Week 8 was certainly filled with some excitement. A blowout on TNF, a shootout in the Pacific Northwest, and maybe the end of the Trevor Siemian era in Denver.
Not everything was surprising; the Patriots continue to dominate, generally. The Colts continue to sink. The Browns continue to… well, be the Browns.
The 49ers have a new franchise QB after the trade deadline. Buffalo has a new WR 1 to add to their already good offense. Philly now has a new dynamic RB to add to their already great offense.
In terms of predictions, I went 10-3 last week, adding to my 59-47 total of this year, setting me at 69-50 at the midway point of the year. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. All I’m saying is Elliot Harrison at NFL Network is 71-48 so far, and he gets paid to do this.
- Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson both did indeed lead their teams in passing and rushing.
…And that’s it. Hey, these are just for fun. I’m not even keeping track of how well/poorly I’m doing on these.
Now let’s get into this week’s predictions:
Teams on Bye Week: Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers
EDITED: I changed the outcome of the Houston/Indianapolis game after DeShaun Watson’s terrifying and terrible ACL year injury. So sad for him.
Thursday Night Football, Nov. 2:
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
An AFC East matchup that has been relegated to TNF status in terms of national broadcast for the last couple years. This matchup is spicy on paper cause both teams have been fairing better than most expected, but I see Buffalo taking this game easily. I can’t imagine new stud WR acquisition Kelvin Benjamin will be in the mix all that much, but once he and Charles Clay both get on the field with Shady McCoy, Jordan Matthews and Tyrod, who boy. They’re gunna be a fun offense to watch.
Statistical Prediction: Kelvin Benjamin has more receiving yards than Matt Forte and Bilal Powell combined.
Score Prediction: Buffalo wins, 27-20
Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 pm E slot:
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
A NFC South matchup with two teams that have been very up and down this season. Atlanta always seems to have Carolina’s number, so this may be a good game. But Newton is now without his biggest target, so this offense may take a week to adapt and adjust. But Sark’s playcalling has been an issue all year. I’m taking Cam and co. at home.
Statistical Prediction: Cam Newton will have more rushing yards than Devonta Freeman.
Score Prediction: Carolina wins, 27-21
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Statistical Prediction: Tom Savage fails to eclipse 200 passing yards and throws 0 passing touchdowns.
Score Prediction: Indianapolis wins, 24-13
Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars
Statistical Prediction: Neither team will have a 75+ yard receiver.
Score Prediction: Jacksonville wins, 20-14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Statistical Prediction: Tampa will be held under 300 yards of offense.
Score Prediction: New Orleans wins, 28-10
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants
Statistical Prediction: Both teams will have 3+ sacks.
Score Prediction: Los Angeles wins, 21-13
Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles
Statistical Prediction: Brock Osweiler will be pulled before the end of the game and replaced with Trevor Siemian.
Score Prediction: Philadelphia wins, 30-14
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans
Statistical Prediction: Corey Davis will have more receiving yards than any individual receiver on Baltimore’s offense.
Score Prediction: Tennessee wins, 26-20
Sunday, Nov. 5, 4 pm E Slot:
Kansas City Chiefs at Dallas Cowboys
Two offensive powerhouses clashing! This would be more exciting if Ezekiel Elliott was playing, but alas, here we are. KC has significantly cooled off since their hot start to the season, as has their phenom rookie running back Kareem Hunt. I see both of these changing against a Dallas defense that has been up and down.
Statistical Prediction; Kareem Hunt rushes and catches for 100+ yards in each category.
Score Prediction: Kansas City wins, 33-27
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Statistical Prediction: Adrian Peterson rushes for 100+ yards and 2 TDs and Carlos Hyde rushes for less than 50 yards.
Score Prediction: Arizona wins, 23-17
Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks
Statistical Prediction: Seattle’s running backs will outrush Washington’s running backs.
Score Prediction: Seattle wins, 30-14
Sunday Night Football, Nov. 5:
Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins
I don’t even wanna watch this game. I’m sorry, but both of these teams are very difficult to watch. Just a sad fest overall. And now Miami doesn’t have Ajayi anymore. Sad feels all around.
Statistical Prediction: Neither team eclipses 50 yards of team rushing.
Score Prediction: Oakland wins, 24-13
Monday Night Football, Nov. 6:
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
This is a game that I would not be surprised if either team won. Green Bay is maybe in a lost season without Aaron Rodgers, but the Lions have looked lost all season despite being mostly healthy. If Brett Hundley has really hit the books in the last two weeks, then they have a shot. Detroit’s defense has proven to be exploitable at times.
Statistical Prediction: Hundley will throw for more yards than Matt Stafford.
Score Precition: Green Bay wins, 23-20