NFL WEEKLY PICK 'EM: WEEK 8

October 27, 2016

We break the lines for each game for Week 8 of the 2016 NFL season below and offer our predictions.

 

JACKSONVILLE (+3.5) at TENNESSEE

The Jaguars are in a very dark place right now, and there are really only two ways teams usually respond in this position. They either play pissed off this week and take it out on the Titans, or completely shut down once Blake Bortles throws his first incompletion into triple coverage or Allen Robinson drops his first wide open pass. Knowing that this Jaguars team is led by a Head Coach with the disposition of Jar Jar Binks, my money is on the latter, despite the fact that Gus Bradley is undefeated playing on Thursday nights in his career. Also, losing run defending stalwart Roy Miller to an Achilles injury the week before playing the 3rd best rushing teams in the NFL is not ideal. Buy Demarco Murray on DraftKings.

 

JAGUARS 13 TITANS 24

 

WASHINGTON (+3) at CINCINNATI

I love London games! And this one should actually be a solid match up. The Redskins are reeling after a tough loss against Detroit last week while the Bengals are on a high after dismantling a bad Browns team. I expect Josh Norman, if healthy, to shadow AJ Green this week (I know that's usually not his M.O.), but if Jay Gruden wants to win this game, he has to take away Cincinnati's biggest threat on offense and give the British people what they want.

 

REDSKINS 21 BENGALS 24

 

KANSAS CITY (-3) at INDIANAPOLIS

Andrew Luck has single-handedly kept this Colts team on life support, but the lack of talent on the roster has consistently shown up against good teams this season. I would expect at least one Marcus Peters interception this week when Luck starts to have to press late in the game, and Andy Reid should have a strong game plan on offense to take advantage of a Colts porous rush defense that is allowing 118.6 yard per game on the ground.

 

CHIEFS 28 COLTS 24

 

OAKLAND (+1) at TAMPA BAY

Am I missing something here? The Raiders have been in Florida all week and have become acclimated to the weather/time zone since blasting Jacksonville last week. Expect the Bucs to be Jack Del Rio's next victim.

 

RAIDERS 31 BUCCANEERS 21

 

SEATTLE (-3) at NEW ORLEANS

You have one of the most prolific offenses against the hands-down best defense in the NFL this week. History has shown us that defense usually wins, and the Saints don't have enough of a pass rush to press the Seahawks leaky offensive line. I expect Russell Wilson and company to have a nice bounce back game after putting up only 6 points last week in a division tie.

 

SEAHAWKS 27 SAINTS 22

 

DETROIT (+2.5) at HOUSTON

Matt Stafford is an MVP candidate this year and Brock Osweiler is ranked as the worst QB in the NFL by PFF. That's really all you need to know about this game.

 

LIONS 35 TEXANS 18

 

NEW YORK (EVEN) at CLEVELAND

This is it! This is the week the Browns win! Because I tell you what, if they don't win this week with what looks like a returning Josh McCown against a bad Jets secondary, they might go 0-16. Hue Jackson is too good of a coach for that to happen in my opinion, so the Dawg Pound feeds off the energy the Indians has been generating in Cleveland and makes the city a factory of gladness this weekend.

 

JETS 27 BROWNS 28

 

NEW ENGLAND (EVEN) at BUFFALO

Yeah, the Bills beat the Patriots in New England earlier this year. No, Tom Brady was not playing in that game. I would bet the mortgage that New England wins this one, especially with an even line.

 

PATRIOTS 35 BILLS 20

 

ARIZONA (+3) at CAROLINA

Advantage for Carolina: they had a bye week to prepare for this game. Advantage for Arizona: Carolina is still starting James Bradberry and Daryl Worley at CB. Oh, and Chandler Jones gets to go up against his choice of Michael Oher or Mike Remmers this week. Panthers fall to a shocking 1-6 this weekend.

 

CARDINALS 23 PANTHERS 18

 

SAN DIEGO (+5.5) at DENVER

The Chargers are good since Joey Bosa debuted for this team. I know Bosa isn't a fan of the J.J. Watt comps, and they do play the position differently, but the level of impact he's had for the Chargers defense this season has been Watt-esque. The Chargers have some momentum the last couple of weeks and are hungry for a win against a team tied in first for the division, so I have them sneaking away from this game with yet another narrow win.

 

CHARGERS 28 BRONCOS 27

 

PHILADELPHIA (+4.5) at DALLAS

Fact: the Eagles defense is only allowing 14.7 yards per game under Jim Schwartz. Fact: despite playing at an outstanding level, Dak Prescott is still a rookie and will face his biggest challenge yet this week. I expect Philadelphia to roll into Arlington and take care of business on Sunday Night Football, tying Dallas for the division lead in the NFC East.

 

EAGLES 20 COWBOYS 17

 

MINNESOTA (-6) at CHICAGO

Jay Cutler against the Minnesota Vikings defense? In the words of John Stamos, "Have Mercy."

 

VIKINGS 21 BEARS 7

 

 

 

 

PICK 'EM RESULTS TRACKER

WEEK 1 - 8/16 (.500)

WEEK 2 - 7/16 (.438)

WEEK 3 - 5/16 (.313)

WEEK 7 - 10/15 (.750)

TOTAL - .476 AVG

 

All betting lines are from Bovada from ESPN.com.

 

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