Every week, we’ll look at the match-ups of the week, and give our predictions for each of the games. If you’re a betting man…I’d take the opposite of these picks.
Last week, your resident expert went 10-4-1, and is sitting at 67-39-1 on the year. Yeah, I’ve got a tie now. Thanks, Cards and Seahawks.
Without further adieu, it’s the Week Eight predictions!
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4) @ Tennessee Titans (3-4)
The Jaguars are on the ropes in terms of where their season is headed. The Titans also are on the downswing, and both need a win. The Titans have their second straight home game and are the slight favorites. I’m picking the slight upset though – I think Jacksonville can get it done.
Prediction: Jaguars 24-20
Washington Redskins (4-3) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4)
The Bengals are trying to swing things back to their favor, and the Redskins are sliding. Both teams need a win in a desperate way, and the Bengals being at home should be favored. I like the Bengals’ defense, while Josh Norman may miss this one. Give me the Bengals getting back to .500.
Prediction: Bengals 24-17
Kansas City Chiefs (4-2) @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts picked up a much-needed win over the Titans over the weekend. The Chiefs are rolling so far, and are looking to keep pace with the Broncos and Raiders. But beating Indy at home is hard, and while the defense is good, I’m taking Andrew Luck at home.
Prediction: Colts 28-24
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 26, 2016
Oakland Raiders (5-2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3)
The Raiders have lit up each of their opponents in the last few weeks, and look like the real deal. The Bucs are just a half game out of the division, and could catch the Falcons with a win and an Atlanta loss. A home game certainly benefits the Bucs, but I’m not picking against Oakland again.
Prediction: Raiders 28-17
Seattle Seahawks (4-1-1) @ New Orleans Saints (2-4)
The Seahawks had some offensive struggles on Sunday night. The Saints had some, too. Good news for Seahawks: the Saints defense is a trainwreck. Bad news for the Saints: the Seahawks defense is really good. Seattle should show out in the Super Dome.
Prediction: Seahawks 24-17
Detroit Lions (4-3) @ Houston Texans (4-3)
The Texans suffered a setback on Monday Night football, getting shut down on offense. The Lions have rebounded in the last few weeks, with Matt Stafford lighting it up through the air. The Texans are now facing losing their lead in the division, and I don’t think they drop this one. Matt Stafford comes back to earth a bit as the Texans get rolling again.
Prediction: Texans 31-27
If this matchup is anything like the last time these two teams played, get ready for a crazy afternoon.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 27, 2016
New York Jets (2-5) @ Cleveland Browns (0-7)
Cleveland is nothing short of bad in every category, including this little tidbit: the Bengals were 24th in the NFL in rushing heading into their game against Cleveland, and now are 10th. Yikes. Also, a stroke of Browns luck, Geno Smith will miss Sunday, meaning that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start. He’s won four in a row against Cleveland.
Prediction: Jets 24-14
New England Patriots (6-1) @ Buffalo Bills (4-3)
The Bills were within striking distance of the lead of the division before messing the bed against the Dolphins. And the Patriots kept on winning. But, the Bills get them at home, and this just feels like the most Rex game to win of all time. So let’s go for it – I’m picking the upset.
Prediction: Bills 24-21
Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1) @ Carolina Panthers (1-5)
The Cardinals are fresh off getting as close as you can possibly get to winning a game without actually winning it. The defense was great, but the offense couldn’t find the end zone. The struggling Panthers got a BYE week and are hanging onto their season by a thread. They get back in the winning column this week out of desperation.
Prediction: Panthers 27-21
San Diego Chargers (3-4) @ Denver Broncos (5-2)
Denver and San Diego have notched wins since their last encounter. The Chargers stunned the Broncos in their recent meeting and will be looking to again. But doing it on the road, and doing it for a second time in three weeks, is a whole different issue. Denver gets revenge.
Prediction: Broncos 27-17
Green Bay Packers (4-2) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-3)
The Packers got back to winning on Thursday night, with Aaron Rodgers finally stringing together a solid game. The Falcons are free-falling, losing their tight grip on the division, and are now in need of a win. But the Packers are rolling, and the Falcons have a defense problem. Déjà vu.
Prediction: Packers 28-20
Randall Cobb is excited to see the #Packers offense spread the ball around.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 27, 2016
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
The game of the week features two heavyweights from the NFC East. Dallas is still rolling and got a week off to prepare for Philly. Meanwhile, the Eagles just upset the Vikings. The Eagles defense is rolling, but the offense isn’t doing quite as hot. With Dez returning, Dallas has to be the favorite.
Prediction: Cowboys 27-24
Minnesota Vikings (5-1) @ Chicago Bears (1-6)
The Vikings faced their first stumble of the season with the offense’s struggles against the Eagles. The Bears battled again in general. Jay Cutler is returning, but he hasn’t seen action in a few weeks. The Vikings should get their revenge.
Prediction: Vikings 24-14