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PFT’s Week Eight picks

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Week Seven was a very lucky week for yours truly.  With an unlucky 13 games on the schedule, I got 12 of them correct, with only a late comeback from the Titans blocking an unprecedented piece of perfection.

More importantly, MDS and I disagreed on three games.  Thanks to the Cowboys, Saints, and Colts, my two-game season-to-date lead has been extended to five games.

For the year, I’m now 67-37, and MDS is 62-42.

MDS will join Thursday’s PFT Live to discuss this week’s picks.  There will be no gloating.

At least not by him.

Buccaneers at Vikings

MDS’s take: After I was burned by picking the Bucs last week on the way to going 0-for-3 on games where I disagreed with Florio, I’m playing it safe this week. Tampa Bay still looks to me like a team that’s headed in the right direction, but right now the Vikings have too much for the Bucs on both sides of the ball and should win this one comfortably.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 27, Buccaneers 13.

Florio’s take:  The Vikings get a chance to show how different they are this year against one of the teams to whom the Vikings blew a big halftime lead last year.  This time, if the Vikings are up by 10 or more at the break, look for them to close it out with a defense that finally is good enough to hold leads.

Florio’s pick:  Vikings 21, Buccaneers 19.

Panthers at Bears

MDS’s take: Cam Newton is going to bounce back from this slump he’s in eventually. He’s too talented not to. But the Bears are the wrong team for a young quarterback to bounce back against. Chicago’s relentless pressure will force a few turnovers and lead to another loss for the Panthers.

MDS’s pick: Bears 20, Panthers 10.

Florio’s take:  Rattled by the ouster of G.M. Marty Hurney, racked by injuries, and reeling from the sad-sack demeanor of Cam Newton, the Panthers are poised to get plastered.

Florio’s pick:  Bears 31, Panthers 10.

Chargers at Browns

MDS’s take: The Chargers have had two weeks to lick their wounds after that disastrous Monday night meltdown against the Broncos. They’ll come in to Cleveland focused and motivated and win this one comfortably.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 31, Browns 17.

Florio’s take:  If Mike Holmgren’s current team can knock off the Chargers, the Chargers could be Mike Holmgren’s next team.  Though a house-cleaning could still be coming, the Chargers will likely do enough to reverse a bad two weeks of blown leads and stickum, allegedly.

Florio’s pick:  Chargers 24, Browns 17.

Seahawks at Lions

MDS’s take: Mistakes keep killing the Lions, whether it’s penalties, turnovers or special teams coverage breakdowns. If the Lions could get out of their own way they could go on a run down the stretch and still contend for a wild card berth, but that doesn’t look likely at this point. Seattle is the team that looks like a playoff contender, and the Seahawks will take another step in that direction with a win on the road.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 17, Lions 14.

Florio’s take:  If this one were set for Seattle, it would be a no brainer.  In Detroit, the Seahawks have an opportunity to prove that they’re capable of beating better-than-bad teams in a place other than CenturyLink Field.

Florio’s pick:  Seahawks 17, Lions 16.

Jaguars at Packers

MDS’s take: In the biggest mismatch of the week, the Jaguars’ offense will look even worse than usual without Maurice Jones-Drew, and Aaron Rodgers will have his third consecutive huge game.

MDS’s pick: Packers 34, Jaguars 3.

Florio’s take:  The Packers have never beaten the Jaguars at Lambeau Field.  Then again, these teams have played there only once.  The Jags will want to forget their second trip to town.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 45, Jaguars 21.

Dolphins at Jets

MDS’s take: I’m impressed that the Jets aren’t going down without a fight. When they lost Darrelle Revis and got blown out by the 49ers, I figured the Jets were finished, but they’ve played good football for the last three weeks, even if they have only one win to show for it in those three games. The Jets will beat the Dolphins in a low-scoring game and get back to .500.

MDS’s pick: Jets 13, Dolphins 10.

Florio’s take:  Despite the injuries and the ineffectiveness and the uncertainty, the Jets have improved over the past few weeks.  They’re good enough to complete the sweep of a Dolphins team that has improved even more discreetly.

Florio’s pick:  Jets 30, Dolphins 20.

