Week 8 Record: 8-4-1
Correct: Titans, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Broncos, Falcons, Raiders
Incorrect: Panthers, Saints, Cowboys, Bears
Overall Record: 73-43-2
Should I start predicting ties? Thinking about it.
*I’m starting 1-0 after picking Atlanta to beat Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Side note – Thanks to Matt Ryan and Julio Jones for 70 combined fantasy points *
Here are my picks for week 9.
Lions 13, Vikings 14
Minnesota is in a bit of a rut after back-to-back losses. The removal of Norv Turner could inspire the offense, which has been all-of-a-sudden dreadful the past two weeks. What better way to right the ship than to return home and beat up on a poor Lions’ defense?
Jets 21, Dolphins 20
Jay Ajayi has been the story of Miami’s two-game winning streak, running for 200-plus yards in both games. However, the Jets still stop the run very well and pressure the quarterback, which will put a lot of pressure on the turnover-friendly Ryan Tannehill. This game may come down to which quarterback – Tannehill or Ryan Fitzpatrick—turns the ball over less.
Jaguars 9, Chiefs 20
The Chiefs’ offense is decimated with injuries, with running back Spencer Ware and quarterback Alex Smith being the latest casualties. Nick Foles will get the start after throwing a pair of touchdowns in Smith’s absence last week, and has a favorable matchup with the dreadful Gus Bradley-led Jags coming to town.
Steelers 20, Ravens 23
Anything goes in this rivalry. Ben Roethisberger will probably play, but there’s no way he can be close to 100 percent. I think this is a classic, hit-em-in-the-mouth game, that will involve a lot of yellow flags and hard knocks. Baltimore defeated Pittsburgh last year at home, that results repeats itself this week, which will give the AFC North three four-loss teams.
Cowboys 31, Browns 13
The Cowboys are riding a six-game winning streak and there’s little doubt they will once again be victorious when traveling to Cleveland this week. Cody Kessler will start for the Browns after missing a game due to a concussion suffered against Cincinnati. It makes little difference with the way Dallas has been playing. Ezekiel Elliot might break the NFL’s rushing record in this one.
Eagles 20, Giants 24
An NFC East showdown that will get plenty of national hype because of the two team’s respective cities. Give me Eli Manning and the Giants at home with Odell Beckham Jr. having another great game.
Saints 38, 49ers 23
The 49ers are terrible. They can’t stop the run, the pass, or the overall bleeding of what has been a terrible season. Drew Brees and the Saints are flying high after a big win over Seattle, and a trip to San Francisco is just what the doctor ordered to try to rebound from a slow start.
Panthers 23, Rams 17
Cam Newton feels unsafe playing quarterback, and may be pressured even more facing the Rams. The problem is that Case Keenum is struggling after a four-interception outing in London in the team’s last game.
Titans 19, Chargers 23
San Diego once again lost a close game and is now 3-5. They return home for the first time in three weeks, hosting the Titans who have experienced difficulties in the growing process of quarterback Marcus Mariota. Tennessee’s defense has been sub-par over the last couple games, and Phillip Rivers can (and will) exploit them.
Colts 20, Packers 27
Aaron Rodgers is back to his former self in the last couple games, throwing seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. He can have a field day against the Colts’ defense.
Broncos 20, Raiders 17
Defense trumps offense. Denver’s elite defense and secondary will slow down the upbeat Raiders led by Derek Carr. In Trevor Siemian I trust, and the Broncos will go into the Black Hole and begin another divisional road winning streak.
Bills 10, Seahawks 20
Seattle’s offense is struggling, but Monday night, it will be their defense that turns the tide for the 12th man. I think Tyrod Taylor is a good quarterback, but with Sammy Watkins out and LeSean McCoy dealing with nagging injuries, Buffalo doesn’t stand much of a chance.
Photo: Denver Post