AFC Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks For Week Eight

Last Week: 8-5
Season: 67-36

Arizona at Baltimore – I still have no idea what that was on Monday night as the Ravens were simply awful in their 12-7 loss to the Jaguars. They couldn’t run, and their pass game seems to be going backwards in 2011. Joe Flacco and the team need to get back to form, and lucky for them they have a bad Cards team coming to town this week. That should be enough cure, as look for Flacco and the Ravens defense to take out a little frustration on Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals. Baltimore 21 Arizona 7

Minnesota at Carolina – Cam Newton is making believers out of a lot of people who said he wasn’t going to be able to play at the NFL level. He’s doing it with his arm and feet, and he right now is a shoe-in for the NFL Rookie of the year. This week he and the Panthers play a Vikings team who finally turned over their offense to Christian Ponder a week ago, and he looked decent against the Packers. Newton though is rounding into form, and the Panthers are looking like a team that will need to be dealt with in the not so distant future. Carolina 32 Minnesota 24

Jacksonville at Houston – The Jags come in riding high with a huge win over the Ravens on Monday night. They got a good game from Blaine Gabbert, who didn’t make mistakes. The Texans have to force him and confuse him into a few errors, and it’s at that point with short fields the Texans can attack. Matt Schaub was excellent against the Titans, and will need to be that way again, and Arian Foster also needs some runs to soften up that Jags D-line that got to Joe Flacco. It won’t be easy, but the Texans will find a way. Houston 20 Jacksonville 13

Miami at New York Giants – How bad are the Dolphins? Well, last week they had a big lead against Tim Tebow, only to blow it late and then not be able to hold onto the ball in OT. Now they head to play a peeved Giants team coming off a loss and the bye. The Giants will look to push the ball up the field with their run game and Eli Manning going to guys like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. The Dolphins awful 2011 may pay off with Andrew Luck #1 overall. New York Giants 31 Miami 14

New Orleans at St.Louis – The Rams are in a tough spot here, as all the Saints did last Sunday night at home was put up 62 against the Colts. They won’t score 62 here, but won’t need to, as they will do enough on defense to stop Sam Bradford and the Rams to put up a rather easy win, as the Rams will fall to 0-7. New Orleans 28 St.Louis 10

Indianapolis at Tennessee – What happened to the Titans last week? They looked like it would be a bounce back game against the Texans, and all that happened is they were bounced for 41 points in a 41-7 setback. They need to find a way to get Chris Johnson more involved, and the O-line hasn’t played well the last two games as well. The Colts allowed 62 last week, and their offense had few bright spots in the beating. Indy is another bad team that is suffering through a bad season, and it won’t get better here. Tennessee 27 Indianapolis 14

Washington at Buffalo – The annual failed game in Toronto sees the Bills, who are having a good season at 4-2, take on the Skins, who are 3-3 and hanging around in the very average NFC East. Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills normally don’t play well in this game, but this is a different year, and with the run game playing well with Fred Jackson, and they should be able to outscore the John Beck led Skins, who struggled in their last game, a loss to the Eagles. Buffalo 17 Washington 14

Detroit at Denver – The Denver fans got what they wanted, as Tim Tebow is now their QB, and he gets his first start at home this week against a Lions team that is reeling a bit with two straight losses. Tebow was awful for about 50 minutes last week, but did what he had to do, turning it on at the end and getting the team back in it and then getting a key overtime turnover to get the win from a long Matt Prater field goal. The Lions may not have Matt Stafford, and the Broncos right now have the confidence after a win last week. Denver 20 Detroit 17

New England at Pittsburgh – New England has owned the Steelers since Brady’s arrival in 2001, and Sunday I can’t see it changing. The Steelers D has played well the past few weeks, but Brady always seems to play well, more so in Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense is going to need to put up 30, and while they may, Brady and the Pats offense are going to do what they always do – spread the field and make the plays when they need to. New England 37 Pittsburgh 27

Cleveland at San Francisco – The Browns last week had the ball for near 43 minutes, yet managed only six points. Ouch. Against the Niners, look for San Fran to keep up their winning ways, as Alex Smith will have another average yet mistake free day, and look for Frank Gore to get over the 100 yard mark. San Fran’s D should also be able to force Colt McCoy into mistakes, and the Niners will get to 6-1. San Francisco 27 Cleveland 10

Cincinnati at Seattle – The surprising Bengals sit at 4-2, and now they head to the great northwest to play a Seattle team that was held to three points in Cleveland last week. Charlie Whitehurst is probably going to start again, and that doesn’t bode well for the Hawks, who have little in terms of playmakers on offense. Seattle will need to get Andy Dalton to make a few mistakes, and hold down Bernard Scott who will play for the suspended Cedric Benson. This should be another low scoring game, with the Hawks defense doing enough to pull out a late win. Seattle 13 Cincinnati 10

Dallas at Philadelphia – Big NFC East game for both teams, as the division is wide open and right now, no team seems in position to take control. The Eagles are 0-2 at home, but they will try to use the motivation of their last win over the Skins and the prime time spotlight to get back in the race. Tony Romo simply needs to make plays, and if they can get a good game again from DeMarco Murry at running back, they should have a good shot to win here. Mike Vick wants to show the NBC audience that he’s not done yet. Philadelphia 29 Dallas 23

Monday:

San Diego at Kansas City – San Diego is still shaking their heads as to how they lost that game against the Jets Sunday, and now they head to the prime time lights at Arrowhead. The Chiefs may have won three in a row, but did it against two bad teams and a Raiders team that had to start Kyle Boller and then threw in Carson Palmer when trailing. San Diego needs to run, get Philip Rivers on track, and stop the run. They also need to make sure to not allow the emotion of a big game get to them. The Chiefs are playing well, and here’s thinking they pull off the minor upset at home. Kansas City 23 San Diego 21

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