Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pick 'Em: Week 8

Last Week: 8 - 6
On The Season: 52 - 47 - 4

The Picks Are Out!

1:00 PM Kickoff

Jacksonville @ Dallas The Cowboys are done. For the Romo-haters, your about to see just how much this offense needed him. Under backup quarterback Jon Kitna, the Cowboy offense is going to have to pump the brakes on a high-powered passing game. A much-less mobile Jon Kitna playing behind a beat up offensive line is doomsday for Cowboy fans. The 1-5 Cowboys aren't beating anyone, much less by six and a half points. Jaguars +6.5

Washington @ Detroit Despite their performance against Jay Cutler a week ago, the Redskins secondary is the leagues second worst in passing yards allowed per game. The Lions passing offense under backup Shaun Hill, they're the 7the best in the league. With starting quarterback Matt Stafford and running back Jahvid Best returning from injury this week, the Lions offense will attempt to get back on track after a bye week. The Redskins don't show up for games they SHOULD win. Lions -2.5

Miami @ Cincinnati Losses like the hack job the Dolphins took last week, those hang with a team. The Bengals on the other hand, they define the term pressing for a win. After three straight losses, against non-playoff teams from a year ago, the Bengals need to bounce back before their division gets away from them. Palmer and the passing game continue to put up some points. Not enough to beat Miami. Dolphins +1.5

Buffalo @ Kansas City The Chiefs have played great this season, especially at home. In three games at home, Kansas City is 3-0 while outscoring opponents 94-44. Their top ranked rushing game has not one, but two running backs closing in on 500 yards before the mid-point of the season. Behind running backs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, they're going to run all over Buffalo this weekend, a Bills defense that allows a league worst 173 yards per game on the ground. Chiefs -7.5

Carolina @ St. Louis I've been on this Rams team since week 2. Not a late-game loss at Tampa Bay, not playing a Carolina team coming off their first win, neither is going to phase me. Sam Bradford is the perfect quarterback to compliment running back Steven Jackson. Defenses have to stay honest, can't load up the box, and more importantly, he doesn't make mistakes. Steven Jackson is on pace for his best season since 2006 and his fourth consecutive 100-yard game. Rams -3

Denver @ San Francisco The NFL's trip to London, showcasing two teams with a combined 3-11 record. The slight twist in this story, Alex Smith out due to injury, David Carr designated in the depth chart, and former Raven quarterback / Heisman winner Troy Smith back under center. After getting throttled by the Raiders last week in one of the most embarrassing losses in recent memory, the Broncos need a trip out of the country more than ever. Three of four division games upon returning to The States, the Broncos better take this opportunity to turn things around in London. 49ers -1

Green Bay @ New York (Jets) Not many Packers are confident about this season. They haven't put it together for four quarters this season. The 4-3 Packers are still in the driver's seat, given how bad the rest of the division has played, three wins combined between the Lions and Vikings. The Jets are coming off a bye week and have ever intention on winning their division and going further. That being said, the Packer defense is solid. In each game this season they've get to give up more than 26 points. Expect a defense battle between these two teams. Packers +6

4:00 PM Kickoff

Tennessee @ San Diego The Chargers offense came on strong last week toward the end of the Patriot game, narrowly coming back to win. The league's top ranked passing offense, the leagues top ranked against the pass defense, and still they're only 2-5. Can the Titans win their fourth straight against a team that has at times looked very good?!? Jeff Fisher is going to have to make a decision between Young and Collins in a couple weeks, and it's not an easy one. The Chargers are going to get back on track this week. Chargers -3.5

Tampa Bay @ Arizona The 4-2 Bucs have been a pretty big surprise. 2ND-Year quarterback Josh Freeman has played very well thus far, and especially well in their down the stretch victory over St. Louis last weekend. If Tampa is going to make any push toward the postseason, they're doing against all the teams they are supposed to beat. This week is just like those. The Cardinal offense isn't good, flat out. Tampa should come out with a victory. Buccaneers +3

Minnesota @ New England On Halloween, against Randy Moss' old team. The Vikings and Patriots are two teams going in opposite directions. New England is 5-1, they've put things back together and despite their offensive woes in San Diego, they've been good. The Vikes on the other hand have been terrible. Favre's investigation into mis-conduct is coming to a head this week, his injuries are taking a toll on his play on the field, and more so, the guy is just becoming a bigger distraction than he's worth. No line is out yet due to the question marks around wether Favre or Jackson will be under center. However, Patriots -6.5 or I'd go as high as -9.5

Seattle @ Oakland Darren McFadden tore up the Broncos last week in their own place, now a tougher test against a Seahawk defense that doesn't give up yards like that. I like the Raiders, strictly because Seattle hasn't played great on the road, and the Raiders are a team that plays with confidence and plays a tad wreckless. Expect Oakland to romp, again. Raiders -2.5

Sunday Night

Pittsburgh @ New Orleans The Steelers are a team that tends to get pass happy, with Roethlisberger now back under center. I still love the way they were playing handing the ball off to Rashard Mendenhall and then letting their defense take over. Escaping Miami with a win was good for the Steelers team that needed to be brought back down to Earth. Headed to New Orleans on a prime stage on Sunday night should be interesting for both teams. The Saints coming off their most embarrasing lost in a couple years, the Steelers looking to take control and put themselves in the Top Dog driver's seat. I think the Saints problems are bigger than a Super Bowl hangover. Steelers +1

Monday Night

Houston @ Indianapolis I love Peyton in these type of games. Against a team that already beat him, on the a Monday Night stage when everyones wanting to see if they're any good. The Texans are flawed, they've got some injuries on defense and their offense has been pretty banged up. The Colts defense is going to have to play defense against Arian Foster, he beat them up earlier this season and teams with a running attack give their smaller defense problems. This is going to be a close, especially if the Texans can bring this game to the Colts at their pace. Texans +6

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