It’s time for my 2010 NFL Week 8 predictions and picks. What’s different about the 2010 NFL Week 8 schedule? Perhaps folks like me who love trying to make predictions and picks each week will finally get into a rhythm. I must admit figuring out which team will win during a given week this season has been harder than any season in recent memory. Why is that happening? You can certainly expect the unexpected each week as the gap between talent has finally made the NFL very interesting. In truth, there are many variables that can never truly be predicted during the course of an NFL week. If you consider that the usually non-competitive teams are suddenly competitive then the NFL has become completely and incredibly unpredictable for once.
With that in mind, let’s get to my 2010 NFL Week 8 predictions and picks. I’ll start my week 8 selections with Miami at Cincy. I just want to say “Oh, Brother” before even thinking how this game might actually play out. Which Miami team will show? Which Cincy team will show up? In cases likes this it usually makes more sense to go with the home team. But Miami has played well on several occasions on the road with surprising wins at Minnesota and at Green Bay. In fact, the Dolphins are 3-0 on the road and 0-3 at home. Can the Dolphins do it again at Paul Brown Stadium? My gut feeling is that they absolutely can but won’t. I look for Cincy to rebound from a loss at Atlanta with a 23-20 victory over the Dolphins. Why? Special teams for the Bengals will make the difference.
The next game on the 2010 NFL Week 8 schedule is Jacksonville at Dallas. It looks like an easy win for the Cowboys on paper but we’ve learned nothing is easy this season. I still believe Dallas will finally hit their stride in a 37-14 win.
What’s next for my 2010 NFL Week 8 predictions and picks? How about a battle between Washington and Detroit? The Redskins picked off Jay Cutler 4 times this past Sunday in a win over the Bears. Can the Redskins win it again on the road? I am going upset and taking the Detroit Lions in this one. Detroit puts up 35 points to the Skins 27.
Buffalo at Kansas City might look like a no brainer to those outside looking in. But is it really? Buffalo played Baltimore very well before losing last week. Kansas City is much improved but certainly capable of stumbling. I think since the game is in KC that the Chiefs find a way to pull away in the second half for a 25-13 win.
Carolina travels to St. Louis for what could be an interesting game. Can you ever really believe that the Rams are a given “win”? I think it’s safe to say that the Rams will win-but I don’t think it will be by much. St. Louis edges the Panthers 26-24.
Green Bay travels to New York to face the Jets in other week 8 action. Can the Packers win a tough game on the road? I think Aaron Rodgers will play his best game to date and put up 3 touchdown passes on an awfully good Jets defense. Packers win 24-17.
Denver tries to rebound from an ugly loss by travel ling to San Francisco. Can the Broncos muster up a road win? They certainly can’t play much worse than their blowout loss against Oakland. I think the Broncos do win going away 23-16.
Tennessee is at San Diego in a huge game for the Titans. Kerry Collins looked terrific against Philadelphia and I think he’ll get the nod, healthy Vince Young or not, against the Chargers. Titans win on the road 27-19.
Tampa Bay is at Arizona in a game that not many people probably care much about these days. I think the Cardinals will muster an ugly 20-16 victory.
Minnesota travels to New England in what could be billed as the game of the week during week 8. Can the Vikings win on the road against the Pats? This might have been a Super Bowl preview if the Vikings had not struggled so much. Randy Moss returns to his old stomping grounds, too and that should make things interesting. My predictions and picks for this 2010 NFL Week 8 battle? I think New England rolls to a 31-17 victory.
Seattle at Oakland is an interesting game now that the Raiders are suddenly record breaking point scorers. Can the Seahawks win against a team that is building in confidence and a strong running game? I think Seattle finds a way to to steal one in Oakland 23-20 in overtime.
My 2010 NFL week 8 picks continue with Pittsburgh at New Orleans. The Saints are coming off one ugly loss and certainly aren’t entertaining a team that anyone else wants to see pop up on the schedule. If Drew Brees threw 4 interceptions last week, what’s going to happen against the Steel curtain? I think Brees is in great shape to rebound and I think the Pittsburgh offense will struggle in New Orleans against a tough home defense. My picks say New Orleans gets the best of Big Ben in a 27-23 victory.
The final game on the 2010 NFL Week 8 schedule is Houston at Indianapolis. Can anyone say payback time? The Colts remember their struggles on the road in Houston earlier this year. I think the Colts will absolutely hammer the Texans on Monday night 33-15.
That’s it for my 2010 NFL week 8 picks. I’ll be back next week to look at week 9 and take a stab at a very unpredictable NFL season. The NFL is just nuts this season, and you have to be a little nuts to even try and predict what’s going to happen on a week to week basis.