Jacked Up Picks: Week 8

Posted by Jack Tumen

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Can’t believe we’re halfway through the season. After going 12-3 last week plus Thursday night, I’m 55-35 on the season.

Bye weeks: Giants (3-4), 49ers (4-3)

Lions (5-2) @ Falcons (2-5): This game kicks off at 9:30 AM in London. Hot-lanta’s a hot mess and is proving that 2012 NFC Championship campaign was a major fluke. The Lions’ defense is one of the best in football right now and they should create plenty of pressure against a banged up offensive line for Atlanta. A Falcons win would be a relative shock here. DET 31, ATL 17

Bills (4-3) @ Jets (1-6): Buffalo has been able to grind its way to a 4-3 record at about the mid-way point by playing tough defense and winning close games – however, they’re now without their top two running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson against one of the league’s best run defenses. I’m a firm believer the Jets are better than their record says and I think they get a divisional win at home on the heels of the Percy Harvin trade. NYJ 23, BUF 20

Ravens (5-2) @ Bengals (3-2-1): Cincinnati’s defense has been in shambles since the New England game and the Bengals have suffered this month because of it (A.J. Green’s absence hasn’t helped either.) The Ravens are on a nice hot streak with Joe Flacco playing some of the best ball of his career. But these AFC North games are bloodbaths and I think the Bengals come out and hit the Ravens in the mouth as they return home to the jungle. They need this game more than Baltimore does. CIN 25, BAL 21

Seahawks (3-3) @ Panthers (3-3-1): Two losses in a row for Seatte? Who are you and what have you done with the Seahawks?! These last two weeks of media frenzy have stirred unrest in the Seahawks’ locker room and it’s shown in back-to-back losses to the Cowboys and Rams. Carolina suffered a 38-17 drubbing at the hands of the Packers last week and come back home to face another tough opponent. It’s been an every-other-week trend for the Panthers, and believe it or not, I like them to execute a strong game plan against a Seahawks’ team that’s searching for answers. CAR 29, SEA 27

Bears (3-4) @ Patriots (5-2): Chicago’s in the midst of their mid-season crisis and things don’t get any easier as they travel to New England this weekend. The Patriots showed some weak spots in their game against the Jets last Thursday but have had plenty of time to game-plan for the Bears’ porous defense. Even though Chandler Jones is out for a month, the Pats are simply playing better football at this point. Chicago’s had a tough time against the AFC East this season as well. NE 34, CHI 24

Texans (3-4) @ Titans (2-5): Houston fell asleep for three minutes on Monday night and couldn’t recover from Pittsburgh’s mini scoring-frenzy. Going into Nashville, though, is a more appealing task against a Titans team that’s trotting out rookie signal-caller Zach Mettenberger this week. Mr. Mettenbgerger, meet J.J. Watt. HOU 30, TEN 18

Dolphins (3-3) @ Jaguars (1-6): Jacksonville caught Cleveland off guard last week, securing their first win of the season in the hot Florida sun. Against another Florida team, though, is a different task. Miami played a complete game last week, upending the Bears in Chicago – But Jacksonville gets a second straight home game and I think they pick up where they left off and surprise the Dolphins with a last-second Josh Scobee field goal. JAX 19, MIA 17

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Rams (2-4) @ Chiefs (3-3): St. Louis comes into KC feeling good about taking down the defending champs. The Chiefs, however, managed to control the time of possession 40-20 against the Chargers last week with a healthy dose of Jamaal Charles. In the battle of Missouri, Kansas City comes out on top with the best home crowd in the NFL behind them. KC 33, STL 21

Vikings (2-5) @ Buccaneers (1-5): Minnesota hasn’t been able to get any offense together over the last few weeks. Tampa Bay comes off the bye week feeling healthier and ready to turn their ship around. Minnesota’s defense is very middle-of-the-pack and I think they hit a bump this weekend. TB 20, MIN 18

Eagles (5-1) @ Cardinals (5-1): The game of the week takes place in the desert, as the Eagles fly out west to take on the first-place Cardinals. Philly’s defense has started to prove they can handle being on the field for long periods of time when Chip’s offense goes three-and-out. The Cardinals are playing some of the cleanest football in the league right now but I’m not sure their 31st-ranked pass defense can keep up with an Eagles’ offense that’s getting healthier each week. PHI 34, AZ 24

Raiders (0-6) @ Browns (3-3): All of a sudden, the Browns forgot how to play offense, mustering only six points against the then-winless Jaguars. Now Oakland comes to town sniffing for a victory and they get Cleveland at the right time. The Raiders have been in games the last couple weeks and played tough football against two of the league’s better teams. I think the Browns allow another winless team to get a W as the chants for Johnny Football start raining down in Cleveland. OAK 23, CLE 17

Colts (5-2) @ Steelers (4-3): Andrew Luck has been tearing it up this season as he continues to lead the league in passing and he’s gotten help from his defense that shut out the Bengals last week. Pittsburgh’s offense found life on Monday Night Football as they try to keep their momentum going at home. The AFC North is currently the only division in the league without any losing records. I think the Steelers upset Luck and co. at home in a hard-fought win. PIT 31, IND 28

Packers (5-2) @ Saints (2-4): Aaron Rodgers is playing at an other-worldly level right now and there’s little that can stop him. New Orleans comes off the bye week desperately needing a win to stay in the playoff race. Their defense has been awful and without Jairus Byrd, the task of stopping Rodgers is just too tall – The Pack roll. GB 42, NO 27

Redskins (2-5) @ Cowboys (6-1): Dallas comes into this Monday night matchup holding the best record in football; and rightfully so. Washington finally pulled the plug on Kirk Cousins in favor of Colt McCoy. That’s about all that needs to be said about that. DAL 35, WAS 20

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