Week 8 Matchup Predictions
Packers win 34-10.
Colts @ Titans: The Colts have put together an interesting resume, losing to bad teams - like the Jaguars - but beating some good teams - like the Packers. The Titans, on the other hand, don't really have a bad loss (not taking score into account) all year. The Titans' worst loss was at San Diego. Now on a two game win streak with Matt Hasselbeck playing efficiently, the Titans don't look like a joke of a team, as they did earlier in the year. Chris Johnson, who had a huge game last Sunday against the Bills, will have a great opportunity to continue his success against a Colts' defense that gives up 4.8 yards per rush (28th in the league).
Titans win 28-24.
Patriots "@" Rams: The game isn't really "at Rams," because it's being played in London. While I'd be furious if my team had a game thousands of miles from home that counted as one of my eight home games, that's a discussion for another day. The Patriots will bring their number one ranked offense to the United Kingdom, and Tom Brady will be at his best as he attempts to impress the Royal Family. The Rams' defense has actually been pretty solid this year, but their offense won't be nearly good enough to keep up.
Patriots win 27-14.
Dolphins @ Jets: Last time these two teams faced off, the Dolphins would have won if not for two missed field goals by Dan Carpenter. However, the Jets are playing much better than they were at that point in the season, and if there was ever such thing as a moral victory, it came in the Jets' overtime loss to the Patriots last Sunday. The Jets will be ready to take on this Dolphins team that has only beaten teams with losing records.
Jets win 24-17.
Falcons @ Eagles: This is probably my favorite matchup of the week. You have the spectacular 6-0 Falcons heading to the home of the disappointing 3-3 Eagles, who are 13-0 coming out of bye weeks under Andy Reid. The Eagles aren't a bad team, they just play to the level of their competition - they can beat any team, and can lose to any team. In a desperate game at home, I can see the Eagles playing at their best. However, their best won't be good enough against an offense that can beat you in any way imaginable - deep passes to Jones, underneath passes to Gonzalez, power runs with Turner, outside runs with Rodgers, etc. In addition, Michael Vick will have a hard time breaking out of his turnover slump against a team that ranks 2nd in takeaways - 17 in six games. And that untainted Andy Reid record coming off of bye weeks? The Falcons are coming off of their bye week as well.
Falcons win 31-24.