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Week 8 Pro Football Predictions

Posted on: October 26th, 2017 by Rob Popeleski No Comments

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Dallas @ Washington

Dallas has won 4 out of the last 5 meetings with Washington. Kirk Cousins threw for over 800 in the two games against Dallas last year. Washington has numerous starters listed as questionable on the injury report. Their biggest injury concerns are along the offensive line which is bad news this week as they face a Dallas defense tied for sixth in the league in sacks. Dallas 27-23

Miami @ Baltimore

In their meeting last year, Baltimore beat Miami 38-6 as they intercepted Ryan Tannehill 3 times. Joe Flacco threw for 381 yards and 4 touchdowns. Flacco has struggled this year, with just 5 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Their offense has failed to reach 300 total yards in each of their last two games. Their defense which is usually solid is ranked last against the run. If Jay Ajayi is going to have a breakout game then this should be it. Matt Moore gets the start for Miami. Hard to trust either team though. Miami 23-19

Oakland @ Buffalo

The Oakland offense and Derek Carr returned to their 2016 form last week in their 31-30 win over Kansas City. They had their best offensive day and despite facing a Buffalo defense allowing the 4th fewest points in the league their secondary is vulnerable. Marshawn Lynch is suspended for this game but Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington give Oakland better options in the backfield. Oakland 30-27

Indianapolis @ Cincinnati

Indianapolis is struggling on offense and defense. They’ve been held to less than 300 yards of offense in each of their last two games and allowed over 500 yards to Jacksonville including 188 on the ground while Leonard Fournette didn’t even play. Cincinnati 27-13

    Minnesota @ Cleveland

After getting benched during last weeks game, DeShone Kizer will return as the starter and he’s had a difficult rookie season so far. He has 3 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Minnesota defense has held opposing quarterbacks to less than 200 yards passing in their last 4 games. Minnesota 24-6

Pittsburgh @ Detroit

After starting 2-0, Detroit has lost 3 out of their last 4 games. Their defense will have their hands full trying to stop Le’Veon Bell who has rushed for over 300 yards in the last 2 games. Pittsburgh is ranked 3rd in fewest points allowed and 1st against the pass. Pittsburgh is due for a letdown and is capable of having a bad game like they did in Chicago earlier in the season. Detroit is rested after their bye week. Detroit 24-23

Chicago @ New Orleans

Chicago is coming off back to back surprising wins over Baltimore and Carolina behind a defense that has forced 6 turnovers in those two games. Mitch Trubisky has protected the ball but hasn’t been throwing it much for Chicago. In their week 7 win, he threw just 7 passes. He’ll be forced to do more this week as the New Orleans offense will put points on the board at home. That should result in some mistakes for the rookie quarterback. New Orleans is playing well. New Orleans 28-17

LAC @ New England

Los Angeles has won three straight after an 0-3 start. They’ve been doing it with a defense that has forced 7 turnovers in their last three games and have held opposing quarterbacks to under 200 yards passing in each of those games. The New England defense had their best game of the season last week as they allowed just 7 points to Atlanta. New England 24-17

Atlanta has lost three straight and their offense doesn’t look like the one from last season. New York has lost two straight to divisional rivals Miami and New England. Josh McCown has thrown more touchdowns, 10, then Matt Ryan, 7 has. New York has played well at home. NYJ 24-21

San Francisco @ Philadelphia

No one is playing better than Philadelphia and no one is playing better than Carson Wentz. Philadelphia suffered season-ending injuries to Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks which could affect them but not this week. San Francisco suffered their worst loss of the season last week. Not sure how they keep it close this week. Philadelphia 34-13

Houston @ Seattle

The Houston offense has looked good with Deshaun Watson at quarterback. They’ve scored 30 or more in 3 of the last 4 games and 57 in the other one. Watson faces his toughest test yet, on the road against a Seattle defense allowing the fewest points in the league and just 5 touchdown passes. Seattle 20-16

Carolina @ Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay won both meetings with Carolina last year in two low scoring games. They’ve lost their last three games and have allowed 68 points in their last two games. Their defense has had a hard time stopping the run but I don’t think Carolina takes advantage of that. Two close teams but I’ll go with the more desperate team at home. Tampa Bay 23-20

Denver @ Kansas City

Kansas City has won the last three meetings with Denver. Denver has really struggled on offense as they were shutout last week in San Diego and scored only 10 points against the NYG in week 6. Kansas City has lost two straight but had extra rest after playing Thursday night. The Kansas City defense can be scored upon but I don’t see Denver doing that this week on the road. Kansas City 24-14

Record: Last week 10-5, Season 60-44

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