2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers: At the beginning of the year, it appeared that the Broncos would be a playoff contender; however, they have fallen to the bottom of their division with a 2-5 record and it doesn’t look like they are going to get much better. Kyle Orton has performed fairly well, throwing for 11 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions this year. However, their defense has been dismal. They are 30th in the league for points allowed and rushing yards allowed. The 49ers offense has been less than stellar. They are ranked 31st in points scored, averaging only 16 points per game. The 49ers will be starting Troy Smith in place of the injured Alex Smith. The 49ers also looked like they would be a playoff contender before the season started, but after a 1-6 start, they would be lucky if they broke even. The Broncos win this game 27-14.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals: The Dolphins lost last week because of a bad call made by the referees. Chad Henne has only 8 touchdowns and 1,452 yards. At a 3-3 record it is vital for the Dolphins to come out of this game with a win. The Cincinnati Bengals have a pair of great receivers, however, that doesn’t mean anything if the quarterback and receivers can’t hook up with each other. The Dolphins win this game 21-17.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions: The Washington Redskins are 4-3. They have already defeated the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears and will be looking to continue their streak against the NFC North. They are averaging 330 yards per game and it appears that Donovan McNabb is settling into the Redskins offense. The Detroit Lions will have Matthew Stafford back next week to lead one of the NFL’s strongest offenses against the Redskins mediocre defense. Jahvid Best is leading all NFL rookies with 534 yards from scrimmage and 4 touchdowns. The Washington Redskins squeak by 35-31.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams: The Carolina Panthers are having offensive problems involving their quarterback situation. Neither Jimmy Clausen or Matt Moore are consistent quarterbacks and their running game can’t get off the couch because of it. The Panther’s offense is last in points scored with only 12.5 per game and is ranked 31st in total yards and passing yards. The only thing the Panthers have going for them is their defense that is ranked 4th for passing yards allowed. The Rams will be looking to take advantage of the Panther’s run defense and will utilize Steven Jackson to his fullest and run the ball many times. Rookie Sam Bradford will look to bring his team back to even this week. The Rams win this game 27-14.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Green Bay Packers at New York Jets: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers brought home a victory last week against their bitter rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. The Green Bay Packers are ranked 13th in points scored and 8th in passing yards. Even without starting running back, Ryan Grant, the Packers have managed to average 99 rushing per game. Their defense has been playing at high level, but have been allowing some big plays on the ground. LaDainian Tomlinson will be looking to exploit the Packers weak rushing defense and look to have some big ground gains. Mark Sanchez has shown he is an efficient quarterback for the Jets and is remaining positive with 1100 yards passing and 9 touchdowns. The Green Bay Packers will win another close game 24-21.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs: The Buffalo Bills remain the only winless team in the NFL. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting this week for the Bills. He has 11 touchdowns and 977 yards. The Bills offense is mediocre, but their defense is horrible. They’ve allowed 33 points per game and over 174 rushing yards per game. The Kansas City Chiefs will look to exploit the Bills defense. Matt Cassel has a passer rating over 100 and the team already has a combined 900 rushing yards. After a year like last year, nobody ever would have thought that they would be leading their division and dominating most teams they play. The Kansas City Chiefs will win this home game 28-17.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys: The Jacksonville Jaguars will most likely have David Garrard back on Sunday against the Cowboys. With a 3-4 record the Jaguars will be looking to break even this week against the struggling Cowboys. The Jaguars are at the bottom of the league for offense and defense. The Cowboys will be starting Jon Kitna this week after Tony Romo suffered a broken collarbone last week. The Cowboys were hoping to make it to the Super Bowl this year, which will be played in Dallas, but their hopes have pretty much fizzled after their loss to the New York Giants last week. Their defense gave up 4 touchdowns to Eli Manning after starting off with 2 interceptions. The Jaguars win this game 17-14.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers: The Tennessee Titans will hopefully have Vince Young this week. With Vince Young, Kenny Britt, and Chris Johnson on the field, the Titans will be able to dominate the Chargers’ defense. Philip Rivers is 3-0 against the Titans and Antonio Gates leads the league’s tight ends with 540 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Titans win this match-up 27-21.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots: Brett Favre broke his ankle last week, but he already has the walking boot off and it is possible he could play this week against the Patriots. The other big story is Randy Moss is returning to New England to face his former team. If Brett Favre doesn’t play, Tarvarius Jackson will have to fill in and take his spot. Unfortunately, that means Randy Moss and the Vikings’ receiving corps will have low numbers. Adrian Peterson is still always a threat to teams, but hasn’t shown to be too threatening to teams so far this year. The Patriots seem like they are back to them old-selves. Tom Brady has 1300 yards and 11 touchdowns and rookie tight end, Aaron Hernandez has proved to be a great target. The Patriots will easily win this game 35-21.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 4-2, which is already more than all the games they won last year. Josh Freeman has stepped his game up from last year and has 1200 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Arizona Cardinals are a completely different team from the last two years. They only have 3 passing touchdowns and 1,000 yards passing. The Cardinals decided they will be starting Max Hall this week to see if they can get some more action out of the passing game. The Buccaneers win this game 24-10.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders: The Seattle Seahawks came back to life this year and have won some remarkable games. They lead their division with a 4-2 record. Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for 1200 yards and 6 touchdowns and Justin Forsett has rushed for 320 yards and 1 touchdown. The Oakland Raiders embarrassed the Denver Broncos last week. Darren McFadden looked amazing last week, scoring 3 touchdowns on the ground and 1 through the air. With this momentum the Raiders should win this game 28-24.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Pittsburg Steelers at New Orleans Saints: Pittsburg Steelers should have lost last week, and the Saints did lose last week. Ben Roethlisberger is back for the Steelers and showed them why he was their starting quarterback. The New Orleans Saints lost last week to the Cleveland Browns. Could this result in the decline of the Saints? Or was it just a bad day? I say it was just a bad day. Drew Brees will rebound this week and lead the Saints to victory 24-21.
2010NFL Week 8 Predictions: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts: The last match-up between these two teams resulting in an exciting victory for the Houston Texans. Matt Schaub hasn’t been completely consistent this year, but has shown up to big games. With Andre Johnson on the outside and Arian Foster in the backfield, the Texans will look to mix up the Colts defense. Peyton Manning has already thrown for 1900 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Colts will win this game at home 35-28.
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