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Survivor Pool Analysis – Week 8

Those road games are always tricky, and the Jacksonville Jaguars came out to play on Monday night at home. Although it was more of the fact that the Baltimore Ravens
didn’t come out to play, but those are the risks you take with road teams. Six more teams on a bye in Week 8. Check out the full game-by-game analysis.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans – The Titans may be an option in Week 8, even though I am not a fan of betting against winless teams. The Colts were embarrassed last Sunday night, but there is not much they can do about it without Peyton Manning. I still expect them to show some fight after last week’s game, but with another road matchup ahead, don’t expect a win. Titans are an option.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans – The Texans will look to build on their big road win last week with a home matchup against the Jaguars. Jacksonville is coming off a nice upset of Baltimore at home Monday night, so look for a letdown this weekend. Houston should roll in this one.

Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers – I also like the Panthers this week if you do not have one of the big favorites remaining. Minnesota looks better with Christian Ponder under center, but Cam Newton is the rookie of the year thus far, and he’ll lead the Panthers to victory Sunday.

New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams – The Saints are, of course, an option against the winless Rams in the dome, but you likely do not have them at this point. If Sam Bradford is out, the Rams have no chance. If he plays, I think they could stay with New Orleans for part of the game. Four games and four potential picks so far.

Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens – Make it five. This is not a good spot for Arizona after the Cardinals just lost to Pittsburgh at home. Now they face the Ravens, who are angry after a loss on Monday night in Jacksonville.

Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants – Another big favorite in Week 8 are the New York Giants. The survivor killers of 2011 take on the Dolphins at home, and if you were not knocked out by them in Week 5 against Seattle, here is your chance (and probably last chance) to use the Giants. Their second half schedule does not have one bad opponent on it, so use “Big Blue” this weekend.

Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills – This game will be played in Toronto so it’s essentially a road game for both teams and I will avoid it for that reason. If Buffalo was home, I would like the Bills a lot. I still think they’ll get the win, but don’t chance it.

Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos – The Lions will try to avoid losing three straight, but they may be without Matthew Stafford at quarterback. Tim Tebow comes home after his comeback win last week and I would expect that crowd to be full of energy. By no means am I sold on Tebow and the Broncos, but I can see the Lions falling to 5-3 after their fast start. They are going to have to earn this one. 

New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers – This is clearly one of the top two games in Week 8 and it should be a battle to the finish. New England is coming off a bye at 5-1 and while Pittsburgh has had their struggles, the Steelers are 5-2. Stay away and enjoy the game.

Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers are a possible selection at home against Cleveland, but something tells me to stay away from this one. Maybe I just cannot picture the 49ers being 6-1, but I like the Browns with the big point spread this week. I also am going to stay away in survivor since I do not feel good about this game. Teams are 3-9 after the bye this season and Peyton Hillis could be back for the Browns this week as well.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks – I like the Seahawks as an underdog at home this weekend. Cedric Benson is out with his suspension for Sunday and I always jump on Seattle at home, especially when they are getting points. Stay away from this game, but Seattle is the upset choice.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles – We have a great game in the AFC at 4:15 p.m., but another classic in the NFC in primetime. After four horrible primetime matchups the last two weeks on Sunday and Monday night, we finally have a good one. Huge game for both teams as the Eagles could be buried at 2-5 or both teams could sit a 3-4 and potentially two games back of the New York Giants in the East.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs – When you first look at this game, it does not look very attractive because you think of the 0-3 Chiefs. However, Kansas City has battled back and won three straight to move to 3-3. With a win, the Chiefs could move into a first place tie in the West. Their last loss came in Week 3 in San Diego (as a double-digit underdog), where they only lost by three points and had a chance to win or tie the game late.

SELECTIONS

The picks for Week 8 are in this order:
GIANTS, RAVENS, TEXANS, TITANS and SAINTS. The
PANTHERS are also a choice if you are without those five teams. There are plenty of choices in Week 8. I would go with who you feel most confident in this group and who you have available.

AVOID in WEEK 8

San Francisco – They could be due for a letdown game. I could see this game being very low scoring with a chance for an upset.

Detroit – Don’t think that the Lions have to win because they lost three straight. They are a road team at Denver, where the crowd will be fired up, as well.

Good luck in Week 8!

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