NFL Week 8 Picks

Friday October 29, 2010

Welcome to Week 8 of your NFL football season. I went 9-5 last week, bringing my season total to 62-42. Here’s what I got wrong with a review of the games I saw last week:

SUN, OCT 24 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
San Francisco at Carolina X 1:00 PM

FOX

Bank of America Stadium
St. Louis at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM

FOX

Raymond James Stadium
Buffalo at Baltimore 1:00 PM

CBS

M&T Bank Stadium
Cleveland at New Orleans X 1:00 PM

CBS

Superdome
Pittsburgh at Miami X 1:00 PM

CBS

Sun Life Stadium
Philadelphia at Tennessee 1:00 PM

FOX

LP Field
Jacksonville at Kansas City 1:00 PM

CBS

Arrowhead Stadium
Washington at Chicago 1:00 PM

FOX

Soldier Field
Cincinnati at Atlanta 1:00 PM

CBS

Georgia Dome
Arizona at Seattle 4:05 PM

FOX

Qwest Field
New England at San Diego 4:15 PM

CBS

Qualcomm Stadium
Oakland at Denver (s.o.) X 4:15 PM

CBS

Invesco Field at Mile High
Minnesota at Green Bay 8:20 PM

NBC

Lambeau Field
MON, OCT 25 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
NY Giants at Dallas X 8:30 PM

ESPN

Cowboys Stadium

I caught two games this week, and both are important.

Steelers at Dolphins: the Steelers and Dolphins fought a hard-boiled game. The ending was a heartbreaker for the Dolphins. After Ben Roethlisberger fumbled the ball in the end zone, the officials ruled it a fumble but could not tell if the Dolphins recovered. Steelers’ kicker Jeff Reed scored the game winning field goal and gave them a 23-22 victory. Photos showed two Dolphin players clearly recovered the ball, causing outrage from the Dolphin fans. Miami will take their rage to Cincinnati while the Steelers will take on the Saints.

Giants at Cowboys: stick a fork in Dallas, because they are done like a T-bone steak on a barbeque. The Giants beat the Cowboys 41-35, and the Cowboys were dealt with a serious season killer. Tony Romo broke his left collarbone in the 2nd quarter and will be out 6-8 weeks. Jon Kitna will take his place against the Jaguars this week and has not won a start since 2008. The Giants, on the other hand, are the best team in the NFC right now (the Buccaneers disagree). Their defense looks unstoppable despite losing DE Mathias Kiwanuka for the season with an undisclosed neck injury. They will deservingly rest their players as they enter the bye week.

Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland and Baltimore also have their bye week this Sunday. Remember, the s.o. stands for the shutout pick. Here are my picks for this week:

SUN, OCT 31 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Washington at Detroit 1:00 PM

FOX

Ford Field
Jacksonville at Dallas 1:00 PM

CBS

Cowboys Stadium
Miami at Cincinnati 1:00 PM

CBS

Paul Brown Stadium
Buffalo at Kansas City (s.o.) 1:00 PM

CBS

Arrowhead Stadium
Carolina at St. Louis 1:00 PM

FOX

Edward Jones Dome
Denver at San Francisco 1:00 PM

CBS

Wembley Stadium
Green Bay at NY Jets 1:00 PM

FOX

New Meadowlands Stadium
Tennessee at San Diego 4:05 PM

CBS

Qualcomm Stadium
Tampa Bay at Arizona 4:15 PM

FOX

U of Phoenix Stadium
Minnesota at New England 4:15 PM

FOX

Gillette Stadium
Seattle at Oakland 4:15 PM

FOX

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Pittsburgh at New Orleans 8:20 PM

NBC

Superdome
MON, NOV 1 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Houston at Indianapolis 8:30 PM

ESPN

Lucas Oil Stadium

The Game of Week 8 is a no-brainer.

Game of the Week:

The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the New Orleans Saints on primetime TV. The struggling Saints come off a loss to Cleveland. The Steelers are coming off a rough victory over the Dolphins. The Saints struggled throughout the season, and now they take on a possible Super Bowl contender in the Steelers. Their defense is unstoppable. Roethlisberger is shaking the rust off and leading an amazing offense. They win each and every way possible. How can the Saints overcome that, especially the shape they’re in? I would not be surprised if the Saints can pull off the victory, but expect this game to be business as usual for Pittsburgh.

Prediction: Steelers 28-17

Good luck with your picks and teams this week.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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