NFL Week 8 Picks: Underdogs Guaranteed to Beat the Spread

Steven GerwelContributor IIIOctober 28, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins  in action during their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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In Week 7, there were no clear upsets or surprise victories, and things basically played out the way analysts thought they would. 

But in the unpredictable world of the NFL, it's actually abnormal for events to unfold in a normal fashion, so don't expect it to happen a second week in a row. 

In Week 8, there will be multiple opportunities for the underdogs to make a statement with a surprise victory over their favored opponents. 

Since we are in fact expecting the unexpected, here are several games to focus on this Sunday. Each of these match-ups features an underdog capable of pulling out a victory. 


Washington Redskins (at Pittsburgh Steelers)

Robert Griffin III has been the unquestioned leader in the race for Offensive Rookie of the Year, but the Washington Redskins as a whole have struggled to put games away. 

The Redskins are sitting with a 3-4 record entering Week 8, but they could have easily come away with wins against the Rams and the Giants. Instead, they choked in the fourth quarter during both those games and are now stuck with a losing record. 

Regardless, RGIII has been a dangerous weapon on offense and will cause problems for a Pittsburgh Steelers team that has struggled to maintain their defensive dominance. 

This season, the Steelers have already come up short against low-quality teams, such as the Raiders and Titans. 

Pittsburgh has the home-field advantage working in their favor, but Washington will be in this game until the bitter end. 

Spread: Pittsburgh -4.5 over Washington (according to Odds Shark)


Indianapolis Colts (at Tennessee Titans)

Andrew Luck hasn't thrown a touchdown since Week 5, but the rookie quarterback is bound to have another solid performance, so it might as well be against the Tennessee Titans. 

The Titans are 27th in the NFL in pass defense (281.4 yards per game), so Luck will be given every opportunity to go airborne. 

With Reggie Wayne out wide, we saw how quickly the Colts can strike through the air during their game against Green Bay, which should pose a problem for a Titans team that has allowed an NFL-high 16 touchdown passes. 

The Titans are at home and are on a two-game win streak, but the Colts are hungry for their first road win of the season.

Spread: Tennessee -3.5 over Indianapolis (according to Odds Shark)


New Orleans Saints (at Denver Broncos)

After a 0-4 start to the season, the New Orleans Saints have finally come out of their shell with back-to-back wins against the Chargers and Buccaneers. 

The Saints have suffered from the Bounty Gate suspensions, but now that coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have returned, there is a newfound sense of optimism. 

New Orleans is desperate to save their season, and a great start would be beating Peyton Manning and the Broncos. 

After a 1-2 start, the Broncos have won two of their last three and are beginning to develop some chemistry. 

But unfortunately for Denver, Drew Brees has eight touchdown passes in two weeks and is running on all cylinders. And it's difficult to beat Brees at the top of his game, even with Manning under center.

Spread: Denver -6 over New Orleans (according to Odds Shark)


Miami Dolphins (at New York Jets)

The Miami Dolphins were looking like the disaster team of 2012 during the preseason, but they've been better than advertised and are sitting with a surprising 3-3 record. 

Ryan Tannehill has been very effective as a rookie quarterback, even if he's living under the shadows of Andrew Luck and RGIII, and Reggie Bush has been excellent in the backfield at times. 

With Tannehill leading the offense, and a defense that is borderline Top 10, the New York Jets will have their hands full. 

Spread: New York -2 over Miami (according to Odds Shark)