NFL Picks: Week 8, They Get Harder By the Week

John BartramCorrespondent IIOctober 28, 2010

NFL Picks: Week 8, They Get Harder By the Week

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22:  Cheerleaders of the Kansas City Chiefs perform during NFL action against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 27-24.  (Photo by Wesley
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    I've always refrained from doing these on here because everyone else does. 

    It seems as though all anyone wants to read are "Picks", "Grades" and "Rankings".  Ironically, they all mean very little.

    At least the picks offer some challenge, only if you use the Las Vegas Point Spreads, which I will do.

    They must be going crazy in Vegas this year, because nothing seems to be going as planned.

    Let's see how I do.  I'm just glad I don't do this for a living.

    All home teams will be listed first.  Also, there is not one road favorite this week.

San Fransisco -1 Over Denver—In London

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  Views of Tower Bridge on October 25, 2010 in London, England. With less than two years to go until the Olympic Games  the capital is preparing for large numbers of visiting tourists.  (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
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    Hell, didn't we do enough to this poor country during the Revolutionary War?  Now this?  *Sigh*

    It seems like every week we have one or two games that are labeled "Do or Die" for a team.  I think this is true for both.

    Flip a coin.

    I'll take Denver.

Dallas Plus 6.5 Over Jacksonville

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Quarterback David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the game at EverBank Field on October 18, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    It's hard to imagine Dallas being a 6.5 favorite over anyone right now.

    The Giants did everything they could to hand the game to the Cowboys before Romo went out, and they refused.  Still, it ended up closer than I thought.

    David Garrard comes back, Kitna is in.

    I'll take Dallas, but Jags cover the spread.

Detroit Plus 2.5 Over Washington

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17: Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
    Nick Laham/Getty Images

    Again, I'm surprised the Lions are favored, even if by less than a field goal.  The Redskins have been solid, but not spectaular.

    The Lions keep trying to not be the Lions, and it looks like they're getting closer.

    Lions win.

NJ Jets Plus 6 Over Green Bay

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 03: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out to look for a receiver against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 3, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 28-26. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    I think the Jets are probably the best team in the NFL right now.  I think Green Bay should be one of the best teams.

    I keep waiting for Rogers to explode.  This might not be the right place.

    That said:

    I'll take the Jets, but Green Bay covers

St. Louis Plus 3 Over Carolina

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams warms up prior to the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Battle of the Titans, and I don't mean Tennessee.  Two teams going in opposite directions. 

    Rams win and cover

Cincinnati Plus 2 Over Miami

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes out of the pocket against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    This is another tough game to pick.  In Miami, I wouldn't hesitate to go with the Dolphins.  I'm still not sure about the Bengals.

    The spread is irrelevant, for the most part.

    I think the Bengals can pull it off.

Kansas City Plus 7.5 Over Buffalo

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the football against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    Last week the Chiefs were a nine point favorite and this week they're a seven and a half point favorite.  New territory for KC.

    Well, they responded last week, and they'll do it again.

    The Bills had a great game in Baltimore last week, but that was last week.  The Chiefs running game is off the charts and it has opened up the passing game for Cassel.

    Chiefs win and cover.

San Diego Plus 3.5 Over Tennessee

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24:  Tennessee Titans cheerleaders perform during the Philadelphia Eagles  NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 24, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Wow, here's another really tough one.  The Titans are proving to be one of the better teams in the NFL.  The Chargers are proving to be underachieving, to put it kindly.

    Everyone claims that San Diego always starts slow, but not like this.  I don't care what the stats say, they're a mess.

    However, they rank as one of those teams, in my opinion that can explode at anytime. 

    Is this a do or die game for San Diego?  I actually think that game was last week.

    I'll take the Titans.

Arizona Plus 3 Over Tampa

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 24:  Cornerback Greg Toler #28 of the Arizona Cardinals tries to intercept a pass against wide receiver Mike Williams #17 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on October 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty I
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    Well, who knows?  Try to figure either one of these teams out.  Tampa certainly looks to be the more solid team.

    Tampa has only played on the road twice.  They won them both, but not this one.

    Arizona wins and covers.

Oakland Plus 2.5 Over Seattle

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17:  Manny Lawson #99 of the San Francisco 49ers intercepts a pass intended for Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Here we go again. Ask any Raider fan and they're now the 1927 Yankees because of they're total annihilation of the Broncos last week in Denver.

    Seattle on the other hand is one of our feel good stories of the NFL. They are leading the NFC West with a 4-2 record.  That's kind of like being the skinny kid at fat camp.

    Also, Seattle has kind of sucked on the road so far so they have the prove they can beat a mediocre team on the road, never mind a good one.

    Not this week.


New England Plus 6.5 Over Minnesota

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England points at the defense at the line of scrimmage against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL game on October 24, 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Mi
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    How many drama's do we have in this one?  Favre will either be taken out behind the stadium and be shot before the game, or "retire" by Saturday.  That, or he'll play with a walker.

    No matter what happens, the Patriots will win this game.  There is no way they will let the Old Fool and Randy Moss come into New England and beat them.

    Patriots win and cover.

New Orleans Plus 1 Over Pittsburgh

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 24:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints in action during the game against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
    Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    I don't think Pittsburgh is nearly as good as everyone else who's drooling all over them.

    I think the Saints will eventually get their act together.

    Sounds like a good week for both.


Indianapolis Plus 5.5 Over Houston

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 17, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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    Revenge of the Colts

    Colts plus the cover.

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