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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 8

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it not smell like elderberries. What a bye week, in one of my leagues I’m starting five players acquired from free agency just this week alone. Wish me and my team of under achievers some luck this week. If Ka’Deem Carey and Alfred Blue both explode this week, think of me and my rag-tag group of wandering journeymen. Enjoy the games!

 

Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
NO 283 DAL 132
ATL 280 TEN 127
TB 276 NE 124
SEA 271 BUF 122
ARI 268 TB 122
GB 267 NYJ 121
IND 265 CIN 118
CIN 260 WAS 116
KC 260 KC 114
NYJ 259 OAK 114
WAS 257 HOU 114
CLE 255 DET 112
JAX 249 CAR 109
NE 248 ARI 107
OAK 246 IND 107
DEN 246 SD 103
PHI 239 PHI 101
HOU 239 DEN 101
MIN 234 SEA 100
CAR 233 GB 98
CHI 230 CLE 97
SD 226 ATL 93
DAL 222 MIN 91
DET 222 CHI 84
BUF 217 NO 83
TEN 217 JAX 82

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
 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans – Thursday 8:25pm
This game is being played as I write this. I’m expecting a huge day on the ground for the Titans and a so-so fantasy day for the Jags in the air. Given that it is 24-0 Titans in the 2nd quarter right now, it sure sounds like it will turn into a grind it out ground game for the Titans and a zillion attempts by Bortles to try and claw their way back. This could be a good start to the week.

 

Favorite: Tennessee Titans by 3.5
Prediction: Tennessee Titans 27 – Jacksonville Jaguars 21
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Washington Redskins at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday 9:30am
Welcome back to the UK as there is an NFL Europe game this week. These teams are more evenly matched than some may think. Whatever the Bengals do, Washington will answer. There will be mistakes made by both sides but they will offset in what turns into an entertaining game of football. There will be just the right balance of offense coupled with gut wrenching failure. If you can dial in a game this week, this one makes a surprise must watch.

 

Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 3
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 21 – Washington Redskins 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Sunday 1:00pm
The Bills are banged up something awful right now. Most already are aware that the Patriots’ only loss came at the hands of Rex Ryan but that was a Patriots squad that was at its lowest, preparing Julian Edelman to start at quarterback. This one is in Buffalo, a place that every Patriot will tell you, is not a welcoming city. A full strength Bills team at home, in a division game, coached by the Ryan brothers, one of whom has made a career out of trying to beat a Bill Belichick team, and I give them a very decent shot in this. This will not be an easy place for Tom Brady and friends to win but there’s just no one left on offense for the Bills. Whatever they stitch together from their walking wounded will truly be a medical miracle.

 

Favorite: New England Patriots by 6.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 33 – Buffalo Bills 30
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00pm
I’ve figured Luck out this season, it’s really not that hard, throw everything on paper out the window and just believe in the power of Luck. Sometimes I dish the X’s and O’s and sometimes I get all ethereal on you. Just believe, it’s not that hard, if you envision victory, you will be victorious. The Chiefs will be fine here too, the Colts defense is horrid and Kansas City will score bunches, but it will be all for naught as the exulted one will vanquish the unbelievers.

 

Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 3
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 30 – Kansas City Chiefs 23
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns – Sunday 1:00pm
I know it sounds like crazy talk but the Browns have been knocking on the door recently. They have been in some games and have had their chances, they just haven’t managed to put a complete game together. The Jets defense can be good but on the road, they come down to earth. The Browns have been throwing the ball surprisingly well and the return of Corey Coleman this week or next will help even more. Defensively the Browns are not one of the better units in the league and that will show as the Jets will gash them for gains. But if there is ever going to be a team that the Browns have a shot against, it is the Jets at home in Cleveland. There will be some decent fantasy production in this one, especially from Matt Forte.

 

Favorite: New York Jets by 3
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 24 – New York Jets 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

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