NFL Picks Week 8: New Orleans Saints and More Guaranteed Winners

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 29, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23:  Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints calls a defensive play during a game against the Indianapolis Colts being held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 23, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Colts 62-7. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Picking winners in the National Football League is one of the toughest things to guess in all of sports. Just last week we saw the Kansas City Chiefs blank the Oakland Raiders on the road 28-0. We also saw a one-win Jacksonville Jaguars team defeat the Baltimore Ravens 12-7 on Monday Night Football.

However, I have a few guaranteed winners in Week 8 that you can bank on.


New York Giants

The Giants have already had one flop at home this season—Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks—and they won’t allow it to happen again.

Miami is coming off a performance against a Denver team led by Tim Tebow. It’s legitimate that they lost, but not how they did it. They blew a 15-point lead with four minutes to play in the fourth quarter.


New York will need Eli Manning to play well. When their quarterback plays well, the Giants tend to win more games. When Manning has thrown at least one interception, New York is 33-38 in Manning’s eight-year NFL career.

When he doesn’t turn the ball over, New York is one of the best teams in the NFC.


New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees isn't mentioned as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL as much as he should. All he has done this season is throw for 2,477 yards and 18 touchdowns. Expect his solid season to continue after the Saints travel to take on the winless St. Louis Rams.

The running game should have a great opportunity to post over 150 yards rushing, too. St. Louis holds the worst rush defense in the league, allowing 184 yards per game. New Orleans is quietly ranked No. 9 in the NFL in rushing with 126 yards per game.

Sam Bradford is out with an ankle injury for the Rams.

St. Louis will turn to veteran quarterback A.J. Feeley in hopes of collecting their first victory of the season. Feeley’s best season came with the Miami Dolphins in 2004 after posting 1,893 yards, 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

He’s not very good.

Even though the Saints defense is prone to give up a lot of points, Feeley won’t be able to go toe-to-toe with Brees and the explosive Saints offense.


Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco and the Ravens will be looking for a bounce-back performance against the horrid Arizona Cardinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The Ravens are 3-0 at home this season and have fared well in the past three seasons in front of the home folks. They were 7-1 in 2010, 6-2 in 2009 and 6-2 in 2008.

Flacco has only thrown eight interceptions compared to 29 touchdowns in the past three seasons at home.

Nobody questions Flacco's ability to play the quarterback position, but there are many that question his inability to play well in the biggest games. He hasn’t done that in his career.

The Ravens go as Flacco goes, and the Cardinals will get beaten pretty handily by Flacco and company.