you can’t give up 51. Jay Cutler did give the ball up twice with one interception and one fumble, but at this point… that’s kind of what you get with Cutler. He has the talent and the arm strength, but he is going to take the risks and chances that he probably shouldn’t. He is a classic gunslinger. Tom Brady also capped off one of the best Octobers ever. In the last four games he was 100/144 1268 yards (69%) 14 touchdowns with zero interceptions. That’s just crazy.
I picked the Bears +5.5- Loss
Buffalo (43) at NY Jets (23)
I was completely wrong about this game, I thought the Jets would get a win and start turning things around. I don’t know if anyone would have thought that Geno Smith would have thrown more passes to the Bill than his own team in the first quarter. Three interceptions to just two completions. That brought in Michael Vick, who seemed to fumble any time he was hit, at least he only lost two of his four fumbles. The Jets are bad, and Rex Ryan is going to get fired, and I don’t think it’s his fault. His GM hasn’t spent money $20M under the salary cap. The Bills played great, and Sammy Watkins is proving that he was worth a fourth overall pick in the draft this year.
I picked the Jets -3- Loss
Philadelphia (20) at Arizona (24)
This game ended in a very similar way to the Ravens vs Bengals game, except there wasn’t any pass interference called on the Cardinals. John Brown broke free, and Carson Palmer hit him on a deep seam down the middle of the field for a 75 yard touchdown with just over a minute left in the game. Nick Foles has continued to throw interceptions. He has now thrown 9 this year which is tied for third most with Andrew Luck and Kurt Cousins. He also isn’t throwing as many touchdowns has he did last year. The Eagles are an average team that has been able to pull out some close wins, but weren’t able to replicate that this week.
I picked the Cardinals -2.5- Win
Oakland (13) at Cleveland (23)
The Browns were able to bounce back after their loss to the Jaguars last week. It would have been pretty devastating to lose to the worst team in the league in back to back weeks. Brian Hoyer had a pretty good game, with 275 yards and a touchdown without throwing a pick. The Browns got the win, but I think it was more of the Raiders being bad than the Browns being good. They ran the ball 25 times for 39 yards… that’s 1.6 yards per carry.
I picked the Raiders +7- Loss
Indianapolis (34) at Pittsburgh (51)
Big Ben had a game for the ages on Sunday. He became the first player ever to throw for over 500 yards twice in his career. He was also 40/49 and had six touchdowns. I don’t want to freak out and all of a sudden say the Colts don’t have a good defense; sometimes it’s just your day. One thing that was really impressive for the Steelers was Rothlisberger wasn’t sacked, and was hardly touched. Andrew Luck didn’t have a terrible day, but his jersey was green after the game as he was constantly on the ground. He threw for 400 yards, three touchdowns, and two picks. It looked like the Colts were mounting a comeback when they scored fourteen straight points in the third quarter, but the Steelers forced a safety, and then scored another touchdown to seal the deal.
I picked the Colts -3- Loss
Green Bay (23) at New Orleans (44)
This game was very back and forth in the first half, the Saints mimicking everything Packers did. Then in the second half, it was all New Orleans. The struggling Saints looked like the Saints of old; Drew Brees through all three of his touchdowns in the second half. Brees played wonderfully, but I think the true difference in the game was Mark Ingram. For the first time in his career he looked like the running back everyone thought he would be coming out of College, rushing for 172 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. The saints are now 3-4 and just .009 win percentage points behind the Panthers for first place in the division.
I picked the Packers +1.5- Loss
Washington (20) at Dallas (17)
Colt McCoy went home and did what he does in Texas… he won. Overall, McCoy played a great game, 25/30 299 yards and a rushing touchdown. He was able to get his team in position to win, and that’s what they did. This was a back and forth game that eventually went into overtime where McCoy led his team down the field for a field goal. The Washington defense was then able to hold the Cowboys, and hang onto the win.
I picked Washington +10- Win
- Big Ben becomes first player to ever have multiple 500 yard passing games. Also, becomes the second person to throw for 500 yards with six touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
- Andrew Luck broke Peyton Manning’s franchise record for most consecutive 300 yard games with six in a row, despite the losing effort. He also leads the league in passing yards and is tied with Peyton Manning for the most touchdowns this year thus far.
- Demarco Murray is ridiculous despite the loss. He still has not rushed for less than 100 yards in a game this year. He is also now on pace to break the single season rushing record (2105) by three yards. This is also impressive as he only carried the ball 19 times last night for 141 yards. You can see the effort of the Cowboys to keep him healthy by monitoring his touches.
- The entire AFC North is above .500, whereas the entire NFC South is below .500.
- This was my first week picking against the spread and my record was pretty pathetic… 5-10 this week.