October 30, 2015

Who has a shot at 16-0? + NFL Week 8 picks

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

With the Patriots extending their record to 7-0 last night with an easy win over the Dolphins, we still have five undefeated teams going into Week 8. It’s rare enough to have just one of undefeated squad left at this point of the season, but that certainly is not the case here.

But one team is certain to fall this week as the Packers and Broncos face off.

Who else has a loss coming in their future?

The Pats look like the best team in the league so far, but are losing linemen left and right. With guys walking in off the street and onto the field, can Tom Brady and this offence really continue to excel?

The Panthers are winning with defence and a strong running game while Cam Newton is looking like a MVP candidate. If they come up against a team with a strong defensive front or force them to play from behind, the Cats could be in trouble.

The Bengals have been an excellent regular-season team for years only to falter in the playoffs. When the pressure heats up, will Cincy be able to hold their form?

The Packers have looked invincible at home, but have shown some flaws on the road. Visiting Mile High could spell the end of their undefeated run.

But the Broncos aren’t flawless. Who would’ve thought that a team led by Peyton Manning would be suffering so much on offence. Their offensive line is a huge issue and could spell their doom.

As the season rolls on, these teams will start falling. Injuries add up and sometimes you just don’t get those breaks. 16-0 is an incredible achievement, but even with so many undefeated teams left, I don’t think we’ll be seeing it happen.

The lines are from Vegas and the home teams are in CAPs.

NEW ENGLAND -9 over Miami

Who would’ve thought that wins over Tennessee and Houston weren’t as difficult as we thought they were?

Detroit +5.5 over KANSAS CITY

After canning their offensive staff, can Jim Bob Cooter, the new OC, give the Lions a lift? I think enough to cover against an ailing Chiefs team.

Minnesota -1.5 over CHICAGO

Even though Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t looked great, the Vikings are building some momentum.

ATLANTA -7.5 over Tampa Bay

The Falcons couldn’t blow out the Titans last week like we expected, but given the same opportunity against the Bucs, we think they’ll take it.

New York Giants +3 over NEW ORLEANS

Should the Saints really be favoured here? Even with home-field advantage, they’re not as good as an average Giants team.

ST. LOUIS -9 over San Francisco

This could be the end for Colin Kaepernick. He does terrible under pressure and the Rams are among the best teams in supplying it.

Arizona -4.5 over CLEVELAND

Even at home and getting some points, do you really want to put money on Johnny Manziel against one of the league’s best teams?

Cincinnati (pk) over PITTSBURGH

There’s nothing to tell that the Bengals aren’t the second best team in the AFC behind New England. And the Steelers have a poor record in Big Ben’s first games back from injury.

BALTIMORE -3 over San Diego

Both these teams are in a bad way, but it doesn’t hurt to bet against a west coast team flying across the country.

HOUSTON NL over Tennessee

With Arian Foster gone, this Texans offence falls on the shoulders of target-monster DeAndre Hopkins. He can handle it against a terrible Titans pass defence.

OAKLAND +2.5 over New York Jets

The Jets are flying cross-country and the Raiders are better than most people think.

Seattle -7 over DALLAS

Matt Cassel proved that he’s not going to save the Cowboys. This is a team falling apart and in desperate need for Tony Romo to return. Dez Bryant by himself won’t do it.

Green Bay -3 over DENVER

Who would’ve thought that a game between Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning would be more about the defences? Rodgers is far more prepared to guide his team to victory than Manning is at this point.

CAROLINA -7.5 over Indianapolis

The Colts are going to make the playoffs, but they’re going to do it with a bad record inflated by division wins. The Panthers should eat them up.

Last week: 8-6

This season: 59-41-5

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