Site Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks for Week 8


Denver at Baltimore (-3.5)

Another huge test for Denver, who slayed the dragons of the Chargers two weeks ago. Their defense is the most impressive unit right now, and the Ravens have been scrapping, losing three straight. Look for a very hard hitting game where it will be up to the two QB’s to make plays. Kyle Orton is playing out of his mind right now. Denver 13 Baltimore 10

Cleveland at Chicago (-13.5)

Can the Browns NOT fire Eric Mangini after this season of disaster? The Browns are terrible, and how Brady Quinn couldn’t be under center right now is beyond me. The Bears were awful last week in Cincy, and you can bet they will take all their frustrations out this week on the crappy Browns in front of their fans. A cakewalk. Chicago 34 Cleveland 6

Houston (-3.5) at Buffalo

Tough game to call here in Western NY. The Bills have played tough the past two weeks, gaining wins over the Jets and Panthers. They will have to go again with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB. The Texans have gotten better from day one, beating the Niners at home last week even though they lost a three TD lead. Look for points here, but in the end the Texans to be the better team. Houston 29 Buffalo 27

Minnesota at Green Bay (-3)

Wow. I can’t wait to see how Brett plays at his old stomping grounds. Look for an emotional game as the Vikings want to rebound after falling late in Pittsburgh, while the Packers pounded Clevleand. The Pack has played better in the two games in between the two Vikings games, and I feel they will have the crowd to thank for a big, late win. Green Bay 23 Minnesota 20

San Francisco at Indianapolis (-12.5)

The Colts have had beaten some bad teams as of late, but now they take on a Niners team that is likely a .500 team at seasons end. Peyton Manning is the first half MVP in my opinion, and the Colts are playing on offense at a high level. As for the Niners, they have a QB issue, as they will go with Alex Smith, which could be his last chance to be a starter. Look for Indy to attack the Niners secondary like Matt Schaub and Matt Ryan did the past two weeks, and for the Colts to stay unbeaten. Indianapolis 34 San Francisco 17

Miami at New York Jets (-3)

The Jets simply ran over the Raiders last week enroute to a 38-0 win. The Dolphins played a great game, yet could not close out the Saints after having a big lead. Miami seems to be better on offense with Chad Henne at QB, and look for the Jets to have prepared for him and the “wildcat” which is what cost them the first meeting. The Jets have to run better, and Mark Sanchez has to avoid mistakes. The Jets will once again hand Miami a tough setback. New York 17 Miami 14

St.Louis at Detroit (-4)

A chance for the Rams to end their long losing streak, but it won’t happen. The Lions should get QB Matthew Sanchez back, which means on offense they should be more consistent, unlike when Daunte Culpepper is in there. The Rams seem to be going backwards, which means the Lions should be able to run as well as pass. St.Louis is going to be hard pressed to win this season. Detroit 21 St.Louis 3

Seattle at Dallas (-9.5)

Seattle is losing players all over the place, as now Lofa Tatupu is done for the season. The Cowboys offense continues to move forward, this despite having a lot of name playmakers. Look for Seattle to have to find a way to run against the Cowboys in order to keep Tony Romo off the field. As far as the Cowboys go, look for their offense to continue to throw, throw and throw more, and then pound the Hawks with a run game. Dallas 30 Seattle 14

Oakland at San Diego (-16.5)

The Raiders are a like a crazy girlfriend. First they seem to have promise, then they self destruct. Last week was a self destruct week, as they lost at home 38-0 to the Jets. The Chargers season is fading fast, as a loss vs the Broncos two weeks ago was bad, but then they were able to recover vs the Chiefs. They need to keep winning, and here won’t be a problem. San Diego 34 Oakland 13

Jacksonville at Tennessee (-3)

The Titans are winless, and they are going back to Vince Young at QB. Oh boy. The Jags are a very up and down team, but in Tennessee, they should be able to run and David Garrard should have success throwing. The Titans need to find a way to feed Chris Johnson the ball 25 times, as the more pressure off of Young the better. Look for the Jags to pull it out late. Jacksonville 20 Tennessee 17

Carolina at Arizona (-10)

The Panthers had a shot this week to change QB’s, but the team seems convinced that Jake Delhomme is still a quality QB. They are wrong. As for the Cardinals, they pulled out a huge win in New York over the Giants, and seem to have their offense and defense on track. Look for more takeaways, and for the Panthers to suffer another tough setback. Arizona 27 Carolina 17

New York Giants at Philadelphia (PK)

The NFC East always has great games, and this will be another one. The Eagles took care of business vs the Redskins Monday night, but didn’t dominate like it look like they could have. The Giants have had their issues, with two straight losses, and Eli Manning is going backwards the past two weeks. Look for a great back and forth affair, and the Eagles to get a huge win. Philadelphia 23 New York Giants 17

Atlanta at New Orleans (-10)

A great game to end the week, a Monday night showdown between two NFC South rivals. Matt Ryan and the Falcons have to find a way to get Michael Turner going. If they don’t Drew Brees and the Saints are going to pick apart the Falcons like Tony Romo did a week ago. Look for the Saints to use their crazy home crowd, and the MVP like play of Brees to pull out a big win. New Orleans 28 Atlanta 23


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One Response to “Site Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks for Week 8”

  1. Sara McCoy says:

    Ahh… come on! The Giants have to win this one, haha. I will be devastated if they don’t, 🙁 What happened to them?