2012 Week 8 NFL picks

After Week 8 in the NFL some teams ( who are yet to have a bye week ) will already be at midpoint of the season, that’s how fast time passes by. Week 8 will start on Thursday Night with a game between two teams who used to play in the same division. From 1977 to 2001, Vikings and Buccaneers were division rivals in NFC Central division. Here’s my pick for Thursday Night Football game:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings, Thursday 8:20 PM (ET). So far Tampa Bay Buccaneers have played extremely well against the run, but they haven’t faced as dynamic running back as Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson yet. Minnesota averages over 130 yards on the ground and will be looking to balance its offense with power running game. With each week I think the ‘short week’ disadvantage for visiting team gets more and more significant, that’s why I’m going with the Vikings.
Pick: Vikings 23-19, Result: Buccaneers 36-17
Against The Spread: Buccaneers (+6.5)

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Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). In first 6 games of the season Chicago Bears allowed only 13 points per game. They won’t surrender much more with Panthers coming to town. Carolina can’t get much going on both side of the ball and the Bears look like one of the best teams in the league.
Pick: Bears 28-17, Result: Bears 23-22
Against The Spread: Bears (-7.5)

San Diego Chargers @ Cleveland Browns, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). San Diego is coming off a bye week and will try to rebound from a tough loss to Denver in Week 6. Looks like the Browns will have rookie RB Trent Richardson for this game which will take the pressure off another rookie, QB Brandon Weeden. The Chargers are in desperate situation and must win this game in order to stay in contention for AFC West title.
Pick: Chargers 26-22, Result: Browns 7-6
Against The Spread: Chargers (-2.5)

Seattle Seahawks @ Detroit Lions, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). In their 4 road games so far, Seahawks have averaged 13 points per game and never scored more than 16. Expect a low-scoring game as Lions too will have problems to score against the Seahawks just like they did last Monday Night against the Bears. If this game was played in Seattle I wouldn’t hesitate to pick the Seahawks. With lots of doubts, I’m going with the Lions.
Pick: Lions 19-17, Result: Lions 28-24
Against The Spread: Seahawks (+2.5)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Green Bay Packers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Packers get to play the Jaguars who will be without RB Maurice-Jones Drew. Even with MJD Jacksonville wouldn’t have realistic chances to steal this one from the Packers. Look for the Pack to get another win easily as their schedule gets lighter.
Pick: Packers 26-10, Result: Packers 24-15
Against The Spread: Packers (-13.5)

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Indianapolis Colts have yet to win a game on the road this season. Colts’ two away losses came against the Bears and Jets who both have more than solid defenses. I expect Colts to have success against Titans’ defense. In the end I think QB Andrew Luck and the Colts will do just enough to win one on the road.
Pick: Colts 31-28, Result: Colts 19-13 (OT)
Against The Spread: Colts (+3.5)

New England Patriots @ St.Louis Rams, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). This is sort of a road game for both teams even tough the Rams will be home team for this year’s International Series at Wembley Stadium. The Rams will be another tough opponent for the Patriots who are 0-2 against NFC West teams this season. Rams’ defense will make this game close but it won’t be enough to surprise the Patriots.
Pick: Patriots 24-20, Result: Patriots 45-7
Against The Spread: Rams (+6.5) 

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Just over a month ago in Week 3 of 2012 NFL season this two teams already met in South Florida. Jets came away with a  close win decided in overtime. Since then the Dolphins have improved and will be looking to run the ball on the Jets. Could be that Jets get away with another close win and stay in the hunt for AFC East title.
Pick: Jets 24-23, Result: Dolphins 30-9
Against The Spread: Dolphins (+3.5)

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). A game between two teams coming off a bye week. The Falcons are the only undefeated team in the NFL and I’m not so sure they will stay undefeated after Week 8. The Eagles made some changes, they fired defensive coordinator, but the problems seem to be elsewhere. I think the Eagles will not turn the ball as much as they did in the past which will give them a chance to win.
Pick: Eagles 30-26, Result: Falcons 30-17
Against The Spread: Eagles (-2.5)

Washington Redskins @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Could be a game in which both quarterbacks shine. Redskins have one of the worst pass defenses so look for Big Ben to have big game. Rookie QB RGIII should also have a big day as he will have running game to support him which could be the difference in this game.
Pick: Redskins 26-24, Result: Steelers 27-12
Against The Spread: Redskins (+5.5)

Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). I’ve had hard time picking the Chiefs games this season. Kansas City Chiefs play at home and are coming off a bye week so I probably should go with them in this game. The problem is the Chiefs have issues at quarterback position and the Raiders usually play good at Arrowhead Stadium.
Pick: Raiders 28-23, Result: Raiders 26-16
Against The Spread: Raiders (+1.5) 

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Giants lost season-opener to the Cowboys which now seems so far away. Cowboys didn’t impress with a win on the road against Carolina and now have to face QB Eli Manning who is 26-5 in October games. Look for Manning to improve his record as the Giants beat the Cowboys this Sunday.
Pick: Giants 23-18, Result: Giants 29-24
Against The Spread: Giants (-1.5)

New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). Saints have little room left for any mistakes with a 2-4 record. Broncos aren’t that much better at 3-3 but they’ve faced tougher competition. I expect QB Drew Brees to keep the Saints in high-scoring game. The difference will be home field advantage and a suspect Saints’ pass defense allowing few more big plays.
Pick: Broncos 30-27, Result: Broncos 34-14
Against The Spread: Saints (+6.5) 

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals, Monday 8:30 PM (ET). After 4-0 start, the Cardinals have lost 3 straight. San Francisco 49ers will try to use their winning formula, pound the ground on offense, play great defense and try to make the Cardinals one-dimensional on offense. Division games are always tough to predict but I think the 49ers will win another division game, this time on the road.
Pick: 49ers 20-16, Result: 49ers 24-3
Against The Spread: Cardinals (+6.5)

Bye Week: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans

Week 7 record straight-up: 12-1
Overall: 67-37

Against The Spread: 9-4
Overall: 58-46