Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s spotlight NFL picks against the spread for Week 8 in the 2015 season. At this point in the year it’s important to finally give up on some teams. The Detroit Lions made the playoffs last year, this year they are a bad team, hell, they may very well be the worst team in the entire league (Jim Caldwell just isn’t a big time coach in this league). Many people had the Ravens in the Superbowl (A move I didn’t understand at all by tbe way with the lack of talent around Joe Flacco and a subpar defense) but alas they are a bad football team who can’t get out of their own way. Oh and tom Brady is very good, actually he’s a freak of nature. Unfortunately, my wifi in Dubai wasn’t great so I couldn’t get my pick in but you probably didn’t me to tell you that the Patriots were money in the bank by a touchdown this week. Seriously though, through 7 games this season Tom Brady leads the league with an unhuman 20 touchdowns and 1 interception. ONE FREAKIN INTERCEPTION THROUGH SEVEN GAMES!!!! Andrew Luck usually has more interceptions than that before halftime. Andy Dalton is having a career year with a 14-2 TD-INT ratio and it looks simply mediocre behind the type of season Tom Brady is having. So yes at this point it’s time to realize some teams just plainly aren’t any good and stay away from them while on the contrary leaning on the teams that are good when all else fails. With that said let’s get into this week’s top picks against the spread.
Top Picks For Week 8 In The NFL
1) Houston Texans (-3) over Tennessee Titans
Last week I underestimated the Titans (or more importantly over rated the Falcons) and it came back to bite me as the Titans hung in the game to lose by a mere field goal against an Atlanta team that was seemingly on cruise control. Well with Marcus Mariota out again I’m going back to the well this week. Zach Mettenberger just isn’t very good and we all remember the infamous “Selfie Sack” game the last time the JJ Watt met Zach Mettenberger and I expect that the Texans defense will have enough pride to win this one on their own without having to even talk about who’s playing quarterback for the Texans. Also don’t look now but by the end of the this week, with the Colts heading to Carolina (and Andrew Luck sitting on one win all season), the Texans can be tied for first place in the horrible AFC South. They know that too, take the Texans by a field goal!
2) Cincinnati Bengals (0) over Pittsburgh Steelers
But Tommy, Big Ben is back this week. I know I know and I also know that most money is pouring in on the Steelers this week and so does Vegas. Look Big Ben is great and it can’t go without being mentioned that this will be the first week that the Steelers will be a full speed on the offensive side of the ball all season. The Steelers arguably have the best back in the game in Le’veon Bell and the best wideout in the game in Antonio Brown (hope you fantasy players didn’t sell too low on him because he’s a must start once again). Now that we got all of the due props out of the way, let’s bring in some reality. Big Ben is likely going to be rusty and the Steelers are welcoming in an undefeated division rival in the Bengals who have played the best team football on both sides of the ball than anyone else this season. Add in the fact that the Bengals have had two weeks to prepare and it should be clear why I’m going the other way.
3) New York Jets (-2) over Oakland Raiders
As I always say I’ll never pick against the Jets and so because of that I hate touching their games period. I’m also not huge on picking an east coast team traveling to the west coast. That said, I’m riding Gang Green again this week and they’ve been good to us. The Jets have played one bad game all season and came closer than anyone in taking down the champs last week. It won’t be as easy for Derek Carr and company this week as it was in San Diego last week, not against that stout Jets defense. The Jets need this game to stay ahead of the pact in the AFC wildcard picture by being that remaining non unbeaten team with less than three losses. They can sweeten their position with a win here over Oakland.
4) Seattle Seahawks (-4) over Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys looked better last week with Matt Cassell under center and this week they get their stud wideout back in Dez Bryant. I’m also not big on the Seahawks so I hate making a pick like this but I have a hard time believing that the Cowboys are going to have any luck moving the ball down the field against that Seahawks secondary. The Hawks haven’t looked great but they’re still better than any backup quarterback. The Cowboys need Tony Romo or this may end up being a lost season…if it already isn’t.
5) Minnesota Vikings (-1) over Chicago Bears
This was real close to being my lock of the week but it is a bit of a trap game and I’ve always been a bit of a fan of Jay Cutler especially off a bye. The Vikings have been flying under the radar but actually having a pretty good season with a 4-2 record, if the season ended today they’d actually be in the playoffs. That said both of these teams have pretty poor offenses ranked 28th for the Bears and 30th for the Vikings. The Vikings have been getting it done the same way they have for years, they ride or die with Adrian Peterson. When he’s on the field, he’s the best player on it and this week will be no different. I like the Vikings to run away with this one.
6) IF YOURE DESPERATE- San Diego Chargers (+4) over the Baltimore Ravens
Two teams that are under achieving big time but I try to give you 7 games every week and I didn’t get my Chiefs pick in on time so here it goes. I’m back to the well one last time by believing in Phillip Rivers in Baltimore. The Chargers just have more weapons on the offensive side of the ball (to the point that they lead all of the NFL in total offense, though they’re usually playing from behind so take that with a grain of salt) and the Ravens have no business being favored by more than a field goal. The Ravens, seriously, are one Josh Brown made field goal away from being still winless, that’s how bad they’ve been. Expect the Chargers to keep it close and may even win the game outright.
7) LOCK OF THE WEEK: New Orleans Saints (-3) over New York Giants
I’ve been pretty big on Eli Manning this year as honestly save for two fourth quarter collapses in the first two weeks of the season, the Giants could be 6-1 this season. That said, I hate this spot of them this week. The Saints are finally starting to find their groove and WhoDat Nation can feel it. It’s only a field goal and I love the Saints at home here. I haven’t lost a single Lock of The Week through the first 7 weeks of the season and I don’t expect it to be this week. Eli Manning doesn’t play particularly well at the Superdome and this week will be no exception.
That’s going to do it for me for now but I will be back in the middle of the day to review the big Sunday Night Football matchup a bit later on so stay tuned for that. Until then, let’s make some money!