25 October 2011

2011 NFL Week 8 Picks

We are already at week 8 in the 2011 NFL season and that means we are cruising. Some exciting NFL action awaits this Sunday and Monday with the marquee matchup in this week's slate being Patriots-Steelers in Pittsburgh. I will pick that and all other games going down this week in my week 8 predictions, just after the jump.
Last Week: 6-6
2011: 62-40

Sunday, Oct. 30
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (CBS, 1:00)
My god, the misery that the Colts put us through on Sunday Night Football getting blasted by 55 to New Orleans. The offense was atrocious (don't get me started on Curtis Painter) and the defense was miserable. This team has given up and Jim Caldwell is so bad of a coach that he won't be able to fix this mess caused by Peyton Manning's injury. Yeah give me the Titans here.
Titans 17 Colts 6

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (CBS, 1:00)
The Jaguars played relatively well on MNF in defeating the Ravens. But their offense still did not show much at all which is not good when facing a club with an offense like what Houston has. I think Blaine Gabbert will take a step forward and play well but will not generate enough points to chase Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and friends.
Texans 28 Jaguars 13

Miami Dolphins at New York Giants (CBS, 1:00)
You know I would pick the Giants as my lock of the week but that always ends up blowing up in my face. Regardless the Giants will not struggle with the listless Dolphins as they are playing well and coming off a nice victory over the Bills while the Dolphins are sucking for Andrew Luck.
Giants 31 Dolphins 9

Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens (Fox, 1:00)
The Ravens put up a nice stinker on offense on Monday night and fell to Jacksonville. Joe Flacco really hasn't played well of late and the offense has sputtered as a result. But the Cardinals have a defense that couldn't stop Ray McDowell so the Ravens should get their offense back on track this week.
Ravens 27 Cardinals 17

New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams (Fox, 1:00)
My goodness where the Saints rocking and rolling against Indianapolis on SNF. Drew Brees was electric and the hapless Indianapolis defense had absolutely no answer. Now St. Louis is average against the pass but Brees is on such a roll nobody can slow him down. I feel for the Rams because they start this year off with such a hard schedule and I know they aren't this bad. But alas, the Saints are my Lock of the Week.
Saints 42 Rams 19

Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers (Fox, 1:00)
We got another matchup of rookie quarterbacks and this could be a good one between the flashy Cam Newton, who has been dazzling all season, and the steady Christian Ponder, who looked solid against the Packers in his debut last week and gave the defending Super Bowl champs a run for their money. Both of these defenses are not that good so we could see a lot of fireworks and I don't think this Vikings defense can shut down Newton.
Panthers 32 Vikings 28

Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos (Fox, 4:05)
Well America has got Tebow-mania after he somehow led the Broncos to a comeback of the awful Dolphins to win last Sunday in overtime. And while he has proven he can make things exciting, his passing mechanics still suck and he has yet to prove he can be a consistent starter in the NFL. The Lions from top to bottom are a better club and they'll rebound from falling to Atlanta last week.
Lions 30 Broncos 20

Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills (Fox, 4:05) in Toronto
Better circle-cut the bacon for this showdown (no it doesn't make any sense, shut the hell up). The Redskins were looking pretty solid before Rex Grossman turned into Rex Grossman and John Beck played like John Beck. The Bills' opportunistic defense should get some turnovers and Fred Jackson should run the ball well enough to give Buffalo the victory.
Bills 21 Redskins 13

Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks (CBS, 4:15)
Expect almost no offense in this bad boy, which is why this is probably not the most exciting game of the week. The Seahawks' offense is in flux because Charlie Whitehurst is ehh and Marshawn Lynch sucks. The Bengals' offense hasn't been much better but their strong defense gives them the edge.
Bengals 7 Seahawks 6

Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers (CBS, 4:15)
Not a good matchup at all for the Browns offense, one that has shown little juice this season, going up against a very good 49ers defense. But this isn't that great of a matchup for the 49ers offense because the Browns defense is a very good one as well. Don't expect many points but do expect a healthy dosage of Frank Gore and I think he'll be the difference.
49ers 10 Browns 7

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS, 4:15)
Something has to give here. The top passing offense in the NFL, that of New England, going up against the top passing defense in the NFL, that of Pittsburgh. No matter how good the Patriot offense is, their defense is nightmarish and the Steelers one of the better offenses in football and one with balance as well with Ben Roethlisberger slinging it at quarterback to the speedy Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall on the ground. This should be a good one but I'm giving the slight edge to Pittsburgh.
Steelers 30 Patriots 28

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC, 8:30)
The Eagles got a win they really needed before the bye by defeating the Redskins a couple of weeks ago but they can thank Rex Grossman for that one. I still have yet to see the Eagles club we all thought we would see from them before the season and they'll have their hands full with the alleged America's Team. Now while the Rams do have an atrocious rush defense, DeMarco Murray was awesome on Sunday and the Eagles give up a lot of yards on the ground. And I think Tony Romo will play well and favor Jason Witten down the middle of the defense where the Eagles are very weak.
Cowboys 27 Eagles 24

Monday, Nov. 1
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN, 8:30)
You know I once said that the Chiefs were without question the worst team in football. That's why they pay me the big bucks. Well their defense has been much improved and they may have found themselves a playmaker at running back in Jackie Battle. Now nobody would tell you that they are a better team than the Chargers but I have a feeling that KC will win this bad boy. Seems like a game that a Norv Turner club would lose.
Chiefs 21 Chargers 20

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