MC's Week Eight NFL Picks

Matt CullenAnalyst IOctober 31, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 26:  Line backer Will Witherspoon #50 of the Philadelphia Eagles crosses the goal line for a touchdown after an interception from quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins during the first quarter of the game at FedEx Field October 26, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Eagles won the game 27-17.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Last week was a disappointing one for my picks. I talked myself out of picking the Bengals and the Cardinals only to regret that in a big way.

I also thought I was being oh smart and calling a Saints loss. The Saints offense handed the Dolphins a 21 point cushion and the Dolphins offense refused to do what they do best; run the ball and control the clock. Inconceivable!

I also lost the 49ers/Texans game figuring that 49ers had enough time to think about that shellacking they took at home against Atlanta to bounce back but it wasn't meant to be.

So overall I went 9-4. Not a horrible week but felt close to being a much better week. Now for Week Eight:

Texans (4-3) at Bills (3-4)

I don't care what the record says; Buffalo is awful, especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting. He's got a bad offensive line in front of him and a mediocre defense on the opposite side. Houston wins this one big.

Houston win 31-10.

Browns (1-6) at Bears (3-3)

The Bears were embarrassed in Cincinnati last week but I expect them to bounce back against a pitiful Browns squad and their pitiful QB Derek Anderson

Bears win 31-10.

Seahawks (2-4) at Cowboys (4-2) 

Dallas dominated the Seahawks at home last Thanksgiving. I expect another great performance from the Cowboys this time around as Marion Barber and Felix Jones continue to get healthy and help the running game.

Rams (0-7) at Lions (1-5)

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are expected to play for the Lions and that should be enough against what I think is the worst team in the league.

Lions win 27-17.

49ers (3-3) at Colts (6-0)

Alex Smith finally appears to be healthy as he tore up the Houston Texans secondary in relief for Shaun Hill. It won't be enough to take down Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

Colts win 31-24.

Dolphins (2-4) at Jets (4-2)

Mark Sanchez in the cold? Appreciate the offer but I'll pass. I got burned by the Bills thanks to this and I won't let the Dolphins do the same.

Dolphins win 14-7.

Giants (5-2) at Eagles (4-2)

I'm going to assume that Brian Westbrook will be out of action for this one after suffering a concussion in the Monday night match-up against Washington. Philly's offense struggled to get anything going on offense against Washington outside of two plays from DeSean Jackson and I expect more of the same in this one. The Giants are good enough to take advantage.

Giants win 17-13.

Broncos (6-0) at Ravens (3-3)  

A lot of people love Baltimore in this one and understandably so. They are coming three straight losses and have had two weeks to prepare for Denver.

However, nobody has been able to put up points in the second half so far against Denver I don't see the Ravens being the exception. Also, everyone is expecting the Ravens defense to right the ship while I honestly don't think they are elite anymore.

Broncos win 21-13.

Jaguars (3-3) at Titans (0-6)

The Titans have two weeks to think about the 59 point loss in New England and the stunt that Jeff Fisher pulled wearing a Peyton Manning jersey. I think we are gonna see some inspired football as they get their first win against an inconsistent Jaguars squad.

Titans win 21-17.

Raiders (2-5) at Chargers (3-3)

San Diego is a team I have virtually no idea what to expect from week to week. They took care of business last week hammering Kansas City but needed a TD in the last 30 seconds to beat Oakland in Week One. They also were embarrassed early on against Pittsburgh before coming back in the 4th quarter and nearly winning.

Bruce Gradkowski has been sick this week; will we see him or JaMarcus Russell again? I only know only know one thing; I am not picking the Oakland Raiders.

Chargers win 21-14.

Panthers (2-4) at Cardinals (4-2)

Well we definitely weren't overreacting to the playoff game against Arizona and Week One game against Philadelphia; Jake Delhomme is definitely terrible. Four touchdowns and 13 INTs, Steve Smith is disgruntled, sadly though for Carolina I think Jake is the best they've got at the position.

If Arizona really is a SB contender, they will win this game.

Arizona wins 28-17.

Vikings (6-1) at Packers (4-2)

I picked Green Bay before the year to take the North. I want badly to pick them to avenge the Monday night loss in Minnesota. I just don't have enough faith in their offensive line (especially with Chad Clifton questionable) to make that pick.

Packers win 24-21.

Falcons (4-2) at Saints (6-0)

I thought I was being very clever in picking Miami to beat the Saints. That was a mistake. This time the Saints are at home and not nearly as likely not get up for a division rival game on Monday night. I also quite frankly don't think the Falcons are that good due to their defense and the off year Michael Turner is having. Saints win big.

Saints win 38-21.

Last week: 9-4

Overall: 72-31


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