We are about halfway through the 2015 season already and there are still five undefeated teams. That will change for sure as two of them face off in a colossal Sunday night game. As for the other three, they play teams hungry for a win and could find themselves in some hairy contests. Who is going to emerge triumphant in Week 8? Find out with my picks.
Last Week: 6-8
Thursday, October 29th, 8:30 e.t.
Miami Dolphins (3-3) @ New England Patriots(6-0)
The Patriots have been on some kind of roll lately, as have the Dolphins. That said, nobody from the AFC East has been able to come into Foxboro and defeat the Pats in a meaningful game. As good as the Dolphins have been lately, they won’t be able to ride that momentum to a win.
New England 34, Miami 20
Sunday, November 1st, 9:30 e.t. (London)
Detroit Lions (1-6) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5)
As bad as the Lions have been this year, I keep picking them. That doesn’t stop here. I still think they are a much more talented team than their record says they are. They just need to stop shooting themselves in the foot. As for the Chiefs, their injuries will loom large in this game.
Detroit 26, Kansas City 16
Sunday, November 1st, 1:00 e.t.
Tennessee Titans (1-5) @ Houston Texans (2-5)
The Titans have been a mess since Week 1 and the Texans defense has been horrible all year. However, their offense hasn’t been that bad under Brian Hoyer and with Ryan Mallet out of the picture, that could really help his confidence. He will probably force a few more throws. It won’t cost him in this game, but it might in the future.
Houston 24, Tennessee 12
Minnesota Vikings (4-2) @ Chicago Bears (2-4)
The Vikings have quietly put together a nice season, as has Jay Cutler. I wanted to pick the Bears for this game, but something tells me that their defense won’t simply shut down Adrian Peterson. Stefon Diggs has really come on too for Minnesota. Their key offensive players coupled with a rugged defense will be enough to earn their team the “W”.
Minnesota 27, Chicago 22
New York Giants (4-3) @ New Orleans Saints (3-4)
Even though their 4-3, the Giants haven’t looked super impressive for the most part this season. The Saints have been on the upswing since Week 5, and playing at home will help them win this contest as well. New York does not tend to fare so well when it travels to New Orleans.
New Orleans 38, New York 24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) @ Atlanta Falcons (6-1)
The Buccaneers relinquished a 24 point lead to the Redskins and lost the game last week. If that doesn’t spell trouble for them, I’m not sure what does. For the Falcons, ever since their destruction of Houston, they haven’t looked that good. But if Kirk Cousins can rip apart Tampa’s defense, I have full confidence that Matt Ryan and Julio Jones can do the same.
Atlanta 33, Tampa Bay 21
Cincinnati Bengals (6-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
Ben Roethlisberger is back, and I think that when he is healthy, the Steelers are the best competition the Patriots have in the AFC. Will he be able to shake the rust though? Coming back from injury isn’t always easy for him, but playing host to the rival Bengals in an important AFC North contest, I say he gets it done. Cincy drops their first contest of the year.
Pittsburgh 27, Cincinnati 23
Arizona Cardinals (5-2) @ Cleveland Browns (2-5)
Arizona eeked one out against the Ravens (as have a number of teams this year, including these very Browns), and have to travel across the country on a short week. Cleveland doesn’t know who their quarterback is going to be for this game, but even still I am picking them for the upset, just because I can. Nobody likes a prognosticator that picks all favorites after all!
Cleveland 23, Arizona 17
San Diego Chargers (2-5) @ Baltimore Ravens (1-6)
Playing close games is par for the course if you are Baltimore. The Chargers have been involved in some close ones themselves. Nothing changes here. San Diego really hasn’t been that good this year with their two wins coming against bad teams. The Ravens could be 4-3 right now if a few plays went in their favor. They are the better team and they do host here, so I say that they pick up their second win of the season
Baltimore 24, San Diego 21
San Francisco 49ers (2-5) @ St. Louis Rams (3-3)
The Niners were embarrassed at home by the Seahawks a week ago and have not fared well at all on the road this season. This gives the Rams a big advantage who have really looked solid against the NFC West. St. Louis rides Todd Gurley yet again to a nice win.
St. Louis 27, San Francisco 17
Sunday, November 1st, 4:05 e.t.
New York Jets (4-2) @ Oakland Raiders (3-3)
This is a sneaky good match-up. The Raiders are coming off of (probably) their best game in years while the Jets can be proud of the effort they put up in Foxboro. Travelling across the country to the West Coast is not something that has fared well in the past for the Jets, however, and that trend should continue Sunday.
Oakland 31, New York 24
Sunday, October 25th, 4:25 e.t.
Seattle Seahawks (3-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (2-4)
Maybe, just maybe, the Seahawks have gotten back on track. The defense has not been bad this year, but the offense hasn’t been super consistent. Luckily, the Romo/Dez-less Cowboys have been pretty awful and that will help the ‘Hawks cause at rising to .500 once again this year.
Seattle 31, Dallas 10
Sunday, October 25th, 8:30 e.t.
Green Bay Packers (6-0) @ Denver Broncos (6-0)
It’s funny, because I think that the Packers are the much better team out of these two, but the Broncos will win this game. Their defense has been so good this year and the Green Bay offense hasn’t been as sharp as you would think. Playing at home and coming off of a BYE will help Denver out. I’m still predicting that Peyton Manning goes off in a random game this year. Maybe this is the one.
Denver 23, Green Bay 20
Monday, October 12th, 8:30 e.t.
Indianapolis Colts (3-4) @ Carolina Panthers (6-0)
The Panthers just refuse to lose this season. And after being able to run the ball against a solid run defense last week in Philly, I don’t see them having much trouble in doing so this week against a defense that allowed the Saints to run for 182 yards at home. Andrew Luck still doesn’t look right and that will not bode well for the Colts on the road. Panthers go to 7-0.
Carolina 30, Indianapolis 21
Week 8 Bonus Predictions
Upset of the Week (1-6): Cleveland over Arizona
Sure Bet of the Week (6-1): Seattle over Dallas
Rookie of the Week: Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota
Offensive Player of the Week: Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Harris Jr., CB, Broncos
Best Overall Offense: New England Patriots
Best Overall Defense: Seattle Seahawks
Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!