Welcome to Week 8 of the NFL season as we’re almost at the halfway mark. There was plenty of news coming out of last week’s games moving forward. Oakland snapped their 4-game losing streak by edging out Kansas City. Brett Hundley started his first NFL game in place of Aaron Rodgers and he feel to the Saints. In what surprised me the most, we had three teams get shutout last week. The Denver Broncos were blanked by the Los Angeles Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals were held scoreless by the Los Angeles Rams in London. The big news coming from that game was Carson Palmer breaking his arm. Jacksonville Jaguars held the Colts scoreless also as this young defense is starting to get better. This week I’ll be predicting 5 more games as last week I went 4-2, making my record 28-26 and winning percentage at 51.9%. Let’s Get Started!!
We kick things off with the Thursday night game as the Miami Dolphins travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens. Miami is currently enjoying a 3-game winning streak with all of them being quality wins. Jay Cutler was injured in the game last week, but that didn’t matter as Matt Moore came in and played great. Jay Ajayi has ran the ball great, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills have been making huge plays and the defense steps up when needed. Can they make it four in a row in Baltimore? The Baltimore Ravens have been decimated by injuries and now they’re without WRs Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, who’s in concussion protocol. They already have the worse passing in the league and that means they’ll have to rely on the run game and hoping Joe Flacco can cook something up. Despite all their issues, I’m going with the Ravens to pull something out of their arsenal and beat Miami.
Baltimore Win 22-21
We head to the Pacific Northwest as the Houston Texans take on the Seattle Seahawks. The Texans head into a tough environment for the rookie QB Deshaun Watson. Ever since Watson took over the offense, they have thrived as they have scored 157 points in four games. The defense will get tested as the Seahawks can put up points at home, plus they’re without a few starters also. Can Watson continue his tear up against the Legion of Boom? Russell Wilson is coming off his best game of the year, but will the turmoil of last game carry over to this one? The Seattle defense has given up only 27 points in two combined home games, can they keep this Texans offense in check? I’m going with Seattle to take care of home against Houston.
Seattle Win 30-20
We have one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL as the Dallas Cowboys travel to Washington to face the Redskins. Dallas ended their two-game losing streak last week in San Francisco where Ezekiel Elliott totaled over 200 yards of offense. Both of these teams come into the game with a 3-3 record and tied for 2nd place in the NFC East behind Philadelphia. Can the Cowboys offense continue their spectacular display against the Redskins? The Redskins 3 losses have come against arguably two of the best teams in the league in Kansas City and twice to Philadelphia. There have been so much talked about the future of Kirk Cousins with the franchise and if he’ll eventually leave. In this game, I’m picking Dallas to come out on top.
Dallas Win 31-30
We have the Sunday night game as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Detroit to face the Lions. After being dismantled by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh have won their last two games. After a tough win on the road in Kansas City, they beat down their rival Cincinnati Bengals at home. LeVeon Bell lead the way with 134 yards on the ground and the defense is peaking at the right time. Can the Steelers make it three in a row in Detroit? After winning their first two games of the season, Detroit have dropped two of their last three games. With the absence of Aaron Rodgers, Detroit is hoping to start piling up some wins to challenge Minnesota for the division. Unfortunately for Detroit, they’re running into a hot Steeler team and I think Pittsburgh get the road win.
Pittsburgh Win 24-21
This is the Monday Night game and it’s a battle between two AFC West foes. The Denver Broncos head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs as both teams are on a 2-game losing streak. Denver’s offense has looked horrible as they have scored a total of 42 in their last four games. Right now, Trevor Siemien is struggling as his QBR rating is under 40 and the offense ranks 24th in the league. Can the offense help the defense out by putting up some points against the Chiefs? Kansas City started off the season 4-0 and they were the final team to lose a game also. Despite having those two losses, the Chiefs is still one of the best teams in the league. With Kareem Hunt and Tyreke Hill, Alex Smith and the Chiefs should get back on the track and send Denver to a 3-game losing streak.
Kansas City Win 31-20
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