Thursday, October 29, 2015

NFL - Week Eight Preview

The season is right about at the halfway point of the 2015 season and so far there are still five undefeated teams remaining.
Two of those face each other on the Sunday Night Football game when the Green Bay Packers play at the Denver Broncos.
Denver features a tremendous defense that is averaging over four sacks per game, which has been important because quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver offense have been struggling big time this season. In fact, Manning has thrown more interceptions (10) than touchdown passes (seven).
Meanwhile, the Packers just continue to roll along and are coming off their "bye week" while averaging 27.3 points per game. Their defense has been much improved over last year's version as well and has amassed 23 QB sacks in six games.
The Cincinnati Bengals (6-0) travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers, who might have Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback this weekend. But that is still a big question mark and will likely be a game time decision.
If Big Ben is ready to go, it would be a huge shot in the arm for the Pittsburgh offense, which has just as many, if not more weapons as the Bengals potent offense.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton (14 TD passes and just two interceptions) has been spectacular and has a 116.1 QB rating through the first six games.
Two other unbeaten teams will also be playing in "prime time" as the New England Patriots (6-0) face the Miami Dolphins in the Thursday Night Football game while the 6-0 Carolina Panthers host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.
There are some other interesting games (both good and bad) this weekend, so the following will attempt to give a brief look at the action with the Heftyinfo predictions to follow up.

Miami (3-3) at New England (6-0) - The Patriots are nearly unbeatable at home, but the Dolphins have been playing really well since changing the Head Coach three weeks ago.

Detroit (1-6) at Kansas City (2-5) in London, England - The Chiefs have been on a bit of a roll lately. The Lions are awful.

Tampa Bay (2-4) at Atlanta (6-1) - The Buccaneers blew a 24-point lead  and lost last week. Ouch!

San Diego (2-5) at Baltimore (1-6) - The Chargers are simply too banged up to win this road game against a weak Baltimore Ravens team.

Minnesota (4-2) at Chicago (2-4) - Can the Bears continue their recent upgrade in play against a rising NFC team?

Arizona (5-2) at Cleveland (2-5) - It wouldn't be a total surprise if the Browns were to win this game.

Tennessee (1-5) at Houston (2-5) - Somebody has to win this game.

New York Giants (4-3) at New Orleans (3-4) - Saints have shown some life in  recent weeks. Giants have been inconsistent so far this season.

Cincinnati (6-0) at Pittsburgh (4-3) - If Big Ben plays, Steelers win . . . if he doesn't, then the Bengals win.

San Francisco (2-5) at St. Louis (3-3) - Can the 49ers defense stop rookie running sensation Todd Gurley?  Not likely.

New York Jets (4-2) at Oakland (3-3) - The Raiders!!

Seattle (3-4) at Dallas (2-4) - This one could get ugly.

Green Bay (6-0) at Denver (6-0) - Finally!  NBC Sunday Night Football has a game worth tuning in for this week.

Indianapolis (3-4) at Carolina (6-0) - Cam Newton and the Panthers vs. Andrew Luck and the Colts . . . Take the Panthers.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Eight . . . . .   (Home teams are listed in BOLD; Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

New England over Miami
Kansas City over Detroit
Atlanta over Tampa Bay
Baltimore over San Diego
Minnesota over Chicago
Arizona over Cleveland
Houston over Tennessee
New Orleans over NY Giants
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati
St. Louis over San Francisco
Oakland over NY Jets
SEATTLE over Dallas
Green Bay over Denver
Carolina over Indianapolis

Last Week's Record:  9-5


Lock of the Week Record:  6-1

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