It’s Halloween weekend, and I’m only dressed like an expert. My picks surely don’t reflect it. Another 6-8 week puts me at 49-53 on the season. I’m just glad I’m playing with “haunted” house money. Enough bad jokes, here are my Week 8 NFL Picks.
Tampa Bay (4-2) at Arizona (3-3) – Teams traveling East to West seem to have a hard time. Tampa Bay finds a way to win, as Josh Freeman is having a decent season. Arizona is still searching for the answer at QB and needs Beanie Wells to have a big day. Arizona 24-20.
Pittsburgh (5-1) at New Orleans (4-3)- If this were college, I would say the Browns caught the Saints looking ahead to this week. These are pros and…..the Saints were looking ahead to this week, and really miss Reggie Bush. The Steelers, with Ben Roethlisberger looking like a Pro Bowler, make them wish they had looked elsewhere. Pittsburgh 31-19.
Miami (3-3) at Cincinnati (2-4) – The Dolphins had Pittsburgh on the ropes last week, and are a few plays away from perfection. Chad Henne is having a nice season. Carson Palmer is putting up decent numbers for the Bengals, but they seem to lack the ability to close the deal. Miami 31-24.
Jacksonville (3-4) at Dallas (1-5) – Tony Romo’s broken clavicle adds to the Cowboys woes. A loss here, and their season is pretty much tanked. David Garrard has been cleared to play for the Jags. Jacksonville 27-17.
Washington (4-3) at Detroit (1-5) – Matthew Stafford is ready to knock the rust off against a surprising Washington team. Donovan McNabb looks like a man on a mission. Detroit has too many weapons with Stafford’s return. Detroit 24-17.
Buffalo (0-6) at Kansas City (4-2) – The Chiefs have won the games they were expected to and find themselves atop their division. Buffalo is the worst team in the NFL. Kansas City 41-17.
Green Bay (4-3) at NY Jets (5-1) – It’s the Packers’ banged up D against the Jets’ overrated unit. Mark Sanchez has been efficient and Aaron Rodgers is showing an unusual propensity for throwing picks. Jets 24-21.
Denver (2-5) at San Francisco (1-6) – The Broncos are dropping like a rock, despite Kyle Orton’s gaudy stats. The ‘Niners frustrations continue, as Alex Smith has been pronounced out for this game – to be played in Wembley Stadium in London. Both teams are desparate for a turnaround. Denver 27-21.
Carolina (1-5) at St. Louis (3-4) – The Panthers are in a disarray. Matt Moore is back in, after the Jimmy Clausen experiment. Sam Bradford has made the Rams respectable, and their D is no slouch. St. Louis 41-24.
Tennessee (5-2) at San Diego (2-5) – Another AFC West team that seems to be tanking – the heartbreaking loss to New England could have a hangover effect on the Chargers. Phiip Rivers is putting up jumbo numbers, but they don’t really have a solid ground game. Vince Young, Chris Johnson, and Kenny Britt are a three headed monster. Tennessee 41-34.
Minnesota (2-4) at New England (5-1) – Just a reminder, I said before the season that Favre would be gone by week 7. It looks like I may have missed a week. Bold prediction here…Brett Favre sits with the stress fracture and Tarvaris Jackson picks apart the vulnerable Patriot secondary. Tom Brady, though, will rally the Pats in the end. New England 37-35.
Seattle (4-2) at Oakland (3-4) – I don’t know which is the biggest surprise – the Seahawks leading the NFC West or the Raiders in contention in the AFC West. Jason Campbell is coming off his highest career QB rating in the win over Denver. I’m still not sold on Jim Carrol’s team. Oakland 31-27.
Houston (4-2) at Indianapolis (4-2) – This game is HUGE! The loser falls a full game behind in the best top-to-bottom division in football. Peyton Manning is having a typical year, but could be without Austin Collie. Arian Foster and Andre Johnson give Texans’ QB Matt Schaub some weapons of his own. In a close one – Indianapolis 34-31.