NFL Week 8 Picks & Predictions 2014

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NFL Week 8 Picks & Predictions 2014

Another week, another split with our NFL picks as the Washington Redskins won as expected, however they came up short of covering the spread while the 49ers and Broncos lit up the scoreboard enough to go over the 49.5 point total. The Washington and Tennessee matchup was mostly irrelevant on the grand scale as these are two teams destined for their respective division basements, however I felt fairly comfortable that Washington, mostly due to homefield advantage, would be able to beat the lowly Titans by at least a couple of field goals. This was not the case as Colt McCoy became the hero for the Redskins as he was thrust into action after head coach Jay Gruden benched starter Kirk Cousins after he continued to decline in the starting role. McCoy was able to handle the spotlight as he put up 13 second half points en route to edging the Titans by a 19-17 score.

It was a record-setting evening in Denver on Sunday night as Peyton Manning connected on four touchdown passes to take the outright lead in the NFL record books for passing touchdowns. His 510 surpassed Brett Favre's 509, and to be honest, this is a record that will likely stand the test of time. Manning ended up only playing three quarters of this game as the Broncos built up a very comfortable lead and ended up pounding the 49ers by a 42-17 score.

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Mediocrity is only acceptable in the betting world, however I am getting a little tired of writing about splitting my picks so I will carry that extra determination into deciding on my picks for week eight of the NFL season.

Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers

The Seattle Seahawks have been the centre of a lot of attention over the last couple of weeks. It all started with them losing just their second home game in their last 21 at Centurylink Field against the Dallas Cowboys in week six, followed by the trade of Percy Harvin to the New York Jets that upset some folks inside of the organization and finally losing to the St. Louis Rams last week despite an incredible day from Russell Wilson. They will look to get back on track against a Carolina Panthers team that leads the NFC South despite just a 3-3-1 record on the season. This game will involve two Quarterback's who are cut form the same cloth in terms of their style of play. Both can pass, both can run, and both are relied upon to carry their team through thick and thin. Both of these defences were expected to be better this season as the Seahawks are averaging 23.5 points against this season after just 15 points per game surrendered last year, while the Panthers give up an even worse 28 points per game despite being one of the better defences in the NFL a year ago. That changes this Sunday. For one, the Seahawks are looking to get Byron Maxwell and Jordan Hill back on their defence while the Panthers will have their star linebacker in Luke Kuechly back on the field as he was ejected in last week's loss to the Green Bay Packers.

  • Lines - Seattle -5 (-110) @
  • OVER 44.5 (-110) @

  • My Pick - UNDER 44.5 (-110)
  • The Panthers run game was been subpar all season long as they average just 90 yards per game on the ground, and that problem could very well be compounded this week against a Seattle defence that stuffs the run, surrendering just 86 yards on the ground per game. Carolina's pass defence was shredded last week by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, however they could be in for an improvement this time around as the Seahawks average only 204 yards per game through the air, and that's after Russell Wilson threw for over 300 yards last week against the Rams. When looking at these two offence, both lack a stud receiver that can make big plays. Someone like Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen is probably having the best year out of any pass-catcher in this contest, and that tells me that big plays might be hard to come by this week. I have been wrong before, however when looking at this game nothing tells me it will be a back-and-forth shootout where defence is hard to come by. Both of these teams, although down this season, have histories of stout, physical defences that make every inch of the field very tough to obtain. I will roll with the UNDER 44.5 points here this week from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets

    The New York Jets just might be one of the most positive, upbeat 1-6 teams I have ever seen. They traded for Percy Harvin last week in hopes of inspiring a passing offense that averages just 185 yards per game, and they gained a season-high 423 yards in last week's Thursday night loss to the New England Patriots. Geno Smith is likely to benefit the most from Harvin's acquisition as it adds a significant play-maker to a receiving corps that hasn't made a whole lot of plays thus far in the season. Harvin can also improve the Jets' special teams as he is likely to return kicks and possibly punts in his Jets debut, something he is very good at, evidenced by his 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in last year's Superbowl. Kyle Orton has stolen two games in dramatic fashion in three starts since being named the starting QB for the Bills, but the Jets average just 239 yards against through the air on the season. Both of these defences are stout against the run with the Bills giving up 80 yards per game on the ground compared to the Jets 88. The difference here is the Bills are without their top two runningbacks for this tilt as C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson went down within ten minutes of one another in last week's last-second win over the Vikings.

  • Lines - New York -2.5 (-125) @
  • OVER 40.5 (-110) @
  • My Pick - JETS -2.5 (-125)
  • To make matters worse, the Jets ran for 218 yards against the Patriots last week. These teams match up fairly evenly in terms of yardage per game on both sides of the football. The Bills average 334 yards of total offense per game to the Jets 320, while the Jets average 327 yards of total offense against to the Bills 328. The homefield advantage is key here for New York as they have won four straight home meetings and 12 of their last 16 home games against Buffalo. The Jets having been playing better football this year than their record might suggest, and I believe with the positive energy surrounding this team right now and the addition of a possible lightning bolt in Harvin, the Jets will win this football game while covering the small 2.5 point spread.

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