NFL Week 8 Gridiron Guide: Go with Giants, Jets
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GIANTS (5-2) at COWBOYS (3-3), 4:25 p.m.
Giants by 11/2; O/U: 471/2
TV: Ch. 5. Radio: WFAN (660).
We might look back at Week 8 and say this is when the Giants put some distance between themselves and the rest of the NFC East. As well as Big Blue has played of late, I'm waiting for a letdown. However, the Giants remember what happened on Sept. 5, when Dallas beat the defending champs, 24-17. I can't see Cowboys WR and former Holy Cross High standout Kevin Ogletree (2 TDs vs. Giants) being as open and productive as he was in Week 1. The Giants are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games in Dallas. Dallas is 2-6 ATS as two-point or fewer underdogs. Listen for a loud contingent of New York fans in Jerry's House.
THE PICK: Giants
DOLPHINS (3-3) at JETS (3-4)
Jets by 2; O/U: 401/2
TV: Ch. 2. Radio: ESPN (98.7).
This game certainly has taken a cantankerous turn, huh? Rex Ryan called out Miami RB Reggie Bush for Bush's comments about CB Darrelle Revis' sustaining a season-ending knee injury during the Jets' 23-20 OT win in Week 3. Now players are taking shots at each other. But here's some good news: The Jets have the No. 1 (Tim Tebow) and No. 2 (Mark Sanchez) most overrated players, according to a SI poll of 180 NFL players. Hey, you take what you can get, right? The 'Fins are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games in New Jersey, but just 7-20-1 ATS in the teams' last 28 games.
THE PICK: Jets
FALCONS (6-0) at EAGLES (3-3)
Eagles by 2; O/U: 45
Eagles coach Andy Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo last week. Oh yeah, Reid hired the guy in the first place. You get the picture: Things are ugly in Philly. The Eagles, 13-0 under Reid after a bye, are playing for Reid's future these last 10 games.But I think Philly native and Falcons QB Matt Ryan will be too much.
THE PICK: Falcons
PANTHERS (1-5) at BEARS (5-1)
Bears by 71/2; O/U: 43
Panthers coach Ron Rivera has put everyone on notice that the final 10 games are "an evaluation process." Well, here's an evaluation for you, coach: Your team is an underachieving 1-5 this season and 7-15 in two years under you. Not so hot!
THE PICK: Bears
PATRIOTS (4-3) vs. RAMS (3-4)
(At London, England)
Patriots by 7; O/U: 47
If they really want to jazz things up in jolly, old England, why not have each team dress a professional soccer player to handle all the kicking duties. If you can wiggle the line below 7, do it. I'm stuck with seven, but will go with the favorites. THE PICK: Patriots
at STEELERS (3-3)
Steelers by 41/2; O/U: 471/2
Robert Griffin III has been every bit as good as advertised this season. I think the once vaunted Steelers 'D' will show its age.
THE PICK: Redskins
Lions by 11/2; O/U: 431/2
We know how inconsistent Seattle can be depending if it is home or away (9-20-1 ATS in its last 30 road games). But the Seahawks are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games after a cover.
THE PICK: Seahawks
at PACKERS (4-3)
Packers by 151/2; O/U: 451/2
The Jags are without running back Maurice Jones-Drew, whose injured left foot is in a boot. Rashad Jennings, who filled in for Jones-Drew during his lengthy holdout this summer, will plug the hole again. The Pack should roll.
THE PICK: Packers
at BROWNS (1-6)
Chargers by 21/2; O/U: 44
This game scares me because the line looks too good to be true. I know the Browns are a respectable 3-3-1 ATS this season, but can't see the Bolts not winning by at least a field goal.
THE PICK: Chargers
COLTS (3-3) at TITANS (3-4)
Titans by 31/2; O/U: 461/2
Indy has forced a league-low three turnovers this season. Three! Meanwhile, the Titans may have finally got their running game going. THE PICK: Titans
RAIDERS (2-4) at CHIEFS (1-5), 4:05 p.m.
Chiefs by 1; O/U: 41 1/2
The Chiefs lead the NFL with 21 giveaways and a minus-15 turnover difference. Maybe that's why Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel recently changed a sign outside the Chiefs locker room that read "Eliminate Bad Football" to "Play Good Football." How about: "Just win, baby!"
THE PICK: Raiders
SAINTS (2-4) at BRONCOS (3-3), 8:20 p.m.
Broncos by 6; O/U: 55 1/2
TV: Ch. 4. Radio: WFAN (660).
I think the Saints will get a boost as interim head coach Joe Vitt returns from his six-week suspension. New Orleans is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games after a cover.
THE PICK: Saints
49ERS (5-2) at CARDINALS (4-3), 8:30 p.m.
49ers by 61/2; O/U: 371/2
TV: ESPN. Radio: WFAN (660).
Arizona is 0-3-1 ATS in its last four games. The Cards are 5-1-1 ATS in last seven games as an underdog of eight or fewer points.
THE PICK: Cardinals