Falcons at Eagles

MDS’s take: The Eagles know their backs are against the wall, and the Falcons have been scraping by with three straight close wins. This looks to me like the day when the Falcons’ luck runs out, and the last unbeaten team in the league gets beaten.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 24, Falcons 21.

Florio’s take:  Andy Reid is 13-0 after the bye week.  Sometimes, there’s no need for elaboration.

Florio’s pick:  Eagles 24, Falcons 23.

Redskins at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Steelers took a big step toward the playoffs with last week’s win in Cincinnati, and I like them to keep it going against the Redskins. Look for Steelers tight end Heath Miller to have a big game against the Redskins’ defense, just as Giants tight end Martellus Bennett, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez have in the Redskins’ last three games.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 28, Redskins 27.

Florio’s take:  The Steelers are 20-2-1 at Heinz Field against NFC teams.  But Heinz Field has never seen anything like RG3, who’ll run circles around a Polamalu-free Pittsburgh defense.

Florio’s pick:  Redskins 23, Steelers 20.

Patriots at Rams

MDS’s take: The Rams’ secondary has been playing well and the Patriots’ secondary has been leaving receivers wide open, and I’m tempted to pick the upset for that reason. But with Danny Amendola hurt I don’t think the Rams have the ammunition to take advantage of the Patriots’ problems on defense, and I think New England’s running game can churn up yardage at Wembley Stadium and lead the Patriots to a low-scoring win.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 16, Rams 10.

Florio’s take:  The team whose name pays homage to the men who kicked the butts of the Brits like to kick butt in Britain.  Though it won’t be a blowout like it was three years ago against the Bucs, the Pats should be able to build a fourth-quarter lead.  And hold it.  For a change.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 27, Rams 21.

Colts at Titans

MDS’s take: Titans running back Chris Johnson took advantage of a bad Bills defense last week, and he should be able to take advantage of a bad Colts defense this week. Johnson will go for about 150 yards and the Colts’ offense won’t be able to keep up.

MDS’s pick: Titans 28, Colts 21.

Florio’s take:  The winner of this one won’t likely challenge the Texans for the division crown but would be very much alive for a wild-card berth.  The Titans continue their knack for playing in — and winning — exciting games.

Florio’s pick:  Titans 27, Colts 24.

Raiders at Chiefs

MDS’s take: I’m not a believer in Brady Quinn as the Chiefs’ long-term answer at quarterback, but as a short-term fix who won’t turn the ball over as often as Matt Cassel, Quinn should be able to lead Kansas City to a home win over a bad team.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 20, Raiders 16.

Florio’s take:  Oakland has won five straight times at Arrowhead Stadium.  With an extra week to prepare and everyone on the hot seat, if the Chiefs don’t beat the Raiders at home now, they possibly never will.

Florio’s pick:  Chiefs 24, Raiders 10.

Giants at Cowboys

MDS’s take: Completing a season sweep of the Giants would go a long way toward getting the Cowboys into playoff contention, but I don’t see it happening. The Cowboys’ defense will miss linebacker Sean Lee, Giants quarterback Eli Manning will have a big day, and the Giants will improve to 4-0 all time at Cowboys Stadium.

MDS’s pick: Giants 31, Cowboys 20.

Florio’s take:  The Cowboys aren’t nearly as good as they were in Week One, when they beat the Giants in New Jersey.  The Giants are the same, but this time they won’t get complacent.

Florio’s pick:  Giants 35, Cowboys 27.

Saints at Broncos

MDS’s take: Two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks will be on the field in Denver, but Drew Brees has to play against a good Broncos secondary, while Peyton Manning gets to play against a terrible Saints secondary. Advantage Peyton.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 42, Saints 21.

Florio’s take:  When he was the head coach of the Panthers, John Fox held his own against Sean Payton’s Saints.  This time, Fox has a great quarterback — and the Saints don’t have Payton.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 38, Saints 28.

49ers at Cardinals

MDS’s take: The Cardinals’ great start to the season may come to a screeching halt on Monday night.  A home loss to a division rival would be tough for Arizona to overcome, and a win at Arizona will be another step for the 49ers toward establishing themselves as the clear favorites to win the NFC West.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 20, Cardinals 13.

Florio’s take:  Once atop the NFC West, the Cardinals are close to completing their slide to the basement.  Blame it on the lack of a high-end quarterback and an offensive line to protect him.

