Oct. 24, 2016
NFL Predictions: The 5 Biggest Games of Week 8
After an exciting Week 7, we look ahead to five key matchups of Week 8 in the NFL, and why Dak Prescott should keep his job.
Thursday Oct. 27th
Blake Bortles had made it clear how he feels about the Jaguars color rush uniforms they have to wear tonight against the Titans. “I think they could have done a better job, and I think they should choose a different color” (via ESPN.com). While Bortles is completely right on this one, they are hideous, the uniforms are not what should be on his mind. Sitting on a TD/INT ratio on 1/1 (9 TDs, 9 INT’s), Bortles’ play this season has been extremely disappointing, and has been at a complete detriment to the team. The Jags offense ranks dead last in the AFC in PPG, which is a clear reason why the Jags sit in the cellar of the AFC South. Their poor offensive performance, combined with a solid Tennessee spells trouble for Bortles’ and Co.
Prediction: Titans 24, Jags 14
Sunday Oct. 30th
1pm Start Time
Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills will have their hands full Sunday when The Hoodie and his prodigy child Tom Brady travel to New Era Field to take on their division rival. It’s only Week 8, but this will already be the second and final time the Patriots and Bills meet. While the first meeting was all Bills, there is no reason to think this time around will be anywhere near the same. When these two teams met back in Week 4, Tom Brady was still serving his four-game suspension. Jacoby Brissett was in his second game as the Patriots QB, and the Bills had a week of film to gameplan for the Rookie 3rd-rounder. Even though there is plenty of film on Brady, there is little reason to believe they can do anything to stop him. Brady has already eclipsed a thousand yards in 3 games this season, along with 8 TD’s and zero INT’s. If this continues, Rex and his stout defense are going to be running in circles all afternoon.
Prediction: Patriots 28, Bills 17
4:05 pm Start Time
After winning last weekend against the Houston Texans to snap a two-game losing streak, the Denver Broncos will have the comfort of playing their division-rival Chargers at home. In Week 6, the San Diego Super Chargers took down the Broncos 21-13, an upset no one expected. Trevor Siemian threw for 230 yards, a touchdown and had the with under a minute left, in position to tie the game, but it wasn’t enough to win, and the Broncos fell to 4-2 at the time. Winning this week is almost a must for the Chargers if they have any hopes of making it to the playoffs, but it won’t be an easy task in Denver. Expect the Mile High Stadium to be rocking, and the Denver D to step up for a second straight week.
Prediction: DEN 21, SD 6
4:25 pm Start Time
Julio Jones, Matt Ryan and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons are looking for a marquee win this weekend against Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and the Green Bay Packers. At 4-3, the Falcons are playing with fire in the NFC South, as they are only a half game up on the Bucs for first place in the division. After losing a heartbreaker last weekend against the Chargers in overtime, they are in for another fight this week. The Falcons, who have given up at least 26 points in every game except one (week 5, against the Denver Broncos), may have that streak continue this week against the Packers, who have scored at least 23 points in 4 of their 6 games. While this game will be a battle, the Packers offense may prove too much for a sub-par Atlanta D.
Prediction: GB 31, ATL 24
8:30 pm Start Time
Here we are, America’s Game of the Week. Or should we say, Decision of the Week. With last week off, the Cowboys long-time starting QB Tony Romo had time to get healthy for this week’s important matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. But, why get healthy fast if you’re not even going to start? Romo has seemingly lost his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott, who has led the Boys to a 5-1 record in Romo’s absence. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was adamant for weeks that Romo would get his job back when he was healthy again, but there is doubt Jones will actually follow through with that statement. No matter who is at quarterback this weekend, Dallas’ top-ranked O-line will protect both the quarterback and emerging superstar RB Ezekiel Elliott, who leads the league in rushing yards. The O-line, as well as Elliott are sure to be a big factor in the game, and a headache for the Eagles.
Prediction: DAL 23, PHI 16
All Stats Are Taken From NFL.com