NFL Week 8 Predictions: Teams That Will Recover from Tough Losses with Big Wins
In the NFL, memories are short. Cornerbacks forget being burned on one play so they can be in the right position to play the next pass that comes their way. Running backs forget that last fumble so they can focus on hitting the hole the next time they carry the rock.
And we all forget last week's losses if our favorite teams respond with a big win in the following game.
There are plenty of teams that will be looking to recover from disappointing weeks or looking to get back on the winning track after a losing streak, but only the following three do I feel totally confident will reverse their fortunes.
From a team that is flawless after the bye to squads with a favorable matchup, these teams will have fans cheering rather than jeering once more.
If the Eagles were playing the Atlanta Falcons any other week of the season, I would pick the Falcons. Frankly, I think they're a more talented, more consistent team than Philadelphia.
But the Eagles are coming off of a bye, and in Andy Reid's tenure, they are 13-0 after having the week off in the regular season. Sorry folks, but I'm siding with history here.
The Eagles are the one team in football that are both better and worse than their record. They've been competitive in all but one game and could easily be 5-1 despite being tied for 30th in turnover differential (-9). Michael Vick is the most dangerous player on the field, both for opponents and the Eagles.
With LeSean McCoy, they run the ball very well when Reid doesn't get too pass-happy. And though they haven't been able to hold a fourth-quarter lead, the defense has played well.
The moral of the story here is that the Eagles can compete with anyone they play if they don't kill themselves with sloppy play and turnovers. History says they'll beat the Falcons, and I happen to agree with history on this one.
The Seahawks are a matchup nightmare for their opponents, the Detroit Lions. They run the ball well. They have physical corners that will be in Calvin Johnson's face all game long. The defense is opportunistic and will pounce on any poor Matt Stafford throws.
Oh, and if the Lions even attempt to establish a running game, well, just forget it. It's not happening.
Besides, the Lions don't start executing on offense until halfway through the fourth quarter, so the Seahawks should have plenty of time to pound the rock and wear them out. Thankfully for the Lions, this game is at home—heaven knows how they would fare in Seattle.
This is a bad matchup for Detroit. Look for Seattle to get back on the winning path this week.
San Diego Chargers
Like the Eagles, the Chargers are coming off a bye and return to action after blowing a lead in their previous game. For the Chargers, it just so happened to be a 24-0 lead to the Denver Broncos, who beat them 35-24.
But with an extra week to rest, the Chargers take on the Cleveland Browns, a team that is often a welcome sight for sore eyes.
The Chargers should have success both running and passing the ball against a suspect Browns defense, and Philip Rivers, Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews should all be in line for a big game. Well, if the offensive line can protect Rivers and he doesn't throw a slew of interceptions, that is.
The Browns aren't exactly fearsome on offense either, and Trent Richardson has a rib injury that held him to just eight yards on eight carries a week ago, so the Chargers should be able to leave Cleveland with a win.
If they fail to do so, well, Norv Turner may want to start packing a few things. Just in case, you know?
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