NFL Gridiron Gab Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks For Week Eight

Last Week 11-2
Season 61-41

Washington at Pittsburgh – Washington has been good, but the Steelers are starting to get it together after last weeks win over the Bengals. Look for their offense to carry them, and while RG3 will make plays, the Steelers will walk away with a 7-point win. Pittsburgh 31 Washington 24

Seattle at Detroit – The Lions need to get a win here to get on track, while the Hawks are 4-3, but just 1-3 on the road. If Detroit falls here, their season is going to be is serious trouble at 2-5. Seattle’s D should do enough vs Matthew Stafford, but look for he and Calvin Johnson to finally get on track for two scores, enough to get a home win. Detroit 23 Seattle 21

Carolina at Chicago – This looks like an obvious mismatch, and while the Bears will be coming off a short week, they should still have an easy time getting to 6-1, topping the Panthers by 17. Chicago 27 Carolina 10

Atlanta at Philadelphia – Who knows what Eagles team is going to show up, but you know the Falcons will be prepared, which is why I am going with them to get to 7-0. They play within themselves, and with Matt Ryan and his core of WR’s, the Falcons will put the clamps on Mike Vick and will get another victory late. Atlanta 23 Philadelphia 20

New England at St.Louis (in London) – It looks on paper like a Pats win, let’s see if they can make sure to close it out that way after blowing some fourth quarter leads as of late. New England 34 St.Louis 21

Indianapolis at Tennessee – This will be a fun game, and will come down to seeing if the Colts can put the clamps on Titans RB Chris Johnson. The Titans are playing with confidence, and I think they will get their third in a row to get to 4-4. Tennessee 24 Indianapolis 16

San Diego at Cleveland – Look for San Diego to have new energy in this one coming off the bye and the week to work out some of the kinks. Gates will have a big day, and RB Ryan Mathews will have his share of yards, putting up 154 the last two games. San Diego 28 Cleveland 20

Miami at NY Jets – New York is at home, and while they lost to the Pats last week, have been playing better. They will have a tough game here, but should find a way to get it done late. New York Jets 21 Miami 17

Jacksonville at Green Bay – No MJD, No Blaine Gabbert. The Packers will have one of those games where they put up huge numbers, while the Jaguars are already thinking about a top three pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Green Bay 41 Jacksonville 14

Oakland at Kansas City – The Raiders have been playing better, with Darren McFadden and Carson Palmer playing well last week in a comeback over the Jags. The Chiefs are going to give Brady Quinn another shot at QB, and while they need to run more, the Raiders D will play well enough for a three-point win. Oakland 17 Kansas City 14

NY Giants at Dallas – Rematch of the NFL opener, the Giants needs this game to make sure they don’t get into a tiebreaker with the Cowboys at the end of the year and lose. The Giants offense is playing well, and while Eli had issues in week one, I think he and Victor Cruz recover to get the Giants a big road win. NY Giants 27 Dallas 23

New Orleans at Denver – This is going to be a shootout, but at home, I think Peyton Manning outplays Drew Brees, and the Denver D does enough to pull off a close win to improve to 4-3 on the year. Denver 34 New Orleans 29

Monday:

San Francisco at Arizona – The Cards are falling apart, and with John Skelton at QB, this team is going to have to find other ways to score, as Skelton is simply not playing well enough, and will not play much better vs the tough 49ers D. San Fran should have enough offense with Frank Gore and Alex Smith at QB to score 21, which will be enough to get a road win. San Francisco 24 Arizona 16


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