Florio’s pick:  49ers 24, Cardinals 13.

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40 Responses to “PFT’s Week Eight picks”
  1. joemammy says: Oct 25, 2012 9:22 AM

    “MDS’s take: The Steelers took a big step toward the playoffs”…
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    Playoffs? Lol…………….

  2. RockChalkMike says: Oct 25, 2012 9:27 AM

    Is it possible to use different formatting? Its hard to find specific games when scrolling.

    Either that or I’m getting old, but I refuse to believe that.

    Could also be my subconcious telling me I don’t really care how bad my Chiefs are.

  3. steelersownyou says: Oct 25, 2012 9:28 AM

    Rg3po has no chance. Timmons will be shadowing him all game. Brady came into heinz field and got demolished. We have seen scrambling Qb’s before. Hes no different. Ben will light the scoreboard up. Heres your final. No need to even watch the game. Redskins 17 Steelers 45 Final…

  4. oriolesvsravens says: Oct 25, 2012 9:35 AM

    Thank god I don’t have to watch my Ravens this week. I hope the bye helps them. I’ll watch RG3 and the Steelers gladly.

  5. dvdman123 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:41 AM

    To think the Saints will only score 21 points is really unrealtistic and remember this is still a John Fox coached team I don’t care if Peyton Manning is QB.

  6. pittsburghavenue says: Oct 25, 2012 9:42 AM

    Steelers gained a game on the Ravens and the Bengals, evened their record to 3-3 (rather than 2-4, huge difference) and did take a step toward the playoffs, albiet not a “big” step. It’s one in the right direction.

  7. titansbro says: Oct 25, 2012 9:49 AM

    This is why your power rankings are a joke.

    In your power rankings you have the Colts at #20 & the Titans at #25. Yet, you both picked the Titans to beat the Colts?

    Not to mention, you say thinking the Jets are a legitimate playoff contender is foolish, yet you have them as the 6th best team in the AFC. Newsflash, 6 teams from the AFC will make the playoffs.

  8. 7swag7 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:50 AM

    Atlanta won’t go undefeated this year, but the Iggles won’t be the ones that break the undefeated streak. Ain’t happnin.

  9. smokingconch says: Oct 25, 2012 9:52 AM

    Ah, my weekly dose of just reading down a list of the favorites.

  10. mcoomer146 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:52 AM

    Steelers are not playoff bound but RG3 will run wild still.

  11. skins23 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:59 AM

    Steelers are a tough matchup for the Skins. Big Ben extending plays and speedy WRs doesn’t bode well for our secondary. I felt much more confident going against Vikes. It will be a one possession game as all Skins games are, but could go either way.

  12. Kreedos says: Oct 25, 2012 10:08 AM

    I can see the Cardinals beating the niners but if Skelton causes any turnovers its a wrap.

  13. stoogy says: Oct 25, 2012 10:16 AM

    raiders are going to be fired up and read! 31-17 big win for the raiders

  14. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 25, 2012 10:37 AM

    Yes, the Andy Reid Eagles are undefeated after the bye. And Vegas agrees with both of you. But this is the year the wheels fall off. You can’t tell me a team in that much disarray is going to get it together at the same time the Falcons go flat. Atlanta should be able to play at half speed and still win the game.

  15. chico54 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:41 AM

    Anyone who takes their advice on picks, most west coast teams (seattle and San diego) usually don’t cover spreads and secondly usually lose out right.

  16. eaglesw00t says: Oct 25, 2012 11:07 AM

    AlanSaysYo says:
    Oct 25, 2012 10:37 AM
    Yes, the Andy Reid Eagles are undefeated after the bye. And Vegas agrees with both of you. But this is the year the wheels fall off. You can’t tell me a team in that much disarray is going to get it together at the same time the Falcons go flat. Atlanta should be able to play at half speed and still win the game

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    Think whatever you like. The Falcons have been playing their best football and are squeaking by teams. The Eagles have been playing half speed all season and have been squeaking by teams.

    If the Eagles can actually put together 60 minutes of their best football, the Falcons dont stand a chance.

    Unfortunately, the Eagles havent shown 50% of their potential yet, to the dismay of all Philadelphians. They are a bunch of underacheivers. With a terrible coach.

