NFL Football 2012 Week 8: Weekend Picks and Previews

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It's a Tale of Two Teams this week as the NFL goes to England.

Schedule

Last Week: 9-3
Year: 46-49-1
Byes: Buffalo, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston

Thursday, October 25
Tampa Bay 36, Minnesota 17

Sunday, October 28
Washington at Pittsburgh (-4)
Seattle at Detroit (-2 1/2)
Carolina at Chicago (-7 1/2)
Atlanta at Philadelphia (-3)
New England (-7) vs St Louis in London, England
San Diego (-3) at Cleveland
Indianapolis at Tennessee (-3 1/2)
Miami at NY Jets (-2)
Jacksonville at Green Bay (-14 1/2)
NY Giants (-2 1/2) at Dallas
Oakland at Kansas City (-1 1/2)
New Orleans at Denver (-6 1/2)

Monday, October 29
San Francisco (-7) at Arizona

Three favorites

SEATTLE (+2 1/2) at Detroit
Seattle needs to take advantage of a Lions team that has had trouble hanging onto the football. Detroit WR Calvin Johnson needs to step up his play after the loss of WR Nate Burleson. Seahawks rookie QB Aaron Wilson continues to improve, but must do better in the red zone. Seattle will keep this road game close. The Lions have struggled along the defensive line and on special teams.

San Diego at CLEVELAND (+3)
Expect a young Browns team to take advantage of a Chargers team that blew a 24-point halftime lead in it's last game. The Browns rookies have progressed nicely, while San Diego has regressed since starting the season 3-0. Look for the turmoil to continue in San Diego, while the future continues to brighten in Cleveland.

NY GIANTS (-2 1/2) at Dallas
Dallas caught the New York sleeping in Week 1, But the Giants will make sure that doesn't happen again. The Giants, who have been hot as of late, are 3-0 in the Cowboys new stadium. Although the Cowboy offensive line has played better, they are no match for the front four of the Giant defense. Expect the Giants to be well prepared and dominate this game.

In the middle

Carolina at CHICAGO (-7 1/2)
It has been an overwhelming season for Panthers QB Cam Newton, and turning things around against a Bears defense at the top of their game will be hard to do. These are two teams heading in completly opposite directions. Carolina needs to get the ball in the hands of their running backs more. The Panthers will have to play well in all aspects of the game (like the Bears have) to have a chance in the Windy City.

ATLANTA at Philadelphia (-3)
Atlanta is the last undefeated team and are coming off of a bye week. They sould be well prepared and rested for the Eagles. Philadelphia QB Micheal Vick must hang on to the ball or he may not be hanging onto his job much longer. Another tale of two teams. The Eagles seem to implode while the Falcons are getting the big plays when they need them.

MIAMI (+2) at NY Jets
The troubles for the Jets at quarterback will continue here as the Jets go for a sweep of the Dolphins. New York QB Mark Sanchez played about as good as he can last week, but still came up short of a win. The Dolphins have won two of the last three road games against the Jets. This is a bitter divisional rivalry, so expect alot of hard hits but not many points in t6his one.

Jacksonville at GREEN BAY (-14 1/2)
Yet another tale of two teams. The 1-5 Jaguars go up against a Packer team that is finally finding its groove. Green Bay will be without WR's Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, but this is not a concern when you have QB Aaron Rodgers throwing the football. Expect the Packers to run the ball more, especially late with the lead.

Oakland at KANSAS CITY (-1 1/2)
This should be a battle of running backs, with Oakland's Darren McFadden against Kansas City's Jamal Charles. The streaks of one of these teams will end. The Raiders are winless on the road, while the Chiefs are winless at home. QB Brady Quinn will start for the Chiefs, even though starter Matt Cassel has been cleared to return from injury.

New Orleans at DENVER (-6 1/2)
The Saints have been playing better as of late, but their defense is no match for Bronco QB Peyton Manning. Look for Manning to light up the Saints in the mile high air of Denver. New Orleans must run the ball more in order to keep Manning off of the field, but it will be the Denver rushing attack that keeps Saints QB Drew Brees on the sidelines.

San Franciso at ARIZONA (+7)
A battle of two strong defenses. Arizona looks to end a three-game losing streak at home, where they are 3-1. Their defense should be good enoughto keep the score close. Expect WR Larry Fitzgerald to have some big catches in the national spotlight. Remember, always take the underdog on Mondy Night Football.

Three that scare me

Washington at PITTSBURGH (-4)
This will be Washington QB Robert Griffin III's first look at a 3-4 defense, so expect him to have trouble with his reads at times. Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is 13-1 against rookie quarterbacks during his tenure with the Steelers. However, RG3 is no ordinary rookie. Expect Pittsburgh to come with many different looks and alot of blitzes as they try to keep Griffin off balance. The Redskins will keep this close, but the Steelers defense will be the difference here.

New England vs ST LOUIS (+7)
New England doesn't play as well without TE Aaron Hernandez in the lineup, and have been inconsistent throughout the season. The Rams have been in England all week, while the Patriots didn't get there until Friday. Expect some jet lag from the Patriots against a St Louis team that has been playing tough defense. With a few breaks, the Rams could win this outright.

Indianapolis at TENNESSEE (-3 1/2)
The Colts have struggled on the road, and Titans RB Chris Johnson getting back into form won't be helpful to their efforts to turn this trend around. However, the Titans don't have the defense of their last two road opponents, Chicago and the Jets.Tennesse has won two in a row under QB Matt Hasselbeck, who will start again for injured QB Jake Locker. Expect alot of points in this contest.

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