Week Eight NFL Predictions

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Last Week: 5-9-0
2013 Season: 43-57-6

What has happened this season? Last year, SkoodSports put together a brilliant record against the spread. 2013 has not been as kind. It was yet another below-.500 week for the prognostication section of the blog. Of course, my Tigers-Dodgers World Series prediction was just as brutal. We are approaching the halfway point of the season, and this might just be the week that it all gets turned around. The good news is that yours truly is still alive in the 94.1 WIP Suicide Pool. The winner receives a championship ring from Mark’s Jewelers. Of over 25,000 original contestants, just about 4300 remain. It’s going to go right down to the wire. But, SkoodSports can taste the sweetness of the champagne just months away.

Carolina Panthers (3-3) AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)

The Spread: Carolina by 7
The Pick: Carolina
The Score: Carolina, 26-14
The Rationale: Thursday Night Football has been brutal this season. The best things about the Thursday broadcasts in 2013 have been the beautiful Priyanka Chopra’s pre game performances. This week will prove to be no different. Yes, the Panthers are about as consistent as a 90-year old’s bowel movements. But, the Buccaneers are consistently awful. I’ll take Cam Newton.

Dallas Cowboys (4-3) AT Detroit Lions (4-3)

The Spread: Detroit by 3
The Pick: Detroit
The Score: Detroit, 27-17
The Rationale: The last time these two teams played, Calvin Johnson victimized the Dallas secondary. Flash forward to this season, and you’ll find a Lions team with a better run-game than in recent campaigns. The Lions lost a tough home-game against the Bengals last week (a game that yours truly correctly predicted a 27-24 final). I doubt they fall twice in a row at Ford Field. Couple that with the fact that Dallas is playing their second straight road game, and I think Detroit gets a critical victory over a playoff contending club.

Cleveland Browns (3-4) AT Kansas City Chiefs (7-0)

The Spread: Kansas City by 9
The Pick: Kansas City
The Score: Kansas City, 23-12
The Rationale: I’ll remain skeptical on the Chiefs’ ability to win in January with their offense. But, I am not skeptical about their ability to beat the Cleveland Browns by double-digits at home with Jason Campbell under center for Cleveland. Granted, Campbell is probably a better option than Brandon Weeden, who has solidied himself as just another awful story in an anthology of poor decisions made by that organization. Campbell will get a rude awakening against the best defense in the National Football League.

Miami Dolphins (3-3) AT New England Patriots (5-2)

The Spread: New England by 7
The Pick: New England
The Score: New England, 24-14
The Rationale: The Patriots lost a heartbreaker last week to New York. I believe that Bill Belichick will have his team ready to play against another division rival this week. The Dolphins have been free-falling after a fast start. They can’t protect Ryan Tannehill, who has spent more time on his back this season than a yoga instructor.

Buffalo Bills (3-4) AT New Orleans Saints (5-1)

The Spread: New Orleans by 12
The Pick: New Orleans
The Score: New Orleans, 38-17
The Rationale: Talk about a lopsided affair. I just don’t foresee a scenario where the Bills’ offense can keep up with the Saints in The Superdome.

New York Giants (1-6) AT Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

The Spread: Philadelphia by 5
The Pick: Philadelphia
The Score: Philadelphia, 35-28
The Rationale: Michael Vick returns to the field for Philadelphia, and it cannot come soon enough. The Eagles saw last week just how raw Nick Foles is. His inability to turn busted pass-plays into large gains with his legs made most Eagles fans clamor for Vick’s return. They’ll get their wish. They’ll also get a victory against a Giants team that has yet to prove they can stop the elusive QB.

San Francisco 49ers (5-2) AT Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)

The Spread: San Francisco by 17
The Pick: Jacksonville
The Score: San Francisco, 27-13
The Rationale: I don’t believe that Jacksonville has much of a shot to win this game. Granted, San Francisco has to travel basically across the entire planet en route to London. But, the Jaguars’ inability to move the ball offensively will only be further hampered by the dynamic defense of the 49ers. Seventeen points is a lot in an NFL game, which is why I have Jacksonville covering.

New York Jets (4-3) AT Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)

The Spread: Cincinnati by 7
The Pick: New York
The Score: Cincinnati, 23-20
The Rationale: The Jets have a pretty good Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing going on. That, I suppose, is to be expected with a rookie QB at the helm. Meanwhile, the Bengals continue to establish themselves as the kings of close ballgames. Only one of their five victories have been by more than a touchdown. The Jets’ defense should keep it close. But, the Bengals will eek out a close one.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4) AT Oakland Raiders (2-4)

The Spread: Pittsburgh by 3
The Pick: Pittsburgh
The Score: Pittsburgh, 19-13
The Rationale: The Steelers won a typical Baltimore-Pittsburgh matchup last week by relying on their defense. The passing game is not going to improve all that dramatically. But, the offense as a whole has been dramatically better since LeVeon Bell returned to the lineup. The Raiders’ defense is underrated. But, the offense led by Terrelle Pryor will have a tough time putting together drives against a rejuvenated Pittsburgh D.

Washington Redskins (2-4) AT Denver Broncos (6-1)

The Spread: Denver by 13
The Pick: Denver
The Score: Denver, 41-27
The Rationale: The Broncos were shocked by a Colts team that has clearly established itself as a contender. However, the Broncos will return home this week to take on a Redskins team that, defensively, has resembled Grambling State more than an NFL team. Washington has allowed at least 27-points in all but one of their games so far (a 24-14 victory over the daunting Oakland Raiders). In their four losses, Washington has allowed 33, 38, 27, and 31 points. In last week’s exciting victory over Chicago, the Redskins allowed an astounding 41 points, many of which were scored with career backup Josh McCown under center for the Bears. Peyton Manning should have another field day. Anyone playing him in fantasy football this week should already be preparing for a loss.

Atlanta Falcons (2-4) AT Arizona Cardinals (3-4)

The Spread: Arizona by 3
The Pick: Atlanta
The Score: Atlanta, 24-14
The Rationale: I almost thought that I read this wrong. Yes, the Falcons are going across the country. But, it is not as if Arizona is an incredibly difficult place to play. Two of the Cardinals’ three victories have come at University of Phoenix Stadium, and both of them were against east coast teams making the cross-country trip (Miami and Carolina). Atlanta knows the task ahead of them. The Falcons, after a brutal start, need to win nearly the remainder of their games to solidify a playoff spot for the fourth straight season. I don’t know if they’ll do it. But, I believe they will find a way to overcome injuries and travel to beat Carson Palmer’s Cardinals.

Green Bay Packers (4-2) AT Minnesota Vikings (1-5)

The Spread: Green Bay by 10
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 27-14
The Rationale: Another dandy of a primetime game this week. The Vikings are going back to Christian Ponder after a dismal start from Josh Freeman last Monday. In their second consecutive primetime game, they’ll hope to rebound against a Packers team that is hitting its stride after a 1-2 start.

Seattle Seahawks (6-1) AT St. Louis Rams (3-4)

The Spread: Seattle by 12
The Pick: Seattle
The Score: Seattle, 31-10
The Rationale: The Rams are so desperate for QB help that they reportedly solicited the services of Brett Favre this week. That doesn’t bode well against Seattle, whose defense has made opposing QBs shiver. Seattle is only favored by 12. But, I don’t think they’ll have much trouble circling the wagons on St. Louis.

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