NFL Picks Week 8 - Page 2
Jacksonville at Dallas (-6.5)
The Cowboys lost QB Romo for 6-8 weeks, and John Kitna will take over. Kitna has not started a game in the NFL since 2008, and has not won as a starter since 2007. The Jags come into Dallas after a drubbing by the Chiefs last week. They get QB Garrard back this Sunday. Jacksonville’s pass defense ranks 27th in the league, which should give Kitna a chance to connect a few times with WRs Dez Bryant and former Detroit BFF Roy Williams. The Jags have given up the most points in the NFL – 209. Frankie Nuts reports that “The Cowboys is only 1-5 against the spread this year.” Taking the Jags.
Green Bay at NY Jets (-6)
Either the Jets’ number 2 rush offense or the 8th ranked passing of Aaron Rodgers will key the victory for the winner of this one. The Pack was able to hold off the Vikings last week in a 4-point win. The Jets enter off a bye. “The rest musta done Revis good,” says Vinnie the Mooch, “he says he’s at 100 percent.” Taking the Jets to win the game, but Green Bay with the points.
Tennessee at San Diego (-4)
Tennessee has scored the most points to date in the NFL – 199. They come into this one off a battering of the Eagles last Sunday. The Bolts, with an AFC-high 18 turnovers, enter off a loss to the Pats. The Chargers have beaten the Titans the last 5 times they’ve met, dating back to 2004. But Cheech says, “The Titans is 3-0 against the spread as visitors this year.” Taking Tennessee.
Minnesota at New England (-5)
Can you see it now? Forty-one year old Brett Favre gimps in on a broken ankle and leads the Vikes to a win over the powerful Pats. Keep dreaming. “Favre should just quit for good now,” says Bobby-Big-Fingers. “He shoulda quit a long time ago.” QB Tarvaris Jackson stands ready to go when called. Taking the Pats to cover.
Seattle at Oakland (-2)
Oakland’s Darren McFadden ran for 156 yards and 4 TDs against the Broncos last week, but now faces the number 2 rushing defense in the league. Seattle relied mostly on kicker Olindo Mare’s 5 field goals in beating the Cards. Sallie Boy reports that “The Raiders has not covered as favorites in their last 12 games.” Overdue - taking Oakland.
Tampa Bay at Arizona (-3)
Tampa Bay came from behind to nip the Rams last week in the final seconds, with Cadillac Williams catching a 1-yard Josh Freeman pass in the end zone. The Bucs, who won only 3 games last year, are now 4-2. Arizona not only lost to Seattle, but also lost their QB, Max Hall to an injury. Derek Anderson replaced him and rallied the troops, but it was too little, too late. The starter for Sunday has not been named yet, but with Anderson at the helm, the Cards seem a bit stronger. Either way, these two teams match up evenly. Both offenses offer little firepower, but the Bucs’ defense has a slight edge statistically. Benny Bagels says, “In their last 9 as visitor, Bucs is 7-2 against the line.” Taking Tampa Bay.