NFL: Week 8 Predictions
Predicting Week 8 NFL Action
I do not believe that it's ever to early to predict the next week, therefore I will start now. There should be some great games this weekend. Of course everyone is waiting for the Drew Brees and Peyton Manning battle between the Denver Broncos and the New Orleans Saints, but there is a few more. Don't forget about the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons. These are going to be huge games and could lead us to really knowing what the playoff race is going to look like come December and into January.
Others that you may not be aware of is the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. I can promise you right now that it will definitely be a game worth watching. There will also be some lopsided matches this weekend. The Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams will host the New England Patriots. These games have all the makings of a blowout, but will it happen? We will have to wait until the final whistle blows on Monday Night to know the whole truth about what's happening around the NFL
It's week 8 in the NFL season and we have already seen some classic performances from quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. We saw running back Chris Johnson explode for almost 200 yards in his first real break out game of the season. Will somebody have a career day this weekend? Nobody knows, but let the guessing begin. Here are my predictions for week 8 of the NFL season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
This Thursday night matchup looks to be a good one. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman showed he can put up good numbers, but you still have to win, The Vikings showed the Cardinals that their record means nothing with a pretty dominant win on Sunday. The scoreboard might not show it, but the Vikings were in control the entire game. Tampa Bay lost to Drew Brees and the Saints in a shootout. Bad idea for the Buccaneers. If you do that against a hot Brees you’re not going to win very often.
Prediction: Adrian Peterson will be too much for the Buccaneers all day. Vikings 17, Buccaneers 14
Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears
You look at a guy like Cam Newton and you think he has all the skills to be the best in the league. However, Newton gets in his own head way too much and his Panthers 1-5 record shows that. Jay Cutler could be accused of doing the same thing, but when you win it’s hard to judge somebody. Cutler is in it to win it no matter what the “haters” are saying. Newton could have the game of his life and win, but I don’t see it happening. The Chicago defense is just too good right now.
Prediction: The Bears play a complete game on both sides of the ball. Bears 24, Panthers 10
San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns
The Chargers are better than their 3-3 record would suggest. The Browns are exactly what their 1-6 record looks like. A bad team. Rookie QB Brandon Weeden played well this past week, but it was not good enough to beat another rookie, Andrew Luck. QB Philip Rivers, at times, looks like he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but there are also times when he looks like Tim Tebow. This week will not be one of those times. The Browns are that bad.
Prediction: The Chargers are going to shut the “Dog pound” up early and coast. Chargers 28, Browns 17
Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
The Seattle Seahawks will travel to the Detroit Lions for this week 8 matchup. The Seahawks are coming off a terrible week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and their three losses have all been against the NFC West. They have to be thinking this is a must win game. The Detroit Lions are not even close to the team they were last year, but they could have a chance to bounce back. Just not against the Seahawks. The big corners on their team, Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, are going to give Nate Burleson and Calvin Johnson fits all day long.
Prediction: Seattle gets their offense going and their defense stays the same. Seahawks 27, Lions 13
Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers
Playing this game is just a technicality. The Packers are going to stomp all over the Jaguars and there is nothing the Jaguars can do about it. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers is going to think of this game as backyard football and it’s going to get embarrassing. I look for Rodgers to continue his winning ways with his throw first, throw second, and when were up by 40 points maybe try and run the ball mentality. The Packers are getting hot and I feel sorry for any team that runs into them from this point on.
Prediction: The Jaguars are going to have a bad time. Jaguars 10, Green Bay 35
New England Patriots at St. Louis Rams
I feel a little sorry for the Rams. They got the Packers last week and they get the Patriots this week. At best, the Rams are going to be in this game. The Patriots are getting pretty tired of losing to teams in the NFC West and they are going to take their frustrations out on Sam Bradford. The Patriots are going to try and get to the young quarterback early, but if they don’t they can always rely on the beautiful arm of Tom Brady. He likes to score points and he is going to try to score a bunch in this game.
