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NFL Week 8 Picks
In case you needed more proof on how the NFL changes week to week take a look at the results from week 7. It was a great week for the public as every single favourite was victorious with the exception of the Buffalo Bills who fell in the final minute as a 3.5 point home favourite. This came one week after only 2 teams that were laying chalk were able to cover the number in week 6. Lets take a look at some of the key match ups this week.
NY Giants -1.5 at Dallas: This is a revenge game for the defending Super Bowl Champions. They lost to the Cowboys at home in week 1 but have bounced back since that loss winning 5 of their last 6 games. Eli Manning has owned the Cowboys in their new stadium and led the Giants to a come from behind victory last year in Dallas erasing a 12 point deficit in the final 5 minutes. Historically the Giants are a sensational road team both straight up and against the spread. The Cowboys continue to struggle offensively scoring just one touchdown against an average Carolina defence last week. With Cowboys running back Demarco Murray probably out again with a left foot injury expect the Giants to keep rolling in Big D.
St.Louis +7 vs New England: It is not very often a team wins in the NFL but is surrounded by as much negativity as the Patriots were after last weeks victory over the Jets. The Patriots needed overtime to survive as a double digit favourite over New York and were very lucky to win forcing a Mark Sanchez turn over in extra time to seal the deal. The Patriots gave up 328 yards through the air against the average pivot and continue to have serious issues defensively. Tom Brady said after the game the fans are spoiled by New England’s history of convincing victories and added it is very tough just to win in the NFL. This game is being played at Wembley Stadium in London England and with New England not clicking on all cylinders I will take my shot getting a touchdown with the Rams on a neutral field. St.Louis has been very good defensively and gets a ton of pressure on the quarterback. The fans in London should see a close game.
Denver -6 vs New Orleans: While the Saints have won back to back games lets not get too excited about this team being back to where they were last year. They were aided by some bad calls vs San Diego a few weeks ago and caught a break late in a victory vs Tampa Bay last week that negated a potential game tying Bucs touchdown. The Saints continue to have serious issues defensively and allowed Josh Freeman to throw for 420 yards last week. The Broncos are flying high after scoring 35 unanswered points Monday night at San Diego. Peyton Manning is getting better and healthier every week and the Saints will not be able to get any stops defensively. Denver’s defence pitched a shutout in the 2nd half vs the Chargers and will be able to make some plays against Drew Brees. Expect the Broncos to win in a very high scoring game.