Week 8 Preview For The NFL

Tyler SpenceCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2009

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to make a pass play during the NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Vikings 27-17. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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              Highlighting this week in the NFL is former Green Bay Packers quarterback and future hall of famer Brett Favre making his return to Wisconsin. The catch? This time he is going to be playing with a Vikings uniform, the team he had faced many times during his stint in Green Bay. It will be interesting to see how the crowd welcomes him back. I am sure there will be cheers, but don’t be surprised if there’s a mixture of boo’s. Even though he left Green Bay because him and the front office couldn’t agree on terms. He has always found a way to annoy fans with his lack of final decisions about his career. He has said many times he was going to retire, but came back anyway. A lot of people are sick of it, but he is Brett Favre, and with that he still deserves some respect for all his accomplishments that not many Quarterbacks have on their resume.

           Another big story line recently has been Miles Austin. The 25 year old receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, who has done something no Cowboy receiver has ever before. He had 250 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60 yard touchdown in overtime to win the game over Kansas City, and followed it up with 171 yards and two touchdowns the following game against the Atlanta Falcons. He has 502 yards and five touchdowns on the season. That is above and beyond former Dallas Cowboy receiver Terrell Owens. Most people didn’t like the Cowboys decision to cut Owens, now it looks genius.  Going up against a mediocore opponent in Seattle, and the way Tony Romo is playing, I expect Austin to have another 100 yard plus day along with a touchdown.

          The New York Giants face a huge test going into Sunday. New York started at the year 5-0, but four of those wins came to very mediocore opponents in Washington, Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Oakland. Now they have found themselves at 5-2 and if they lose Sunday could drop all the way to third place in the NFC East if the Dallas Cowboys win their game over the Seattle Seahawks. The good news is they will have to try to beat the Philadelphia Eagles without pro bowl runner Brian Westbrook, who is one of the most dangerous backs in the game. The Giants have really been struggling in the secondary with the loss of Kenny Phillips. C.C. Brown has been labed “Can’t Cover,” by some fans, referring to his initials in his name. Kevin Dockery, Chris Canty, and Aaron Ross have also struggled to stay healthy for the Giants defence. With this game being at Philadelphia, I see the Eagles winning this 27-21.

        Another story line, for any Browns fans out there. If your one of them, I will be praying for you. Don’t expect to see many fans in the seats at the “dawg pound,” because season ticket holders are going on strike. Lifelong Browns fan and season-ticket holder Mike Randall, aka "Dawg Pound Mike," is encouraging other Cleveland fans to stay away from their seats for the opening kickoff of the Browns' November 16th, at home game against the Baltimore Ravens. "We're tired of losing," the 39-year-old Randall said. "We're tired of the booing, of seeing fans leave in the fourth quarter. There are fans who have had tickets for 30 years who are turning their seats in because they can't take it anymore. So many fans are fed up."

       This is sure to be an interesting week in the NFL. Let’s finish this up with some predictions. I have the Baltimore Ravens handing Denver their first loss of the year.  Buffalo is playing well, and I have them over Houston, they just better stop Steve Slaton and Andre Johnson.  Chicago will run all over Cleveland. Dallas will have a feasting day over the Seahawks. The Jets will bounce back from that Monday Night loss a few weeks ago to Miami and hand the Dolphins a loss at home.  The 49ers will drop below .500 for the first time this season after they fly to Lucas Oil Field Stadium, home of the Colts, only to get a beating.  The Eagles at home will bruise the Giants some more. The game your all waiting for, the Lions and Rams, will be won by the Lions at home. Don’t be shocked if that score is around 3-0. Oakland doesn’t have a chance going into San Diego, they will be lucky to score a touchdown. They only have five on the year. I actually have Tennessee and new quarterback Vince Young beating the Jaguars at home for their first win. Favre has won many games in Green Bay, chalk up another one, because the Vikings will beat the Packers. Arizona is going to throw all over that Carolina secondary for another win and start out 5-2, better then most Super Bowl losers in recent history. Finally the Monday Night game, I am going to go with the Saints at home over the Atlanta Falcons.