Week 8 Predictions
With week 8 on the way, it’s time for this week’s NFL Predictions. Week 7 saw the New Orleans Saints demolish the Indianapolis Colts 62-7, the Chicago Bears getting a narrow victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley and the Tim Tebow era in Denver beginning with a win against the Miami Dolphins. Let’s hope this week’s games are just as exciting.
Will the New Orleans Saints set another points record against the 0-6 St. Louis Rams? Who will come out on top when two of the AFC’s top teams meet at Heinz Field? Can the San Diego Chargers bounce back from their defeat last week when they play the Kansas City Chiefs on Halloween night? Let’s get to the predictions.
Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens
The Cardinals are coming off a tough loss against the Steelers and their schedule doesn’t get any easier this week as they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens. The 1-5 Cardinals have struggled this season and much of this is down to their disappointing Offense. Quarterback Kevin Kolb has struggled all season and with Running Back Beanie Wells missing this game through injury, expect to see the Cardinals losing streak continue in this one.
The Ravens are coming off a poor performance on Monday Night Football which saw them lose 12-7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That upset should have provided the spark needed for the Ravens to bounce back in this game. Look for Quarterback Joe Flacco to have a big game against the Cardinals Defense. Ravens get the win at home. Cardinals16 Ravens30
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
This AFC South battle sees the 2-5 Jags on the road against the 4-3 Texans. The Jags are coming off a surprise win against the Ravens on Monday Night Football and Rookie Quarterback Blaine Gabbert seems to be getting better each week. If the Jags can win this one in puts them at 3-5 and back in contention in the AFC South. Expect to see plenty of rushing from Maurice Jones-Drew in this one.
The Texans are coming off a 41-7 victory against the Tennessee Titans and may get star Wide Receiver Andre Johnson back for this game. Johnson returned to Practice this week after missing three straight game through injury. Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub has continued his impressive form from last season and I expect him to lead the Texans to victory in this one. Jaguars16 Texans24
Miami Dolphins at New York Giants
How the Dolphins haven’t fired Head Coach Tony Sparano yet is beyond me. The Dolphins are 0-6 and with each game they lose it seems more and more likely that they will be the lucky team to draft Andrew Luck with the 1st overall pick in next year’s Draft. The Dolphins chances of achieving anything this season are slim and I can’t see them getting the victory in this game.
The 4-2 Giants are quietly leading the NFC East and Quarterback Eli Manning has already thrown for 1,778Yards and 11 Touchdowns through six games. The Giants are coming off a bye week and I expect them to win this game in a blowout. Dolphins14 Giants35
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams
The Saints are coming off a 62-7 victory against the winless Colts and are now set to play the winless Rams. The 5-2 Saints are looking like a strong contender for this year’s Super Bowl and Quarterback Drew Brees is on pace to throw for over 5,000 Yards and 40 Touchdowns. I see the Saints winning this one big.
The 0-6 Rams are going into this game still uncertain of Quarterback Sam Bradford’s health. If Bradford can’t play, Backup A.J. Feeley will get another start. Feeley started his first game since the 07 season last week in the Rams 34-7 loss against the Cowboys. The Rams will have to be perfect if they are to have any chance of getting their first win of the season in this one. Saints50 Rams10
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
The 0-7 Colts have had an awful season and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Without Quarterback Peyton Manning, the Colts look set to miss the Playoffs for the first time since 2001. The Colts will travel to LP Field hoping that their Defense can contain the Titans to under 62 points.
The 3-3 Titans are fighting to win the AFC South and a victory in this game along with a Texans defeat against the Jags will move the Titans to 1st place in the division. If there was ever a game for Running Back Chris Johnson to return to his old self it’s this one. The former 2,000 Yard Running Back has averaged just 2.9 Yards per carry this season and is yet to rush for 100 Yards in a game this season. I see that changing in this one and Johnson will lead the Titans to victory. Colts14 Titans17
Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills
John Beck and the 3-3 Redskins travel to Buffalo with a struggling Offense and a number of serious injuries. The Redskins will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat at the hands of the Panthers. Expect to see the Redskins struggle in this game with key players missing through injury.
Ryan Fitzpatrick and the 4-2 Bills are looking to make the Playoffs for the first time since 1999 and are just one game behind the Patriots in the AFC East. Running Back Fred Jackson has rushed for 6 Touchdowns this season and the Bills promising Defense seems to be improving every week. I see the Bills getting the win in this win. Redskins19 Bills28
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers
This game promises to be a good one with two of the AFC’s top teams meeting in this potential Playoff preview. The 5-1 Patriots travel to Heinz Field coming off a bye week and Tom Brady and the Pats Offense come up against one of the dominating Steelers Defense. Expect to see plenty from Wide Receiver Wes Welker and Tight Ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in this game. Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco is still without a Touchdown catch this season.
The 5-2 Steelers have picked up where they left off last season and seem to have changed their priority on Offense with more emphasis on the Pass instead of the Run. Wide Receiver Mike Wallace is averaging over 20 Yards a catch this season and Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for almost 2,000 Yards and 12 Touchdowns through seven games. Expect to see a high scoring game in this one. Patriots31 Steelers28
Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks
The 4-2 Bengals travel to Seattle without Running Back Cedric Benson who is serving a one-game suspension. This should put more pressure on Rookie Quarterback Andy Dalton as he will be forced throw more without Benson running the ball. Look for Rookie Wide Receiver A.J. Green to have a big game in this one.
The 2-4 Seahawks can’t afford to lose this game as they try to stay in contention in the NFC West. The Seahawks Offense has averaged just 263 Yards per game this season and they will have to improve on that if they want to win this one. I see the Bengals winning in a close game. Bengals21 Seahawks17
Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers
The Browns are currently 3-3 and come into this game after beating the Seahwaks 6-3 in a dull game last week. The Browns will look to Quarterback Colt McCoy to lead them to victory in this one. The 49ers are 5-1 and are coming off a bye week.
The 49ers are in 1st place in the NFC West and a win in this game could put them four games ahead of the Seahawks and Cardinals. I see the 49ers just edging this one. Browns13 49ers14
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
This NFC East battle could be crucial in determining the winner of this division. The 3-3 Cowboys are coming off an impressive 34-7 victory in which Rookie Running Back DeMarco Murray had 253 Yards rushing. Quarterback Tony Romo has been shaky at times this season and if the Cowboys are relying on him to lead them to victory late in the game, I don’t see it ending well.
The 2-4 Eagles know they cannot afford any more early losses if they are to make the Playoffs this season. Quarterback Michael Vick will be in for a tough day against the Cowboys Defense. I see the Eagles winning this one with a late Field-Goal. Cowboys24 Eagles27
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the predictions of Sky Sports Live Games. There will also be a prediction for the Halloween edition of Monday Night Football coming over the weekend. Let’s go Chargers.