NFL Picks Week 8
“Danger, Will Robinson, Danger.” (Robot in “Lost in Space”)
There’s lots of danger in the NFL these days if injuries are any indication: Romo suffers a fractured collarbone, Favre has a broken ankle, Steven Jackson has a finger requiring surgery, Alex Smith and Max Hall are KO’d…
Denver at San Francisco (-1)
Blimey! They play this one in London. Denver got creamed by Oakland last week, 59-14, while San Fran lost to then-winless Carolina, 23-20. David Carr replaced an injured Alex Smith at QB for the 49ers and threw a late pick to hand Carolina their first win of the season. Troy Smith, not Carr, will start for the 49ers this week. In their game, the Broncos at one point trailed the Raiders 38-0, and now at 2-5 are at the bottom of the AFC West with San Diego. At 1-6, the 49ers look cooked, yet coach Mike Singletary still says they’re going to the playoffs. “He’s got a screw loose,” says Vinnie the Mooch. “They ain’t going nowhere.” Taking Denver.
Washington at Detroit (-2.5)
Washington enters off an upset of the Bears in Chicago, and Detroit comes in off a bye. The Redskins’ defense forced 6 Bears’ turnovers, and DB DeAngelo Hall had 4 interceptions of his own. That was quite a show for a team ranked next-to-last in pass defense. Cheech reports that “The Lions has Matthew Stafford back at QB – and his first NFL win was against the Redskins last year.” Taking hot Washington.
Buffalo at KC (-7.5)
A match-up of KC’s number 1 rush offense against Buffalo’s league-worst rush defense promises to result in a bad day for the Bills. Last week, the Chiefs ran for 236 yards and 3 TDs in beating the Jags. Buffalo and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – from Harvard – almost came away with an upset of the Ravens on Sunday, but lost it in OT, to remain the only NFL team without a victory. “They is the best 0-6 team in the league,” says Bobby-Big-Fingers. Still, taking KC to cover.
Carolina at St Louis (-3)
Carolina snatched one away from the 49ers last week for their first win of the season. The Rams lost a one-point squeaker to the Bucs. Rams RB Steven Jackson had surgery on his finger but he’s expected to go here. Sallie Boy tells us that “The Rams has covered 5 of their last 6.” Taking St. Louis to cover.
Miami at Cincinnati (-2)
Benny Bagels says, “Whaddya know. The passing game is not killed dead in Cincy after all.” Carson Palmer and his cast of all-stars finally woke up last week, but still lost to the Falcons. Miami lost to the Steelers on a controversial call by the officials at game’s end. The fish will be waiting for Palmer’s passing game, and if they can stop it, they win. Bagels says, “The Dolphins is 14-4 against the spread in their last 18 on the road, and they is 3-0 on the road this year.” Taking Miami.