NFL Week 8 picks
Giants (1-6) @ Eagles (3-4)
Michael Vick returns for the Eagles this week against a Giants team that finally is in the winning column. Vick’’s hamstring injury is a major concern and I think the Giants just needed a win to gain some confidence to at least make things interesting again in a bad NFC East. Look for Vick to get banged up by the Giants pass rush and for Big Blue to win their second straight game.
GIANTS BY 3
Cowboys (4-3) @ Lions (4-3)
The Cowboys are like a roller coaster ride. You never know what you’re going to get from this team. The Lions offense is explosive and with Calvin Johnson ready to go, I don’t see this mediocre Cowboys defense stopping him. Dallas got to face an awful Nick Foles last week, but Matthew Stafford will rip their defense apart this week. Lions will rebound from last week’s heartbreaker to the Bengals.
LIONS BY 3
Browns (3-4) @ Chiefs (7-0)
This game is at Arrowhead. The Chiefs are 7-0. Jason Campbell is the Browns starting quarterback. That is the end of discussion. Chiefs remain undefeated.
CHIEFS BY 14
Dolphins (3-3) @ Patriots (5-2)
The Patriots are coming off a loss they want to forget where a controversial call set up the Jets for a comeback victory in overtime. Things should go much smoother this week against a Dolphins team that has lost three straight games and have come back down to earth after a 3-0 start. Danny Amendola will play for the Pats and that should open up the field for Tom Brady.
PATRIOTS BY 7
Bills (3-4) @ Saints (5-1)
Despite an impressive win by the Bills last week down in South Beach, it’s impossible to pick Thad Lewis to top the Saints in New Orleans. The Saints offense is going to come out firing all day long even if Jimmy Graham doesn’t play. New Orleans improves to 6-1 Sunday with a big win.
SAINTS BY 14
49ers (5-2) @ jaguars (0-7)
I hate to be redundant every week, but it’s the Jaguars. 49ers are playing great football right now and there’s no shot the Jags get in the winning column for the first time in London.
49ERS BY 17
Steelers (2-4) @ Raiders (2-4)
The Steelers are finally coming around with back-to-back wins over the Jets and the Ravens. Their defense is playing very well and they’re putting up enough points on offense to get by. I don’t like this matchup for them against the Raiders in Oakland. It’s always a tough place to play and Terrelle Pryor has been playing surprisingly well for the most part this season. I think the Raiders pull out a tight, low-scoring affair Sunday.
RAIDERS BY 3
Jets (4-3) @ Bengals (5-2)
The Jets shocked the world last week with their dramatic overtime win over the Patriots. Their defense has been outstanding, but Geno Smith has been a roller coaster ride from week to week. He was good last week, but usually he struggles the following week. Mike Nugent kicked the Bengals to a win in Detroit last week and now they get to return home. The Jets will keep this a very close game throughout, but a late mistake from the rookie quarterback will cost them. The Bengals improve to 6-2 with a tight victory.
BENGALS BY 6
Redskins (2-4) @ Broncos (6-1)
The Broncos finally suffered their first loss last week in Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis. The Redskins won a shootout against the Bears as Jay Cutler had to leave the game with an injury. If the Redskins gave up 41 points to the Bears without Cutler, they may give up 100 to Manning and the Broncos Sunday. This one will be a shootout, but the Broncos offense is too good, especially in Denver.
BRONCOS BY 10
Falcons (2-4) @ Cardinals (3-4)
Harry Douglas had a huge day last week taking over as the number one receiver with Julio Jones and Roddy White out for the Falcons. With Steven Jackson returning in the backfield today, I think Matt Ryan will have some much-needed options. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals offense has struggled mightily, especially with a weak running game. I like the Falcons to keep it going and win in Arizona in a close game.
FALCONS BY 3
Sunday Night Football:
Packers (4-2) @ Vikings (1-5)
It’s unfortunate this game has to be primetime. Christian Ponder gets the start for an inept Vikings offense. This team has been hard to watch and they have the daunting task of facing Aaron Rodgers. It won’t be as ugly as last week for the Vikings, especially at home, but the Packers win this one handedly.
PACKERS BY 14
Monday Night Football:
Seahawks (6-1) @ Rams (3-4)
Kellen Clemens will be the starting quarterback for the Rams against the best secondary in football. I rest my case.
SEAHAWKS BY 21