NFL Week 8 Game Predictions
After 7 weeks of the 2013 NFL season only one team remains undefeated. Surprisingly, that team is the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were an abysmal 2-14 last year.
The arrival of coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith have made all of the difference. This team is now playing with confidence, and they are very well balanced in all facets of the game. The Chiefs host the Cleveland Browns today in Kansas City.
Sunday 1 PM
San Francisco 49ers (-16.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
Matchup:The NFL travels to London for the 2nd time this season. The UK fans were treated to an entertaining affair between two teams with zero wins early this year. The Minnesota Vikings got past the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 in that one last month. Unfortunately, the UK fans will have to suffer through Jacksonville Jaguars this time around. The Jaguars remain winless, and take on a 49ers squad that has won four in a row. Jacksonville playing in a different continent, but look for the same result.
Steve’s Pick: 49ers 31 – Jaguars 20
Dan’s Pick: 49ers 28 – Jaguars 14
Matt’s Pick: 49ers 24 – Jaguars 13
Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (-3)
Matchup:Two winning teams faceoff when Dallas travels to Detroit. The Cowboys have won two in a row and lead the NFC East. The Lions have been up and down this season and are off a tough loss at home against the Bengals. Underdog has covered over 70% of Dallas games over the last four seasons.
Steve’s Pick: Cowboys 27 – Lions 20
Dan’s Pick: Lions 33 – Cowboys 27
Matt’s Pick: Lions 23 – Cowboys 17
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-5.5)
Matchup:These teams meet for the 2nd time this month. The Eagles cruised to 36-21 victory over the Giants in that one three weeks ago. The Giants found their way to winning column for the first time this year last week, getting the win over the Vikings Monday night. QB Michael Vick is set to return for the Eagles.
Steve’s Pick: Eagles 29 – Giants 20
Dan’s Pick: Eagles 30 – Giants 23
Matt’s Pick: Eagles 21 – Giants 14
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-7)
Matchup:The Kansas City Chiefs with their head coach and quarterback that were not wanted by their former teams are now 7-0. Coach Andy Reid and QB Alex Smith sit atop the NFL. The Chiefs have played only winning team (Dallas), but they can only play who is on the schedule. The Cleveland Browns are 3-4, having lost their last two. Quarterback Jason Campbell gets the start for the Browns this week. The former Redskins starter walks into a hornets nest called Arrowhead to face that tough defense.
Steve’s Pick: Chiefs 27 – Browns 13
Dan’s Pick: Chiefs 31 – Browns 14
Matt’s Pick: Chiefs 27 – Browns 14
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (-12)
Matchup:The New Orleans Saints had an extra week to lick their wounds following that awful loss at New England. Poor clock management by coach Sean Payton coupled with a prevent defense allowed the Patriots to steal one in Foxboro two weeks ago. That was New Orleans only loss on the season. The Bill are off a nice upset win at Miami, but haven’t fared well after playing Miami. The Bills are 11-36 ATS after facing the Dolphins. The Saints have covered 12 straight under Payton.
Steve’s Pick: Saints 37 – Bill 19
Dan’s Pick: Saints 34 – Bill 27
Matt’s Pick: Saints 28 – Bill 21
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-6.5)
Matchup:The Miami Dolphins started the season 3-0, but have since lost three straight. They face a Patriot team that has lost 2 of their last 3, the latest a loss in OT to the Jets. Belichick historically tough off a loss as the Pats are 24-9 ATS the next game.
Steve’s Pick: Patriots 27 – Dolphins 20
Dan’s Pick: Patriots 24 – Dolphins 17
Matt’s Pick: Patriots 31 – Dolphins 24
Sunday 4:05 PM
NY Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)
Matchup:The 4-3 New York Jets travel to Cincinnati take on the 5-2 Bengals. The Jets are off the thrilling OT win at home against New England. The Bengals return after a two game road trip, both victories.
Steve’s Pick: Jet 24 – Bengals 20
Dan’s Pick: Bengals 30 – Jets 17
Matt’s Pick: Bengals 24 – Jets 21
Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders
Matchup:Lookout for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After starting the season 0-4, the Steelers have now won two straight. The defense has stepped up only allowing 6 and 16 in the last two contests. The Oakland Raiders sit at 2-4 and are off a bye. The Raiders have lost 10 in a row off a bye. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been unstoppable at times this season, but just hasn’t shown a consistency necessary to be successful.
Steve’s Pick: Steelers 24 – Raiders 17
Dan’s Pick: Steelers 21 – Raiders 17
Matt’s Pick: Steelers 19 – Raiders 14
Sunday 4:25 PM
Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos (-13)
Matchup:The Denver Broncos are off their first loss of the season. They seemed to be a step behind the Indianapolis Colts all night last week in the 39-33 loss. Quarterback Robert Griffin of the Redskins looked like his old self last week against the Bears. Washington put up 45 points and hit on all cylinders offensively. The problem with both these teams is their defense. Both are just about allowing 400 yards per game. This game has all the makings of a shootout with both offenses going up and down the field.
Steve’s Pick: Broncos 44 – Redskins 40
Dan’s Pick: Broncos 33 – Redskins 17
Matt’s Pick: Broncos 31 – Redskins 21
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)
Matchup:The Atlanta Falcons have been extremely disappointing this year. This team was one quarter from the Super Bowl last year, but have started the season at 2-4. They’ve had no running game to speak of only average 68 ypg, but Stephen Jackson may return this week. The Arizona Cardinals stand at 3-4 and have had three extra days to prepare for this contest. Arizona has not covered as a favorite since 2011.
Steve’s Pick: Falcons 31 – Cardinals 24
Dan’s Pick: Falcons 27 – Cardinals 24
Matt’s Pick: Falcons 24 – Cardinals 21
Sunday 8:30 PM
Green Bay Packers (-9) at Minnesota Vikings
Matchup:This is usually a good one, but the Vikings have been dreadful this year with a carousel of quarterbacks this season. The Green Bay Packers lead the NFC North at 4-2, but lost TE Jermichael Finley to a serious neck injury last Sunday. Finley spent part of the week in ICU. For the Vikings to have any chance RB Adrian Peterson is going to have to be big. The Vikings need to control the ball and get the Green Bay offense off the field.
Steve’s Pick: Packers 30 – Vikings 27
Dan’s Pick: Packers 31 – Vikings 24
Matt’s Pick: Packers 21 – Vikings 17
Monday 8:40 PM
Seattle Seahawks (-11) at St. Louis Rams
Matchup:The St. Louis Rams lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the season after he tore his ACL in the Carolina game. Seattle continues to roll with an easy win over the Cardinals ten days ago. They lead the NFC West with a 6-1 record. Only two teams have been bigger home underdogs on Monday night since 1990. Seattle has covered six straight on Monday night, and
Steve’s Pick: Seahawks 41 – Rams 17
Dan’s Pick: Seahawks 30 – Rams 21
Matt’s Pick: Seahawks 28 – Rams 21
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