Week 8 NFL Predictions

Michael GlaessnerCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2008

Let me just stay this. Before all the wild speculation and media witch hunting that's bound to take place in lieu of four NFL players, including the Saints' Deuce McAllister, being busted for using water pills (a form of steroids) lets not be so naive. These are millionaire athletes who have access to all the supplements they need to battle injuries, is it really that surprising that a few of them cheated? Not really. Disappointing? Yes, its very disappointing to me that athletes given a free education in college and millions of dollars to play a child's game would ever try to do something illegal to gain a competitive advantage, but lets not act so shocked by this story. Steroids in the NFL have been linked back as far as the 1970's. Since this is a prediction article, I will not bore you with my meaningless opinions any further.

Oakland at Baltimore

Line: Ravens by 7.5

Oakland played hard last week and pulled out a thrilling win over the Jets in spite of the recent front office turmoil. They will have a tougher chore against the Ravens, however, as I'm not sold on the Raiders' offense on the road against one of the NFL's best D's, especially with McFadden out. Ravens 20, Raiders 6

San Diego vs New Orleans

Line: Chargers by 3

The big loss for the Saints may not be the Deuce. If Will Smith and Charles Grant have to accept four-game suspensions for their alleged use of water pills, the Saints are royally screwed with both their starting DE's missing. Fan morale will be at an all-time low for a base just two years removed from an inspiring 10-6 season. As far as this game goes, even without Jeremy Shockey and Reggie Bush, you can't rule out Drew Brees, especially going up against the team that basically game him away, having a huge performance. I also like the Saints to show some resolve after their humiliating defeat last week in Carolina. Saints 27, Chargers 24

Kansas City at New York Jets

Line: Jets by 14

All you need to know about this game is that Tyler Thigpen is starting for the Chiefs. If that's not enough, LJ rightfully got suspended for projecting saliva in the direction of a female and threatening to kill her boyfriend (what a guy). If that's not enough to make the Jets a mortal lock, the Chiefs let up 6.1 yards per rush ON THE SEASON! That's so far beyond atrocious, words can't even describe it. Lets just say Missouri and Kansas could run the football on this defense.  Jets 34, Chiefs 10

Buffalo at Miami

Line: Bills by 1

Can the Bills overcome the always-dreaded sandwich game? They can't peek too far ahead to those Jets and Patriots matchups the next two weeks, as the Dolphins have proven they can sneak up on the unsuspecting. I'm guessing the Bills get caught looking ahead, failing to take advantage of their prosperity. Dolphins 14, Bills 13

Tampa Bay at Dallas

Line: Cowboys by 2

The Cowboy players will respond after last week's meltdown in St. Louis. In a desparate situation, I think they will respond. While Tampa is a very good running team and Dallas looked atrocious against St. Louis last week (in all phases of the game, but especially against the run) the Bucs have also been a poor road team this year and if not for Charles Tillman picking up a boneheaded penalty in their OT win over the Bears, they'd be 0-3 away from the Sombrero. Cowboys 26, Buccaneers 21

Atlanta at Philadelphia

Line: Eagles by 9

Way too much action on Philadelphia this week. I could see Atlanta coming into Philly and giving the Eagles problems this week, particularly if they can establish a ground game again with Burner Turner and give their sensational rookie, Matt Ryan, time to throw the football. Eagles 24, Falcons 17

St. Louis at New England

Line: Patriots by 8.5

This looks like a lock on paper with Steven Jackson out, but I remember Antonio Pittman at Ohio St. and he can run between the tackles. Not to mention, Coogs are in da house! Donnie Avery baby! Lets see if the Pats' secondary can get a lock on that guy, he's been tearin' defenses up the past few weeks! Patriots 24, Rams 20

Arizona at Carolina

Line: Panthers by 4.5

I do think the Cardinals are a mortal lock to win the division and make the playoffs if they keep playing at a high level, but they're no match for my ultimate sleeper, the Cardiac Cats of Carolina! That defense will put the pressure on Warner and put the clamps on the Cards' receivers, as the Panthers move to 6-2 and on top in the NFC South on their way to an 11-5 division-winning season! Panthers 27, Cardinals 23

Washington at Detroit

Line: Redskins by 8

Clinton Portis is a man-beast! As long as he remains a man-beast, my fantasy team can be competitive in every game they play! That hiccup Washington had against the Rams a couple weeks ago doesn't look so bad either. That was the Jim Haslett-coached Rams, who have a fairly decent team when they have a coach who knows how to use talent. Detroit is about as sad-sack as it gets. The only good thing you can say about them is at least they didn't get blown out the past couple weeks. Redskins 20, Lions 13

Cleveland at Jacksonville

Line: Jaguars by 7

The Jags have failed to cover at home this year and the Browns are 3-0 ATS since their miserable 0-3 start. They should play the Jags tough on the road as long as they can pound JLew between the tackles against a porous Jags' run defense. Jaguars 27, Browns 24

New York Giants at Pittsburgh

Line: Steelers by 3

Game of the year. Points will be at a premium when these two defensive juggernauts take the field. Since both teams have great run defenses, rushing yards will be hard to come by so the game will be decided by who can protect the QB better. The Giants' pass protection has been steady all year while the Steelers, as Ben Roethlisberger's injuries prove, have some trouble in that area. Ben got beaten like a red-headed stepchild against the Eagles and the Giants can definitely put some pressure on the passer as well even without Mike and Osi. Giants 13, Steelers 10

Seattle at San Francisco

Line: 49ers by 5.5

Mike Singletary may yet prove to be a good coach, but the Niners are setting him up to fail by firing their coach on Monday and only giving him five days to game-plan for Seattle. I don't like either of these teams, so I won't lay anything higher than 3 on the Niners. 49ers 20, Seahawks 17

Cincinnati at Houston

Line: Texans by 9

Houston will win #3 in a row after getting another pushover opponent and reward its displaced fans still recovering from Ike. Cincinnati's season is beyond over and if Ryan Fitzpatrick has to start the rest of the year, Ocho Cinco's contribution to the team will be cero. Texans 27, Bengals 20

Indianapolis at Tennessee

Line: Titans by 4

Indianaplois is missing Joseph Addai, they still can't get adequate pass-protection, and their defense is pillow-soft. Tennessee has allowed one passing TD all year and they've established arguably the best running game in the NFL, so the Colts will get trampled on the road as the Titans establish themselves as the new power in the AFC South, the AFC and the league. Titans 38, Colts 17

Week 7 vs Spread 6-8

Week 7 Straight up 9-5

Season vs Spread 58-43-1

Season Straight up 61-41