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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 8

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it blow in the bluster. Welcome back one and all to Week 8!

 

Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
TB 327 KC 145
PIT 303 SF 144
BAL 291 SEA 137
MIN 287 LAR 134
CIN 280 DET 127
HOU 276 CHI 123
KC 275 HOU 123
JAX 274 DEN 120
OAK 274 IND 119
NYG 272 NE 115
CLE 272 CAR 113
DEN 269 PHI 112
IND 268 TB 109
GB 268 WAS 108
NO 267 BUF 107
CHI 265 GB 106
LAR 263 NO 106
WAS 240 CLE 105
NYJ 233 PIT 103
NE 231 NYJ 103
PHI 229 OAK 102
MIA 228 MIA 96
CAR 227 BAL 94
SF 226 CIN 92
BUF 218 JAX 90
DET 216 NYG 85
ARI 215 ARI 84
SEA 209 MIN 74

How to read the table: The table shows how a team will do Passing and Rushing in the upcoming week of the NFL. Red is HOT, Yellow is WARM, White is NORMAL, Light Blue is COLD and Dark Blue is FREEZING COLD. Play players from teams that are Red and Yellow, avoid players from teams that are Light or Dark Blue and expect average days from teams that are White.

All times are Eastern

Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans – Thursday 8:20pm
Don’t look now but Houston is on a four game win streak and sit atop the AFC South with a 4-3 record. Perhaps surprisingly, Miami too has a 4-3 record but their tide seems to be turning from in to out. Even though the records match, it’s a tale of two teams going in two different directions and Houston will handle this one fairly easily with some good power running and all sorts of throws to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. It is hard to recommend a Dolphin in this game with Houston’s defense playing a lot better.

 

Favorite: Houston Texans by 7.5
Prediction: Houston Texans 24 – Miami Dolphins 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday 9:30am
Jacksonville and Philadelphia fly across the pond to play a game that both teams need as a “get right” game. Both teams are struggling on offense with the same being said for their defenses. There are two advantages to exploit in this game. The first is the Jacksonville passing game as Philadelphia has struggled to contain the pass this year. However, putting your faith in Blake Bortles gets a bit dicey because sometimes, good performances don’t always match up with good opportunities. So play Donte Moncrief for example, if you’re stuck between two flex slot players as you mitigate your risk that way. Philadelphia can run the ball well in this if they put their minds to it as Jacksonville has been surprisingly poor defending the run. Both teams have an advantage, yet both teams are struggling to find their identity and it’s that identity crisis that may bite one or even both of these teams in London.

 

Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 3
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 21 – Jacksonville Jaguars 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday 1:00pm
This game is a coin-flip, just because either team can score when needed in a 2-minute drill. Expect some lavish passing numbers and for both Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton to excel in this contest. Play both passing games and enjoy the rewards. Joe Mixon makes for a better play in PPR leagues this week as he’ll need the extra action to push his total over the top.

 

Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 4.5
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 33 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday 1:00pm
Cleveland can put up a fight — and will — but in the end, the fact that this is a home game for Pittsburgh and the precision passing of Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and even Vance McDonald will be just too much talent for Cleveland to stop. Nick Chubb works in a pinch, as does Jarvis Landry and David Njoku but their numbers will pale in comparison to what the Steelers put up.

 

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 8
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 33 – Cleveland Browns 21
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

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