NFL Week 8 Picks
San Diego (+9.5) at Denver (-9.5)
San Diego is coming off a loss to the Chiefs, where Denver is coming off a blow out of the 49ers. It’s a classic let down game for Denver, but I’m not sure that is going to happen. The Chargers have always played the Broncos tough, and I think it’s going to be a close game. I think Peyton Manning is too good, and I think he will continue to add to his ALL- TIME touchdown record. I like the Broncos to win the game straight up, but giving the Chargers 9.5 points, is just too many.
Take the Chargers +9.5
Detroit (-3.5) at Atlanta (+3.5)
Detroit is rolling right now, Atlanta is not. The Lions are coming off a huge come from behind win against the Saints, where the Falcons are on four game losing streak. The Falcons are in a must win situation right now, and I think the trip across the pond to play the Lions is going to help the Falcons. I think the Falcons will win, but obviously I’ll take the points.
Take the Falcons +3.5
St. Louis (+7.5) at Kansas City (-7.5)
Both of these teams are coming off big wins against divisional opponents. Austin Davis has been called the next Tom Brady by Brett Favre, and we’ll see if he is able summon his inner-Brady, and lead his Rams to another win. Kansas City is primed for a big letdown after beating the Chargers last weekend, and I think they do lose this game, however, I will definitely take the points.
Take the Rams +7.5
Houston (-2.5) at Tennessee (+2.5)
Zach Mettenberger will be starting for the first time in his NFL career, and the Titans have been a mess. I think JJ Watt and the Texans will prey on the young quarterback and take the ball away multiple times. I don’t expect this game to be close despite the game being in Tennessee. I like the Texans, and you can give the Titans the 2.5 points.
Take the Texans -2.5
Minnesota (+2.5) at Tampa Bay (-2.5)
The Vikings travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. Tampa is coming off a BYE week, and I think they will be ready for Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings. With Mike Glennon throwing the pigskin well, I think he will help put the Bucs back on the right track with a win. Bridgewater will continue to struggle until he can get a running game to compliment him.
Take the Buccaneers -2.5
Seattle (-5) at Carolina (+5)
Seattle travels a long way across the country to take on a Panther team that was just embarrassed last week. The Seahawks are having troubles getting to the quarterback with just one pass rusher, and I think they’ll continue to struggle with that. Russell Wilson was the first quarterback ever to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a losing performance.
Take the Panthers +5
Baltimore (+1) at Cincinnati (-1)
The Bengals are hurt, and need AJ Green to come back. They had nothing last week against the Colts, being held to just 135 total yards. Baltimore was outstanding for a second straight week, and I think that is the rule, not exception for them this year. Cincinnati is the slight favorite at home, which means they aren’t the favorite. I like Baltimore to take advantage of a banged up Bengals team.
Take the Ravens +1
Miami (-6) at Jacksonville (+6)
Jacksonville is feeling pretty great about their win last week, and they should. They thoroughly outplayed the Browns, and are looking to repeat the process this week. The Jaguars are a six point underdog at home this week, but I think they are better than most people think. Miami is coming off a big win against the Bears and I think they may be looking past the Jaguars to their next big opponent when they go the San Diego next week.
Take the Jaguars +6
Chicago (+5.5) at New England (-5.5)
Will the Bears establish a running game, and get Matt Forte going? I don’t know, but if you want to attack the Pats, that’s where you’re going to do your damage. However, the Patriots first place ranking against the pass can be kind of deceptive considering they’ve played, the Vikings, Raiders, Chiefs, Bills, and Jets. The Bears seem to be imploding from the locker room out, but I actually like the Bears to go in and get the win in New England.
Take the Bears +5.5
Buffalo (+3) at NY Jets (-3)
This is a tough game for me to pick, because I want to believe that the Jets are much better than their 1-6 record. I don’t know what to think about the Bills either, however. I think the Jets have a good enough defense to go into this game and get them the win, and cover the spread. I like the Jets to win by a substantial amount, maybe they’ll find a couple lightning strikes with Percy Harvin.
Take the Jets -3
Philadelphia (+2.5) at Arizona (-2.5)
The Eagles have to travel out west to take on the Cardinals; that could cause some problems for the Eagles. However, the Cardinals have been in some relatively tough games the last couple week against mediocre opponents, where the Eagles have had the last week off, resting. I do believe that the Cardinals will be able to defend their home turf. I think it will be a close game, but I’m thinking a field goal, not 2.5.
Take the Cardinals -2.5
Oakland (+7) at Cleveland (-7)
Oakland is traveling to Cleveland, and going from West Coast to East Coast is never an easy journey. I think it will be a close game, but I think Brian Hoyer will recover from his poor performance last week. I like the Browns to get the win at home, but I think it will be close, and they won’t cover the spread.
Take the Raiders +7
Indianapolis (-3) at Pittsburgh (+3)
The Colts are coming off what may be one of the most dominating performances the NFL has seen this year. They manhandled the Bengals in every way. It won’t be as easy to go to Heinz field to get a win, let alone dominate the way they have been. However, I do think the Colts will go into Pittsburgh and get a win and cover. Their defense will be able to keep the Steelers off the field, which gives Andrew Luck more opportunities to extend his league leading touchdown passes.
Take the Colts -3
Green Bay (+1.5) at New Orleans (-1.5)
Green Bay travels to New Orleans and takes on the Saints who are coming off a devastating loss. It would be an understatement to say that the Saints have been a disappointment this year, and I don’t think they are going to be any less disappointing this week. Aaron Rogers and the Packers are on fire right now and I don’t know if anyone is going to stop them.
Take the Packers +1.5
Washington (+10) at Dallas (-10)
That’s a big spread. Ten points is a lot, and I don’t think the Redskins will need all of it to win. The Cowboys feel pretty good about themselves after a couple of big wins. Colt McCoy is getting his first start in about two years, and I think it will be a happy homecoming for Colt as he goes back to Texas to take on the Cowboys.
Take Washington +10
After gaining some ground, and being on a three game winning streak, the Giants have dropped their last two games. They really need this BYE as their next four games are going to be brutal. They have to play the Colts, Seahawks, 49ers, and Cowboys again. The only nice thing about that schedule is they play three of the four games at home.
The 49ers are coming off an embarrassing performance against the Broncos. They needed the BYE more for getting healthy than anything else. The sooner they can get healthy and get other pieces back, they are going to have a pretty good squad.