NFL Office Pool Picks Week 8
So, that was pretty much inevitable. After a few rough weeks I suggested last week that the best thing to do would be to pick the team I didn't pick in each game. So, of course, I had one of the best weeks of the season and picked 11 winners. That's still nothing to write home about really, but compared to the last few weeks it's as if I had a window into the future. So, now I don't know what to tell you. I'll try to get 13 correct picks, of course. But whether I get closer to that or zero is kind of up in the air. Regardless, here's how I see the coming NFL week playing out straight up so you can dominate your office pool. Or maybe finish last.
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Miami at Baltimore: Neither of these teams is as good as their record. Baltimore is playing at home, which has to help, but with as many questions as I have about both teams I trust Miami just a little bit more. Take the Dolphins.
Minnesota at Cleveland: If you Americans hate the British so much you could just invade them or something. Sending Cleveland over and making them watch is cruel torture that is surely illegal under the Geneva Convention. Basically the only bright light for the team this year was the brilliant play of Joe Thomas, and now that's done. Take the Vikings. Obviously.
Oakland at Buffalo: I liked what we saw from Oakland last week more than I have all year, but they have been lousy on the road, and Buffalo is playing good football and has not lost at home yet. Take the Bills.
Indianapolis at Cincinnati: This is just a horrific game. Awful. Indianapolis is really bad and certainly isn't improving as time passes this year. But the Bengals aren't exactly dominant or consistent. The Bengals are double-digit favorites in this one, but it's easier than it should be to imagine them losing. The Bengals are the pick, but not a happy one.
L.A. Chargers at New England: This one is interesting as both teams have shaken off bad starts and have started to look closer to the expectations we had for them entering the season. New England still has questions, but suddenly that defense looked competent against the Falcons. They are at home, so the Patriots are the pick.
Chicago at New Orleans: Any team that can win a game handily while completing just four passes is one that you can't overlook entirely. But Chicago is in tough traveling to play a New Orleans team that is better than expectations and that knows that a division title is within their grasp. Take the Saints.
Atlanta at New York Jets: The Falcons look just inept on offense this year despite returning much of the same roster as last year. Who could possibly have predicted that Steve Sarkisian was going to struggle as offensive coordinator? Only anyone who had ever paid attention to Sarkisian's massively underwhelming career. I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but the right play here is to gamble on the Jets.
San Francisco at Philadelphia: Philadelphia showed on Monday night that they are the best team in football right now. They outpaced a decent Washington team, and Carson Wentz was truly impressive again. And while San Francisco plays a lot of tight games, they are not good Take the Eagles.
Carolina at Tampa Bay: These teams have more than a division in common. Both seemed like contenders heading into the season, but both are disappointing. They are wildly inconsistent, and when they don't show up you can't logically figure out why. The Panthers are the pick because they have been less bad lately, but that's hardly an inspiring reason.
Houston at Seattle: The Seahawks have four wins, but three are meaningless given the opponents. Their already-sketchy offensive line has more injury issues. Houston is playing with a ton of offensive confidence and have had a bye week to get ready for this one. Seattle isn't as scary at home as they have been. Take the Texans.
Dallas at Washington: This game could go a long way towards determining who will finish second in the NFC East - for what that's worth. Washington is coming off a loss and a short week, but I like how Kirk Cousins is playing, and he is the difference for me. Take the Redskins.
Pittsburgh at Detroit: There was a time a few weeks ago that I believed that the Lions were a solid contender. Then they reminded me that they are still just the Lions. Pittsburgh is as maddeningly inconsistent as too many teams this year, but they are in good form and are clearly the better team. Take the Steelers.
Denver at Kansas City: Kansas City has had two straight disappointing results - losses that should have been wins. This is a good way to get back on track. Denver's defense is playing well, but not well enough to overcome their offensive incompetence. Take the Chiefs - they should roll here.
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