NFL Week 8 Predictions

NFL Teams

Going 12-1 last week felt great (even though things went as expected in most of the games).  Currently sit tied for 3rd amongst ESPN analysts.  This week is a big one!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are 7th in the league in rush offense, while the Bucs are 3rd in the league at stopping the run.  This is a statement game for Josh Freeman.  If Ponder outplays him, for all intents and purposes his career is winding down.

Pick: Bucs

Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears

The Newton effect always scares me, but you can’t pick against the Bears.  Their defense plays hard, disciplined football which forces opposing offenses to be patient.  Newton isn’t the most patient player and when he presses things, mistakes happen.

Pick: Bears

San Diego Chargers @ Cleveland Browns

This could be a turning point for the Chargers organization.  They have to win this game.  If not, it’s unlikely they will make the playoffs, which means Norv Turner is gone and rebuilding may be the new gameplan.

Pick: Chargers

Seattle Seahawks @ Detroit Lions

Look, the Lions haven’t given us any reason to bet on them.  Stafford is clearly frustrated and it always seems like the Lions players are more concerned about being the toughest guys on the field after the whistle than between the whistles.

Pick: Seahawks

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Green Bay Packers

No Mojo? No Gabbert? No chance.

Pick: Packers

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck has been better at home than on the road, but he faces the 27th ranked Titans pass defense this week.  The Colts defense has played surprisingly well this season.

Pick: Colts

New England Patriots @ St. Louis Rams

The Pats are keeping themselves in the mix.  Despite not being able to close and losing some close ones, they still have Tom Brady.  New England’s defense is still young and will have games like last week vs the Jets.  Josh McDaniels knows a bit about the Rams.

Pick: Patriots

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets

For the Jets to win, they have to run the ball effectively.  The Dolphins are great against the run.  It’s a divisional game, so expect a close battle.  There’s something to be said for playing with confidence and Mark Sanchez should have a bit of swagger based on how he played last week.

Pick: Jets

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles

Once again it’s Vick against his old team.  If the Eagles are going to turn things around, beating the consensus #1 team in the NFC coming off their bye week would be a good start.  Getting Jeremy Maclin back at full health improves the balance of the Eagles offense.

Pick: Eagles

Washington Redskins @ Pittsburgh Steelers

When you look at the Steelers front seven, where is the speed?  RGIII was able to embarrass the Giants NASCAR pass rushers, so I can’t see the Steelers having much success containing him.  Every week I’m more impressed with Griffin – he looks like he could be the Michael Jordan of the NFL.

Pick: Redskins

Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City is a tough place to play.  The Chiefs get Peyton Hillis back which gives them balance in the backfield.  For two storied franchises, these have been years to forget.

Pick: Chiefs

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

They beat them once, why not again?  Here’s why, Sean Lee and Demarco Murray are out.  The Cowboys are going to struggle establishing the run which means the pass rushers of the Giants will be turned loose on Tony Romo.

Pick: Giants

New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos

The Saints are back on track, but this is a tough draw.  They will go on the road to face a Denver team, and more importantly Peyton Manning, who has had two weeks to prepare for them.

Pick: Broncos

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals

‘Zona is coming back down to earth.  They won’t be able to run the ball and the Cardinals offensive line has given up 23 sacks in the last 3 games.  Don’t blame the QBs.

Pick: 49ers

Season Record: 62 – 42

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