We're approaching the midseason of the 2016 NFL season, but we have plenty of NFL action for you wonderful fans. Here are my preview and predictions for Week 8.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans: The AFC South is much a hot mess because there are no teams that are any good. For example, both of these teams above, but I will give credit to the Titans because they have a good running game and every once in a blue moon, the Jaguars have a good passing game. Funny things can happen on Thursday nights, but I like the Titans here because they can control the clock.
Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals: While Washington was blowing a game in the last-minute to the Detroit Lions, the Bengals snapped their losing streak by defeating the Browns. These teams are ranked in the top four in passing yards so we could see a decent game in London, but I still think about the defensive side of their game. However, my bet is on Cinci's defense to win this game.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts: As what we saw in Nashville this past Sunday when Andrew Luck came back to life, he can carry a crappy mediocre team to victory. But the Colts return to Lucas Oil Stadium, and I'm not sold on Luck to have that same success against the Chiefs, who have one of the better pass defenses in the NFL. Expect the Chiefs to control the clock and win this game.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers: I'm dead serious, I watched the season premiere of The Walking Dead over the Cardinals-Seahawks. Thank god that show was a perfect ten. I thought the Cardinals were going to show fight in that game and it's safe to say that they didn't. Meanwhile, the Panthers have a four-game losing streak, and I believe their season is over. Not a fun pick over here. But since this is a 1:00 P.M. game, I have the Panthers winning.
Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I feel like were going to have an upset here. After all, Oakland is dreadful on defense, and are ranked 32nd in the NFL, and that doesn't make me feel confident in them. And while Jameis Winston has been inconsistent in his second season, he has shown that he can have a big game Not to mention, Tampa Bay has one of the better defenses in the NFL. Give me Tampa Bay to win this contest.
Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints: Now that I ranted about Sunday Night Football. Let's move on to another game, which has the makings of an upset. Seattle has to travel to New Orleans, in which history has shown us they don't perform well in early games, and the Saints are enough at home to win this game. But with their defense struggling, I have to pick the Seahawks.
Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans: The Detroit Lions are putting themselves in the NFC playoff hunt, as they have won three straight games, and their latest win came against the Redskins. They get to play in Houston against a team that can't get anything on offense with Brock Osweiler under center and a defense that's struggling without J.J. Watt. I believe the Lions will go four in a row.
New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills: I won't talk about the Bills did to my Pats a few weeks ago in Foxborough, which gave them that four-game winning streak that ended last weekend against the Dolphins. The Bills are a better team, but I don't see them beating the Pats, with Tom Brady under center.
New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns: The Jets got a needed win, but the lowlight was Geno Smith's injury and Ryan Fitzpatrick acting like a baby. Fitzpatrick has been the politics game before, and he did that in the offseason, and I guess in this NFL Era when you play bad, you get benched. After ending another mini-rant, the Jets ran the ball, and the defense was good. This should be a game they win against a horrible Browns team, but I wouldn't be shocked if the Jets lose. Cleveland has been fighting in a lot of games this season. Without in mind, I'm going with the upset.
San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos: I don't like it in the NFL where a division rival plays each other for the second time in a three-week span. Two weeks ago, the Chargers beat the Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium, and they win another game in overtime against the Falcons. Phillip Rivers is playing well, but the Broncos have a better defense and the home field advantage.
Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons: It was against the Bears, but it was a performance that they needed from Aaron Rodgers after his recent struggles. Considering that the Falcons have been playing in shootouts all season, they've had a strong start thanks to Matt Ryan, but Rodgers will be on his game. Playing in the Georgia Dome will be tough, but I'm going with the Falcons.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys: This is the game that primetime football needs, as we have two of the teams in the NFC East, and two rookie QBs. The Eagles looked good and were able to outplay the Minnesota Vikings at home, but their offense wasn't sharp, and Carson Wentz was not good as what we saw earlier in the season. Playing at home with that strong offensive line, two rookies and a decent defense, I'm going with DemBoys to pull it out.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears: Interesting, that it was the Vikings that got bullied on Sunday, as they suffered their first defeat of the season. However, they get that bounce-back game against a Bears squad that is not only dreadful, but Matt Barkley could be their starting QB if Jay Cutler is ready. With that said, the Vikings are going to win win this game.