The NFL has not been kind to me, both as a gambler and as a fan. From a fan’s point of view, the NFL has sucked this year and hasn’t been fun to watch, and from gambler’s point of view, it sucks because I haven’t been doing so well, but that changes this week (I hope). I went 2-3 with my picks last week which is never what you want, but I hit my Lock of the Week, which I said was my Lock of the Year, in Seattle, so it was a nice way to end the week. Six teams are on a bye this week so there aren’t too many games to choose from, but I’m going to make the best of what has been given to me.
Connor’s Week 8 Picks
Bengals -3 vs Redskins
We’re going across the pond with our first game this week and I’m riding with the Bengals. All of these London games suck and are never fun to watch, but as a gambler it’s nice to start off your day of gambling with some 9:00 A.M. football. I picked the Redskins last week and it looked like a win, but they choked like the gutless cowards they are, so because of that, I’m going with Cincinnati. Andy Dalton also took my Fantasy Football team to a championship once (we lost) so I’ve always had a soft spot for him. Who Dey!
Patriots -6.5 @ Bills
I know it’s a lot of points to swallow, especially on the road, but the Patriots have been on a tear since Brady has been back; plus they’re 6-1 against the spread this year. I also take into account the revenge factor for this game, because Buffalo gave them their only loss of the season, a shut out at home no less, so I think the Pats are going to come out and open up a can of whoop-ass in Orchard Park on Sunday.
Panthers -2.5 vs Cardinals
There’s no way that Carolina can lose five in a row (yes, there is you idiot), I refuse to believe it. Talk about a letdown of a season for both of these two teams. Last year they’re in the NFC title game, and now they’re probably going to both miss the playoffs. The last two times I bet on the Panthers they lost, so third time has to be a charm, and I also like that they’re at home.
Cowboys -4 vs Eagles
Both of these teams can kiss my ass and I hate them both, so all I’ll say about this game is that I think Dallas is the better team and that they’ll take care of business at home… and if I’m wrong it hopefully means I get to see them lose. Screw this game.
Seahawks -2.5 @ Saints: Lock of the Week
That’s right, I’m making Seattle my Lock of the Week for a second straight week, and I couldn’t feel better about it. The Seahawks are one of the few teams in the league that I think has a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl and the Saints kind of suck. Russell Wilson silenced all of his haters earlier this week by proving that he and his wife Ciara do in fact have sex and just announced they have a child on the way. The man is on cloud nine right now, and I expect that to translate to the football field with Wilson having a good game on Sunday. Proud of you Russell, now go win me some money.
The NFL hasn’t been kind to me this year, but this is the week where I turn this sinking ship around and start pulling winners out of my ass…and if not well then there’s always next week. LET’S GO.
Record (started in Week 6): 4-5-1
Locks of the Week: 1-1
Eric’s Week 8 Picks
Okay COED, you’re boy Ital is hoping in the picks this week. I don’t start betting on the NFL until week 6, and have been too busy the last two weeks to hop in the picks post. But here I am now. And I have to admit I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start this year coming it at 5-2. Not gonna count those going forward, just giving you a little backround. I haven’t logged my picks for the site, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it.
New England Patriots -6.5 @ Buffalo Bills
See: Connor (The line’s at 7 now, but either way)
Oakland Raiders +1.5 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I have won a lot of money on the Raiders this season, who are 5-2 by the way, yet Vegas still continues to slight them. I COULD not believe my eyes last week when I saw they were 2.5 point dogs at the Jags. Had I been writing about my picks last week, they would have been my lock. They would be my lock this week if I wasn’t so sure about another game. Anyway, the Raiders look like a legitimate 5-2 while the Bucs look like a shaky 3-3. While the Bucs scare me with their ability to pop up at home and beat anybody, especially a West Coast team, I have to take the Raiders to cover in this one. The Raiders have division championship aspirations, and if they want to make good on that, they have to be able to beat a sloppy team like the Buccaneers. The Raiders are an easy pick for me.
New York Jets -3 @ Cleveland Browns
I’m a noted Jets fan, so betting on my boys always makes me nervous. However, it paid off for me last week when I took the Jets to cover against the Ravens. Yes, that game was at home but you have to figure the Ravens are better than the Browns. The Jets may be 2-5, and Fitz has thrown 11 picks, but the Jets opened with what may have been the toughest opening schedule, and 6 of Fitz’s 11 picks came in one game. Even with Josh McCown probably returning to the lineup this week, I like the Jets momentum enough to have them beating the Browns by at least a touchdown.
Lock of the Week: Detriot Lions +2.5 @ Houston Texans
Another layup if you ask me folks. When you watch the Texans play, even in wins, it looks in spite of themselves. The Lions on the other hand are on a 3 game winning streak, riding one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league, Matthew Stafford. As the old cliche goes, the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and the Lions have one of the best going, while the Texans have one of the worst. Look for the Lions to beat the Texans in their own building.