Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NFL: Week 8 Pick Results

Winning teams in bold.

Unanimous Picks (4-4)


Bills @ Chiefs
Panthers @ Rams
Vikings @ Patriots
Texans @ Colts


Packers @ Jets
Of course the Packers' defense came up big, pitching a shut-out thanks in part to two recovered fumbles and two interceptions. But Tim Masthay, the Packers punter had a huge game too. He punted 8 times, and every one was downed at or inside the Jets 23 yard line. A critical performance for special teams in a game when even a couple short fields could've made the difference for the Jets.
Jaguars @ Cowboys
David Garrard and Maurice Jones-Drew both had very effective days, while John Kita threw four interceptions. This is also just the second game this season the Jaguars haven't given up at least 26 points.

Broncos "@" 49ers (London)
The Broncos offense continued to struggle: it took until the early 4th quarter to get to 10 points scored. Still, they had a chance to win, until a series of mistakes (long kick return, a bad punt and a lost fumble) gave the 49ers three short fields, which they turned into a quick 21 points.
Steelers @ Saints
This could've been another very ugly game for the Saints, who were held to just 6 points until the fourth quarter. But their defense came up big, shutting down the Steelers for most of the game, and coming up with a critical forced fumble and recovery on one of the Steelers best drives.

Split (APR: 2-3 SRS: 4-1 Line: 3-2)

Titans (APR, SRS) @ Chargers (Line)
The Titans had their troubles on offense, including a second half that only produced 6 points. But their real problem was on defense. Philip Rivers threw for 305 yards and 2 touchdowns, 5 different players carried the ball for a total of 156 yards, and the Chargers mounted 6 scoring drives against a defense that had held most of their opponents under 20 points scored.
Redskins (APR) @ Lions (SRS, Line)
You've certainly heard about it by now, but this was the game. The Redskins are out of time outs, down 6, and have 1:50 to drive 70 yards for a go-ahead touchdown. (To be fair, the Redskins struggled mightily on offense, and didn't have a 70-yard drive all game.) Mike Shanahan decides it's time to bench Donovan McNabb and send in backup Rex Grossman. Grossman is strip-sacked on his first snap, and Ndamukong Suh ran ball back for the game-clinching touchdown.
Seahawks (APR) @ Raiders (SRS, Line)
As mentioned in the game picks, the Seahawks are the worst road team in the league. Except for their one win at the Bears, they've been outscored on the road by at least 17 points every time.
Dolphins (APR, SRS) @ Bengals (Line)
The Dolphins have been inconsistent this year, but the Bengals have been awful. Carson Palmer completed just 17 passes on 38 attempts for 156 yards. It's a credit to their defense that they were in this game basically up to their final possession.
Buccaneers (APR, SRS) @ Cardinals (Line)
In a lot of ways, the Cardinals are still a good team. But the quarterback position is not one of them. Max Hall threw 16 passes, two of which the Buccaneers took back for touchdowns. Derek Anderson came in and managed to look mostly adequate, but it wasn't enough.


APR 6-750-51-049.5%
APR VH9-451-50-050.5%
SRS 8-552-49-051.5%
SRS VH9-454-46-154.0%
Line 7-658-43-057.4%