The Old Man’s Picks – Week Eight

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generic football helmetBy Jeff Heck, Bears Claws Contributor

Disclaimer: “He who gambles, lives in shambles.”
Week seven is over and the Old Man feels like he’s the subject of a country music song. The Bears lost, my picks were mostly off, and my fantasy team is in shambles. I have both Jay Cutler and Sam Bradford at QB, and my RB Trent Richardson has turned the phrase “3 yards and a cloud of dust” into “3 yards and I’m on the ground or I’ll fumble.” But you know what happens when you play a country music song backwards? You get your house back, your dog back, your truck back, and your wife back. Let’s play this week backwards and move forward….or something like that. As usual, all games are picked straight up. Points are only used as a reference. All games are on Sunday unless otherwise noted. Bye week teams are the Chicago Bears (they need it), Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, and Tennessee Titans.

Carolina Panthers (-6.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Thursday Night

Another stellar Thursday night match up. I think the biggest question surrounding this game is whether or not Carolina will bring in a HAZMAT team to disinfect the Tampa locker room before, during, and after the game, (Google the Atlanta Falcons and MRSA to see what I mean). As for the result, go with the Panthers, as Schianno gets one day closer to joining Jon Gruden and the Fired Football Coaches Association.

San Francisco 49ers (-16.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville will remain O for the season after they host the team from San Francisco. The only thing in Jacksonville’s favor is that the 49ers played last week at Tennessee, so they may be a bit jet lagged and only beat Jacksonville by 20 and not 30.

Dallas Cowboys (+3) at Detroit Lions

The Lions had a chance to take a firm grip on the NFC North last Sunday, but lost a close one to the Bengals. This week they host the Cowboys, who are very capable of putting up a lot of points and are riding a two game win streak. A win this week is a must for the Lions and their NFC North title hopes as the Bears are reeling and the Packers are rolling. I think it will be close but I’m going with the Lions. This could be a high scoring affair.

New York Giants (+6.5) at Philadelphia Eagles

The Giants are on a roll, albeit a short one. They’re on the road to Philly where they won’t find Josh Freeman, but rather Mike Vick. The Giants are still banged up on both sides of the ball and I think the Eagles are a much better team with Vick in control. It may be close, but take the Eagles at home.

Cleveland Browns (+7.5) at Kansas City Chiefs

It’s easy to start believing some of the press about how great you are when you’re not used to winning. I think this happened to the Chiefs last week when Houston gave them a scare. Andy Reid, I’m sure, will have them ready to face Weeden and the Browns. This one won’t be close. If you have the Chiefs D in fantasy, it’s a great week to play them. Chiefs win at home.

Buffalo Bills (+12) at New Orleans Saints

The Bills are a pesky team. Just when you think they’ve fallen, can’t get up, and need one of those life-line medic alert buttons, they come back and win a game. I like their spirit, I like their attitude, but I don’t like them against the Saints. Brees and company are still smarting from that loss to the Pats and they’ll take it out on the Bills this Sunday.

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Miami Dolphins (+6.5) at New England Patriots

The Pats looked terrible last week against the Jets. It’s the first time in a long time that Brady and company looked totally out of sync. Well, maybe since earlier this season. This week they face a Dolphins team that is coming off a tough home loss to the Bills. This is a big game in the AFC East. With a win, New England will put 3 games between themselves and the Dolphins. I’m going with the Pats to bounce back at home

New York Jets (+6.5) at Cincinnati Bengals

The Jets defense is starting to play like the defense that got them to the playoffs a few years ago. This week they travel to Cincinnati to play a Bengals team that put up 27 points against a pretty good Lions defense. I think this game will come down to the Jets offense not being able to keep pace with the Bengals offense. I think the Bengals win at home and keep control of the AFC North.

Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders

Don’t look now, but the Steelers have won a couple of games. This week they get to travel across the country to face a Raiders team that has had a similar season. This is a tough one to call because I really don’t trust the Steelers just yet, but I can’t get on the Raider bandwagon either. I think the Steelers coaching and team experience will prevail as they win a tough one on the road.

Washington Redskins (+12.5) at Denver Broncos

Washington is coming off a huge home victory over the Bears and the Broncos are coming off a tough road loss to the Colts. I think Indy may have given teams a glimpse into the defensive schemes needed to give the Broncos some problems. I don’t think Washington will be able to do the same this Sunday. Look for the Broncos to bounce back, score at lest 40, and start another win streak.

Atlanta Falcons (+2.5) at Arizona Cardinals

The Falcons are a shell of the team that made it to the NFC Championship game last season. This week they face a very good Arizona defense that will do nothing but harass Matt Ryan and stuff the Falcon run game. The Cards don’t have the greatest offense, but they’re playing a pretty porous Falcon defense. Look for the Cards to prevail.

Green Bay Packers (-9.5) at Minnesota Vikings – Sunday Night

The Vikings, for the second week in a row, are in a prime time game. Looks like I won’t have to DVR “The Walking Dead” this week. The Vikes face a Packer team that has suffered several injuries to key players over the past few weeks. The latest injury to Jermichael Finley is a possible career en

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der. (The Old Man wishes Finley a terrific recovery). Even with all the negatives, the Packers are still winning games. This week the schedule maker was kind as the Pack visit the Vikings led by Josh Freeman. Look for the Packers to stack the box, stuff Peterson, and make Freeman beat them with his arm. Packers keep winning and put more pressure on the Lions in the NFC North.

Seattle Seahawks (-10.5) at St. Louis Rams – Monday Night

Kellen Clemens, Brady Quinn, or Austin Davis, come on down! One of you will be the next contestant to face one of the best defenses in the NFL on Monday Night Football! Need I say more? Seahawks win.

That’s it for this week. Take it to the bank!

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