There were almost two huge upsets on Sunday in New Orleans and Baltimore. Baltimore was able to hang on in overtime, but the Saints could not handle the Cleveland Browns as Drew Brees was intercepted four times. My team to avoid in Week 7 was the San Francisco 49ers and they could not hold a lead in Carolina. Bad teams find ways to lose. See who I pick to win in Week 8 …
Week 1 – New York Giants – WIN
Week 2 – Green Bay Packers – WIN
Week 3 – New England Patriots – WIN
Week 4 – New Orleans Saints – WIN
Week 5 – Indianapolis Colts – WIN
Week 6 – Chicago Bears – LOSS – ELIMINATED
Week 7 – 1. Saints – L /
2. Ravens – W /
3. Chiefs – W
On to the games…
49ers vs. Broncos – This game is virtually a toss-up in Las Vegas due to the game being played in London. I find it hard to believe it is a pick ‘em because the 49ers are just not a good football team at 1-6. Denver was embarrassed last weekend at home to Oakland, but I think they’ll do enough to beat San Francisco this weekend.
Jaguars @ Cowboys – You can’t trust the Cowboys at 1-5, even against the lowly Jaguars. It looks evident that you won’t be able to use Dallas this year in survivor with Tony Romo done for 6-8 weeks (I have doubts that he will come back) and their schedule is not favorable.
Redskins @ Lions – This will be a close game as Matthew Stafford returns for the Lions. That offense could be a fantasy wonderland from this point forward. I like the Lions at home, but avoid in survivor.
Packers @ Jets – The Jets are coming off a bye while the Packers barely beat the Vikings on Sunday night. He’s done it most of his career and once again Brett Favre helped the Packers win. Green Bay is depleted with injuries and the Jets are playing great football. I like the Jets this week at home to win by more than a touchdown against Green Bay.
Panthers @ Rams – Avoid this game, but you have to like the way the Rams have improved this season. I will take the Rams at home for the win.
Dolphins @ Bengals – Another close matchup, but Cincinnati is pretty much done after that loss in Atlanta last weekend. Miami continues to play close games as they sit at 3-3. Other than the blowout loss to New England at home on Monday night, all of the Dolphins games have been decided by eight points or less (four of those five games by five points or less). Miami cannot fall under .500 in this conference or they’ll be toast. It won’t be easy, but I like “The Fish” on the road.
Bills @ Chiefs – The Bills shocked a lot of people Sunday when they almost took down the Ravens in Baltimore. This makes the Chiefs a riskier pick this Sunday, but as the highest point-favorite on the card this week, you can’t help but like them.
Titans @ Chargers – Avoid this game, but is this the last chance for San Diego? I like Tennessee on the road.
Buccaneers @ Cardinals – I will lean toward the home team as the Buccaneers travel from east to west.
Seahawks @ Raiders – This is a big game for the Raiders as they have a chance to pull to .500 in a weak division. Seattle also does not play as well on the road as they are a much different team at Qwest Field. Avoid this old AFC West matchup.
Vikings @ Patriots – Moss returns to New England while never-ending questions continue to be asked about Brett Favre. The Vikings have a lot of talent on that team, but the Pats are hot. Avoid.
Steelers @ Saints – It’s a pick ‘em in Vegas, but got to lean toward the team playing much better – Pittsburgh.
Texans @ Colts – The Colts are out for revenge from Week 1, but they are dealing with some injury problems as they host the Texans. They had the bye week to rest, but it doesn’t appear like that helped any specific players who are still out for some period of time, if not the season. The Texans are also coming off a bye and I like their chances against the Colts. Expect Indianapolis to focus on the run after Arian Foster ran all over them in Week 1. However, if they dismiss Andre Johnson, the passing game will tear them apart. I never like to bet against Peyton Manning, but I like the Texans to pull the upset on Monday Night Football.
SELECTIONS: There are not a lot of options in Week 8 and my top pick is the
NEW YORK JETS. They are coming off a bye and playing very well. Santonio Holmes was able to see some action before the bye week and expect the Jets to get him more involved. The Packers are coming off a late Sunday night win in the division and the AFC is just better than the NFC this season. The second pick for this week would be the
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at home against Buffalo. The Bills played their best game last week and it will be tough to match that this weekend as they go on the road again. Those are my main two picks, but if you are looking outside of the box, go with the Rams at home against Carolina. The Rams are playing much better football this season and I don’t expect the Panthers to win two straight after losing their first five.
Pick to avoid: Colts. Divisional game and anything can happen in primetime.