Week 8 Picks Against the Spread

Posted by Brad On October – 30 – 2011

Week 8 picks against the spread

The NFL’s Future writers take their stab at picking the NFL week 8 games against the spread.

Profetta’s Picks

Indianapolis at Tennessee (-8.5)

The Colts hit rock bottom against the Saints. Things can only get better. The Titans are reeling and the Colts have owned them in recent years, so this could be where Indy gets their first win.

Just kidding. Peyton Manning isn’t playing. Titans big.

Prediction: Titans 30, Colts 13

 

Jacksonville at Houston (-9.5)

The Jags may have found an identity on Monday night. Their stifling defense/grinding run game formula should keep this game close.

Prediction: Texans 20, Jaguars 16

 

Minnesota at Carolina (-3.5)

Jordan Gross keeps Jared Allen in check and Cam Newton feasts on a Vikings’ secondary that could be without Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook. Christian Ponder has looked okay, but Newton has looked really, really, really okay.

Prediction: Panthers 34, Vikings 27

 

New Orleans (-13) at St. Louis

Drew Brees vs. A.J. Feeley. I repeat, Drew Brees vs. A.J. Feeley. Make that two teams hitting rock bottom against the Saints in consecutive weeks.

Prediction:  Saints 41, Rams 3

 

Arizona at Baltimore (-12.5) 

If Beanie Wells can’t go, the pissed-off Ravens’ D may break the NFL single game team sack record.

Prediction: Ravens 31, Cardinals 10

 

Miami at N.Y. Giants (-9.5)

The ‘Fins are coming off of a back-breaking loss, and the Giants could be getting Justin Tuck and Chris Snee back from injuries. Tony Sparano may want to save a trip and catch the first plane home to Connecticut after this one.

Prediction: Giants 30, Dolphins 0

 

Washington at Buffalo (-6) (Toronto)

Orakpo and Kerrigan will hound Ryan Fitzpatrick all day. John Beck to Fred Davis for the win in an ugly one.

Prediction: Redskins 16, Bills 13

 

Detroit (-3) at Denver

Ndamukong Suh introduces “tebowing” as a sack celebration.

Prediction: Lions 27, Broncos 13

 

New England (-3) at Pittsburgh  

The critics who have been piling on Mike Tomlin’s squad for simply beating the teams they’re supposed to beat will have little to say after Roethlisberger exploits the Patriots’ awful secondary with repeated bombs to his deep crew of speedy targets.

Prediction: Steelers 34, Patriots 31

 

Cleveland at San Francisco (-9)  

The winless Dolphins and Colts are reeling from legendary losses and have to go on the road, yet somehow I’m more sure of this pick than any other.

Prediction: 49ers 23, Browns 6

 

Cincinnati (-3) at Seattle  

This game is a litmus test for the new-and-improved Bengals. They’ve lost 11 of their last 12 games on the West Coast and Marvin Lewis’ teams have traditionally found a way to lose games they are expected to win. Andy Dalton will slay those dragons.

Prediction: Bengals 16, Seahawks 10

 

Dallas at Philadelphia (-3.5)  

An evenly matched contest that could come down to which team is more desperate. (advantage: Eagles)

However, evenly matched contests also often come down to coaching (advantage: Anyone but Juan Castillo), and one team’s ability to exploit the other team’s greatest weakness (advantage: Jason Witten over Eagles LBs).

Prediction:  Cowboys 27, Eagles 24

 

San Diego (-4) at Kansas City  

You know, I’m finding this Chiefs’ bandwagon to be quite cozy.

Prediction: Chiefs 27, Chargers 24

Take it to the bank

Brad’s Picks

Indianapolis at Tennessee (-8.5)

As a Chris Johnson fantasy owner, I’m writing this in the hopes that he may actually show up this Sunday. Both teams are coming off disappointments but Tennessee is actually vested in winning. They go big in this one.

Prediction: Titans 37, Colts 10

 

Jacksonville at Houston (-9.5)

The Texans come out with a W but can’t cover. Jacksonville’s defense is for real but they struggle on offense. Gabbert looks like a rookie in this one. Andre Johnson can’t go again but they don’t need him.

Prediction: Texans 17, Jaguars 10

 

Minnesota at Carolina (-3.5)

Monday’s headline: Christian Ponder outplays Cam Newton for a Vikings victory. Ponder looked good against the Packers and will show up big in this contest. Adrian Peterson may go for 200 and a couple TD’s to open up the passing game for Ponder. Cam scores but can’t pull off the victory.

Prediction: Vikings 37, Carolina 28

 

New Orleans (-13) at St. Louis

After scoring 62 last week the Saints may look to exceed that number against the Sam Bradford-less Rams. St. Louis is pathetic on defense and are exploited in a major way against the Saints.

Prediction:  Saints 48, Rams 10

 

Arizona at Baltimore (-12.5) 

Baltimore can’t be happy after their pathetic loss to the Jags on Monday night. They look for a revenge win on the Cardinals to utter dismay of Kevin Kolb. The Cards boast one of the most pathetic offensive lines in recent history and it shows in this loss.

Prediction: Ravens 34, Cardinals 10

 

Miami at N.Y. Giants (-9.5)

The Giants go big in this one and the Dolphins take one more step in the right direction for the services of Andrew Luck.

Prediction: Giants 28, Dolphins 6

 

Washington at Buffalo (-6) (Toronto)

Ryan Fitzpatrick celebrates his contract extension with big win over the Redskins in Toronto.

Prediction: Bills 27, Washington 16

 

Detroit (-3) at Denver

No fourth quarter comeback for Touchdown Timmy in this contest. The Detroit defense keeps this one from becoming the lead Sportscenter story. I have to admit this one scares me and Detroit needs to be on upset alert.

Prediction: Lions 20, Broncos 16

 

New England (-3) at Pittsburgh  

The Steelers have looked much better after a slow start but the Pats have their number. You know it’s killing Bill Belichick that his defense is this poor. He devises a monster game plan in a big Pats win. Tom Brady lights up the Steelers secondary on their way to 38.

Prediction: Patriots 38, Steelers 28

 

Cleveland at San Francisco (-9)  

The Browns keep this one close but can’t pull off the victory. As much as I would love to pick the upset, the Browns struggle to score. My money is on the Browns covering in this contest.

Prediction: 49ers 17, Browns 13

 

Cincinnati (-3) at Seattle  

The West Coast trip for Cincinnati proves to be a tough one in this contest. Seattle is coming off an atrocious loss to the Browns and looking for revenge. Their defense is tough and keeps them in this close contest. I’m reversing Profetta’s score on this one

Prediction: Seattle 16, Cincinnati 10

 

Dallas at Philadelphia (-3.5)  

The Eagles have won 12 straight out of the bye and it’s time to put wins together for the Dream Team.

Prediction: Eagles 38, Dallas 24

 

San Diego (-4) at Kansas City  

Arrowhead is a tough place to play but I’m thinking the Chargers can’t be happy with last week’s performance and they cover this one.

Prediction: Chargers 31, Kansas City 17