Prediction: Brady drops 400 yards passing on the Rams’ faces. Patriots 38, Rams 17
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Rex Ryan is on the hot seat. He puts way too much pressure on his players by writing checks with his mouth his players can’t cash. Injuries have hurt this team, but I can tell fans of Tim Tebow are just waiting for him to lead this team to victory with his 50% completion rate and overall inability to play the position. The Dolphins on the other hand, are coming into this game with a surprising 3-3 record. They could do some damage to the Jets if they win this week. Reggie Bush should be healthier, but this is a game that you’re not going to know what happens until it does.
Prediction: Mark Sanchez decides to play a little football this week in front of his fans. Dolphins 21, Jets 24
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Vick is not doing well right now. Hopefully, this bye week helped him get out of his own head. Playing for the Eagles is not always fun. Their fans are brutal and expect much more than they're getting. The Falcons are also coming off of their bye week. However, I think a bye week is the worse thing in the world for an undefeated team. They lose all their momentum in their week off. I do not think the Falcons have what it takes to go the distance. There are too many holes in their defense and they have barely squeaked by on more than one occasion.
Prediction: Michael Vick goes nuts. Falcons 28, Eagles 34
Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers
There are times when you bet against a rookie. This is one of those times. The Steelers fans, although overrated, are going to make sure Robert Griffin III is uncomfortable. The rookie has impressed many teams this year and apparently his teammates are calling him “black Jesus”. Borderline blasphemy aside, Griffin III is good, but to call him great at this point in his career is setting him up for disappoint. Ben Roethlisberger is possibly one of the most hated men in sports, but that doesn’t speak to his will to win or ability to be in the playoffs year after year.
Prediction: Griffin III is unable to turn water into wine. Redskins 17, Steelers 30
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
This is definitely my game of the week. I am a huge fan of Matthew Hasselbeck and I believe Chris Johnson’s recent turnaround is a direct correlation of opponents defenses having to play straight up. When Hasselbeck is on he is a tough man to beat. He should have been starting from the start of the season. Andrew Luck has looked good at times, but I just don’t see him going on the road and beating a hot Titans team led by the savvy veteran Hasselbeck.
Prediction: Hasselbeck, like he did in Seattle, finds a way to win. Colts 13, Titans 16
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs will start Brady Quinn this week. Whether or not this is a good decision remains to be seen, but Romeo Crennel seems to know what he wants. Unfortunately for Chiefs fans, he wants the number 1 draft pick. The Raiders are not a bad team, but they seems to run into a lot of problems finishing the game. Carson Palmer and company should have no problem putting this game to bed early.
Prediction: Arrowhead Stadium gets quite early. Raiders 30, Chiefs 10
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
The Giants are coming off a sweet victory against Robert Griffin III. The Cowboys are coming off a win, not a good win, but a “W” in the NFL is always impressive. The defending Super Bowl champion Giants are coming into this game with three straight wins scoring more than 25 points in each game. The rivalry is too intense for this not to be a good game. A huge factor here could be that the Giants have to go on the road to Cowboys Stadium. However, when I’m given a choice I always bet against Tony Romo.
Prediction: Eli Manning does his best Peyton Manning impression. Giants 34, Cowboys 27
New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos
This is a contest between two of the best quarterbacks of their generation. The biggest factor here will be who has the best defense. Fortunately for the Broncos, their defense is overwhelmingly better than the Saints. However, the Saints do have the best passing offense in the game right now and Brees will probably surpass 5,000 yards once again. The Broncos also have a better coaching staff and in close games that could be the difference.
Prediction: Who doesn’t like quarterbacks that are 6’5” 230 pounds and have a laser rocket arm? Saints 24, Broncos 34
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
This is not going to be an exciting game to watch. The Cardinals offense is like watching watching paint dry and the 49ers are going to struggle against a fast Cardinals defense. In the end, the 49ers defense is going to be too much for the QB John Skelton to handle. He is going to make some mistakes and they will cost the Cardinals the game. The defense will get tired and eventually Alex Smith and company are going to be able to put points on the board.
Prediction: Skelton reminds us why Kevin Kolb would be a better choice with 2 broken legs. 49ers 24, Cardinals 10
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