  17. hendawg21 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    Go ahead Steeler fans talk it up and take the Redskins lightly, they’re defense is not that bad well with the exception of poor DB play something which can be fixed…but the Steeler receivers i.e. Wallace have a dropping passes problem… sure the Steeler defense has played against running QB’s i.e. Vick, however, RGIII and Vick are two different animals working from two different systems and RGIII is a better/more accurate passer. Only time will tell and Sunday can’t get here soon enough…the worse thing that will occur all game is having to look at those god awful throwback uniforms.

  18. rtant2013 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:19 AM

    @steelersownyou

    Ha keep thinking that buddy, cause there is no other qb with RG3s speed and athleticism. He ran wild against two better defenses in the Vikings and Giants. RG3 is going to run for over a 100 yds and throw for over 250. And the skins will win 33- 21. Watch and see Steelers fans

  19. dmface says: Oct 25, 2012 11:29 AM

    @chico54..I took there advice last week and won a 3 team parlay. I am gonna do it again this week. I will take the Raiders, Chargers, and 49ers. Stra8 Cash!

  20. oldirtyman says: Oct 25, 2012 11:52 AM

    Steelers will need to win the time of possession battle this week and win a close game 24-17

  21. steelersownyou says: Oct 25, 2012 12:21 PM

    Skins fans are delusional. Rg3po is kordel stewart. Everyone in pittsburgh has seen this movie before. We already know how it ends! You just keep thinking he:s great…Steeler fans already know all about a fast Qb who cant read defenses. Hes 1 dimensional.. end of story. Be back here sunday at 430 skins fans so we can make fun of you!

  22. docsweeney says: Oct 25, 2012 12:51 PM

    Agree with most picks. Wish the Bears would win going away but this will likely be a close game with Cutler’s injury. 24-17 seems more likely.

  23. randomguy9999 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:58 PM

    Dolphins will beat the Jets… Tannehill will surprise them

  24. skins23 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:06 PM

    steelersownyou says:
    Oct 25, 2012 12:21 PM
    Skins fans are delusional. Rg3po is kordel stewart. Everyone in pittsburgh has seen this movie before. We already know how it ends! You just keep thinking he:s great…Steeler fans already know all about a fast Qb who cant read defenses. Hes 1 dimensional.. end of story.
    _______________________________

    He is one dimensional – forward.

    #1 in the league in completion % (also #1 in % in passes longer than 10 yards).

    #3 in passer rating.

    #12 in the league in rushing and #2 in rushing TDs.

    All without his #1 WR and now #1 TE, and an O-line which by all accounts is average at best.

    7 games into his career. SEVEN.

    Hate much?

    There is no one, repeat NO ONE in the league I would trade him for. Zero.

  25. tokyomanblastersmom says: Oct 25, 2012 1:54 PM

    Watch the Vikings lose tonight.

    Mark my words.

    Minny is 2-9 playing in primetime games over the past 3 seasons. And Ponder’s play has progressively deteriorated.

    Plus, Bucs are a young, hungry team, playing with intensity. They’ll play an inspired game tonight.

  26. chico54 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:58 PM

    dmface says:
    Oct 25, 2012 11:29 AM
    @chico54..I took there advice last week and won a 3 team parlay. I am gonna do it again this week. I will take the Raiders, Chargers, and 49ers. Stra8 Cash!
    My statement above is missing an important part to it and that is “west coast teams playing at 1 o’clock eastern time zone”. look at the history its not fair to have them play at one, SF was smart after losing to minnesota at 1 they stayed in ohio to get use to the time zone change before they trashed the jets

  27. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 25, 2012 5:08 PM

    Raiders won 5 straight at Arrowhead.

    Can’t see Brady Quinn breaking that streak.
    Or Cassel or Stanzi ….

    It would take a huge game from Jamal Charles, certainly capable player, but the Raiders run D isn’t what it was the past 10 years, its solid now.

  28. gottaplan says: Oct 26, 2012 10:39 AM

    Jets talking injury smack, Half of Jets roster not practicing yesterday, Foul weather that benefits a better run game and front 7, 2 weeks for Fins to prepare for the Jets, and now both of these dudes picking Jets…it’s all coming together nicely for the Fins.

  29. kimbo71006 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    Well, you already got ONE wrong…the Vikings got their butt whopped last night.

    Saints will win their game–Peyton is not the Peyton of old…he’s still working on his game and vulnerable to INT and sacks as shown in previous games.

    So I wouldn’t put any $$ on this one.

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 26, 2012 12:43 PM

    The Giants are the same ha.

    Okay.

  31. deathmonkey41 says: Oct 26, 2012 1:25 PM

    I wonder if, when the Jets play in Miami, if the proximity to South Beach will result in Tim Tebow finally coming out of the closet?

  32. 2difshoe says: Oct 26, 2012 3:35 PM

    Docsweeny says:

    Agree with most picks. Wish the Bears would win going away but this will likely be a close game with Cutler’s injury. 24-17 seems more likely.

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    Doc, you need to see a Doc…….the Bears are going to kiss the Panthers sisters and take their lunch money too !

    Bears 28
    Panthers 3

  33. skinsfaninnebraska says: Oct 27, 2012 11:59 PM

    steelersownyou is really peytonsneck in disguise.

  34. b1unt3d says: Oct 28, 2012 4:25 PM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Think whatever you like. The Falcons have been playing their best football and are squeaking by teams. The Eagles have been playing half speed all season and have been squeaking by teams.
    If the Eagles can actually put together 60 minutes of their best football, the Falcons dont stand a chance.
    Unfortunately, the Eagles havent shown 50% of their potential yet, to the dismay of all Philadelphians. They are a bunch of underacheivers. With a terrible coach.
    —-

    If you think that the Falcons have been playing their best football the past few weeks then you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. In reality, they haven’t been clicking but have still been winning their games.

    If you think that the Falcons don’t stand a chance against the Eagles if the Eagles can actually put together 60 minutes of football then you clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

    I love how so many commenters on this website say “if such and such happened, my team would win.” Anybody can come up with a scenario that their team wins in.. People need to live in reality.

  35. nofunleague says: Oct 28, 2012 5:08 PM

    Was it just me or did Pittsburgh look really at home in prison stripes? And did anyone else have a ball watching Vick and the dream team get their a$$es kicked.

  36. nofunleague says: Oct 28, 2012 5:12 PM

    And 2difshoe how was that kissing your sister as the Bears squeak by. And do you need me to loan you some lunch money. Learn to brag after the fact and leave your tainted crystal ball in the closet.

  37. r8derfan33 says: Oct 28, 2012 7:36 PM

    Florio’s take: Oakland has won five straight times at Arrowhead Stadium. With an extra week to prepare and everyone on the hot seat, if the Chiefs don’t beat the Raiders at home now, they possibly never will.

    Florio’s pick: Chiefs 24, Raiders 10.

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    Make it 6 straight wins! What possessed you to make this prediction? Charles had a whopping 4 yards! GO RAIDERS!

  38. xofootballer says: Oct 28, 2012 9:34 PM

    Why would you both pick the Eagles? Have you seen Vick ‘play’ this season?
    The Falcons were squeaking by because they haven’t been playing well.
    Well, today they did. And anyone familiar with the team knows they are aware play has been poor, bye week was chance to fix. They fixed – ya think?!
    alansaysyo – you are lost. Like your Eagles.

  39. phinphan23 says: Oct 29, 2012 1:02 PM

    Dolphins at Jets

    MDS’s take: I’m impressed that the Jets aren’t going down without a fight. When they lost Darrelle Revis and got blown out by the 49ers, I figured the Jets were finished, but they’ve played good football for the last three weeks, even if they have only one win to show for it in those three games. The Jets will beat the Dolphins in a low-scoring game and get back to .500.

    MDS’s pick: Jets 13, Dolphins 10.

    Florio’s take: Despite the injuries and the ineffectiveness and the uncertainty, the Jets have improved over the past few weeks. They’re good enough to complete the sweep of a Dolphins team that has improved even more discreetly.

    Florio’s pick: Jets 30, Dolphins 20.

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    Wow… I could not be more glad to see you $crew that one up. What happened yesterday was a good old-fashioned @$$-kicking.

  40. doctordjohnson says: Oct 30, 2012 1:59 PM

    I still can’t believe you both picked the KC Chiefs?! Matt Cassel….Brady Quinn?! To paraphrase Dennis Green, “The Chiefs Are Who We Thought They Were!” A 1 – 6 team headed No Where!

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